So, thinking about getting a new watch? Littlewoods.com got in touch to tell me about their range of ladies watches and challenged me to pick out my top 5 styles from the site. First up, I had no idea they stocked so many brands, and so many designer brands at that. When I needed a watch I ended up going to New York but I clearly hadn't looked widely enough online before I did (but then again I did get a bargain over there which is always a bonus).
So, my top picks and looks are (I couldn't narrow it down to just 5)...
BrightsNothing says summer like vibrant, fresh and zingy colours. I have a bright orange Guess watch that I love and I break it out as soon as the sunshine arrives. Ice Watches are leading the pack for brights but other brands like Guess and Diesel definitely have styles worth mentioning. The styles pictured above show that colour can be worked into different fabrics and materials - one of these is silicone the other is aluminum.
New neutralsNeutrals are a great choice for everyday and a fresh alternative to gold or silver. Diesel watches have some great styles in blush tones and rose gold (actually brushed stainless steel). I find these blend better with your skintone so the watch doesn't stand out too much. The softness is much more feminine too, even if you like a more masculine style. It creates a good balance.
CeramicCeramic bracelet watches gained in popularity after Chanel used the material for their J12 watches, but with a price tag of around £4,000 and higher it's easy to see why other brands have tried to find space for this material in their collections. DKNY stand out to me as having done quite well to recreate the clean, sophistication that Chanel brought to the medium. For this look it's all about white or pale colours like the styles shown above.
MasculineIn the last few years we've seen a shift for women's watches with designers borrowing men's styling and selling it to us girls. 'Dainty' is no longer the norm and you'll be able to find plenty of styles without sparkles too. I love the French Connection watch pictured above right because the black and blue make it feel quite luxe yet understated. The black leather strap and simple design mean it will go with plenty of different outfits.
After darkBut with all these masculine style and brights, what about those evenings out where you need something a little more glitzy or sophisticated? Step in the after-dark watch. These feel more like designer jewellery than timepieces which makes them ideal for special occasions. I love the deco-style shape of the Seiko watch pictured above right and you can't go wrong with classic crystal, like the DKNY style above left.
Are you looking for a new watch? So often in the past a watch has been a Christmas gift for me, rather than something I'd choose myself. It's been interesting to check out the latest styles and I might just have to get myself an after-dark watch to complement my Michael Kors daytime style. Do you have more than one watch, which look do you like best? Let me know by leaving a comment.
*Post written in collaboration with Littlewoods.