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The Warby Parker Experience: Part Five

September 17, 2012 3 Comments

Part Five already? Yeesh! Drumroll please… the moment you’ve all (well, mostly just me) been waiting for! A recap of my highly-anticipated  visit to the Warby Parker showroom in San Francisco (probably still just me). Despite a failed visit two weeks ago, I kept my head up and made the trek back out the bay to try on some frames. Seeing this sign made me so happy:

The showroom was in the a dimly-lit section in the back of The Perish Trust, a hip shop that sells curated antiques and goodies. It was super packed when we got in. Frames were all misplaced because of how busy it was. People were hoarding frames too, so they weren’t all readily available. Thankfully, they all eventually scooted out of my way and I had free reign.

Sunglasses were in the middle rack but surprisingly, I didn’t find any that I was crazy over. That’s good though, because that leaves more money for more prescription frames, duh. It was so exciting to see these frames that I’ve been lusting over via my computer screen for the last month or so in person!

After rounding up my potentials, the associate gave me a mirror and suggested taking the frames outside to see what they look like in the sun. Which was a good idea because they looked completely different in the light than in that moody showroom. Here’s me trying on either the Sloans or the Ainsworths; I can’t remember:

Ian was such a good sport for being patient, holding all the frames for me, and taking photos even if the sun was in his eyes.

Now, down to the nitty gritty! Warby Parker released their Fall Collection this week, so I was thankful that my visit ended up falling on this weekend so I could see the pretty new frames. And they were pretty enough to overshadow any of the previous frames I liked. Seriously.

These were my favorites from my last Home Try-On, except I tried them in Whiskey Tortoise. I don’t quite like this anymore. Not as much as I like the other ones, at least. I do like the Hazelwood. It’s very similar to what a glossy Sandalwood Matte would look like. It matched my hair and everything too, but I don’t know how long I’ll have this ombre. The shape isn’t what I remembered the Whiskey Tortoise to be, which is weird.
I fell in love with these Clydes when I saw them online. You have to see the multiple views on the website to appreciate the Blue Marblewood color. Seriously. I love the slight hint of a cat-eye on these. I am 95% sure sold! They also came in a pretty Striped Chestnut that I, of course, want as well.
I do like these Sloans, but I don’t think I can pull off this bright red. A bright color isn’t exactly what I’m looking for, anyway.
Thaaaat’s better. I really like this frame in this color. This was def one of my favorites. Simple and chic.
I’ve been wondering about these Ainsworths because they’re not available for Virtual Try-On on the website, and never available for Home Try-On. They are nice and I like them a lot, but I don’t think I could pull off this color. It’s definitely making a statement. I wouldn’t feel comfortable running to the store with no make-up on with these frames. I don’t know, I just feel like this is a color you’d have to polish yourself around.
These are better color-wise, but it makes me notice how wide they are on my face. Is that just me? I feel like they extend too far past my temples.

So there you have it. I definitely liked these frames more than any frames I’ve tried on via the Home-Try On program thus far. Specifically, the new Clydes & Sloans. I was thinking about them when I got home, but couldn’t quite pull the trigger on any of them. I think I need more time with them. So naturally, I ordered another Home- Try On! Yes, this is my third, but I think this will probably be my last. I was lucky enough that all the frames I wanted to try on were available for Home Try-On; even the Ainsworths! Here’s what I ended up selecting:

  • Clyde in Blue Marblewood & Striped Chestnut – I know I for sure love this frame; I can’t decide between the two colors, though.
  • Sloan in Striped Chestnut – Love this. I have to see them again, though.
  • Ainsworth in Striped Chestnut – Just to make sure that these are too wide on my face.
  • Colton in Whiskey Tortoise – Revisiting this to compare again.

I’m almost there! I think I may end up getting two pairs. The associate gave me a $5 off coupon code for trying frames on in the showroom. Squee!

What do you guys think? How do these compare to the frames I got in my first and second Home Try-Ons?


Mayette Villanueva is a California-based natural beauty & style blogger.


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    September 19, 2012

    LOVE the Clyde on you! I’m very indecisive when it comes to glasses too. I’m currently waiting on my second home try-ons. I might have to do a third order since the new collection just came out. Your boyfriend was so sweet to hold those glasses for you. lol.

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      September 19, 2012

      Thank you, Kim! I’m leaning towards the Clydes, too. But I get my third Home Try-Ons tomorrow, so we’ll see! 😉 Are you posting about your Try-Ons anywhere?

      Oh my goodness you have no idea what my boyfriend puts up with–I’m so lucky!

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