Warby Parker

So, I’m sorry to report this, but it appears that summer is never coming. Ever. And I wonder why I’m not at all inspired to  shop when I walk past stores with my fur-lined hood blocking my peripheral vision. Except one thing happened last week: the SUN came out! I’ll still grumble about the cold, but the sunshine definitely helps. The moral of this long-winded story is this: forget spring shopping because it’s not coming – but definitely buy some new sunglasses, because you may need those. This is how I’ve decided to update my wardrobe for the upcoming “season”.

I started searching the trends of the eyewear season (yup, it’s a thing) to update my classic aviator look. The fashion consensus is as follows: cat eyes, embellishments, coloured frames and plastic “james dean” looks are all the rage. Timing couldn’t have been more perfect for Kelly and I to get an email from our favorite eyeglass outfitters Warby Parker asking us to share the launch of their latest sunnies. Suddenly my spring shopping list is complete:

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Maybe I should back up for a minute. Are you familiar with Warby Parker? These are ultra-stylish, cheap (read: from $120 pair, including prescription lenses) glasses that are delivered to your door. I wasn’t entirely sold until I visited a showroom in New York City and tried the frames on, but I am now and they haven’t left my face. Kelly ordered hers by mail and now we are Warby Parker twinsies, only I wear the Percies and she wears the Holcombs.  The at-home try-on system lets you pick five frames, have them sent to you by mail to try on, gives you 5 days to live with them and send them back (free return shipping), then you can place your order. Once you place an order, a pair of glasses gets made and sent to someone in need, too. A charitable spin is always a feel-good thing.

HP-HTOBack to the shades. Warby Parker’s new Spectrum collection is right on point: coloured neutral frames, gorgeously gradient tints to the lenses, slight cat eyes for the girls, and a modern take on the James Dean frame for both genders. They’re $120 (including tax & shipping), or from $170 for prescription lenses, with that receipt you need to submit to your insurance.

I’m particularly taken by the Minnie frame in eucalyptus. I’m thinking the olive green shade will be a gorgeous, unexpected pop of colour that will go with all the pastels and neutrals I’ll be wearing this summer. Or the tortoise-shelled, cat-eyed Pipers?  #firstworldproblems.

If you’re planning a trip to a city where there’s a Warby Parker showroom you’ll get a discount on your order, but the Spectrum line is limited so if you see a pair you love, I’d jump the gun and make the purchase. Make it feel like Spring, at least on your face.

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