Rules for Matching Your Watch With Your Clothes

Last Updated on 1 year ago by Nicky Johnson

Wearing a watch without a matching timepiece on your wrists is like wearing the wrong shoes. It just doesn’t work, and the result looks incredibly awkward. In the same way, it’s important for your watch to match the clothing choices you make in terms of details.

First of all, let’s revisit an important aspect of wristwatch design how a watch is set. Setting refers to the mechanism that your watch uses to tell time, and it has three components: the crown, the stem, and the dial.

All three must be in harmony in order for you to have a perfectly matched wristwatch. The crown refers to the knob on the right side of the watch that you use to set the time. The stem is a small component on the left side of your watch, and it’s typically used to adjust other features of your watch without opening up its front case.

The dial refers to everything that you can see from the outside, and it includes both hands and numbers.

Rules for Matching Your Watch With Your Clothes

Match the Formality of Your Watch With the Formality of Your Outfit

You’ll want your watch to be in sync with the clothes you’re wearing. In other words, your watch should reflect the formality of whatever outfit you’re wearing. For example, if you’re wearing a three-piece suit, you’ll want to wear a timepiece that is appropriate for such an outfit.

That means that you should invest in either a gold watch or one with a leather band and link bracelet. If you have a black-tie event to attend, you’ll want to wear more chronograph watches. Three-piece watches are an excellent choice for this type of formal event.

If you’re going on a more casual date, however, you can afford to wear a more casual timepiece on your wrist. Leather is always appropriate in any situation; it looks great with any getup.

Match the Formality of the Watch Strap to the Formality of Your Outfit

Another way to tell the formality of your watch is to consider the strap you’ll be wearing with it. Certain watch straps are more formal than others. For example, leather straps are always considered formal, and they’re right at home with a three-piece suit.

However, if you’re wearing a casual outfit to an event, you can get away with wearing a rubber or nylon strap on your watch. This is because these straps are far less formal than leather. You will also want to match the dial of your watch with the dial of your clothing.

For example, if you’re wearing a button-down shirt and tie, you’ll want to wear a watch with a round dial. This is because round dials are more formal than round watches. However, if you’re wearing a polo shirt, tank top, or another sporty outfit, you can get away with wearing any kind of watch face.

Leather Complements Leather

If you’re wearing a leather watch strap, then you’ll want to wear a leather wallet. If you have any other material (i.e., nylon, rubber), then your wallet can be made from that material.

However, it is important for your watch and your wallet to be made from the same type of material. It’s simply a matter of simple physics. If you’re wearing a wallet made from leather and your watch is also made from leather, then you’re protected against the hassle of upgrading to a new watch.

Plus, when you pair a leather wallet with your watch, you’ll have an even more conservative look overall.

Metal Bands Look Better With Certain Colors of Shoes/Clothes

A metal watch band is much more formal than other types of watch bands, and it’s ideal for professional events. As for the color of your shoes and clothes, you’ll want to match it with the metal watch band you’re wearing.

For example, if you wear black dress shoes with a black suit, then you should wear a black metal watch band. If you wear brown dress shoes with a brown suit, then it would be wise to have a brown metal watch band on your wrist.

Matching the metal watch band with your shoes will make the overall look seem more professional.

Final Thoughts 

It’s important to take the time to match your watch with your clothes. Not only will this help you look better, but it will also invigorate the overall look of your outfit. If you’re willing to invest in a luxury watch, then you should do so with the intention of matching the timepiece with your clothes. And when I say wear it with other areas of your outfit as well as on your wrist, I’m referring to things such as ties and pocket squares