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Whether you believe in British exceptionalism or not, no one can deny that the UK’s barbering institutions excel at wet shaving. Take a stroll around Mayfair or St. James’ in London, and you’ll stumble upon a handful of shaving emporiums that are over 200 years old, and by no accident, a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace.

What makes our shaving brands so great? They are rooted in a grooming ritual that offers a unique combination of tradition, heritage, attention to detail, quality ingredients, craftsmanship, the stamp of Royal approval, and in this anonymous online age, welcome personal service. You can’t beat a trip to the original boutiques to savour the service and the atmosphere, but there’s always online shopping to keep the cabinet stocked from afar.

Whether you shave every day, or prefer to cultivate a more generous beard in between, you won’t regret investing in your shaving ritual with these best of British shaving brands.

Truefitt & Hill

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Truefitt & Hill has been around since 1805, so they must be doing something right. This iconic British brand still holds the title as the world’s oldest barbershop, according to the Guinness Book of Records, and like the former British Empire, its tentacles span the globe.

King George III gave the brand its first Royal Warrant, while HRH Duke of Edinburgh gave his approval more recently. It’s also slathered the famous chops of Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne and Charles Dickens.

Makers of high-quality shaving creams, razors, strops, brushes and timeless cologne, the wood-panelled barbershop offers superlative grooming experiences, as well as full hair services, facials, nail grooming and shaving lessons with a master barber to pass on the craft.

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Green Shaving Mug: An old-school shaving mug to lather up.

Small Razor Strop: A razor strop to keep your straight/open-cut razor from blunting.

Sample Pack: Use this awesome sample pack to hone in on your favourite shaving creams, aftershaves and colognes.

Floris London

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Established in 1730, family-run Floris London is the oldest perfumery in Britain, and still operates from its original location at 89 Jermyn Street in St. James’. The first Royal Warrant was awarded in 1820 as comb makers to King George IV.

Having created bespoke scents for notable figures throughout history, such as Florence Nightingale, Winston Churchill, Ian Fleming, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana and HRH Queen Elizabeth II, the famous collection of fragrances can also be found across Floris’ range of aftershaves, shaving soaps in wooden bowls, shaving preparations and balms.

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Elite Aftershave: A green, woody-scented post-shave splash with natural astringent, witch hazel, and glycerine to moisturise the skin.

No. 89 Aftershave Balm: Scented with classic cologne of orange, bergamot, lavender and neroli.

No. 89 Shaving Soap Bowl: A handsome, triple-milled shaving soap made with shea butter served in a sustainably sourced wooden bowl.

D. R. Harris & C0

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Established in 1790, D.R. Harris is a distinguished British shaving company with a rich heritage spanning over two centuries and a smattering of Royal Warrants to prove it. The brand operates a historic barbershop in St. James’ with a newer store around the corner in Burlington Arcade.

D.R. Harris believes in a head-to-toe grooming approach and carries gentleman’s essentials for the whole body – from nail clippers, combs and hot water bottles to Grether’s Pastilles and Pine Bath Essence.

It has a house brand made up of 11 colognes, six aftershaves and six ancillary ranges covering soaps and skincare. It’s impossible to leave the store without coming up like roses – sandalwood, lavender or vetiver & lemon.

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Arlington Shaving Stick: A shaving stick for on-the-go, speedy wet shaving.

Windsor Aftershave Milk: A soothing aftershave milk to take the sting out of a wet shave.

D. R. Harris x Dovo Shavette: An entry-level shavette that won’t break the bank.

Geo F. Trumper

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Geo F. Trumper is a storied London barber and grooming brand that dates back to 1875. Renowned for its impeccable craftsmanship and distinguished clientele, the Mayfair stalwart holds several Royal Warrants and is a symbol of luxury and traditional grooming.

The Curzon Street store in Mayfair is the ultimate gentleman’s outfitters. Stuffed like a museum, each mahogany cabinet is crammed with shaving paraphernalia and goods ranging from cufflinks, nail sets, pocket squares and perfume bottles to umbrellas with carved handles, hip flasks, magnifying mirrors and leather wash bags (dopp kits).

The back of the shop meanwhile is divided into cosy private cubicles with red leather barber chairs, marble sinks and velvet curtains that can be drawn across for privacy.

