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Welcome back, gentlemen. Today we are going to be covering matching your watches to your outfit. So let’s get started.There are many questions that arise when it comes to accessories; more specifically, purchasing a watch, and/or what watch should I wear with my outfit?

There are many different factors that come into play when choosing what type of watch you’re going to wear with your outfit. We will cover two different “events,” if you will, that will help guide your decision. One is casual wear, and the second is dressing for events/work.

We recommend purchasing a watch and pairing it with outfits that you already own, rather than buying a watch that only goes with a few outfits and sits in a box most of the time. The last thing you want to do is invest in a quality timepiece that only goes with one or two outfits and you never wear again.

Ideally, you should have between three to four watches in your collection, depending on your budget. Two for dressing up, one for casual wear, and one for sport wear. A way to help save you money in the watch department is looking into purchasing a watch that has interchangeable bands. That way you can change the bands to match your outfit without having to purchase multiple watches.

So, let’s cover the types and styles of watches for formal events and the workplace. We recommend having two color choices, a silver case watch and a gold case watch with multiple band choices. It’s best to have thinner style watch with a simple style face. Usually, black, white, or grey is the best color choices for faces since they are neutral and are able to go with a wide variety of outfits.

Another thing to point out is that your watch should match your accessories being worn. Examples include, rings, cufflinks, tie bar, and belt buckles. You want your watch to be an addition to your outfit, not the center of attention. Example would be wearing a suit: your suit should be the star of the show and your accessories should complement it. The second type of watch that should be included in your collection is a casual watch. The casual watch can be worn with less dressy outfits, or for more daily wear that does not include dressing up in the workplace. A good example would be a pair of chino pants with a short sleeved button down shirt. Your casual watch can include leather bands or metal bands. As always try to keep the face color as neutral as possible such as black or blue.

Another thing to point out is that a sport watch is a little different than a casual watch. The sport watch is more for exercise and sporting not so much for casual wear. The sport watch should be waterproof and rugged enough for strenuous activities.

The last thing I would like to mention that has grown in popularity the last several years are the smart watches. These types of watches are not good to be worn in the business environment. They are a constant distraction on your wrist with text messages popping up, emails, phone calls, and social media messages. Another thing to consider is they are not stylish as of yet to be worn with dressier clothes. If I’m in a meeting with someone and they keep looking at their watch, it is unprofessional and rude. It will be sending a message to the person you’re meeting with that you are not that interested in what they have to say.

There are many more types of watches out there to discuss, however, this blog is only to cover the basics of watch wearing. Something key to remember is that you don’t want to wear a watch that is too flashy unless your intentions are to bring all the attention to your wrist. Wear a watch that matches your styles and color of clothing. And lastly, have fun with it! The possibilities are endless with watch selections and colors, so it should be something that represents you and the image you want to portray.