When choosing a watch, most guys just focus on the face – does the casing look expensive, and is the branding visible?
A lot of guys don’t know how much a difference the watch strap can make on the overall look and formality of a timepiece. Wear the wrong style to an event, and you could look out of place and inappropriately dressed.
No stylish man wants that. So, with that in mind, I’ve listed the best watch straps you should look out for when investing in your next timepiece and how they rank on the formality scale.
Today, we’ll be covering:
- Leather Watch Straps
- Metal Watch Straps
- Fabrics Watch Straps
- Does A Strap Change A Watch’s Appearance?
#1 Leather Watch Straps
Many guys consider a leather-strapped timepiece to be the most classic style of watch.
It all comes down to simplicity – a monochromatic leather band attached to a single-metal watch casing. Historically, this watch style came into existence pretty much straight after the decline in pocket watches.
The minimal design isn’t over or under-stated. You can wear one with a shirt and tie, a tux or just jeans and a henley. My point is, because of its timelessly minimal aesthetic, this watch strap style can satisfy almost any man.
So let’s talk about leather for a second. As with any material, not all leather is created equal.
A good rule is to aim for the highest grade leather that you can afford. The higher the grade, the pricier the strap – however, genuine leather should be considered a minimum.
For those unsure of what I mean by Leather Grades, here’s a quick breakdown of the different levels of quality leather:
- Full-grain – thick and rugged leather that hasn’t been sanded down or buffed
- Top-grain – leather with a split layer with imperfections buffed away
- Genuine – leather that has had an artificial grain (or texture) applied to its surface
- Bonded – a mixture of leather scraps bonded together with synthetic materials
Unless you really have to, I’d advise you never to opt for synthetic leather. Real leather is tougher and will last longer if properly cared for.
Pro Tip: When wearing a leather wrist strap, ALWAYS make sure that the color of that leather matches both your shoes and your belt.
#2 Metal Watch Straps
A metal watchband, even one the same size as a leather band, will always
appear larger & heavier because of the nature of metal.
This is an important consideration if you have smaller wrists. Metal bands will emphasize the appearance of a larger watch, making it a primary choice for men with larger wrists.
Metal is lower on the formality scale than leather. It goes well with sports
coats and a pair of odd trousers or denim. On occasion, it’s okay to wear metal
bands with suits if it’s not a formal suit.
Common types of metals used in watches have a wide range.
- Stainless Steel
Each one can come in a polished or natural state.
If you want a watch as an heirloom, the best options are something with longevity. Titanium and stainless steel in their natural state are great options for that.
Solid gold and platinum will also stand the test of time, although they are more expensive options.
Unlike leather and fabric straps, metal watch straps can come in a wide variety of constructions. Depending on your style, the size of your casing, and the clasp you prefer, you can choose from any of the following:
- Jubilee Bracelet – Five-piece links, used in dress and sports watches.
- Oyster Bracelet – Larger three-piece links for a sportier look.
- President Bracelet – Less common, uses elegantly rounded three-piece links.
- Pearlmaster Bracelet – Arguably the most elegant strap design, with five-piece links.
#3 Fabric Watch Straps
Fabric is usually found in functional and casual watches.
Materials like Nylon are an excellent choice for an informal watch.
A great place to wear these is anywhere that involves water – for example, to the lake or the beach. The fabric won’t get easily ruined if water splashes on it, which makes it a great summer accessory!
Common types of fabric watches include:
When looking at quality, it’s best to stay away from plastics. They’re pretty cheap, will quickly break over time, and don’t look that great.
Rubber is an excellent alternative to plastic for wearers who need to clean their straps quickly. It has the same sporty feel and appearance while being far more professional-looking and durable. You can actually buy Rolex watches with a rubber strap, which speaks for itself.
Those involved in watersports benefit greatly from rubber watch straps. They’re easily cleanable, work well in a gym environment, and don’t look too ‘flashy.’ What’s more, guys who love watersports won’t need to worry about the water, grime, or chlorine damage.
However, not all watch straps are made equal. Stick to solid color straps without any bold patterns – zig-zag straps might be great for your kids, but you’re a grown man.
Plain, black rubber is a little dressier and can be matched with business casual outfits.
Commonly, you’ll find most NATO straps use Nylon in their construction.
Many guys hear ‘Nylon’ and automatically assume cheap and poor quality.
Cheap? Yes – but that’s not always a bad thing! The great thing about Nylon NATO straps is their value for money. For little more than five bucks, you can buy a watch strap that’s robust, comfortable, and versatile in pretty much any color you can think of.
A Nylong NATO strap can be attached to a dress watch, chronograph, dive watch, and even a smartwatch. It’s quite literally the most versatile watch strap available.
Is it going to replace your high-quality leather strap or intricate metal strap? Probably not. However, will it provide a cost-effective and classy option when you don’t want to risk your more pricey pieces? Absolutely!
Tweed is timeless – fact.
When I think tweed, I think of a classicly British tailored suit from Saville Row.
