Yesterday, someone said to me that they thought choosing glasses was worse than finding the right pair of jeans. I would definitely agree with this. It certainly felt like that after my glasses shopping disaster yesterday!
A little while ago I won a voucher for £150 to use at a high street chain of opticians. I was thrilled as I imagined getting a funky new pair of glasses. On the other hand of course this meant shopping for them. I've been putting it off actually as I knew it might be an effort. As time is running out to use the voucher, I popped in to my local branch and had a session of trying on.
I should mention that I was there with my three year old and 8 month old. Not ideal I know. An assistant came up a couple of times to ask if she could help. I asked if she could check that I could buy glasses with the voucher and went about my business. I spent quite a while trying various pairs on (the three year old got increasingly bored in this time), I eventually plumped for a pair that are very similar to my current pair. I went along to the assistant who had initially approached me and thought I was all set to order them. She asked me to put them on and then promptly said "These are too wide for you, they don't suit you". Cheers for that. So, after half an hour plus of trying on and trying to pacify two fraught children, she wanted me to go and look for something else!
Feeling quite offended by all of this, I walked out and did what any normal person would do. I phoned my husband for a rant! I calmed down a bit and went to get some chocolate for the three year old to buy me a bit more time! I headed in for a second go.
This time I asked for advice. You'll like this, apparently I needed to look at the teenage range because of my petite face and features. I don't actually have a problem with this but I tried a few on and seriously, I looked like Penfold. That's never going to be a good look for anybody.
A third assistant came along to help, probably sensing my growing frustration. She laughed about the teenage glasses and said no way. Her advice was to look for something that wasn't too wide or too long in the arms. Though, she did say, I should go for what I wanted as it's my choice at the end of the day! I decided to give up at that point.
I have to go back and face the search again of course. This is where you come in, I'd love some advice on what style to go for. What do you think would suit my face shape? I'd love to go for thicker frames but I'm not sure they work with my features. Here's are some mug shots, with and without glasses. What do you think would look good but make a change from my current style?
Let's keep our fingers crossed that I don't get any more rude comments tomorrow about my choice in glasses. The lack of chocolate over the past week has given the rage!