The Tried-and-True Way to Spot Real Ray-Bans

Let’s face it: No accessory collection is complete without a least one or two pairs of Ray-Bans. Always encompassing the perfect blend of classic and contemporary, the go-to brand has become a favorite among everyone from the biggest A-list celebs like Kendall Jenner and Lily Aldridge to the coolest fashion girls.

But like many of our most beloved pieces, Ray-Ban’s styles have also attracted a number of knockoffs. And for those who value both aesthetics and authenticity, knowing how to tell if Ray-Bans are real has never been more essential.

To help you identify the true Ray-Bans from the fakes, we’ve pulled together the tried-and-true ways to tell if your sunglasses are real. That way you can get exactly what you want without getting conned. Read on to see them all below, and once you’ve got these tips on hand, shop for you’re your next pair from the iconic brand.

1. Test the Weight

How to tell if Ray-Bans are real



Genuine Ray-Bans have noticeable weight to them. Lightly toss and catch the glasses, or pass them back and forth between your hands to confirm a sturdy, well-crafted weight. While you shouldn’t expect them to be heavy, light-as-a-feather shades are a telltale sign that the sunglasses are fake.

2. Check the Lenses

Tinted Ray-Bans outfit



One of the best ways to tell if Ray-Bans are real is to lightly tap the lenses. True Ray-Bans are always made with glass, whereas knockoffs are frequently crafted with plastic, which will feel, sound, and reflect light differently than the real deal.

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3. Check the Seams

Colorful outfit with Ray-Bans



As is true of spotting fake designer bags, the tiniest details can often reveal the most. Check for seams on both the frames and on the arms of the glasses—if there are unexpected lines anywhere other than where the arms fold back from the frames, you’re probably looking at a fake.

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4. Look For the Model Number

'70s-inspired outfit with Ray-Bans



One of the most reliable methods for spotting genuine Ray-Bans is to look for the serial number. This can be found on the inside of the left arm of the sunglasses, unless they’re aviators, in which case the arms are too thin to fit a number. The right arm should note that the shades are made in Italy with a small “CE” logo. Both this and the model number should be neatly printed parallel with the arm. If you’re buying the glasses firsthand, the serial number should always match the number that appears on the box.

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5. Shop Smart

Outfit with printed pants and Ray-Bans



While there are definitely deals to be had, your local Canal Street vendor might not be the best place to nab your next pair of genuine Ray-Bans. Shop a certified dealer to be sure that you’re getting the real thing.

And now that you know how to tell if Ray-Bans are real, it’s time to invest in a quality pair of shades. Read on for our guide to choosing the perfect sunglasses for a square face.

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This story was published at an earlier date and has been updated by Dale Chong. Up next, the eyewear trends everyone in the fashion crowd will be wearing in 2020.

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