I'm a bit overdue for a new eye exam. When Warby Parker reached out to me to encourage me to try their new fall collection of frames, I thought this was as good a time as any. I would like to figure out exactly what shape, size, and color of frames I love best when the time comes to upgrade the small frames I currently have.
I have friends who bought their frames through Warby Parker and love them. With their free At Home Try-On service, picking out frames is easy and painless. I chose five pairs of frames that arrived at my door a few days later. Read on for my experience and thoughts on the frames I tested out for the week. (This is not a sponsored post.)
In looking over the website to choose the five frames for my home trial, I was surprised by the variety of shapes and colors in their selection. The tortoise shell, marbled, and solid frames are injected with blues, greens, and deep reds. I really enjoyed browsing the site, but the fun collection made narrowing my choices down very difficult. Once you choose your frames, you log in your information and await your free At Home Try-On kit. Mine arrived in about five days in a neatly packaged box. The kit includes an information page with room to write down your thoughts about each of your selected frames. You have five days to try on, wear around, and photograph your selections to make your best decision.
Sending the package back was just as easy. Pack everything back up, secure the box, and place the return shipping label on. Drop it off at the post office or mail carrier and you're done! If you found your perfect match, just log back into the website and place your order. The Warby Parker team is available to help you choose frames that may suit you if you need an extra opinion. All the frames seemed to be of good quality and fairly lightweight. Now let me show you what I tried:
The Clark frames come in Scarlet Tortoise, Cognac Tortoise, and this Blue Marblewood. I loved the flecks of blue online, but was quite surprised at how muted the color was in person. In fact, I don't think you can see it at all when I am wearing the frames. I was also surprised that all of the ones I tried were wide enough for my big ole head. In the past, I have had trouble finding glasses and sunglasses that were comfortably wide enough and didn't dig into my temples. In the end, I felt these were too dark and thick for my face. Plus, they sat farther down my nose then I would have liked.
I was excited about the Barnett because the Toffee Fade (also available in grey) reminds me of the frames the character Felicity Smoak wears on Arrow. I love her glasses and definitely want to try to find something like those. The lighter shade matched my hair, which was a fun touch, but I still felt the top was too dark. They also didn't sit at the top of my nose well and only looked good on my face when I pushed them up and didn't move. I don't know much about glasses because I don't have to wear mine all the time, but I just felt really picky.
The Simone comes in a Blue Coral and this Tea Rose Fade. The lighter bottom color makes them a bit less heavy than the Clark, but I still felt the darker color was too dark for my face. They fit well overall, but still sat a little lower on my nose. They definitely made me want to try something lighter (or frameless) to see how that looks.
The Daisy comes in Striped Molasses and Aurelia Tortoise. Again the vivid purples and blues from the photo online were quite subdued in person. If you're hesitate about bolder frames, don't let the bright colors on the website deter you from trying something out. Personally, I wished they were brighter because I was keen to try a colored frame outside of my comfort zone. Fit wise, these were MUCH better. The larger size was more proportioned to my head, while the thinness didn't make them too heavy or dark.
The Marshall turned out to be my absolute favorite. They come in three colors: Sugar Maple (pictured), Rum Cherry, and Striped Sassafras. The slender frames weren't too dark or heavy and were proportioned to my head. The warm maple shade was complimentary to my skin and hair. And I looked like a hot nerd girl with my hair pulled up too. Sean was a big fan of these on me as well. I didn't have the bridge issue of them not sitting right either. Looking at the measurements of the frames online gives me a better idea of what size I need to look for in the future. Then once I get my eye exam, I can try another set of frames closer to this size and make my final selection.
Which one do you think suits me best? Have you ever tried Warby Parker's Home Try-on? Where do you usually purchase frames from? I'd love to hear your experience.