|Dress For Success
A watch is the single most important accessory a man can own. They are the equivalent of men's jewellery and so while your other half stresses the importance of her bracelets, necklaces and earrings, remember that you too can have fun with the glory of a classy watch – it is after all, an essential style element. More than just a time-telling device, watches are also a sign of style and prestige. It can be considered one of your life-investments, as this is an item you won't get rid of at the turn of every season. Your watch is an accessory that you will keep for a while, while it will always keep time for you.
In order to wear the right kind of watch with the right outfit, it is important that you know what goes with what. Pairing a sports watch in a formal work setting is sloppy and so while buying a watch you should go for something slightly more sophisticated. Here are some tips to watch out for.
Consider Your Lifestyle
Have different watches for both work and play if your lifestyle merits it or you simply like having variety. However, when buying a dressier watch, you should choose something that is classic or more lasting. If you go for sporty or technical watches, remember that there's nothing stylish about them and that they are all about function. If your watch has a night-vision feature, measures distances, calculates altitude, has a compass, has a rubber strap, and has a digital display, it is the wrong thing to wear to a more formal occasion be it the office or, a more formal party.
A Stainless-Steel Bracelet
Stainless steel is more practical than leather and is certainly more durable. It's dressy enough to be worn with a business suit and casual enough for other occasions. So not only is it versatile, but it's waterproof to boot. You could always go for gold if you wanted to drop some serious cash, but be careful since it might give off an unfavourable impression.
Another thing when it comes to watches is the size of the watch face relative to the wrist that's wearing it. On bigger men a standard watch face can end up looking like a ladies watch. Watch makers are continually coming out with watches that have larger than standard faces. In fact, it has become quite a trend.
It's a great feature if you shower or swim with your watch on, but let's be honest, who really does that? It only comes in handy if you get caught up in the rain or get your watch accidentally wet. And for your info, water resistant can mean several things so be sure you ask to what degree the watch really is resistant. Some watches will resist moisture from accidental splashing, rain, sweat, etc and others will resist moisture up to certain depths such as 50 or 100 meters.
The Colour Of The Face & Strap
There is a trend to have dials and straps in exciting colours. Whether it's cheap or expensive, when you are building a classic wardrobe, stick to the tried and true colours that you know will blend and look appropriate in a business or formal setting. Save the trendy colours for a second or third watch if you must.
On The Watch
Take a look at the different styles of men's watches on the market, and keep your bare wrist looking great.
Luxury watch brands can cost a fortune, and so are for those who can afford it. While their prices seem exorbitant, such watches are truly a lifelong, timeless investment. Just make sure not to mistake the fake one for the original and always buy it from an authentic vendor.
If you can't afford the top niche, you don't have to go an extra mile for a classy watch. Low-end stainless steel, chrome watches have been around for many years now, and are likely to stay in style. Although they don't hold the same status as the superior ones, they are equally fashionable and more importantly, affordable. These have a metal band, with matching rim and clasp. Rectangular-shaped watches are extremely cutting edge right now, especially in chrome. A nice added touch to this style is a navy blue-tinted face, which adds contrast to the steel. The advantage of chrome or steel watches is that they can be classy enough for a formal evening and casual enough for a leisure day of hanging out at the shopping mall.
If you are young and outdoorsy, sporty watches are perfect for you, you may want a more casual watch in addition to an elegant one. Sporty watches have come a long way from the days of black, digital, plastic watches. Many sport brands have entered the market with trendy watches.
Whether you're investing in an expensive watch or going for the run-of-the-mill type, a watch holds a significant amount of status and can say a lot about its bearer. You may not always want to be reminded of what time it is, but you will want a watch to adorn your arm, because it'll probably be the only jewellery you wear.