First Skirt of the Year and Kate Spade Watch Gets a Makeover

skirt-3It was a rare occasion today. After last week’s cold rainy weather, I woke up, looked outside, and seeing how beautiful of a day it was beginning to be, I had the sudden urge to wear a skirt. Not a big deal to most people, but this is the very first skirt I’ve worn this year. It must be spring, because my legs have finally come out of hibernation.

Today was also exciting because I finally got to wear the cute Kate Spade watch I picked up recently. Kate Spade has been a favorite brand of mine for a while (I literally wore a pair of red suede Kate Spade flats so often, they developed holes), with their fun accessories and quirky sense of humor, so when they debuted their new watch line, this adorable “confetti dial” watch caught my eye. I absolutely love the watch face, but had to get some strap customizations done before I could wear it.

FYI – A Kate Spade employee told me boutiques will remove links of the metal and acrylic band watches for you, and Nordstrom offered the same service (including punching holes in leather watch bands). I unfortunately wanted a whole new watch band, so I couldn’t use either of these services.

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The watch comes with a gold leather strap, which was a little too much shine for me, and frankly, I thought looked a bit cheap compared to that adorable watch face. As I was deciding if I should keep it, I kept thinking how great the watch would look if only it had a different colored strap.

Even if I had liked the original strap, it was too long for my small wrists. It would have needed more holes punched to fit my wrist, which is easy to do yourself if you have a leather punch tool, but that would make the strap nearly loop back up and touch the watch face, looking obviously too long.

kate-spade-metro-watch-closeLook at how adorable that watch face is!

Finding a new watch strap was harder than I thought it should be. I wanted a brown, short strap (16mm for this watch style if anyone is curious), and figured a watch store would surely have cases of stylish, short watch straps in their back room for me to choose from, right? Sadly, the employees of each store I went into just shook their heads, not knowing of any such thing. I also learned there is a serious lack of stylish replacement watch bands, as each store showed me sad little cases of ugly, overpriced leather.

Finally, an employee at one store remembered they had a catalog from a watch strap company, and there they were! Short watch straps! And in ladies styles and colors! At $20, the price was right, but the shipping for a “special order” item was absolutely ridiculous at $25! I went home thinking I could find the same thing for cheaper online, and what did I find? Nothing but ugly looking watch bands, with all the best options from the same company with the crazy $25 shipping.

kate-spade-watch-new-strapI bit the bullet and paid the crazy shipping, but at least the watch store switched my strap out for free (most stores quoted me $10 to swap the strap, on top of the cost of the band). In the end it worked out because the short strap fit perfectly and I really love the watch with it’s new neutral colors. I already don’t want to take it off and foresee this being an item I’ll wear everyday. Now I’m thinking about this lovely mint watch strap that would be so much fun for spring and summer, but don’t want to pay any more crazy shipping charges!

kate-spade-watch-old-new-strapShort watch band compared to the original

kate-spade-skirt-closeIsn’t she cute? And now I have a custom watch!

**Update** – A very nice shop owner explained to me why the shipping cost was so ridiculous on the watch strap. Watch supply companies want to sell their items in bulk, so they charge high shipping costs to encourage retailers to make large purchases. If the shipping charge is high, retailers will make larger orders to make the shipping charge worth their while.

Outfit Details - BCBGMAXAZRIA vest :: LOFT dress shirt (altered) (similar from J.Crew) (similar from Ann Taylor) :: J.Crew skirt :: Ann Taylor belt :: Coach flats :: J.Crew handbag :: Kate Spade watch (also at Bloomies) :: Bracelets – Stella & Dot (c/0) (in silver) (post) and vintage

43 Comments

  • Reply April 16, 2012

    Janey

    Great watch! I’ve had the same problem finding a watch strap i want.

    http://fiveminutefashions.blogspot.com

  • Reply April 16, 2012

    carol_prettythings

    Very cute – though I think the gold band was super cute as well. :) Glad you were able to find something you really loved.

    • Reply April 17, 2012

      Alterations Needed

       Thanks Carol! I thought the gold strap was really cute in theory, but once it was on my arm, it just didn’t work. Oh well. =P

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    Madalina Tita

    great idea to makeover the watch! love your outfit!

    xoxo
    Mady

    thegirlfromthemirror.blogspot.com

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    jeni

    love the watch makeover. it’s tough but girly at the same time!

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    Natasha Fatah

    Love that watch!
    Especially with the gold strap!

    xoxo
    http://www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    Amber

    great job for the watch, i love it!!! it would be totally non-functional for me. I’d be telling people the wrong time all day, lol

    • Reply April 17, 2012

      Alterations Needed

       LOL. So true. It’s taking me a while to get used to how to tell the time on it, but I think I’ll get it sooner or later. Totally worth it. =)

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    PetiteAsianGirl

    I LOVE the mint strap too…any way they could’ve made this an easily switchable strap? Or can you learn the trade and do the switch at home with a little toolkit? I know my friend who buys watches often eventually just self-learned how to remove the links and he said it wasn’t too hard, so I wonder how difficult it is to switch straps at home.

