Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to start thinking about your holiday wardrobe. Whilst the bright sunny days might have you reaching for practical summer accessories like sunglasses and hats, a smart watch offers effortless everyday style in the sun.
From bright blue dials to elegant mesh straps, these are the watch trends you need to embrace this summer.
For a brilliantly bold take on classic style, try a blue dial watch. The daring colour trend debuted earlier this year at the international watch trade show Baselworld, with top names from the industry jumping at the chance to launch collections featuring the colour.
To work this bright style into your everyday look, choose a timepiece with a simple strap. Block-coloured straps in subtle tones such as soft greys and navies will compliment the vibrant dial, or for a more statement look, try a contrasting gold or silver mesh strap.
Milanese Mesh Straps
If you only invest in one watch this summer, then make sure it’s a Milanese mesh watch. The sophisticated timepiece is in hot demand and has proved hugely popular with influencers and celebrities alike, thanks to its jewellery-like style. Not only does the mesh chain create the appearance of a bracelet, but it’s also more durable than its leather contemporaries. Whilst a leather strap would stain or soak up suncream and other spoils of summer, a metal mesh watch strap is easy to keep clean.
For a traditional take on the Milanese style strap, opt for silver, or try rose gold for a modern summer update. Gold offers a more timeless look, with the versatile warm hue working well with a range of contrasting colours.
Although muted colours might not scream summer style, toned-down hues are more than on-trend this season. Earlier this year, pre-collection runways were awash with subtle and easy-to-wear shades, from light greys to soft beige. Whilst dressing head-to-toe in these comfortable colours might seem a little drab, a muted hue works wonders on a watch and allows you to wear your timepiece with any look.
For a timeless take on this 2017 trend, try a grey leather strap complimented with a silver watch dial. Simple though it may be, the minimalist style of this watch will team up nicely with whatever this summer throws at you, from elegant affairs to more relaxed encounters.
From embracing ‘hygge’ in the winter to adopting cycling come the warmer months, It’s no secret that Brits love taking inspiration from Scandinavian style. And the world of watches is no different. This summer, watch brands are giving a nod towards the famed Scandinavian minimalist design, with watches expressing a refined elegance. Large watch dials with crisp detailing celebrate the beauty of simplicity in these easy-to-wear models.
If more bolder watch designs seem a little too brash for your wardrobe, then a scandi-inspired timepiece is your go-to this summer. Think less is more with your styling and try teaming a brown leather watch with a plain shirt and colour-block trousers.
All watches featured are available from Charles-Conrad.com and are priced at £149-189.
Publishers of Staffordshire Living Magazine