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Winter is here. You’ve your boots, jeans, flannel shirts and pea coat ready to go.

But you’re missing one thing – your cold-weather cologne.

“But Antonio, I’ve already got a go-to fragrance! Why do I need a new one?”

Because as the temperature plummets, your light summer fragrance just won’t cut it anymore.

You need a scent with warmer notes like leather, amber and tobacco.

But there are 1000s of options out there. And trust me, all that choice can be confusing and overwhelming so in today’s article, I’ve done the hard work for you.

I break out my top 15 cold weather colognes by category – starting with luxury colognes, then most complimented before finishing with the most cost-effective.

By the end of this article, you’ll have found your perfect cold-weather fragrance so you can focus your energies on smelling awesome this winter!


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Does Cold Weather Affect Cologne? – This Is Why You Need a Winter Scent

cologne in steam

You might be wondering why you need a specific cologne for the winter. The fact is, lighter, summer scents don’t work as well in the colder weather. As temperatures fall, so does your skin’s moisture levels which causes it to become drier. And dry skin does not hold on to cologne as well as hydrated skin.

A light, summer scent will simply dissipate in the colder weather so you need a cologne which is stronger with heavier base notes and you need to look for scents with projection and longevity:

  • Projection is the distance a fragrance can project its aroma away from you and still be detected by others. This is usually measured in feet.
  • Longevity is how long a fragrance will last and is usually measured in hours.

What is a Winter Scent? – The Makings of a Winter Cologne

Winter colognes have warm, spicy, heavy notes like cedar, musk, leather and tobacco. Compare this to summer fragrances which have lighter notes such as lemon, bergamot, clementine and thyme.

Quick Reference: What are Fragrance Notes?

Fragrance notes are a way of categorizing the scents that make up a cologne or fragrance:

  • Top notes are the top layer you internally smell and only last 5-15 minutes before transitioning into the heart notes.
  • Heart notes serve as a buffer to the base notes and last 20-60 minutes on average.
  • Base notes are the building blocks upon which every fragrance is based. They last the longest and are very rich and decadent. This is the majority of what you will smell throughout the entire duration of your scent.

With the fundamentals out of the way, let’s focus on my top winter fragrances. I’ve categorized these into ‘Luxury’, ‘Most Complimented’ and ‘Cheap’.

5 Luxury Men’s Winter Fragrances

Let’s start with the most expensive options on my list – for the man with deep pockets.

1. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

mens cold weather colognes tom ford tobacco vanille

Considered to be a niche fragrance in some circles, Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille is a unique oriental and spicy fragrance. This is a rich and powerful fragrance that can overwhelm some people. Tobacco Vanille is polarizing – some hate it, some love it.

I love this scent’s ability to blend so many layers that peel back throughout your day as you wear it. Tobacco Vanille opens with a potent blend of vanilla and tobacco leaves. It then morphs into different layers of spice with a bit of sugar on top.

This fragrance lasts forever and a little goes a long way, so be careful. Tobacco Vanille is sure to make you stand out in a crowd.

  • Top Notes: Tobacco Leaf, Spicy Notes
  • Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Tobacco Blossom, Vanilla, Cacao
  • Base Notes: Dried Fruits, Woody Notes

2. Creed Royal Oud

mens cold weather colognes creed royal oud

For many men, Creed Royal Oud is one of the best winter colognes. It combines woody notes with sweet notes to make an elegant, sophisticated and mature scent.

Royal Oud breaks onto the scene with a powerful opening that some may see as too harsh. This scent matures on your skin, much like Tobacco Vanille – peeling back layers of wood, pepper and spice.

After a few hours, Royal Oud becomes more subdued with cedar, sandalwood and a light sense of oud.

Olivier Creed (its creator) aimed for a smooth meet seductive mix – think Robin Hood meets Don Giovanni. Creed launched Royal Oud in 2011 and it has been a best seller ever since.

  • Top Notes: Lemon, Pink Pepper, Sicilian Bergamot
  • Heart Notes: Cedar, Galbanum, Angelica
  • Base Notes: Agarwood (Oud), Sandalwood, Musk
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3. DATE for Men

date for men

Created by my friend, Jeremy Fragrance – DATE for Men is an oriental, fruity powerhouse. Jeremy worked with legendary perfume artist Alberto Morillas on this new fragrance and it launched in 2019.

DATE for Men makes me feel dashing and masculine while still flirtatious. Jeremy stated that this fragrance goes through the stages of a date with each layer of notes.

