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Produced in South East Asia and India, oud is the highly-prized ingredient that’s been used in perfumery since ancient times. Its application in Western perfumery has grown exponentially over the last 15 years or so, initially to appeal to wealthy visitors from the Middle East, and now to service increasing interest from a growing audience who have learned to appreciate its unique, love-it-or-hate-it charm. If you’ve ever been to Dubai, or walked the ground floor at London’s Harrods, it’s a pervasive scent that wafts in the air.

What Is Oud?


Oud is the essence from the Aquilaria tree. On its own, the wood from these trees has little scent or value. But, with the presence of a fungal infection that sounds a bit like a Hogwarts spell (Phialophora parasitica, to be precise), the tree produces aloes, a dark, smoky resin. Over time, this produces blackened agarwood, or oud, which can be burned like incense or distilled into an essence.

Like everything in the natural world, oud reserves are finite and becoming increasingly scarce. To meet surging global demand, trees are now cultivated and artificially infected, along with synthetic versions that also do the job. Which means the real deal can sell for astronomical prices, pushing up those parfum price tags.

Arabian Oud has three locations across London, and it sells the raw wood chips for incense by the gram. The finest grade, from India, costs £3oo for 12g – or to put it another way, £25,ooo per kilo. We’ll never look at mouldy old wood in the same way again…

The Rise Of Oud Fragrances

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One of the reasons the ‘wood of the Gods’ is so popular is that it exudes a rich, exotic and animalic (a hint of farmyard funk) scent that holds up surprisingly well in the heat. Unlike the transient top notes of your typical citrus-herbal cologne, oud has real staying power and pairs exceptionally well with rose and spices. Your choice of fragrance depends on whether you like your oud to be the front man, part of the harmony, or the backing singer.

So, as the weather heats up, you might want to add a deep, velvety oud to your collection. Before you part with a lot of money, our golden rule is to test on the skin, sleep on it, and then sample it again to be absolutely sure it’s the right one.

Here’s our pick of the very best oud fragrances available now.

Acqua Di Parma Oud & Spice


From the Signatures of the Sun collection, Oud & Spice takes its oud from Laos, which is renowned for its smoothness and balance. While pure oud can be a bit overbearing, this artful blend fuses top notes of bergamot, rose and raspberry, and spicy cinnamon and clove to offset the oud and the warm, musky base of oud, patchouli and cistus labdanum.

Buy now at John Lewis

Maison Francis Kurkdjian OUD Satin Mood


Notes of cinnamon, violet, vanilla amber accord and benzoin join leathery accents of oud from Laos and similarly prized ingredients, the world’s best Damask and Bulgarian roses.

Sweet without being cloying, the blooming floral offsets any heaviness from the oud and it’s a big performer so you don’t need to go overboard on the application.

Precious Elixir Extrait de Parfum is a limited edition set of carry-on ready roller balls – perfect for those steamy holiday nights abroad.

Buy now at Selfridges

Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum


No edit would be complete without an entry from Tom Ford’s Private Blend, Oud Wood. Launched as part of the original Private Blend collection in 2007, it remains one of the bestselling Tom Ford colognes.

Incense, sandalwood, rosewood, rare oud and amber make for an addictive combination. With a scented soap bar, shower gel, body spray and beard oil, you can slather yourself from head to toe in this aura of sacred temples like a true member of a cult.

Buy now at MR PORTER

Dior Oud Isphanan


This pink-hued oud is from La Collection Privée, which is harder to sniff out in store compared to main line Dior scents. Luckily they offer a free trial service when you order it online.

Oud Isphanan is a heady floral oud that comes up smelling like Damascus roses, smoky sandalwood, cedarwood, labdanum, patchouli, frankincense and saffron. This oud is a head turner, and it has a animalic edge of something a little bit dirty and funky, in a very good way.

Buy now at Dior

Louis Vuitton Oud Nomade Eau de Parfum


Oud Nomade is a smooth, enveloping and long-lasting scent made with four main ingredients: oud, benzoin, raspberry and smoky incense. Perfectly balanced, the oud shines through without dominating.

