You wear a watch?

First and foremost, I want to apologize for my lack of posting for the past 4 weeks. I’ve been occupied to say the least. Anyway, on to the subject at hand.

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A friend of mine decided one day to fully maximize his professional look, he was going to start wearing a nice watch. I’m cool with that.

I don’t mean the cracker jack box watches, watches you win at the county fair or find at a mall kiosk. I’m talking about watches that say distinguished, professional, mature or at a minimum a watch that says, “hey I make enough money to have a watch that matches my work clothes at the office or a night out”.

Yes, we have smartphones at our disposal and can easily reach into our pockets and bags to tell the time but if you believe that’s all a watch is good for at this stage in life you’ve missed it.  A good looking watch is an iconic symbol- a symbol of confidence and class. When I started wearing a good watch the complements I would receive were a bit surprising, ladies all over me (just kidding).   That being said don’t go out and purchase the most expensive watch you feast your eyes on, work within your level. Buying a watch like Tag Heuer with 3 different chronometric dials, 1/10th of a second display, interchangable bevels and is magnetically linked to the Greenich mean time clock for $4,500 isn’t logical if you are bartender and just use your watch to tell time. However, if it is logical then more power to you!

There a several variaties of noteworthy watches that are stylistic, smooth or rugged and daring, remember the goal is to have the watch reinforce your professionalism and your own uniqueness.  You are still a cool cat with the watch on or not, the watch is just the icing on the cake.

Day to day, I wear a casual Fossil watch for work and if I hit happy hour with the fellas, cost was $100.  In some circles this may be an expensive watch but it’s rugged, sturdy looks good and if anything happens to it I send it back to Fossil and get it serviced at little to no expense. That’s the business right there! If I’m out somewhere like a dinner party, wedding or church service I’ll break out a more stylish watch because obviously I’m dressed up more than I would at work. Not necessarily a more expensive watch just more in line with my attire and the event.

Again, it’s up to you how you rock your timepiece and don’t be afraid to experiment a little and challenge yourself with a design, a color or a brand you never considered.  With the spring weather those wrists will be exposed more often do them a favor a get a nice watch on them.

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The Almighty Hat

I have reconnected with the supreme stylings, the elegant contours of headwear. Sorry to disappoint some but the headwear discussed will not include ball caps, beanies or wave caps (for real, dudes still wear those?).  There is a time and place for them but I’m taking about mature hats.  I won’t go into detail about the different hat styles, methods of wearing a hat, storage, coordination of hat so on and so forth.  That will be for another post in the future instead I’ll speak on why a guy needs a good hat.  Picture this if you will, going out to dinner with your lady and you all are heading to a nice restaurant, movie and walk around the town. You get dressed to impress, slacks on, of course. Button up shirt and tie, indeed. Dress shoes looking sharp and clean, yes.  Coat on, you bet. Ready to go and enjoy the movie.  Whoa, hold up now.  Missing ingredient, and I missed it for years.

The hat is the centerpiece, the icing on the cake of your wardrobe. The one accessory a man wears that is immediately noticed and gives a glimpse of your uniqueness.  It adds an element of cool and compliments your outfit to give it extra presence.  Think of it this way, you can eat world-class gourmet pancakes or waffles without maple syrup/honey/agave if you want to but you won’t.  You can have a 5-star rated salad without the dressing but you won’t. Why? Because the honey, syrup and salad dressing add flavor and character to the overall experience.  That is what a good hat will do.  It will add flavor and character, the hat will bring out the distinguished classy appearance and enhance an already excellent outfit. At a minimum it will keep your head warm while you look good.

A good hat will let your persona shine through and women know a man who can wear a hat has that confidence.  I typically go with a fedora or kangol but you’ll find what works for you.  As mentioned earlier there will be a post on the different hat styles and the ways to wear a hat.  Once you take that step to embrace the almighty hat it is game over and you’ll be winning.