Kennedy Sunglasses by Anon: Primer Approved

Wayfarers are the new aviators. There I said it. The new standard. The blue dress shirt of men’s shades. The summer sunglasses every guy should have. Check out our pick: Anon's Kennedy.

Wayfarers are the new aviators. There I said it. The new standard. The blue dress shirt of men’s shades. The summer sunglasses every guy should have.

Don’t get me wrong, the aviator had a great run for a long time, once ousting the Wayfarer as the standard-bearer during the beginning of their revival in the 80’s. I’m still a big fan of the square-framed aviator. But I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I’d rather look like Tom Cruise from Risky Business than Tom Cruise from Top Gun.

The style is more sleek and refined — offering a better pairing with both a suit or with shorts and boat shoes — than the military inspired aviator.

Ray-Ban first introduced the Wayfarer design back in 1952 and the style was hugely popular in the 50s and 60s. Part of their appeal back then was the departure from metal frames, and it’s part of their appeal to me now. Unfortunately much of the plastic frame market is flooded with wrap around frames emerging from middle school’s past.

Since their initial release, there have been countless frames inspired by the original. Check out our pick: The Kennedy by Anon Optics. Unless you think you can pull off the Blues Brothers look with the black frames, go with the classic tortoise shell colors offered by the Havana scheme.

The Kennedy, so named because of the president’s iconic style which includes the Wayfarer, is half Grilamid TR90 plastic and half MONEL metal. The half and half offers a unique classic style, separating these high quality sunglasses from your run of the mill, $12 gas station counterparts.

I have yet to see a face or head shape that the style doesn’t look great on. This summer, give ‘em a try. You won’t be disappointed.

The Anon Kennedy in Havana. $135

Update

It looks like Anon has discontinued the Kennedy along with their shift back to their core business of snowboarding optics. No fear, we've listed some great alternatives below.

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

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  • Reply July 3, 2010

    Jonathan

    Nice try, Anon Optics, but those are Clubmasters, not Wayfarers.

    • Reply July 3, 2010

      Andrew

      Hey Jonathan, The plastic / wire frame combo certainly resembles the Clubmasters, which were likely based on the original Wayfarer. However, The glasses above aren’t “Browline glasses”, which the Clubmasters help popularize. That’s why I compared them to the Wayfarer, even though they are half wire frame like the Clubmaster.

  • Reply September 4, 2010

    Jeremy

    Are the sunglasses 52 mm or 55 mm?

  • Reply September 4, 2010

    Andrew

    Hey Jeremy,

    Unfortunately I can’t find that information listed on any of Anon’s specs.

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  • Reply September 6, 2012

    Peter

    It looks like the Topman clubman is no longer availible as well.

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  • Reply March 26, 2014

    Allen

    JFK actually didn’t wear Ray-Ban Wayfarers. He wore American Optical Saratoga sunglasses.

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