ACCESSORIES REPORT: Watch Out

Accessories Report

My ratty blue TIMEX watch with the lint-encrusted Velcro strap is rolling over in its landfill grave as I say this, but I am obsessed with the all the new watch trends- from oversized men’s watches to suede bands. Designers are showing a lot of amazing watches that are perfect for adding a refined element to your look while still ranging in styles from glitzy to sophisticated.

I’m pretty convinced that my secret talent is being able to sniff out any Michael Kors accessory from a mile away. Really, it’s quite a gift. It’s because of this uncanny sixth sense that I scoped out this week’s Fashionista and her gorgeous Michael Kors Chronograph Leather Strap watch.

While there aren’t many watches I’ve seen lately and not loved, this one in particular caught my eye. The mahogany-colored leather band is amazing. Not only does the band’s color complement the gold of the watch’s face, but also it’s a color that will work year-round.

On the top of my watch wish-list is the Michael Kors ‘Jet Set’ Bracelet Watch. But while I continue to live on a poor college student budget, the Interchangeable Bezel Boyfriend Watch from ASOS is a really great option. Aside from the interchangeable feature, the chunky strap and oversized face are a great way to embrace the new trends in watch-wearing.

So it’s time to bid adieu to the memories of your seventh grade glow-in-the-dark digital watch and grace your wrist with a sophisticated new timepiece. After all, it’s not too often that you can claim your favorite accessory can be chic, while serving an actual purpose (I’m looking at you, six-inch stilettos.)

Spotted: At the BaselWorld Watch and Jewellry Show (aka the biggest international trade show for watches and jewelry) in Basel, Switzerland big-name designers showed off their most mesmerizing watches. From Ferragamo’s stunning sapphire and mother-of-pearl watch to a glamorous Harry Winston watch decked out in 168 diamonds, the designers definitely impressed.

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Those who know me can attest to the fact that I absolutely adore watches on both girls and guys. Even though I have yet to find the perfect one for my tiny wrist, it only makes me greater appreciate those that can pull off a snazzy watch. This Fashionisto sat next to me in class and I could not help but notice the shiny gadget on his left hand. His stainless steel watch by Fossil is very simple and sophisticated without any accents or jewels.

There is a higher emphasis placed on guys wearing watches and most of the time a fancy watch is as important as a sports car in that it speaks of one’s wealth and standing in society. However, since we’re all college students here, we don’t need to worry about such trivial scenarios.

However, there are a couple trends in the watch world that you might be interested in. First and foremost are digital watches, which are no longer considered nerdy like they were in middle school. Digital watches are now very hipster and can be found in stores like Urban Outfitters and American Apparel. Stainless steel watches are another fad because they are so professional and clean cut. Last but not least, black watches are also currently trending, specifically matte black-on-black styles because they are so simple but sleek and serious.

With such a wide selection of watches it can be overwhelming to find the perfect one so I suggest browsing in department stores such as Macy's or Bloomingdale's because they do carry a large variety. Also, don’t be afraid to splurge a little bit because it is a great investment!

Spotted: Both Michael Kors, Bulova and Movado featured white stainless steel watches for men and rose gold stainless steel watches for women in their Fall 2012 catalogue.

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For many individuals, a watch can be described as a variety of different things; classy, casual, elegant, sophisticated and even sometimes a little bit quirky. For the many individuals wearing these watches, their personalities can be describe with those same words. The most evident thing a watch will ever be though, is timeless.

Watches first began to evolve in the seventeenth century and since then they've been a staple piece in every Fashionista's everyday outfit. Today, the majority of watches worn are considered to be statement pieces, meaning they're typically oversized and serve not necessarily as a functional piece but as one that will complement an outfit. One of the most popular watch styles this season is a gold watch, which can be worn with practically any style of garment, including color.

This Fashionista is going for more of a boho-chic style with her choice in outfit. The coral colored denim shorts complement her patterned, oversized, chiffon shirt and she successfully pairs the ensemble with a simple black sandal, as well as several pieces of statement jewelry. The main piece that ties her whole look together though is her Michael Kors Ritz watch, which is crafted from a tortoise shell case, lined with a touch of gold and completed with crystal accents on the face. For statement pieces similar to this, look in stores such as Urban Outfitters for a more affordable watch. If you’re looking for something that’s going to be better quality, department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s are options.

Although a watch may seem like a simple accessory, its presentation can set the tone for any outfit. You can glam it up for an evening affair, make it sporty during your afternoon jog, or style it with something classy and casual for a day at the internship office.