Services include full wet shave with hot towels, moustache trimming and curling, hair cuts, facials, massages, nail grooming, threading and shaving lessons for both open and cartridge razors.

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The Eucris Hard Shaving Soap: Laced with the same, classic floral woody musk fragrance that launched in 1912, this classic shaving soap comes in an elegant black bowl.

GFT Shaving Cream: A soft shaving cream scented with the brand’s more recent signature, GFT.

Synthetic Fibre Shaving Brush: No elephants or badgers were harmed in the making of this faux ivory, synthetic shaving brush.

Edwin Jagger

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A distinguished name in shaving, Edwin Jagger is a relative newcomer, having been established as recently as 1988. Renowned for its wide choice of safety razors, Edwin Jagger blends traditional craftsmanship with an innovative approach to razor design, creating exceptional grooming products that cater to both experienced and newbie wet shavers, with options for all budgets.

It also offers a wide selection of traditional accessories like stands, bowls and brushes, high-quality shaving soaps, creams and preparations, plus loyalty discounts.

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4-Piece Set: No animals were harmed in the making of this smart Imitation Horn and Chrome DE 4-piece set. The perfect starter kit for any wet shaver.

Travel Shaving Brush: Take your closest shaves on tour, whether for work or pleasure.

Antiseptic Alum Block: Instant first aid for nicks, cuts and grazes.

Taylor Of Old Bond Street

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Taylor of Old Bond Street is a classic British grooming brand with a legacy that extends back to 1854. Located on Jermyn Street, the store is a time machine of old-school personal care accessories including toothbrushes, natural sponges, clothes brushes, shoe horns, scissors, vanity mirrors and more.

Purveyors of razors, stands, brushes, bowls, preparations and kits, shaving creams, soaps, sticks and aftershave, all are scented with eight distinguished fragrances: Mr Taylor, Sandalwood, Jermyn Street, Platinum, Eton College, St James, Royal Forest and Tobacco Leaf.

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Organic Shaving Cream Bowl: Moving with the times, Taylor of Old Bond Street offers an Organic Shaving Cream that’s preservative-free, fragrance-free and kind to sensitive skin.

Imitation Tortoiseshell Brush Stand: No tortoises were harmed in the making of this elegant shaving brush stand.

Pre-Shave Aromatherapy Oil: Give it some glide with this holistic pre-shave solution.

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10 Powerful Male Status Symbols

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When you encounter a man showcasing an exotic Italian car, donning a beautiful Swiss watch, and wearing a perfectly tailored suit – how do you feel?

Intimidation?

Respect?

Jealousy?

The answer may vary, but one thing you can’t deny – this man possesses a certain power that comes from ‘Status’.

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What is ‘Status’ & Why Should You Care?

You might be thinking, “Well, I don’t care about such superficial things.”

And yes, what we label as ‘status’ might not seem to reflect a man’s value since the true greatness of a man surely comes from the internal qualities within him.

Unfortunately – humans tend to be creatures of habit and are likely to judge others based on quick visual perception. These seemingly superficial things called ‘status symbols’ have become a significant part of the status game.

  • They can save you time
  • They let you avoid conflict
  • They help you signal authority

Without you speak a single word.

These are the power of ‘Status’.

In this article, I’m going to show you 10 modern high-status symbols for a man – and explain How & Why you should use them.

Male Status Symbol #1 – Custom Clothing

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Many of us are fine with buying off-the-rack clothes. We go shopping and happen to find the “right” size of whatever we want. But there are always 2 things that may be an issue – authenticity and accurate fit.

Those are never questionable when it comes to custom clothing. By having something tailor-made, you’re guaranteed it’s of top quality and goes perfectly with your measurements. There’s no need to question whether the item is genuine. What you see is precisely what you get.

Do you wonder why George Clooney always looks good in a suit? We know he’s a handsome guy, but he also happens to get custom suits from Mark Powell, who is said to be his favourite tailor. And history shows that powerful men like Napoleon III and Winston Churchill have bought bespoke suits from London’s Savile Row for centuries.

