since starting my journey into short-sightedness back in 2013, it seems that my loss of vision has become a detriment to my bank balance as well as my eyesight because i just can't help myself trying out new frames whenever the opportunity arises. i saw on facebook that glasses direct offered a free home trial on their frames, and before i knew it i'd picked out four pairs that were on their way to me to try out. much to my delight the frames arrived within 24 hours of me placing the order, and within 3 days i'd placed the order, tried the frames out numerous times and had them safely posted back. so, how did i get on with them?
i was browsing with the intention of trying out some cat eye frames as they're a style i'd never tried before, and first up i settled on london retro's 'eliza' frames. i decided in the end they were a little too secretary (or roz from monsters inc.) for me as they're a little too thin, but it was nice to see how i look in such a different style – pretty grown up, i think?!
second i picked out the scout 'marilyn' frames in purple/black, and they were a cat eye style that i could definitely get on board with. they're a lot larger and less angular than the eliza frames, but they still offered enough of a cat eye for me to get the initial look that i was lusting after. because they're larger i find that they even out my face's features more and look softer and more complimentary against my face, which makes me look a lot more (in my opinion) approachable instead of sour faced secretary.
once i'd exhausted their cat eye frames, i decided to move onto their round frames. i first chose london retro's 'nancy' frames, and although i love them as a pair of glasses, i think they're way too thick for my face and its small features, which further accentuates my pea head; honestly, finding hats that fit my tiny head is a nightmare. lovely glasses, but not for me, unfortunately!
last up i chose london retro's 'fitzrovia' frames which are essentially a thinner framed version of the nancy frames, and i think they suit my small face perfectly. i think they look really professional, dainty and perfectly jessica day, and are essentially exactly what i was looking for when i bought my cheap monday glasses around this time last year.
my final verdict is that all the glasses i tried on were great, and i think that the free home trial that glasses direct offers is fantastic because you can try frames out from the comfort of your home with absolutely zero commitment to buying any of them. of the four pairs i tried out, my favourites are definitely the scout 'marilyn' and london retro 'fitzrovia' frames, but if i were to purchase any of the four it'd definitely be the marilyn frames. if money wasn't an issue i'd splash out on yet another two pairs of glasses, but for the mean time me and a friend are thinking of placing a shared order and splitting the cost because, you know, money doesn't grow on trees (well, not for us, anyway.) all in all, i've been really impressed with the service received and would recommend the free home trials to anybody who's looking for a new pair of affordable glasses.
*i seem a little silly for including this, but i thought it worthwhile to mention that this is not a sponsored post, i was just really happy with the service. i've never received compensation of any sort for any of the posts on my blog, and i honestly can't see that changing – just a heads up in case you were wary!