When it comes to polarizing fashion trends, wearable tech is probably at the top. The king, of course, is the Apple Watch.
Since it first popped up on the scene in 2015, the Apple Watch has been the leading cause of both watch-shaped tanlines on wrists and heated wedding guest attire debates. Is it OK to wear an Apple Watch to a wedding or any other formal event? Or is it just a piece of wearable tech for a certain time and place?
Well, since we’re fully in the swing of summer weddings season — and fall weddings are coming up — it’s time to answer the question.
Can you wear an Apple Watch to a wedding?
For starters, wearable tech looks super tacky and you will end up looking like a Spy Kid.
Second, do you really want your watch to pop off with notifications like texts, phone calls and, for the love of god, closing a fitness ring? No! And it doesn’t matter if you have it on silent; your watch will still light up in pictures and videos and distract surrounding guests. You can just look at your phone later!
What about if I have a leather or chainlink Apple Watch strap?
Nope! It doesn’t matter. Leave the Apple Watch at home.
Fine. What can I wear instead?
If you truly, deeply, absolutely cannot part with the fitness-tracking component of your Apple Watch for an evening, the Oura Ring is a great option. Unlike a bulky high-tech watch, the Oura Ring is a subtle ring. The Oura Ring is a cult-favorite smart ring that uses sensors to track various health metrics, available to view on the company’s Oura app.
It also comes in many styles and metals, like simple black or shiny gold. Pro tip: Buy the style that best matches your jewelry collection so it looks like a ring and not a fitness-tracking device.
$299 at Oura
Pro tip: Buy the style that best matches your jewelry collection so it looks like a ring and not a fitness-tracking device.
Now if you’re less concerned about the fitness-tracking aspect of your Apple Watch and just want the watch bit of it all, I have news for you. Watches have been a fashionable jewelry option for decades — centuries even!
There are so many non-Apple Watch watches to wear to weddings that will work with whatever outfit you go with for whatever dress code. Peep some of our favorite options below!
$30 at Nordstrom Rack
If you're stressed about your wrist feeling empty sans Apple Watch, this Lucky Brand watch and bracelet set can ease your anxiety. In the set, you get an assortment of charming chain and beaded bracelets that pair perfectly with the refined two-hand watch to create an effortlessly cool everyday wrist stack.
$225 at Nordstrom
Watch's super cool about this sleek and delicate Tory Burch watch is that it comes with four colorful interchangeable bezels. This way, it adapts to every look. Because it's so chic and stylish, it feels more jewelry than a watch, making it ideal for a fancier wedding guest outfit!
$88 at Amazon
If you want your watch to be *the* piece of jewelry, this expensive-looking Fossil watch with crystal accents is the no-brainer choice. It comes in many different metals, and reviewers cannot stop raving about how much they love it.
$110 at Coach Outlet
There's nothing more classic than a sleek, black leather designer watch. This Coach watch seamlessly blends into any outfit. And we low-key love the iconic Coach logo on the face.
$112 at Amazon
This bold and glam Michael Kors watch features fancier Roman numerals, unlike the Fossil watch above. It comes in various styles, and reviews say it is lighter than it looks in the photos. If outfit-defining watches are your thing, you should probably check this one out.
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