Stylish specs on a budget

I haven’t done a Polyvore inspiration board in awhile, and I wanted to try a little something different this time. Ever since I got new spectacles this spring (and remixed my mom’s vintage sunglasses), I’ve been thinking about affordable spectacles. After all, I’m a working girl on a budget! And I wear glasses, and prescription sunglasses, every single day — who better than a librarian to research stylish — and affordable — specs? 😉

So here is an inspiration board of some frames that caught my eye. Hee hee, see what I did there?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stylish specs on a budget collage

As I found out via other bloggers, stylish frames don’t have to be expensive! So I’m passing on three recommendations that have come my way recently for affordable specs:

  • Warby Parker‘s “Home Try-On” program, where you pick out 5 frames and try them out at home for 5 days — for free! There’s more info about the program here online. They’re a company that also donates a pair of glasses for every pair they sell. I love that! (The company that made my glasses, the Portland-based 141, also donates a pair of glasses for every pair they sell. ♥ ) Their frames at Warby Parker are quite classic, with an urban, sophisticated edge.
  • Firmoo.com‘s “First Pair Free” program, as tried out this past winter by Gracey @ Fashion for Giants. There is a LOT of variety here, especially for frames in different colors and patterns, as seen above. This is a program for new customers, and you just pay shipping. More details here, and Gracey’s review here.
  • And finally a reader who’s also in academia (and therefore, on a budget) recommended Zenni Optical. I’ve taken a quick look around their site, and they have really user-friendly search options, and everything is under $50. Awesome! I chose two modern updates on the cat-eye shape for the inspiration board above.

Has anyone had positive experiences with these companies? Any other recommendations for stylish, affordable specs? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Link ups:  Friday’s Fancies  /  Fashion Friday  /  Friday’s Fab Favorites

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