Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Finding the Perfect Glasses with IOLLA

IOLLA Stockbridge glasses boutique in Edinburgh
Colourful IOLLA spectacles in their new Stockbridge, Edinburgh store
Selection of glasses in IOLLA's new store in Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Affordable and stylish glasses at IOLLA

We've both been glasses wearers since our childhood years (Helen since primary 7 and Kim since primary 5) so it's fair to say we know a thing or two about sporting a pair of spectacles. We've gone through many different stages; from ridiculously small and thin metal monstrosities to big ol' Deirdre frames and a whole lot in between. We both have quite a collection now - these are something we wear Every. Single. Day. so it's nice to have a bit of variety - and over the years we've got to know what we like and what suits us. But if you're new to the whole glasses wearing game, we know it can be a bit daunting. So, after a recent visit to IOLLA's new Edinburgh store, we thought it might be a good idea to share our tips for finding the perfect pair of specs:

Making shopping for eyewear painless with IOLLA
1.) Know Your Budget
Glasses can end up being ridiculously expensive. First there's the frames, then there's the lenses, then there's lens thinning, not to mention all the different types of coatings. It sure can add up! It's helpful to have a realistic idea of what your budget is and don't be afraid to tell your optician/glasses shop of choice what you're looking to spend. That way you won't end up falling in love with a super expensive pair that are out of budget.

If you do want to try on all the glasses without worrying about it then IOLLA is a great place to start. Their price promise means their specs are super affordable and their transparent pricing stops you having  to stress about 'added extras'.

£65 for frames, single vision thinned lenses with anti-glare and anti-scratch coatings or £125 if you require multi focus lenses - easy! Even with Kimberley's strong prescription it's a brilliant deal.

Scottish Blogger, Kimberley, tries on pink glasses in IOLLA Edinburgh
5 tips for finding the perfect pair of glasses
2.) Try, Try, Try

In our opinion, the best way to pick your perfect glasses is to try on as many as possible. This is especially important if you're not used to seeing yourself with face furniture. For us, this is the most fun part. It's like those movie changing room montages without all the faff of having to get undressed! Go for different shapes, sizes and colours until you start to get a feel for what works for you and then you can hone it down. IOLLA have a great selection of styles and, what's even better is, each frame comes in a selection of colours, making it even easier to find the exact right frames to suit your style. They've also just brought out a whole range of new spring shapes and have updated  some old favourites in new colourways.

Scottish bloggers Wardrobe Conversations share their top tips for shopping for spectacles
3.) Come Prepared

If you're in the market for glasses it usually means that your eyesight ain't so hot. This makes trying on glasses a little tricky. Looking at a fuzzy face in the mirror or having to go super close to focus doesn't give you a great idea of what you actually look like in all those different specs.  Our advice: be prepared. That could mean wearing contact lenses or just making sure your phone has plenty of battery and storage space for a number of different selfies. Seeing photos of yourself in different frames can definitely help when it comes to picking the right pair for you.

4.) Ask For Help
This could be asking your bestie to come along to give their opinion, doing an Instagram poll with the selfies you take, chatting to the staff or getting the thoughts of other customers. We did all of those while visiting IOLLA and it really helped us make the tough final decisions. The staff were all super helpful and, because they knew the products, they were able to make suggestions and point us in the right direction. Plus, they were all doing a great job of modelling some gorgeous IOLLA frames themselves.

5.) Go Back
Finding the perfect pair of glasses doesn't stop when you've picked your frame. Getting them to fit right is also very important. Having uncomfortable glasses is no fun, so if your frames arrive and they're too loose or too tight don't be afraid to say. They're usually really easy to adjust and most opticians are happy to help. And, if you're prescription changes, it's super easy to get new lenses popped into your favourite frames. Just be warned: it can get pricey if, like us, you have a number of favourite frames!

Sunglasses in IOLLA's new Edinburgh store
5 top tips for making shoppin for eyewear easy, painless and fun

After following our own advice we were super happy with the frames we picked out (Kim opted for Muir in Baby Pink Fade and Helen went for Wallace in Walnut Tortoise, in case you wondered) so we hope these glasses buying tips also help you pick out your dream frames! If you have any specific spectacle questions do feel free to get in touch - we have a wealth of glasses wearing (and buying) experience between us.

If you fancy trying out IOLLA (and we would certainly recommend that you do) you can find them in Finnieston, Glasgow or check out their fab new store in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. You can also find out more and shop all their frames online, including their awesome new spring range. We already have our eyes on some more frames we want to add to our collections - Swinton and Inglis, we're looking at you!

IOLLA gifted us each a pair of glasses for review purposes. We came up with these tips and opinions all on our own.


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