Spotted: This fall, Michael Kors is all about the gold statement watch, which is featured in his ad for Vogue’s September issue. Alongside Kors, Marc Jacobs also has a new collection of watches that are most certainly worth your time.

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What time is it? Time to get a Watch!

While boy scouts were being trained to look at the sun and know the exact time of day, Fashionistas like us were trying to accessorize and update their uniforms. And since you cannot tell time by the moon on your way home from a Fratastic evening, owning a watch has proved to be more useful for the college crowd. Perfect for any Fashionista/o on the go.

Pinterest Boards have been blowing up with the latest trend metal watches worn with metal chunky bracelets, ties, bows, and chains on the same wrist. Do not worry about matching your metals, fall 2012 is all about mixing gold, rose gold and silver. I mix my gold watch with silver bracelets and rings all the time. Check out my Fashion Board for examples.

Metal chain watches with large faces are popular because they are easy to put on with just a click. This Fashionisto sporting a black leather band is showing how to make this trend unique by implementing his personal style. His watch blends with his charcoal V-Neck and grey sneakers. This is a great example of men experimenting with accessorizes wearing watches, necklaces, and a ring without over accessorizing and looking like a pirate.

Every designer from Michael Kors to Michelle are showing oversized watches for fall 2012. If you cannot get a hold of a designer oversized watch because they are flying off the counters then consider Fossil. A brand that is less expensive and known for having unique, stylish, and durable watches. Fossil can be found at certain malls, online and at Macy’s.

A style tip to watch out for is looking for a dark face with lots of dials. There are dials to indicate day of week and day of the month. Dials and large dark faces make a watch look richer and make the Fashionista/o look more important. Large faces are great because you can see the hands clearly on each second tick. I will slap the next fashionably challenged person I see whipping out reading glasses to read a tiny watch.

Do not be another face get an oversized watch! 

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Summertime on this college campus is always filled with a variety of events ranging from basketball camps for elementary school students to previews for the incoming freshman class. No matter what the occasion, students of all ages are trying to beat the heat while maintaining their trendy style and this Fashionisto does just that.

As a camp counselor, this Fashionisto spends his summer days leading younger students around Marquette University’s campus and remains trendy while doing it! Sporting a bold patterned top, tonal grey shorts, solid black frames and loafers, he knows how to dress functionally for his job while showing campers he has style too. He sticks to classic accessories donning a simple brown watch and a functional grey cross-body bag, which is perfect for housing summer essentials campers may need. 

No matter what the latest accessory trends are, a classic watch is always in style for both Fashionista and Fashionistos alike. If you’re in the market for a staple watch to add to your wardrobe try this one. It's simple, sleek and sophisticated which are all important elements to consider if you’re buying a long-lasting piece for your wardrobe. For a sportier sophisticated look try this, where the plastic material more suitably lends itself to an active lifestyle.

When purchasing a staple accessory, such as a watch, it’s important to determine what coloring and style will complement your existing wardrobe as well as pieces you will acquire in the future. This will ensure that you get the longest life span out your accessory and may also help you justify spending a little extra cash to get exactly what you want. Whether you chose to go the classic sleek or sophisticated sporty route when purchasing your watch, it's sure to be a lasting accessory fit to embelish many of your outfits!

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As every Fashionista/o knows, you’re only as good as your latest timepiece. Whether it be walking into class fashionably late or maintaining some form of punctuality, there is no better way to make a statement and retain some functionality.

Asked how today’s Fashionisto, Charlie, always manages to get the best spot in our 500-student poli sci lecture and he credits Michael Kors. I must have looked confused so he flashed his MK watch in front of my face and said, “This baby keeps me on time, on track, and fashionable…could you ask anything more of a watch?”

Ceramic links have been very in this year so you know this Fashionisto has his eyes on the trends. I also love how big the face is and the stark contrast between the band, the numerals, and the dial. Charlie comments, “I think my personal style changes all of the time, I pay attention to trends but at the same time always try to mix it up and be innovative.”

On most rainy, dark days in Montreal, most students prefer to wear dark colors, not pay attention to cosmetics, and forgo accessories so it was really exciting running into to someone who not only took the time to slap on a watch and necklace, but also to color coordinate his umbrella to his pants! Speaking of his necklace Charlie says “Other than my watch, I really love this dogtag.  All proceeds go to the Bayer Diabetes Charity, which is so great because it shows how much power you have as a consumer. Fashion for a cause is something more people need to make a priority!”

Watch out for this Fashionisto, world! He doesn’t miss a second of the action and is sure to know and wear the hottest trends at lightening speed.

Spotted: Time to get a watch? Check out Hayden Panettiere sporting her favorite MK watch! 

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