Buying glasses online is not for the faint of heart.
When I finally got a new prescription, I couldn't wait to start glasses shopping. My first choice was Warby Parker, a company I've talked about before. For $95, you get a pair of high quality frames, including special coatings, and unlike companies with similar prices (BonLook and Rivet and Sway) for each pair you buy, one pair of glasses goes to someone in need. They've given 500,000 pairs of glasses!
Instead of just donating the glasses, however, Warby Parker partners with non-profits that train low-income entrepreneurs to start their own businesses selling glasses. Instead of creating a culture of dependence, they're creating jobs and encouraging the local economies.
Although several websites, including Warby Parker, allow you to upload your photo to virtually try on glasses, it's just not the same. So, Warby Parker actually allows you to pick five frames and try them on at home for five days, with free shipping.
I picked the Leigh, Sims, Marshall, Finn, and Wilkie. They're all so similar, and yet so different. You've got to help me decide! I apologize in advance for the poor photo quality, I was in a hurry to get this post up so we could get to deciding.
My Old Glasses:
Similar shape to my old glasses, but more square and little darker.
A little bigger frames, which I like, because then I'm not always looking over or under them.
These are the biggest frames. It might be just me, but I think I look like I'm playing dress up with someone else's glasses!
Finn is a little smaller, a nice tortoise color, and not quite as square as some of the others.
The Wilkie is the most square shaped of all of them, and also the darkest color.
This is going to be a tough decision. I'm leaning toward the Finn or the Wilkie right now, but I could be swayed. So weigh in in the comments: what ones do you like best?
Labels: ethical fashion, Making a Difference, style