Background: I have a terrible time picking glasses frames: I take along husband, friends, mother, sister and visit multiple stores, uncertain whose advice to take. Glasses are expensive, so I aim for a serviceable frame and try to change frames as little as possible.
The five pictures against the brick are me trying on glasses - read on for why I was doing this in my back yard.
I read about Warby Parker in a W magazine as I waited for Genevieve to get her hair cut (my favorite part of appointments is the magazines, don't you agree?). I was wishing for bolder glasses, so I scribbled down the website.
They were wonderful to deal with. I tried on 10 frames through their handy free trial system (and took goofy pictures of 5 - this is a lot of pictures of me for just one post).
And I swept through the mall glasses stores too, coupons in hand. Their glasses were still hundreds compared to Warby Parker's $95 and their donation to charity. Really - $95 for cool glasses.
I really really wanted Warby Parker glasses, but in the end, I liked the reddish tortoise frames at Eyemart Express best (below, against the Victorian fish scales). And at $150, they were still relatively inexpensive.
However, either my face is crooked or the optometrist is crooked, because I've been back twice now and I swear these glasses are still crooked.
These glasses require a bit of confidence for me to wear. They are bolder and bigger and chosen more intuitively (I still have spasms of doubt - too 80s? too masculine? too overpowering?). But usually I'm digging the look.
Dear Warby Parker, I will try again next decade when I need a new pair of frames. Au revoir! xo