This is LV, so the shopping experience is second to none. Order online and you get a free tester, so you can send it back in the event it doesn’t suit (it will). The bottle is refillable in stores equipped with a perfume fountain, and you can get your initials engraved in gold lettering on the front to make it your own.

Feel free to add a monogrammed leather travel case if you’re feeling extra flush.

Buy now at Louis Vuitton

Creed Royal Oud Eau de Parfum


Creed created this regal oud after many requests for an oud from customers. Royal Oud is an amber fougère that uses pink pepper, lime and bergamot galbanum to create a sparkling opening, followed by a spicy heart of angelica seed, cardamom, cedar wood and clove, over a musky base of frankincense, gaïacwood and Vietnamese oud.

While the oud itself is less pronounced, it’s an absolutely beautiful scent. The fact that it contains another impossibly rare ingredient, ambergris (or sperm whale poop), makes it pure luxury.

Buy now at John Lewis

Roja Dove Aoud Parfum


With no less than 18 individual oud-based scents in the collection, our pick is Aoud. Ever the maximalist, Roja Dove scents feature a lot of ingredients and Aoud is no exception, with 20 entries consisting woods, spices, citrus, florals and ambergris (the old whale poop again – OK, so technically it’s not. It’s a different substance that forms in the gut, but it exits the same way).

The top notes are lemon, bergamot and verbena, but the main impression comes from the lushness of the Rose de Mai, which then reveals the leathery, smoky oud aspect.

Before you balk at the price, you can get 7.5ml for the more reasonable sum of £60 – use it wisely/sparingly.

Buy now at Selfridges

Byredo Oud Immortel Eau de Parfum


Like everything Byredo, there is nothing typical about Oud Immortel, so don’t expect a big hit of oud as the name might suggest.

At first the agarwood is hidden beneath green moss, smoky woods, patchouli, papyrus and tobacco leaves, which gives an earthy, intriguing impression that reveals the oud in the dry down.

Buy now at MR PORTER

Dunhill Agar Wood Eau de Parfum


Dunhill’s Signature Collection features a dedicated oud, with interesting, unusual notes of salt, Timur pepper, fresh ginger and bergamot in the top; black iris, saffron flowers, violet leaves and blue cypress in the heart; and a base of suede, rich oud, mastic absolute and tobacco. Combined, it makes for a powdery, smoky leather scent.

Buy now at Harrods

Giorgio Armani Privé Royal Oud Eau de Parfum


Another Royal Oud, this time from the house of Armani. This scent captures notes of agarwood, saffron, rose, incense, amber, myrrh and sandalwood.

There’s sweetness from the saffron and amber in the opening, while the rose takes more of a back seat. Rich and silky smooth, it’s very easy to fall for this oud.

Buy now at John Lewis

Editions De Parfums Frederic Malle Dawn Eau de Parfum


If this scent doesn’t leave you speechless the price certainly will. Perfumer Carlos Benaïm took the reins on this one, and he didn’t pull out any stops on the quality of the oud. It combines Turkish rose oil and pink pepper, Turkish rose absolute, olibanum, oak moss, vetiver and labdanum, along with the star ingredient, Oud 100, and promises a deep, incense that will literally take you to church, in more ways than one.

You’ll only have to sell a single kidney to be able to buy it.

Buy now at Liberty

Jo Malone London Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense


Jo Malone always takes a minimalist approach and this intense cologne contains a blend of bergamot, orange and lemon, resinous oud and Virginia cedarwood.

With the bright citrus aspect it’s a refreshing take on oud; the only downside is that it doesn’t last quite as long on the skin.

As with all Jo Malone scents you can layer it, making it warmer or fresher depending on your mood.

Buy now at Lookfantastic

Le Labo Oud 27 Eau de Parfum


Cult fragrance makers, Le Labo expand on the theme of oud with cedar atlas, incense, patchouli, black pepper, saffron and gaïac to create an amber scent that gives off vibes of whisky and pencil shavings, which is in turn woody and animalic.

