Forecasting trends is no easy feat in the fast-paced world of women’s fashion. Last season’s hottest styles can become completely passé overnight. If you consider yourself to be a fashionista, you’ve probably got your finger permanently on the pulse of clothing and shoes, but what about the rest of your ensemble?
Accessories can make or break an outfit, so if you want to truly rock your look, you can’t afford to ignore the finer details. A well-chosen watch, for example, is the perfect way to add cohesion, elegance and class to your look, whether you’re in the boardroom or out on the town. En vogue watch styles, however, are just as fickle as other fashion trends, so it’s vital to monitor trends if you want to keep your look up to date.
If you haven’t updated your watch in several seasons, don’t despair. We’ve put together a list of the hottest women’s watch trends for 2018, so you can ring in the New Year in style.
- Boyfriend Style Watches
Boyfriend jeans, boyfriend shirts… the modern woman certainly knows how to take her man’s clothes and turn them into a sexy ensemble that artfully straddles the line between masculine and feminine. The boyfriend watch is no exception.
Popularised in 2011 and characterized by big, bold faces, this trend is back and bigger than ever. With celebs like Miley Cyrus and Milla Jovovich embracing the look, we can expect to see more and more luxury brands offering up large-face watches this season, from timeless Chanel to revolutionary Filippo Loreti.
One of the best parts of the big-face watch trend is the versatility. Whether you favor rose gold and ornate embellishments for a flourish of femininity or a simple black style you can pair with your entire wardrobe, there’s a style available for everyone.
- Art Deco Watches
Ever since F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, found its way onto cinema screens in 2013, the western world fell back in love with the roaring 1920s. This love affair hasn’t escaped the attention of the fashion world, with designers creating modern women’s watches that embrace the 1920’s art deco style.
Art deco jewelry is characterized by its bold embellishments, colorful gemstones, geometric shapes and nods to the Far East. So, if your style could best be described as daring, an ornate art deco watch might be your perfect match. To truly let your watch shine, make it the statement piece of your outfit, pairing it mainly with black and navy hues.
- Minimalist Design Watches
We might adore the ornate styles of the art deco era, but the latest designs coming off the catwalk prove that the fashion world is just as enamored with sleek, minimalist designs. As a lifestyle, minimalism is gaining traction throughout the United States, with millennials in particular leaning towards simpler designs that match their slick modern way of life.
In terms of watch styles, minimalist designs are understated but sophisticated. They tend to sport trendy large uncluttered faces, subtle straps and slim hands. Colors like black or silver emphasize the modern look. Minimalist watches are ideal for young professionals that want to make a subtle splash in the boardroom. They’re also delightfully unisex, which makes them twice as chic while the demand for boyfriend style watches continues to thrive.
- Smart Watches
In this technology obsessed era, it’s no surprise that stylish smart watches are growing in popularity. If you want to show off your tech-savvy side, look for watches that combine a sleek, streamlined design with a multitude of features. The most popular smart watches for women in 2018 will be those that support a healthy lifestyle, such as designs that monitor calories spent, heart rate and sleep quality. Make sure you choose a design that you can pair with your phone to get the greatest advantages.
- Modern Ornate Watches
As popular as the minimalist design trend is, its counterpoint is proving just as enduring. A watch isn’t simply a timepiece, it’s also an accessory. Ornate styles are a way of showing both style and status, and in 2018, many women will be sporting highly ornate statement watches in lieu of jewelry.
Whether you opt for a well-known luxury brand or a little-known designer, you can’t go wrong with an elaborate band style. Pearls, beads and brightly colored accents are all trending, along with intricate watch faces. Show off your worldliness with a watch face depicting Paris or your love for the elegant with sophisticated etchings of leaves or butterflies. Modern ornate watches are all about wearing your personality on your wrist.
- Rose Gold Watches
Trends come and go, but if you want a watch (regardless of whether it’s boyfriend style or sporty) that’ll stay stylish for years to come, choose rose gold.
While yellow gold or cool silver can clash with certain colors in your wardrobe, this shade is more likely to subtly complement your outfit. Watches with rose gold accents, faces or bands are timelessly feminine and lend the wearer a gorgeous natural glow. With more and more tech companies offering up rose gold tones in their line ups (including Apple’s iPhone), you can also match your watch to your phone to create a cute, classy combo that’ll really enhance your overall ensemble.
Although it’s easy enough to check the time on a smart-phone, true fashionistas realize that watches are here to stay. Not just for their function, but for their role as a statement accessory. With all the watches on the market, it can be difficult to forecast which styles will keep you looking fabulously fashionable in 2018. So, if you’re in the market for a new time piece to ring in 2018, be sure to take a close look at the trends we’ve compiled above and use them in inform your search.