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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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Already Prettypoll: Earrings, Necklaces, or Bracelets?

I was a necklace gal for ages, but I’ve been slowly shifting my focus to earrings. Giant dangly earrings aren’t practical for cold weather – high risk of catching on a scarf and yanking your lobe – which means this is not a pragmatic shift. But I’ve started to love the look of funky, jangly, even asymmetric earrings above and beyond my necklace affections. Especially now that we’ve got crawlers, duets, and jackets in the mix. If I could only wear one type of jewelry, it’d be earrings.

How about you? If you could only wear one type of jewelry, what would it be? Earrings, necklaces, or bracelets? Anyone out there a dyed-in-the-wool ring or brooch fan? Do tell!

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This Week I Love …

… ear jackets, crawlers, and duet earrings.

I’m still a bit amazed that new types of earring could be created AT ALL, and tickled that these three styles have become more mainstream and wearable since they first showed up on celebs walking the red carpet. They’re edgy, off-kilter, and not likely to suit everyone’s taste, but if you’re curious to try ear jackets, ear crawlers, or duet earrings, here are a few styles I’m ogling these days:


Pulso Onyx Chandelier Bar Studs – $45

I own these, as evidenced by this weekend’s outfit post, and they are so lovely in motion. They’re also quite comfortable to wear and stay put without pinching at all. I have the onyx version, but I believe these are pearls. (Wanted you to see a close-up on them on!) 5% of Pulso’s profits are donated to a different charity each month.

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Baublebar Cairo Ear Jackets – $28

I own these, too, and they’ve turned out to be surprisingly versatile. I reach for them when a drop feels like too much, but a stud feels like not enough. They come in silver, gold, and rose gold, too.

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Diamond Shield Ear Jacket Pin – $21.99

How cool is THAT? It’s sold as a single, but you could wear with a gold stud in the other ear, or try this similar ear pin minus the dangle.

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Sam Edelman Gold Textured Front Back Earrings – $35

I’ve got a slightly more claw-like version of these myself, and adore them. (Mine are shaped like this, but textured.) I worried that the heavy back would slip off on its own, but it’s quite secure. My pair drew a compliment from my 72-year-old dad. Surprised the heck outta me, but pleased me to no end.

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nOir Jewelry Front and Back Drop Earrings – $19.56

These will be much subtler in their front-backery, but I bet they’ll be so graceful in motion.This pair also comes in gold. I love pretty much everything nOir designs – this mismatched pair with a spiky ear crawler is spectacular, too.

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Renegade Silver Oxidized Sunburst Ear Jackets – $32

This pair is just sold as just jackets, which means you can swap in any post you like. Of course, you can do that with any ear jackets, but some styles are more conducive than others. These would look fab with a pearl or CZ stud.

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Double-sided Ball Studs – $7.77

I’ve seen this style called “duet,” and although the look of the earrings takes some getting used to, I love that name. The larger ball sits behind your lobe and just peeks out. When the back ball is really large it can look droopy and almost painful, but these two are close enough in size that they just look unusual and eye-catching.

Anyone else digging this trend? Are you partial to ear jackets, crawlers, duets, or all of the above?

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