Fun fact: I have really bad eyesight. Bad enough that I am thankful every day for modern optometry. Bad enough that when I take out my contacts I struggle around to find my glasses because I literally cannot see them–kind of like Velma in Scooby Doo. It’s just bad. But most people don’t know that I wear glasses because I wear my contacts all the time. But not anymore.
I have had glasses since I was six years old. I was one of those scrawny, thin-haired kids with the wire rimmed frames for years, until I got contacts when I turned 11. But getting contacts wasn’t so much about appearence as it was about convenience. At the time I was taking dance lessons for hours each day and it was getting hard to pirouette without my glasses flying off my face. So then I went to middle school and high school and on the odd day that I decided to wear my glasses I was greeted with “Did you get glasses?” and my favorite–”Rebecca, do those even have a prescription?” Um. Yes, actually.
I had admired Warby Parker frames for a while but I finally got them this week since I had to increase my prescription (yikes). They’re $95 a pair–but you have to pay $30 extra to get thinner lenses if your prescription is really high like mine–and for every pair purchased they donate a pair to someone in need. That’s a business model I can get behind! You can order them online but since I live in the city I was able to go to their SoHo store to try on a couple different models. These glasses are called Huxley (which of course makes me think of Aldous Huxley) and I really like them! I would definitely recommend Warby Parker to anyone looking for new and affordable frames because I’m so happy with mine.
I’m making an effort to wear my glasses more often because I’ve found that they can really add a lot of personality to an outfit. And hey, I might as well learn to love my poor eyesight. Can we make “astigmatism chic” a thing?