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Amid the chaos that Covid-19 has caused, it’s certainly given many of us a greater appreciation of our ability to smell. Sure, we’d love to have learned this particular lesson from a less devastating force, but here we are, looking for the slimmest of silver linings. Early on in the pandemic, Kate Petrova, a data researcher, found a surge in negative reviews for some popular Yankee Candles, ostensibly from customers who didn’t realise their sense of smell had been affected.

Without a sense of smell or taste, our technicolour world becomes dull, black and white. Getting it back is a real hallelujah moment, and smell training is proven way to restore this crucial sense if it’s still distorted. The process involves sniffing common food odours, twice a day over a series of weeks, to retrain the brain to recognise aromas such as mint, garlic and coffee.

So, help protect your sense of smell by getting jabbed or boosted if you haven’t, upgrade from a surgical or cloth face covering to an FFP2 mask with superior filtration (that you can still smell through), and enjoy sniffing out your next signature scent from 20 blockbuster launches from the world’s greatest perfume houses.

Prada Luna Rossa Ocean

It’s hard to muster the enthusiasm for yet another video call, but when it features a guest appearance from Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal it’s a different prospect altogether. And so it was for the launch of Prada’s new scent, Luna Rossa Ocean, where we watched a preview of the actor pretending to sail into a storm-tossed sea for director, Johan Renck.

But don’t expect a hint of salt or sea in this scent. Stripped down to the bare elements, the fragrance opens with a zesty accord of bergamot, artemisia and pink pepper, followed by by iris cream accord of suede, saffron and sage over a base of musk, smooth Haitian vetiver and patchouli.

It’s a sporty, aromatic scent that will breathe fresh air into any occasion.

Buy now at John Lewis

BOSS Bottled Collector’s Edition

Bling is back with this gilded edition of BOSS Bottled. This festive makeover will bring a sense of occasion to the Christmas Day unboxing. Backed by the well-loved scent of spicy woods and fruits, it’s a solid gold gift for a known BOSS wearer.

Buy now at Amazon

Lalique White in Black


Don’t watch the Antiques Roadshow? Trust us, the best bit is usually when a a cheap charity shop vase turns out to be an original Lalique glasswork worth considerably more. Turning the artistry from glassware to fragrance, Lalique keep the bar high.

White in Black is a smooth vanilla that opens with bergamot, grapefruit and incense with heart notes of white cedar wood, patchouli, tolu balsam and ambroxan, finishing with a dry down of cardamom, pink peppercorn, elemi and lavandin.

Buy now at Lalique

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne


For the festive season Jo Malone has a series of limited editions, including this starburst bottle design for one of our favourite men’s scents, Wood Sage & Sea Salt. The scent captures those bracing winter walks on the beach with a mix of earthy sage, ambrette and the mineral tang of salty sea air.

Buy now at Feelunique

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Pour Homme


Scandal Pour Homme has all the ingredients for a gourmand oriental scent. On a boxing theme, the refillable glass bottle is topped by a gold crown lid and the juice, which has an inky hue, packs a heavyweight punch that lands very well on the skin.

Imagine a dessert on MasterChef that the judges praise for the careful balancing act between edible notes of caramel, vanilla and tonka bean and refreshing top notes of citrus and sage, and you’ve got the taste of this sweet treat.

Buy now at John Lewis

Moncler Pour Homme


For a brand that’s been making cold-weather wear since 1952, it’s hard to believe that Moncler only just launched its first-ever fragrance for men. The haute fashion line, Moncler Genius, has raised our expectations on the brand’s innovations and Moncler Pour Homme certainly holds a few surprises.

Shaped like a flask, the hefty chrome bottle holds a logo that doubles as a control button for the LED screen above. This illuminated display reveals the brand’s name, or it can be personalised with your own. It’s built to last with a USB charger, and it’s refillable; simply push the buttons at the base to release the cartridge inside.

The scent takes inspiration from the alpine slopes, with green notes, clary sage, cypress and pine resin over an amber base of a medley of wood including sandalwood, cedar and vetiver. Peppery and warm, it’s like walking into the comforting embrace of the wood-fired chalet after the chill of the snowy piste.

Buy now at Selfridges

Brioni Eau de Parfum Intense


Brioni fragrances are a bit like buses, you wait around for ages only for two to show up in quick succession. Brioni Eau de Parfum Intense is the follow up to the inaugural Eau de Parfum. Dressed in inky black with a silken label, the scent opens with a blend of Italian citrus oils and pink peppercorn with patchouli, saffron and green apple layered over a base of vanilla, oud and ambroxan. It’s the olfactive equivalent of an impeccably-cut tuxedo.

Buy now at Brioni

Calvin Klein Defy


Which came first for Richard Madden, landing a lead role in Eternals or a Calvin Klein contract to front its latest scent? Only the actor’s inner circle would know, but it’s funny how brands tap the next big thing with uncanny timing.

Calvin Klein has a history of capturing the generational mood, so does Defy match the times? It’s a comfortable blend of bergamot, mandarin and cedar leaf oils, lavender, vetiver and violet leaf over a base of vetiver, amber and musk. Like the denim jacket Madden wears in the campaign, Defy is fresh and uncomplicated.

Buy now at John Lewis

David Beckham Collection


David Beckham presents a trio of colourful Eau de Parfums inspired by his globetrotting experiences in the US, UK and Asia.

Housed in simple, weighty glass bottles, we have Aromatic Greens, a woody green fragrance that take its cues from the English countryside (and perhaps Beckham’s own Cotswolds estate) that features lemon, absinthe and mint over powdery orris and crisp apple and an earthy, woody base of patchouli.

