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ICAN re­mem­ber a time,tim not so long ago, that I would never think of leav­ing the hhouse with­out a watch adorn­ing my wrist. I had a sporty watch I wore with my gym clothes, a funky watch to wear with my ur­ban street out­fits, two dress watches for work and, of course, a play­ful Hello Kitty watch justt for fun. Never a win­dow-shop­shop­ping out­ing went by when I didn’t stop to gaze at the new time­pieces­time mixed among the other fab­u­lous­lous jew­elry items on dis­play in the glis­ten­ing glass cases at my favourite bou­tiqubou­tiques.

I hate to ad­mit this,this but those days are long gone for this girl. Nowa­days, I jusjust dig into my purse for my smart­phonee when I want to knowkno the time, or glance up at the righthand­hand cor­ner of my lap­top screen.

That said, I thin­think it may be high time I made a change to the way I tell time — no pun in­tended.

Lately I’ve been notic­ing more and more trendy 20-some­thingsthings sport­ing fafan­tas­tic watches and it re­ally made me stop and take not­note. I had all but for­got­ten that a watch is more than just ffunc­tional, it’s fash­ion­able.

There are so manym dif­fer­ent styles of watches to choose from, each with its own state­ment-mak­ing charm. A watch is just asa much an eye-catch­ing ac­ces­sory as a long sparkly pen­dant,p bauble or ban­gle.

You have ththe sporty street styles that come in vi­brant, bold hues thattha re­mind me of shiny gum­balls, funky ur­ban an styles with sleek,s wide leather cuffs and ststream­lined rect­an­gu­lar­lar faces, anand pieces of pol­ished fine jew­el­ry­jew­elr that can eas­ily be clas­si­fied as wear­able art for the wrist.

There aare also fash­ion el­e­ments in the strap and face det­de­tail­ing, such as brass ststud em­bel­lish­ments, leather weav­ing, printed back­gr­back­grounds and metal­lic ac­cents. ac­cen

And then there are those class­clas­sic styles that seem to nev­erne go out of style — evene though we might nee­need to be re­minded of that ev­ery now and then n — suchs as the clas­sic metal link watch, which gets a 201220 mod­ern-day twist in chunky gold. So leave the smart­phone in your tote (we de­pend on themth far too much for so­cial in­ter­ac­tion any­way) and dig outo those wrist­watches of yore, or treat your­self to some­thing new. Fash­ion over func­tion, I say! Got a sug­ges­tion for a fu­ture col­umn or a fash­ion trend worth fol­low­ing? Email Con­nie Tamoto at con­ni­eta­moto­fash­ion@hot­mail.com. From left: gold cos­tume watch, $35. Sterling sil­ver Sh­ablool watch with opals, $450. Green Tokyo Bay wo­ven strap watch, $115, Orange leather Tokyo Bay watch, $95. All time­pieces from Sil­ver Lo­tus, 103 Os­borne St.

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