October 10, 2014

My Experience with Warby Parker Glasses

I've been meaning to try Warby Parker for quite some time now. I like how they operate and I like how easy it seemed to get a hold of some seriously fashionable prescription glasses (or sunglasses!) for under $100. I decided on my own, to try their "at home try on" service and see just for myself what the quality was like and just how simple the process was. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might remember seeing my post a few months back about how I ordered my last glasses online and how easy that process was. Warby Parker takes it a step further. Although there are a ton of "virtual try on" services available where you can choose the glasses to appear over your newly uploaded photo of your face, you still don't get to touch, feel and look at them from various angles. You don't get to see if they're comfortable on your nose and ears. With Warby Parker, you get FIVE whole days to wear them, model them, snap endless selfies in them and get feedback from your trusted pals to see which ones you love (or loathe). How cool is that?!

Here's how it works:

1 | Head over to Warby Parker (read some very cool stuff about the company while you're at it...they're pretty groovy).
2 | Choose either the "Women" or "Men" category and start perusing their frames (you can choose 'Optical' or 'Sunwear')
3 | You can either set all your search criteria here, or you can just scroll through all the insanely adorable frames.
4 | Let's say you found one that strikes your fancy, click it, and then choose "Home try on...free trial" from the right hand side of the screen (they'll let you know if the frames are unavailable for try on).
5 | Add to cart then choose 4 more styles to try (they even recommend frames you might like based off of your choice!)

Once you've chosen your 5 pairs, you'll go to checkout where you'll be asked for your credit card number. Don't worry! You'll only be charged $1 as kind of a "safety deposit". Here's what they say: "Home try-on must be secured with a valid credit or debit card. Your card will be validated with a $1 authorization charge. You will not be charged for the frames unless you do not return them."


My 5 pairs arrived in less than 48 hours. All of the instructions are inside of the box, but it's basically like Netflix. You take them for a test run, note which ones you love and then when the 5 days is up, package them up the way they came and send them back (there's a prepaid shipping label you just slap on the box then drop off at a FedEx, UPS or USPS). All returns and exchanges are on them! No questions asked! If you don't like any of the frames, just send all of them back and you don't have to worry about a thing. You can keep trying them until you find your dream glasses! If you do end up wanting to purchase a pair (or three) you'll need your prescription so that you can enter it in online.

Here are the 5 pairs (4 optical, 1 sunwear) I chose to try on!

I adored this pair! I don't know if I would have ever chosen this style if I was in an optical boutique, but I thought I'd get a little funky since I was in the comfort of my own home and I ended up loving them! They're so fun and I love the chunky tortoise shell pattern! They're called Kimball in Marzipan Tortoise.

This pair was a bit safer and while I really liked them, they weren't quite as sassy as I am used to. They were more of a rectangle shape and were very classic. It's kind of hard to tell in the photo, but they had a slight pinkish tint to them. So cute! These are called Annette in Petal Tortoise.

These green ones were super fun! These would be a great addition to some more wearable colored frames as I think I might get sick of green every day (even though it is my favorite color). I really liked this shape which was kind of a mix between a rectangle and square. This one is called Arthur in Green Spruce.

I. Am. Obsessed. With. This. Pair. Again, totally different from what I'd normally choose but holy CRAP I love everything about them. I never thought I could wear rounder frames but I loved how these looked on my face. And the honey color and the gold arms are so dainty and feminine! This pair may need to find its way into my collection. This is called the Chandler Ti in English Oak

And last but not least. We have the cutest sunglasses on the face of planet Earth. I almost fainted when I saw these. So chunky yet so chic! And again....more tortoise shell but this one is smokey!! I die. I loved how these felt on, so comfy and they covered so much of my eyes and face which is SO important to me when I'm looking for sunglasses. This little doll baby is called Banks in Sea Smoke Tortoise (even the name is sexy!)

I could instantly tell that these glasses were made incredibly well and designed to last. You can read all about Warby Parker's design process here. All in all, I would highly recommend going through Warby Parker if you're looking for new glasses. The process was so painless and you don't have to worry about annoying salespeople bothering you when you're trying to choose your frames. It's a win win WIN!

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