EDITOR’S NOTE: This is NOT a paid or sponsored post. And even if it was (Warby Parker, we’re available!) we’d still be brutally honest in our opinion and review, because we all know #mamadontlie
Quick shipping of just about anything is one of the best inventions for busy, modern working moms. Nowadays, you can get everything from groceries to clothing delivered directly to your doorstep, and sometimes in less than 24 hours. And let’s face it: sitting on the couch and sipping a glass of wine while hitting “add to cart” is infinitely better than dragging three kids to the store or using my occasional free lunch hour to run an errand. I was even getting my contact lenses delivered directly to my doorstep! Until recently, when I did something for myself (crazy, I know) and got LASIK. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 8 so contacts had become a way of life. I finally took the plunge and got my vision corrected, and it was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. Opening your eyes and being able to actually see is such a luxury, and my only regret is not doing it sooner.
Post LASIK, a dear friend gifted me with a gift card to Warby Parker. As if finally seeing wasn’t enough, now I got to upgrade my Target shades to something much more stylish! And even when I was wearing glasses, the idea of Warby Parker was always intriguing. If you’re not familiar with the brand, Warby Parker is an online retailer of sunglasses and eyeglasses, with an occasional brick and mortar store in select cities. Their mission is to provide the masses with “great frames that don’t leave your wallet bare.” And since my last pair of eye glasses was $350, that’s something that I can get behind. I also have to mention their “buy a pair, give a pair” which is exactly what it sounds like, but with a little twist – you buy a pair of glasses, they will give a pair to a non-profit partner, who will re-sell them to their communities at a reasonable pricing.
But what makes Warby Parker really unique is their home try-on option. You pick five frames to test out for five days, and they’ll ship them to you for free. That means you can try on the different pairs and ask your mother, brother, best friend, co-workers and whomever else for their opinion. Send them back after five days in the same packaging with the included pre-paid return label. Then you can go online and buy the pair you loved, and they send you a fresh and clean pair with your prescription, if needed.
Since my brand new eyeballs are now seeing almost 20/20 (seriously, best thing ever!!) I did not try out the prescription glasses option. My experience is with buying sunglasses from Warby Parker only.
Getting the Warby Parker Party Started
I started by downloading the app. Both their site and their app is pretty cool and intuitive to use. Each pair of Warby Parker sunglasses has meticulous details and measurements so you can ensure you’re finding the right fit for your face. There’s also a handy 360 video of a real person wearing them.
One of the things that I didn’t particularly love was the lack of options for sunglasses in the home try-on program. At the time of this writing, the Warby Parker website has 74 sunglasses listed as available, but only 40 are available for home try on. And there’s not a ton of variety in the ones available for the home try on program – if you’re not a tortoiseshell lover, you’ll either need to become one or try to look past the color of your try-ons. Another thing that would’ve made my experience better was if there was more guidance on getting out of my comfort zone. After a few days of browsing and selecting and unselecting different frames, all five of the ones in my cart looked very similar. I’m not sure if this was a by-product of the lack of available frames for home try-on or me not venturing outside of my comfort zone. Another tip would be to hurry up and make your selection. I took my sweet time browsing for different frames over the course of a few days, and several times pairs that were in my cart were no longer available when I was ready to checkout.
My Home Try On Experience
A few days after making my selections, the package arrived. Inside were my five different pairs of sunglasses, more information about the brand, and detailed return instructions, including a pre-paid return label. I closely inspected each pair, and was pleasantly surprised with the frame’s durability and overall look.
The Final Verdict on Warby Parker Sunglasses
It was a toss-up between the Laurel shades in rose gold and the Thatcher. I sneakily texted my BFFs a picture of me in the Laurels, the Thatchers and my Target shades. The Thatchers won by a mile.
The Winning Pair
I ordered my new pair through the app, and in about 3-5 business days, a fresh pair of Thatchers were in my hand. I loved the thin, hard-shelled case. A previous pair of designer shades (cough, Michael Kors, cough) came in a case that took up half my purse. There was also a soft cloth case that doubles as a cleaning cloth. All in all, I’ve been extremely happy with both the Warby Parker try-on experience and my new shades!
Warby Parker may be for you if:
- You like classic shapes and neutral patterns
- You know what size frames look good on your face
- You want to try lenses on in the comfort of your own home
- You need a few days to make a decision
Warby Parker may not be your jam if:
- You want a wide variety of options
- You need/want help finding a new style for your face
- Your eyes demand polarized lenses