Match Your Leathers and Metals: Men’s Professional Style Tips

A man wearing a blue suit and white dress shirt with matching leather watch and belt.

Tip #3: Match the Leathers and Metals in Your Outfit

The little details in your outfit can make all the difference. From the fit of your clothes to the color of your accessories, every element of your outfit is important. This is especially true when it comes to matching your leathers and metals.

Matching your leathers and metals is a simple way to make sure your outfit looks polished and properly put together. For example, if you’re wearing brown shoes, you should make sure the rest of your leather is also brown, preferably a matching brown. This means your watch and belt should also be brown. The same goes for silver metals. If you’re wearing a watch with silver in it, make sure the rest of your metals are silver too, such as your belt buckle, a chain or bracelet.

Man in deep green suit wearing a matching brown leather belt and shoes.

Sticking to this rule is an easy way to ensure that everything in your outfit matches and looks cohesive. Whether you’re in the office, on a date night, or at a special event, matching your leathers and metals will help you look dapper and put-together.

It’s also worth noting that matching your leathers and metals can help you avoid fashion faux pas. Mixing and matching different colors and materials can make your outfit look cluttered. Many people don’t know this “rule” but they can subconsciously tell when things are off.

Another benefit of matching your leathers and metals is that it makes your life easier. When everything matches, you don’t have to spend time trying to figure out what to wear. You can simply grab a belt and shoes that match your watch, and you’re good to go. This can save you time and stress, especially if you’re in a hurry or are not particularly a morning person. (I am not)


Matching your leathers and metals is an easy and effective way to make sure your outfit looks polished and put together. This rule applies to all occasions with no exceptions. We are not usually steadfast on style rules, but this is one we hope you pay attention to. The next time you’re getting dressed, take a moment to think about your leathers and metals and make sure everything matches.


Derek Burbidge - Owner/Founder of Cardero Clothing
In 2014, Derek rented a suit for his wedding only to later discover the advice he received was terrible and the fit of the rentals was way off. After travelling to Thailand and Europe soon after his wedding he was introduced to bespoke clothing and various timeless styles. As a lover of all things men's fashion, he started Cardero Clothing to keep men from making the same mistakes he did.

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