Are There Fashion Rules To Matching Watch Straps To Watches?

- Dec 15, 2017-

Are There Fashion Rules To Matching Watch Straps To Watches?


This is a good question, and one that doesn't have a simple straight-forward answer.Here are some great thoughts from some of our writers.


Patrick Kansa says:

I would suggest that material, finish and color (hue) matter. For example, a black dial with silver markers in a stainless case with a medium-to-light brown leather, leather NATO, or baseball glove strap is just fine. A dark brown leather with a high gloss finish is probably not.


Matt Smith-Johnson says:

Ah yes, the rules of fashion. Nuts to those! They are meant to be broken and challenged by style.

Assuming this watch is either black and white or black and silver, you can pretty much do whatever you want in terms of color. As long as the watch and dial are entirely comprised of neutral colours, there is nothing to "clash," so have at it.

James Stacey says:

My personal taste is more about matching like materials.

I would wear a brown leather strap with brown leather shoes and a brown leather belt. They don't have to be the exact same color, but tone (light vs medium vs dark) is helpful.

Other than that, I'm with Matt in trying other combos, and I often wear one of his lighter brown straps on my black dialed steel watches with a black buckle. I dig the contrast it adds to the watch strap.