Let’s get this out of the way: Warby Parker is great! The brand totally disrupted a traditional—and expensive—paradigm by making eyewear not only affordable, but coveted. But within a year of its launch in 2010, we were all walking around looking like clones of each other in our thick Winston frames—and it seemed like half of us didn’t even bother with a prescription.
Half a decade later, dozens of similar companies followed suit, and of course, many of these retailers adopted the Warby Parker model: sell the frames at affordable prices—which, as you’ll see, can be as low as $ 15—and then charge a reasonable amount for prescription lenses if needed. If you’re looking for a pair of frames that are totally unique, here are five alternatives to Warby Parker—plus the most stylish frames to shop from each brand.
EyeBuy Direct Prism Glasses in Transluscent, $ 46; at EyeBuy Direct
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