Why You Should Wear A Watch and 10 Picks for Fall

Casio Field Watch ($92). Timex Ameritus Sport Watch ($49). Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Watch ($54). Skagen Signature Minimalist Watch ($95). Corgeut Automatic Mechanical Watch ($139). Nautica Portofino Stainless Steel Watch ($68). Seiko 5 Automatic Watch ($98). Timex Originals Tonal Watch ($20). Timex Fairfield Watch ($50). Casio Forester Watch ($20).

The thing that limits analog watches is also the single best argument for why you should wear one: they only do one thing. They tell time. That’s it.

Last year I was at a luncheon at a fancy country club for a work networking event. The host of the event introduced the first speaker, then stepped away from the podium and stood nearby while she talked. In the ten minutes she was speaking, the host checked his cell phone over a dozen times. It was impossible to tell if he was checking emails, getting texts, or watching his twitter feed. Or, you know, maybe he was just watching the time to keep the event on schedule. You couldn’t tell. That’s exactly the point.

Yes, your phone has a clock and you always have it with you. But there are some times when it is not appropriate to pull your phone out just to check the time. If that host had looked at his wrist a dozen times, everyone would have assumed he was worrying about the time.

The other benefit of wearing a watch is that they are a true accessory. No cell phone/pocket computer is ever going to be mistaken for a Rolex. No one wants to hear the origin story of your smartphone. But when I wear my throwback digital Casio, everyone remarks on having one like it when they were young. When I wear a square faced watch, people make note that it’s a bit unusual. I choose my watch each morning based on the rest of my outfit. When I’m hiking or kayaking, I don’t wear my dress watch. Likewise, I don’t wear a Nato strap to the symphony.

One last thing about a wrist watch. The universal gesture for “we’re almost finished here” is a glance to your wrist. It actually works even if you aren’t wearing a watch – try it sometime.

*Checks wrist*

Well, that about wraps it up, folks.

Evening Ritual: Cull & curate your daily photos

Most of us take photos all day and then barely look at them again. We “capture” so much of our day, taking multiple photos from every possible angle of everything in our lives from our food to our kids to our pets and our clothes. But out of all the photos we take each day, how many are actually worth keeping? 15 percent? 10?

The irony in this age of obsessive photo taking is that it is actually really hard at the end of the day to remember what happened. Have you ever actually tried to mentally walk back through the chronology of your day? Unless you practice, it’s very hard to remember what happened and when.

Here’s a simple evening ritual that will take 5-10 minutes and will enhance your memory of your day while also keeping your life less cluttered.

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10 Fall boots under $150 for 2020

Nothing makes me feel more handsome than a great pair of boots. At the first hint of cooler temperatures, I’m ready to toss my sneakers into the back of the closet and wear boots for months. One of the problems with boots is that they can be pretty expensive. Here we’re going to look at 10 boots that are actually affordable covering every scenario from dressy to hiking. Grab a few of your favorite pairs and prepare to feel handsome!

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Outfits: Fall Monday

Mondays are hard. Even if you love your job, coming back from the weekend can be a hard reentry. I find that putting a little extra effort into my outfit on Monday morning can put an extra spring in my step and make my whole day feel a little easier to handle. So throw on a blazer and some real shoes, even if especially if you are working from home.

Amazon Brand – Goodthreads Men’s Slim-Fit Wool Blazer ($51). Amazon Essentials Men’s Regular-Fit Long-Sleeve Oxford Shirt ($18). The Tie Bar Free Fall Floral Pocket Square ($14). Dockers Men’s Slim Fit Workday Khaki Smart 360 Flex Pants ($40). Gold Toe Men’s Dress Crew Socks ($8). Bruno Marc Men’s Suede Leather Wingtip Boots ($30). Timex Expedition Scout 40 Watch ($41).

Is that a Rolex? The $60 watch that will make your summer.

My neighbor and I were watching our pups play together when he asked the question: “Are you rocking a Rolex?!?” “HA! I wish!” was my quick reply. But as I held up my wrist so I could better show the details of my new Invicta dive watch, I realized that I didn’t mean those words. I was proud of this watch and I couldn’t care less that it isn’t a luxury brand. This humble $60 dive watch is everything I want on my wrist this summer. It’s been so much more than simply a shiny new accessory; it’s changed how I’ve approached life.

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