We count our lucky stars that the old days of being called ‘four-eyes’ are long behind us. Thankfully, glasses are not only an essential everyday accessory, but they’ve also come a long way style-wise. Now, glasses make more of a fashion statement than ever before. When it comes to shopping for glasses, we’re very lucky because in Toronto, the amount of both trendy and affordable eyewear shops that have popped up lately is staggering. You no longer have to head to a optometrists office or to your local glasses chain and spend a small fortune on a new pair of specs. Instead, you can head to a more affordable store or single-brand boutique and find a pair that’s more tailored to your needs.
Below, find 6 of the city’s best shops for trendy and more affordable glasses. Trust us, you’ll be thanking us later.
If you’re constantly looking to try out new styles, BonLook is a great choice, as it releases new collections each month that are designed in-house. Styles start at $149, which includes prescription lenses that range from single vision and progressives, to anti-fatigue and transitions. Here you can choose from an impressive array of styles that range from on-trend without being too trendy. Look out for the brand’s sought-after collaborations, which have included everyone from Tessa Virtue, Maripier Morin, and more.
The popular Australian-based eyewear brand, Bailey Nelson now has three locations in Toronto, where you can find look-at-me styles that range from tortoiseshell wire frames to more modern millennial pink opaque frames. Prices range from $145 to $245, so there’s a style available for every budget.
Eye Studio is a family-run boutique and independent optical shop with two local locations — the Leslieville store just opened! Here you’ll find both trendy and traditional styles from a number of well-known brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley, and Oliver Peoples, plus independent brands like Masunga, Mykita, Kio Yamota, and more — all thoughtfully chosen thanks to quality and style.
Dresden Vision is revolutionizing the eyewear industry by offering its customers glasses at the lowest price and of the highest quality. Each pair of frames is completely customizable, eco-friendly, and made with recyclable materials. Glasses can typically be made in 15 minutes in-store (seriously), and from as low as $49 you can create a pair of colourful and statement specs that are tailored to your needs while showing off your colourful personality!
Since 2010, Warby Parker continues to live up to its promise to provide high-quality, affordable eyewear to its customers. Now, with two locations in Toronto, you can find incredible styles at unbeatable prices. Plus, you can stock up on your favourite styles guilt-free, as Warby Parker is firmly committed to doing social good and for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is donated to someone in need
With a number of locations in Toronto, Ollie Quinn is really making a name for itself in the city, and for good reason. Here you can find prescription glasses for as low as $155, with styles that are designed in-house with locally cut lenses and thoughtfully sourced materials. This includes glasses made with single-vision prescription lenses, anti-scratch and anti-glare coatings.
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