Clockwise from top left: Michael Kors Bradshaw Watch, Michael Kors Everest Watch, Marc by Marc Jacobs Amy Dinky Watch, La Mer Collections Bali Wrap Watch.
Despite the popularity of cell phones, smart phones, and wearable devices, watches still have an important place in a well- stocked wardrobe. A timepiece can be a bit of an investment, so there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re picking a new one.
How often are you planning to wear the watch? For an everyday style, look to stainless steel or ceramic bands. Both are very durable and stand up to inevitable chipping and scratching. For a more playful watch, plastic, silicone, and resin bands are great lightweight options.
Watches can serve as a functional time-telling accessory or an outfit-making statement. Classic designs with a simple brushed- metal band never go out of style and can last several years with proper care. On the other hand, a bold statement watch—think bright colors, flashy crystals, or wrapped bands—look great nestled in a stack of on-trend bangles.
Many watches are designed with an array of features. Which ones matter to you? Date wheels and chronographs are perfect for precise timekeeping and tracking a busy schedule. Water resistance is also a nice detail, it protects from accidental splashes of water and the occasional rain storm. Finally, if you have small wrists, look for an adjustable band or a watch with removable links.
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