Move over designer handbags, and say hello to the latest IT accessory: a wardrobe of watches that lets you flash your fashion sense with the flick of a wrist. “With designer handbags being in one moment and out the next, more women are investing in a statement watch, which will hold its value and never go out of style, says Genevieve Yraola, a style consultant for  such publications as In Style, People, O Magazine, Real Simple, and W to name a few. But why limit yourself to one? “A woman should consider having a few different watches in her wardrobe. Like shoes, not one pair fits with every look she wants to wear,” says Genevieve, who started her watch collection when she inherited some of her father’s Rolex’s. Currently, she switches up her style with a rotation of nine different watches. “If you’re building a collection, invest in a basic everyday watch first, then as you have the money, add more styles,” she says. For more pointers on how to build a wardrobe of timepieces that you will wear and truly love, here is what Genevieve advises. You can also follow Genevieve at @Giftguider on Instagram for all the cool things she sees as an editor living in New York City.GY-pic-150x150







This watch, as the name suggests, should be your go-to look for day-to-day. For a classic office look, choose a leather or bracelet band. If you want diamonds, keep it simple—diamond indices or a thin line around the bezel is sparkle enough. And for the most versatility, a two-tone bracelet in yellow gold and stainless steel works with most other jewelry and wardrobe pieces.

Smart pick: The Panthere de Cartier watch in yellow gold and stainless steel.




A sporty, oversized boyfriend watch is great for casual weekends. Just don’t go too big, Genevieve advises. If the dial is too large and overhangs the wrist bone it can throw the look off. For average women she recommends nothing larger than 38mm; 33 mm for petites.

Smart picks: Omega Seamaster Diver Co-axial 300 with a stainless steel or striped fabric band,  IWC Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire Edition, and Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona




The rule of thumb is the later the hour, the smaller the watch, Genevieve says. “Keep it as sleek and slender as a little black dress; you don’t want anything that competes with your outfit. For really dressy affairs, consider a timepiece with a heavy sprinkling of gemstones that looks more like a piece of jewelry than a wristwatch.”

Smart picks: Bulgari Serpenti black and rose gold watch, Chopard L’Heure Du diamont watch in white gold with a satin strap, and Tiffany Art Deco Cocktail watch.




As your wardrobe grows, go for something trendy—maybe in a cool color or something really different that says “wow”, says Genevieve.  A watch that’s cool and quirky can be a great conversation starter, like the Swatch model shown at top and the models shown above

Smart picks: Fossil Jacqueline three-hand Caribbean with teal leather band, Swatch Psychadelic watch, Daniel Wellington watch with navy and green striped band, Fossil Presley three-hand with white leather band, Daniel Wellington watch with navy and pink striped band.