These men appreciate the importance of fit, fabric, and function – the fundamental elements of style. They select garments that not only fit their body type but also accentuate their individuality. It’s as if they become their own style icon, unmatched in wearing those specific clothes. This subtly communicates to the world their authenticity and discernment – earning them admiration.

Custom clothing makes a definitive statement about your status as a man. If it’s within your means, consider investing in these Made-to-Measure (or Bespoke) garments.

  • Suits
  • Sport Jackets or Blazers
  • Dress Shirts
  • Trousers
  • Leather Shoes

Also, adding a personal touch such as a monogram – further highlights the uniqueness of your attire.

Male Status Symbol #2 – A Great Looking Watch

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Women showcase their jewellery, and similarly, men have their watches. It’s not just any watch you seek. You want something classy and luxurious like those high-end pieces priced over $1,000

While the appropriate choice often depends on the social context – the elegance of a leather strap dress watch or the robust appeal of a metal sports watch remains unparalleled.

You name it.

  • Rolex
  • Omega
  • Tudor

These brands hold a long history, recognized quality in craftsmanship, exclusivity, and price tags that could rival the cost of a significant economy automobile. This is precisely why they symbolise high status.

But what if you’re not keen on spending a lot? Given that these luxurious items don’t necessarily offer more functionality than today’s smartwatches, there are up-and-coming brands these days that produce luxury watches at affordable prices – and the quality of materials and mechanics is often still amazing!

When it comes to affordable watches, I love the fact that manufacturers can produce watches that look incredible without breaking the bank. After all, a Rolex is a great investment and a great statement – but not every man needs to splash out thousands of dollars when there are more budget-friendly timepieces on the market.

Sure, with many budget options, you could end up spending $200 on a low-quality timepiece that doesn’t keep the time well and looks cheap. To avoid this, the key is to research brands and find manufacturers with extensive watch-making experience.

Male Status Symbol #3 – Quality Footwear

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Back in the day – shoes were power symbols of the elite. Leather was so precious that only a few could afford leather footwear (or were allowed to wear it). Today, even though we all purchase shoes, with an array of options like sneakers and sandals – that symbol of status still exists.

Shoes are things people tend to look at and base judgments on (even subconsciously). If you’re wearing nice shoes – they assume that you’re a stylish man with a good eye. You look like someone who takes good care of himself. And that gains you more respect from peers.

Take David Beckham, for example. He’s a guy who – when he’s not in his cleats playing football – likes to wear bespoke leather shoes from London’s G.J.Cleverley & Co. His favourite model is the black calf brogue “The Churchill”, named after Winston Churchill – who was also a regular customer. Beckham knows how his shoes can influence public perception. So he follows the style of another respectable man.

Beyond standing out from the crowd, high-quality leather shoes offer a timeless quality. Investing in a superior pair means they could last decades, or even a lifetime, with consistent care. This dedication and attention to detail are likely to give you eyes of appreciation from others at first sight – even from those who have never seen you before!

Male Status Symbol #4 – The Technology You Use

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We use our laptops, tablets, and mobile phones every day. Almost everyone has them – but some guys just need the latest & greatest stuff. They only buy from a certain company. The reason – it’s more than just quality.

About 10 years ago, Apple computers were mainly used by creatives at coffee shops. It was a big deal to carry them around. But now that Apple has taken over the world, the only way you can stand out is by having the latest iDevice – since everybody else has the second latest.

Whether we like it or not – our gadgets have a say in how people see us. The updated OS and features are secondary – we want new stuff for the prestige. We want to show friends and colleagues that we’re “in” – that we can change smartphones every other year. It’s consumerist, but that affects our status.

This isn’t to say that you ‘must’ update your iPhone or MacBook annually – instead, you should focus on the actual functionality you need while looking for a well-known brand. This approach is more sustainable for your budget while still securing the social recognition associated with owning prestigious technology.

Male Status Symbol #5 – The Vehicle You Drive

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As I mentioned earlier, humans are inclined to judge based on perceptions, and just like your gadgets, the vehicle you drive reflects the kind of person you are. It signifies more than just the amount of money in your bank—it reveals your lifestyle, priorities, and current stage in life.

Since humans are inherently social beings, we tend to form a collective identity within our surroundings, and perceptions of status can vary widely – what is considered high status depends on your social context and environment.

