They don’t call it the dog days for nothing. The warm weather of summer is often marked with lethargy and inertness, increasing the appeal of athletic shorts and old T-shirts left over from your high school sports days. The easiest way to resist giving in to this big fashion faux pas is by focusing on the accessories. We females have it easy. Strappy sandals, chunky necklaces, headbands, floppy hats, you name it. When it comes to accessorizing, the world is our oyster. As the guys reading this probably know, it isn’t quite so simple for them.

A watch is an easy yet fun staple piece that effortlessly adds to any outfit. Practical and stylish, the addition of a watch will complete even the most basic summer outfit by pulling the look together. The effect is a subtle one, perfect for the abundance of minimalists out there. Watches can also be a fun element, adding color or texture to spice up a plain outfit.

This Fashionisto added an Armani Exchange watch with a brown leather band and navy face to complete his otherwise simple outfit, consisting of a Polo Ralph Lauren long sleeve T-shirt, Nike golf shorts and Sperry Top-Siders canvas sneakers. The elegant appearance of the watch creates a more formal look, while the coordination with the outfit’s color scheme pulls the whole look together.

How To: Watches are an easy fix that can be worn day or night, with an outfit of any formality. A variety of materials, colors and styles can transform any outfit, from wedding attire to beachwear. Determine which style is best for your occasion, and pick a color or texture that either pulls the look together or creates a fun edge.