Wearing a smartwatch with a suit- The Dos and Don’ts

Smartwatches have gotten extremely popular in the last few years, they come with all sorts of amazing features and designs.

Smartwatches like the Apple Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch are so good that they have replaced the traditional watches completely for a lot of people.

But a lot of people are not sure about using smartwatches when thinking purely from the men’s fashion and style perspective.

In this article, we will be answering some of the most commonly asked questions regarding wearing smartwatches with a suit.

Should you wear a smartwatch with a suit?

It is a very debatable question, some people wear smartwatches with their suits and other formal outfits all the time but some consider this to be a big fashion blunder.

I think there are a lot of variables that need to be taken into consideration while answering this question. but in general, I think its absolutely fine to wear a smartwatch with a suit as long as the watch’s design and color complement the whole outfit

There are a lot of smartwatches available in the market, not all of them can be worn with formal outfits but there are some which look very elegant and can easily be paired with a suit.

Just as we have different categories like sporty, casual, formal, etc for traditional watches, or any fashion accessory for that matter, we also have different types of smartwatches available.

Some of them are sports or fitness trackers that are meant to be worn specifically during workout sessions while there are others that are more suited for more day-to-day wear and then there are some which look good with formal attire.

But If your smartwatch doesn’t look too flashy then it is safe to assume that you can wear it with a suit.

You should avoid wearing bright saturated colors with a suit, so if you have a smartwatch like that then you should avoid wearing it with formal outfits or you can consider changing its outer shell or strap(which are available for most smartwatches) to a more classy color.

smartwatch or traditional watch?

It doesnt really matter that much.

Most latest smartwatches look great, and they also have a custom watch face option which means you can make your watch look like whatever you want.

A lot of them look so good that it is almost impossible to distinguish them from a traditional watch.

Smartwatches are the future and frankly, they have gotten so much better lately that you can easily wear one with a suit and look great.

If you have a traditional dress watch then you can wear that over a smartwatch but if you don’t have one then a smartwatch with a leather or metal strap would work just fine.

Obviously, avoid smartwatches that look sporty or flashy and go for the ones which look more mature, also there are smartwatches that look exactly like traditional watches and those are even better options to wear with a suit.

If you already have a smartwatch then you can easily buy leather or metal straps for it which would make it easier to pair with a suit

Best smartwatch that you can wear with a suit

So as said above there are a lot of good-looking smartwatches available in the market that works well with suits or any other formal attire and doesn’t compromise on the features.

Let’s have a look at our top picks:

Apple Watch

Our first pick is the most popular smartwatch and it is honestly the best smartwatch that you can buy currently.

It’s got everything going for it. It has amazing build quality, a great screen, looks very elegant and most importantly it is extremely reliable.

I usually prefer circular watches as they look similar to traditional watches but this one is an exception.

It looks very clean and classy and it is probably your best option if you are a minimalist and want a simple non-flashy smartwatch that also works extremely well then this is your best bet.

There are multiple variants of this watch available but I recommend that you go with the space grey case and black strap variant as it looks

If you want you can get third-party straps to customize it according to your needs.

One more thing to consider is that if you are not a tech-savvy person then the older variant would be a better value for you.

You can choose between the black strap or the metallic strap variants and avoid the red or gold variants as they are too flashy and do not go well with suits.


Apple watch series 6 spacegrey black strap

Apple watch SE

Samsung galaxy watch

Samsung galaxy watch is the most popular android smartwatch.

This looks exactly like a traditional watch with its round design.

It is a great smartwatch which is built really well and has a great screen and battery life.

If you don’t like the design of the apple watch or if you prefer android then this is the best option for you.

It comes in several different styles and most of them work well with suits. I am listing my favorite Samsung galaxy watch variants below, you can go and check them out.


Samsung galaxy watch mignight black

Samsung galaxy watch active

Samsung galaxy watch 3 mystic black

Moto 360 smartwatch

Moto 360 is Another great smartwatch that comes with googles wear os.

It is one of the best-looking smartwatches out there and works really well with suits.

Similar to the apple and Samsung watches this one also has great build quality, battery life, and screen quality which makes it one of the best smartwatches that you can buy currently.


Moto 360 3rd gen phantom black

Moto 360 3rd gen steel grey

Replacement Straps for smartwatches that you should wear with suit

Steel strap:

For apple watch:

For galaxy watch:

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About the author

Dylan is a Men's fashion and image consultant, He is also the man behind Dapperclan. He is extremely passionate about fashion and wants to help men style and look better.