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.
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