I love a brand that’s committed to giving people a high quality product at a fair and reasonable price. So, it should come as no surprise to you, that I am a big fan of the eyeglass brand, Warby Parker.
Have you heard of this company?
If you’re a frugal fashionista, I’m sure you have.
Warby Parker was started by Brown University students who were frustrated and felt that the price of glasses was too expensive. One of the students lost his glasses on a backpacking trip. Unfortunately, the cost of replacing his glasses was so high that he spent the first semester of grad school without them!
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Like any grad student, these kids decided to research and investigate their problem. They learned that the eye wear industry was dominated by one company that kept prices unreasonably high because consumers didn’t have an alternative.
Luckily for the rest of us, they didn’t like this and decided to establish Warby Parker, an affordable alternative making the process of buying glasses easy and fun!
But they didn’t stop there. They also have a buy a pair, give a pair program. Through this program they have donated more than 2 million pair of glasses!
Each month, they tally up the number of glasses sold and make a donation, based on the number of purchases. Warby Parker makes a monthly donation to its nonprofit partners, which covers the cost of sourcing that number of glasses. The nonprofit partner then trains men and women in developing countries to give basic eye exams and sell glasses to their communities at affordable prices. The employees become eyecare advocates and spread awareness within their communities. It’s a solution that creates change and sustainability.
Warby Parker has an awesome home try-on program. My mom, and many of my friends have used this program and rave about it. If you’re busy, this option is especially awesome.
I happen to live near one of the Warby Parker stores, so I actually went to the store to try my lenses on. Their home try-on program allows you to pick out five frames from their collection. Warby Parker will ship your selections to you for free and you have five days to try them on. Once you select your frames, you can order them online and send the others back. The return shipping is free.
I have 3 tips for you when you’re buying new glasses!
1. Try On A Variety of Styles
When you’re purchasing glasses, the frames you buy aren’t just cosmetic. They’re functional too. Be sure to try on a variety of styles to get a feel for comfort and durability. It’s tempting to visit Pinterest or a magazine and fall in love with a fashionable pair of frames.
Be sure that the frames you select are also the right shape for your face. You don’t want to overwhelm your face with glasses, similarly, you want to select glasses that enhance your physical features. Glasses shouldn’t leave marks on your face when you’re not wearing them, and they shouldn’t slip down your face when you look down! (Don’t laugh, I once owned glasses that were much too loose.)
2. Get A Second Opinion
Your friends and family are great resources when you’re in the market for a second opinion on glasses. They see you everyday, and have a strong sense for your personal style. You want your glasses to flatter your face.
Many of my friends wear glasses and I turned to Instagram for real time crowd sourcing. My friends had strong opinions (as you can see from the comments). It was great, because with so many frames and styles to choose from, I really needed a little guidance.
3. Purchase Glasses That Reflect Your Personality
My friend Sarah, is the ultimate glasses diva. She has several different pair of glasses, and wears frames that match her mood, personality or outfit! Her willingness to change frames to suit the mood or occasion is awesome! Below, she’s wearing some jazzy glasses at a friend’s wedding. Sarah considers her glasses a fashion accessory, and has multiple pair so that she can rotate them.
It’s important to buy glasses within your budget. Fashion-forward lenses might seem cool, but for most people, glasses are not disposable, and will need to last you through changing trends.