Warby Parker is an eyewear company with a unique, free try-at-home service—pick out five frames, and they’ll mail them to you so you can try them out for five days. I visited the website and picked out five of my favorites. Within about three days, the box was here. (I don’t know about you, but I found getting a box of cute glasses in the mail very fun. But perhaps that’s why I work in a library.)
I especially love the Drafting line—the Chapman in brushed granite was by far my favorite. These glasses are very comfortable and lightweight. I tend to prefer simple, wire-framed glasses—industrial and practical, but stylish and neutral. Made from Japanese titanium (and you know how I love titanium), this pair is $145 with prescription lenses with free shipping. Having purchased several pairs of glasses before at around ~$200, I think this is a pretty good deal. Plus, there’s a great 30-day return policy.
All of the glasses I ordered to try on were beautifully made, and they have great styles for both men and women. They make sunglasses, too, with either prescription or non-prescription lenses. WP also has a “buy a pair, give a pair” program—for every pair sold, funding or supplies are given to non-profits helping to make glasses affordable around the world.