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Learning how to wear cargo pants stylishly isn’t as hard as you might think.

Sure, get it wrong and you could end up looking like a reject from the G.I Joe fan club. However, with the right styling tricks up your sleeve, you can look pretty awesome in a pair of classic American cargo pants.

In today’s article, I’m breaking out my top tips on how to wear cargo pants and look great doing it. So whether you’re looking for a new style to try or just need some inspiration, you’ll discover:

  1. A Brief History Of Cargo Pants
  2. What Can You Wear With Cargo Pants?
  3. What Looks Weird With Cargo Pants?
  4. How To Accessorize When Wearing Cargo Pants
  5. Cargo Pants Look Book

#1 A Brief History Of Cargo Pants

soldiers at war

Cargo pants were first popularized in the military during WW2, when British soldiers came to realize their potential as versatile and convenient battle-wear. Unlike previous military uniforms worn in WW1 and the 1800s, cargo pants were far more convenient and far less ‘tailored’ than the classic uniforms of years gone by.

It wasn’t long until the US military also picked up on this style of uniform and started to produce them en masse for their own soldiers during the Second World War. This is where the really interesting history of cargo pants begins.

France was allied with the US during WW2. As such, we sent across batches of our homemade Cargo pants to the French so that they too could benefit from the tactical convenience of pocketed cargo pants.

However, when France fell to German occupation in 1940, guess who stole those pants to give to their own military units. You guessed it – the Nazis.

nazi soldiers at war

Nazi soldiers on board U-boats would wear cargo pants for the same reason as the Brits, Yanks, and French – comfort and convenience on the battlefield. However, when we gave them over to the French, never did we think that the Nazis would get hold of them and start wearing them while sinking our battleships in the middle of the Atlantic!

Since their introduction in the military, cargo pants have become staple style items for men and women across the globe. In the last 50 years, they’ve been worn on the runway, at anti-war protests, and for comfort around the home. In fact, in 2020, they saw a huge increase in popularity when a slimmer-cut version was released to the public.

#2 What Can You Wear With Cargo Pants?

cargo pants on display

Cargos are the perfect pants for guys who want to be comfortable but remain stylish and well dressed. But how do you wear them without looking like you’re headed out for a day of manual labor?

It’s simple – pair them with the right tops and shoes to make sure you’re rocking them with style.

Remember, cargo pants are not formal in style. In fact, most designs aren’t even suitable for smart-casual environments! For the most part, you should only wear cargo pants when formality isn’t an issue and the name of the game is casual and comfortable.

man wearing cargos and polo

When wearing cargo pants, pair them with:

  • Henley shirts – these are great for a casual look. They sit above the formality of a t-shirt without being too over the top.
  • Polo shirts – a step up from a t-shirt and Henley, polos are still very casual but can be dressed up with the right accessories. When wearing them with cargo pants, keep your polo shirt untucked and opt for a fit that matches that of your cargo pants.
  • Casual button-down shirts – these can add a touch of formality to your look without making it seem like you’re trying too hard. Opt for earth tones like beige and brown to provide a military-style colorway for your outfit.
  • T-shirts – t-shirts are always going to be a great option when it comes to cargo pants. They’re comfortable, they come in a million different designs, and you can dress them up or down very easily. Just make sure your t-shirt fits well and isn’t too baggy.
  • Hoodies – perfect for lazy days when you don’t want to think too much about your outfit. Just throw on a gray hoodie with a pair of baggy cargo pants and enjoy the comfort of ultra-casual clothing.

When it comes to footwear, you’ve got a lot of options. Cargo pants work with most styles, except the most formal of shoes. Try wearing your pair with:

  • White sneakers – these are always going to be a great option. They’re comfortable and they go with pretty much everything.
  • Boat shoes – these have a casual yet stylish look that’s perfect for cargo pants. Just make sure your boat shoes are clean and in good condition before you leave the house!
  • Desert boots – another great choice for those who want a stylish but casual look. Again, just make sure your desert boots are clean and in good condition before you leave the house!
  • Military boots – if you want to rock a more military-inspired look, then opt for a pair of black or green military boots. Dr Marten boots are a classic style that would work well here.
  • Sandals – yes, even sandals can work with cargo pants! Just make sure they’re of a simple design and that your feet are well-groomed and clean.
  • No shoes – if you’re just lounging around the house or taking the dog for a walk, then feel free to leave your shoes at home. Just make sure you’re not going to be doing any strenuous activity that might damage your feet!

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#3 What Looks Weird With Cargo Pants?

Sure, cargo pants are really versatile. But when it comes to formal wear, things can get a bit more restricted.

