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When it comes to finding your signature scent, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming and confusing.

And that’s before we starting getting into cologne terminology… sillage, projection… notes. You might think it’s impossible to find the best men’s colognes, and who could blame you?

We’ve got you covered. In this article, we’re focused on one thing; arguably the most important thing when it comes to choosing a cologne – which one gets you the most compliments?

In this article, you will find these most complimented men’s colognes:

  • 10. Versache Eros Flame
  • 9. Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce
  • 8. Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme
  • 7. Dior Fahrenheit
  • 6. Davidoff Cool Water
  • 5. 1 Million By Paco Rabanne
  • 4. Commodity Leather
  • 3. Versace Eros
  • 2. Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme
  • 1. John Varvatos XX

Introduction To Fragrances

Though we can’t do justice to the jarring chemistry behind colognes, what we can do is provide a brief overview of the three key layers in any fragrance: top, heart, and base notes.

The key difference lies with the evaporation coefficient, ie. how quickly they dissipate. The density of molecules differs across all three layers, the heaviest lingering the longest.

Top notes are the very first scents that hit you and comprise the lightest molecules in the makeup. Designers tend to put the riskiest scents here since they can serve as initial attention-grabbers and won’t continually overwhelm you.

In about 3 hours, you’ll start noticing heart notes. They form the core of the fragrance.

The most stubborn of the trio are the base notes – noticed after (approximately) 5 hours of application. This is where you find the musky, woodsy notes in most men’s colognes. You’ll be smelling these for a while – expect them for the next 6 hours or so.

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10. Versache Eros Flame

Eros Flame is a woody, spicy fragrance, launched in 2018 for “strong, passionate, self-confident men.”

While this cologne isn’t going to win any awards for originality, if your goal is to be noticed and stand out in a crowd – this is your fragrance. It’s loud, it’s sweet and it will get you compliments!

  • Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, Black Pepper, Chinotto, Lemon, Rosemary
  • Middle Notes: Pepper, Geranium, Rose
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Texas Cedar, Patchouli, Oakmoss

9. Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce

Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce cologne

Created by Christophe Laudamiel and Bruno Jovanovic, this woody, aromatic fragrance has a real nostalgic, masculine smell.

It’s been described as smelling like a ‘freshly showered man’ or a camping trip in the forest. A couple of sprays and you will have a lot of women coming up close and asking you what you’re wearing.

  • Top Notes: Fir, Lemon, Orange, Cardamom, Petitgrain, Sea Notes
  • Middle Notes: Rosemary, Lily-of-the-Valley, Jasmine, Rose, Sage
  • Base Notes: Musk, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Brazilian Rosewood, Sandalwood

8. Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme is a classic men's scent

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme is an all-time classic scent. It’s the quintessential men’s fragrance with nothing fancy – Dolce & Gabbana takes pride in keeping with traditions of fragrance that date back a century.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, orange, lemon, and mandarin, with light neroli.
  • Heart Notes: Lavender, sage, tarragon, cardamom, and pepper.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, cedar, musk, tonka bean, iris, tobacco, and coumarin.

7. Dior Fahrenheit

Dior Fahrenheit guarantees compliments from women

With Fahrenheit, Dior set out to build a fragrance on the foundation of extremes. Though ambitious at first glance, the end result is a harmonious blend of virile scents.

It’s a subtle scent for the distinguished gent – The ladies will recognize you for it.

  • Top Notes: Lavender, mandarin orange, hawthorn, nutmeg, flower, cedar, bergamot, chamomile, lemon.
  • Heart Notes: Nutmeg, honeysuckle, carnation, sandalwood, violet leaf, jasmine, cedar.
  • Base Notes: Leather, tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, vetiver.

6. Davidoff Cool Water

Davidoff Cool Water is a perfect summer cologne

I’ve talked a bit about Cool Water when it came to the best men’s colognes for summer, but who said you can’t use it year-round?

With over 30 years of popularity amongst men, this fragrance is powerful and timeless despite the low price point. It’s a fresh and safe compliment-getter that is reminiscent of the ocean – hence the name.

  • Top Notes: Mint, lavender, coriander, rosemary, seawater.
  • Heart Notes: Geranium, neroli, jasmine, sandalwood.
  • Base Notes: Cedar, musk, amber, tobacco.

5. 1 Million By Paco Rabanne

1 Million By Paco Rabanne gets compliments as sexy businessman scent

“Sexy businessman” is the compliment most associated with this bold fragrance. Its performance is strong, with some users reporting praise 5 hours after application.

This high-impact scent is meant to bring out the very best in a powerful man who goes to work in a suit. If that fits your description, you may have a winner.

  • Top Notes: Mint and blood mandarin.
  • Heart Notes: Rose, cinnamon, spice.
  • Base Notes: Leather, white wood, amber, Indonesian patchouli.

4. Commodity Leather

commodity leather gets compliments when worn with confidence

This is a very polarizing fragrance. It doesn’t try to smell like real leather, but it’s rough and venerable like an old book. This is for men who don’t like to beat around the bush but prefer to exude manliness through their smell.

People either love it or hate it. You’ll receive your share of compliments for sure, just wear it with confidence.

  • Top Notes: Leather, oregano, juniper
  • Heart Notes: Cacao, Myrrh, akigalawood, more juniper
  • Base Notes: Styrax, cedar, vetiver, labdanum

3. Versace Eros

versace eros cologne

When it comes to the best men’s colognes, Eros is extremely popular. True to the Greek god of love, it’s a fragrance built on sensuality by blending traditional masculine notes with maritime scents.

My only complaint is that because it’s so popular, lots of men use it for the compliments they get. You’re less likely to stand out from the crowd.

  • Top Notes:  Lemon and bergamot, pomegranate
  • Heart Notes: Tonka bean, geranium
  • Base Notes:  Musk and ambroxan, sandalwood

2. Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme

Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme is one of the most complimented men's colognes

Though similar to Versace Eros, Acqua Di Gio is more likely to get you the praise you strive for.

It’s also inspired by the Mediterranean, but it leans a little more on the power of floral notes. Hunt this down if you love seawater and herbs.

  • Top Notes: Seawater, bergamot.
  • Heart Notes: Geranium, sage, rosemary.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, incense.

1. John Varvatos XX

John Varvatos XX is a bold masculine scent getting compliments

John Varvatos is inspired by the celebration of style and music. It’s a bold, masculine scent that opens with cardamom, apple, and currant. We’re blown away with this one and the best bit? No one else is wearing it.

Top Notes: Cardamom, Red Apple, Black Currant
Middle Notes: White Violet, Orange Blossom, Geranium
Base Notes: Coffee, Sandalwood, Cedar

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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 $$$)

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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?

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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.

Overcoats

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.

Sweaters

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.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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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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