Getting Speccy: Glasses Direct

I’m proud of the fact that I wear glasses and have always tried to turn them into a bit of a fashion accessory. I don’t believe in invisible frames or delicate colours – if you’re going to put a big hunk of plastic on your face you may as well make the most of it. The only thing with choosing glasses though is the time and effort it takes to ensure you’ve got a good pair; sometimes trying them on in Specsavers just doens’t work. You need to take them home, try them on with different outfits, get the advice of friends and family and choose between multiple styles. When a colleague of mine told me about an amazing service from Glasses Direct I got so excited that I got involved straight away. Glasses Direct is an online site for buying glasses, but the difference is they offer a free home trial service which makes buying glasses so much easier.

You can search for the type of frames that will suit you best using their mini questionnaire and the site them recommends the best style for you. You can then choose your top four frames and order them to be delivered to your house for a free seven day trial. There’s absolutely no charge for this (although you do have to enter your credit card as if you don’t return them they will charge you for the frames) and it’s a great way of trying lots of shapes and sizes in the comfort of your own home. The box arrives within a few days and you get notifications of when it’s been dispatched. To return it you simply stick the returns label on the front of the box and send it on its way. Although I didn’t particularly like any of the styles I chose I would definitely recommend the service and would totally use it again. There’s no limit to how many times you can do this, so I’m going to spend the next month trying on endless pairs of specs!

Specs appeal. Innit.

Check out the service here.



  1. Boscy
    February 2, 2012 / 11:39 am

    What an amazing service! Definitely going to try this next time I need a specs-update xx

  2. xPaulax
    February 2, 2012 / 12:39 pm

    I have been looking into this for about a month now. I am with Boots opticians at the moment and for a good (last-worthy) set of glasses that look nice too it was about £200+ for some D+G glasses. I found this site and thought wow amazing. only problem is, my glasses always need to be adjusted LOTS so the sizing isn't quite right for me 🙁 shame! x

  3. Computergirl
    February 2, 2012 / 2:53 pm

    Such a good service! Love those glasses on you! xx

  4. glitterbaby40
    February 28, 2012 / 10:48 am

    What a great review. I have come across lots of different companies which sell glasses on-line but have always been a bit dubious of them!! I am desperate for a new pair of glasses but cannot afford the extortionate prices that the opticians charge so I will definitely check these out – thanks for sharing.

  5. Jean Hogg
    April 19, 2012 / 10:46 am

    My new specs are fantastic. Since discovering your site I have purchased 4 pairs of glasses – 2 for myself and 2 for my husband and I have still not reached the price of my last pair of glasses from a high street optician. And that is for the 4 pairs combined! I have received many complements about my choice of eyewear and I have of course directed them straight to Excluiveeyes. I am sure I will be returning again in the future – as I love being able to afford several pairs of glasses instead of just the one.

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