I was recently given the opportunity to review a pair of glasses from new uber-cool brand London Retro. On offer is a range of fashionable frames each inspired by an area of London, and all with a stylish, vintage twist.
I had never even considered buying glasses online until this point but saw it as the perfect opportunity to face my fears. When I usually choose glasses I take forever about it. I try on literally every pair in the shop at least twice and still deliberate for ages over my choice once I think I have finally made a selection. I don't know what the big deal is to be honest, I think it's largely due to the fact that you need to live with your choice for a couple of years. How do I know that these are the glasses I will want to be wearing in a year's time?
With all this in mind I really surprised myself when choosing a pair of London Retro specs. I decided on my pair quickly and without too much deliberation. I felt quite confident in my choice too. Seeing the glasses on the models on the website definitely helped as you could judge the size and shape of the frames more easily. Mine are called Carnaby, after the area surrounding Carnaby Street and I opted for the burgundy colour because I've seen so much of it about on catwalks for the coming season I figured I couldn't really go wrong.
Retro London glasses are supplied through Glasses Direct and a current 2-for-1 offer allowed me to choose another pair of glasses for free (always useful to have a spare pair). I chose a pair similar in style to my last pair which recently broke - black frames in a wide tapered rectangular style called Booksmart by Cosmopolitan.
I can't fault the service of Glasses Direct at all. The process of ordering is simple, the options for lenses are well-explained and the delivery is quick and efficient. The hardest part of the process was getting my prescription from my current optician who I had to chase three times to simply send it to me in the post - Grrrr! Both pairs came in great cases to protect them from damage when I thrown them in my handbag - the Retro London case was especially cool... I was pretty confident with my choices, but if you aren't 100% sure Glasses Direct offer a trial service too so you can give them a go at home and send them back if you aren't happy with the style.
Having worn the glasses a fair bit I've been getting lots of compliments on them, especially the London Retro pair. It's funny how trends shift - when I was younger I was obsessed with getting smaller and then smaller frames and now I'm going for the bigger ones. I hope my post reassures people that it's actually not that scary buying glasses online... I wish someone else had told me that years ago.
*I was offered these glasses free of charge but I chose the frames I wanted and was not obligated to write about them.