All my life, I’ve wanted to wear glasses. I can remember being in about the fourth grade and thinking that glasses would make me look smarter. I hesitate to say that this was a bid to get out of actually doing my schoolwork (because if you look smart, who needs spelling tests!) but it’s possible.
In middle school, I finally failed the eye exam and got my coveted glasses. And then decided that I haaaaaaated them because they were so ugly. (Truly, they were — big round peach colored plastic frames that made me look like a bug. Sure it was the 80s but WHAT WAS I THINKING???). My eyes weren’t really so bad that I couldn’t get by without the glasses, and so that’s what I did until sometime in my early 20s, when it really got hard to see. By then, though, there was no way I was wearing anything but contacts because eeew, glasses were so nerdy and I was so not.
Serious wishful thinking there, I know.
Eventually, in my late 20s, I realized that contacts were great but it was also nice to have the glasses option, and I sprung for some cool hipster plastic frames. I loved those glasses, and I wore them all the time. In fact, I wore them for almost 15 years, because my prescription never changed and every time I even thought about getting a new, cooler pair (that hadn’t been dropped on the floor and sat on a thousand times) one of my kids needed glasses, and there was no money left for me.
Life is hard, yo.
Last year, though, my prescription changed, pretty dramatically, and my eye doctor advised me to stop wearing my circa 1997 lenses. So of course I immediately ordered new glasses because THE DOCTOR SAID SO! And it was the best day ever.
But here’s the thing about glasses: If you’re really wearing them a lot, you really need more than one pair. And by you I mean me. Because despite the fact that they’re a medical necessity, they’re also an accessory, and it’s nice to have options, particularly if you wear them almost every day. And again, by you I mean me.
Which is why I am all about affordable, stylish spectacle options like Lookmatic.
Lookmatic offers a wide range of cool frames, all for under $100. Prescription glasses and frames will run you $95, and sunglasses are $65. And for those of us on the downhill side of 40 who suddenly find it harder and harder to read menus or notes from school or newspapers or … well, anything, Lookmatic can do reading glasses, too. Which is fab.
Lookmatic’s frame selection is terrific; they have both the classic unisex hipster frames and some really distinct women’s frames, particularly for sunnies (I loved these pink Patti Goes to Paris frames — how fun would those be for at week a the beach? Or just for carpool!). Lookmatic is also partnering with some big name designers, including Loeffler Randall and Aubrey Plaza, for a fun fashion-y twist.
While Lookmatic does not offer a free home try on, they have two cool virtual try on tools on the website that let you upload a photo and test out frames. You can also create Facebook galleries and get feedback from friends and family, which is helpful and fun. Worried about winding up with frames that don’t work? Lookmatic offers a 30 day return if everything isn’t perfect with your frames. Nice.
I wound up with the Slims, in tortoise, and they’re perfect. The frames are really well made and the style is a nice balance between classic and quirky.
If you’re ready for new frames, Lookmatic has a deal for you: through December 21st, they’re offering 20% off frames. Just use coupon code lookmatic20 at checkout. And remember — if you have a medical flex plan, you can use that money for prescription glasses! Which is like getting them for free.
This is a sponsored post; Lookmatic provided the glasses, but all opinions are mine.