As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve never quite embraced glasses-wearing, even though my sight is so poor that without lenses I couldn’t even blog because I can’t see a foot in front of my face to see a computer screen. But I’m really trying to give glasses a chance and involve them in my outfits more… and of course my obvious solution was to just buy myself a new pair – clearly I’d love them if I just got some new ones!
And then, I realised I’ve properly – not just ‘maybe they’re under the bed somewhere’ – lost my pair of black vintage frames as seen here. After turning my house upside down and having a tantrum I decided it was a sign from the shopping gods (that’s a thing) that the time had come to finally buy frames I’ve had my eye on for a while… because they’re black too, and while I had the others I obviously couldn’t justify having both (there is, after all, some method to my shopping madness). Some might think I purposefully lost the others… actually I think that – I know what I’m like. Regardless of the hows and whys, the new frames became mine…
In case anyone wants to know, they’re the Ray-Ban RX5226 in black.
And rather than the usual shopping guilt/regret where I agonise over returning anything that cost me more than £50, from the word go I knew I was going to keep them.
It was another triumph of online shopping! You see, I refuse to buy my glasses in an actual shop, where you can try them on first – the choice is too poor, the prices are too high and there’ll always be a ‘helpful’ shop assistant just waiting for the moment to push any other pair into your hands rather than the ones you actually want. When you can get such good prices online and can take a decent amount of time to decide if they suit you, I’d never go back now!
But there is a bit of a knack to doing it and getting it right and I think it helps if you’ve already got another pair/pairs that suit you first…
So here’s how I think it can work quite well to buy frames online that should hopefully suit you.
Ideally, use an old pair as a size guide
Use the width and depth measurements from another pair for guidance – I’ve got quite a small face and I never want frames that are wider than my favourite pair. Pretty much all websites will list these measurements to help you and if they don’t, I’d find another retailer who actually knows what they’re doing instead (it makes about as much sense to me as not listing waist and hip measurements).
Get on Google image search
You’ll find most frames you can buy online are brands that are quite widely available and being sold by several stores… and where something’s widely available, there’s selfies! Google the frame number to find as many pictures as you can and especially note how big or small the frames look on different shaped faces… this is also where knowing if you’ve got a relatively larger or smaller face can help as a comparison point. Note the difference between those who have heart-shaped, oval, square etc faces. If you don’t find much looking up the frame number, the brand and the general shape e.g. ‘cat eye’ can work well.
Do a ‘virtual try-on’
Find the best price after a thorough search (and don’t rely on Google Shopping for this), but also look around to find a seller who offers a virtual try-on if yours doesn’t: there’s a few big US sellers in particular who let you upload photos or even use a moving webcam to see how the frames might look on your face. I find these really helpful – adjust the frames to roughly the width of a similar pair and you’ll get a really good idea of if the lens depth and shape are right for you before you order. It probably won’t be perfect, but it’ll sure help to pick up if anything is really ill-suited.
Give them a chance
Most companies will have a generous returns procedure (always check it first when ordering frames with a prescription!) that allows you some time to wear the frames before deciding if you like them. Don’t feel you need to decide right away – I like to wear them for at least a few hours and just check in the mirror now and then and get used to them before I decide if they’re right for me. I nearly always don’t like them the first time I put them on, from the shock of seeing something different!
So that’s how I think you can shop ‘blind’ as it were – pun definitely intended! But you tell me – did I do a good job?? Would you/do you buy glasses online?