Its opening notes are a fruity clash, it has heart notes of patchouli and base notes of oud. DATE for Men is a fantastic fragrance at a premium price, and it’ll make you feel amazing on any date.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin Orange, Juniper Berry
  • Heart Notes: Patchouli, Cardamom
  • Base Notes: Agarwood (Oud), Vetiver

4. Carlisle by Parfums de Marly

mens cold weather colognes carlisle parfums de marly

Carlisle by Parfums de Marly is a fruity floral scent that shocks your senses. Unusually for a winter fragrance, it has a burst of fruitiness which sets it aside from the other scents on this list.

This scent invokes images of grand ballroom soirees and elaborate decor with warm heart notes of a smooth tonic bean. This scent is elegant with a playful sexiness. Carlisle is a niche fragrance that will help you to stand out in a crowd.

Parfums de Marly aimed for this scent to be a combination of warmth and darkness, making it a fantastic winter fragrance with amazing projection.

If you are worried about the higher price, rest assured that two sprays of Carlisle will last almost 8 hours.

  • Top Notes: Green Apple, Nutmeg
  • Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Rose
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli

5. Black Phantom by Kilian

black phantom kilian

Black Phantom by Kilian is another one of the best winter colognes for men and consists primarily of synthetic edible notes such as honey, vanilla and chocolate.

Created by Sidonie Lancesseur, Black Phantom is a woody gourmand that pleases everyone. Its top notes glitter like a glass of rum rimmed with sugar, which makes way for a “caramel, boozy mix.” This scent evokes thoughts of smoky, dark bars with velvet chairs and a jazz combo playing in the corner.

While Kilian’s Black Phantom is a unisex fragrance, it’s still very masculine and beloved by women.

  • Top Notes: Rhum, Sugar Cane, Dried Grape, Vanilla
  • Heart Notes: Dark Chocolate, Coffee, Caramel, Almond
  • Base Notes: Iris, Vetiver, Sandalwood
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5 Most Complimented Men’s Winter Colognes

Moving on to my list of crowd-pleasers. These fragrances might not be unique but in many people’s eyes, these are the best winter colognes because they’ll get you a ton of compliments. And who doesn’t want that, right?

1. Dolce & Gabbana The One

dolce & gabbana the one

No list of winter fragrances is complete without Dolce & Gabbana’s The One. This scent is an intoxicating mix of woody and creamy notes. The cologne’s creator Stefano Gabbana stated that he set out to make “a classic men’s fragrance that would last for years and be the type of scent that women adore.” Amen to that!

Gabbana certainly didn’t disappoint with this scent and is far more complex than he let on. The One opens with a unique combination of grapefruit and coriander with fresh basil. This creates a bitter opening that continues throughout the scent, giving it a very masculine feel.

The spicy heart notes invoke a festive vibe while the base notes create a sweet vanilla tobacco accord. It is interesting to note that many famous names have been associated with this fragrance, including Matthew McConaughey and Kit Harington.

Dolce & Gabbana’s The One is an intoxicating scent that combines bitter with sweet and is perfect for any close encounters during those cold winter nights.

  • Top Notes: Coriander, Basil, Grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: Ginger, Orange Blossom, Cardamom
  • Base Notes: Amber, Cedar, Tobacco

2. Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum

Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum

Another trendy fragrance, Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum, is the most intense scent of the Chanel collection. This version (which is springier than the original) was released in the summer of 2014.

Bleu de Chanel is a perfect fit for any occasion. Never too intrusive or penetrating while still giving you a confidence boost every time you catch a whiff of the scent.

This scent expresses independence with a woody-aromatic composition with oriental amber as well. The EDP version adds depth to all the original notes with more velvet amber woods, giving it a much warmer feeling.

Although it can be used in the spring, Bleu de Chanel works in the winter due to its playful aromatic profile that mixes reassurance with sensuality. Women find this irresistible.

  • Top Notes: Lemon, Pink Pepper, Bergamot, Coriander, Mint, Aldehydes, Grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: Melon, Jasmine, Ginger, Nutmeg
  • Base Notes: Labdanum, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedar, Amber, Incense, Amberwood

3. Versace Eros

Versace Eros

Versace’s Eros is a fragrance for the man who is his own master. This scent was launched in 2012 and has roots in Greek mythology.

