Spring has sprung, but many guys are still clinging to their out-of-season winter colognes.
No big deal, right? Well, let me ask you this – would you judge a man for wearing a tweed trench coat to Miami Beach?
Be honest – you’d think he was crazy.
It’s the same story when it comes to wearing cold weather colognes during spring. Doing so can make you smell overbearing and intense in the months when fresh, clean scents are king.
You’ve got to learn which colognes to wear in warmer weather and fast.
To save you guys the trouble, I’ve put together a list of extraordinary fragrances guaranteed to get compliments in the spring months.
We’ll be looking at the following men’s spring colognes:
- Bvlgari Man – Wood Neroli
- Moschino – Toy Boy
- Bentley For Men – Intense
- Versace – Eros Flame
- Versace – Pour Homme Dylan Blue
- Dolce & Gabbana – Pour Homme Intenso
- Dolce & Gabbana – K
- Alfred Dunhill – Icon Racing
- Issey Miyake – L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Intense
- Prada – L’homme L’eau
- Prada – Luna Rossa Sport
#1. Bvlgari Man – Wood Neroli
What makes Wood Neroli one of the best spring colognes for men? Its citrus and woody scent profile makes it ideal for guys looking for a masculine spring fragrance.
The structure of this scent uses every part of the orange tree – the wooden bark, green leaves, and citrus fruit. Some say this is a metaphor for the modern man’s complex (and often contrasting) characteristics.
This unique combination of deep and fresh scents makes this fragrance perfect for the floral air of spring – it perfectly embodies the light, clean aromas of this time of year, and it’s guaranteed to attract attention.
- Top Notes: Neroli, Bergamot
- Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Virginia Cedar, Cypriol Oil or Nagarmotha
- Base Notes: Woody Notes, White Musk, Ambergris, Amber, Leather
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#2. Moschino – Toy Boy
The second fragrance on my list is a heavy rose scent with a touch of musk and wood to boot.
Introducing ‘Tom Boy’ – Moschino’s answer to the fresh floral notes of spring.
Moschino advertises this scent as one that forces us to re-evaluate what masculinity smells like. Alongside the traditionally masculine musk scent is the traditionally feminine rose – despite their differences, these notes work perfectly together to create a complex and exciting spring scent.
The performance and projection of this scent are also impressive, so don’t go overboard when you apply it in the morning! Sometimes too much of a good thing can be bad when it comes to the best spring colognes.
- Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Pear, Indonesian Nutmeg, Elemi, and Bergamot
- Middle Notes: Rose, Magnolia, Clove, and Flax
- Base Notes: Cashmeran, Haitian Vetiver, Sylkolide, Sandalwood, and Amber
#3. Bentley For Men – Intense
Launched in 2013, this amber-spicy fragrance for men is incredibly masculine.
This isn’t for the man who wants to fall under the radar – Bentley For Men Intense is bound to attract attention. The wearer of this fragrance is a confident, stylish man who knows his merits and isn’t afraid to show them off.
As the top notes (frankincense, geranium, and spicy pepper) fade, they are replaced by warm leather and sage mid-notes. A masculine and oriental spice journey concludes with cedar and sandalwood base notes.
- Top Notes: Bergamot, Pepper, Bay Leaf
- Heart Notes: Lavender, Geranium, Cinnamon, Rum, Wood
- Base Notes: Leather, Benzoin, Incense, Cedar, Patchouli
#4. Versace – Eros Flame
Versace’s variation of the classic Eros cologne stands on the shoulders of giants. Eros Flame is just as attractive as the original scent – however it goes in a completely different direction with far more contrasting fragrance notes.
The different mixtures of sweet and spicy, warm and fresh notes make for a genuinely complex scent profile that will interest anyone close enough to catch a hint on your skin.
Versace markets this fragrance quite specifically for: “a strong, passionate, self-confident man who is deeply in touch with his emotions.”
- Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, Black Pepper, Chinotto, Lemon, Rosemary
- Heart Notes: Pepper, Geranium, Rose
- Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Texas Cedar, Patchouli, Oakmoss
#5. Versace – Pour Homme Dylan Blue
Versace’s Pour Homme Dylan Blue launched in 2016. Dylan Blue lets you experience a whiff of cool Mediterranean breeze with its aromatic, woody fougère composition, making it a great spring and summer cologne.
The key to the best spring colognes is their ability to reflect the season. Whenever a fragrance is airy, fresh, and clean, you can guarantee it will make an excellent fragrance for this time of year.
- Top Notes: Water Notes, Calabrian Bergamot, Grapefruit, Fig Leaf
- Middle Notes: Violet Leaf, Papyrus, Mint, Black Pepper, Ambroxan
- Base Notes: Musk, Incense, Tonka Bean, Saffron
#6. Dolce & Gabbana – Pour Homme Intenso
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme Intenso has a unique combination of aquatic and woody notes. It has a highly creamy texture, leading to a strong heart of tobacco.
If you’re looking for a masculine twist on the fresh spring fragrance, this scent is for you. Woody and musk notes playfully dance alongside floral aromas to create a hybrid fragrance any man can pull off in the spring.
- Top Notes: Water notes, basil, lavender, geranium, marigold
- Heart Notes: Tobacco, hay, bran, sage
- Base Notes: Labdanum, sandalwood, cypress, musk, amber
#7. Dolce & Gabbana – K
This is a great, versatile fragrance for spring (and even summer!) Compared to the mellow scents of winter, some spring fragrances can be louder and appear almost too attention-grabbing.
