As winter winds down, most of us are itching to get out of heavy wools and flannels and start sporting some warm weather gear. And in the same vein, a fresh pair of glasses offers a sharp seasonal update to your look. Warby Parker has been making eyewear easier since 2010 and has become the go-to destination for modern men to buy glasses thanks to their handsome styles, lightweight anti-reflective lenses and complimentary at-home try-on service. Here, co-founder Neil Blumenthal offers his thoughts on:
I'm an odd duck in that I always wear the same two styles, but I change up the colors accordingly throughout the year, depending on the season. A lot of people seem to tend to prefer paler framed glasses in spring and summer and darker framed glasses in fall and winter.
Like the Netflix of eyewear, Warby Parker will send you five samples to try on at home for free. When you decide which pair suits you, mail back all the samples (again, no charge) and they'll send you back your chosen pair with the prescription lenses in place.
A tortoiseshell pattern is perfect for the warmer months. It's less severe than black and looks great with seasonal materials, like linen and washed cotton. We offer the Walnut Tortoise, which is on the lighter side and then also the Whiskey Tortoise, which is a bit darker. Frames don't have to be so bold this time of year. And of course, sunglasses become a non-negotiable accessory. I'm really liking the Edgeworth in Striped Sassafrass from our newest capsule collection, The Hayworth Collection. The lenses are polarized and the color of the Pacific. I feel like I'm on the MGM lot when I'm wearing them.
Our top-sellers year round are the Crane and the Bensen. They're slightly oversized, with slim temples and a subtle silhouette. The Crane is a touch more angular, but both are universally flattering on most faces and moderate without being at all boring.
A word on fit
Your glasses should be about the same width as your face—no wider, no narrower. And the top of your frames should hit at your eyebrows.