I own a minivan – a practical choice for a man with 5 kids. So anyone who sees me drive by can probably tell I have a family of my own. If I were driving a Tesla – people might think I’m some big tech corporate hotshot.

But if you live in West Texas like I did – you wouldn’t be surprised to see all these dually pickup trucks. Not only are they useful if you need to pull a horse trailer, but they’re also “cool” in that area. So you want to get a vehicle that suits your environment.

Male Status Symbol #6 – Strong Beliefs & Convictions

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The great thing about the U.S. is we can exercise freedom of speech. You’re allowed to comment on political issues and express personal beliefs – including religion. And while this may turn off the general crowd – you also resonate with people who are like you.

It’s a well-known fact that Tim Tebow and Steph Curry are devout Christians – who aren’t afraid to talk about it. Curry even has “4:13” (a biblical text about Jesus) printed on the inside of his Under Armour shoes. Some fans consider those guys “preachy” but for the most part – the way they put God at the centre of everything they do (including their athletic careers) has made them more appealing and authentic.

As long as you have strong convictions with a reason to support those ideas – it shouldn’t matter if others think less of you. People who share your beliefs will be drawn to your courage and conviction. This distinctiveness can significantly boost your status, setting you apart in a majority of conforming minds.

Male Status Symbol #7 – A Body By Design

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While a muscular physique may command respect from another man, there’s more to it than just size. It’s about mastering the body, so it suits your culture or profession.

To have a body that upgrades your status – you need to understand who you are. If you love running marathons, developing strong calves, and reducing body fat to embody the form of an elite runner is key. Meanwhile, if you’re a bodybuilder, you aim to increase your muscle mass as much as possible.

Basically, if people see you with a body that perfectly matches your way of life – they’ll respect you even more

Male Status Symbol #8 – Good Etiquette

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Etiquette has always been a marker of high status, especially today, when great manners are increasingly rare – possessing such manners makes you irresistibly appealing to both business and personal life.

It wasn’t too long ago when etiquette was used to separate classes of people instead of clothing, so it seems to be achievable without the financial factor like those material status symbols we’ve talked about. Unfortunately – there’s no universal book about it since it varies from culture to culture.

But if you want to elevate your status, you need to understand basic etiquette – especially when you’re invited to formal events.

  • Follow the dress code
  • RSVP ahead of time
  • Shake hands the right way

These are small acts of politeness that matter for an event with lots of well-respected people.

And the next time you’re invited to a fancy dinner, make sure you’ve learned the rules of fine dining etiquette. You’ll be surprised – you’ll impress many people by simply knowing when to use each spoon or how to hold each knife!

Male Status Symbol #9 – Sprezzatura

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‘Sprezzatura’ is often linked to a unique dressing style that conveys coolness and effortlessness – however, it’s far more than that.

Sprezzatura is the art of making a challenging task look effortless, embodying coolness with grace and confidence. It’s about showcasing a skill so skillfully that it draws admiration, allowing only the outcome—not the effort behind it—to be seen.

Imagine having lunch with your workmates at a Chinese restaurant – and you happen to be fluent in Mandarin. Imagine all the nods and compliments you’re going to get as you translate everyone’s orders for the waitress. They witness the little “show” you put on – but they’re unaware that it took you 15 years to learn that language.

It’s a similar thing to Tom Hiddleston’s celebrity impressions. This is a guy who gets people cracking up by saying 1 or 2 lines in the accents of fellow actors – which he does so naturally. The audience doesn’t think about all the years he’s spent honing his talent – they’re just blown away by what he does.

It’s about performing with such finesse that the hard work behind it remains invisible.

Male Status Symbol #10 – People You Surround Yourself With

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This last point may be the most influential.

The company you keep—be it your spouse, partner, colleagues, or friends—significantly shapes how others perceive you.

Humans are deeply influenced by their social environment. Whether it involves personal perception or how others view us from the outside, we tend to form a group identity and align ourselves with certain values.

In a way, this is a good thing. It calls for you to be more selective about the people you want part of your life. The phenomenon of an “average Joe” receiving a status boost simply by dating someone perceived as “out of their league” is a good example of this.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting you cut ties with friends who aren’t as successful as you. I’m saying you should find people who can help you grow and reach for the stars. These are among the best qualities to look for in friends and a spouse.

