London Retro Eyewear: A Glasses Direct Review

March 28, 2015

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The first thing my mum did when I turned up to lunch in my lovely new glasses from London Retro at Glasses Direct was nudge my dad hard.

“Who does Alice look like?” she kept asking him.

Apparently my Nanna Elfreda’s legacy lives on not just in Elfie’s name but in my new glasses too, proving that London Retro really does make authentic-looking retro glasses, similarly worn by my Nanna in the 70s! But Nanna B or not, my new glasses are awesome.

Glasses Direct  I haven’t always been a glasses person. I’ve needed to wear them since the age of 12 (my glasses from the 90s aren’t yet back in fashion) and switched to contact lenses when I was 15. Because I’ve only ever worn glasses as a back-up to my contact lenses when I’m at home or feeling a bit rubbish they have always made me feel like I’m dressed down or scruffy when I’m wearing them. I’m trying to change this and have been amassing a collection of eyewear that’ll make me feel special, whether at home in my scruffs or out and about attempting to feel like a human being on 4 hours sleep.

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My London Retro pair are my new favourites. I’ve had so many compliments on them – one being from the girl on the Bobbi Brown counter who had perfect eyeliner flicks so SHE KNOWS. They make me feel all Mad Men/Pan Am.

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The process of choosing my glasses from Glasses Direct was totally pain-free. When I picked some from Specsavers recently I was almost overwhelmed with the choice: I stood there for at least half an hour umming and ahhing over my two choices, one of which I don’t wear at all now. At GD you can pick four frames online to try out at your leisure at home and then you pick which one of those you’d like to have as your glasses. I’m really not good with an overload of choices so for me there was much less stress involved.

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Anyway, I took my mum and dad out for lunch a couple of weekends ago and in exchange I made them take hundreds of photographs of me in my new glasses for your enjoyment. Which I thought was a perfectly fair tradeoff (you just know I was cringing the whole way through).

The important info: this pair are the Malcolm in tortoiseshell and you can get them for the reasonable sum of £120. When the time comes to purchase more glasses (next week? I’m pretty keen) I will certainly be back.

Glasses Direct  Thank you to London Retro at Glasses Direct for sending me this lovely pair of glasses to review. I love ‘em.

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  • Reply Chris @thinlyspread March 28, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Oh they are GORGEOUS!!! I’m due new glasses so will definitely be taking a look! (See what I did there?!)

    • Reply alice April 1, 2015 at 10:05 am

      I did a LOL at that Chris!!

  • Reply Danielle Vedmore March 28, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    I really like those! I want a retro pair of cats eye ones for my next pair :)

  • Reply Alison Perry March 29, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I am exactly like you, in that I need to buy some glasses that I love so much I’ll wear all the time. At the moment I just wear them around the house and I wear my contact lenses far too much. My poor eyes. I’d love to see your 90s specs. Bet they were as nice as my ones ;)

    • Reply alice April 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Mine were pink tortoiseshell and they were v glamorous at the time. I miss the 90s!!

  • Reply Fritha March 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I had some 90’s NHS specs that I thought at the time were amazing! I’m like you, I will only wear them if I love them (or can find them!). You look amazing in these Alice. Love that third photo down shot and also really lovely to hear where Elfie’s name came from! xx

  • Reply Lottie :: Oyster and Pearl March 31, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    They look awesome! Really ace, good choice!

  • Reply Lia April 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I love them too & I have a picture of my great Nanny May wearing some almost identical! x

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