I’ve written about my love of high street opticians before – I’ve always gone to a ‘proper’ shop to get my glasses as there’s something about buying them online that terrifies me. What if the frames make me look like Deirdre Barlow circa 1989? What if they get my prescription wrong? Or more likely, what if I get my prescription wrong?
When London Retro contacted me to see if I’d like a pair of their frames, sold exclusively online, I hesitated. Deirdre Barlow flashed before my eyes. But one look at their classic designs and I was sold. London Retro frames are sold through Glasses Direct so I decided to do a bit of research. After discovering I could order up to four pairs of glasses for a home trial (where plain lens frames are sent for you to try over seven days) I made my choices and waited for them to arrive. A day later, a pink box popped through my letter box, jauntily asking the question ‘could these be your new glasses?’. Let’s see, shall we?
‘Soho’ in tortoiseshell, London Retro at Glasses Direct
The Soho frames are quite similar to the ones I wear at the moment – square with thick rims, but with a slimmer arm so they’re not too heavy on my face. I went for the tortoiseshell shade as an alternative to my current black frames.
‘Shoreditch’ in light brown, London Retro at Glasses Direct
Described as ‘wayfarer style’, the Shoreditch frames are 60s inspired, oversized and bold. I love the soft light brown colour, but think these are just too wide for my narrow face.
‘Queens’ in tortoiseshell, London Retro at Glasses Direct
Queens are a cats eye shape frame with vintage style diamante detailing on the wings. Again in tortoiseshell, they’re much smaller and more delicate than my other two choices. These would be great for formal events and nights out.
Being able to try the frames on while posing in front of Photobooth was brilliant – I really struggle to see how plain lens frames look as I’m so ridiculously short sighted, and have never felt comfortable using the machines in shops to take a picture. From the comfort of my sofa I could primp and preen, trying them with a bold red lip and a variety of facial expressions (most far too embarrassing/hideous for the blog).
I think the Shoreditch frames can be discounted as they’re just too big for my face, but I’m really struggling to choose between Soho and Queens. A little help, please? Let me know which you prefer in the comments below. When I’ve chosen my frame I send the home trial box back using the free return label inside, and can order straightaway. I’ll be writing another post about the ordering process and delivery so keep an eye out for that to get a full (and honest) review of the experience.
PS – I’m wearing a Topshop denim shirt, Topshop ring and Topshop lipstick in ‘Rio Rio’. Whole lotta Topshop.
Full disclosure – I was given a gift card to purchase a pair of London Retro frames but was not expected to write about them, nor was I paid to write this post.