Sep 21, 2011

wishful ticking - guest post by Ashley

Hi Ocean Dreamers, since this week is crazy busy for me, my friend Ashley is going to help my blog stay on task and it's really right on time! ;) Okay, I'll stop with my corny time jokes.

Speaking of birthday is this Friday! I'll be back then to write a post entailing what I'm doing. It's going to be low key yet fun!

Hope your week is going well!

Fashion Watch: Watches

Watches are good for much more than just telling time. They're one of the hottest selling accessories of all time for both men and women – and that's a rare occurrence.

You can use a watch to jazz up your everyday outfit, add extra shimmer to a little black dress or add a distinguished flare to a sleek business suit. I wear a watch with almost every outfit, yet still use my phone to check to the time. It's really all about aesthetics.

Whether you're more into luxury watches, versatile diesel watches, or sporty watches you can use your timepiece in more ways than you may have thought.

Everyday Watches

One of my latest watch discoveries puts a fun spin on a traditional style. Snap band watches are fun, colorful watches made of silicon or rubber and are a great way to add more visual interest to your basic jeans and t-shirt daily wear. They're affordable, durable and versatile!

Wearing casual watches is a great way for guys to add a little something extra to a basic outfit without looking done-up, extravagant and ridiculous. I recently got my brother a casual watch that he can wear on weekends with jeans and a t-shirt or even a nice button up. Watches are great for guys because they're one of the few pieces of jewelry they can get away with wearing.
Casual watches are great for women too, though not as popular. Most women's watches are slim dressy watches, which are great to wear with a more formal outfit, but aren't as good for your basic everyday look. And, while I love snap-on watches, they're not the best for the outfits that fall between super-casual and dressy. I've recently discovered boyfriend watches as the perfect alternative to fill the void between dressy and casual. They're chunkier than your standard department store women's dress watch, but more done-up than a standard casual watch. I bought one on sale recently and have gotten tons of compliments on it!

Dressy Watches

When you're really ready to pull out all the stops and add that extra wow factor to a snazzy look, watches are a great way to draw the right kind of attention. They're subtle, but still make a statement.

I saved up for a darling Michael Kors watch that surprisingly works well with just about any dressy outfit. It adds spunky flair to a business suit, blouse or pencil skirt.

Mens dress watches look great sticking out beneath the sleeve of a suit or dress shirt. I usually get one for my dad every Christmas, one of the best times of the year to snag a $500 watch for a fraction of the price. He wears it endlessly until he accidently leaves it at a restaurant or on a plane – just in time for the next Christmas, of course.

Leave the Watch Behind

However, there are instances where you might want to leave the watch behind. If you're wearing plenty of bracelets with a casual outfit, you can leave it out. If your brother or boyfriend only has one watch and it's a casual style, encourage him not to pair it with a suit – or even a shirt and tie. Furthermore, if you're unsure of whether or not your watch adds to or distracts from your outfit, it's better just to go without. And always, when in doubt, consult the resident fashionista in your life. They'd be happy to help your timepiece work to the benefit of yourself and your outfit.

Thanks so much Ashley!  Don't forget to enter into my giveaway Ocean Dreamers, which ends on Friday! See the post below to enter and good luck! ;)


  1. Love the dressy watch and of course that pink girlie and so much fun.


  2. Ahh I just got myself a 'boyfriend' type watch and it's gotten mixed opinions (since it's pretty big) but I love it. I haven't worn a watch in ages so I'm glad I finally got a new one :)

    And yayyyy happy early birthday m'dear!! :D

  3. Hope you had a great birthday!

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