Mar 21, 2011

Warby Parker Review




I have been wearing glasses since the 8th grade.  I was lucky that my mom had health insurance with a killer vision plan, so I was able to get new frames every two years and not really have to worry about price.  Once I graduated, got a job, and a vision plan of my own I realized that prescription glasses are expensive as hell without insurance.  Unfortunately, my vision plan isn't quite on the level as my parent's at this point in my career.  Enter Warby Parker: the maker of the most stylish and affordable glasses out there.



It is well known that Warby Parker offers free home try-ons.  You have 5 days upon receipt to return the glasses and I did two to find the right pair.  My first try on was during the Fall when I was traveling for work and it was going to arrive while I was away for a week and a half.  I called Warby Parker and they were extremely accommodating.  They rerouted the package back to them and told me to email them when I returned home and they would ship them again immediately.  They did just that.  I didn't find anything that I was happy with in my first try on so I waited for them to release their new collection to do my second try-on and I was very happy I did so.  I wanted a pair of glasses with wider lenses, so more of my periphery was in the glasses, and dark blue frames.  The Sinclair's offered just that.  



Warby Parker will work with you in getting your prescription right.  You can have them contact your eye doctor, you have have the eye doctor send Warby Parker the info, or you can enter it yourself.  I decided to enter the info myself as I had already contacted my doctor about getting my prescription from them.  The process of entering the prescription wasn't difficult at all.  The glasses arrive in less than 2 weeks (about 8 or 9 days after I placed my order).  They came with a nice case and a cloth.  Three plus weeks and I'm still loving them.  If you are in need of glasses and either don't have baller insurance or are on a budget, I highly recommend you look into Warby Parker.


Glasses-Warby Parker | Blazer and Jeans-Gap | Custom Shirt-Blank Label | Shoes-Bass Dovers | Bow Tie-Vineyard Vines 
P.S. The bow tie that I'm wearing is Vineyard Vines for Washington and Lee and it features our university's logo.  If you went to a school preppy enough to have it's own bow tie, I highly recommend getting one.  They are excellent conversation pieces without being cartoonish.



13 comments:

  1. Those are some fresh glasses CB, might have to check them out as I go blind from studying all the time.

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  2. Awesome look, just plain awesome.

    Hope you don´t mind me reblogging this on my tumblr (kleidsam.tumblr.com), filed under "looks i definitely gonna steal" ? :)

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  3. Well played, sir. although i do not don prescription spectacles, definitely inspiration to augment my bow tie game.

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  4. That bow tie is clown shit. Please spare us pictures of your cheeseball ass in discount clothes.

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  5. New to your blog, you have some great looks! Warby Parker is a great company, bought two pair last year, Zaggs(Black) and Digbys (Tortoise). Completely satisfied,they came in black cases, they ran out off their signature cases, they sent a note apologizing but sent the cases a month or so later. You can purchase your glasses with plain lenses, no script needed. Maybe the best thing about the co. is when you buy a pair from them, they purchase a pair for someone who cant afford it.

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  6. These glasses are too small for your features. As a frame stylist for 3 years I can say this online buy is a fail. Just my opinion.

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  7. @Anon 3:54: I tried on larger frames and end up looking like this: http://badgals-radio.com/wp-content/uploads/HLIC/9ae236b0a3c43cdf9560403ed533a234.jpg

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  8. What's up with the anon hate? It must be a signifier of CB reaching a higher stratosphere in this blogging game(applause for CB & a chorus of boos for @anon 12:01).

    Warby Parker is one of my fave companies as they're doing some good in this world while supply great product. I like the subtle color of the dark blue frames.

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  9. I agree with Anom 3:54. It's cool that you're into exploring fashion, but something seems slightly off about your whole ensemble. Something about it just isn't harmonizing. I think you might have slightly too wide of a nose for the glasses, which causes them to not rest at the location they were designed for. I could be wrong though. Thanks for the review! Cheers!

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  10. p.s. A general rule of thumb in photography is that your pupils should point in the same direction as your nose. So if your nose is pointing forward, then it's generally not aesthetically pleasing to look off to the side and expose a lot of white space in the eyes. Turn your face a couple degrees in the direction you are looking and the picture will feel more balanced.

    I studied photography in case you're wondering. Thanks again!

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  11. It's been a few months since you've ordered these, how are they holding up?

    I have a high prescription (-9.5) and have been considering buying a pair for a while. I'm skeptical about the quality since I wear my glasses 24/7 and put them through a beating. Any review on durability, scratch resistance, glare, etc?

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  12. Unfortunately, these glasses are not a good fit. Glasses should NEVER touch or be in front of or above your eyebrows. Also the bridge does not fit properly. In the photo there is a huge gap at the top of the bridge. The bridge should rest on your nose evenly without any gaps so weight is distributed evenly. You could run into comfort problems if wearing these for long periods of time. Lastly, your eyes should be centered in each lens. Your eyes are more to the outside of each lens. Long story short, they are just too small.

    If you have a light prescription and you don't plan on wearing them 24/7 then they may work fine for you. However the higher your prescription, the more important exact measurements are. It's ALWAYS worth it to see a licensed optician to help you select the right fit for your comfort and for your particular prescription. I know I wouldn't buy a toilet and install it myself just because I could order it online and they printed up installation instructions in two paragraphs.

    Lastly, Warby Parker does not give glasses to the needy as most people seem to think. They are not the 'Toms Shoes' of glasses (buy one, they give one.) What Warby Parker does is provide financial backing to those in poor countries so they can open their own optical store and SELL glasses to the poor.

    Hope this info helps someone see the light.

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