Today, glasses have become more than helping you correct your vision; they have become an extension and accessory in fashion and personal style. Unfortunately, there are several unaccommodating issues with the purchasing and wearing glasses. I have been wearing them for most of my life (started at 6 years old!), and it’s not always been a smooth experience. They are expensive, break easily, and due to the high costs were always limited to only one pair at a time.
Poking around the internet a few months ago, I stumbled upon Warby Parker, an organization who promised they were the catalyst for revolutionizing the eyewear industry. Warby Parker mission is simple, create quality eyewear at a revolutionarily price point. The company wanted to debunk the myth that stylish eyewear needs to cost three hundred dollars a pair. They go on to explain the reason we are all paying such horrific prices for stylish eyewear is due to the large monopoly a few large organizations have on the eye glasses industry. Warby Parker looks to evade the traditional setup of purchasing eyeglasses (They design and manufacture all of their own frames) by engaging and selling directly to the customers.
I was hesitant to give Warby Parker a chance due to the fact that I never ordered a pair of glasses online. Since the company’s eye glasses were a third of the price I was used to paying, I decided I had nothing to lose, and ordered a pair.
The ordering process was very helpful and straight forward; entering your prescription was easier than expected with step by step instructions from Warby Parker. If you’re having trouble deciding on a pair of glasses they can send you up to five pairs of glasses for you to try on before you make an online purchase (United States only). Since I’m based in Canada I did not qualify for the home trial and used Warby Parker’s virtual on system to try them on. You simply upload a headshot of yourself, and them place some virtual glasses on top of your head shot , sounds strange but it actually works. I opted for the “Winston” a plastic black rimmed pair of glasses with a 60’s retro feel.
When the glasses arrived, I quickly put them on and checked out the frame and built quality. Warby Parker lived up to its claim. The Winston’s had the style, look and feel of a pair that I would pay five hundred dollars for.
Ever since I received the glasses, the Winston’s have become my daily pair. The Winston’s worked well with almost anything in my closet whether it’s a graphic t-shirt and hat or a something more formal like a collared shirt and sports coat.
Here are some ways I wore the Winston’s
Winston’s Dressed Down