In terms of cologne, I've been using David Beckham Insignia for the past few weeks. I got given it as a gift, and it's actually much nicer than I thought it would be.
As for shoes, I personally would go for a pair of black or brown leather dress shoes. I used a pair of dress shoes throughout my last school year, and they were quite possibly the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. I'll get back to you with a brand.
On the subject of watches and necklaces, I am lacking in that respect; I've never worn a watch, and the only necklaces I've worn have been from family.
lf it were me l would wear a simple face watch with second hand , and a nice simple leather band or to jazz it up holes like a driving gloves , not digital . Chuck in watches group is in my opinion has the best eye for watches you will find . Baby king in LA do great manly necklaces .
How kind of you Brian, thank you! What a nice thing to say.
Watches *are* jewelry, and your jewelry should make a statement. Preferably, that you understand subtlety and quality.
Digital watches are not a major problem, to me, but most of them look so juvenile. The black plastic G-Shock or Timex Ironman watches are excellent timepieces, but they look hideous with any clothing worn outside of the gym.
This is one of the nicer G-Shocks... See how stupid it looks, with a suit?
Some of the more "grown up" designs from companies like Tissot (T-Touch) and Suunto, give off a more mature vibe, while still retaining the functionality of a digital watch. Basically, they don't look like the watch you wore in 4th grade, on the playground.
But most guys aren't willing to pay the prices for the high-end digitals, so let's talk about something more realistic. What is your budget, anyway? As a college student I'll assume fairly low, so I'll keep it to under $150.
The "classic" watch for a grown man is analog. In other words, it has hands. The dial should be fairly simple, and the metal should be solid, not plated. In this budget, that means stainless steel, or *maybe* a two-tone watch, for a little bit of flair.
Light colored dials, as in white, silver, "champagne, and similar, tend to look dressier. Dark colored dials, my personal favorite is a glossy black, tend to look sportier, on average. Brightly colored dials tend to look best on diving watches, and can introduce some color...but choose carefully.
The hour markers can be done in a number of ways. Numbers, roman numerals, bars, dots, gemstones, etc. Remember...classic is good. And classic watches don't usually have 12 "diamond" hour markers.
On better quality watches, the hour markers are separate pieces, applied to the dial. This gives a very crisp look, and as with all things, the details make a difference. Cheap watches usually have a "stamped" dial, which results in a "curved" edge between the dial and the marker. Some have numbers simply painted on them, with no raised markers.
This is a great example of applied hour markers:
See how crisp it looks? Stamped dials don't have that crispness.
Size. At the moment, big watches are in fashion. But, frankly, nothing looks more juvenile to me than someone wearing a watch that is far too big for his wrist. A "rule of thumb" for this, is that the watch should not hang over the sides of your wrist. For most men, this means nothing larger than a 42-44mm watch. On me, a 38mm dress watch, or a 42mm sport watch, looks perfect.
Band. Whenever possible, especially at these low price points, buy a watch with a removable bracelet. And, make sure it uses standard lugs (the part to which the band attaches) because this will give you the maximum freedom. The bracelet is an attractive, hard wearing, long lasting band that will serve you well for every day use, but if you need to "dress it up" a bit, you will have the option of changing the bracelet for a leather strap, which is almost universally considered to be dressier.
Design. Don't go for a "knock off" design. If, on someone else's wrist, you can't tell it from a Rolex...don't buy it. There are far too many original designs that looks GREAT, for you to be walking around in a counterfeit watch.
For an active young man, I usually recommend a classic dive watch for every day wear. As I'm fond of mechanical (wind up) watches, I usually recommend something like a Seiko SKX007 or SKX781...both are classics, and available for around $100-150 with some careful shopping. Quartz versions are available more cheaply. And they can each take a standard band, for a different look.
That is an invaluable advice you just gave me for free Chuck. I appreciate it very much. I was just looking an this watch here (Seiko Men's SNK809 Seiko 5 Automatic) http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNK809-Automatic-Black-Canvas/dp/B002SS... and it seems to be I'm looking for. The other two were out of my price range for now but I can always save up to get one if I don't end up getting this one. Thanks again!!
Oooh, pretty watch. Military design, too, styled after an IWC military watch.
Military styles are trending into general style, right now, so it's a GREAT choice. Both classic, and yet stylistically, it's very "now."
And those lugs are standard, so you can swap out bands, at will.
One thing. It's a classically sized watch, at 37mm diameter. That's rather small, by today's standards. Be certain that you want a smaller, dressier watch, like this.
There is no substitute for seeing it in person, and especially on your wrist.
I personally prefer small watches. I'll see if I can try it out in a store before purchasing it though. Thanks again for your advice.
I appreciate the recommendation Brian
I know as the amount of material on this forum grows it becomes harder to sift through but I think some of these questions have been addressed in previous discussions. You might find what you are looking for there. I think both shoes and watches were addressed for example.
I did find a couple articles in the archives that provided several solutions to my question. Thank you
I've been going through the same kind of revolution lately, so I may be able to help. For shoes, Allen Edmonds is a great company. Their shoes can be a bit pricey up front, but you'll never need another pair again. If they wear out, send them back to the company and for a small fee, they fix them up and send them back to you. If you're working with a budget, then I suggest possibly getting a used pair off of Ebay or something, but first, find out what size you are by going to a store, outlet, or Nordstrom near you and trying some on to check sizes. I'd suggest going for a brown over a black, but that's just me.
The only cologne I wear (I don't usually wear any) is called Corduroy. Manly without being over powering.
Go for a simple watch. Silver or gold face, black or brown band. Not much business going on with the face. My every day is a Seiko, but I also have a 60s timex from my grandfather and a restored wind-up russian watch which I found in a antique shop. Really it's just a matter of personal preference.
I can't help you on necklace, but: No shells. No large links.
I am definitely going to check out Allen Edmonds and the cologne you recommended. Thank you