Versace stated this scent aims to reveal and release unrestrained passion and accentuate desire. The fragrance is named after the Greek god Eros and uses the goddess Medusa as a symbol on the bottle.

This powerhouse cologne features a mint oil combined with fruit, tonic, and ambroxan to make a unique combination of notes that works well in and out of the office.

Versace Eros is a fantastic crowd-pleaser that will get you compliments.

  • Top Notes: Mint, Green Apple, Lemon
  • Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Geranium, Ambroxan
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Cedar

Click here to read my article – How Many Should YOU Own? Ultimate Guide To Men’s Cologne Types

4. Stronger With You by Emporio Armani

stronger with you

Stronger With You by Giorgio Armani was launched in 2017 and was created by Cecile Matton. One of the best winter colognes, Stronger with You is an Aromatic Fougere fragrance that has become a pillar of the Armani fragrance line.

Armani’s Stronger With You was released with two other Armani fragrances to be an audible expression of the true love of our times. This scent is meant to evoke the smell of love with its breath-taking mix of spices, fruit and warmth.

Like 1 Million and Tom Ford’s Noir Extreme, Stronger With You by Giorgio Armani is a fantastic fragrance that uplifts you and is like comfort in a bottle.

  • Top Notes: Cardamom, Pink Pepper, Violet Leaf, Mint
  • Heart Notes: Pineapple, Sage, Melon, Cinnamon, Lavender
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Chestnut, Cedar, Amberwood. Guaiac Wood

5. 1 Million Prive by Paco Rabanne

one million prive

1 Million Prive was launched in 2016 by the famous fragrance house Paco Rabanne. Christophe Raynaud created this cologne – classified as a woody oriental fragrance full of contrasts.

Prive opens with a combination of blood mandarin and cinnamon that harkens back to the original 1 Million and then builds into a heart of tobacco and myrrh. The base is a warm and sensual blend of patchouli and tonka bean.

1 Million Prive is the type of fragrance that envelops you as you wear it. This is a cozy scent with the cinnamon and patchouli spice giving the composition a more significant edge.

  • Top Notes: Cinnamon, Blood Mandarin
  • Heart Notes: Tobacco, Myrrh
  • Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Patchouli


5 Cheap Men’s Winter Colognes That Are Actually Great

Not all colognes have to be expensive! These scents will leave you smelling great and won’t break the bank.

1. Dior Fahrenheit

Dior Fahrenheit

Not as popular as Sauvage, Fahrenheit by Christian Dior is a classic first launched in 1988. This fragrance was innovative at the time of release due to Dior aggressively using leather as a note.

Jean-Louis Sieuzac and Maurice Roger created Fahrenheit. The pair made a bold, masculine scent that mixes leather and violet for any man looking to exude confidence and make a statement.

Even though it’s over 30 years old, this scent still smells modern and new. The opening notes are very fruity but they quickly make way for woody heart notes and finally, the strong base note of leather – which is very prevalent throughout the fragrance’s life.

This cologne can be divisive as it seems to be a love it or hate it fragrance. Still, no matter where you fall in that discussion – you have to admit that this is an iconic cologne for men and is the epitome of a well-groomed bad-ass.

Fahrenheit by Dior is a timeless fragrance that is strong and bold and will make you exude confidence and masculinity. Be careful not to spray too much – it’s very potent.

  • Top Notes: Lavender, Mandarin Orange, Hawthorn, Nutmeg Flower, Cedar, Bergamot, Chamomile, Lemon
  • Heart Notes: Nutmeg, Honeysuckle, Carnation, Sandalwood, Violet Leaf, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-Valley, Cedar
  • Base Notes: Leather, Tonka Bean, Amber, Patchouli, Musk, Vetiver

2. Armani Code by Giorgio Armani

Armani Code by Giorgio Armani

Winner of the FiFi Award for Fragrance of the Year “Men’s Luxe” in 2006, Armani Code by Giorgio Armani was released in 2004 and has been a staple in many men’s cologne collections. This oriental spicy fragrance was developed by Antoine Lie, Antoine Maisondieu and Clement Gavarry.

Armani Code is a mixture of citrus, wood, spice and everything nice. It opens with a deep citrus with mild pepper, which then moves away to reveal gourmand notes in the heart. The base notes make an overall musky base with plenty of sweet and bitter notes.

It’s been said that this cologne entices the senses and draws out exotic and vintage imagery, making any woman irresistibly attracted to you – this makes it an excellent choice for a winter date.

