The Comprehensive Guide to Colour Coordination for Watch Straps and Outfits

FashionIf you're looking to elevate your watch game, matching your strap to your watch and outfit is a must. The right combination of colours can make all the difference in creating a polished and sophisticated look. In this watch strap colour guide, we'll delve into the principles of colour coordination, from matching your strap to your watch to complementing your outfit.

Matching Your Strap to Your Watch

When it comes to matching your strap to your watch, there are a few things to consider beyond just the colour. Some watches may have a coloured second hand or bezel, for example, that can be fun to pick up on when selecting a strap. Texture is also a consideration; the Sailcloth in the Combi adds a rugged look that's great for rugged character of field watches.

To help you match the colour of your strap to your watch, we've created a colour table that you can use as a guide with 3 great methods of colour matching:

Predominant Watch Colour Complementary Strap Colours Analogous Strap Colours Monochromatic Strap Colours
White, red, green
Grey, dark blue, dark green Shades of black, grey
Silver Black, blue, green Grey, navy blue, light blue Shades of silver, grey
Gold Brown, blue, green Orange, yellow, bronze Shades of gold, brown
Rose Gold Black, blue, green Pink, orange, yellow Shades of rose gold
White Black, blue, green Grey, navy blue, light blue Shades of white, grey
Blue Orange, yellow, green Light blue, navy blue, grey Shades of blue
Green Red, orange Yellow, brown, khaki Shades of green
Red Green, yellow, brown Orange, purple Shades of red
Yellow Blue, purple, green Orange, green, gold Shades of yellow
Orange Blue, green Yellow, red, brown Shades of orange
Purple Yellow, green Blue, red Shades of purple
Brown Blue, green, gold Orange, yellow, beige Shades of brown

A Black Strap
 is a great option that just about goes with any watch and outfit. 

  • Complementary colours that are opposite to each other on the colour wheel create a high-contrast look, a great way to show off your watch.
  • Analogous colours that sit next to each other on the colour wheel and create a harmonious, low-contrast look for your watch.
  • Monochromatic colours use variations of the same colour and create a sleek, tonal look, great for formal occasions or for coloured dials. 

Complementing Your Outfit

Once you've selected a colour strap that complements your watch, it's time to think about how to pair it with your outfit. The good news is that the same principles apply.

A general rule of thumb is to use the same principles mentioned above.

Predominant Clothing Colour Complementary Strap Colour Analogous Strap Colour Monochromatic Strap Colour
Navy Blue Orange, Yellow, or Brown Light Blue or Green Dark Blue or Black
Olive Green Burgundy, Brown, or Beige Green or Yellow Olive or Brown
Grey Red, Purple, or Yellow Blue or Green Grey or Black
Brown Blue, Green, or Grey Red or Orange Brown or Beige
Black White, Red, or Tan Grey or Silver Black or Grey
White Navy Blue or Black Grey or Silver White or Cream
Burgundy Light Brown, Beige, or Grey Red or Pink Burgundy or Red

A Black Strap is a great option that just about goes with any watch and outfit. 

It's also worth noting that many people only have one watch, so it's best to make that watch a "strap monster". A strap monster is a watch that looks good on many different straps and colours. Some great Strap Monster watches of note are: 

Seiko SKX007, Serica 4512, Seiko TicTac SZSB006, Hamilton Khaki Navy Automatic, HAMILTON Khaki Field Murph 38mm, Seiko's Turtle series, Smiths Everest.
Top 10 Certified Strap Monsters

If you do only have one watch, it's essential to have a variety of straps to switch up your look. Quick-release straps are an excellent choice for this, as they allow you to swap out straps quickly and easily so you can try a few in a matter of minutes with no tools required at all.


Matching your strap to your watch and outfit is an essential part of elevating your watch game. By considering the principles of colour coordination and selecting the right strap for your watch and outfit, you can create a polished and sophisticated look that's sure to turn heads. Use our colour table as a guide, and don't be afraid to experiment with different colours and textures to find your perfect strap match. Happy coordinating!

If you are wondering which Strap Monster FKM+ Straps suit which styles of watches, have a read of our guide: Matching Strap Monster Straps to Watch Types & More..