Aim to spend each day with someone who not only brings you joy but also motivates you to be the best version of yourself. Imagine – marrying such a person could be a truly hitting the jackpot.

What All of This Means for You

That’s it Gents, 10 high-status symbols for a man.

As I told you, no matter how much you want to escape the status game, our nature won’t let us. That’s why incorporating these symbols can give you a quick win in life.

You can start applying some of those right now, while the others might need a little more time.

To further improve your status game, here’s how to avoid being end up like a low-status man.

Click below to watch the video on YouTube – How To Signal Power & Authority With Clothing

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some examples of powerful male status symbols?

Examples of powerful male status symbols include luxury cars, designer clothing, high-end watches, impressive homes, rare collectibles, exclusive memberships, advanced degrees or notable awards, physical fitness, leadership positions, and philanthropic endeavors.

Are status symbols universal or do they differ across cultures?

Status symbols can greatly vary across different cultures and societies. While some symbols like wealth might be universal, the specifics (e.g., type of car, style of clothing) can be culture-specific.

What does an exclusive membership mean in the context of status symbols?

An exclusive membership refers to being part of an elite club or society, whether that’s a high-end fitness club, a golf club, or a business organization. It signifies social standing, connections, and a certain level of exclusivity.

Is philanthropy a status symbol?

Yes, philanthropy can be seen as a status symbol. It signifies not just wealth, but also a commitment to giving back to society and using one’s resources to benefit others.

How do advanced degrees or notable awards act as status symbols?

They represent achievement, intelligence, and dedication. In many societies, educational achievements and awards are highly respected and are considered signs of success.

Does the value of status symbols differ in rural and urban settings?

Yes, typically, rural and urban settings have different norms and lifestyle expectations, so what serves as a status symbol in one may not have the same impact in the other.

Can digital goods serve as status symbols?

Yes, in the digital age, certain virtual goods, like rare NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens), in-game items, or digital real estate, can serve as status symbols.

Do status symbols influence people's perception of someone?

Yes, people often make assumptions about others based on visible status symbols. However, it’s important to note that these assumptions may not always accurately reflect a person’s character or success.

Is owning a status symbol inherently negative?

Not at all. Owning a status symbol isn’t inherently negative. It becomes problematic when it leads to excessive materialism or when a person’s self-worth becomes tied to these external symbols. It’s crucial to remember that these symbols represent only one aspect of a person’s identity.

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New Spring Fragrances For Men in 2024

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The grass is greener, the air is fresh, and the heavy, spiced fragrance you wore during winter has met its seasonal demise. While you shelf that woodsy fragrance for the season, I’m here to give you 10 of the best spring fragrances for men in 2024 that you should try.

With the new season upon us, it’s a great time to take a look at new fragrance releases for the 2024 spring season as well as some classics that always work during the seasonal change.

In this list, I’ll give you 6 of the best new spring fragrances for men in 2024 and 4 classics that will have you smelling fresher than spring itself.

1. Valentino Uomo Born In Roma Green Stravaganza

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Valentino Uomo Born In Roma Green Stravaganza is an exceptional spring fragrance that encapsulates the essence of the season.

The scent opens with a burst of fresh, green notes, reminiscent of a blooming garden in Rome. It’s followed by the invigorating scent of coffee and vetiver that gives this fragrance its dynamic energy.

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Notes: Top note – Calabrian bergamot | Middle note – Coffee | Base note – vetiver

Why This One? Valentino Uomo Born In Roma Green Stravaganza is an audacious expression from Valentino that offers a strong, unique fragrance that your partner will love.

It smells unlike anything on the market and will truly set you apart during the spring season.

2. Narciso Rodriguez Vetiver Musc

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Narciso Rodriguez Vetiver Musc is an exceptional choice for spring, capturing the essence of the season with its refreshing and invigorating blend of notes.

The fragrance opens with a burst of cardamon and a lightness that is bold. It is perfect for those who want to embrace the season with a scent that is both sophisticated and uplifting.

