By Tricia Romano
Smartwatches would appear to be the best solution to keep you from constantly pulling your phone out of your pocket to check messages. But there’s a big problem with smartwatches, especially if you’re a woman. They’re large, they’re ugly (in my humble opinion) and they’re typically made with men in mind. And though fitness bands have begun to incorporate a more slender and sleek look, they are still announcing to the world, via a little bit of plasticized rubber on your wrist, “I’m counting all my steps!” Uh, decidedly NOT fashionable!
A few high-end brands are coming to the rescue with so-called “wearables” (as are a few indie wearable makers). Tory Burch, for instance, has made covers for the Fitbit and the Fitbit Flex that turn the devices from a dreadful-looking piece of rubber into a stylish gold piece that evokes ancient Greek patterns. At $195, it’s an awesome investment piece that’s 16 Karat gold and it’s the type of fashionable and functional arm candy we’re always keeping our eyes out for. It will look stunning with just about any outfit, and you can even wear it to a fancy dinner. Get it at Nordstrom, and shop through DubLi. Free members get 3.2% Cashback; V.I.P.’s get 9.2% Cashback.
Tory Burch also features a more affordable, though less flashy, silicone printed bracelet for the Fitbit that retails for only $38. It’s not as fancy as the gold bracelet, but it definitely improves on the Fitbit’s look.
The most affordable fitness tracker with the most variety of stylish add-ons is the Misfit Shine. The device itself is $100, but the accessories range in price and style. Misfit also features a forthcoming Swarovski Shine line, which takes the basic fitness tracker — shaped like a disc which can be inserted into an accessory to be worn like a watch or put into a pendant for a necklace — and covers it in glamorous jewels, or sleek watchbands. Starting at $169, it’s glamorous, and unlike some of the other models on the market, the cost includes the device itself. The Swarovski line gets bonus points for being solar powered and sustaining a charge for six months.
More affordable is the Shine + Bloom, (a pretty necklace pendant that holds the Shine disc, on sale for $129.99. You can buy the Shine itself (with it usual round of different colored discs and wristwatch bands) from many retailers, including Kohl’s. Shop through DubLi and get 2.4% Cashback as a free member; 8.4% as a V.I.P.
Designer Rebecca Minkoff teamed up with casemaker Case Mate to create cool leather wristlets, stylish mobile chargers, and sleek iPhone cases. She’s also made a couple of more interesting bands for the Apple Watch ($80-$100). Minkoff’s newest creation is a Bluetooth-enabled notification bracelet in chic black and gold, which blinks when you receive a got a message or call. You can get it now from Nordstrom for $120 and get up to 9.2% Cashback when you shop through DubLi.
A similar concept comes in the form of the stylish Smartphone Connected Ring by Ringly. Starting at $195, these chunky rings come with stones for anyone’s jewel of choice: emerald, sapphire, moonstone and onyx. But if you are tired of the distraction of pulling your phone out every five minutes, then they are attractive options, lighting up different colors for different messages or senders. Shop at Bloomingdale’s through DubLi and get up to 8% Cashback.