    • Reply April 17, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      I know! Isn’t it cute? And it would look great against the gold of the watch face. There is a little tool you can buy to switch out watch straps, which I’m sure is easy to use once you figure it out (and cheap):

      http://www.amazon.com/Paylak-Watch-Band-Spring-Remover/dp/B000A7KB7U

      I’ve thought about it, and if I cave in and pay the crazy shipping for the mint, I’d pick up one of the tools as well so I could change the watch strap at will. I’m sure removing links from metal bands is easy enough too, once you have the right tools.

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    Danielle Reiss

    oh, i love that mint watch band! i always buy metal water-resistant watches (since i need to wear a watch in the shower or i’d be in there for hours) and every time i’ve bought a watch, the store has always offered to remove a few links for me so it fits. it never occurred to me what a pain a leather watch band would be in terms of fit… i may always stick to metal now =)

    • Reply April 17, 2012

      Alterations Needed

       Yes, if you like metal watch bands, there’s no reason to switch, because as I found out, it’s a real pain to find a small leather strap. I love that you wear a watch in the shower! LOL.

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    witheachpassingday

    The watch is adorable. The watch looks so much better with the brown strap than with the gold.  I love the mint strap too.  It’s nice to see you wearing a skirt. 

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    Janki

    Great post!  I couldn’t help but feel a bit angry (too strong a word, maybe very annoyed) at the extra time, money and effort you needed to go through just to get a strap that fit.  It’s frustrating because as petites our legitimate physical limitations aren’t really considered… you would get a lot more “flack” as a manufacturer if your sizes discriminated against those who were big bones… if they had to find special places and pay outrageous shipping etc.
    Based on Jean’s recent post, I wonder if there are kids’ watch bands that could be used too?

    • Reply April 17, 2012

      Alterations Needed

       I totally know what you mean, because as I was running around looking for this thing, I certainly got a little annoyed that no one could (would) help me. Many of the people I talked to seemed confused that I was even looking for such a thing. Hmm…I wonder where kid-size watch straps could be found? My only fear would be they’d all be sparkly…hehe.

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    New Petite

    Oh I know how they work I had to run around just to get the batteries replaced! 

    All that effort is worth it coz the watch looks great on you and YAY Skirt!!

    • Reply April 17, 2012

      Alterations Needed

       Thank you! You had to run around just to get batteries replaced? Sheesh!

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    Jacqueline C. Rineer

    *___* that watch!

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    Rebecca Barnes

    I am so, so glad it’s skirt weather!

    That watch is so fun!  I like the mint watch strap, too, but blah to the shipping the charges.  That’s ridiculous.

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    phiphi

    i love that outfit – and happy you got a better and shorter strap for your watch! 

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    www.azrakun.com

    I love the vest. I need to look for something similar…
     www.azrakun.com

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    Karmela

    Ooooh, I covet that red skirt! 

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    Michelle

    Ack! I’ve got that stupid grin seeing the watch paired with that bracelet!

    I am loving your first skirt ensemble for the year! :)

    Thanks for the info on the watch strap hunt!!

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    Tara

    I LOVE the face of that watch…so, so adorable…makes me wish I was in the market for a new watch :)

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    Callandra

    Lol Kelly!  First skirt of the year, that’s hilarious :)  Well, I have to say that you should indulge  a bit more often because your legs are great….and what a cute outfit!

  • Reply April 17, 2012

    May

    Nice! You have great legs. You should wear skirts more often.

  • Reply April 18, 2012

    Mlmq

    You should wear skirts more! :) very nice

  • Reply April 18, 2012

    Couturecoco5

    You look great! Would love to see you in skirts and dresses much more often :-)

  • Reply April 18, 2012

    TOBeautyReviews

    Ha, what a great idea, would have never thought to switch out a watch strap completely!

  • Reply April 18, 2012

    Kate

    I can’t believe I’ve never seen your site before! It’s brilliant! Your styling is lovely and the resources are invaluable- and love that kicky watch. 

  • Reply April 18, 2012

    Nelah {52newdays}

    The color of your skirt is gorgeous, love the deep red/ burgundy.

  • Reply April 18, 2012

    Lisa Ng

    Such a cute watch!!! And yay for 1st skirt! 

  • Reply April 19, 2012

    AUBS

    please share w/me the watch store w/this catalog just in case in the future I might need shorter straps.

    • Reply April 19, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      It was Royal Maui Jewelers at Fashion Valley. If you ever go in for a watch strap let me know…maybe we can combine orders and share shipping. =)

  • Reply April 19, 2012

    Karen

    Totally cute!!! Love that on you! Glad you bit the bullet haha

  • Reply April 21, 2012

    Jenn

    This outfit is adorable!

    Jenn
    A Petite
    Treat

  • Reply April 26, 2012

    Natashka

    Beautiful outfit! 

  • Reply July 26, 2012

    Danielle Marie Mcdonald

    Can I ask what size the watch strap is? I recently order the watch and would like to do the same thing, the gold is a bit too much shine for me, but the face is irresistible!

  • Reply May 8, 2013

    Dee

    Awesome!! I was looking at ur iG pic With this watch….I’ve seen on you in a few posts..over a few weeks…..sooo I couldn’t resist….I went looking for the watch. But all I found was the all gold metallic banded one :( ….It looked cheap and not so chic to me as well. So I searched and searched until I landed this blog post and discovered that you had to change it yourself!!! Thank you for posting !!

  • Reply December 21, 2014

    Stuart Spindlow

    You are looking very beautiful in this amazing watch.

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