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Going out out again, eh? Whether you’re heading back to the office, or reuniting with friends, it can feel thrilling, and a bit daunting, after such a long break. There’s the mental gymnastics of figuring out what to wear – with a wardrobe of clothes that no longer fit or look as they should – but thankfully, you can never really go wrong with a fragrance.

Sales of scent rocketed during lockdown, and now you can enjoy sampling the new season releases straight from the perfume counter. This is Ape’s edit of the best seasonal scents available now.

Hermès H24

A new men’s fragrance from Hermès is a rare occurrence, so it warrants immediate investigation. From first whiff, we strongly suspect that H24 has the power to de-throne Terre D’Hermès as the top men’s summer perfume.

Composed by Christine Nagel, the distinctive accord features a prominent metallic note of sclarene, with green clary sage, narcissus and rose wood to warm the cool metal. It has a clean, classy vibe with solid, linear projection – and the makings of a blockbuster scent.

Buy now at John Lewis

Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto di Calabria La Spugnatura

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La Spugnatura is a much sexier word for ‘sponge’ – but make no mistake, this is Calabrian Bergamot: The Sponge Edition. The name refers to an artisanal extraction technique, where the essence of the fruit is harvested by the application of a sea sponge. This delicate process is done by hand to preserve more of the facets of the fruit, giving it a unique sillage. It’s a precious resource, hence the limited run.

The porcelain art deco bottle is refillable, so it can live on when the juice runs out, and the special pattern makes it ideal for Father’s Day gifting. It opens with a full on citrus medley of mandarin, bitter orange and grapefruit, with a green, floral undertone of galbanum, geranium, cedar and vetiver in the base. Familiar with the original? This one is fresher and longer lasting.

Buy now at John Lewis

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Collection Cologne Forte Aqua Universalis

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The Collection Cologne Forte is a trio of fresh, long-lasting summer-ready scents with Italian bergamot as a central theme: fruity Aqua Celestia, sun-soaked Aqua Vitae and Aqua Universalis.

Each has its own distinct personality (we thoroughly recommend sampling all three) but Aqua Universalis is a good place to start. Kurkdjian’s original inspiration came from unlikely source of the musks used in laundry detergent in the early 19th Century – now considered too pricey for mass production. A musky citrus, it contains the best Bulgarian rose and Calabrian bergamot, layered over a white flower accord of honeysuckle and sweet pea that captures the crisp, clean aroma of freshly laundered linen.

Buy now at Selfridges

Jo Malone Marmalade Collection Orange Peel Cologne

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As heavy rain washes away another late spring day, we’ll take comfort in Jo Malone’s rather jolly Marmalade Collection. This limited-edition range of five colognes is inspired by English fêtes and includes the classic tastes of a picnic spread with Blackberry & Bay, Tangy Rhubarb, Rose Blush, Orange Peel and Elderflower Cordial.

In a departure for the house, the collection comes in a unique cream bottle with a retro typeface that has a whiff of granny’s jam jars. The masculine scent of the ensemble, Orange Peel Cologne, is a woody citrus with a zesty, bitter fresh top note and a heart note of orange bigarade over a warm base of cashmere woods.

It’s bright and uplifting and has good staying power – unlike the average British summer. Grab it while you can.

Buy now at Lookfantastic

Montblanc Explorer Ultra Blue

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Free travel is limited at the moment, so we’re happy to embrace Montblanc’s spirit of adventure. Encased in azure blue, etched saffiano leather, Ultra Blue is a new flanker for its successful predecessor, Explorer.

An aromatic citrus scent, the main notes are exotic fruits, Sicilian bergamot and pink pepper, with marine notes and ambergris in the middle, and woody notes of Indonesian patchouli leaf and leather at the base.

Easy and breezy, it’s deliciously uncomplicated – rather like the holidays of old (a traffic-light-PCR-test-Brexit-paperwork-quarantine-free zone). It’s also available in a mini 30ml travel format – perfect for your next camping trip.

Buy now at Lookfantastic

Brioni Eau de Parfum

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Those who dream of slipping on a made-to-measure Brioni suit now have a chance to sample its wares without maxing the plastic. The eponymous new scent, composed by Michel Almairac, opens with an ozonic accord, crisp green apple and pink peppercorn, with a silky undertone of violet and creamy Ambroxan, cedar wood, Tonka bean and musk.

Powdery, peppery and aquatic, it’s a perfectly-tailored, fresh fragrance that will suit the warmer months. The silk label on the front of the smoky blue bottle is a nice touch and a tiny piece of Brioni’s famed craftsmanship.

Buy now at Brioni

D.S & Durga St.Vetyver

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D.S & Durga’s latest offering, St. Vetyver is a powerful grassy vetiver. With a diverse list of ingredients – sour orange, pink pepper, seagrass, cane, clove leaf, toquilla (palm) straw, vetyver, bread nut and rum agricole – it has a distinctly Caribbean flavour.

Like all things D.S & Durga, it’s a modern take on an old-world style. Earthy and aromatic, it won’t wilt in the heat, and will surely defy anyone who becomes anosmic to their regular scent.

Buy now at Todd Snyder

Bentley Momentum Unbreakable

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Unbreakable is the latest concept from Bentley Motors, adding to the Momentum line. A rock cutting covers the front of the bottle – a genuine slice of crystalline mica schist – neatly illustrating the theme. The tactile matt black finish on the back mimics the marque’s knurling from the second car built by W.O Bentley in 1919.

Expect a similar level of attention to the juice: a woody mineral accord containing violet leaves, mandarin sfuma, lavender, geranium, orris, patchouli, papyrus and Biotech ingredient Dreamwood, a sustainable alternative to Mysore sandalwood. It has a velvety smooth feel, like driving a Bentley.

Buy now at Harrods

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 + Patchouli

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Patchouli has been sullied by its associations with hippies and incense – it’s all a bit student bedroom. However, this patchouli is a very chic affair that you’ll definitely want to wear.

Perfumer Geza Schoen used two specific types: Patchouli Coeur, a clean, soft patchouli without the camphor note, and Indonesian patchouli oil to round out the top note. Mixed with the velvety cedar of Molecule 01, Iso E Super, it’s a match made in heaven.

Buy now at END.

Kenzo L’Eau Kenzo Hyperwave Pour Homme

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Love marine scents? Get on board with L’Eau Kenzo Hyper Wave. A tsunami of mandarin, aquatic notes over a base of moss make for an uncomplicated, refreshing summer scent from the French fashion house.

Kenzo Parfums collaborated with Seaqual Initiative to create a reusable, waterproof pouch made partly from recovered marine plastic – the perfect place to stash your beach valuables. Looking for a no-strings holiday fling with a smaller carbon footprint? This could be it.

Buy now at Boots

AMAN Sei

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Sei is inspired by Amangiri, the stunning luxury resort in Utah (check out the incredible pool). Perfumer Jacques Chabert creates a portrait of the rugged desert landscape using intense notes of pine needles, juniper and clary sage, over smouldering cedar, vetyver and ciste labdanum to create an earthy, aromatic scent that’s not heavy to wear once the temperatures rise.

Buy now at Aman

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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