To cut to the chase, here are a few things you should avoid wearing with cargo pants:

  • Formal shoes – this includes dress shoes, Oxfords, loafers, and any other kind of shoe that wouldn’t normally be considered casual.
  • Tuxedos – it should go without saying, but a tux isn’t going to work with cargo pants. They sit on the complete opposite ends of the formality spectrum.
  • Suit jackets – again, this should be obvious. If you’re going to wear a jacket with your cargo pants, make sure it’s of the casual variety. If your cargo pants are slim-fit you might be able to pull off a blazer in the right situation, but personally I’d avoid all kinds of tailoring to be on the safe side.
  • Dress shirts – a dress shirt is too formal to be worn with cargo pants. If you want to wear a collared shirt, opt for a polo or casual button-down instead.

#4 How To Accessorize When Wearing Cargo Pants

man wearing cargo pants at range

Accessories like belts, watches, and sunglasses are perfect additions to a cargo pants outfit – they’ll help to define your style and take your look to the next level.

Belts can actually help to make you look thinner. When wearing baggier cargo pants, using a belt to tuck your waist in can help to give you a slimmer appearance. If your cargo pants are already pretty slim-fit, then a belt isn’t really necessary (unless you need one to help keep your pants up!).

A watch is always a great accessory for men. It’s practical, it looks stylish, and it can help to make you look more put-together. If you don’t normally wear a watch, then now is the time to start. A military or field watch can be a great way to present a classic army aesthetic and stay true to the classic use of cargo pants in times of war.

Sunglasses are perfect for those sunny days when you’re wearing cargo pants (or shorts!) to the park with your kids. Obviously, they’ll help to keep the sun out of your eyes. However, they can also make you boost that military aesthetic, especially when wearing aviators! Just make sure you choose a style that goes well with your face shape.

#5 Cargo Pants Outfit Ideas

man wearing cargo pants holding bullets

There are hundreds of different styles you can achieve with cargo pants. However, for me, there are a few that stand out as iconic examples of great men’s style.

If you’re looking to really show off your style and set yourself apart from the millions of cargo-wearing guys out there, try putting together outfits inspired by these lookbook ideas.

The Military Man

At the end of the day, cargo pants are military through and through. So why not embrace this and wear an outfit that suits the style of the US military?

To achieve an accurate military aesthetic, pair your cargo pants with a simple white tee or a camo print shirt. For your outerwear, go for a bomber jacket or an army green parka. And don’t forget to accessorize with aviator sunglasses, a watch, and a green canvas belt.

The Athlete

Cargo pants are often associated with being comfortable and relaxed. So why not put together an outfit that’s perfect for a day spent doing some light exercise?

Start with a pair of loose-fit cargo pants in a dark color like black, navy, or grey. Then add a moisture-wicking t-shirt in a bright color. For your shoes, go for a pair of running shoes or trainers.

The Cali-Cargo

California is known for its surf. Even if you’re not from the golden coast, you can still channel that surfer vibe by wearing a loose-fitting vest-top, loose cargo pants, and sandals. After all, it is California we’re talking about – the land of eternal summer!

To get that Cali-cargo look, start with a pair of beige or white cargo pants. Then add a black or white vest-top. And finally, slip into a pair of easy-to-wear sandals like Birkenstocks. Accessorize with a beaded bracelet and sunglasses to finish off the look.

The 90s Cargo

Cargos were pretty big during the 90s. There’s no shame in bringing that look back and pairing your cargo pants with some classic 90s staples.

Start with a pair of light cargo pants. Then add a black or white t-shirt, and slip into a pair of chunky black sneakers. For your outerwear, go for a denim jacket or hoodie.

Will this style work in warmer climates? Probably not – but it’s perfect for those cold winters where layers are key.

Looking for military inspiration in your wardrobe? Check out my guide to 11 styles items with a military heritage.

 

FAQs

Are cargo pants just for men who like military style clothing?

No – over the last few years cargo pants have actually become quite mainstream. You’ll see kids, women and guys wearing them. Typically, popular cargo pants are thinner cut than traditional military uniform.

Are cargo pants smart-casual?

No – I would stick to wearing your cargo pants in casual situations. There may be some very rare occasions when cargo pants can work in a smart-casual environment, but in general they should be worn exclusively in casual settings.

What shoes should I wear with cargo pants?

Sneakers work well – either retro chunky sneakers or classic white dress sneakers. However, the best shoes to wear with cargo trousers are military boots – after all, that’s what they were designed to be worn with!

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Harvey Specter Style

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harvey specter sitting in the office dressed in suit

There’s a lot to envy about Harvey Specter.

The outrageous confidence, the power, the prestige…

The sharp comebacks… and the ultra-sharp suits.

