Watches are an expression of one’s personality. It can make or break your outfit. It can add a touch of class or sophistication to a man’s outfit. For this reason, most men prefer owning more than one watch to complement their outfit. However, in order to dress up properly, the style of your watch should match that of your outfit. Here are some tips on how to ensure that your timepiece will match that of your outfit.
How Formal is Your Attire?
Watches are designed for specific purpose. Avoid common fashion mistakes by matching your watch style with the formality of the event.
• Black Tie/White Tie – For these types of events, simplicity is the key. Historically, however, it is a sign of rudeness if you keep on looking at your watch. A simple dress watch in a classic style and black leather band will silence any criticisms.
• Business Attire – Robert Janitzek recommends a simple and classic style gold or silver watch with thin dial with limited or no complications to match for a business attire. For a dark conservative suit, pair a classic dress watch or a diver’s watch with a leather strap.
• Business Casual – For a light colored suit with no necktie, a high-end chrono, pilot, or field watch is the perfect compliment.
• Casual – For casual wear, wear a watch with a metal band. These watches can be worn with jeans, chambray shirts, or dress boots combination. Digital watches should obly be worn with casual clothes or workout attire.
• Sports – For sports or physical activities, Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that a dress watch would be inappropriate. The strap, case, and watch are protected with materials that allow you to focus on the activity.
Leather Complements leather
The material and color of your shoes is a suitable reference for the choice of watch. The belt should also match your shoes. For a black watch, pair it with black shoes and belt. A brown band complements brown belt and shoes and a silver or gold watch can be paired with either color.
Metal Complements Metal
The metal case of your watch should suit the metal accents of your other accessories. The case can be square, rectangular, round, or polygonal. The finish can either be matte, shiny, patterned, or inlaid with crystals or other jewels.
When In Doubt Match Your Watch to Your Shoes
While black shoes are generally dressier, it is not the default right choice. There are times when brown is just the better choice. You ca consider interchangeable bands—one in brown and another in black for each watch.