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Notes: Top notes – Cardamon, cypress, and nutmeg | Middle notes – Musk, bourbon geranium, lavender, red algae, and frankincense | Base notes – vetiver, patchouli, and cedar

Why This One? Naricso Rodrigues Vetiver Musc is an exceptionally strong choice for the spring season as it offers depth and boldness while remaining lighter than most scents.

It has a minerality to it that makes this fragrance one of the most unique releases of 2024 so far. It is sure to be a standout in your collection and garner tons of compliments.

3. Hermes H24 Herbes Vives

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Hermes H24 Herbes Vives is a new spring scent that captures the essence of urban rain showers. The fragrance opens with a burst of herbal notes met with the high-tech molecule Physcool®, which is a unique cooling agent that brings high-performing, long-lasting freshness to the scent.

This fragrance is perfect for those who want to embrace the season with a scent that is both uplifting and complex.

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Notes: Top note – Herbal | Middle note – Pear | Base note – Physcool®

Why This One? Hermes H24 Herbes Vives is an exceptionally unique fragrance in that it combines the lightness of spring rain with the depth of a fresh bouquet of flowers.

You will get many compliments with this scent as women will love its herbal essence matched with contemporary manliness.

4. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Paradise Garden

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Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Paradise Garden is a complex and earthy scent that encapsulates the essence of a tropical paradise with the warmth of sandalwood.

With floral notes paired with complex ingredients, this scent is a standout as one of the best spring fragrances for men in 2024.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top notes – Watery notes, green notes, mint, and ginger | Middle notes – Coconut, fig, and salt | Base notes – Sandalwood and tonka bean

Why This One? Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Paradise Garden offers a unique experience for lovers of woodsy scents as it intertwines these complex notes with radiant flowers and aromas that truly embody the spring season.

Like many scents from Jean Paul Gaultier, this one is sure to garner compliments left and right during the spring months.

5. Dior New Look 2024

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Dior New Look 2024 is an olfactory reinvention of a legacy that dates back to 1947 with their Iconic Bar suit – a fashion statement that revolutionized fashion.

In the same breath of revolution, this fragrance brings that legacy back as a bold unisex scent that offers a creative approach that pushes the boundaries of traditional amber fragrances.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top note – Aldehydes | Middle note – Frankincense | Base note – Amber

Why This One? Dior New Look 2024 offers a new take on a classic with strong, complex notes that allow for use during the spring months thanks to it’s top and middle notes.

The bottom note of amber adds to its complexity yet still allows this fragrance to be light and airy for both men and women. This is truly a unique scent that will garner compliments abroad.

6. Burberry Hero Parfum

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Burberry Hero Parfum was introduced as a 2024 extension of the already famous Hero line (spoiler alert, there’s another one from the same line on this list, so stay tuned).

It offers bold, woodsy notes that are sure to impress. But why is this on the list for spring fragrances?

As the Hero line has excelled in being both light and dark wood-based scents, Hero Parfum shines by bringing the lightness out of cedarwood in the middle. This allows you to have a complex, deeper scent during the spring months.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top note – Amyris | Middle note – Cedarwood | Base note – Cypriol oil

Why This One? Burberry Hero Parfum is a unique fragrance in that its notes may steer you towards wearing this in the fall or winter months, however this works exceptionally well as a date-night spring fragrance.

With it’s deeper richness, this scent is the perfect fragrance for those nighttime date activities as it offers a richness that works with the season. Save this one for date nights or special occasions, specifically in the evenings.

The previous 6 fragrances were new introductions to the spring 2024 season, but let’s not forget about some stellar classics that always work great in the change from winter to spring.

These next fragrances are standouts as some of the best spring fragrances for men and should be considered for wearing during this new 2024 season.

7. Burberry Hero

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As I mentioned earlier, another member of the Burberry Hero line was on this list, and this one is the 2021 introduction.

This fragrance is truly an amazing spring fragrance that offers woodsy scents with a blast of fresh spice added to the mix. This is a great option for spring months for a more complex fragrance option that truly stands out.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top note – Bergamot | Middle notes – Juniper and black pepper | Base notes – Atlas cedar, Virginian cedar, and Himalayan cedar

Why This One? Burberry Hero is truly one of the most unique spring fragrances for men as it combines deep wood notes with light and fresh aromatics that give this scent some serious style points for the season.