Buy now at Le Labo

DS & Durga Notorious Oud


DS & Durga do not make shy, retiring scents. Although this oud isn’t quite as loud as the name might suggest, it does have great longevity, with its fresh, green opening giving way to something deep and leathery.

It features Indonesian oud, saffron, white galbanum, lavender absolute, civet (synthetic, we hope) and cetalox (musky, amber). The Bulgarian rose plays second fiddle to green notes of camphor and papyrus, which makes it a great option for those who are less keen on floral fragrances.

Buy now at END.

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Professional TV Dancer Neil Jones announced as the face of Shakeup Cosmetics 

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TV star Neil Jones has joined male beauty brand Shakeup as their first ambassador and launches new Age Def-Eye Instant Lifting Eye Cream.

Shakeup co-founder Jake Xu says “We are delighted to welcome Neil as our very first face of the brand. He aligns perfectly with our style, vision, and brand values and of course our fans and we are thrilled to announce this new partnership”.

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In his role as ambassador, Neil will be motivating men to look and feel their best as well as working closely with Shakeup on new product development and upcoming campaigns.

Neil adds “I’m really excited to be teaming up with Shakeup. Daily demands and hectic schedules can take its toll on my skin but looking after it properly is crucial, especially in my line of work. I love the Shakeup products – they give great results with minimal effort and they’re great value. A winning combination!”

Neil’s favourite product is the NEW Age Def-Eye Instant Lifting Eye Cream, £28. Combining caffeine, squalane, shea butter, and two revolutionary trademarked ingredients – Inst’Tight and Ipeptide, it instantly tightens, refreshes, and revives tired looking eyes and minimises puffy eye bags and dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet.

Neil says, “With a new baby and busy rehearsals, it’s brilliant for helping me look like I’ve had a great night’s sleep!”

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Products are made in Britain, cruelty free, vegan friendly and PETA approved and available from and Amazon.

About Shakeup:

Shakeup was founded in 2020 by twin brothers Jake Xu and Jake Carnell-Xu. As Chinese British (born in Beijing and grew up in Bath, UK) they have been inspired by the massive rise in men’s beauty in Asia and the K-pop market. With more men than ever branching out with their beauty routines, they created Shakeup to provide affordable, innovative, and solution-driven, skin care and cosmetic products and are

on a mission to normalise men wearing make-up.

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13 Public Speaking Mistakes To Avoid In Your Presentation

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The sea of faces.

The expectant hush.

Butterflies in your stomach.

Sweaty palms.

This is the presentation of your life.

It’s going to make or break your career.

Your heart pounds as you listen to yourself drone on… watch their eyes glaze over…

And feel your career going down the drain.

Death by PowerPoint.

Today, we are going to throw you a lifeline. I have 13 public speaking mistakes for you to avoid to make sure you never fail another presentation in your life!

#1 Public Speaking Mistake: Not Knowing Your Audience

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You need to know who you’re speaking to–in general and as individuals–to avoid losing them to confusion or giving them irrelevant information.

Ask yourself two questions: why are they here, and what do they already know?

By understanding how much your audience knows about the topic, you can avoid filler words in presentations or examples they don’t understand, but also avoid talking down to them.

Knowing what they want to find out helps you stay relevant and hold their interest.

Stand on their side of the podium for a moment. What motivates them to be there? What could you tell them that would make them glad they came?

Research who you’ll be speaking to. Knowing the age group, professions, and other demographics of your audience will help you decide what points are most likely to click.

If your audience is from a different generation, company, or background, try to get a feel for their culture so you don’t say anything that will come off as rude.

You can also use this to tailor references and humor to their taste, but understand that that’s not a substitute for genuine respect. Trendy internet slang isn’t the key to reaching an audience of high school students–showing you respect their intelligence even as you speak from an older perspective is.