Harvey dresses like he does everything else – strategically.

“People respond to how we’re dressed…

So like it or not, this is what you have to do.”

Everyone’s appearance sends a message – and everything about his says loud and clear:

“I’m not about caring, I’m about winning.”

Of course, he does care – he cares about Mike, he cares about Donna, and he cares about his personal code of ethics. But that’s not the message he chooses to send. There’s nothing soft about his look.

”If they think you care, they’ll walk all over you.”

Read on to find out how to get the sharp and powerful Harvey Specter look.

Okay, let’s break this down. What are the main elements of Harvey Specter’s style strategy? Number 1, of course, has to be…

1. The Suit

harvey specter style suit

Harvey is virtually ALWAYS seen in an expensive suit. Gabriel Macht, who plays him, says: ‘He’s a man of style… we really wanted him to be this man’s man. A real masculine, strong, Steve McQueen-type of guy who could pull off a three piece suit and make it a modern thing, wide lapels and all.’

How does Harvey pull off his suits? Using two things you can learn right here at RMRS – confidence and the style pyramid of fit, fabric, and function. The fit of his suits is always on point, which takes extra effort for men with a tall body type (Gabriel Macht is 6’0.5?/183cm.) The fabrics are top quality – early season suits were mostly dark high twisted worsted wool, but recently he’s wearing silk-wool blends that add an unusual shine.

And as for function (appropriateness for the situation)? As a workaholic hotshot lawyer, Harvey lives for high-powered formal situations where a suit is required. He doesn’t suit up when it’s outright inappropriate… which means we see him in something else a good 2% of the time.

Harvey has a medium contrast complexion and dresses well for it, most often pairing gray, charcoal, and occasionally navy or black suits with white shirts. Gray and white form a sleek, classic combination that shows he means serious business.

Where a man with just one or two suits might stick to solid colors and maybe a pinstripe, Harvey has a wardrobe of different suit patterns including sharkskin, Prince of Wales checks and stripes – he prefers the bolder rope stripes to pinstripes (pinstripes are just one thread wide, rope stripes are several.)

He wears a slim fit with high armholes and strong structured shoulders – highlighting his athletic physique. Wide peak lapels give him a powerful broad-shouldered ‘v’ shape – the key to wearing them like he does is to get the gorge of the lapel not too high and not too low. If it peaks out over your shoulders, it is too much, and if it is too low it looks too old school.

Peak lapels are more formal – he sets himself apart by wearing them (except sometimes when he’s in a three-piece suit, which is more formal anyway). Because they’re more common on a tuxedo, on a business suit they suggest authority and/or arrogance.

Taking a deeper dive into suit jacket details, the big flap pockets on his jackets are a little unusual with peak lapels; jetted pockets are more normal.

You might expect to see a three-button suit on him because he’s a ‘buttoned up’ character and it would suit his tall athletic build. However, Harvey knows TWO buttons are the best choice for a single-breasted suit with peak lapels. It’s a classic elegant look that’s been around since the 1920s – two buttons leave room for longer lapels and accentuate them more.

His jacket cuffs, on the other hand, are as formal and buttoned-up as they get, with four buttons on each. The more buttons on the cuffs, the more formal the jacket, with single buttons denoting a sports jacket.

Pants are slim but not tight, with an ironed crease down the front, no pleats, no break and usually no cuffs. This suits his strict character – very neat and no fuss.

2. The Shirts

harvey specter style shirt

Harvey mostly wears plain white dress shirts – again, the most formal color. He also favors pale blue, and occasionally a gingham or stripe. The tall semi-spread collars accentuate his ‘v’ shape.

His shirts are very well fitted and always let a sliver of cuff show outside his jacket. He usually prefers simple classic button cuffs, but occasionally goes for the fancier French cuffs and cufflinks.

3. The Accessories

harvey specter in suit with pocket square

“Get your skinny tie out of my face and get to work.”

Harvey’s ties are always silk – navy grenadine is a favorite. Dark purple and black are other favorite colors. His look is VERY monochrome – it’s part of the character.

His ties vary between 3 and 3.5 inches wide, a classic width. He doesn’t wear anything too young and trendy. His wider ties and lapels contrast with Mike’s skinny ones and make him look more powerful.

He favors the full Windsor tie knot – a powerful, formal, ‘serious business’ knot that marks him out as a guy who knows how to dress and looks great with his wide lapels and semi-spread collars.

He’s rarely seen without a dimple in his ties, showing he knows how to dress and pays attention to the details. The one time his tie dimple is off center, Donna notices something is wrong!

