at long last, new glasses

warby parker review
warby parker review

Well, it took three home try-ons, an order, and an exchange, but I finally found the perfect new frames.

I've been set on getting my frames from Warby Parker because, as far as I know, they're the only prescription optical company with a social enterprising bent. But I'm (I think reasonably) picky about the thing that's going to sit on my face every day for several years and I didn't want giant frames or anything so out there you'd have trouble finding my face underneath all the plastic.

In the end, I went with the Newton style in Aurelia Tortoise, a textured, purple-y blue. I opted to have Warby Parker contact my optometrist for prescription details because I figured that'd be one less thing for me to mess up. I'm quite satisfied with the speed of delivery, the fit of the frames, and the color. Plus, the "no questions asked" return and exchange policy is no joke - she literally asked no questions and got my new frames out to me in under a week. Considering most of my closet is blue and black, I'll have no trouble coordinating these to my outfits.

To read about my home try-on experiences, check out this post and this one.

Update: After several hours of wearing these, I have a terrible headache and my eyes go cross-eyed when I try to read text up close. Looks like something went wrong with the prescription. I'm sure there are options for replacing the lenses, but I can't help but feel like it's not worth all the effort in the end.

This isn't the first time I got the wrong prescription from an online glasses company. You may remember that I sampled frames from now defunct Benji Frank a few years ago and ended up ordering a pair. After trying my darndest to get correct lenses, I gave up and returned them. This has been a - to use an Evangelical buzzword - convicting process for me. After all, the most sustainable thing I can do when it comes to glasses is only replace the part that needs updating: the lenses. I think maybe this is a lesson I needed to learn.


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warby parker home try-on (take 3)

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Warby Parker has come out with a bunch of new frames and colors since my last home try-on, so I ordered 5 new pairs to sample. I had much better luck this time around (you may remember I pretty much hated everything last time) and will probably order something from this batch.

With the try-on program, you order 5 pairs of frames free of charge and get to try them out for 5 days before sending them back with a prepaid label. If you find something you like, you simply input your prescription during the order checkout process and Warby Parker will send you a new pair of prescription glasses. Prices are reasonable, materials and production are comparable to anything else on the market, and Warby Parker works with vision care facilities around the globe to help people see better.

warby parker review

This time around, I ordered (left to right, top to bottom):

Chalmer in Striped Beach, $145.00

I like these, but I don't look very cool in them. And obviously, I want to look cool.

Chamberlain in Crystal, $95.00

Very square. Very crooked on my face.

Newton in Striped Molasses, $95.00

It's amazing how much darker these look against my pale skin compared to the product image. I really like the slight cat eye reference here.

Haskell in Crystal, $95.00

These fade into my face pretty well and the rounded shape is more appealing than the square-ish shape of Chamberlain. These are in the top 2.

June in Moonstone, $95.00

These look more brown in person, but they're really cool. Maybe too cool?

I think I'm going to go with Haskell or June, but I want to do a bit more exploring on the website and see what other color options they have for the frames I tried out.


To read my previous Warby Parker home try-on post, click here

warby parker home try-on

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It's about time for a new pair of glasses, so I went ahead and ordered a free home try-on from online glasses company, Warby Parker. While not strictly fair trade (there's not a lot said about production standards), they work with non-profits to help sustain vision care programs in developing countries rather than merely giving some free stuff to people in need. It's actually rather thoughtful; you can read more about it here.

I really just wanted to try on the clear acrylic frames, so I let them fill the rest of the box up for me. The top left image is me with the glasses I already own. I organized the rest from worst to best (starting from the top middle image). I'm pretty sure you'll agree with me on the order.

Ames in Whiskey Tortoise: 

These have the remarkable quality of making me look cross-eyed. They're also gigantic. No.

Ainsworth in Walnut Tortoise:

Not bad, but kind of gigantic. They swallow my face.

Burke in Tennessee Whiskey:

Just so BIG. Why!? I like the fade effect, though.

Marshall in Rum Cherry:

I would really like these if they didn't angle down on the ends. The line is a bit too '80s for my taste.

Coley in Crystal:

I really like these, but then again, they're the reason I ordered the home try-on. They fit the angle and shape of my face well and draw attention to my eyes instead of my glasses. They fit a bit too tight at the temples, however, so they may be a no go.

Overall, my Warby Parker home try-on was, um, an interesting experience. Better luck next time, I guess.