The history: Ray-Ban’s Ambermatic lenses created a frenzy once they appeared on Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski. The yellow-ish lenses were a perfect complement to Ray-Bans’ Aviator, Outdoorsman, and Shooter frames, because they adjust well to shifting light. The usual amber tint cuts through hazy conditions; turns brown on bright, cloudless days; and shifts to a dark grey to minimize glare from direct sunlight. Walter would approve.
Style points: Aside from being a popular pick for fishermen and hunters, the frame and color evoke a rebel attitude, DiPalma says, which is why the vintage-inspired Ambermatic lens is still available on Ray-Ban’s site, only with modern touches and updates. As for face shape, the Ambermatics’ vertical drop helps balance out the narrower chins on guys with heart-shaped faces.
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