There is one word in the fashion world that is spoken over and over again by any self-respecting fashionista; accessorize. Accessories can make or break outfits. They can turn a bland and simple two tone dress into a canvas of simple yet charismatic self-expression. Accessories tell the story of who you are before you ever speak a word in greeting. A person’s first image of you will be judged by how you dress. This is why an increasing number of women are starting to understand the value of a simple accessory: the watch.
What It Represents
Humans are told a story through the visuals presented to us. When presented with certain visual cues, we instantly create a narrative within our minds about what we’re experiencing. Creating this narrative allows us to comprehend and then choose what we consider the proper reaction to these cues. Clothing and accessories are used to help create the narrative you wish people to interpret of you. Your environment can also play a factor in the way people interpret your clothing. If a person encounters a fully dressed ballerina within the halls of a dance studio, they would think nothing of it. If they see this same ballerina walking casually in a mall still fully dressed in their dance clothing, this may raise questions and even suspicions. This narrative structure is why it’s important to wear the right watches in the correct environments. For example, wearing a luxury watch like a Rolex at the gym is inappropriate because of its reputation as an expensive piece of jewelry. But wearing a smart watch tells others that you are here to work out and you are willing to use the newest technology to get the most efficient workout. Wearing a rugged, waterproof watch while hiking tells of experience and understanding that fancier watches can’t weather the conditions of a hike through the woods or up a mountain.
Another example is wearing a watch in an office setting. This will help promote the idea that your time is valuable to you. When the narrative is constructed, a person wearing a watch is views as someone who considers their own time valuable. In the mind of another, this is interpreted as responsibility. So doing something as simple as wearing a watch to work can be a small visual cue that you are trustworthy and respectful of the time you spend at the workplace.
Why You Should Care
But why should you care about other people’s constructed narrative of you? Why should their opinion matter at all? After all, maybe the watches you wear are simply to tell the time and you like that specific style. All though this is true and you have the right to ignore a person’s narrative, the truth is that people don’t know who you are inside of your head. Something as simple as a time piece bridges the gap between the two of you in an incremental way. These small increments build up along with your speech patterns, body language and the way you dress to create what is often called a first impression. To a potential employer watches are an indicator that the potential employee cares about time and is responsible. Outside of the work environment, a watch signifies that a person is conscious of the time. People are likely to interpret your personality through your watch. A fancy watch with buttons, colors, layers and jewels can indicate a personality that enjoys the finer physical things of the world. A simple watch indicates a simpler person who enjoys things of a similar nature.
A watch can mean more than the time. To others, a watch can tell everything about you.
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