#2 Not Emotionally Connecting

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There’s a reason your audience didn’t just google the info you’re telling them: they want to hear it from a person. They came to hear your human perspective and to experience the connection you can offer them

The best presentations are ones that create a deep personal connection, and one thing we all share as human beings are feelings of fear or vulnerability. If you’re willing to open up about yours, it can help people feel a stronger connection with you.

My personal example: I will, in the course of talks, sometimes talk about suicide, which is an issue that’s touched me closely in my family and in my military service. Getting people the help they need to try and prevent suicide is something I’m involved with and something that means a lot to me.

I don’t bring it up to impress people or to try and make them feel like they need to get involved, but I will mention it to show people that hey — I am a guy who does care and think about serious stuff, beyond whatever the topic of the moment is.

“The best presentations are ones that create a deep personal connection, and one thing we all share as human beings are feelings of fear or vulnerability.”

And most people are like that! They have some things they care very deeply about, or have strong feelings about, or are committed to or involved with in a serious way. Hearing about mine reminds them of theirs, and then we have a connection as real human beings.

Let them know how you feel about what you’re telling them – they’ll internalize it. Feel free to mention relevant things that you care about as examples. It helps your audience feel like they know you.

#3 Winging It

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Under-preparing is a common mistake that can ruin a presentation with tons of potential. If you’re not prepared, you can’t relax. And if you don’t relax, you’re unlikely to engage at the level that the best public speakers do.

Have a plan B in case of technical difficulties, come up with alternate examples in case your original ones don’t seem to be landing and arrive early.

Check your equipment and everything you’ll need well before it’s time to start the speech. If you can, do a run-through on-venue–a full dress rehearsal, if you will.

If you’re prepared well in advance, you can use any extra time at the beginning to talk with individuals. It’ll help your audience feel more comfortable with you.

#4 Death By Powerpoint

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Visual aids can make your speech clearer and easier to follow, but not if they’re text-heavy, hard to read, or distracting.

Most people know you shouldn’t read text straight from your PowerPoint slides, but you should be keeping text basic overall. You want it to be easy for your audience to note down or remember. Set a target of no more than 10-15 words per slide.

To use PowerPoint effectively, make sure it looks polished and be careful of busy themes and long transitions. You want to keep people’s interest on what you’re saying, not distract from it.

#5 Not Practicing Enough

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The keys to a good presentation are confidence, flexibility, engaging your audience, and knowing your stuff.

How do you get there? Practice.

The better you know your material, the more relaxed you’ll be and the more confident you’ll come across.

Start practicing at least several days in advance.

You want everything committed to long-term memory. Until you can give your speech while driving, doing the dishes, or walking through an unfamiliar conference center, you shouldn’t tell yourself you’ve “practiced enough.”

On your later run-throughs, hone the details. Test out how you want the presentation to feel–what the arc of it will be, where it’s most high-energy.

Don’t just memorize the bullet points. Match them to your tone and gestures.

#6 Not Knowing What You’re Talking About

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Obviously, you want to give your audience accurate information. They’re there to learn. But doing your homework before a presentation is important for another reason: credibility.

The audience doesn’t have to know everything about the topic to catch an outdated fact or a statistical mix-up. And if they do, they’ll wonder about the accuracy of every single thing you’re saying.

Building credibility keeps people paying attention because they know what you’re saying is useful. They feel like they can trust you to answer their questions and give them the straight talk about the topic. It goes without saying, but you want to avoid being embarrassed during the Q & A too.

If you’re tripped up by a question or need to double check a fact, it’s worse to say something wrong than it is to excuse yourself and quickly check your notes. At the end of the day, honesty is more valuable than smoothly rattling off incorrect info.

#7 No Excitement

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Especially if you’re at a conference or in an office setting where people are going to meetings regularly, they’ve probably already seen a lot of people just standing there talking.

If you can give them a fresh experience, they’ll listen more closely to your points and you’ll make an impression.

When you practice, get comfortable moving around. Don’t hide behind the podium.

