The style of your watch has the power to make or break your entire vibe. That’s why so many men prefer to own more than one timepiece to complement their many outfits.
And since a lot of men wear a limited amount of jewelry, it’s not uncommon for them to use their watches as extensions of their personality and style.
But how are you supposed to know which watch to pair with which outfit?
Today we’re going to take a look at 3 watch-matching rules that will help you look your best no matter the occasion.
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Rule #1: Make Sure Your Watch is as Formal as the Outfit
Watches are categorized into two distinct categories:
- Dress Watches: analog watches have a face with hour and minute hands. They display a 12-hour day using either markers or numbers. They are also considered very formal. Analog watches are best used for business, dates, or formal events. If you’re in the market for something luxurious, Hublot watches are very classy.
- Casual Watches: any watch with an LCD display or LED face that displays the time as numbers are casual.
Knowing the event you’re going to attend is the first step in matching your watch and any to your outfit.
Rule #2: Determine the Level of Formality
It’s not enough to decide you need a formal watch to go with your outfit. You should always consider the event’s level of formality.
If it’s a black tie event, simplicity is the key. In fact, you’re not even supposed to look at your watch during these events. Instead, the watch is just an accessory. It’s best if you opt for a watch with a black leather band.
For business events, try to wear a simple, classic style in gold or silver. Make sure your watch isn’t overly complicated and is relatively thin so as to not distract from the business being conducted.
If your watch has a metal band, it’s perfect for any type of casual event. You can get away with wearing casual slacks, jeans, polo shirts with collars, and even dress boots with a metal-banded watch.
Lastly, for those activities that are going to involve athletic ability or lots of movement, you’re going to need a sports watch. Believe it or not, high-quality sports watches still have the ability to look sleek and cool. The key is to make sure the watch dial is not made of glass so it doesn’t shatter. If you’re watch has a chronometer, only wear it for sport.
Rule #3: Consider the Materials, Both on Your Wrist and Your Body
The materials and color of your clothing and shoes are an easy way to decide which watch will work best. Just don’t forget the golden rule of matching materials: match your belt and shoes first.
From there, match the wristband of your watch to your belt and shoes and the rest of the outfit unfold seamlessly. For example, you should wear a black wristband with a black belt and black shoes. A brown wristband is to be worn with a brown belt and brown shoes. If you wristband is silver or gold, you can wear either color.
If buying jewelry is not really you’re thing, or you have one watch your really love that doesn’t go with every outfit you own (and what watch would?) there’s an easy solution to matching your watch to your clothes and event. Just get interchangeable bands so you can switch out the bands for the one you need.
And there you have it! Be sure to consider these tips for matching your watch to your outfit so that no matter what you’re doing, you always look good.