Does ‘Rules’ allow for freedom of expressions?
The ghost in the machine
A carte blanche towards simply throwing an ensemble together might seem a good proposition at first and if one feels completely confident, comfortable and content under it then – at least, theoretically – nobody should pose any objection to it.
Trouble starts once you get your stuff hastily mixed up and they do not match/compliment your efforts or thereby, a lack of it. It’s true that whims, many-a-times translated into wonderful success stories but breaking every rule isn’t scoring high in the style charts every time. Brown/Gold is rubbish with black/grey/dark blue, which go good with silver and gold/black. This is an axiom which, if you try to break would prove enough self-humiliation to impart you a stigma often pretty hard to get rid of.
Striking a midway
There are similar other axioms which you should treat similarly. Bend those if it’s absolutely necessary, though not too much. An inappropriate timepiece spells (or spills, whichever gets you going) disaster to your entire outfit; a Presage with beach shorts, slippers and casual shirts is still more acceptable than a Garmin at dinner, unless by the bonfire. So avoid all that faux-pas doing a few right things. Expensive, affordable or inexpensive isn’t of much significance here.
The Rulebook Reprises
- The most pliable rule is perhaps the choice of wrist. Traditionally, it should belong to the non-dominant hand (which makes it the left almost always); however, the right wrist works for only a few. If you are breaking the rule, make sure that you are able to pull it off. Wearing a watch on your dominant wrist – unless the thinner varieties – might hamper your usual tasks you perform with that hand. Practice makes perfect, though. It also gives forth a brash, arrogant vibe.
- Next in pliability is the choice of colors. Daytime always compliments lighter-colored faces while darker shades are for the times post-Sundown. But then again, there’s nothing wrong with wearing whatever colored dial and body your heart desires, whatever the time might be. – That brings us to a very important part of watch pairing! Ideally, you should wear dark dials with dark clothes and light dials with light clothing; it’s even better if your watch dial matches your shirt color completely! Since the color range for watch dials is far more limited than the shirts’, it’s not entirely impossible to build up a small collection of not more than 5 watches to match the shirts’ any variation on the basic tones.
- Formal, business or ceremonial wear do not go with dive/sports watches. Always try to pair a simple dress watch with them. Should you wear one, opt for subtle dress/sports Serious dive/sports watches are entirely for casual wear. Remember, anything bulky or chunky or insanely large will overthrow the equations of a good dressing. Also, for ceremonial wear, stick to pocket watches as much as you can.
- Don’t check your watch every now and then.
- Oversized watches are more of a party- than regular-wear. It screams for attention and while that’s okay for a weekend house party or at the club, it’s not for a client meeting – no, not even within a pub with the music blaring on full volume! The point is: your watch shouldn’t dwarf your wrist; if your watch is too large, it will throw everything off proportion.
- Bling watches (those studded with precious or semi-precious stone) are good if you are a celebrity – a musician, for example; or a movie star on an award night. For us commoners, they are fine when we go to dance on the weekends. It’s all glittery and shiny clothes that time, so the watch gels in. Bling watches are not for regular wear; even the music tycoon won’t be doing that. Bling attracts and distracts by drawing all the attention to one point. But oh! Diamonds and jewels also enhance the feminine appeal of women’s watches beyond doubts.
- You can wear a formal watch to everyplace if you want to; provided it’s not too dressy. If you are asking whether that includes playgrounds – well, yes; for activities less intense than rugby or polo.
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