Choose your anecdotes carefully, and tell them like you’d tell a story to your friends. If they’re interesting in their own right, they’ll do a way better job of illustrating your points because your audience will remember them.

Make sure the relevancy is spot-on though, or they’ll remember the story and not the point.

#8 Going On Too Long

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People naturally pay attention in bursts of 15-20 minutes. Ask yourself if you really need to talk for longer. If you do, try to divide your speech into segments with a brief pause between each one.

Almost all presentations go on for longer in front of an audience. Practice until you can do it comfortably in less than the allotted time.

If you can save someone time then you instantly become a high value man in their eyes. Worst case scenario, you keep it brief and have more time for questions afterward.

Timing your statements keeps your message interesting longer. This is as true for public speaking as it is for stand-up comedy. Figure out how to make basic points as briefly as possible, then fill in the details where you have time.

#9 Not Engaging Your Audience

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Talk about things you know your audience is going to be interested in. If you can, talk about your topic in terms of their lives specifically.

As you speak, try to stick with mostly “you” statements. You should be constantly feeding the audience’s perception that this is directly relevant to them. A close second option is using “we” statements, creating the feeling that you and the audience are a team.

If you’re presenting to a small group, like a gathering around a conference table, you can alternate meeting each person’s eyes directly. For larger groups, move your gaze around the room.

Interact with your audience as much as you can. Ask them questions. Open the floor up to brainstorming. If they’re participating, they’ll be paying attention.

#10 Not Observing Other Speakers

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Never miss an opportunity to watch other public speakers in action.

Go to talks when you’re at conferences. Watch videos like mine online. Check the bulletin boards at your local college or library for public lectures (you can learn some really weird and cool stuff from those, too).

Exposing yourself to a wide range of speakers shows you both the good and the bad of public speaking.

I got to watch Ian Cleary of Razor Social speak recently, who’s an absolute master of the craft, and I was thinking to myself “man, I’ll never be as good as this guy.”

But at the same conference I saw enough presentations that made me think “okay, I’m at least this good” that I could feel positive about my skills, and aspire to get them closer to Ian’s level by learning from him!

#11 Not Moving Around

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Whatever room you’re in, own it!

Don’t hide behind the podium.

Move around and gesture when you talk. It’s much better to look too energetic than not energetic enough.

In a lot of public speaking settings (like business meetings and conferences), people have been doing the same sit-and-listen routine for a long time. You want to offer them something that looks and feels different to get them out of their mental rut.

In one presentation that I did with John Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire, we only had 20 people or so and a fairly small space. When we got there, we moved the chairs into a big circle and had one “hot-seat” at the center that different people took at different points in the presentation.

The change in structure really helped break up the feeling of sitting and staring at screens while someone talks from up on stage. It gave people a sense that they were there getting one-on-one advice from some guys with big successes under their belt, which made the whole experience feel very valuable to them. We got great feedback on that one.

#12 Not Utilizing the Correct Body Language

Your body language adds credibility to your speech. Avoid crossing your arms (this is a defensive gesture which puts up a barrier between you and the audience) and try to avoid fiddling with your cuffs, wallet or buttons because this makes you look nervous.

Take time to watch how the professionals do it and remember to work the room.

That means not standing in one place like a statue – you should be animated to keep your audience’s attention.

Want to learn more about body language moves that can help you gain trust? Click here to check out the 3 Secret Body Language Moves That Help You Gain Instant Trust.

#13 Not Realizing Unconscious Bad Habits

You’ll spot some bad habits as you work on your body language – things like putting your hands in your pockets or touching your face while speaking.

But I’m willing to bet you also have some bad verbal habits. Watch out for ‘filler words’. Words like:

  • Uh
  • So
  • Well
  • You know
  • Like
  • I mean
  • Anyway
  • As I was saying

These weaken the impact of what you’re saying and make you come off as unsure, unprepared, and nervous.

How to break yourself of the habit? Try making a game of it. Create a ‘filler word jar’ and drop a quarter in there every time you use a filler word. Speaking without filler words will feel odd, but you can go a long way towards breaking this habit in just one day.