Armani Code by Giorgio Armani is one of the industry’s most iconic and contemporary fragrances for men. This scent will last all day, through your entire date and well into the night – if needed.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon
  • Middle Notes: Star Anise, Olive Blossom, Guaiac Wood
  • Base Notes: Leather, Tobacco, Tonka Bean

3. Burberry London For Men

mens cold weather colognes Burberry London For Men

Burberry’s London for Men is another excellent fragrance that doesn’t break the bank. Antoine Maisondieu created a unique combination of sweet, sour, tobacco, and pepper to make a versatile scent.

Often called “Christmas in a bottle”, London for Men has a cinnamon and black pepper opening. The tobacco in this scent has a cherry feeling to it, giving this fragrance a sweet and spicy feel, with tobacco leaf and wood – and a side of soft leather.

Similar to Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford, London for Men can be a divisive scent. It takes confidence to pull off correctly.

Burberry’s London for Men harkens back to a simpler time of chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Nat King Cole on the radio. For this reason, it is and forever will be a timeless winter scent.

  • Top Notes: Lavender, Bergamot, Cinnamon
  • Middle Notes: Mimosa, Leather
  • Base Notes: Opoponax, Tobacco Leaf, Guaiac Wood, Oakmoss

4. CK One Shock for Men by Calvin Klein

mens cold weather colognes CK One Shock for Men by Calvin Klein

One of the best winter colognes comes from Calvin Klein. CK One Shock for Him is an aromatic spicy oriental scent which is more robust than the original CK One. Launched in 2011 and created by Ann Gottlieb, this is a deep and complex scent.

CK One Shock for Men is a refined, oriental scent despite the loud packaging and the low price. The first words that come to my mind when using this are “warm” and “fresh.”

Like London for Men, One Shock opens with fruity notes and transitions into pepper and finally reveals the tobacco base notes. The best way to describe this scent is as if a cigar is in the middle of a luscious green forest.

CK One Shock for Men by Calvin Klein is a fantastic choice for a winter scent – it’s affordable, complex and refined. This unique yet inoffensive fragrance is a compliment generating machine that you can’t go wrong with.

  • Top Notes: Lavender, Clementine, Cucumber
  • Middle Notes: Osmanthus, Cardamom, Basil, Pepper
  • Base Notes: Musk, Patchouli, Amber, Tobacco, Woodsy Notes

5. CH Men Prive by Carolina Herrera

ch men prive

CH Men Prive by Carolina Herrera is an updated version and combination of CH and CH Men. Another one of the best winter colognes, CH Men Prive was released in 2015 and is classified as a woody oriental scent.

The composition of CH Men Prive is a combination of whiskey, wood and leather with accords of grapefruit and pomelo. This fragrance oozes sex appeal along with elegance and luxury.

CH Men Prive is a blend of sensuality and evocative allure, making a modern yet timeless intoxicating scent that is a fantastic offering from Carolina Herrera.

  • Top Notes: Whiskey, Grapefruit, Pomelo
  • Heart Notes: Cardamom, Lavender, Sage, Red Thyme
  • Base Notes: Leather, Tonka Bean, Woody Notes, Benzoin


Best Luxury Men’s Winter Fragrances:

  • Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
  • Creed Royal Oud
  • DATE for Men
  • Carlisle by Parfums de Marly
  • Black Phantom by Killian

Most Complimented Men’s Winter Colognes:

  • Dolce & Gabbana The One
  • Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum
  • Versace Eros
  • Stronger With You by Emporio Armani
  • 1 Million Prive by Paco Rabanne

Cost-Effective Men’s Winter Colognes:

  • Dior Fahrenheit
  • Armani Code by Giorgio Armani
  • Burberry London For Men
  • CK One Shock for Men by Calvin Klein
  • CH Men Prive by Carolina Herrera

I’ve given you my top men’s cold weather colognes but I’ve only just brushed the surface of the fascinating world that is men’s fragrances. If you’re keen to learn more, read my article Introduction To Fragrance, Cologne, Eau De Toilette & Perfume | Why & How To Wear Fragrances. Once you get into this stuff, you’ll be hooked!

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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:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

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?

man wears watch

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?

watch facing inside

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

stylish 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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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:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

man in closet

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?

fall clothing items

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

man wearing coat

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?

clothing on sale

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
  • Boots

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?

man shopping for clothes

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.


man wearing overcoat

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.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

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.


man wearing sweater

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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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.

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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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