As someone who has always longed to sport a pair of scholarly frames, yet has been cursed with decent vision all my life, I was absolutely thrilled when Warby Parker asked me to help introduce its Winter 2013 Collection to you. I’ve always admired the brand, not only for its distinct retro-meets-modern aesthetic, but for its buy a pair, give a pair operation.
The Winter Collection, inspired by the season’s simplest pleasures — like doubling up on thermals or watching your breath steam up a window — features six new unisex shapes in five new colors, including two custom two-toned acetates (two of my favorites). The collection stirs up nostalgic winter-time memories and leaves me yearning for an evening by the fireplace, curled up with a good book, or for a day spent decorating the Christmas tree while watching “The Year Without a Santa Claus.”
The expansive collection offers plenty of striking frames for every style and personality. I fell in love with four pair in particular. And since Warby Parker’s new line is inspired by winter-time pleasures, I’ve decided to share my four favorite winter activities, each starring a pair from the new collection! To see the complete Winter 2013 Collection — on sale today — check out WarbyParker.com!
Living in Florida, I’ve never chopped down my own Christmas tree — but a girl can dream, can’t she? The Edgewood frames in Sage pair perfectly with Rag & Bone x Hunter boots, a cozy beanie and a gingerbread latte, of course.
Nothing warms up a room like a yule log on video loop… But seriously, whether the flames are real or pre-recorded, this time of year lends itself to cozying up with a good book, an enveloping sweater and cozy socks.
Yule log video (image via) / Warby Parker Lyle frames in English Oak / AnnaKastle chunky cable knit sweater (similar) / Diptyque Orange Chai holiday candle / The Asylum by Simon Doonan / IT by Alexa Chung / J. Crew socks
I have the fondest memories of baking and decorating cookies with my mom as a child. The ritual is what let me know it was officially Christmas-time. Some two-toned specs will inspire confectionery creativity, along with some metallic kicks and a little nog.
Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book / Warby Parker Durand frames in Saddle Russet / J. Crew Swiss dot tuxedo shirt / Vintage Christmas apron / Califia Farms Holiday Nog / Williams Sonoma cookie cutters / Cole Haan Gramercy Oxfords
Mixing modern and retro, as Warby Parker does so well, is the key to my next holiday party — complete with old school tunes and new school brews. A straight-out-of-Mad-Men pair of two-tone frames partnered with a sleek, modern jumpsuit play right in to the theme!
7-up Christmas ad via 1962 / Warby Parker Seymour frames in Tennessee Whiskey / Topshop jumpsuit (similar) / Yellow Snow IPA & Krampus Lager / A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Perry Como Christmas Album & Wham! Last Christmas / Zara pumps / Piperlime cocktail ring