Man Wisdom: Wooden Watches

DSC_2973aJames is wearing: shirt Topman, jeans vintage Levis from Mooch Vintage Sheffield, watch Jord Wooden Watches*

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As you know product features aren’t something we do often on this blog, however there are sometimes those occasions which we simply cannot refuse, this was one of them.

We were invited to introduce Jord wooden watches and were blown away not just by the style and quality of these timepieces, but the ethos of such a lovely family run company. Locally owned and based in St Louis, Missouri Jord design and manufacture watches from real wood. All the wood used is sustainably sourced from around the world, allowing Jord to create some truly beautifully crafted pieces. We were intrigued as to how a wooden watch would feel to wear and delighted to discover it was light weight, smooth finished and so easy to wear. The wood also gives a lovely warmth in contrast to the usual metal watches, nor does it pinch like some metal straps can. In addition it is a great option for vegans who are looking for an alternative to leather straps. It also carried that lovely fresh, wood scent.

The watch chosen is from the 94a series in red sandalwood with brushed steel and red check dial, including a date mechanism. All Jord watches are unisex, James is the main watch wearer out of the two of us but I have tried on the watch too and it would make an equally attractive chunky ladies watch. Jord have a wonderful range which I do recommend checking out, they have lots of wood and face colour options not to mention designs. Jord take just as much care and pride in their packaging, ensuring each watch comes in a stunning wooded presentation case, making it a wonderful gift idea too.

If you are on Instagram you can find inspiration searching the #JordWatch hashtag and their account @woodwatches_com. What more can we say, we really were bowled over by Jord and look forward to sharing more styling options in the future.

Have you discovered Jord?

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What Would I Wear to A Summer Wedding?

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Anglomania ‘Resurrection’ dress, Elevated Tea Garden Court Shoes, Cupid Tiara, Animalier bag; Links of London ‘Hope’ bracelet, ‘Love Notes heart & arrow’ earrings; Breitling ‘Transocean’ watch

I get asked a lot of fashion related questions, one that pops up quite often is ‘What would you wear for a wedding?’. I never really get if they mean what would I recommended they wear for a wedding, or what would I personally wear, because lets face it it would be quite different! Since I like to indulge in some virtual shopping, lets play dress up on my own behalf! To be honest I have worn for weddings past things I would usually wear with the addition of sticking something on my head. Nice frock, pair of heels and the opportunity to wear a hat, what’s not to love! I am in two minds about the whole rewearing for things for big occasions. Personally I’d rather not be wearing the same dress for two weddings, vain perhaps, but I would like my friends to think I made an effort for their big day. In reality I doubt anyone actually notice what the guest are wearing. With that in mind though I would wear the same dress for two big events such as one at a wedding, then at a big party etc. I wouldn’t wear the exact same outfit though,I’d change main accessories to create a different look.

Whilst perusing the new season offerings this Vivienne Westwood Anglomania ‘Resurrection’ dress really caught my eye. It is bold enough to make a statement itself – that print will pop against black accessories. But it is also simple enough with the monochrome pallet to let bold accessories do the talking. Here I have paired it with brightly printed heels and an attention seeking clutch bag, both Vivienne Westood. With all that going on, I would keep the rest of the accessories low key and classic. These stunning Links of London pieces would be perfect, the little heart earrings and pretty bracelet. I really like the idea of wearing a watch and bracelet together, Breitling Watches do some incredible styles – yes I know they cost a fortune but this is my dream list right! As for the head gear, since this is a pretty full on look I think I would skip the traditional hat and go for this Vivienne Westwood Cupid horn tiara, a bit of fancy nestled in a perfectly coiffed up-do.

Images: Vivienne Westwood.co.uk and Christopher Warton Goldsmith

Trends: Summer Watches & Wedges

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AWEAR Cut Out Peplum dress from ASOS, Casio Watch from Watch Warehouse, Charlotte Olympia Wedges from Net-a-Porter

Summer is still trying to burst through the clouds but I am sure it won’t be long now. In the mean time we can get to dreaming about balmy evenings sipping cocktails and having that extra spring in your step that feeling the sun on your face can bring to even the most mundane Monday morning. Two things which I think crop up on the summer radar are watches and wedges. The sun comes out and the sleeves come off, instantly revealing you watch which has been hidden all winter. This is the chance to really let your watch do some style talking. Either opt for a real statement piece like this retro Casio, or go for something which screams summer such as this Guess bracelet watch, both Watch Warehouse. Wedges for summer are a no-brainer, much more practical than stilettos for garden parties and BBQ’s. The hot colour for this season is baby blue, go for classic cork from Stella McCartney or walk on the wild side with Charlotte Olympia’s leopard print heels, both Net-a-Porter. To finish of your summer wardrobe up date you can’t beat a perfect dress. Florals for summer are a classic, but try a differnt twist and go for over-sized, graphic prints. If florals aren’t your thing, nod to summer with cleaver cut out details, both of these fab frocks are from ASOS.

 

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ASOS Photographic Jewel Print TShirt dress, Guess watch from Watch Warehouse, Stella McCartney Wedge Sandals from Net-a-Porter

Trends: Ways to Wear Watches

I’m not a watch person, never have been. I had a Pop-Swatch when I was in High School, more for the fashion accessory of being able to attach the face to my jumper than the purposes of telling the time. It has pretty much been that way ever since, I had a beautiful gold watch similar to the one above but smaller which I wore stacked with two gold bangles and a fist full of gold rings through out my teens and early twenties. Loose fit of course and worn well past the life of the battery. Cherished because it was a gift, little used for it’s actual purpose. The watch above is the only one I have now, I bought it for a couple of dollars in a Target in the US whilst at a conference. Why? Because I appeared a bit rude and distracted pulling out my phone to check the time when running a tight schedule. I wore it stacked up my arm with all sorts of bangles or just with one other slim gold one. Again loose, never fitted, clanking around my wrist. That was over two years ago now and the watch has been sat in my jewellery box ever since. I’ve seen lots of people embrace the watch as accessory, artfully piled high, stacked up, watches upon watches, watches over sleeves, watches worn the wrong way around. They look great, arty even.

But as the winter draws in, the summer days of bare arms are long gone and trying to tug down a sleeve over inch thick bangles starts to seem fussy and impractical. A new trend is emerging, people are now wearing simple watches that perfectly match to their outfits in an elegant, uncomplicated way. The humble watch itself becoming the focus again rather than the armfuls of tinkling gems. Watches still have than status symbol of luxury and I think we are heading back to that time when a classic watch was celebrated for what it was. Victoria Beckham, fan of stacking Hermes cuffs around her watch, has stripped back to a tiny gold chain, best to let her Rolex do the talking. If you needed any more convincing Emanulle Alt, queen of understated dressing, shows  a glint of her simple, leather strap wrist watch as she tucks her hands into a cocooning grey over coat. It is incredibly chic, no?

How do you wear your watch?

For more wrist watch inspiration take a look at my Pinterest board

(Emanulle Alt image via Sixfeetfromtheedge.com)