WIT :: Warby Parker redux

So when I got this email from Brian Magida of Warby Parker, I totally thought it was a hoax. And because I’m all about due diligence, I immediately consulted my boyfriend, Google, to see if the offer was legit. Surprisingly, it was, so we then proceeded to trade very amiable messages back and forth, discussing a potential partnership.

At one point, I could’ve ruined the whole thing because the nasty little greed monster reared its mercenary head and I’d asked what was in it for me. (Coz, you know, I thought I’d be able to score a free pair of sunnies or at least some sort of coupon code for a new pair of glasses). Brian very graciously said I could perhaps get a shout out on their YouTube channel, I was properly mortified at my temerity for asking in the first place, then I ran with my tail between my legs to Polyvore to fulfill my obligation without further ado.

After all, upon later reflection, I should simply feel flattered and honored that I even showed up as a blip on his radar. I mean, how many style blogs are there out there? Millions. How big/popular/followed is mine? Not so much. Ah, hubris! You shall be the end of me!

But, bygones. Let’s focus on the product. (Focus. See what I did there? And there? Oh, punny punny…)

Brian sent me some lovely pics of their new 2014 Spring Collection and because I’m an indecisive Gemini, I’m choosing to highlight one pair of sunnies and one pair of glasses. Because I can’t do just one, but I’m not crazy enough to do all (grades are due and I have loads of projects to assess).

Here, then, are the chosen ones and how I’d style them:


Walker in Canton Blue

Yeah, you knew this was a given, right? I mean, c’mon! It’s TARDIS blue! I’d be all over these glasses if they were more rectangular or even a funky cat’s eye shape. I find that rounder frames emphasize the wonderfully strong jaw and jowls I’ve inherited from my father.

As it stands, however, I think these are the perfect frames for a variety of stylistas. See Exhibit A below:


Exhibit A – Which is your fave?

I had a harder time narrowing down the sunnies, but ultimately chose these:

Quimby in Absinthe

Quimby in Absinthe

Why? Let me count the ways: 1. They’re absinthe. Is there ever a cooler name for green than that? 2. The Lennon-esque roundness really appeals to the rocker-cum-intellectual in me. 3. The color just screams “Look at me! I belong in the wilds of Hollywood or the tundras of Saint-Tropez!” and we all know how the outrageous in me revels in that kind of attention.

Too bad I can’t wear sunnies since I’m blind without my glasses and prescription shades just seems excessive when I own Transitions and there are far too many shoes to buy. If my fairy style mother granted these lovelies to me with a prescription, however, I’d style it thusly:

Exhibit B - Guess which one I'm most drawn to.

Exhibit B – Guess which one I’m most drawn to…


And if you wanna see me in full Warby Parker glory meself, head on over to this post and cackle uproariously at my pained, contrived smiles, super-busy background, and outrageously long locks. I ended up re-lensing my Calvin Klein pair then to appease the hubs, but I’ll have WB in the back of my mind for future glasses purchases.

They have great customer service and they obviously have great taste in style. ;p

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11 thoughts on “WIT :: Warby Parker redux

  1. […] Friday:  Geek chic look inspired by Maricel @ MCC. […]

  2. […] Blue & Sand.  TARDIS blue is the perfect color for this geek chic look. Thanks to Maricel @ My Closet Catalogue for the styling inspiration!                                               […]

  3. I would’ve assumed a freebie too. You gave them advertising, they should give you something.
    The geek outfit in the first set – I WANT it! Actually, I have the pieces to approximate it, at least.
    In Exhibit B, I think you’re drawn to the plaid, but honestly, they all look like something you’d wear. 🙂

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, yay! Think you can recreate the geek outfit for me? I’d love to see your iteration of it. And yes, you caught me out – I would totally wear all those outfits in Exhibit B, depending on my mood, that is. You know me so well! ;p

  4. Val S says:

    I love this post – you are so witty, and your stylings are making me pant. First of all, I’m surprised they didn’t offer you a freebie, but maybe next time.

    I love the Walker in Canton Blue (love the name Canton Blue, no offense to the all-powerful TARDIS), and I’m all over the Heiress’s jacket. I wish it was all over me! I love that outfit! And Quimby (from Lolita?) in Absinthe – coolest names ever! I’m not sure which style I like best there, I’m still dreaming of myself in that jacket.

    Now to follow your links…

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yes, yes! Isn’t that Heiress jacket just the bee’s knees?! I mean, it’s PLAID. And ruffles. And blue. Needs to be in my closet now. Not that I can afford it, of course, but a gal can dream.

      Funny: I read your comment via my inbox and you said I was “witty and I had to go back and reread what I wrote because I’d penned this several days ago and I’d forgotten what could possibly make me so witty. Still unclear so I’ll take your word for it. That’s just how I talk in person. All long-winded sentences, stream of consciousness thought and hyperbole. God help my students, eh?

  5. Anne the SpyGirl says:

    OK, I’m not as GREEN with envy as I thought I’d be — when you made hints about WB, I thought for sure you were getting freebies. I would make that assumption if he contacted me!
    Love your stylings — very very funny categories.
    I SEE GREEN! Linkage is in order! (Couldn’t resist).

    • mtsedwards says:

      Okay, okay, Miss Anne! I’ll link right now! And may I assume that your blatant hint from yesterday’s post is invitation to link that outfit too? ;p I guess I just didn’t want to be so shamelessly self-promotional on your blog, but I do recall asking about it one time and your saying it was okay to do multiple links, yeah?

      And yes, sadly there were no freebies attached but at least I don’t feel as badly about assuming if you’d have done the same.

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