Like every other item of apparel, eyewear styles come and go in cycles. In fact, 2017 has seen a major shift in terms of what fashionable consumers are seeking in frames.

For several years, so-called “geek chic” glasses have been popular. You may have seen hipsters and other fashion-forward individuals wearing, with a certain degree of cool irony, large and heavy-looking frames.

Earlier this year, those nerdtastic days finally came to an end. Now, other qualities are popular in glasses. Metal frames — silver and gold in particular — are in vogue. All the rage are aviator glasses, bridgeless specs and tinted lenses. Round frames are desirable as well, in part because a number of famous people have taken to wearing them. Johnny Depp is one such celeb.


Once you know which types of glasses are hot, the next question to answer is: Where can you find them? While you have many options, you’ll find that two brands stand out for their quality, attention to detail and overall excellence. They are Zenni and Warby Parker. Is one company better than the other, though?

Zenni Takes on Warby Parker: A Showdown for the Ages

To begin our Warby Parker vs. Zenni comparison, you should realize that both companies make it easy to order eyeglasses. Just go to one of their websites, choose a product you like, type in your personal information and prescription details and wait for your package to arrive at your doorstep.

However, with Warby Parker, you’re free to order multiple pairs of glasses. Once delivered, you can then put each of them on, look yourself over in the mirror and keep whichever pair or pairs you want. You’ll only pay for those you hold onto. As for the rest of the glasses, you can send them back to the company; Warby Parker will pay for the shipping. By contrast, if you order a pair of eyeglasses from Zenni and, for whatever reason, don’t want it, you can only return it for a 50 percent refund. On top of that, you’ll have to pay to ship it back.Warby Parker’s customer service is generally a little more reliable than Zenni’s. It’s not always easy to get in touch with a Zenni representative if you have something to ask or discuss, whereas highly professional Warby Parker employees are standing by at all times. The latter company’s live chat services are very useful, too.

Warby Parker’s customer service is generally a little more reliable than Zenni’s. It’s not always easy to get in touch with a Zenni representative if you have something to ask or discuss, whereas highly professional Warby Parker employees are standing by at all times. The latter company’s live chat services are very useful, too.

If you care about deals, know that Warby Parker offers relatively low prices. You shouldn’t have much trouble finding a pair of Warby Parker glasses for around $100. Meanwhile, Zenni’s prices are unbelievably low. It won’t take you much time to locate a pair of its glasses for less than $10 and most of its merchandise costs less than $50. Your next fast food lunch could set you back more than new Zenni eyeglasses.

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Bonus: Warby Parker provides complimentary shipping and for each pair of eyeglasses the company sells, it sends one for free to an individual in need.

Zenni and Warby Parker Products: A Few Enticing Examples

All right, let’s get to the glasses and sunglasses themselves. The following representative items are all in style, in demand and likely in your budget. They’re the perfect finishing touches to chic outfits.

Zenni Round Aviator Eyeglasses

These metallic round frames are light and they’d surely make Johnny Depp proud. Especially appealing is the on-trend brow bar.

Zenni Sepulveda Eyeglasses

A blend of vintage and modern designs, these round frames are made of tough stainless steel. They’re an ideal size as well — far from big and bulky.

Zenni Glossy Tortoiseshell Eyeglasses

These versatile and attractive glasses will let you get in on the tortoiseshell craze. Plus, the bridge won’t press down on the top of your nose. Who wants to deal with that?

Zenni Premium Round Sunglasses

These acetate sunglasses are available in tortoiseshell and black and each pair’s bridge resembles a keyhole. As for the frames, they’re not quite medium-sized, not quite wide.

Zenni Premium Aviator Sunglasses

These sunglasses have mirrored lenses shaped like teardrops and the arms have hinges so you can easily adjust the lenses’ position.

Warby Parker Abbott Eyeglasses in Jet Silver

Made from titanium, these frames could last you a long time. Better yet, their rounded shape and silver color will make you a trendsetter for this unique style.

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Warby Parker Campbell Eyeglasses in Carbon

These stainless steel glasses will give you a distinguished look and full protection from ultraviolet light. Not to mention, people will be able to spot them from a distance, and they’ll probably be impressed.

Warby Parker Durand Eyeglasses in Woodland Tortoise

When you have these round Durand eyeglasses on, you may forget that they’re there. That’s how comfortable they are. They leave plenty of space between your eyes and the lenses, yet they also stay in place.

Warby Parker Lionel Aviator Sunglasses

These titanium sunglasses have narrow frames with silver and blue color options. The lenses are elegantly teardrop-shaped.

Warby Parker Hayes Sunglasses

Take a step back in time with these square lenses cut from a single sheet of acetate. They’re lightweight, polarized and available in jet black and tortoise.

The Warby Parker vs. Zenni dispute may come down to a simple answer. Why not purchase items from both of them? After all, they both carry tortoiseshell glasses, round glasses, aviator glasses and other trendy products. At affordable prices, they can both supply you with a whole drawer full of spectacular spectacles.

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About Ralph Lauretta

Ralph is a co-owner of Sal Lauretta for Men. His areas of expertise include custom clothing as well as being the primary clothing buyer for the store. When not at work you can find him hanging out with his family, reorganizing his garage or watching a Denver Broncos game.