Infinite Aqua harks back to the 1990s trend for marine scents and comes from his time spent by the Pacific Ocean. Composed with lemon, fig, lavender, water lily and ocean breeze accord, we think it’s one to bank for summer.

For now, go for Refined Woods: a warm and woody amber oriental with cedar, tonka and cedar wood around a floral heart of lavender and geranium.

Buy now at The Perfume Shop

Maison Margiela Replica Autumn Vibes


The trees might be bare, but we are more than happy to keep crunching those golden autumn leaves with this woody scent from Maison Margiela. Shinrin yoku, or forest bathing, is all the rage, so douse yourself in this zen inducing combination of cardamom, pink peppercorn, cedarwood, moss accord and fir balsam.

Buy now at Space NK

Dior Sauvage Elixir


Elixir takes the Sauvage story to an intense dimension that we are here for. Dior Perfumer Creator, Francois Demachy, has elevated the exclusive Alpine lavender essence (which has a distinguishable hay and vanilla note) and blended it with cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, Martinican rum, tobacco and liquorice, patchouli, vetiver and Frankincense.

Smooth and sophisticated, it has all the festive elements of citrus, spice, liquor and a gift from a biblical King, with long-lasting performance.

Buy now at John Lewis

Ralph Lauren Ralph’s Club


With its antique-style hip flask, Ralph Lauren’s latest scent sets the tone for a wood-panelled, gentlemen-only members club, replete with the funk of cigar smoke and whisky. But Ralph’s Club welcomes all, and the smoking area is firmly outside.

While it’s rooted in the classic with notes of Virginia cedarwood, clary sage and vetiver, lavandin, apple and grapefruit create a fresh and fruity opening, while geranium and orange blossom give it a younger, floral edge.

Buy now at Lookfantastic

Armani Privé Cyprès Pantelleria


Fancy some winter sun? Cyprès Pantelleria, from Giorgio Armani’s exclusive line is a chypre, which is a family of fragrances based around citrus, cistus labdanum and oak moss.

This translucent scent contains a Mediterranean blend neroli, mandarin, bergamot and cedar in the top; an aquatic accord, clary sage and cypress essence in the heart; and a base of oak moss and vetiver. It evokes wild beaches and driftwood. Headed somewhere hotter and sunnier over the festive break? This is an inbound essential.

Buy now at John Lewis

Burberry Hero


In case you’ve missed it, Burberry tapped House of Gucci actor Adam Driver to front Hero, its latest pillar scent for men. Shot in the Canary Islands, Driver didn’t have to wear much for the campaign, just some trousers, and to run and swim as fast as a horse, while being absolutely ripped.

Meanwhile, the woody fragrance reads like a minimal recipe of just four ingredients: bergamot, juniper, black pepper and cedarwood. Closer inspection reveals that the latter is actually three specific cedar wood essences from far-flung provenances, including the Appalachians, the Atlas Mountains and the Himalayas. Heroic antics from just a spritz.

Buy now at John Lewis

Tom Ford Private Blend Ébène Fumé


Here’s another Private Blend to add to our crowded cabinet. Ébène Fumé, or smoked ebony, is a rich, sensual blend of black pepper absolute, violet leaf, rose neoabsolute, gauiac wood, cistus absolute and Palo Santo smoke.

Used in shamanic rituals, this special ‘holy’ wood is used to promote physical healing, clear negative energy and bring yourself closer to the divine; resolutions that we’re down with for 2022.

Buy now at John Lewis

Comme des Garçons Rouge


Want something out of the ordinary? Go for Comme des Garçons, purveyors of weird and wonderful scents. Dressed in the colour of Christmas, Rouge is a heady dose of pink peppercorn and Indonesian ginger, earthy beetroot, Egyptian geranium, with a woody patchouli and cistus, that smells like spicy amber incense with a gently fizzing, piquant top.

It’s unique charms will warm the cockles on a cold day.

Buy now at END.

Paco Rabanne Phantom


Christmas brings out the novelty, and Paco Rabanne’s latest robotic offering certainly scratches that itch. As a grown up, however, is it the kind of thing we want knocking around the house once the celebrations are over? Well, let’s not be a Grinch – it’s all a bit of fun.

The bluetooth-enabled cap opens up the Phantom Universe: three different sets of robot filters, including one you can dance along to, plus a playlist of history’s greatest number ones. Does it smell dark and mysterious like the name, Phantom, might suggest? It’s a fruity cocktail of lemon, apple, lavender and sweet vanilla. Phantom is a Christmas cracker – all that’s missing is the paper hat.

Buy now at Allbeauty

La Collection Privée Christian Dior Tobacolor


From Dior’s exclusive line comes Tobacolor, a celebration of the intoxicating hot-cold taste of tobacco through a nargileh or hookah. Sweet vernal grass, golden hay, hints of peach and plum marinated in rum, Turkish black tobacco absolute, hints of cinnamon maté, chocolate and tonka bean, create a honeyed, delectable scent to wrap yourself in for the winter months.

Buy now at DIOR

Jimmy Choo Urban Hero Gold Edition


Just like a pair of crystal encrusted Jimmy Choo trainers, you can rely on this Gold Edition of Urban Hero to shine at the party.

Blood orange, pineapple and basil come together with lavandin, tonka bean and amber tonic over a base of sandalwood, moss and musks, it will leave a sweet and fruity trail on the NYE dance floor.

Buy now at Amazon

Montblanc Legend EDP


Can you improve on a great scent? Enhancing its charms through an Eau de Parfum, this leathery version of Montblanc Legend is a slow burner. A confection of bergamot, violet leaves, magnolia, leather and wood, it’s deeper and richer and seems to get better and better.

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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