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As you may have noticed by now, I'm of the glasses-wearing variety. I used to be a contacts-all-day-every-day kind of girl, but pregnancy totally ruined them for me. Even after I had H, I still haven't been able to find contacts that don't make my eyeballs feel huge and swollen after 5 minutes. So rather than fight fate, I have come to the realization that I'm just meant to be a spectacled-Sally.
However, just because I'm rocking the 4eyes doesn't mean I'm willing to sacrifice on style or quality but I'm also not willing to dig too deep into my pocket either. Unfortunately, I don't have very many Brick and Mortar options where I live, and the few that I do have are a little too rich for my blood (we're talking $500+ for ONE PAIR, ouch). This means I'm constantly on the hunt for cute frames online, because the world wide web is a beautiful thing and has a plethora of options to offer. More so now especially, since my favorite little toddler Hulked out last week and broke my favorite everyday pair! I'm now rocking a 'fun' pair from almost 8 years ago, which also means that my prescription is way off, so mama definitely needs some new frames!
Of all the online glasses stores that I was finding, a vast majority give me the option to virtually try on each pair, which in theory is really awesome. But, if you're super un-photogenic when it comes to webcams like myself, the pictures always turn out really weird and the virtual try on never seems to actually fit to my face correctly so I have never been able to get an accurate idea of how the glasses will fit before buying them. Glasses are something most of us wear every. single. day. so, its a pretty huge and permanent decision in my eyes. I tend to have buyers remorse, especially after such a big purchase, and the inability to get a clear picture of what the frames would look like on plays a huge factor.
Enter Warby Parker - an online eyeglasses and sunglasses store that shouts it's "try before you buy" tagline from the rooftops. In my quest to find the best online glasses retailer, I think I may have hit the nail on the head. With Warby Parker's Home Try-On program, I was able to scour their website and preview all of their available frames to make a list of each one I might like. I chose 5 pairs: Chilton in Whiskey Tortoise, Oliver in Striped Olive, Wilkie in Greystone, Durand in Whiskey Tortoise, and Wilder in Whiskey Tortoise, added them to my cart, and checked out - all FO FREE. Yep, that's right. Zero dollars.
I actually liked almost every frame this go around, the only ones I wasn't totally sold on were the Oliver in Striped Olive, as I feel they're a little narrow for my wider face shape. The Durand surprised me with how much I liked it, but I'm not sure they would be a pair that I would really want as my everyday frames. For a backup pair to wear on random days, though, I really like them. The greystone that the Wilkie came in was probably my favorite coloring, and I liked how the frame fit my face. Tied with the Wilkie were the Wilder and the Chilton! I liked that the Wilder had slightly angled out and they are both on the bolder side, but still super chic and easy to wear every day.
When I am ready to make the final decision, I won't have to hold my breath as I enter my credit card information, because Warby Parker's styles start at a super reasonable $95! Do other people even make stylish eyeglass frames for under $100 anymore? Because if so, I haven't found them yet! Warby Parker is able to keep their prices so low because they cut out the middleman and sell directly to us glasses wearers online, and we reap the benefits. I can tell you even just from trying their sample pairs in my try on box, the quality is higher and the color and finishing options are so much more sleek and stylish than other's I've ordered from before. Plus, for every pair sold, Warby Parker gives a pair to someone in need!
Intrigued? Check out Warby Parker's selection of Men's and Women's optical frame options, or you can even test drive up to 5 pairs of Men's or Women's sunglasses too (and yes! You can mix and match!)!
Which ones do you like best?
Which ones do you like best?