New York Fashion Week is one long fashion show, on the runway and off. Prepping for it is almost like preparing for vacation – a lot goes into planning your outfits and itinerary. I had almost everything lined up except my eyewear. Just before Fashion Week, I broke my only pair of eyeglasses coming home from a trip to Los Angeles. I don’t wear my glasses often, but when I do, it’s because I really need them to see – mainly when driving at night, at the movies and other places I need to see off into the distance – like fashion shows. So I was thrilled when Glasses.com reached out and asked if I’d like to try out their new virtual try-on app to order a pair of glasses! Perfect timing!
The online eyewear retailer offers an array of designer glasses and sunglasses, including collections from NYFW’s top designers, like Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Anna Sui, Derek Lam, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Ray-Ban and Vera Wang. I first browsed through the selections on the site to check out the specs then proceeded to download the app to my iPad.
Once downloaded, the Glasses.com app first asks you to create a username. Then, following the instructions in the demo, I placed the iPad up against my mirror, rotating it from side-to-side while recording my face. When finished, it gave me a 3-D version of my face, which I could approve or re-do. The finished product allows you to ‘rotate your face’ up and down, and side-to-side to make the virtual try-on process feel all the more real!
Next, I was asked a series of questions about what types of frames I was looking for, how glasses normally fit me, whether I was shopping for eyeglasses or sunglasses and which styles I might wear. Then I got to apply filters based on my gender, brands, colors, styles and type of glasses I liked. The site offers the option of at-home try-on for many of their frames, but after using this app, trust me – you won’t need it! I began to virtually try on a slew of black and tortoise-framed glasses from Anna Sui, Versace, Kensie, Kate Spade and Ray-Ban. I could move my face around in the app so I could really see what the glasses would look like on, and at different angles! The try-on was the easy part – the hard part was narrowing it down to one pair!
I asked friends and followers to help me choose, so I went with a pair of Anna Sui AS514 glasses. At the end of the checkout process, I simply uploaded my eyeglass prescription from my optometrist. Later, I received an email asking for one more parameter: my pupillary distance, which I measured myself, following their instructions. (There’s also the option of having them calculating it for you).
Do you need a new pair of glasses or sunglasses? Glasses.com is offering a special discount code for What’s Haute readers: get 15% off with code gls15off. (Please note that the app doesn’t allow you to enter offer codes, so once you choose your glasses or sunglasses, you’ll need to purchase from the full site and enter the code at checkout).
The virtual try-on app is great – quick and easy and super fun to use, and it’ll help you find the perfect frame for any occasion!
Thanks so much for my new eyewear, Glasses.com! I absolutely love them!
Make sure you go and check out the app/shop the site and let me know what you think!