Elements of Classic Style and Culture in the American South
Monday, July 5, 2010
Warby Parker Review
This weekend I finally got my hands on some Warby Parker eyeglass frames. As part of their free home try-on service, Warby Parker shipped me five frames of my choice. I ordered the Miles (pictured), Fillmore, Zagg (in two colors) and the Langston. They arrived second-day air packaged in a nice black box with "Warby Parker" embroidered in gray on the top. After examining the frames, I find myself quite impressed with the styling, quality and price (only $95).
Unfortunately I was disappointed by the fit. I tried on the Fillmore frames first and was shocked at how narrow they were between the temples. I found the Zagg and Miles to be equally narrow. The Langston was better, but even the temples of that pair splayed apart slightly. I looked back at the Warby Parker website to see if I had somewhere missed a sizing selection. I then discovered that most of the frames are listed as "Width: Medium." A very few, like the Langston, are listed as "Width: Wide." I have a relatively large head (my hat size is 7 3/8), but it's not a watermelon. Yet even the widest available frames (of which the selection is small) are too small for my face. This is somewhat surprising to me; I had assumed that these big, chunky-styled glasses would also be proportionally larger in size. I was mistaken. Hopefully if Warby Parker continues to enjoy success they will decide to offer some of their great styles in a variety of sizes.
If you have narrow or slight features then I would heartily recommend a pair of Warby Parker eyeglasses. Nowhere will you find comparable style and quality for the money. If you have a big head like me I guess, at least for now, you will have to look elsewhere.