Wristwatches: Go for Edgy Chic, But Mind the Edges

A certain style shows up periodically, an attempt to jazz up a wristwatch by adding bracelets to the same wrist. The idea shows up this season in the June-July 2013 issue of Lucky magazine, which promotes large statement wristwatches: “These oversize timepieces are as classic (and cool) as it gets.”

Lucky continues: “And there’s no need to wear a watch solo, either. Laddered with wooden bangles or friendship bracelets or even worn two at a time, it’s the perfect statement piece that never feels overpowering, adds just the right amount of sparkle and goes with seriously everything.”

Laddered with wooden bangles or friendship bracelets, which typically are made of soft woven materials, the combination is unlikely to be damaging to the watch. Piling one watch on top of another, however, presents quite a different potentiality for damage to both timepieces.

More on the “more is more” style appears in the photo top right, which bears the caption “Worn with chunky gold and leather bracelets, a classic watch feels edgier.” Notice that the leather bracelet is worn between the metal wristwatch and the chunky metal bracelet pictured, and acts as a bit of a buffer, although the metal hardware of the leather bracelet appears to be bumping into the watch. Any bangle bracelet is almost certainly going to bang against the watch as the bracelet slides up and down the arm.

Metal on metal is a bad idea. Metal can scratch metal as well as the glass face of the watch. The result: Damaged watch, damaged bracelet, and a resultant loss of chic.

A wristwatch combined with less potentially damaging wooden bangles or friendship bracelets is appropriate only for casual looks. A more sophisticated take on this style is the addition of a slender and lightweight link bracelet of gold or silver worn next to a medium or large wristwatch, adding just a bit of sass and sparkle in a pleasing proportion without the same potential for damaging either your jewelry or your timepiece.

Chic Low Heels & Ankle Straps

For those who are searching for more chic low-heeled options in footwear, there is an exciting assortment pictured in the May 2013 issue of Allure magazine, which comments: “After years of teetery stilettos, heels have come back to earth.”

The styles pictured are all sandals with a strap across the top of the foot and a strap around the ankle. Ankle-strap footwear can be very alluring, but is not for everyone. They are most flattering on long legs with slender to average ankles, as the ankle straps create horizontal lines that visually shorten the legs, an effect most pronounced with bigger ankles. The chunkier the ankle strap, the more pronounced the shortening effect. Styles with less contrast against the color of one’s skin are easier to wear than styles that provide high contrast.

None of these low-heeled options in Allure come with a low price. The sandals are $825 in patent leather from Roger Vivier; $435 in blue leather from Tibi; $600 in cotton and faux leather from Stella McCartney; $795 in leather with a metallic heel from Lanvin; $1,150 in white leather from Hermes; and a whopping $5,270 (yes, five thousand two hundred seventy dollars) in crocodile and Plexiglas from Michael Kors.

The Michael Kors sandals are also featured in the March 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, shown above.

Harper’s Bazaar features a number of other styles of lower-heeled shoes without ankle straps, including the above block heel shoes form Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere, which ring in at $755.

Also pictured in Harper’s Bazaar are these lower-heeled shoes from Reed Krakoff which, at $590, are not only more comfortable on the feet and easier to wear, but are also easier on the budget.