You should take your shades off when speaking to someone who’s not wearing any. It’s a trust issue.
But when speaking to everyone else who is, few can do wrong behind the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer ($130). In 1983’s Risky Business, Tom Cruise was a teenage dork before he discovered the power of these shades. That marked the beginning of a Wayfarers phenomenon; 360,000 pairs were sold that year. They embodied the swaggering, top-down prosperity of the decade. Film and rock stars from Bob Dylan to Roy Orbison, Jack Nicholson and Elvis Costello embraced the Wayfarer as a signature accessory. Since then, Ray-Ban’s classic specs fell victim to pop culture’s innate fair-weather friendship, yet, Preps have kept them attached to their Croakies.
Today, Ray-Ban offers a variety of Wayfarer styles. The most unique being the Folding Wayfarer. It’s the perfect combination of Original Wayfarers and ultra-compact storage–the best part being the laser cut makes it almost impossible to see that the frame is cut by the nose-bridge and the temples.