With a tux he wears a diamond-pointed bow tie instead of the normal shape. That’s quirkier than you’d expect from him, but it’s like the peak lapels – sharp and pointed – which suits his aggressive and incisive mind.

He always wears a pocket square in a square Presidential fold, usually white or gray. A white pocket square in a square fold is as formal as they come and suits his businesslike, no-nonsense image. You won’t see him with a flower in his lapel – this is a hard and sharp look, nothing soft or romantic on this determinedly unemotional guy. To finish the look, he chooses simple and bold metal cufflinks.

Earlier in the series, Harvey was seen wearing a bold statement chronograph watch with a leather strap – a status symbol meant to mark him out as a successful man. The watch has since disappeared because of the technical constraints of filming for TV. Gabriel Macht says:

‘As great as the show is, it really doesn’t lend itself to detail. Other than some necklaces you might see Jessica wear, you don’t see any jewelry.’

#4. The Shoes

harvey specter in suit and dress shoes

Because of the nature of TV, you don’t often see Harvey’s shoes, and they’re not a big focus of his costume. He’s been seen in black cap-toed derbies, and black or brown oxford brogues – all classic smart dress shoes, although brown full brogues are a bit more casual than you’d expect from him.

5. Casual Clothing

harvey specter casual white suit

Aside from the suit, he’s been seen in a classic black button-down shirt; well-fitting jeans; a white or heathered grey henley; beige chinos; and a navy v-neck and coat over a white shirt. (Not a casual shirt, by the way, just a dress shirt like he’d wear to the office – showing his wardrobe, like his life, is mostly work.)

6. The Hair

harvey specter haircut

In 2011 Gabriel Macht said of Harvey’s original slicked-back do, “It’s supposed to be the modern version of the old-style man’s haircut, sort of like Gregory Peck or Cary Grant.”

But as more sides of the character have emerged his hair has evolved- now it’s more vertical, but still strict and structured, featuring a tight side-part (on the left side) with a subtle pompadour in the front.

To get this look, you need the sides cut short (not buzzed) and some length on top.

Run a strong hold gel (or pomade for less shine) through towel dried hair then blow dry on a low heat while combing the front upwards. The longer you blow-dry the front, the more volume you’ll get.

Then apply more gel and use your comb to cut the side-part and sculpt the front hair up and back. Fix with a little hairspray.

If you prefer his earlier slicked-back style, you want a similar cut with squared-off sideburns and a square neckline and shaved part. Again, apply some gel to your hair before blow-drying, then comb it back with pomade and set with hairspray.

I don’t recommend that every man dresses exactly like Harvey Specter. It’s a very stark monochromatic look, and for guys with more fun and warmth in their personalities, it might not suit you. You can emulate his confidence without exactly copying his look.

What I DO recommend is that you copy Harvey Specter in dressing strategically. Think about what YOUR message is, and make sure every stitch on your body and every hair on your head communicates it. 

‘Get it through your head – first impressions last.’

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ONE Cologne Men Should Buy? Jeremy Fragrance Recommendations

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If you’re a stylish man…

Could you own a single

  • Dress shirt?
  • Pair of shoes?
  • Necktie?

I wouldn’t.

Why?

There’s no clothing item that’s good for ALL situations (color, pattern & formality come into play).

However…

It’s different for colognes – or fragrances.

How many colognes does a man really need?

The answer? One.

One cologne can rule them all…just ask Jeremy Fragrance.

Here’s what he has to say about buying the perfect men’s fragrance.

Why Use A Men’s Fragrance?

jeremy fragrance success

Style isn’t just about clothing. True style encompasses everything about yourself that you show others: your confidence, your communication skills, and your smell.

Your scent is an invisible component of your personal style. It can influence how people – from strangers in the subway to colleagues at work – perceive you.

That’s where fragrances come in. Fragrance is the generic term for grooming sprays that improve one’s own scent. The majority of fragrances are perfumes.

Certain perfumes have a lighter, more masculine smell and are better suited for men. They’re commonly known as colognes (especially in North America). In the end though…they’re all types of fragrances.

But what’s shocking is the fact that 80% of males don’t regularly use a men’s fragrance. If you’re one of them, chances are your reason might be:

  • You’re not familiar with the basics and terminology of fragrances
  • You don’t know which product to buy (or where to start)
  • You’re afraid of doing it wrong or smelling bad
  • Fragrances are “unmanly” or only for women

Those reasons share a common ground – ignorance. So there’s only one solution to this kind of problem, and that’s getting information. You want good solid info on fragrances as well as how to choose the right fragrance for you. Great knowledge means great power.

Now I know this will take time. You can read up, watch a few videos, learn the opinions of experts. But you won’t immediately feel like making your own choice. You may not want to pay lots of money for a risky product…or products.

