If there’s one thing that makes us British, it’s the way we rush outdoors to beaches, parks and picnic spots at the first sign of good weather. And who can blame us – we’ve just put up with the British winter!
But while we might sometimes don the T-shirt and shorts a little too early, there’s no question that the change in weather brings about a change in our wardrobes. One thing many people don’t consider is that the warmer months also call for a change in your watch strap. The activities you might start doing, as well as the way our bodies and the different materials used for watch straps react to heat make some watch straps far more suited to the summer months than others. Making the switch can mean you get to keep wearing your favourite timepiece while staying comfortable in the heat. (And you get a great new look to boot!)
Here we’ll take a look at the types of watch straps that will help keep you comfortable – and stylish – through the summer months.
The science of summer
The heat of summer has a few noticeable effects on the body, which will in turn affect your choice of watch strap. Firstly, and most recognisably, most of us will sweat more in the heat, as our body naturally tries to cool us down. This can make some types of watch straps feel uncomfortable, as they tend to absorb the sweat, which can in turn cause discomfort, rashes, and quite possibly an unpleasant smell as well. The worst offender here is leather, so we’d recommend keeping your favourite leather straps reserved for evening occasions rather than taking it out in the heat of the day. We know, we know. We love our leather watch straps too. But trust us, it’s better for everyone this way!
A second, and perhaps less well-known effect of heat on the body is that it actually expands our skin, meaning that extremities such as feet and toes, fingers and – you guessed it – our wrists, become larger. This makes another favourite watch strap material of ours – metal – a less attractive option during the summer months. Metal’s natural rigidity means that as your skin expands, it won’t, which can result in discomfort as your skin presses into the strap. As much as you love that metal look, opting for a material with more flexibility might give you a comfortable wear. (Keep reading for a way around this).
OK – so we’ve covered which watch straps you should be putting in the drawer for the summer months. But what to replace them with? Here are a few of our favourite suggestions, based on what you might be getting up to over the summer.
Just add water
Whether you’re having a dip in the sea or a lake (it’s lovely once you’re in!) or just playing with the kids in the paddling pool, chances are water will feature during your summer activities. But spontaneous swims or water fights become a whole lot less fun if you’ve got to stop to take off your strap every time you think you might get wet. (Leather – we’re looking at you again.) So to let the good times roll, look for materials that are either completely waterproof, or quick drying.
A few suggestions would be:
As you’ve probably guessed by now, rubber makes a great choice for getting out and about over summer – we’ve got an extensive range of rubber watch straps on our store here – come in and have a browse!
The great outdoors
If your summers involve serious action, then you’ll want a watchstrap that can withstand whatever life throws at it. We’ve already looked at one watch from our NATO range, but other materials are available as well, and just as tough.
If you like the sound of a tough NATO strap for summer, browse our full range of NATO watch straps here.
Get to a certain age and it seems like every other weekend during the summer months you’ll be off to a wedding. And why not – there’s nothing quite like a summer ceremony (when the weather plays ball at least). But if the dress code is formal – or indeed if you just want to look your best on a summer evening out - some of the options we’ve suggested above might feel a little too casual. So here’s our favourite hack for looking smart while staying comfortable in the heat of summer: Mesh metal straps. These are light, breathable and thanks to the mesh, have enough flex in them to stay comfortable as your skin expands.
Love the mesh look? We have a much larger range of great metal mesh watch straps here.
We hope this has given you a few ideas for straps that will help you keep wearing your favourite watches through the warmer months. We’ve got a whole lot more over on our store – browse our extensive range of watch straps here.
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