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I’m a girl who loves her glasses. And after I posted my review of Pair eyewear last year, the post blew up. It’s the most viewed content on my blog month after month. So, when the folks at PAIR Eyewear contacted me to let me know they were getting ready to launch a line of new frames specifically for adults, I asked if I could try them and share my thoughts. This is my updated Pair eyewear review for grownups!
The first eyeglass frames from PAIR that I tried were (technically) kid sized. PAIR previously offered two frame styles that were slightly larger and suitable for adults: The Twain and The Larkin. I have a pretty small face so The Twain worked perfectly for me. You can read my review of the Twain frame HERE and see a video of me trying on a bunch of toppers HERE and HERE.
This time the frame style I ordered was The Reese. It’s made for smaller/narrower faces and it’s VERY close to the design of The Twain. In fact, some of my Twain toppers fit on the Reese, although I’m not sure if they are technically interchangeable.
Traditionally, popular adult brands inevitably create a children’s line, however, DTC glasses brand, PAIR Eyewear did it in reverse. After inking a deal for their unique, customizable eyewear made up of magnetic frames and interchangeable glasses top frames geared towards children on Shark Tank in 2019, PAIR Eyewear subsequently blew up on TikTok (driving over $1 million in revenue). But their customer wasn’t who they expected. The company was inundated with emails from adults, parents and college students begging PAIR to create glasses that catered to their larger faces. So, In June 2021 PAIR released a new line of adult specific glasses and top frame sets.
Here are the eight new adult frames (plus you can still order The Twain and The Larkin from the kids line):
First you choose a “base” frame which comes in a variety of colors ranging from clear to dark. You can wear the base frame alone, or change your look in snap by adding a HUGE variety of magnetic frame toppers. The toppers instantly turn your glasses into sunglasses which is soooo much more convenient that switching glasses when you want to read outdoors or if you need them for driving and outdoor activities.
The toppers come in every color as well as “specialty” patterns and prints that include Marvel, Harry Potter, Sesame Street, NHL and The NBA There are new toppers released every month so be warned that you’re going to want to keep buying them. (See photo below for how many I have!) The good news is that they’re only $20 – $25 each. So compared the price of new glasses, they’re a steal.
The average cost for a pair of prescription glasses in the US is $300. And that price only gives you ONE look. Compare that to PAIR:
Plus, PAIR has free shipping and returns and a 30-day risk-free trial period.
And, PAIR gives back. For ever pair of glasses purchased, PAIR Eyewear partners with The Eyelliance to provide a free pair of glasses to a child in the developing world.
When I placed my first eyeglass order from PAIR, I bought the base frames and had a local optometrist put in the lenses. I had been burned in the past by ordering cheaper lenses online and having little recourse when my vision was problematic.
This time, the folks at PAIR offered to provide my progressive lenses. So I sent them my vision prescription and also provided them with my pupillary distance measurement. They have an online tool that will give you your measurements, but I chose to call my local eye doctor and ask them for the numbers.
Frankly, I had low expectations about the lenses. I previously had a bad experience with Warby Parker when I tried to get lenses online and the glasses always gave me a headache. But, I was pleasantly surprised. When my new glasses arrived, the lenses were GREAT. My prescription is spot on and I was able to move seamlessly between my existing glasses and the new one with no headaches and no aggravation.
One watch out – the web site says that shipping time is 7 – 10 days but based on the comments on my previous blog post and my personal experience, it’s longer than that. Even the new pair that PAIR gifted me took a month to arrive. The company is going through rapid growth and in the process of ramping up their supply chain, operations and customer service. I always tell you guys the truth, so you should expect your order to take a while. I’d rather have you be pleasantly surprised if it’s faster than mad at me if it takes a couple of weeks.
Do you want to try Pair Eyewear for yourself? Get 10% off your first order of $60 when you order using this link and use code Grownupdish