Keeping Time-Keeping Classy
Technology is great and everything, but other people can notice every time you pull your phone out to check the time. There’s a reason wristwatches were invented before cellphones. A watch is an absolute must for any gentleman (or classy lady), but traditional ideas of sophisticated big flashy metallic watches don’t hold true in the South anymore. Save the money you’d spend on a Rolex and use this strategy to have a great looking watch and some cash left in your wallet:
Hit Wal-Mart or Target or whatever wholesale store you prefer and pick out your favorite watch head, regardless of the band. Buy it (usually around $20-30), take it home, and take the head off the band. Then hit some of these great websites for some affordable watchbands:
⌚ Top Left: Personally, I’m not a big fan of J.Crew. But their watchbands are simple, customizable, and affordable. You can pick your own preference out of 8 designs ranging from $15-20. http://tinyurl.com/jcrewbands
⌚Top Center & Right: O’Connell’s Clothing was a chance encounter for me that came up as the result of a Google search for “preppy watch bands”. And boy, am I glad I found them. With over 50 watchbands ranging in patterns from many different colors of plaid to seersucker to designs of sailing flags, whales, and lobsters, and all for $18 dollars, this is a great place to stock up on a watchband collection. http://shop.oconnellsclothing.com/watchbands.php?nOffset=0&nLimit=20
⌚ Bottom Row: I cannot say enough about Kiel James Patrick and his company. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, visit his website and just read his story. An all-American guy with a passion for “the simplicity and superior craftsmanship of classic-styled clothing from an older era that is long forgotten,” Kiel started up his preppy accessories business in college and continues to make all his products by hand from only American materials. While he doesn’t have a watchband line (yet, we can still hope), some of his thinner bracelets, like the Cambreshire Dunes Collection, could serve perfectly as a band. They’re a little more pricey than the other bands ($30-45), but with names like The Raoul Duke, The Daisy Buchanon, and The Atticus Finch, how can you not buy one? Visit the website and check out all of Kiel’s other great products here: https://www.kieljamespatrick.com/cambreshireDunes.cfm?cRef=7
Remember: A gentleman is always classy, and always punctual.