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Spring 2024 Men’s Style Trends: What to Wear This Season

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As the world goes in circles, so do the styles we adopt. The fashion world goes in cycles, and each brings with it a brand-new set of trends. For every decorative sock that lasts a decade, there is a big red boot that thankfully dies out quickly.

The Spring of 2024 brings with it a particular theme for the new season. It is a season of throwbacks.

Grab your vinyl, rewind your tapes, and turn on the clapper; this season is all about reviving past decades. 

Dressing Old Is New This Spring

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In the last few years, we have seen fashion progress further and further. Every once in a while, providing new takes on something from the olden days. Most of the time, it is driven by the movies and TV shows we watch.

  • “Peaky Blinders” reminded us how incredible and intimidating the undercut was before we started wearing it again.
  • “Stranger Things” gave us all fits of nostalgia with the 80s awesomeness and caused the return of the denim jacket with a vengeance.
  • “Yellowstone” shines a bright light on just how manly workwear is, causing us to begin wearing Carhartt coats and vests like we’re driving cattle.

This Spring, all of that continues as the 90s are going to be particularly pillaged. You’ll see a collection of throwbacks your grandfather and father rocked. If you’re lucky, you can raid their closets for some gems.

The 70s Knit And Crocheted Polos Are Back

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One of the first things you will see this season is the throwback look of the vintage polos.

Of course, it all started last year when the British brand Percival became the talk of the town for Hollywood celebs. Everyone from Ryan Reynolds and Chris Evans to Dwayne Johnson and Kit Harrington sported the brand’s throwback button-down knit polos.

It takes a while for trends to reach the New World sometimes, and this season, America will blow the trend up even further with button-down polos that will make you feel like a superhero. 

80s Love Of Denim Is On The Rebound

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In the days of hair bands and cheezy action movies, jean jackets were the rage.

Bon Jovi, AC/DC, and others sported them all over the stage and screen. Action heroes like Mel Gibson used them to show off their masculinity in apocalyptic worlds or on the streets of LA.

They were a sign of the time’s rebellion, and it looks as though we as a society are ready for the uprising again as the denim jacket is back with a vengeance. Expect to see people wearing them in casual and elevated situations. 

The Return Of The Pleat Strengthens This Spring

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Pleats were all the rage in the mid-20th century. Even the Army uniform included pleated pants. They then became the things of older adults and nerds in the nineties and all but disappeared.

The only people that wore them were the guys with big thighs and tiny waists. A function more than a fashion. Thanks to the year of the throwback, pleats are coming back. 

Tailor and brand owner Sid Mashburn addressed the resurgence of the pleat with a bit of rebellious psychology. “Back then, pleated pants were pretty prevalent, and most of what was worn I would consider ‘your father’s plated pants’ – big and billowy,” he said.

“In the decade since, plain-front pants have become the norm, so now it almost feels punk rock to wear pleats.”

Expect to see your favorite celebrities and fashion models rocking the pleats like it is 1957 all over again. We should put on the Beatles while we’re at it.

Bring Back The Oxford Button-Down Shirt

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Speaking of bringing back something from your ancestors, the Oxford shirt is back.

From the Ivy League campuses to the 80s Wall Street, the button-down collar has a long history of elevated status. It continued its popularity throughout the 90s. Only to fall on hard times at the turn of the century.

Sometime after Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears broke up, the Oxford became exclusive to older men and sports shirts. They became remnants of a time long forgotten.

Lucky for us, this year will see a resurgence of another 80s and 90s staple, the button-down. JT and Britney are probably hopeless. 

Brad Pitt May Be Your Style Inspiration With The Bucket Hat

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Remember what we said earlier? That movies dictate the fashion comebacks.

Well, sometimes it is the actor who can’t let go of the fashion item they sport in the film. In this case, the bucket hat is about to burst onto the scene.