Maybe you’d rather play it safe and find a “universal” men’s fragrance. Why not? We all have busy lives. We spend enough energy deciding which suit, tie or dress shoes to wear every morning. Is it okay to stick with just one fragrance?

Actually – yes! Take the advice of my friend Jeremy who runs the Jeremy Fragrance YouTube channel. Jeremy is a scent connoisseur with the ultimate passion for fragrances. He’s the first guy who’d tell you that men can use fragrance to come off stronger and more confident wherever they go, whoever they’re with.

Below are Jeremy’s nominations for the one fragrance you’ll need…

Jeremy Fragrance: Category #1 – All-Around Fragrance

Remember what fragrances are at their core…a group of chemicals.

You spray them at a distance of 3-6 inches from the skin. You let the fragrance strike the warm parts of your body (neck, shoulders, chest, forearms, inner elbows, etc.) so as to mix with your body chemistry.

But if a product isn’t versatile enough – you can’t count on it alone. It needs to survive in both extreme heat and cold…or else the aromatic chemicals may evaporate or lose their strength over time.

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Check out Dior Sauvage EDT

So when it comes to an all-around fragrance, you need a jack of all trades. It can pass as a date fragrance or fragrance for formal occasions. But it’s not top-notch in any particular area. That being said…it probably won’t matter as long as you smell awesome!

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Jeremy Fragrance’s Recommendation: Sauvage Cologne for Men (Christian Dior)

This cologne has distinct notes of Calabrian bergamot and pepper. The scent isn’t too imposing and gives off the vibe of breezy, open fields. Johnny Depp has appeared in ads for this fragrance.

Jeremy Fragrance: Category #2 – Best Fragrance For Work

Most of us are pretty career-driven. We go to work each day with big goals and aspirations at the back of our minds. I’ll be CEO someday. I’ll be making six figures. I’ll be successful in this field.

That’s a good mindset. But doing the same menial tasks, not being challenged, earning points from the higher-ups…it can feel un-stimulating for now. It can cause you to lose focus. Or lose sight of the prize.

So what can you do to stay alert and excited while spending hours at the office? You’d be surprised. Certain fragrances can actually heighten your alertness during tasks that require a lot of concentration.

Prada LHomme EDT

Those scents can also reduce levels of fatigue or anxiety. They let time pass more quickly for you as you’re no longer thinking about the time. You just do what’s required of you productively…thanks to an external stimulus.

Jeremy Fragrance’s Recommendation: Prada L’Homme for Men (Prada)

This is the fragrance to wear to the office during daytime hours. It’s a combination of iris and amber (classic Prada ingredients) which is similar to the smell of fresh fabric softeners. You can say it’s more “professional” since it’s not citrusy-sharp but an airy, powdery, and elegant scent.

Jeremy Fragrance: Category #3 – Best Fragrance For Dating

A man sees but a woman smells. That’s right. Studies in Europe prove that a man’s scent is the #1 factor for the ladies in a potential partner.

It does make sense. Women are known to have more complex senses of smell (whereas men tend to only categorize smells as either “good” or “bad”).

That can explain why women enjoy getting flowers for gifts. Or why they might have a variety of perfumes in their homes. In fact, a scent can do wonders for a woman’s mood when you interact with her.

Viktor and Rolf Spicebomb

One experiment reveals that women would more likely give their number to a guy they met in a pleasant-smelling area – compared to a not-so-pleasant area. So imagine how much more impact a man’s body smell has! You’ll want to take advantage.


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Jeremy Fragrance’s Recommendations:

Versace Eros Cologne for Men (Versace)

Versace Eros

This cologne is tailor-made for seduction and grabbing attention. It invigorates the ladies’ senses with a fusion of mint oil, Italian lemon, green apple, and geranium flowers. Put it on to give yourself maximum confidence when you approach women at bars or public places.

Spicebomb Extreme Cologne for Men (Viktor & Rolf)

You can call it a “big fat mass of sweetness” because that’s what it is – consisting of vanilla, lavender, tobacco, and caraway. It’s not as aggressive as the Versace Eros, but it draws women to you in more intimate settings. Picture yourself cuddling your partner by the fireplace inside a snow-covered wooden house. The Spicebomb will add to that romance.

Click Below To Watch The Video – Only ONE Cologne You Need?

Read next: The 30 Popular Men’s Fragrance Brands

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The 30 Most Popular Men’s Fragrance Brands

The world of men’s fragrance is full of amazing brands producing scents that can boost your confidence, uplift your sophistication, and garner attention.

