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    Unusual color strap - matching belt and shoes?

    I normally try to roughly stick to the rule that if I wear a brown leather watch strap, I try to wear a brown leather belt and shoes as well (not always matching the exact shade, but trying to get it close). If I wear a steel bracelet I obviously can't match it to anything but that's fine.

    Recently I got this really cool dark green shell cordovan strap that I've been wearing with my Sinn 103. In some lighting it almost looks black but in direct sunlight it's a distinct dark shade of green.

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    My question is: how do you guys handle odd color straps that you could never match to a belt and shoes? Do you think it looks ok to wear my new dark green strap with brown or black belt/shoes as long as I'm not wearing a suit? What do you think is acceptable to wear a green strap like this with?

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    Re: Unusual color strap - matching belt and shoes?

    Dude, I literally wear red plaid with a blue watch band.

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    Re: Unusual color strap - matching belt and shoes?

    I care much more about do the colour fit the watch rather than match with belt and shoes :)

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    Re: Unusual color strap - matching belt and shoes?

    If you are dressing casually you can get away with it not matching your shoes and belt, considering your belt might have a skull buckle or something casual like that and your shoes are probably multi coloured runners.

    As for dressy clothing, if it's almost black you can probably get away with black belt, black shoes/socks and dark green leather strap. Why you would wear that watch with dress clothes in the first place though, I wouldn't know.

    Edit. Your t-shirt or shirt is probably covering your belt anyways, unless you tuck your shirt in 100% of the time when dressing casually.
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    Re: Unusual color strap - matching belt and shoes?

    I don't wear a belt or shoes on most days. I only have a pair of red/brandy chukka boots/shoes and a pair of Skechers in neon yellow.

    However, I still have a suggestion for you. Ask your strapmaker (Jan) to make a belt in the same color cordovan for you.
    And buy these dark green brogues, which look black in a lot of lighting.
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    Re: Unusual color strap - matching belt and shoes?

    With a blue or green band you can wear either black or brown shoes..


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    Re: Unusual color strap - matching belt and shoes?

    It will go nicely. My thought on the whole belt, shoes watch strap thing

    • Belt and shoes matched = must match (not exact but close enough)
    • belt, shoes and watch strap matched = fashion by numbers (think matching tie and pocket square)
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    Re: Unusual color strap - matching belt and shoes?

    While often leather like shoes and belt I look at watch straps and the watch itself more like a tie, it must be coordinated but does not have to match. Sometimes trying to match causes more trouble than it solves. Especially with brown where the shoes and belt may not be the exact shade or finish, bringing in another brown leather in a watch strap compounds the issue with possibly 3 colors of brown.
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    Re: Unusual color strap - matching belt and shoes?

    I find that I want the strap to match the belt and shoes, hence I generally wear mine on bracelets in order to avoid the issue. On the other hand then I cannot wear my gold cufflinks since I want to match my metals... Who said wearing a watch was easy?

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    Re: Unusual color strap - matching belt and shoes?

    Something I don't really pay too much attention to.


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