Wooden Watches Lend Distinction to Any Outfit — Dress or Casual

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For many centuries, watches were a sign of luxury. Even Queen Elizabeth I was given one by a suitor, Robert Dudley. Despite the rise of smartphones, watches still stand out as an item of distinction. 

Did you know that more than half of high-earning Americans wear a wristwatch? There seems to be some correlation between financial success and those who care to wear a watch. So if you want to join those ranks, it’s a great time to learn about how to wear wooden watches!


While clocks were invented in Europe around the 14th century, early versions of watches only started appearing a few hundred years ago. “Bracelet watches” were given to upper-class women as gifts. Many had jewels and were functional works of art.

It’s said that Patek Philippe was the inventor of wristwatches in 1868. But one of the most important moments in wristwatch history came decades later when Louis Cartier created a wristwatch for an aviator friend. Having a celebrated aviator wear Cartier’s watch put the wristwatch in the spotlight, and cemented its popularity. 

Once World War I hit, the demand for wristwatches was huge for soldiers. The mass production of wristwatches began. And after the war, returning soldiers still wore them, and created a trend. 

What Is a Wooden Watch?

By now, you’ve probably heard that wooden watches are all the rage. But what are they made of? The exterior can be made from different kinds of wood–bamboo, maple, walnut, ash, etc. 

As for the inside, it’s often powered by a quartz movement. That’s right, there might be a crystal in your wooden watch! They can also use automatic movement, which means the watch power comes from the movement of your wrist. 

How to Wear a Wooden Watch

Whether you are wearing your watch for work or play, there are so many ways to dress it up or down. Read on for some tips on how to wear your watch!

Formal Wear

First things first: can you wear a wooden watch with a suit? Of course! If you need to dress up for a formal business meeting, try pairing your watch with a suit and a shoe color that compliments or matches the brown hue of the watch.

Or if you need to go to a black-tie event, a good rule of thumb is to keep it simple. For women, pair a neutral-colored gown with a wooden watch. Keep the rest of your jewelry minimal, and try to match the watch with a pair of elegant carved wooden earrings. 

The takeaway? No matter what you need to wear your watch with, always make sure your outfit contains hints of the brown hue of your watch to tie it together. And the darker the watch, the more elegant and matchable it will be. 

Casual Wear

Wooden watches are an ideal accessory to wear in your everyday life. There’s such a wide variety of options to choose from. The wood grains and colors found in watches range from light to dark, from polished to rustic.

You can even choose a leather or wooden watch band for a custom look. Once you’ve selected a wood watch, it’s easy to incorporate it into your wardrobe. The wood tones complement pretty much any color. 

They’re a perfect match with shorts, tees, and sneakers for outdoor events. Or for a casual-dressy look, wear it with sandals and a summer sundress. Try cargo pants, a button-down shirt, a pair of flip-flops, and your watch for a polished casual ensemble. 

Make a Sustainable Fashion Statement

The global ethical fashion market is worth over 6 billion dollars and is still growing. That means eco-conscious fashion is on the rise. One of the easiest ways to join that movement is with a wooden watch. 

Wooden watches are usually a more sustainable choice than plastic watches because they are a natural, renewable resource. Try choosing a watch from a company that honors the process, and uses wood from a supplier that is ethically-minded. 

So if you really want to make a statement, pair your wooden watch with clothes made from bamboo, organic cotton, or recycled textiles. Even better, go vintage! By reusing clothes manufactured years or decades ago, you help reduce the demand for fast fashion. 

Reasons to Wear a Wooden Watch

Besides the fashionable and sustainable reasons, here are a few more. Did you know that wood watches are hypoallergenic? Unlike plastic watches that are full of chemicals and can irritate the skin, wooden watches are natural. 

Metal watches can also cause allergic reactions in some people. And they are often heavy and clunky. Wood watches are lightweight and are less stressful on the wrists. 

Plus, many watches can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Whereas you can find unique watches for men and women in wood for a fraction of the cost. It’s a more affordable choice that can look just as refined as regular watches. 

Caring for Wooden Watches

Now that you are the proud owner of a wooden watch, don’t forget to take care of it! Clean it lightly with a damp cloth. Then take a soft cloth and rub a little coconut oil into the wood and give it a good polish. 

Ready to Wear a Wooden Watch?

Now that you know more about wooden watches, you can feel confident about wearing one. Wooden watches are a unique choice in timepieces that will compliment both casual and formal attire. It’s easy to make a statement with this beautiful and sustainable watch.

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