But with so many brands making men’s fragrances these days, how can you be sure you’re getting one that’s right for you? The simple answer – you have to try them out.

Where should you start though? Discovering new scents, a great place to look is at the most popular ones. Lucky for you, I’ve taken that guesswork out of it.

Here are 30 of the most popular men’s fragrance brands in no particular order.

1. Chanel

Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum

History: Founded in 1910 by Coco Chanel, the French luxury brand Chanel has seamlessly transitioned from high-class fashion to elegant scents.

Chanel’s fragrances, often bearing the brand’s hallmark sophistication, include the timeless Chanel No. 5 and the modern classic Bleu de Chanel.

Why it’s popular: Chanel’s popularity stems from its timeless elegance and commitment to creating iconic scents both for women and men setting the standard for sophistication and innovation.

2. Dior

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History: Christian Dior, a name synonymous with elegance, introduced his first fragrance, Miss Dior, in 1947.

Dior’s fragrances consistently embody a perfect blend of classic and modern, with Fahrenheit and Sauvage leading the pack.

Why it’s popular: Dior has achieved widespread acclaim by seamlessly blending classic and modern elements in its fragrances, crafting scents like Sauvage that capture the essence of contemporary luxury with a touch of French allure.

3. Giorgio Armani

Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme by Giorgio

History: Founded by Giorgio Armani in 1975, the Italian fashion house is renowned for its understated luxury.

Armani’s fragrances reflect the brand’s commitment to timeless style.

Why it’s popular: Giorgio Armani’s popularity lies in its ability to infuse Italian luxury into its men’s fragrance collection, exemplified by the fresh and modern appeal of Acqua di Gio and the timeless sophistication of Armani Code.

4. Tom Ford

black orchid by tom ford

History: Tom Ford’s bold and lavish brand, established in 2005, has redefined modern luxury.

Ford’s fragrances feature iconic scents that are known for their boldness and sensuality.

Why it’s popular: Tom Ford’s fragrances are celebrated for their bold character, making a mark in the industry by offering unique and luxurious scents such as Black Orchid and Oud Wood that redefine modern fragrance.

5. Creed

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History: With a legacy dating back to 1760, Creed is a family-run fragrance house known for its commitment to tradition and craftsmanship.

Aventus and Green Irish Tweed are among the most celebrated scents in their men’s fragrance collection.

Why it’s popular: Creed’s popularity is anchored in its rich heritage and dedication to craftsmanship, with fragrances that showcase a perfect blend of tradition and innovation in the world of luxury scents.


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  2. Creed Green Irish Tweed, 50ML


    $345.00 ($202.94 / Fl Oz)


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  3. Creed Royal Oud, 50ML


    $405.00 ($238.24 / Fl Oz)


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6. Yves Saint Laurent (YSL)

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History: Founded in 1961, YSL has been a trailblazer in the fashion and fragrance industry.

The iconic YSL fragrances, including La Nuit de L’Homme and Y, exude sophistication and modernity.

Why it’s popular: YSL’s popularity stems from its ability to infuse its fragrances with a perfect balance of sophistication and modernity.

7. Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss Bottled

History: The German luxury fashion house Hugo Boss, established in 1924, is renowned for its sleek designs.

Hugo Boss fragrances, such as Boss Bottled and The Scent, are known for their contemporary appeal.

Why it’s popular: Hugo Boss is renowned for its contemporary and refined fragrances, with creations that reflect the brand’s commitment to modern masculinity and distinctive elegance.

8. Versace

Versace Eros Flame

History: Founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, Versace is synonymous with bold luxury.

Versace fragrances, such as Eros and Dylan Blue, embody the brand’s extravagant and glamorous appeal.

Why it’s popular: Versace’s popularity lies in its bold and glamorous approach to fragrance that garners attention through its opulence.

9. Ralph Lauren

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History: Ralph Lauren, an icon in American fashion, founded his eponymous brand in 1967.

Polo Ralph Lauren fragrances, such as Polo Green and Polo Blue, capture the essence of classic American style.

Why it’s popular: Ralph Lauren’s popularity is grounded in its embodiment of classic American style, with fragrances that reflect the brand’s commitment to timeless elegance and a sporty spirit.

10. Bvlgari

bvlgari man in black

History: Founded in Rome in 1884, Bvlgari is renowned for its exquisite jewelry and luxury goods.

Bvlgari fragrances consistently showcase a harmonious blend of Italian elegance.

Why it’s popular: Bvlgari’s popularity is rooted in its Italian luxury and refinement, with fragrances such as Bvlgari Man in Black and the iconic Colonia capturing the essence of the brand’s timeless and sophisticated style.

11. Gucci

Gucci Guilty Black Pour Homme

History: Founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci has become a symbol of Italian luxury and style.