When it comes to watch straps, tweed is a great way to stand out from the crowd. They’re not that common, and people don’t often associate this fabric with men’s watches.
However, you need to be careful; they don’t suit every situation and can stand out in the wrong way when worn with a business suit.
The brushed, thick nature of tweed heavily contrasts with the sleeker appearance of cotton and light wool suits. Wearing a tweed watch strap with a business suit is not advised – in this instance, opt for leather or metal as your strap material of choice.
However, a matching tweed watch strap can look fantastic when it comes to wearing a tweed suit! You can also dress it down with a blazer and slacks or even jeans and a t-shirt.
In fact, many guys wear tweed straps on their field watches – the most informal style of watch on the market.
#4 Does A Strap Changes A Watch’s Appearance?
You wouldn’t believe the difference a watch strap can make on the overall look of a timepiece.
A simple change of material can have huge implications on the formality of a watch, taking it from a strictly weekend accessory to office-appropriate in minutes.
Let’s take one of my favorite watches – the Rolex Submariner – as an example:
Metal Strap Submariner
Let’s be honest – it’s a timeless classic. The metal strap Rolex Submariner is a staple piece in watch-making history. Pictured here with an Oyster style bracelet, it suits most occasions, from casual weekend trips to weddings and beyond.
In my opinion, as long as you aren’t wearing a tux, you can pull this watch off with any outfit. Black-tie events require a dress watch with a leather strap and minimal design – however, outside of that, you’re good to go!
Leather Strap Rolex Submariner
The leather strap on this submariner elevates its formality ever so slightly.
Would I advise wearing this with your casual clothing? Probably not. It’s just a little too formal to wear while at home with the kids.
However, on the flip side of this, it does make it more suitable for wearing to a black-tie event. Is it ideally suited to this level of formality? No. However, at a push, you could wear it to a black-tie event where the traditions of formalwear aren’t taken too seriously.
This would also be a great watch to wear to an interview. It shows a level of sophistication that recruiters will appreciate without going overboard with a classic dress watch.
Fabric Strap Rolex Submariner
A fabric strap on a Rolex Submariner isn’t something you see every day. However, I think it has a certain charm for more informal occasions.
A chunky metal strap can look a bit out of place on the wrist when wearing your casual clothes. Equally, a leather strap can look too informal, so a fabric strap can be a great way of balancing your watch with the rest of your casual outfit.
In many ways, a fabric strap makes a dive watch more accessible to men who don’t wear a suit every day. A Rolex is a high-status watch, so we tend to associate it with power suits and million-dollar deals.
But even CEOs take a break at the weekend! Switching your usual strap for a fabric one is the perfect way to detach yourself from work and enjoy a more laid-back weekend with the kids.
Rubber Strap Rolex Submariner
Just because you’re going to the gym doesn’t mean you should have to swap out your favorite watch for a cheaper, plastic alternative.
A rubber strap enables you to take your luxury watch to the gym and not worry about sweat clogging up the metal or ruining the leather.
As I mentioned before, rubber is wipeable, which means a submariner with a rubber strap is perfect for occasions when you’re likely to sweat. That could even be on hot summer days or a holiday to the Caribbean – the rubber strap reduces the formality of the watch to make it easier to wear with shorts and a linen shirt.
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Published Date: Fri, 20 May 2022 11:42:18 +0000
How to wear your watch correctly
As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.
It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.
But how do you know which way is the right way?
Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.
In today’s article, I’ll be covering:
- Origins Of The Wrist Watch
- What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
- Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
- The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch
When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.
Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.
At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.
Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.
Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.
After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.
#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.
The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.
But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.
So how do you know for sure?
The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.
Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.
So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.
#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?
This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.
You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.
Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.
But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?
The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.
Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.
#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.
Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.
As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.
After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.
You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.
Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.
After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.
There you have it, gents.
Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.
There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.
If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 10:19:42 +0000
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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)
We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.
So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!
Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
We’ll be covering:
- What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
- How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
- Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
- What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.
While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.
A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.
This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.
But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?
#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.
For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.
This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.
Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.
Keep It Simple
Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.
You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.
With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.
For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:
- A dark three-piece suit
- A light-colored tweed blazer
- A leather bomber or biker jacket
- An overcoat (dark or light)
- A formal button-up shirt (white)
- 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
- 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
- 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
- 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
- 1 pair of black dress shoes
- 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
- 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
- 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)
When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.
#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.
Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.
While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.
When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.
Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.
The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.
These big ticket items include:
- Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
- Overcoats and jackets
- Dress shoes and sneakers
These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.
#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.
For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.
When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.
Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.
The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.
When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.
Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.
A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.
Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.
A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.
For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.
Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.
So how do you find the perfect sweater?
You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.
Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.
Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.
That’s it, gents.
To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.
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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:59:00 +0000
The Best Zara Fragrances
We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.
Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of
£100 for 50ml.
Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.
Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99
This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.
For Him 100ml – £22.99
My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.
Florence 100ml – £16.24
Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.
Written by Tom Loughran
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Published Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 09:57:00 +0000
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