I wasn't very excited about Apple Watch when it was first released because I felt it wouldn't go with my feminine style. Luckily, it's easy to swap out the standard wrist strap the watch comes bundled with and replace it with something that better suits your style. And, there are plenty of pretty bands out there if you know where to look. I've built up a wardrobe of more decorative Apple Watch bands that help to beautify my Apple Watch, and you can too.
Casetify is known for its gorgeous custom accessories at reasonable prices, and its Apple Watch bands are no exception. This one is made from vegan leather, which means it's durable and comfortable. Choose from several colorful patterns and both watch sizes.
I own many knock-off sport bands that look and work just fine, but there is no substitute for the quality and feel of the original Apple Sport Bands. The colors Apple offers change from season to season, but you can usually find at least one to suit your taste.
Coach is well known for its high-quality hand-crafted leather products, and it offers some truly unusual designs. I'm partial to the Tea Rose design. If it's not to your taste, Coach also has a variety of simple, attractive prints as well as adorable but edgy dinosaur and shark designs.
Pretty pearl beads adorn this stretchy bracelet-style Apple Watch band. Fastgo's band makes your Apple Watch feel more like jewelry, and it dresses up your device so you could wear it at a formal outing. It comes in white, pink, and black and both Apple Watch sizes.
This is a creative and fun look; it's dressy and feminine but solid and very durable. The band is lightweight and water-resistant, so it's great for every day or for dressing up. There is a wide variety of colors to choose from, and it's available in both Apple Watch sizes.
If you don't like the thick look that most Apple Watch bands have, this attractive, three-strand chain offers a very dainty alternative. It is sturdy enough for the Apple Watch but maintains a delicate, airy look. It comes in all the different Apple Watch metals and both sizes.
This full-grain leather Apple Watch band mimics the look of Apple's Classic Buckle, but it costs much less and offers many, many more color options. It also comes in both watch sizes. This comes bundled with a useful TPU scratch-resistant flexible watch case.
Animal prints are always a popular choice if you're bold enough to opt for them, and you can pick some up from Lwsengme's range. If that's not your style, there are plenty of other fun prints to choose from. This silicone band comes in both Apple watch sizes.
If you're looking for something totally different, this turquoise style cuff might fit the bill. It will give your high-tech smartwatch a very bohemian, ethnic, antique style look. You can choose between either the 38mm/40mm or the 40mm/42mm Apple Watch size.
This strap's cut-out design means this is a breathable band. Its two-tone colorway is an interesting look. It comes in lots of feminine colors, and both watch sizes, making it perfect for any occasion. These straps are low-priced to start, but you can save even more by buying a three-pack.
A little bling
Add a little sparkle to your wrist with this SWEES Apple Watch band. It's a traditional design, but with an eye-catching finish. It comes in plenty of color options, including many shades of glitter, and is made of premium leather, ensuring it will be comfortable when you wear it.
A lot of bling
If a just a little, tasteful touch of sparkle isn't enough for you, go full-on rhinestone cowboy with this blingin' band. It's an adjustable link band that comes in every metal color the Apple Watch comes in, including rose gold. You can get one for both sizes of the Apple Watch.
Which one should you choose?
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I have the Casetify Saffiano Leather Band on heavy rotation in my own collection. It suits my personal style, which ranges between athleisure and business casual depending on my activities for the day.
If you work in an office or similar environment, the V-MORO Resin Strap would also be a great choice; it's on the dressier side but very practical and certainly durable enough for daily wear.
For more formal occasions, the Fastgo Stretch Faux Pearl Bracelet is a gorgeous choice, as it really dresses up the Apple Watch and elevates beyond your average fitness tracker. And of course, you can never go wrong with an attractive leather band.
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.