The Haute Écriture Guide to Men’s Watch Bands

There are certain watch styles that you wear for certain things as well as the band you wear with it. Going shopping on the weekend would require a much different watch style than going to eat at a nice restaurant. Many people don’t know when to wear what watch band, though, so today I’m going to give you a guide to men’s watch bands.

Leather Straps

A leather strap on any watch is the most formal and dressy watch band style you can wear. These straps work well for formal, business casual, and casual outfits as long as they are dressed up.

Leather bands are usually made of cowhide but you can get some men’s watch bands in soft calfskin and lambskin or exotic leathers like crocodile, lizard, ostrich, and more.

Wear a leather strap for a formal event like a wedding or anything that requires a suit or tuxedo. You can also wear one on a night out or a date or when you want to look sharp in a casual outfit.

Don’t wear a leather strap with sports clothing or swimwear.

Metal Bracelets

A metal bracelet is less formal and dressy than a leather strap and will not work with formal outfits. Metal bracelets usually work well for business formal, business casual, casual, and maybe sports clothing.

Most watches with metal bracelets come with link bracelets but you can also get a Milanese band (mesh band) or even a chain bracelet. A chain bracelet is more like something you’d get from a luxury fashion brand, though, and is much less formal and dressy than a link or mesh bracelet so it wouldn’t work for business formal or business casual.

You can wear this with a suit at work, for a night out, and it might work with sports clothing depending on what you’re wearing.

Don’t wear a leather bracelet with a tuxedo or with swimwear.

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Nylon Bands

A nylon watch band is very casual and much less formal and dressy than a leather strap or metal bracelet. Nylon bands work well for casual outfits, sports clothing, and swimwear.

Nylon bands come in many different styles from plain to striped and water won’t do anything to it which is what makes them great for swimming.

Wear a nylon band with casual weekend outfits when you do things like go shopping, wear it when you do sporty activities, and wear it with swimwear at the pool or the beach.

Don’t wear a nylon band with a suit or tuxedo or when you dress up a casual outfit.

Plastic Bands

A plastic or rubber band is the most casual. Plastic watch bands work well with some casual outfits, sports clothing, and swimwear.

Plastic bands also come in many styles and are great for swimming. They are usually cheap but some brands will charge more for better quality and others may charge more for style.

Wear a plastic watch band with a casual outfit, when you do sporty activities, and with swimwear at the pool or beach.

Don’t wear a plastic band with a suit or tuxedo or when you dress up a casual outfit.

Those are my tips for what watch band to wear for certain outfits. Men’s watch bands come in many different styles and the watch band you wear, like many other parts of your outfit, can either make you look good or it can ruin an outfit. Follow these tips and your watch will compliment your outfits and make you look good.

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