Here's what two-tone Apple Watch Sport Bands look like

You know what they say about the best-laid plans. I expected to be on vacation in southern California visiting my parents over the last week of April, but Apple had other ideas: The company announced it would be shipping the Apple Watch starting April 24 — which just so happened to be the first day of my vacation.

So instead of relaxing that Friday, I spent the evening with my father anxiously awaiting the arrival of two elongated brown boxes; we'd both ordered Apple Watch Sport models, his blue and mine white.

Once the prized devices arrived and we began unboxing them, however, I had a brilliant, terrible thought: The Sport comes with three band pieces (connector, S/M band, and M/L band), and we'd only likely ever use two of them.

Which is largely how I ended up with a white and blue R2D2-colored Sport band.

Though there are websites that promote band-swapping, my idea was far more banal: find friend (or, in this case, relative) with extra half-band they don't want, and borrow a half-piece to build a two-tone Apple Watch Sport band.

That first day, I kindly borrowed my dad's S/M blue band and quickly built a two-tone marvel. The double-color elastomer band may not work for every outfit or situation, but it's been a fun additional way to spice up my band options without breaking the bank or adding a few white-board marker designs to my fluoroelastomer.

This week, I was lucky enough to borrow another band — the black model — to try out a white-and-black combo.

It looks pretty great, and definitely makes me consider picking up an extra black Sport band for casual mix-and-match. I also put blue and black together, because why not.

If you have a buddy that's willing to do (or you want to rely on the internet for) a two-tone swap, all you need is one of their spare sized bands to execute this look. You can also always order a spare Sport band if you have no chums nearby, though ship times are a nebulous 2-4 weeks at present.

Personally, I like my two-tone look for certain outfits and occasions, but I know not everyone feels as friendly to the design. Whether you love or hate band combinations, I'd love to hear about it in the comments. (Also, have a pink or green two-tone picture? Those are the two bands I've been unable to track down and I'd love to see combos.)

Serenity Caldwell

Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.