Get the glasses: Warby Parker’s “Dahl” in English Oak
I remember the first time I found out I needed glasses.
Backtrack to when I was 11. I was so excited for the premiere of Britney Spears’s Oops!…I Did It Again music video that I didn’t want to miss any detail or dance move. So 10 minutes before it was to come on, I declared to my parents that I’d be watching it up close on the small TV in my bedroom, instead of about four metres away from the larger TV in the living room. It had been something I was doing more of at that time because I was finding myself squinting at things that weren’t directly in front of me.
As I sat cross-legged in front of my bedroom TV, waiting for Britney, that’s when I overheard my dad say to my mom, “We should take her to get her eyes checked.” Next thing I knew, I was at school in my new Calvin Klein tortoise shell and gold-framed glasses (they were way less trendy-looking than that combination of words make them sound). I remember showing them off to my friends and teachers, and enjoying my vision upgrade from fuzzy standard def to glorious HD. Was the world always this crystal clear and I had just been missing out? Glasses were trippy and cool and now a huge part of my life!
From that moment on, I have been a fan of eyewear and I buy a new pair or two almost every year. Now I have a few pairs I rotate to match with different outfits, activities, and moods. The only thing is, as we eyeglass-wearers know, prescription specs — whether they’re trendy and designer, or basic and generic-brand — can run up a bill in the hundreds, and regardless of whether you have insurance to cover it, that’s pretty ridiculous.
That’s where brands like Warby Parker come in. They operate by the model of “circumventing traditional channels, designing glasses in-house, and engaging with customers directly” so they can “provide higher-quality, better-looking prescription eyewear at a fraction of the going price.” tl;dr — Warby Parker cuts out the middle man so you can get a nice pair of glasses without a sacrificial offering.
My glasses in the past have always cost at least $200 FOR THE FRAMES ALONE (pardon my caps lock), which is the unfortunately common story for glasses wearers. At Warby Parker, however, eyeglasses only cost $150 to $300 (single-vision) for the whole package — yes, that’s frames and lenses.
That’s why I embraced the arrival of the new Warby Parker location in Toronto. To prepare, I first browsed their site for some potential candidates then went into the store to celebrate their grand opening weekend, already anticipating I’d be ordering a pair. After trying on all the ones I had bookmarked, it had become clear that their “Dahl” eyeglasses in English Oak were a winner for me. It was the exact colour, shape, and style I had been looking for.
Say hello to my little side braid. These Dahl glasses work well with many different ‘dos!
My glasses started at $150, plus an extra $50 because I have a high-index prescription (FYI: -3.75 is considered “on the cusp”, apparently). Then their specialist took my PD (pupillary distance) measurements to make sure my eyes matched up with the optical centre of my lenses. And that was it! I paid for my order and in under two weeks I was back at the store, picking up my glasses and having the arms perfectly fitted to my head. A quick and painless experience without breaking the bank — $200 all in!
I find the fit of the Dahl glasses surprisingly comfortable, given that they have flat nose pads, as opposed to nose pad arms, which are often more suited for my nose type. Often with flat nose pads, I can feel them slipping down the slope of my nose. But the Dahl nose pads stay nice and snug.
That’s because they’re designed for those with low nose bridges, like myself, because of their “large nose pads, slightly curved temples, wide temple-to-temple distance, and an adjusted lens tilt.” It’s really impressive to me that Warby Parker takes low bridge fits seriously, as nose pads are certainly not one size fits all.
When it comes to nose pads for low nose bridges, a few millimetres make a huge difference. The nose pads on Warby Parker’s “Dahl” eyeglasses have a larger surface area than other similar styles, which contribute to their comfortable and secure fit for low nose bridges.
My Dahl glasses also seem to go with every outfit. There’s a mix of subtle browns in the frames, giving them depth but also keeping them neutral, which makes for a versatile pair. I can wear them for a more studious look, like in this post, or for a more casual look with printed, flowy clothes. These have become my office glasses as I wear them to work or keep them in my work purse as a backup on days I wear contacts.
Overall, I’m in love with my Dahl glasses and would highly recommend Warby Parker to anyone looking for a stress-free eyeglass shopping experience.
Interested in giving Warby Parker a spin? Browse and shop the Warby Parker Fall 2016 collection here.
For those interested in the Home Try-On program, I’ve been working on hunting down more information on that as existing links to those pages on the Warby Parker site seem to be expired.
Is there anything else you’d like to know about Warby Parker? I feel like there’s so much ground to cover, I could be missing something, so let me know! What’s has your experience been with purchasing glasses? Let’s chat in the comments section below :)
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Just a little side note: I’ll be away on vacay for a the next couple of weeks, with some of that time spent taking in the toasty dry heat of Las Vegas. I’ll be back on the blog around mid-October… and maybe with a Vegas vlog treat 😉 See ya then!
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