Whether you're a big fan of the FitBit, totally gaga about the Apple Watch, or in love with any other fitness tracker or smartwatch model out there, you've probably had the thought cross your mind at least once: Is it actually cool to wear both of them at the same time?
In the fashion world, it's not inappropriate in the slightest to wear a watch and a bracelet on the same wrist (although it has been debated before, and men seem to have an even harder time deciding what looks good as there are instructional videos about the topic online), but when it comes to wearable tech, is it fashion forwards or backwards to mix your Apple Watch and your FitBit?
Why it doesn't really always sorta kinda maybe work....
Wearable tech has become infinitely more fashionable in the last number of years. You have everything from big name fashion brands like Hermès (opens in new tab) designing watch bands for the Apple Watch, to stunningly modern and simple smart rings that help you keep track of things like your steps, the distance you've traveled, your heart rate, and so much more.
Not only do these pieces of wearable tech look incredible and like something you'd see on a Chanel runway, but their functions, capabilities, and what they're designed to do are increasing every day, making it less and less necessary to have 4 or 5 pieces gadgets that literally almost do the exact same thing.
From a fashion standpoint, it doesn't make a lot of sense to have two bulky accessories tethered to your wrist every day. "But Cella!" I hear you exclaim (somehow… from my apartment... in Canada...) "My fitness tracker is itty bitty! It's barely noticeable! And I don't use a smelly Apple Watch, I use something that looks like a classic wristwatch (opens in new tab)!" To which I reply "... Well, it actually depends…"
How it can actually work
If you're wearing your Apple Watch with your FitBit, chances are things are going to look a bit… Off. Sure, neither wearable is terribly intrusive or in your face or in the way, but the look probably doesn't look 100% right, or like both pieces of tech match-up or wear well together.
PROTIP: If you're wearing wearable tech from the same brand, you can actually get around the whole smartwatch and fitness tracker at the same time argument!
Most of the time, brands (especially fashion-based brands that make tech, and not tech-based brands that venture into fashion) will design their gadgets to seamlessly fit with one another on the wrist. The best examples I can think of are Fossil's fitness trackers like the Q Reveler and their not-super-computer-looking smartwatches (opens in new tab).
Both wearables aren't super 'techy' and resemble more standard, classic looking jewelry rather than two tiny computers strapped to your wrist, making it a bit less obvious that you're setting out to monitor your sleep, track your steps, etc.
If you're wondering what I mean by techy, I mean smartwatches that have a square face, silicone wristbands, colorful plastic, obviously blinking or beeping lights, and blatant LED or light-up screens.
Wearing a fitness tracker and a smartwatch is a fashion faux pas… if they're super techy-looking.
If they look like your classic wristwatch or pretty leather bracelet, or if one resembles something more clinical and tech-based while the other is more sleek and stylish, then you can get away with wearing both.
What do you think?
Are you a big fan or wearing a smartwatch and a fitness tracker at the same time, or would you rather wear one at a time? Or one on each wrist? Or would you prefer a fitness tracker that functions as a ring or a necklace?
Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below!
Cella writes for iMore on social and photography. She's a true crime enthusiast, bestselling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, and Sicilian. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @hellorousseau
That's why my fitness tracker is on my belt. ;)
I still like wearing traditional watches and also own a Fitbit Charge 2. While I realize that it's not financially feasible for many, I also bought a Fitbit One for those times that I want to wear a traditional watch and latch the Fitbit One in my pocket to capture my steps and still be part of the Fitbit social crowd.
I have both an Apple Watch 2 and a Fitbit Charge 2. I wear them on opposite wrists. A lot of my friends have a Fitbit and we do challenges. I also like the Fitbit as it has sleep tracking.
I don't use the Fitbit for notifications as I find it cancels out the Apple Watch ones.
I don't worry about how it looks. It does what I need it to do. 😊
If Fitfit would just make Apple watch tracking an IAP (subscription) on the fitbit app everybody would win.
Guilty. I wear my Series 2 on my left wrist and my Garmin Forerunner 935 on my right wrist. This was a necessity with the Series 1 watch, but having GPS on the Series 2 doesn't make the Garmin a necessity any more. I am just not willing to lose all of my Garmin data so I wear one on each wrist. Plus for my job I need to control music and have a timer running at times and I need to have access to both simultaneously. Plus the clocks are different at the two buildings I work at so the watches keep me from being late/early.
i find most smart watches quite ugly and unfashionable. I do not own one however i do own a nice dress watch that fits with a nice suit of dressed down. I would always pick the dress watch when trying to look fashionble. But that's now. times and styles change. I'm not really grading people on fashion. My tastes only apply to me.
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