Since we all own smartphones now, watches have become a pretty disposable piece of kit. Outside a small number of occupations (pilot, diver, watchman...) they now serve mainly as accessories for a well thought out look. Trend watches like weird colors or super XL faces might seem cool, but according to stylist Meg Manzano, “if you're looking at an oversized watch as a means to compensate for the littler things in your life, don't. Always opt for a piece that is proportional to your wrist—not your ego.”
So unless you want to be garish, it’s best to focus on these four essential and traditional looks instead.
- The budget-friendly choice since you can buy a lot of extra straps and swap them out whenever you like. You can do it yourself if you have any semblance of hand dexterity, don’t worry.
- Provides a color pop that’s subtle but effective. Get a plain colored watch face to balance it out.
- A must-have is a tricolor band like this vintage Rolex Air King.
- Goes well with a certain look aka gold chains, boots, and a return ticket from Saudi.
- Seriously, you’ll need a very dressed-up outfit to pair it with in general. Think suits and dress shirts.
- For a daily gold watch that isn’t too ostentatious, get something like a Casio instead of a fancier model. High end color, but low key material.
- A true daily driver, it goes well with any outfit except an all-silver look maybe.
- The more “complications” (extra hands, calendars, moon gauges, LED lights) the less it becomes an everyday thing.
- For best results, you can’t go wrong with a sports watch like the TAG Heuer Formula 1 for example.
- Great for the shorts and button down look
- Not so great in our jabar weather
- You match your leather belt to your leather shoes, and that’s still a nice tip (but not hard rule) but does the watch follow as well? Nope, let’s not be that anal about things.
- Black is good too, but we like brown leather like on this clean Lacoste number.
TIP: Shirt cuffs and your watch
The priority here is your shirt cuff’s fit on your wrist—the proper length also needs a properly narrow opening to give the entire sleeve a good fit. If your watch is too bulky to fit in that little zone of exposed skin then you need to go for a slimmer, dressier watch.
Now you know what to show and tell your barber
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