As the weather gets warmer, many men pull out their watches to start wearing them again. But before you put your watch on, there are a few things you need to know about watch-wearing etiquette. Here are five rules that most men should break.
Rule #1 – Always Wear a Watch
With smartphones in every pocket, it might seem like watches are a thing of the past. However, there are still many good reasons to wear a look, and there are specific etiquette rules that should be followed when doing so.
First, try to make occasional surreptitious glances at your watch. The power to bear in mind is that watches should generally be worn on the left wrist, making it easier to check the time without contorting your arm. Finally, avoid wearing excessively large or gaudy watches, which can be viewed as showy and flashy.
Rule #2 – Match Your Watch to Your Outfit
Watches are more than just timepieces – they’re style statements. And like any other accessory, it should be carefully coordinated with your outfit. Choose an elegant, sporty, or fun watch, depending on the occasion. Formal occasions call for a classic look, so a gold or silver watch with a leather band and vest without tie is always a safe bet.
Try pairing a brightly colored watch with a relaxed outfit for a more casual look. And for a night out on the town, choose a sparkling diamond-encrusted watch that will add glamour to your ensemble. No matter what the occasion, there’s a watch to match. So next time you’re getting dressed, take a moment to consider which of your eyes would best complement your look.
Rule #3 – Only Wear Watches for Special Occasions
Wearing a watch is a sign of respect. It shows that you are taking the time to be punctual and presentable. Of course, there are many other ways to show respect, but wearing a watch is one way to ensure you are always on time. It is also a sign of sophistication.
Wearing a look also shows that you are organized and responsible. You are someone who values your time and does not want to waste a single minute. For all these reasons, it is important to only wear watches for special occasions.
Rule #4 – Don’t Wear a Digital Watch with a Suit
A digital watch is a type of watch that displays the time in numbers instead of hands on a clock face. Digital watches may be fine for everyday wear but are generally considered too casual for formal occasions such as a job interview or a wedding with a blue floral tie.
This is because they are often seen as less sophisticated and more “gadget-like” than their analog counterparts. For this reason, avoiding wearing a digital watch with a suit is generally advised.
Rule #5 – Remove Your Wristwatch When Eating
It’s common courtesy to remove your hat when you sit down to eat, but did you know that you should also take off your wristwatch? Several factors contribute to this.
- First, it’s simply polite to avoid wearing anything on the table that could get in the way of enjoying your meal.
- Secondly, watches can be pretty dirty, and no one wants to see fingerprints or smudges on their food.
- Finally, taking off your watch shows you’re fully present and invested in the mealtime experience.
So next time you sit down to eat, remember to leave your watch at home or in your pocket- it’s good manners!