True story: I haven’t worn a watch since the late 90’s. Back then it was a Kenneth Cole Reaction watch that was a part of a silver colored bracelet. It was my favorite watch and when the clasp broke I called around to get it fixed but sadly found out it was beyond repair. After that I just stopped wearing watches, and started carrying a cell phone.
About a year ago I started thinking about watches again. It can be really distracting to have to check my iPhone for the time, and on my old phone it also means a drain on the battery. I also started seeing lots of women wearing large chunky menswear inspired watches, which i preferred far more to dainty, flimsy look of the typical Ladies watch.
Eventually I happened across an old Swiss Army watch belonging to the boyfriend. It had been sitting in an shoebox for years so he was fine when I brought it over to a neighborhood jeweler to adjust the band for my wrist. They quoted me $12, but when I went to pick it up they said it would actually be $10.
So score a perfect chunky menswear watch for $10!
I have a theory on jewelry: It should either be really cheap and over the top, or expensive fine jewelry. Nothing middle of the road and trying to have it both ways. Of course I mostly have cheap stuff so here are two of my favorites:
Wooden necklace: I got this at Beacon’s Closet in Park Slope. I saw it in the glass case and assumed it was a one of a kind vintage 70’s necklace, and then the cashier reached into a drawer that held about a hundred of them, mass-produced and shrink wrapped in plastic. But I love it nonetheless, and have never run into another person wearing it. My current favorite pairing is with my L.L. Bean sailor shirt to de-prep and make the stripes more interesting.
H&M “Jewels”: I bought this recently at the H&M at 59th & Lex and I assume it is in every store. For a day time look I wore with a Gap chambray shirt, inspired by a display I saw at JCrew of their denim shirt and the flower lattice necklace. For the night I switched out the necklace to wear with a black tank and pink silk pencil skirt (bridesmaid skirt from my sister’s wedding!) I love this necklace since it is both simple yet complex, perfect for day to night, and makes a nice clinking sound when I walk.
Pictures from my Instagram feed: thebagblog