That’s not the case with this fragrance. It grabs attention but does so with class and confidence.
After all, the ‘K’ stands for King. The elegance of royalty is directly reflected in how this fragrance subtly stands out from the pack.
K is quite a light fragrance from Dolce& Gabbana. It’s a flexible option suitable for most men.
I would recommend K for someone who appreciates subtlety and doesn’t want to stand out in an obvious way. Perhaps you want something that will fly under the radar in an office with a ‘no fragrance’ policy.
- Top Notes: Juniper Berries, Citrus, Blood Orange
- Heart Notes: Pimento
- Base Notes: Vetiver, Cedar
#8. Alfred Dunhill – Icon Racing
Icon Racing is a masculine fragrance above all else.
This is an incredibly woody and aromatic fragrance – featuring solid notes of bergamot, pepper, musk, and vetiver.
However, perfumer Laurent Le Guernec added a spring freshness alongside these deeper notes. Grapefruit, orange, and lavender complement the more masculine tones within this fragrance to give it profound depth and complexity.
All in all, this is one hell of a manly fragrance. But it isn’t overpowering – it recognizes the need for sensuality and hints at it throughout the scent’s life cycle.
- Top Notes: Grapefruit, Cardamom, and Bergamot
- Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Lavender, and Pepper
- Base Notes: Musk, Guaiac Wood, and Vetiver
#9. Issey Miyake – L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Intense
The mind behind this men’s fragrance is Issey Miyake, and he excels at using unusual ingredients to make his concoctions stand out. For L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Intense, the standout note is yuzu: an exotic citrus fruit originating in central China similar to a mandarin.
There’s a good reason I list Issey Miyake as the best spring colognes for men – longevity. Where most citrus scents last about two hours, this one will last six to eight hours!
- Top Notes: Yuzu, Lemon, Bergamot, Lemon Verbena
- Heart Notes: Blue Lotus, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Saffron
- Base Notes: Incense, Papyrus, Ambergris, Benzoin and Amber
#10. Prada – L’homme L’eau
L’homme L’eau is best described as a fresh ‘everyday’ fragrance.
It uses a clever combination of classically masculine and contemporary, fresh notes to create a wearable, mass-pleasing scent. It isn’t controversial or polarizing – it gets the job done, and most people will love how it smells.
Neroli gives L’homme L’eau a hint of green and fresh, while woody notes promote a more masculine sensuality. It is long-lasting, sensual, and sophisticated.
- Top Notes: Neroli and Ginger
- Heart Notes: Iris and Amber
- Base Notes: Powdery Notes, Sandalwood, and Cedar
#11. Prada – Luna Rossa Sport
Luna Rossa symbolizes the achievements of the Prada Luna Rossa sailing team – a collection of Italian sailboat racers who competed in the 2000 America’s cup under Prada’s sponsorship.
It is a simple yet effective fragrance. With only five notes – this scent doesn’t present the same complexity as other fragrances on this list. However, sometimes a cleaner scent with more defined notes is better. Remember the old saying, gents – sometimes less is more.
The fragrance opens with tart-citrusy ginger and the aromatic scent of juniper berries. Once the fragrance progresses, the center of the fragrance shines through with scents of lavender until finally, the base comes through with aromas of deep vanilla and tonka bean.
- Top Notes: Ginger, Juniper Berries
- Heart Notes: Lavender
- Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean
Knowing the best spring colognes is essential, but it’s not the only style secret for warmer months! Click here to discover my definitive guide on dressing for spring.
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Published Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2022 11:59:00 +0000
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How to wear your watch correctly
As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.
It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.
But how do you know which way is the right way?
Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.
In today’s article, I’ll be covering:
- Origins Of The Wrist Watch
- What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
- Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
- The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch
When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.
Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.
At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.
Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.
Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.
After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.
#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.
The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.
But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.
So how do you know for sure?
The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.
Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.
So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.
#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?
This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.
You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.
Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.
But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?
The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.
Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.
#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.
Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.
As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.
After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.
You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.
Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.
After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.
There you have it, gents.
Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.
There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.
If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 10:19:42 +0000
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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)
We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.
So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!
Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
We’ll be covering:
- What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
- How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
- Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
- What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.
While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.
A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.
This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.
But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?
#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.
For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.
This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.
Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.
Keep It Simple
Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.
You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.
With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.
For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:
- A dark three-piece suit
- A light-colored tweed blazer
- A leather bomber or biker jacket
- An overcoat (dark or light)
- A formal button-up shirt (white)
- 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
- 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
- 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
- 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
- 1 pair of black dress shoes
- 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
- 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
- 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)
When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.
#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.
Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.
While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.
When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.
Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.
The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.
These big ticket items include:
- Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
- Overcoats and jackets
- Dress shoes and sneakers
These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.
#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.
For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.
When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.
Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.
The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.
When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.
Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.
A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.
Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.
A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.
For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.
Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.
So how do you find the perfect sweater?
You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.
Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.
Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.
That’s it, gents.
To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.
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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:59:00 +0000
The Best Zara Fragrances
We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.
Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of
£100 for 50ml.
Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.
Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99
This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.
For Him 100ml – £22.99
My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.
Florence 100ml – £16.24
Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.
Written by Tom Loughran
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Published Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 09:57:00 +0000
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