Brad Pitt wore a bucket hat in his hit from last summer, “Bullet Train.” It was a part of his character, making him appear more disarming. Now, you see him everywhere wearing that hat.

And the populace is nothing if not in tune with what the world’s biggest names are wearing. So get ready to pick up a bucket hat because every store in the world will be ready to capitalize on the power of Brad Pitt. 

Spring 2024 Is Bringing Baggy Back

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At some point, following Y2K, clothes began to shrink. Gone were the days of the baggy sweaters (Dawson and Pacey taught us all how cool those were).

We waved goodbye to the wide-leg pants (even the skaters reluctantly parted ways). And we embraced the slimmer, more put-together-looking silhouettes of the 2000s.

Of course, fashion is a process, and once something gets started, it has to keep going. Jeans, shirts, suits, everything got slimmer and slimmer. It began to get so bad that we had to start wrapping ourselves in our clothes like plastic wrap as opposed to wearing them.

Thankfully, we have come to our senses as a society, and the world is getting more relaxed. Jeans are wider, sweaters are more oversized, and suits are roomier. James Van Der Beek is jumping for joy. 

Square-Toes Are Back

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The square-toed shoes. These were some of the most celebrated dismissals from our closets when the tides of fashion turned with the century.

Whether you were selling Kias or serving breadsticks at Olive Garden, it seemed the squared-toe slip-ons were the go-to shoe.

We then moved to the extreme opposite pointed toe that looked perfect for the Wicked Witch. Then spent a decade rounding them off little by little until the square is the logical next step, which happened last year. 

Avidan Grossman of GQ predicts 2024 is the time to see them again. “In 2023, luxury powerhouses like Prada and Marni, along with zeitgeisty labels like Martine Rose and Our Legacy, transformed the once-hapless silhouette into a just-left-field-enough flex. Expect to see a lot more of it this year.”

Colors Are Getting More Muted And Old-School

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Colors have always been a way to express ourselves. Whether blue brings out our eyes or teal makes us feel more playful, it has always been a fun way to show who we are.

Of course, we can go overboard, and we always seem to. As colors got more outlandish, the fashion world began preparing for the inevitable reset. And it is here in 2024 that the reset button is primed to push us back to the 60s and 70s. 

Leading color of the year authority, Pantone, says the color for Spring 2024 is 13-1023. That is Peach Fuzz if you don’t have it memorized. It is a softer color, harkening back to Marsha Brady and the walls and floors of our grandmother’s home.

Combine that with the burnt orange and avocado greens we’re seeing from retailers, and we might have to watch “Smokey and the Bandit” again. 

Length Will Be Crucial

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Length has always been a funny thing. Back in the 90s, you got made fun of if your pants were too short. You wouldn’t be caught dead wearing high waters.

Then, it became cool to wear shorter pants. Either to show off your vibrant and crazy socks or to show you’re too cool for them altogether.

Now, length is a conversation again. Only in multiple places and heading in different directions. 

  • Men’s shorts keep the same trend as last season, and we’re ditching the long shorts for the 5″ or the 7″ options.
  • We’re seeing more and more men crop their shirts. You worked hard on those abs this off-season. Show them off the way rockers did in the 80s.
  • Suit jackets are getting longer again. Be ready for length to return to the middle of the fingers again, abandoning the shorter look.
  • The same goes for the coats. We’re not saying everyone will be in trench coats again like it’s the 1940s. But it wouldn’t be a stretch.

Workwear Is Clocking Out For Spring

workwear style jacket

Finally, “Yellowstone” did it. It solidified the return of workwear.

Carhartt coats.

Canvas vests.

And even the good ol’ 90s carpenter jeans are on the way back.

If you are a fan of the rugged aesthetic and have been missing your blue-collar glory, now’s the time. 

Spring 2024 is a season for nostalgia and remembering the things we loved in the past. It is also about taking the past and bringing it to today with a better look and feel.

Adopt any of these looks without looking outdated, and you will be the stylish man in your group.

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By: Antonio Centeno
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