We haven’t talked much about accessories at Well Built Style, so I thought I’d take the opportunity in this article to discuss how to wear a watch, since it is the most common type of accessory that men will wear.
When it comes to wearing watches there are two principles that you need to keep in mind:
- Wear the appropriate type of watch for your outfit
- Ensure that the size of the watch’s face is the right size for your wrist
With respect to the first principle, make sure that the type of watch you are wearing matches the level of formality of your outfit. In other words, if you are wearing a suit, stick to watches with either a quality leather or metal wrist band. The last thing you want to do is wear your stellar Casio sports watch with your suit. The mismatch would be jarring. Trust me, I’ve seen it done before and it’s not a good look.
As an aside, if you decide to go with a metal wrist band, make sure you choose the right coloured metal for your skin tone. If you are a guy with a more muted colouration (pale skin with light hair), then go with a silver coloured metal. On the other hand, if you are a guy with a swarthy complexion (brown skin with dark hair), then a gold coloured metal will typically look the best on you.
After you have picked out the right type of watch for your outfit, you then want to ensure that is has an appropriate sized face for your wrist. Currently, there is a trend towards huge, oversized “bling, bling” watches. In my opinion, these watches look cheesy, no matter how much they are worth. In my opinion, your watch should be an understated piece, not something that is liable to blind anyone standing within 10 feet of you.
What is the right size?
It really depends on the size of your wrists. In my opinion, most guys should opt for watches with faces that are around 40mm. Once you go over that mark you start to run the risk of the watch looking too big and chunky. However, you also don’t want to go too small, as you’ll run the risk of the watch looking too feminine and dainty. It’s a delicate balance indeed, so you will definitely want to try stuff on and experiment.
There are so many different types of watches on the market at various price points. Here are a couple of my favourites, which I believe are more on the affordable side:
Hey, it’s not Rolex or Omega, but it certainly gets the job done without breaking the bank.
The cool thing about the weekender is that you can pick up a bunch of different straps to give the watch more versatility. In fact, I highly recommend looking into some form function form straps to step up the look of your weekender.
Watches are one of those small details that can really make or break your look, so if you are going to wear one make sure you do it right by choosing the correct type of watch for your outfit that is in a size appropriate for your wrist. You can thank me later.
Here’s to looking sharp!