Ahhh! I’m ecstatic to be ordering new glasses. I’ve worn glasses since the second grade, and it’s always a thrill to pick out a new pair since I wear them daily. It’s been over two and a half years since I last ordered a pair. Maybe you remember this super fun party I wrote about a long time ago? Since then, I have been rotating between the David Kind “Scarlet” glasses I ordered and my contacts.
I was a bit overdue for a prescription update and finally got my act together to get an appointment. I had been dreading it, especially since I was taking my boys (4 and 1) with me. Sometimes those appointments can just drag on and on. Luckily I switched to a Target Optical (the one in Fishers, if you’re local), and they were speedy without sacrificing care.
Armed with my prescription, I decided to order a free Warby Parker home try-on kit. I’ve owned two pairs of Warby Parkers in the past, and love this brand so much. Using our insurance benefits before the year runs out was a priority, and I’m sure I can have a pair chosen by December 31st. Here are the five pairs I’ll be trying along with a secret tip I use every time I order a try-on kit.
MY SECRET TIP
I love that WP allows you to search by frame width. Having worn glasses for a long time and tried many pairs, I know that my face is fairly narrow. So, I always make sure to select the narrow pairs on their site. I would never put any wide pairs in my cart because they would look enormous on my head, but I did add 2 pairs that are medium just to see if I like a slightly oversized look.
Take it one step further and look at the “Measurements” of each frame. You will see a set of three numbers in the images above (ex. Chamberlain’s measurements are 50-18-140). The first number is the lens diameter, and the second number is the bridge width. The bigger these numbers are, the wider the frame will be.
I looked up my last two pairs of glasses online, and their measurements were 46-21-143 and 48-18-140. So, I tried to choose 5 try-on pairs close to that. For example, even though Keene says it is a medium-sized frame, it’s fairly close to my numbers and I’m really glad I’ll be trying it. I think it may be between Keene and Oliver.
If you’re not sure about width of frames for your face, try a variety of widths in your try-on kit. (If you prefer more help, David Kind’s higher end frames come with a real-life personal stylist who will select try-on frames for you based on a video and email consultation.)
If you are sure, then you can be even more selective by using measurements to make sure you select frames that are well-suited and comfortable on your face shape.
So, there you have it. Grab a try-on kit for yourself if you have FSA dollars or insurance benefits that you’ll be otherwise wasting. I’ll be sharing which pair I order soon!