The men’s watch is an icon of style, sophistication, grace, and chiefly, restrained mature luxury. There is something about the wristwatch that makes it a symbol of maturity. The right watch is a visual pop that you’re a man about town. To convey these values we must coordinate our watches to our outfits, for the watch is what solidifies the ensemble. We will then provide the three most popular suit colors of black, navy and light grey with recommendations for the right style of time piece in order for you to look your best.
Watch for Black Suits
Black fabric is perhaps the most elegant and professional. It sets an immediate contrast to your surroundings. The right watch for a black suit should be similar. Black Leather bands with sleek analog faces are a must. The less features on the watch the better. The best watches for black suits are those that eschew numbers completely and instead have either sleek black or silver hands. The watch for a black suit is truly an integral part that should feel somewhat sewn into the fabric. The line from the sleeve across the shirt cuff and into the watch should be completely smooth. Seek flow over contrast.
Dress Watches for Navy Suits
The Navy Suit is far more versatile than the black suit, which lends itself towards formality. The navy suit is pure business combining seriousness and approachability. We have more leeway in watch styles for the navy suit and can work with different bands and faces to emphasize different looks. A classic brown leather strap with white or blue face is an excellent accent mark. Dark brown leather goes superbly with navy and softens the visual cue. With a navy suit we are also able to wear watches with plain faces and stainless steel bands. The stainless steel band is suitable with the navy provided we coordinate our shirt with an accent color complimenting silver. Think light pinks and blues. Colder colors on the color wheel work best.
Picking the Right Watch with Light Grey Suit
The light grey suit offers us the most versatility. This suit has regained prominence over the last few years and has found itself sharing space with the navy suit. What is wonderful about light grey fabric is that we are able to alternate easily between leather and stainless steel bands. We have less need to coordinate the color of the shirt to the watch. What is particularly wonderful about light grey fabric is that we are able to pair it with a light brown leather band. Light grey and light brown do not logically complement each other, and yet when combined, provide a truly elegant timeless look which marks that quiet sophistication which is the foundation of all men’s style.
As with all issues of fashion, nothing is a firm rule, for pigments will vary for each item. The only way to tell what will look good on you is to wear it first and see. But if you follow the basic spirit and attitude of men’s fashion, calmness, sharpness and simplicity, you will make the best visual statement to showcase the best you.