Supposedly, you are in a business meeting or maybe in an interview.
You are confident, well-prepared and wonderfully dressed.
Just before it was going to start, someone asks the time by your watch, and there it is.
A sports watch with a rubber band.
This is how a watch can make or break your look.
Yes, okay, the above scenario might be a bit exaggerated, but we’re sure, you must have understood what we are trying to convey.
When it comes to watches, there is an array of them out there, the only limitation being taste and budget. But, choosing a right watch for your outfit is an art.
A perfect watch should not stand out and catch all the eyes, but rather should just compliment your outfit and be a mere extension of it.
So, how do you select the right watch?
Let’s find out.
- Just one watch or a range of them?
The first step in order to match your watch with your outfit is to determine your interest level in watches. Do you want just one watch or a range of them?
If you are not too much passionate about watches, and would just like to have one, you should buy a watch which is stylistically neutral – one which will go with almost all your outfits. It can be a simple watch with a plain metal band and a face.
If a leather watch interests you, make sure that you pair it right. A black leather watch will look best with black leather shoes and vice versa.
If you love to have multiple watches, you can explore and experiment a bit around. You can buy a sleek watch for formal meetings, sports watch for a casual look and so on.
- Choose between leather strap and a metal band
Metal bands are more neutral but should go with all the jewelry that you wear. As a matter of fact, men don’t wear a lot of jewelry, so you only need to match it with your belt’s buckle and cufflinks. Thus, pair a silver metal band with silver belt buckle and the likes.
If you are going for a leather watch, it should perfectly match with your shoes and belt.
Thus, choose the one which suits your wardrobe and style.
- Watch dial
The dial of your watch also dictates the style of your watch to an extent. Does it have Roman numeral indices or numbers?
Roman numerals or stick are found in most of the watches and look formal. On the other hand, the presence of numbers makes it look a bit casual.
Further, more the functionalities and complexities in a watch, the more casual it is.
So, Which Watch Is The Right Pick?
The answer to this question is dependent on your taste and budget to an extent. However, to play safe, here are a few pointers which should cover you up:
- It is easier to match watches with a metal band than with a leather strap. But, then watches with leather strap look more formal and dressier.
- The colors of your strap and metal band should match with your outfit. As a rule of thumb, colors of all metals in your outfit should match, (and correspondingly, colors of all leather items in your outfit should match as well).
- The busier and colorful the dial is, the more casual it is.
- If you are wearing formal shoes, go with a formal looking watch and if you are flaunting sneakers and casual shoes, go for a casual watch.
- A simple dial with roman or stick indices and a simple leather or metal band stripe would make your watch formal.
- A watch with a rubber strap and digital interface is a sports watch and should be paired accordingly.