Note: I’ve written an updated version of this post with a few extra details for ordering an excellent Warby Parker home try-on kit. You can find that post HERE.
I have worn glasses since the second grade. My first pair had purple frames and covered about half of my face.
I’ve lost count of how many pairs I’ve had since then, but never has there been a pair I would choose over contacts. They’ve been the sort worn for late night reading, on early morning flights, or when my contacts are “giving me trouble.”
You see, when you are blind as a bat and go to the eye doctor, they dilate your eyes and run all these tests until you aren’t allowed to wear contacts for several hours. Then they usher you to the front lobby to try on glasses….BUT you. can’t. see. the. glasses.
Basically, my mom has picked my glasses for 20-odd years.
Thankfully, Warby Parker came to the rescue and using their free home try-ons I could pick 5 frames and wear them around my home for 5 days – no pressure to buy! Both times I’ve ordered a box of frames, I ended up with a gorgeous pair of glasses that I love.
Now for my secret tip to order the perfect trial box
- Try on some frames at your optometrist’s office, making sure to ask them for a copy of your prescription.
- When one fits your face, ask for the style number.
- Look up that frame online, and locate the “size.”
- Search Warby Parker to find a similar size and shape frame.
- Now you’re ready to order a FREE box that has 5 perfect options for your face.
This pair of Oliver Peoples was perfection! I have a slim face and the sales lady convinced me by having me try all three color options (without knowing they were the same frame. With each new color, I couldn’t help but exclaim that this was my favorite pair EVER. BUT – they cost $400. So I took the style number home with me and looked them up to get the size measurements (a series of three numbers). Then I went to Warby Parker’s site and found a pair with similar numbers:
That’s the pair I ended up ordering! I think they look super similar to the original pair I tried on.
And let’s talk price. The glasses I tried on at my optometrist’s office were over $400, not including lenses. Warby Parker glasses are boutique-quality for $95, including the prescription lenses. I pay $30 extra to avoid coke-bottle glasses thanks to my horrible eyesight. AND for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is donated to someone in need.
These days my contacts are getting the cold shoulder.