Everyone knows an accessory can truly make or break an outfit. A pair of sunglasses is not just for blocking out the sun; they can make you look chic and glamorous. A large belt around a plain dress can make it pop and the right watch can represent style and class. Women already have a good understanding about jewelry and accessories, but both men and women need to be prepared to match everything from Armani watches to sport watches to the different outfits they own.
In order to be well-prepared, everyone should own at least three watches: one dress watch, one casual watch, and one sports watch. Not pairing the right watch to the particular style of clothing you are wearing is going to look strange. You wouldn’t wear expensive Raymond Weil watches when you’re hiking in the woods, right? Three is the perfect place to start, but you should eventually work on expanding your collection to different colors, styles and materials. Of course matching the right colors will require a little more effort on your part as your collection grows.
The first watch we’ll discuss is the dress watch. A dress watch should have a glass face and a silver or gold bracelet. It should always be an analog watch and never a digital one. You can get away with a leather strap, but leather is seen as more casual than dressy. This will be the ‘expensive’ watch you wear to formal events or even to work if you dress in business attire. The dress watch is probably going to be your most expensive watch, so feel free to invest in a quality brand such as Rolex, Movado, or Raymond Weil watches. The watch should not only match your outfit, but any other jewelry you are wearing. Don’t mix and match gold and silver pieces. Owning a silver watch might be a more universal choice for most and it will look good with any outfit.
Next comes the casual watch. This will be the watch you wear the most – at the office, when going out for the evening, or at casual events and parties. You can get away with a digital watch, but analog is much more versatile and professional looking. You can opt for either a stainless steel bracelet or a leather one. Both are popular and functional. Leather bands come in all different colors so women can easily match the band to the clothes. Men should stay with either black or brown though. Remember that black goes with everything, except brown! Chronograph watches are a popular choice for men, but several brands make them for women too. Fossil and TW Steel watches are both affordable and have large collections of casual watches.
Lastly, you will need a sports watch. These will almost always be digital. You can count on them to be extremely durable and have lots of great extras and features. Most will have a stopwatch, calendar, a digital compass, and much more. A sports watch will be made out of a material that can withstand the elements, so don’t go with stainless steel or leather. Both can get damaged easily.
Whether you own Michael Kors watches or TW Steel watches, you can learn to pair the watch to the right outfit, giving you both style and flare.