Gucci fragrances embody the brand’s contemporary glamour.

Why it’s popular: Gucci’s popularity is fueled by its ability to pair luxury with contemporary trends, crafting iconic fragrances such as Guilty and Gucci by Gucci that resonate with a diverse audience seeking bold and modern scents.

12. Prada

Mens Summer Fragrance Prada Luna Rossa

History: Established in Milan in 1913, Prada is synonymous with high-end fashion and innovation.

Prada fragrances showcase a blend of modernity and sophistication.

Why it’s popular: Prada has earned popularity through its innovative and elegant fragrances, with scents such as Luna Rossa and Prada Candy showcasing a perfect blend of modern sophistication and timeless allure.

13. Calvin Klein

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History: Founded in 1968, Calvin Klein has been a pioneer in minimalist fashion and fragrances.

CK fragrances are known for their fresh and contemporary appeal.

Why it’s popular: Calvin Klein’s popularity is rooted in its minimalistic and fresh approach to fragrance with classics such as CK One and Eternity, which embody the brand’s commitment to modern, unisex appeal.

14. Burberry

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History: Established in 1856, Burberry is a British luxury brand known for its distinctive plaid pattern.

Burberry fragrances capture the brand’s timeless elegance.

Why it’s popular: Burberry’s enduring popularity comes from its British elegance, with fragrances such as Burberry Brit and Mr. Burberry capturing a blend of tradition and contemporary style that appeal to a global audience.

15. Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme

History: Founded in 1970, Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashion brand known for its innovative designs.

Issey Miyake fragrances showcase a harmonious blend of Eastern and Western influences.

Why it’s popular: Issey Miyake’s popularity is derived from its ability to create fragrances that reflect the harmony of Eastern and Western influences, with scents such as L’Eau d’Issey becoming iconic for their fresh and modern appeal.

16. Yves Rocher

Homme Nature Yves Rocher

History: Founded in 1959 by Yves Rocher, this French brand has become a global leader in botanical beauty.

Yves Rocher fragrances embody a commitment to natural ingredients.

Why it’s popular: Yves Rocher’s popularity lies in its commitment to natural and botanical ingredients, with fragrances such as Comme une Evidence and Nature Homme resonating with consumers seeking authentic and eco-conscious scents.

17. Hermès

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History: Established in 1837, Hermès is a French luxury brand known for its timeless elegance.

Hermès fragrances mirror the brand’s commitment to craftsmanship.

Why it’s popular: Hermès is popular for its timeless elegance and craftsmanship, with fragrances such as Terre d’Hermès capturing the brand’s dedication to quality and the art of perfumery, creating scents that stand the test of time.


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18. John Varvatos

John Varvatos XX

History: Launched in 2000, John Varvatos is an American brand celebrated for its rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic.

Their fragrances continuously embody the brand’s edgy sophistication.

Why it’s popular: John Varvatos has gained popularity by infusing a rock ‘n’ roll edge into luxury fragrances, with scents such as John Varvatos and Artisan embodying an edgy sophistication that resonates with modern masculinity.

19. Dolce & Gabbana

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History: Founded in 1985 by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, this Italian brand is synonymous with opulence.

Dolce & Gabbana fragrances continue to capture the essence of Mediterranean luxury.

Why it’s popular: Dolce & Gabbana’s popularity is built on a foundation of opulence with fragrances such as Light Blue and The One capturing a sense of sensuality and timelessness that defines the brand.

20. Acqua di Parma

Men's Summer Fragrance #10: Acqua Di Parma Yuzu Eau De Parfum

History: Established in 1916 in Parma, Italy, Acqua di Parma is celebrated for its refined fragrances.

Fragrances from Acqua di Parma continue to exemplify the brand’s commitment to timeless Italian elegance.

Why it’s popular: Acqua di Parma’s popularity comes from its embodiment of Italian refinement, with fragrances such as Colonia and Blu Mediterraneo offering a harmonious blend of timeless elegance and a Mediterranean spirit.

21. Jo Malone

History: Established in London in 1994, Jo Malone is renowned for its simple yet elegant fragrances.

Known for its mix-and-match approach, popular fragrances from Jo Malone continue to embody the brand’s sophisticated approach to men’s fragrances.

What it’s popular: Jo Malone is popular for its minimalist yet sophisticated approach to fragrance. With scents such as Lime Basil & Mandarin and English Pear & Freesia, the brand offers a unique concept of fragrance layering, allowing individuals to create their own personalized scent experiences.

22. Montblanc

Legend EDT by Montblanc

History: Founded in 1906, Montblanc is synonymous with luxury writing instruments.

