Welcome to the second installment of Happy Wife Healthy Life’s fashion posts! If you missed the first installment all about How-to Shop for Thrifty Jewelry Finds, make sure you check it out here.
Today’s post is all about watches; my thrifty watch finds and the splurge pieces that make my heart go pitter patter for not only the beauty of the timepiece, but also for the cost.
To the best of my knowledge, I can’t remember ever wearing a watch as part of my every day wardrobe. I did have one baby pink Minnie Mouse watch I wore as a kid from the Disney Store, which I thought was just the coolest thing ever, but that watch was still reserved for special occasions like church and Wednesday chapel at school. During high school and college, I rarely ever wore one and instead relied on objects like my cell phone or my laptop to keep time.
Over the past year or two though, I have found myself being drawn to watches and wanting to add one to my every day wardrobe. Visions of arm candy dance in my head whenever I run across pictures of bracelets and watches coinciding and complimenting one another perfectly.
Here is the thing though; investing in a watch takes a lot of research and a bit of money too. I have yet to make a decision on an expensive watch to purchase, but have instead bought a couple cheaper pairs to fulfill my watch cravings without cleaning out my wallet…yet. I want to be sure before I drop big money on one watch that I will wear pretty much every day, so until then I will be happy to sport my less than expensive watches as often as possible.
The first watch I am showcasing cost me only about $20 and is from Charming Charlie.
And here is the more expensive Michael Kors version I was imitating:
It stood out to me in the store because it had a large yet basic face, was gold, and fit my wrist well, just like the investment watch.
It is a personal preference, but when I shop for thrifty watches, I don’t like to buy ones that look over-the-top or are decked out in ‘diamonds’. I wouldn’t be able to afford a diamond encrusted watch at this point in my life, so I feel like having a watch complete with rhinestones everywhere can make the watch look cheap. However, on more expensive watches I don’t mind a little bling because the quality is better and it doesn’t look so fake. Remember, the goal is to have a cheap priced watch, not a cheap looking watch! However – it is just my personal preference to buy a basic watch! If you prefer the bling though, feel free to buy a watch with as much bling as you like! Just remember though to rock it with confidence and you’ll be set! To each their own!
This second watch I own I actually found on a whim at Von Maur for a whopping $5!
Here is the Michael Kors version:
Yes, that’s right, I found my version of the wrap watch for $5. I almost fell over right in the store when I spotted this little beauty. I was in the market for a wrap watch and this one fit the criteria I was looking for to a tee – It fit well, had a larger yet basic face, a dark brown strap, and it could even tell time, which truly surprised me for being a watch that was so cheap.
So as much as I love my thrifty watches, I am still in the market for something considered to be a little more of an investment piece. Not surprising for all you fashionistas, at the top of my current want list is a Michael Kors watch. Here is my only concern though: are the extra large faced, gold, rose gold or white Michael Kors watches a current fad, or are they here to stay? I know I am late to the party as these watches have been popular for quite a while at this point, so that makes me a little nervous to invest now in fear that the next big thing will make its appearance a week after I finally pull the trigger on my big watch purchase.
Here are a few watches on my wish list that have caught my eye, including a few Michael Kors and Kate Spade pieces:
- What is your opinion on watches? Do you wear one every day, not at all, or only on special occasions? What is your favorite brand and style of watch?
- What are your thoughts on the trendy watches of the moment? Is it worth the investment at this point? Are large faced gold and rose-gold watches here to stay, or do you think they will fade away and the next big thing will make its appearance soon? I would love to hear your opinion!