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Warby Parker

2010 October 19
by Jill

I’ve been in need of new glasses for a few months now, but just never got around to going to the eye doctor with the move and the job hunt and everything else that was going on the last few months.  After having enough of squinting at everything from my computer screen to street signs, I finally found an eye doctor, got my new prescription, and headed to Warby Parker to try on some frames.

If you’ve never heard of Warby Parker, they’re a fantastic company. In addition to offering glasses for a retail of $95 (slightly more for high index lenses for blind people like me), the company has partnered with nonprofits such as RestoringVision.org to provide a pair of glasses to those visually impaired people who can’t afford to buy glasses. So every pair of glasses that’s purchased from Warby Parker, they provide a pair of glasses to someone in need. Pretty frickin awesome.

They do most of their business online, but they do have a showroom in New York and one in San Francisco as well. For all others, you can try the “virtual try-on” feature on their website, or they will send you up to five pairs of frames to try on at home for no cost before you order.

I visited the New York showroom this morning, and Brian was very helpful and even took photos for me so that I could better decide (the dangers of shopping for new glasses is that you can’t see the frames when you’re not wearing your glasses! Quite the conundrum.).

Here’s where you come in: Which ones do you like better? I’m leaning toward the Coltons because they seem to fit my face a bit better. Help!

The Colton in Whiskey Tortoise

The Finn in Amber

20 Responses Post a comment
  1. October 19, 2010

    My vote is The Finn in Amber.

    Also, weirdly, did you know I work with a freelancer and her name is Amber Finn?

  2. Joe permalink
    October 19, 2010

    Gonna go Colton, after much debate.

    Love,
    The person who will see these glasses the most (even more than you!)

  3. NMR permalink
    October 19, 2010

    First- I LOVED this post as a glasses wearer- this is a great site for stylish AND affordable glasses.

    Not to disagree with your man- but I like the Finn in Amber. I don’t know how to augment my vote though after he pointed out that he sees you in your glasses more.

  4. October 19, 2010

    While I’m thankful for good vision, I covet glasses and secretly can’t wait for the day when I can legitimately wear them. Sigh. Back to you… I vote for Finn in Amber. They’re a bit more feminine, but still have the dark, chunky look of the other pair.

  5. Kerry permalink
    October 19, 2010

    Oh Jill, you’re such a hipster.

  6. Raquel permalink
    October 19, 2010

    I vote for the FInns. The shape of them is quite flattering. Sorry, Joe!

    What a great company! I will keep them in mind if I ever choose to replace my unoft-used glasses.

    Also, I love your coat!

  7. October 19, 2010

    I’ve got to go for the Finns too. But I think both options are great! Really, Jill, you can’t go wrong.

  8. Amy G permalink
    October 19, 2010

    Gotta agree with all the Finn votes. They have a cool funky vaguely retro indie bookworm look to them! Seems about right, no?

  9. Amy G permalink
    October 19, 2010

    PS The Thompson looks a lot like the glasses I used to wear (and have kept in case I need them in the future…which wouldn’t be so bad–glasses are accessories, after all ;).

  10. Amanda permalink
    October 19, 2010

    Finns. Hands-down. The Thompson’s remind me of the old guy from the Six Flags ads.

    Sorry Joe, the HLP has spoken 😉

  11. Amanda permalink
    October 19, 2010

    * Thompsons

    (long day)

  12. Dawn permalink
    October 20, 2010

    I vote for the Finns too. I didn’t know big glasses were in – that’s the anti-fashionista in me… I like them smaller! :)

  13. Derrick permalink
    October 20, 2010

    Finn in Amber. Better shape for your face, Jilly-o. Not that the other wasn’t…this one just really makes you sing.

  14. Mallory permalink
    October 20, 2010

    I’m going to have to throw in with the Finns. They are a bit more feminine. But the Coltons are cute, too. You’ll look great either way, but I think the Finns are a bit more flattering (although pictures can be deceiving, I’ll admit).

  15. Mallory permalink
    October 20, 2010

    Also, I think I should say “a bit more” a bit more. :-/

  16. Joe permalink
    October 21, 2010

    I just want to let everyone know that I won.

  17. Mallory permalink
    October 21, 2010

    Hipster.

  18. Jill permalink
    October 21, 2010

    I just want to point out to everyone that though I did, in fact, order the Coltons (they shipped today!), it was NOT solely because Joe likes them. In fact, I needed to convince him he liked them better.

    This isn’t to say I didn’t appreciate and take into account all of your feedback, but in person, I felt the Coltons were more flattering to my face shape. I hope I’m right–and if I’m not, then I can return them and get the Finns!

    Also, I refuse to be insulted by the “hipster” moniker. I am secure in my preferred aesthetics. :)

  19. Nancy permalink
    November 3, 2010

    Trying on glasses was always my least favorite thing…because of the whole not being able to see for yourself what they look like…so, I appreciate this format. I am obvs late to the game…but good choice after the fact!

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