Their fragrances embody the brand’s commitment to craftsmanship and sophistication.

Why it’s popular: Montblanc’s popularity is rooted in its heritage of craftsmanship, mirrored in fragrances such as Legend and Explorer. The brand seamlessly combines classic sophistication with a modern twist, which appeals to those seeking refined and adventurous scents.

23. Maison Margiela

History: Maison Margiela, founded by Martin Margiela in 1988, is known for its avant-garde designs.

Fragrances from Maison Margiela continue to evoke unique and nostalgic olfactory experiences.

Why it’s popular: Maison Margiela has gained popularity through its avant-garde fragrances that evoke unique and nostalgic experiences. With scents such as Replica Jazz Club and By the Fireplace, the brand captures the essence of unconventional and thought-provoking olfactory journeys.

24. Amouage

Amouage Memoir Man

History: Founded in Oman in 1983, Amouage is a luxury fragrance house that draws inspiration from its Arabian heritage.

Amouage continues to exemplify the brand’s commitment to opulence within its men’s fragrances.

Why it’s popular: Amouage is renowned for its luxurious and opulent fragrances inspired by Arabian heritage. With scents such as Interlude Man and Jubilation XXV, the brand combines rich oriental ingredients, exquisite craftsmanship, and a touch of modernity, creating perfumes that exude regal sophistication.

25. Tiffany & Co.

History: Established in 1837, Tiffany & Co. is an iconic American luxury brand known for its exquisite jewelry.

Tiffany & Co. fragrances embody the brand’s elegance in scent the same as they do in their luxury jewelry.

Why it’s popular: Tiffany & Co.’s popularity is rooted in its timeless elegance, as seen in fragrances such as Tiffany for Men and Good Girl. The brand’s commitment to sophistication and luxury, mirrored in its iconic jewelry, translates seamlessly into its men’s fragrance offerings.

26. Byredo

Byredo Gypsy Water

History: Founded in Stockholm in 2006 by Ben Gorham, Byredo is known for its minimalist design and high-quality ingredients.

Fragrances from Byredo continue to showcase the brand’s modern and sophisticated approach to making scents.

Why it’s popular: Byredo has gained popularity for its contemporary and artistic approach to its men’s fragrance collection. With scents such as Gypsy Water and Mojave Ghost, the brand offers unique olfactory experiences, combining simplicity with a sense of luxury and creativity.

27. Ermenegildo Zegna

History: Founded in 1910 in Italy, Ermenegildo Zegna is renowned for its high-quality fabrics.

The brand’s fragrances reflect a blend of Italian style and craftsmanship.

Why it’s popular: Ermenegildo Zegna’s popularity lies in its Italian style and commitment to quality. Fragrances such as Z Zegna and Essenze Collection showcase the brand’s ability to capture the essence of modern masculinity through sophisticated and versatile scents.

28. Molton Brown

molton brown Mesmerising Oudh

History: Established in London in 1971, Molton Brown is known for its luxurious bath and body products.

Molton Brown’s fragrances continue to showcase the brand’s commitment to exquisite scents.

Why it’s popular: Molton Brown is popular for its luxurious bath and body products and brings those same scents into its men’s fragrance collection with classics such as Black Peppercorn and Tobacco Absolute reflecting the brand’s dedication to crafting unique and indulgent scents that elevate everyday rituals.

29. Penhaligon’s

History: Established in London in 1870, Penhaligon’s is a British perfumery with a rich heritage.

Penhaligon’s continues to exemplify the brand’s commitment to timeless and eccentric scents.

Why it’s popular: Penhaligon’s popularity is rooted in its rich British heritage and eccentricity. With fragrances such as Blenheim Bouquet and Halfeti, the brand offers a collection of timeless and unconventional scents that appeal to those seeking individuality and sophistication.

30. Carolina Herrera

CH Men Prive by Carolina Herrera

History: Founded in 1980, Carolina Herrera is a Venezuelan-American fashion house known for its elegant and feminine designs.

The brand’s fragrances embody sophistication and modernity.

Why it’s popular: Carolina Herrera’s popularity is attributed to its ability to infuse elegance and modernity into fragrances. With scents such as CH Men and Good Girl, the brand captures attention with bold and sophisticated compositions that reflect the brand’s iconic fashion aesthetic.

Hopefully, these 30 popular men’s fragrance brands are a great starting point for you to begin your journey into smelling great.

For more detailed information on what goes into a men’s fragrance, check out this article I wrote about the Introduction To Fragrance.

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Title: The 30 Most Popular Men’s Fragrance Brands
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Published Date: Sat, 02 Dec 2023 15:13:34 +0000

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