David Kind – Help me pick some frames!

April 29, 2015

When I shop at grocery stores I can't read the signs that hang between the aisles that say what's on the shelves. When I drive I can't read street signs until I get about one car length away from them. When people are walking towards me and wave I have no idea who they are till they're a good six yards from me. I can't do any of these things unless I'm wearing my glasses. Did you guys even know I have/wear glasses? Probably not since I don't wear them in any outfit photos. Sometimes they sneak into an Instagram shot. Honestly, I need contacts - but my current insurance doesn't cover vision needs (boo, self employment) and I don't know if I'm ready to start touching my eye balls. Glasses work for me but I don't wear them all the time (like I should). I chalk this irresponsible behavior up to "feeling like a nerd and not myself" in my current frames. They are very nice-looking frames but I bought them when I wasn't needing to wear them around the clock and therefore I feel weird wearing them more than when driving. Determined to act like an adult and stop complaining about something I can easily fix - I challenged myself to find new frames; ones that I would want to wear all the time.


I heard about David Kind, an at-home try on program that prided itself on a cool personalized stylist program and high-quality frames. Why I went with this: I think I know what I like and what will look good on me. But glasses is not the same thing as buying a white shirt online and when I’ve done try-on programs before I usually slap myself for picking options that don’t look remotely good on me or fit what I’m looking for.

So what am I looking for? I feel like I already look way younger than I am (for the record, I’m 27) and that I have pretty feminine features…therefore, I usually am drawn to more masculine, structured styles. But I like curveballs. I love how clear frames and wire-bridge styles look on other people and sometimes want to try them myself. You can probably see how my at home try-one boxes can get messed up…I have a vision (no pun intended) but get distracted by all the cool, trendy options.

Here is how things went down. I uploaded some glamor shots head shots of myself and selected three frames I really loved. I made a little list of things I wasn’t looking for (round frames, overly-trendy shapes, wire frames) and stuff I like (slightly oversized shapes, cool resin/horn/tort colors, etc.). Then I got excited…because when my David Kind package arrived it was a really pretty cork box an embossed logo (good branding always wins with me) with a mirror inside and six frames laid out neatly. I got a sweet note from Sami – my stylist – listing the three frames I picked and the ones she suggested for me. Then I got busy putting the frames on my face.

I suggest trying on with a friend. It’s fun (like trying on wigs but more realistic) and if you have a super honest and stylish friend (like I did with Mary) it is a very effective way to pick a great pair. But here is the thing…I have two pairs I am torn between. So let me take you through all six that I tried on, tell you my faves, and hopefully y’all can weigh in on which of the two looks best.

1. The Otto (in dusk): picked by me! This is a favorite. I like how it’s oversized and feels modern but classic. I normally go for more “blondish” shades when I pick a frame color but I actually like how dark this is – the contrast with my hair and coloring looks intentional and stylish (at least that’s how I hope they look).

2. The Trenton (in pine): suggested by Sami. I didn’t love how narrow the frame height was…this sounds weird but I feel like if frames are even the teeniest bit narrow it ages me?

3. The Roman (in tiger eye): picked by me! This is a pair that I liked the idea of – the wire bridge was vintage but trendy – I thought it would make me look chic but also studious. Whether I achieved the look or not, I really didn’t feel like myself in the style.

4. The Louis (in citrine quartz): picked by me! Clear frames…so cool, so minimalist, so…not for me. I so wish I could pull these off because I feel like they would help my features stand out and let the frames disappear (they are clear, after all) – but they just didn’t do it. Sads.

5. The Ace (in morado tortoise): suggested by Sami. These were a very strong contender. I found them to be pretty similar to The Otto (pair no. 1) in terms of frame height and color, but because the bridge piece isn’t super defined (it’s more of a small dip between the lenses) I found it to be too masculine of a look on me.

6. The Oriole (in granite): suggested by Sami. This is the other favorite. Props to Sami for including these – I didn’t think they would stand a chance since they have more rounded edges and the frame width was smaller than the others but I was assured that they were “bold and retro inspired.” I love the faded black-to-grey color and the shapes feels like me.

Once I settle on “the one” – I’m just going to send a selfie pic of me with the frames on to Sami so she can check the measurement of them – then I check mark the BUY! box on the back of the card that comes with each frame and send a copy of my prescription back with the box.  In theory, I could choose more than one pair (that’s allowed!) but my budget is only allowing me one at the moment.

Here is where you need to help me. No but really, help! Do I go with The Otto or The Oriole? They are both comfortable but I def think Otto is a cooler version of me while Oriole might be a better choice for around-the-clock wearing. Tell me what you like…I know you guys have good taste!

Overall, I really liked my 360 experience with David Kind. I know it’s not a full circle until I get my prescription frames in the mail (in 5-10 days) and can see how they stand up to wear and tear, but from what I could tell from the try-on pairs, the quality in the lenses and frames is definitely there. I suggest giving them a try if you’re a blind-ish little bat like me!

  1. def the oriole. They’re cool and modern without being trendy, and bold without Taking over your face.

    I am so with you on narrow frames, i hate the way they look and the way i have to Squint while wearing them.

  2. My 2 cents….I have similar hair and skin tone and have worn glasses for years. I have found I’m always happiest in tortoise. they are classic and they look good with everything. My favorite is the ACe. My 2nd would be the Otto. It’s hard to tell from pictures vs IrL but I actually think the opposite…that the Ace looks more feminine than the otto. I think the shape of the the ace compliments your cheek bones and jaw line. again hard to tell from just photos but I think the Oriole sit a little too low and cut off your pretty eyes.

  3. The Oriole for sure. Jealous you were able to find something. I have a small head and every last pair of David Kind frames I tried made me look like a small child playing dress-up!

  4. i like the oriole and the ace! The otto is mice too, but i would worry that they would get dirty/greasy really EasilY because of their size…i’m also 27 and have worn glasses since i was 8, and that always seems to happen with larger Lenses, sunglasses Included. Just keep that In mind…personally The smudges drive me crazy so i tend to stay away from the larger frames for everyday.

  5. All are super cute! I think any one would work… But i hatE when i ask PeoPle a question and they dont give me a straight answer… So i think You should go With the oriole. Good luck! 🙂

  6. The Oriole is the easy Choice as it blends nicely with your coloring, but the otto are a bit More of a Bold statement. Depends on what you’re going for. I only wear my warbys for distance so I made a statement with blue frames. If I had to wear them every day, I would’ve chosen something with more of an everyday look. Good luck!

  7. Minority vote here, but I love the Otto pair on you so much better! the color of the orioles is great with your coloring but personally i like darker frames and the shape of the lenses on the ottos better! i’m due for new glasses soon and i have been debating about using a service like david kind or warby parker instead of in-store shopping. thanks for the review!

  8. The Oriole frames complement your coloring better than all the other frames. I know choosing frames isn’t an easy process, but I think the oriole is a winner!

  9. I love both of those plus the ace! I have baxters from warby parker which are on the big side and while i adore them, i don’t wear them all the time (i’m usually a contacts girl…you should try them just to try!). I’ve found the larger frames can get annoying in the summer when i’m more sweaty and they slip more plus fog up faster when i’m in and out of a/c. For that reason (knowing you live in dallas) i vote oriole.

  10. tough choice, but i like the oriole; i think you’d be happier with a lighter colored frame. I hAVE A NUDE/PINK COLOR THAT I WEAR A LOT MORE THAN MY DARKER FRAMES. GOOD LUCK!

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