I didn’t think I’d want a pair of Warby Parkers, but—blue tortoise! Reconsidering.
Dita Royce in Tortoise. These are the ultimate classic square frames and at $400 they’d better be life-changing. I went to try on a pair of round frames I ordered and the guy at the shop said even though I could pull those off I’d look “sexier” in the Dita man-glasses. Then we polled everyone in the shop to eliminate salesman bias and it was unanimous: if I want to seem remotely fuckable I should get these, if I want to let my dorky freak flag fly get the round ones. I said I had to think that over. I wonder if people who don’t wear glasses ever experience such wardrobe angst.
A pair of Retro Specs - This company catalogs and refurbishes eyeglasses from the 1870s-1970s, back when metal frames were gold-filled and quality was just generally better. They also sell gorgeous zyl and buffalo horn frames tricked out with 12k gold inlays and vintage hinges. These range from $400-$1200 so I will be placing the pretty tortoise cateyes carefully back on the shelf and backing away slowly.
Stopped by the Warby Parker showroom on my never-ending quest for glasses and I found out their line of sunglasses launches Tuesday! Warby Parker offers tons of vintage-inspired frames for $95 a pop (including prescription lenses). I have my eye on this midnight blue pair. Even though their site says they don’t accept walk-ins at the showroom, they’ll let you in.