Today is the first guest post ever on Great Lakes Prep. One of the things I’ve wanted to do is feature other readers of the blog and let them discuss a product they like. I think this accomplishes a couple of things. First of all it demonstrates how there are actually people in the Midwest that do have a preppy sense of style and that it is not solely contained to the South and East Coast. Secondly, I think it adds more credibility to the blog and is a great way to get the fans involved. With that being said, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Twitter if you would like to do a guest post.
Today’s guest post comes from Joe Scannell, one of the first fans and devoted followers of this site. Joe is a junior at Marquette who is majoring in Writing Intensive English and minoring in Public Relations and Advertising and is currently interning in Chicago. For more info on Joe, check out his web site, josephpscannell.com, and this recent feature on him on Rusted Revolution. Joe has chosen to dicuss an essential prep item, Wayfarer sunglasses by Ray-Ban ($109-$205).
When you think prep, one word should come to mind: classic. From the fathers of the aviators, it should come as no surprise that Ray-Ban also pioneered one of the most iconic styles of eyewear when they designed the Wayfarer in 1952. After breaking away from the conventional metal style of glasses, the Wayfarer experienced huge success in the 50s and 60s but saw a drop in popularity during the 70s.
After only selling 18,000 pairs in 1981, they were on the verge of discontinuation until Ray-Ban signed a product placement contract that got these glasses into over sixty television shows and movies per year including The Blues Brothers, Risky Business, and Miami Vice. Sales boomed to 1.5 million in 1986 and it was clear that they were here to stay.
Preppy eyewear is not a sartorial element that should be overlooked. Anyone can throw on a polo, some Nantucket Red shorts, and some Sperrys. The key to nailing that prep look is accessories. Nothing screams prep like a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses. JFK, notorious for his preppy style, was often seen sporting a pair. The quality and utility is also something that should not go unnoticed. The price is a little steep, but you’re getting a strong and durable 100% protected pair of sunglasses that compliment any outfit. For the classic and slick look, go with the traditional black frames. But, if you’re looking for a more relaxed and casual look, go with the tortoise frames. You can’t go wrong with either (I personally own the pair you see below) and if it’s in the budget, get both for the sake of mixing things up.
As I’ve always said, style is an investment, and this is one that will get you quite a return.