The black watch face is having a moment this fall. It's as if you should have dusted it off as you were packing away your white bucks. The men's fashion industry would have you believe pairing your black watch face with a nylon strap in a military colorway is on trend—but it's not preppy. You know what's preppy? Color.
Though burgundy was lauded autumn's official color palette months ago by fashion insiders, I have a disposition to orange. It is vibrant, sociable and demands attention in its go-to-hell hue without screaming. But keep it below the waist and to small accessories, like your watch strap.
Burberry chronograph ($595) on 22mm orange nato strap from RLT Watches ($14)
I have been hard-pressed landing a nylon strap wide enough for my military inspired Burberry chronograph. Anything 20mm or narrower can be easily had from Smart Turnout. But for 22mm or wider, head to RLT Watches. Established in 1987, the UK watch company stocks military nylon straps up to 24mm wide. Anything wider than that has no business on your wrist, much less a nylon strap. With shipping only $3, it’s tempting to grab one for each day of the week. When someone asks for the time, why not tell them to go-to-hell while giving it to them?