It’s All About The Classics: The Wristwatch

Your wrist looks kind of boring. I’m looking at mine right now, and you probably should take a quick look as well. You want to know what would help? A wristwatch.

Remember the last time you went out for a drink with your coworkers, your friends, or maybe even your family? How many times did you or someone else you were with ask what time it was?

Or maybe this situation is more applicable: the last job interview you had you wore a nice suit, fully styled in professional attire. Chances are you wore that suit and felt great about how the interview turned out. But did you wear a watch?

…Wristwatches are amazing. Think about it. It’s an accessory that was created to specifically keep track of time. It has all the style of a bracelet, but with usefulness.

The reason I ask is because wristwatches are amazing. Think about it. It’s an accessory that was created to specifically keep track of time. It has all of the style of a bracelet, but with usefulness. You’re probably thinking “But my phone totally serves as my main timepiece.”

Well stop using it like that.

Your entourage will thank you; your phone is too bright in the movie theater; it’s too valuable to risk losing in the bar; and your phone can make it look like you generally don’t care about whom you’re with.

Now that you can see your phone differently, let’s look back at the watch. It’s an amazing accessory that fits in to any outfit you want as well as any situation you’ll find yourself in.

There are many different types to choose from – analog, digital, faces that keep track of seconds in addition to hour, and those that keep track of the day, just to name a few. But like any classic, there are rules on appropriate times to wear certain styles.

Your analog watch is your best option for versatility. It easily takes you from daytime business to nighttime barhopping. If you don’t know what the analog watch is, it has the face with all hours numbered and the hands. Most of us learned time in kindergarten on an analog watch.


Analog watches are all over the market. There are designer watches that can cost a pretty penny, or you can buy an equally elegant watch from Wal-Mart. Seriously, the next time you go to Wal-Mart check out their selection. You can find a couple watches that may be $10 to $15. They also sell bands and can change them right there in the store if you ask nicely.

If you’re unsure of what to do with this watch follow these guidelines:

1)      Less is more.  You don’t need to have three different faces on your watch. It makes your arm look cluttered.

2)      Large faced watches look better with a matching band. Ask the jeweler or whoever you’re buying the watch from to recommend a nice band that adds to the look, not detract.

3)      Leather or metal bands look nice with all faces. It is completely up to you when you choose your watch. A helpful hint is to know that if you have arm hair at your wrist, metal may snag it. And if you choose leather, your wrist may get sweaty.

4)      I personally recommend watches that can change bands. Choose a watch face you will always like, and buy two or three bands that can change the look of your watch without having to find different styles of face. Nothing is set in stone when it comes to complimenting your watch.

Analog watches aren’t the only type on the market. Many people find comfort in digital watches. They are easy to use because the time is spelled out for you. Digital watches are also coming back into play because companies like Apple, Amazon, and Android are all racing to create functional smart-watches. They aren’t completely digital, but they fit closest to the category.


There are more rules to digital watches because of their style:

1)      Digital watches work out with you. Athletes and gym-goers can wear a watch without having to worry about the phone. With the alarm function, you can easily keep track of how long you’ve spent exercising.

2)      Find a lightweight watch. These watches are more for function than style. Own up to their style by finding a lightweight plastic/rubber watch that you want to wear. Your analog works for professional and personal time, and your digital is your chore-time watch.

3)      If the watch has an alarm, know how to use it. I can’t stress this one enough. I’m about to be a college senior and I still have class with people who don’t know how to turn off their watch alarm. It is annoying. Know the difference between snooze and off.

4)      Digital watches can come with exchangeable bands, but these are not the watches that you want to keep switching. Buy one that will be good for you. If you find two that you like, get two. Looking good isn’t your main focus with a digital watch.

5)      These are not all-the-time watches. When you’re taking care of kids, working out, or going to the store, wear this one. If you are going to an interview, on a date, or anywhere that you want to look your best, switch to the analog.

If you are in the market for a digital watch, once again go to Wal-Mart or Target even. They have watches in colors, with different features, and are priced for most anyone with a price range of about $8 to $13. Old Navy and American Eagle also carry digital watches, especially when they’re preparing for a fitness craze. Usually when the inventories switch to summer, their athletic gear adds digital watches that are designed to be functional accessories. They usually run about $15 and can also be purchased through their online stores.

Make sure you know which type of watch to wear and when. You can cross over, but it’s always good to have spares, backups, and options. You’ll thank yourself in the end.


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