I was first introduced to Warby Parker frames a few months back when I was reading through my blog feeds and was immediately smitten. My favorite part was being able to select up to 5 pairs to have sent to you for home try-on. Back then the waiting list was around 6 months long and I was slightly discouraged from putting my name in the hat. Recently I decided it was time to do so and discovered that the wait was dramatically slashed, only 5 days. I was floored and immediately submitted my try-on order. They even arrived a day early, nice. Before opening the package I went out to dinner with some girlfriends and had them assess the frames on me. The following morning, still without looking at them on myself, I asked for Terrence’s opinion. Now I felt prepared to look in a mirror. Most of the frames come in a variety of colors, so more than looking for the perfect pair I asked that my pals consider the shape of each frame and the color on my skin tone. The responses varied person to person. Still a bit lost I brought the pairs with me to work and asked a few colleagues. Sadly, the results are still up in the air. Most of my work responses were indifferent, my close friends were blunt to say the least, and Terrence seemed either indifferent or strongly against. At $95 a pair I’m not opposed to buying multiple frames, all 5 pairs together still don’t equal the amount I’ve paid in the past for any pair of my regular Selima Optique lenses. Which have in the past cost me well over $500 with the lenses included, whereas Warby Parker’s set price of $95 includes lenses. Sure the quality of the frames aren’t in the same league, but they’re not far apart either. So without further ranting I give you the results of my Warby Parker home try-on fun:
In some cases I think that Dutch may look cuter than I do in the frames… he got a smooch and a biscuit for being such a good sport.
Ok really, I need your help. I still may do another 5 pairs before actually purchasing. But I need all the feedback I can get. Leave a comment, send an email, text me, do something. Even if you just want to tell me how horrible I look, just be gentle.
(Ed Note: I decided on the Webb’s in Amber, they’re absolutely lovely.)