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Reader Request: Stylish Watches

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Reader Sue had this question:

I’d like to hear from you about women’s watches – what’s in, what’s out. I see people with such a variety of styles. In the last couple of years I’ve seen so many women wearing big men’s watches … and wonder what is up with that!

I’m not much of a watch-wearer myself – though I do own and love the tortoiseshell Nixon pictured above – so I had to do a bit of research for this one.

It’s true that large-faced, menswear-influenced watch styles have been favored for several years, and currently they’re still more desirable than slimmer, delicate styles. Since borrowed-from-the-boys looks and athleisure are both hot, it makes sense that watch styles would skew masculine and sporty to match. Michael Kors has churned out many popular models, including the rose gold style above, and although many are in the $250 – $300 range, they go on sale for around $150 which is about what you’d pay for a Fossil watch.  Those who opt for slimmer, more ladylike watch styles tend to wear them on the same wrist with a pile of bracelets.

Color and material preferences do shift about somewhat. According to a Harper’s Bazaar article, colorful watches – especially ceramic models – were the trendy style for summer, though the author predicted that most fashionistas would downshift into neutrals for fall. Silvertone metals – sterling, stainless steel, or white gold – are beating out warm golden tones nowadays, though rose gold is still super hot. Vintage classics in all colors are always en vogue, and if you can’t afford a real-deal Cartier Tank or Rolex Oyster, less expensive versions with the same scale and features are a safe bet. Although leather bands will always be chic, most watch-wearers go for bracelet styles these days.

I don’t know about you folks, but I’ve seen far more men than women embracing smart watches, Beyoncé notwithstanding. That said, I think some of them are incredibly slick especially this round-faced Motorola model. Of course, it took a while for smart phones to take root, so in five years we may all have traded in our Timexes for itty bitty wrist-computers.

If you’re interested in digging deeper, try Watch Time or A Blog to Watch, though the latter focuses mainly on luxury models.

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This Week I Love …

… shoulder-strap totes.

Sounds like an oxymoron, right. Allow me to explain: With winter comes poofy coats. Poofy coats make shoulder bags a tricky proposition, since the straps tend to slide against the slick nylon. So I’ve come to love totes for winter use. BUT. They must have shoulder straps, too. Because I use all of my bags year-round, and need the shoulder option for non-winter. And also occasionally need both hands in winter and risk shoulder-slippage.

Here are a few totes with removable shoulder straps that I’m ogling right now:

the leather shop etsy

Leather Satchel – $145, The Leather Store

I’m pretty sure this bag has been in my Etsy faves for multiple years running, now. Love the shape of those handles, the external pockets, and that nice, wide shoulder strap. I’ve owned bags from The Leather Store and they’re absolutely top-notch hand-made bags.

frye melissa hobo

Frye Melissa Hobo – $387.95

Technically a hobo, but functionally a tote since that short strap is likely a tight fit on many shoulders. This is a narrow bag, but large at 13″ x 13″ and also comes in three gorgeous weathered browns.

steve madden fringe tote

Steve Madden Blucyy – $59.97

A marvelously oversized tote at 12.5″ x 20″ x 5″, on-trend with fringe accents, and vegan-friendly to boot! This might actually be able to double as a super stylish overnight bag. Also love this slightly smaller tassel-adorned brick red tote from Steve Madden.

small cognac tote

Elliott Lucca Iara Midi Tote – $167.95 – $177.95

Far smaller at 10″ x 4″ x 9.5″, this compact tote still has plenty of room for your everyday essentials. Elliott Lucca is a highly underrated bag designer, in my opinion, and you can get this style in cognac as shown here, as well as black, burgundy, slate felt, blush, or blush felt.

snakeskin tote

Street Level Python Print Tote – $28.98

If leopard feels too loud but you love the look of animal prints, give snake print a try. This medium-sized vegan-friendly option will look chic with everything from neutrals to bold brights.

recycled tire tote

Novica Upcycled Cotton Shoulder Bag with Recycled Tire Accents – $62.99

This bag is such a find: Great price, handmade, and crafted from recycled materials. Nice and big at 14.5″ x 19.75″ x 5.5″, and includes a large exterior pocket.

canvas tote

48 North Canvas Tote with Shoulder Strap – $130

Gotta give a shout-out to Minneapolis-based 48 North, whose waxed canvas totes have also lurked on my Etsy favorites for ages. If you’re not a fan of this olive drab, have this bag made custom in black, sage, gray, or another versatile neutral.

harveys seatbelt bag

Harveys Seatbelt Bag Medium Streamline Tote – $128

Reader Pat reminded me that Harveys bags are made in the U.S. from durable, vegan-friendly seatbelt material. I’m not a huge fan of the traditional woven Harveys bags, but this striped one is adorable.

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Reader Request: Comfortable Belts

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Reader Brenna had this request:

I love the look of a belt adding a waist to a shapeless outfit, but I hate the feeling of a belt squeezing me. I can’t stand the feeling of spanx or pantyhose either! What kind of belts would you suggest?

Totally understand, Brenna. Nothing like a squeezy belt to cramp your style. No pun intended. (I think that was a pun. And if it was, I definitely didn’t intend it.)

Squeezing can come in many forms, but if part of the issue is that your belts are thick or stiff, try out a few wrap belts. Wide, obi-style wrap belts like the one above from Elizabeth Kelly can work, but do take up quite a bit of torso real-estate. So if you’re worried about shortening your torso, you’re better served to find narrower wraps. Look for something made from soft, supple leather or faux leather – this one from Anthropologie looks promising.

For an even softer option, consider sashes. You can use long scarves as belts, but there are also pre-made cloth sashes to be found. or made. Or if you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can make one yourself.

My guess is this is not the direction Brenna would like to head, but since my own squeezy discomfort is most noticeable when I’m sitting and my midsection expands somewhat, elastic belts could be another solution. They will be snug at all times, of course, but they move with you and flex when you flex. You can look for woven elastics like this one, flat elastics, or styles with elastic panels like these guys.

Finally, if you want waist definition without a belt, here are some other ways to achieve it!

Image courtesy Elizabeth Kelly London.

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