It smells unlike anything with a woodsy undertone and will truly set you apart during the spring season.

8. Dior Homme Sport

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Dior Homme Sport 2021 is a truly unique fragrance as it combines the brightness of citrus and spice notes with the deep, sensual smells of wood and amber that give it its complexity.

This scent excels in the spring months thanks to its lemony freshness that’s met with the deeper notes within it making it a perfect every wear in the changing months.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top notes – Lemon, bergamot, and aldehydes | Middle notes – Pink pepper and elemi | Base notes – Woody notes, olibanum, and amber

Why This One? Dior Homme Sport 2021 is one of the best spring fragrances you can buy for its recognizability from the Homme Sport lineup.

This is a perfect fragrance to wear to the office. Or even just out and about during the spring months. It is a unique scent that is sure to get you compliments.

9. Parfums De Marley Galloway

Parfums De Marley Galloway

Galloway is a 2014 release from the house of Parfums De Marley. It is a unisex citrus fragrance based on the name of a Scottish horse.

It features a complex aroma of citrus, iris, and amber. This gives the scent a stunning ability to be worn in all kinds of occasions in the warmer months.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top notes – Citrus and pepper | Middle notes – Orange blossom and iris | Base notes – Musk and amber

Why This One? Parfums De Marley Galloway is a standout fragrance for the spring months thanks to its strong citrusy aromas.

This is the perfect all-rounder that also has enough strength to be worn on springtime date nights. It is special and unique and should always be in your spring rotation of colognes.

10. Paco Rabanne Invictus Platinum

Paco Rabanne Invictus Platinum

Invictus Platinum is a standout modern fragrance. It combines the light freshness of citrus and mint, with the complexity of lavender and patchouli.

This makes for a wonderful springtime fragrance that gives you flexibility and masculine appeal.

Fragrance Highlights

Notes: Top notes – Absinthe and grapefruit | Middle notes – Mint and lavender | Base notes – Cypress and patchouli

Why This One? Invictus Platinum is the perfect spring scent that offers versatility and performance for the warmer weather.

With its fresh and uplifting scent, it combines the appeal of sexiness with the slightly floral undernotes that women love. This is a staple for spring months and is sure to garner compliments all day long.

So there you have it. Out with the old and in with the new season. These are the best spring fragrances for men that you should try in 2024.

If you’re interested in other top fragrances, check out this article I wrote on the best men’s colognes for 2024.

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4 Steps To PURGE Your Wardrobe – How To Get Rid Of Clothing Clutter In Your Closet

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It’s Purge Night in your closet.

All bets are off.

All laws are suspended.

For twelve hours, only powerful clothes are safe.

Which outfits will you spare?

Which deserve to die?

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A quick look at Rotten Tomatoes will tell you that the jury’s out on whether the premise of the movie The Purge – a society kept under control by a yearly 12-hour period with no laws or emergency services – holds up to scrutiny.

But when it comes to your wardrobe, maintaining order via an annual period of merciless settling up actually makes a lot of sense.

Today, I’m going to show you how to lay your internalized “laws” and emotional hang-ups aside and embrace the purge.

Rule 1: The Purge Lasts a Scheduled, Set Length of Time

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Know when you need to purge. Sometimes it’s because a lot of your wardrobe has become worn out and you’ve been making do with it for too long. For many men, a transition to a new phase of life prompts the need for a clean-out.

If your clothes don’t reflect your age or where you are in your career, or you have a lot of things you never wear, it’s probably time.

Once you know it’s needed, mark it on your calendar. Block off a Saturday afternoon and resolve to only do that.

Set a strict time limit. That way, you’ll be less tempted to procrastinate AND less likely to dither unnecessarily about your decisions. The more time you allow yourself, the more you’ll overthink things.

Like the film’s, your purge should be annual. Marking aside time to check out your wardrobe in a deliberate way will save you time in the future – time shopping, time getting dressed, time panicking because you forgot that the shirt still hanging in your closet has a hole in it.

Subsequent purges won’t be as drastic as your first one. That’s okay. The point is, you’re keeping your wardrobe up to date, in good shape, and pared down to the essentials.

