Matching watch band to belt and shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ambulance Chaser, Oct 22, 2002.

  1. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    Is it a fashion faux pas not to match the color of a leather watch band to the color of a belt and shoes?  I was thinking about buying a dress tank watch with a brown leather band and wanted to know if I should switch the band to a black leather one to match the color of the shoes and belt I generally wear.  Alternatively, I was also thinking about switching the band to a deep blue, which would seem to go with both brown and black and match the blue-gray-black palette of most of my clothing.
     
  2. Steve B.

    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    Not matching the leather in your watchband isn't really a fashion faux pas, like not matching belt and shoes, but matching all three leathers shows a great sense of style and attention to detail.

    I do it, but tend to be obsessed about these things.
     
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    pstoller Senior member

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    Matching watch band to belt and shoes is one of those "fussy" things that, while it obviously works, is also unnecessary. I do think a blue band eliminates any sense of a brown/black mismatch. I have a dark green alligator band that does essentially the same thing. Nonetheless, it's not a horrible faux pas to wear a brown watch band with black belt and shoes.
     
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    Don't change the strap, have more than one watch: white gold (or silver colored) with black strap as elegant, gold with tan leather as dress/casual and a Swatch with multi colored strap as very casual. Why restrict yourself to only one watch?
     
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    The particular watch I have in mind is a stainless steel JLC Reverso Duo.  The only way I can rationalize spending $3000+ (at the pre-owned or grey market price, no less) for this watch is the thought that I would be getting "two watches for the price of one" -- white dial up with a tan ostrich strap for casual and black dial up with a black crocodile strap for dress.  I have heard, however, that changing watch straps is a chore in general and a significant chore for JLCs.  So I was thinking about what color strap would give me the greatest versatility.
     

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