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Glasses are excellent tools for self-expression, regardless of what every teen movie out of the '90s might have you believe about their versatility and trendiness. Costume departments on shows like Killing Eve and Stranger Things (here's looking at you, Barb) have all embraced the power of glasses as a statement piece, and many online retailers are working to accommodate the consumer need for cheaper, trendier frames with prescription lenses. Enter, Yesglasses.
First thing’s first: Yesglasses has hundreds of absolutely adorable trendy styles. Their main page advocates for “Trendy RX Glasses at Great Prices” and they’re not wrong on either front. I was encouraged by the prominent display of styles that I consider to be on-trend, as well as simpler styles that are universally appealing. The ordering process was simple, but let's break things down further.
What does Yesglasses offer?
Yesglasses offers sunglasses, prescription glasses, and frames for adults and kids at incredibly affordable prices. Some online glasses retailers sell frames for upwards of $100, but you'll be hardpressed to find frames that cost more than $60 on Yesglasses. Kids' glasses are a little more expensive (about $70 a pair), but the site offers student discounts you can take advantage of.
Yesglasses states that they offer “free” 1.61 high-index lenses, meaning that you pay for the lenses when you buy the frames. The website is replete with frames of all shapes and sizes, and they seem to have new designs on the site, indicating that they might update their collections frequently and will continue to update with new styles. They have free standard shipping and also offer international shipping. Their returns process is fair, with an option to swap out your frames for a new pair if you're not satisfied with them or an option to return for a refund within 14 days.
Yesglasses offers a lot of sales and deals on their site, including a student discount option and several seasonal sales. Like many online retailers, they offer a Try-On area where you can upload a photo of yourself to "try-on" frames. Their Try-On matrix is rather low on frills, but it stood up to other retailers we've tested.
What is the ordering process like?
Yesglasses has an extremely simple ordering process with lots of customizable options. After you select your frames, you get the option to include different add-ons, like higher index lenses or blue-light coating. I went for this pair, which were slightly different than my normal order but I was encouraged by the volume of trendy styles on the site.
My prescription is tricky and often looks wrong to manufacturers, so I was pleased when Yesglasses reached out to me to confirm my scrip after I had placed my order. They take your lens specifications and offer several ways to enter your prescription, which is somewhat easier than other online eyewear retailers.
Most often, it looks as though the prices on Yesglasses increase the more features you tack on to your order. Blue-light blocking nearly doubled prices in some cases, but even then most prices offered were comparable to those you'd get when shopping for frames at your eye doctor.
My order shipped promptly and the glasses arrived with a case and a cleaning cloth.
What we like about Yesglasses
- The prescription quality. The prescription lenses on these glasses were great. Now that I have several points of comparison, I notice which prescriptions are too strong (i.e. give me a headache if I wear them or a headache immediately after I take them off), and which prescriptions aren’t strong enough. These lenses were great on my eyes and I didn’t feel as though one eye was magnified larger than the other.
- How easy it is to sort their available frames. Sometimes online retailers can be stingy on the details when it comes to explaining and providing details for their frames. Yesglasses makes sorting out which pairs will work for you extremely easy based on factors like the material your frames are made of, the shape of the frames, and the style. If you have metal allergies or have strong opinions about which shapes look best on your face, their easy to use sorting categories will be extremely helpful and cut the browsing process down.
- Their various collections. Often when I use online retailers to buy glasses I have some idea of what I want going in, and the way Yesglasses organizes their collections (into categories like Aviator and Cat Eye) made it very easy to find the trendier options I was looking for (while also showing me new styles and variations of styles that I wasn't necessarily looking for). The red frames I selected were not what I anticipated choosing and ultimately were a solid find from one of their collections.
What we didn’t like about Yesglasses
- The glasses didn't match perfectly. I ordered a pair of gold-red geometric round color-edged rimless eyeglasses and they were ... rimless, exactly as it had described. But they didn't look exactly like the picture—while the lens clearly obscures part of the coloration of the rim, I think the pictures could be a little more accurate to the frames. The coloration of the red rim was also rather sparkly compared to how it had appeared in the photos, even those that shed a decent amount of light on the edges of the lenses, so that was a bit of a surprise. Ultimately I think if you go the wire-frame route, be sure to manage your expectations for what the final product will look like once the lenses have been set into the frames.
- The lens coating. Blue-light or treated lenses can tend to have a slightly discolored tint, and that is the case with the Yesglasses glasses I received. The glasses are blue-light blocking, but if you’re nervous about discoloration, you might want to go with the clear lens.
- Limited selections on special items. While the kids’ glasses offered by Yesglasses are extremely adorable, it looks like they haven’t much expanded their kids line, as there are only six options available in their eyeglasses, blue-light blocking glasses, and sunglasses ranges, respectively. The sunglasses are likewise limited in selection; however, you can put sunglasses lenses into many of their frame offerings, with the option to select if you want mirrored, polarized, etc. Hiding the sunglasses option within the Eyeglasses area of the website made it a bit confusing. We would have rather known which frames were available for sunglasses before we had to select which lenses we wanted.
Can you try on lenses virtually?
When I tried GlassesUSA, I really enjoyed playing with their Virtual Mirror, which is essentially a website widget that lets you try glasses on a picture of yourself. As I mentioned above, Yesglasses has a similar feature, but it's not quite as intuitive to use. However, once you figure it out, it's just as fun to play with.
On the home page, there's a button that says, "Try On." You can upload a picture of yourself, then navigate to eyeglasses or sunglasses. But once you upload a picture of yourself on the homepage, it doesn't allow you to add glasses—in fact, it gives you a mustache and cartoon sunglasses. And when you hit the buttons for "eyeglasses" or "sunglasses," you go to a landing page, not a page where you can add glasses to your own picture.
I figured out that you have to click a small button on the right-hand side of the page with individual pairs of glasses to try them on your picture. You can't adjust them or turn the angle of your picture, but it is an easy way to see how the glasses will fit. Is it as much fun as the Virtual Mirror? No, but it still works.
Should you order glasses from Yesglasses?
Ultimately, if you're looking to purchase some trendy frames at good prices, Yesglasses is a good place to do it. The generous return policy means you can return frames that don't quite suit your needs, while the virtual try-on feature allows you to try before you buy (kind of). I'd recommend you to be aware of the product descriptions and use your judgment when trying to determine whether or not your lenses will look good when set in certain frames. And be sure to read frame specs closely!
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.