Rule 2: Authorized Weapons Only

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For your closet purge, your “weapons” are the questions and concepts you use to aid your decision-making. And heads up: the methods you might be thinking of – making three piles, looking only for what you literally never wear – are weak.

You want to separate the best of your wardrobe from what just doesn’t make the cut. You want a highly selective process. In your new, stylish wardrobe, every single piece should be a winner.

In his book Essentialism, Greg Mckeown presents a series of questions you might ask while cleaning out a closet, and better questions you could ask instead. He uses the analogy of de-cluttering our closet in the same way we de-clutter our lives.

But let’s focus on his closet strategy.

Don’t ask, “do I like this?” More than likely you do at least a little bit, or you wouldn’t have bought it in the first place.

Instead, ask: do I wear this often? Do I look GREAT in it? If I saw this on a store shelf today, would I buy it again at full price?

These are much more powerful questions. They’re derived from one of my men’s style equations: the style equation of value.

If it’s not a ‘hell yeah,’ then it’s a ‘no.’

Rule 3: All (Mental) Emergency Services Are Suspended

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That anxiety you feel when you think about getting rid of stuff is a mostly sunk-cost fallacy – the irrational belief that something you’re not using is worth holding onto because you’ve already spent money on it.

It may pay off elsewhere, but thrifty self-control won’t serve you here. Turn the “but I spent money on this!” sirens OFF for the duration of the purge.

Move fast and be brutal. Don’t let “someday” or “maybe” stop you from paring down your wardrobe. Maybe someday you’ll get back in shape, but in the meantime, it’s just taking up space (or worse, getting worn and making you look like a walking midlife crisis).

Besides, would you really want to celebrated a body transformation by wearing out-f-date clothes?

Clothes that are even slightly dated make you look cheap, and not in a cool thrift-shop hipster kind of way. Chances are, you can get along without them.

The last major category of items you’re going to get rid of are clothes fit only for the trash. Stained, worn out, and torn clothes, no matter how nice they used to be, aren’t fit to sell or donate. Toss them. They should not stay in your closet.

For more on this, check out my handy guide on when to throw away clothes.

Rule 4: No Killing of Outfits Level 10 Or Higher

man is looking for clothes for interchangeable wardrobe

In The Purge, you’re not allowed to kill a high-ranking government official. In the Closet Purge, you’re not allowed to kill an outfit you could wear in public if you were one.

When your whole wardrobe’s potentially on the chopping block, what you really need to save are the high-quality, timeless pieces that you’ve invested in because they will never go out of style. If they fit really well (or could with a trip to the tailor) and they’re in great shape, e.g. no holes or stains, these pieces are keepers.

Also in your ‘keep’ pile should be clothes that are highly versatile and could become a component of several go-to looks. You know what you wear often and what goes with what, so if, for example, you need to turn twenty shirts into ten shirts, build your all-star team from the most frequent picks.

If you need some guidelines, check out my posts on creating an interchangeable wardrobe. The mindset of incorporating maximum versatility will help you build a minimalist wardrobe that works.

After Closet Clean Out

man looking for clothes to create interchangeable wardrobe

Once you’ve completed your purge and you’re looking at what remains – vast, empty spaces between each item; gaping holes where the clothes that didn’t make the cut once hung – you’re going to want to buy tons of new clothes right away.

Unless you literally just trashed all your pants, don’t do that.

Instead, live with the clothes you have for a little while and work out what you still need to complete your wardrobe. Make a list of what you need or want so you can shop strategically. Don’t waste time and money just because the hoarding impulse kicks in.

Create a system for getting rid of unwanted clothes in the future. Keep a bag or laundry basket for unwanted clothes near your closet or chest of drawers.

When you buy a new item to replace something, discard the old one.

When something wears out, make sure you toss it out of sight so you’re not tempted to venture out in it.

You can donate or toss your no-longer-needed basket at your next annual purge.

If your closet hasn’t been cleaned out in ages, this probably sounds daunting, but it will be well worth it for the way it streamlines your mornings – and your laundry days.

Take it one step at a time, and you’ll be left with a wardrobe that contains only great options. Why settle for less?

Click below to watch the video – 4 Steps To PURGE Your Wardrobe

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Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 17:47:42 +0000

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