How to match your watch with your clothes (3 guidelines)

Watches are pretty bad ass.  They get noticed frequently, so it’s an important accessory if you’re looking to make a statement.  But, if you’ve got more than 1 watch (which you will if you’ve been signed up with us for any decent period of time), how do you optimize?  And, for those lacking watch diversity, there may be some occasions where you should leave your watch off your wrist so that you don’t look like a fool.

The easiest way to do this is to match your watch band color with the rest of what you’re wearing.

Brown band?  Great, you better be wearing brown shoes and a brown belt.  Same goes for black.  And, as discussed in another post we covered that gold metals match better with brown, and silver better with black.

There are watches with other color bands, though (I’ve got watches with red, blue, and red/white/blue bands, for instance).  If it’s an off-color band, treat it as a minor color, and match that to other minor colors.  Blue band goes with a blue tie or blue shirt (but not both, that’s too much in general).  And although crazy socks don’t require fashion rules, I regularly wear my red banded watch with socks that have popping red, or with a red pocket square (but not all of those, as that would be too much also).

Next, what’s your watch band material?

Metal bands go best with more professional looks.  Leather can go either way, but generally not with super-formal or super-casual (no tuxedos, and no basketball shorts with flip flops either).  Nylon, rubber, plastic and others are for casual looks.

And last, but not least, what does the watch’s face look like?

What is the background color, what is the level of decor, are there any other colors that catch your eye at a glance?  These are normally dead giveaways for the type of look they’re meant to go with.  Most faces are white or black and meant to be flexible.  Sometimes, though, the watch face and watch band will conflict.  In that situation, they’re pretty much assuming you’re dressing in a pretty fashionable way and know what you’re doing (even if you don’t).  These should be business professional looks and better, ideally with another fashion forward accessory (bracelet, pocket square, crazy socks, something else that will wow and tie into the look of the other).

Do you have any watches that you feel don’t quite fall under these general guidelines?  Let us know here or on Facebook.  We love to hear from our readers and customers.

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