With hot, slimy summer days just around the corner, a wrist full of jingling bracelets isn’t the most comfortable accessory. Soaring temperatures should never be a style deterrent, so this season, trade your arm party for something more simple: a colorful watch. This accessory is a foolproof way to spice up basic sundresses, loose tanks and billowy tops. Add a playful pop of color to any ensemble all summer long…and come fall, your jewelry box will thank you.
Kate Spade NY
Kate Spade fans, rejoice! The iconic brand has released a line of striking watches just in time for long summery days. This gold-plated stainless steel/enamel/mineral crystal watch was designed to look like a bangle, with a small, rectangular face. The lemon color complements a golden glow and will work with everything from neutrals to neon.
$250 at Nordstrom.
Timex "Camper" Strap Watch
No color captures the spirit of summer better than hot pink. This durable watch from Timex pairs fashion and function: luminescent, easy-to-read hands and a date window punctuating the dial will keep you help you get from office to rooftop drinks right on time. This polyurethane/resin/acrylic watch is water resistant up to 50 meters, so the only thing you’ll have to worry about come beach season is when to apply more sunscreen.
$60 at Nordstrom.
Michael Kors Blue Polyurethane Ladies Watch
A Michael Kors watch is one accessory that women from all walks of life swear by. You’ve seen them on the wrists of co-workers, girlfriends, moms and actresses and there’s good reason why: Kors’ masculine inspired watches come in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes, so there’s one for every kind of personal style. This royal blue polyurethane watch will help you stand out from the crowd. Pair this rich shade (and classic design) with something less structured like a pair of linen pants or a free-flowing swing skirt.
$195 at Newegg.com.
Nixon Womens Time Teller Acetate Watch
This versatile grape-colored acetate watch will take you from warm summer evenings to cool fall mornings. Pair with light and bright colors and patterns now, and come fall, wear it with a military-inspired jacket or angular black blazer. The deep color will even come in handy during the winter, when drab cold weather wear needs a colorful pick-me-up.
$122 at Overstock.com.
La Mer Neon Green Wrap Watch
This handcrafted La Mer Neon Green Wrap Watch is so interesting; you might abandon wearing bracelets forever. A 22" long and 1/2" wide neon green strap wraps around the wrist to reveal a small, silver face. Twist it, turn it, wear it however you’d like. Stuck wearing corporate casual at your day job? Slap this on your wrist and with every glance, you’ll get more and more excited for summer.
$92 at La Mer.