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Ray Ban for Brooks Brothers sunglasses are a perfectly preppy accessory

May 6, 2011 |  8:02 am

Prepsters rejoice. Two famous American brands have come together to create an accessory that combines classic elements of both companies. Ray Ban’s sunglasses for Brooks Brothers showcase the wayfarer and aviator styles from Ray Ban, with arms lined in the signature BB #1 Repp stripe from Brooks Brothers -- more commonly seen on the brand’s ties, bow ties and even decorative pillows.

The pattern was originally fashioned after British regimental or club ties. In the 1920s, the diagonal stripes were reversed in direction by Brooks Brothers to “Americanize” the pattern, and it has since remained a recognizable aspect of the company’s accessories as well as preppy style in general.

The wayfarer reached prepster staple status during the 1950s, and recently it has become more of a cool-girl, hipster favorite worn regularly by celebrities like Rachel Bilson and Chloe Sevigny.

The stripes are subtle, but like the quick flash of the lining of a suit or punch of color a bow tie can provide, the design is a fun and quirky touch that suits those who appreciate the classics.

The Ray Ban for Brooks Brothers collection comes in burgundy and yellow stripes. Wayfarers are $145 and aviators are $139 at Brooks Brothers stores.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Photo: Ray Ban for Brooks Brothers sunglasses. Credit: Ray Ban