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A Simple Guide to Watches and Fashion

on June 8 | in Fashion, Issue 20 | by | with No Comments

groom clasping stylish watch band on his wrist

A watch, an essential style element, is the single most important accessory a man can own. As you might imagine, I am actually writing about watches because lately, I have noticed too many casual watches making their way into formal settings and offices. It screams sloppy!

To all of you who wear your sport watches with your suits and other dressier attire: Please pick up something slightly more sophisticated! Don’t get me wrong, it can still be sporty, but perhaps a little more stylish. I really suggest investing in one good watch that suits your lifestyle and taste. However, if you are someone who likes to own more than one watch, wear the appropriate timepiece for your outfit: black band with black shoes and belt; brown band with brown shoes and belt; and stainless steel bands for either.

How to choose a watch

Your watch needs to sync up with your lifestyle. Are you heading to an office every morning or do you head to the slopes? Your answer will give you a sense of direction. No matter what you choose, stay away gold bracelets, cartoon, diamond encrusted watches (jewel encrusted is not a characteristic a man should be searching for in his accessories. Also: Your watch shouldn’t be the size of a plate!).

This is one of the world’s most expensive watches…and also the ugliest! Even if you can afford it, please never put this on your wrist! Money does not buy style!

Mechanical Elegance

If you have money to spare and insist on buying a very expensive watch, here are some classic timeless, understated watches that project a quiet air of confidence instead of shouting how much money you have.

Vacheron Constantin Patek Philippe


Everyday watch

Your everyday watch should be neutral and durable, as it’s for wearing to work, to run errands, or when you’re just relaxing. Stainless steel is a popular choice; it is both neutral and sturdy. You can also choose a basic watch made of all sorts of different materials, although plastic and rubber should be kept for casual only). You can also go back in time and rock an old vintage watch. I think there is value in starting with a piece from the golden age of watch-making: the 1950s and ’60s. Watches from this era are plentiful and more affordable.

Everyday Watches 3
Great watches for men on a budget

Now go spoil yourself and get a timeless watch, or simply drop a hint to the Mrs. for one, she just may surprise you on that special occasion. Keep in mind that in general, the simpler the watch, the dressier it is…”less is more.”

MenOnBudget CNY & CKlien


I hope this article was helpful and as always your comments are welcome! If you need help updating your style and wardrobe contact me at

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