If shopping for prescription eyeglasses was easy, I wouldn’t still have a pair with two missing nose pads and a missing temple piece. Clearly I can’t wear these sad, busted frames out in public. They weren’t even stylish to begin with, for one. And if I lose one more part of them, I might as well be wearing a monocle.
My apprehension to replace them stems from a lifetime of poor eyewear choices. My first pair: an octagonal purple plastic abomination with little white stars along the temple pieces. And because that wasn’t taking it quite far enough, I also selected lenses that faded from pink to purple. It looked like something a unicorn threw up. And because going FULL PRINCESS with your glasses isn’t cheap, I was stuck with them.
Clearly I need a second, third and fourth opinion. But dragging my boyfriend, my friends and family to shop for them is just not a possibility. I barely have time to go on my own behalf. While convenient, ordering a pair on a discount website isn’t an appealing option either. What looks good online may look completely tragic on my face—and there’s no way of knowing until it’s too late.
And then I was turned on to Warby Parker. At a mere $95, they certainly are discounted prescription glasses, however the sophisticated design of the website gives you a sense that you’re purchasing frames from a high-end fashion label, not an online swap meet. They also donate a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair sold, which makes me feel really good. But the coolest part about Warby Parker? Home Try On.
What a concept! Warby Parker allows customers to try five different frames for five days, giving poor decision makers like myself a chance to enlist the help of their loved ones. The frames arrive (just two business days later, in my case) in a lovely box complete with instructions and a pre-paid shipping label for when you’re ready to send them back.
Kudos to Warby Parker for making what is usually a difficult purchase unique, personal and fun. I spent a good hour trying on frames and even wore a pair out one night for some real world experience. After a full weekend of trial, I know which frames are my favorite. But given my history, I could always use another opinion. Feel free to weigh in!
Update: There was a request or two for pictures of the princess glasses. This picture doesn’t really do them justice, but you get the idea. It’s too bad they don’t have a home try on service for perms.