As a wearer of glasses since I was eight years old, I have had my fair share of spectacles. One of my first pairs had purple striped metal frames that I thought were the coolest version of an otherwise very uncool accessory. Somewhere in the early 1990s, there was a pair of large framed brass glasses à la George Costanza, and there have been various other nondescript iterations over the years. I’m currently due for a new pair of specs and not super thrilled with the selection at my local optometry office, so I ordered a home try-on of several styles from Warby Parker.
Have you heard of Warby Parker? They’re like Toms, but for glasses (in that they donate a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair that is purchased from them). They have very few storefronts, so most of their business is done online (hence the at-home try-on) and because they save so much money on brick-and-mortar expenses, the glasses are relatively inexpensive.
This isn’t a sponsored post, by the way, but it is a plea to have you help me pick my next pair of glasses. While I don’t normally put close-ups of my face on the internet, I am doing it now in order to model for you my sample glasses. You ready?
Let’s go left to right, top to bottom: 1) Okay, here are my current glasses. They are simple and made out of acrylic, which I like (I hate nose pads! And wire rims get bent too easily.) They’re kind of the same color as my hair. Is that a good thing?? You tell me. 2) This is the first sample I picked. I haven’t had colorful glasses since childhood, but I do find them appealing. Is that silly? Will I have to match my outfits to my glasses if I wear them? Style: Arthur, in Green Spruce.
Next row: 3) I love the color of these, but the fit not so much. They’re angled in an uncomfortable way. Without storefronts, I’m not sure if I can have the angle fixed anywhere, which makes me super hesitant to order them. I do like the red, though. Style: Marshall, in Rum Cherry. 4) These are not too different from other pairs I’ve had. They are very respectable. Are they flattering? Is the tortoise shell pattern good or distracting? Style: Nedwin, in Amber.
Last row: 5) Are these too big? Is that rounded top angle weird? I can’t tell either way. Style: Ballard, in Striped Chestnut. 6) These are a lighter color in person than they appear here. They’re not as orange-y, more of a soft pink shell color. Are they too pale? They are the most comfortable pair I tried on. I wish they came in red, but they don’t. Style: Sims, in Coral.
So, what do you think? Have I found my new glasses or should I keep looking? Which pair would you pick for me? Have you ever ordered from Warby Parker, and if so, do you have any tips? Inquiring minds want to know (and make strange faces)!