In the sea of millennial pink, ubiquitous black puffer coats and status bags, watches offer the perfect opportunity to stand out from the crowd. As a woman, I view watches as a vehicle to express myself. Watches are historically divided into three main categories based on the size of the case; 26-31mm are “women’s”, 31-36mm are “unisex” and above 36mm is “men’s”. In the last decade, these ranges and labels have become more fluid as “borrowing from the boys” is increasingly fashionable. Adding a larger watch to your outfit may initially seem daunting but there are an array of watches to suit your style.
Whether you gravitate towards more ladylike looks, bold outfits, or a minimalistic uniform, there is a place in your wardrobe for a larger watch. The weight of a “men’s” bracelet or a loosely worn chunky case offers a welcomed juxtaposition with feminine puff sleeves and dainty details. Ladies watches are generally more decorative and often have jewelry-like elements; wearing a larger watch allows your outfit and other accessories to also shine and you avoid looking like you bought a whole look off a mannequin.
If you are more into sporty streetwear or statement jackets, larger watches won’t get lost, and you can find the right watch to complement your outfit. Unlike a bold hat or an adventurous blouse, watches are a great way to make a statement without weighing you down visually. Additionally, the size and details of a men’s watch can liven an otherwise monochromatic, banal outfit. These watches infuse a cool factor and are a great conversation starter.
In the age of fast fashion, rushing from place to place and staring down at our iPhones, watches prompt us to stop, notice a detail, and sometimes strike up conversation with another human. Both professionally and socially, people have noticed my watch and asked about the color of the dial or the functionality. Watches have been a springboard for conversation and have led to some wonderful connections. I’m particularly fond of vintage watches as these often have a story and there are a number of more understated options in the marketplace.
Whether it be new or vintage, I feel a bit more confident when I break the “rules” and wear a “men’s” watch. The details of the watch allow me to express myself. If the watch is hiding underneath a large sweater or visible on a bare arm with more formal dress, I find that the corners of my mouth tend to curl upwards more when I’m wearing a watch.
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