Wanna know if Warby Parker is the way to go for some new, admittedly hipster, specs?
I’m voting yes alllll day
This at-home, spec fitting service is proof positive that some companies are actually listening to what consumers want and to what consumers ain’t got no time (or money) for. Like Netflix, Warby Parker has taken the disruptive route and understands that there may be a distinct difference between what you’re used to and what you actually want. With Netflix, it’s original television a season at a time. With Warby Parker, it’s the opportunity to wear a pair of frames around for a couple days. 5 to be exact.
How it Works
Browse the WP selection of frames online, select 5 to try-on for free at home, and WP sends them to your home for 5 days. I wore the fitz style to work for two days to see just how much I liked them after a full day’s wear.
You have time to take selfies, share them and ask for feedback, and you can stare in the mirror at home without the self-consciousness of knowing you’re sitting in a Lens Crafters, while a sales associate tries not to act bored.
At the end of your 5 days, you drop the box off at a UPS pick-up, using the return postage included in your box of frames.
How about the glasses?
I was impressed by how well-made they are and definitely enjoyed trying them on as I sat on my sofa watching Dexter. 3 of the 5 were far too small for my head, though, and after asking around, I found that several of my lady friends who have tried the Warby Parker service had a similar, big-head experience with sizing.
I was a little let down by how similar the frames looked once I had them in my hand. Your options really are hipster with blue flecks or slightly curvier, hipster with purpley-grey flecks. But they’re cute.
I liked the fitz style enough to buy them.
The ordering process:
The process was pretty simple. All specs are $95 bucks, which is convenient because you don’t have to weigh whether one pair costs twice as much when you’re deciding on frames. You will need to take a picture of your legit prescription and attach it to your order. A day after I ordered my glasses, I got an email reading:
“There’s one little thing we wanted to ask about before getting started on your new frames.
We were reviewing your prescription and noticed that it includes a combined sphere and cylinder stronger than ±4.00. In this case, we recommend our ultra-thin 1.67 high index lenses. These lenses are thinner than our standard polycarbonate lenses and tend to look better with stronger prescriptions. At Warby Parker, these high-quality lenses cost $30 more than our standard lenses.”
My prescription is actually right at 4.00 combined. No, I cannot find my own car in a parking lot without glasses. I thought about it for a sec … then rang the number they included later in the email and spoke with a girl about whether I really needed the bump. She said it was up to me, wasn’t pushy, but did reiterate that the lenses would look better if I went with the more expensive option. I thought I looked cute in those fitz frames, and so I was all in and said “sure.” :)
My fitz frames took about a week to arrive. One perk of ordering glasses online: they come in the mail, so you get the added bonus of package excitement.
After wearing them for a week, I’ve noticed that my fitz frames have already really loosened up and are a little big for my face. They haven’t loosened up in a bad way, and I just need to run to a Lens Crafters and have them heat up the legs and bend them in a little sooner toward my ears. Lens Crafters does that for free, by the way. A generous offering that I doubt will be around forever, considering the trouble services like Warby Parker are bound to give traditional frame shops.
The case fitz arrived in is very nice and came with an adorable, and yet fairly useless, little sleeve for me to put my frames in. I don’t quite get why this is more useful than just a cleaning cloth, but I’m blond. Maybe I’m missing something. I know I will not be throwing my beloved fitz in that sleeve and tossing them in my purse, so I’m not sure what to do with it besides feel how soft it is.
Overall, I’m impressed. If you’ve been thinking about doing the Warby Parker home try-on, know that you have nothing to lose. Just be prepared to buy some – once you fall in love with them. Check em’ out and let me know what you think!