I’ve always catered more to women on my blog because that’s what I know and who I design for. I’m starting this weekly segment for all my guy readers out there, and anyone that’s interested in learning more about men’s style! I picked up a couple of Men’s Style books (Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style and Esquire’s The Handbook of Style) that really delve into the details. I’m learning a ton reading these books, and as you know, I love to share! Hope you enjoy:)
Let’s start off with a few rules for watches:
- Diamond-encrusted watches are only for pimps, hip-hop moguls, and heiresses.
- People who wear diamond-encrusted watches never know what time it is.
- A watch should be worn securely on your wrist. It is not a bracelet.
- There is a difference between water-resistant and waterproof.
- Sleek watches on leather straps look best for dressing up, and heavier metal-link bands go better with causal clothing.
Don’t be that guy.
Different Watches for Different Occasions
- Black-tie and other formal events call for a discreet and elegant watch that is small in diameter and slim enough to slip in and out of a French cuff. For these events, always match the color of your cuff links to the metal of your watch. If the links are enamel or set with stones, match the stone of the link to the dial color of the watch’s face.
- When working out or doing more physically demanding activities, go for a durable rubber sports watch that can take a beating. It’s made to get twisted and not scratched.
- At work [at a full-time job where you’re required to dress up], a chunky chronograph in steel or yellow gold makes a bold statement across a conference table. Only you can decide how flashy you should go, but remember to match the links.
- For a casual day, go for a big watch to dress up your casual clothes. Look for a watch in less dressy-looking brushed steel with a chunky body and an interesting face.
My picks, in order of the occasions listed above: