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Online shopping might have grown exponentially over the last decade, but when it comes to purchasing a new scent, it’s hard to replace the physical experience. The sense of smell is subjective and it’s always a challenge to communicate a fragrance in a way that will help someone grasp an accord. Getting a new perfume under a customer’s nose has always been key, solved by sales assistants keen to spritz, easy to browse duty-free and promotional inserts in our favourite magazines. Then came 2020 – and a jaunt down the road became an exotic outing, supplies became strictly essential and print editions took a hiatus.

Blind buying a fragrance can be a bit of a gamble. After all, good fragrances aren’t cheap and if you’re stumping up the cash for a novel scent you want to be sure you’re going to be more than satisfied with your purchase. A repeat purchase of an old faithful is a safe bet, but what if you fancy the thrill of experimentation?

Buying Fragrances Online

The lockdown challenge was simply to get samples into customers hands. Whether you’re first in line at reopening stores or feel more reticent about mixing with crowds, brands need to adapt to the reality of further local or regional shutdowns around the world. Smart retailers like the Perfume Shop are giving consumers more confidence by offering a free sample of the same scent with most purchases (you can return the unopened bottle), whereas some of the bigger retailers are left playing catch up. Making samples more accessible is something hopes to offer when they launch later this year, offering testers of the very best, lesser-known niche fragrances to trial at home. In addition, and carry testers from the likes of Creed, Bottega Veneta, Byredo, Bentley, Hermès, Frederic Malle and more, but it can take a while for new releases to trickle down.

Knowing your preferred fragrance family (floral, citrus, woody, aromatic, fougére, oriental) can help you make a more intelligent purchase, and the recent launch of a new database, Wikiparfum (, aims to help fragrance lovers search by favourite scent, brand or raw material, for an objective (non-gender based) selection of possible matches.

If there is one thing we have learned over the last few months, is that while our options for socialising might have been limited, putting on a scent purely for our own enjoyment can help us feel better in all sorts of ways. And it’s reassuring to know that even when our horizons have temporarily shrunk, we can always escape in a good bottle of scent. Here’s our edit of the best new launches to buy now.

D.S. & Durga Crystal Pistil


This scent is an itch that creator David Moltz has been trying to scratch ever since he discovered orange flower water in a back market store in Morocco. Recapturing an evocative experience is a common theme amongst perfumers, and orange blossom is a traditional element of classic cologne with an unmistakeable Mediterranean hallmark.

The name refers to the ‘crystalized flower parts’ on the ingredients list and pistil is the name given to the female part of a flower – a handy reminder of secondary biology class. Aside from the headline orange flower, it contains pink pepper, jasmine water, white musks and ambrette seeds and has the sheer transparency of lush blooms.

It’s the kind of scent one would spritz liberally post-shower, on sun-warmed skin under an open linen shirt, as you head out for dinner under a Balearic sky. Wear it alone or enhance another by layering with your own combination.

Fragrance Family: Citrus/Floral
For Fans Of: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
RRP: £148 for 50ml EDP

Buy now at Liberty London

Molton Brown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel


Molton Brown has gone to town with its new scent collection, which features 27 individual fragrances put together by a collective of 10 perfumers and packaged beautifully by Vincent Villeger in weighty flacons with gemstone-style resin caps.

Carla Chabert is the creative behind our seasonal pick, Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel. The call of the sea is strong for many and this marine-inspired composition evokes a salty shoreline of windswept cypress, jasmine and bergamot with a smoky undertone of musk and leather – like the embers of a campfire in an emerald cove.

It would be a shame and a waste to chuck out the stunning bottle at the end, so don’t. A refill of the EDP will set you back £75, from participating stores. And to help customers explore the range, Molton Brown are launching a fragrance finder service in-store and online from 28 August.

Fragrance Family: Aromatic
For Fans Of: Tom Ford Costa Azzurra, Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale, Paco Rabanne Invictus Acqua, Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt
RRP: £60 for 50ml EDT

Buy now at Amazon

Tom Daxon Iridium 71%


Iridium is a silvery-white metal from the platinum group, which gives us the concept behind Tom Daxon’s striking scent. This version – created by Carla and Jacques Chabert and based on the original – contains 71% fragrance oil, the maximum concentration of fragrance oil that’s permissible by regulation (read: added oomph).

Juniper, Angelica and carrot seed make the top notes, and powdery iris is a very distinctive signature with strong hints of pencil shavings from the cedar wood in the base. It’s smooth and clean and has an air of authority that might put you in the mood to clinch that important business pitch.

Fragrance Family: Woody
For Fans Of: Byredo Super Cedar, Dior Homme Intense
RRP: £110 for 50ml EDP

Buy now at Liberty London

Atelier Cologne Clémentine California Cologne Absolue


Atelier Cologne’s fruity bestseller should quench your thirst for a summery tipple. Clémentine California is as sunny as the name suggests, with the aforementioned juicy citrus paired with Italian mandarin, juniper, basil, vetiver and sandalwood.

For a citrus, it lasts well on the skin and will help transport you a place of cocktails and sunsets and even the morning after – the dry down is evocative of a freshly-cleaned bar, masking an undertone of cigarettes. Sounds weird, but it works.

Fragrance Family: Citrus
For Fans Of: Shay & Blue Blood Oranges, Acqua Di Parma Arancia di Capri, Creed Bois D’Cédrat
RRP: £98 for 100ml

Buy now at John Lewis

Byredo Deep Viola


For Seventies and Eighties kids, violet will always be synonymous with Swizzles Matlow Parma Violets – tiny purple penny sweets with a distinctive taste of perfumed sugar, and not much else. In the promotional blurb for Deep Viola, there’s a quote from Hamlet that refers to violets as the ‘primary youth of nature’. Inspiration aside, there is nothing childish about this scent. Saffron, angelica seeds and bergamot are underpinned by creamy orris and agarwood (oud) with spicy incense and vanilla. The heavy violet opener might be fleetingly reminiscent of something your Granny wore, but the leathery dry down suggests a mysterious nights in far flung places and a solid scent for evenings.

Fragrance Family: Oriental Floral
For Fans Of: Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano IX Violetta, Serge Lutens Palais Royal, Jo Malone Violet & Amber, Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose
RRP: £170 for 100ml EDP

Buy now at Harrods

Bentley Beyond The Collection Rich Pimento


Bentley is all about travel, even when we’re going nowhere. Rich Pimento takes the wearer on a journey inspired by the verdant landscapes in Cuba.

A fruity opening of rhubarb, grapefruit and bergamot gives way to red and black pepper, red pimento, geranium and bourbon, over cedar wood, tonka bean, amber and patchouli. The peppery element gives a gentle heat. It’s spicy and warm without being heavy, making it extremely wearable on both hot and cooler days.

Fragrance Family: Oriental/Green
For Fans Of: Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford Noir
RRP: £165 for 100ml EDP

Buy now at Harrods

Jo Malone London Yuja Cologne


This bright citrus takes inspiration from the Japanese yuzu fruit. Perfumer Celine Roux refers to it as the ‘Blossom Boy’ for its masculine stance in the Blossoms Collection. This opens with the perfectly balanced, not-too sweet or sour fruit, moves into heart notes of earthy Clary sage and reveals resinous fir balsam in the dry down. If you’ve ever travelled in the Asia-Pacific region, it will surely trigger happy memories.

Fragrance Family: Citrus
For Fans Of: Acqua Di Parma Yuzu, L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme, Penhaligon’s Eau de Verveine
RRP: £104 for 100ml

Buy now at Selfridges

Pasha De Cartier Parfum


Rich and enveloping, Cartier’s latest Parfum exudes luxury. The blue cabochon on the the silver tone cap nods to the same detail on the famous timepieces from the world-leading jewellers, and the ribbed glass and lid have a tactile feel.

A solid flacon holds an intense accord of sandalwood and patchouli over an amber base of labdanum, benzoin and tonka bean. This standalone scent retains the DNA of the EDT, but it is warmer and woodier with a boozy sweetness, and it will smell even more wonderful as we edge into autumn.

Fragrance Family: Woody Oriental
For Fans Of: Prada Amber Pour Homme, Valentino Uomo Intense, Chanel Bois des Iles
RRP: £77 for 50ml EDP

Buy now at Fragrance Direct

Carolina Herrera Bad Boy


First impressions? The Bad Boy flacon is quite the feat. Gold and black is a ritzy combination; add the skyscraper style and it wouldn’t look out of place in Drake’s bedazzling bathroom.

Spicy black and white pepper open the scent with Italian bergamot, revealing cedarwood and sage with tonka bean and absolut of cocoa in the dry down. It’s a fresh, sweet and addictive combination.

Fragrance Family: Oriental
For Fans Of: Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Black Extra, Armani Bois D’Encens
RRP: £55 for 50ml EDT

Buy now at John Lewis

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How to wear your watch correctly



As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

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

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

stylish watch

Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)



We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

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

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

man in closet

One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.


man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.


man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances



We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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