GET READY… THIS POST HAS A POLL! I wanna know what YOU think, so keep reading!
I need new glasses. I’m tired of my current pair, and one lens is riddled with scratches from when I tripped on a curb and face-planted on the sidewalk literally 4 months after I bought them. Last week, I got my annual eye exam (where I learned that I needed more Omega-3s in my diet), so the other day, I headed out to shop for spectacles.
There’s a store I’ve been excited to visit for quite some time. I first heard about it from my friends Erin and Devin, who, for as long as I’ve known them, have always had kick-ass glasses. They told me about Gogosha, on Sunset Boulevard, that has great service and frames you can’t find anywhere else. Naturally, Erin and Devin told me about it a few weeks after I had just bought glasses… damn you, crappy timing!
Two years later, I finally headed to Gogosha. I’m so glad I did!
I walked in and was greeted by Teddy (“like a Teddy Bear,” she said), and I explained what’s up. I needed new glasses, I get overwhelmed when shopping for glasses, and this place had come highly recommended. I also explained that I’ve lost 167 pounds, and that the size and shape of my face has changed, and that I don’t know what would look good on me anymore.
Then Teddy explained the process at Gogosha. Basically, I wasn’t going to do any browsing at all. I got to sit my butt down in a chair, and Teddy would pull a ton of options that she thought might work, and using a 3-step process, we’d whittle down the frames until we ended up with the perfect pair for me.
These, by the way, are my current glasses, and since my prescription hasn’t changed much, I’ll be holding on to these as my back-up pair:
The process began. Teddy stared at me for a good long time and started rooting through her wares, and every once and a while, she’d pivot and look at me again. I asked what she was specifically looking at, and she said that in addition to the general shape of my face, she was looking at how far apart my eyes were, how they related to the other features on my face. It’s not necessarily about getting the trendiest or newest glasses, she explained, it’s about finding the pair that best compliments me and my features, and there’s lots of things to consider. I liked the way Teddy talked about glasses.
Teddy brought over a heaping tray of optons:
Step One. I tried each pair on, and based on my initial reaction and first impression using a tabletop mirror, I decided whether to keep it in the running or lose it. No big decisions yet – just sorting out the ones that are all wrong. It was pretty fun, and I liked that Teddy piped up, because she really knows her stuff. She pointed out pairs that sat funny on my nose, or interacted strangely with my brow or cheeks, and explained how certain design elements, like the thickness of the frames or the shape of the lens flattered (or failed to flatter) my face.
After Step One, we had eliminated more than half of the candidates. Here are the frames that didn’t make the cut:
And the ones that did:
Step Two: I tried the remaining contenders on again in front of a full-length mirror. It was time to consider the big picture: how they looked close-up, how they looked from farther away, how they looked with my entire body. I’ve worn glasses since I was in 3rd grade, and I don’t remember EVER trying on glasses using a full-length mirror before, and it was extraordinarily helpful. I tried on each contender multiple times, and, with Teddy’s input, started narrowing it down further. We eventually got it down to four finalists:
Step Three: We headed outside and I tried them on again, to see them in natural light – another really smart move, because everything looks different in natural light, and I formed opinions that I didn’t have inside the store. We also roped in Julia Gogosha, the boutique’s owner, and she provided some really valuable insights. I also learned that she’s exactly my age and grew up about 20 minutes away from me in Michigan. SMALL WORLD!
When we headed outside, I brought my camera and put Teddy to work. Here’s what all four finalists look like on my face:
FINALIST #1. Very basic, very classic:
FINALIST #2. The roundest of all four:
FINALIST #3. Very retro, with fun details:
FINALIST #4. Similar shape to my current glasses, but with glitter lining the inside. You don’t really notice it unless you’re looking for it, which is why I included the second picture below:
POLL TIME! I wanna know what you think! To be clear, I’m not letting you guys decide which pair I’ll purchase. I made a decision and ordered one of these four. I’m really excited about my choice, and curious if you’ll pick the same finalist as I did! So cast your vote (and invite your friends to vote as well!) – once you vote, you’ll be able to see the results so far. And please use the comments section to elaborate on your reasoning, if you so desire!
My glasses are being made right now, and I’ll be able to pick them soon. Sorry to pull a cliffhanger on you, but I’m not gonna reveal my choice until I have my new glasses in my hot little hands!
I will say that this was by far the best glasses shopping experience I’ve ever had. The last few times I’ve bought glasses there’s always been a part of me, as I waited to pick up my finished pair, that was unsure. Glasses are a big expenditure, and I would get nervous that I wouldn’t like the pair after a week, or that I hadn’t found a pair that made me look my absolute best.
There was no such second-guessing the other day. The ladies at Gogosha, especially Teddy, were informed, articulate, and ridiculously helpful, and they turned what previously had been a daunting experience into a completely stress-free, enjoyable one. I can’t wait to pick up my new glasses! And I’m dying to know what my readers think – so scroll back up and VOTE!
Keep it up, David!