Fashion-Forward Frames That Fit Your Face And Budget

I understand the appeal of contact lenses, but I've always subscribed to the belief that glasses can serve as an extension of personal style. I've learned the hard way, however, that loving a certain pair of specs isn't enough to make them work for your face. To be sure fashionable frames don't obscure your beauty, much trying on must transpire.

But what if you find your dream frames online, like I recently did? Unlike other frame designers, Warby Parker exists solely on the web at warbyparker.com, so you can't stroll over to a brick-and-mortar eyewear emporium and test every style in front of the mirror. Sure, you can research what kind of frames work for your face shape and nose size and take an educated guess, but that's no substitute for trying on.

For a few moments, I was panicked. Their vintage-inspired styles are so "me" that I could really see myself in them-but I couldn't actually see myself in them. I thought, Well, I have an oval face, so shouldn't all the frames look fabulous on me? Yeah, right.

That's when I noticed the "Virtual Try-On" button. This nifty little feature lets you upload a photo of yourself or even take one with your webcam so you can perfectly position a virtual version of the frames on a virtual version of you. Add the clearly displayed lens, bridge and temple measurements along with the diverse models wearing each style, and it became easy to confidently narrow down my pick to the retro and sexily nerdy Huxley and Colton frames.

As if I wasn't already sold on Warby Parker's fresh approach to style and shopping, they nearly knocked me off my chair when I saw how affordable a full pair of glasses is: $95. That's not for just the frames, which would be impressive even if it was. That's for the frames and anti-glare, anti-scratch, UV-protection polycarbonate prescription lenses. Seriously.

Hitting it out of the park, Warby Parker really made a fan out of me when I learned that for every pair of glasses they sell, they donate a pair to someone in need through RestoringVision, a charity that has distributed over a million pairs of glasses around the world.

I've gotten tons of compliments on my Warby Parker glasses, and at the risk of sounding immodest, I'm not surprised. Being able to virtually try them on, I knew I'd be getting frames that not only suit my quirky style, but also enhance-not detract from-my facial features.