Like all elements of a wardrobe, a fragrance cannot be worn with every outfit. As a general rule, keep your cologne gentle, fresh and matched with light fabrics at the start of the week before moving to the heavier woods and wools at the week's end. Still unsure? Here are our perfect colognes for your outfits this winter.
The Classic Businessman
A vaulted scent that honors the Duke of Windsor, the famed British royal synonymous with taking risks in life, love and style, The House of Creed's Royal Mayfair pays homage to those sartorial fellows who push the boundaries of tradition. Debuting nearly 80 years after its original commission, it is one of the brand?s most coveted accords, and the perfect day-to-night transition.
Wear it with a crisp navy suit, boisterous pocket square and trade the monkstraps for evening slippers.
Beautiful Black Tie
In a formal environment, having the correct cologne is vital . we have picked two for this category:
Evoking the adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit of the upper circles of the infant New York City, Upper Ten is a masculine tribute to the life force of the pioneers that built the unmatched metropolis.
Cedar, sandalwood and fine leather is balanced by a floral tone of geranium, the spice of cardamom and cinnamon, and an amber musk for a deep, solid base. Perfect with a flannel or deep pinstripe suit, Upper Ten is the winter fragrance for formal affairs.
For the more oriental man is this woody fragrance that evokes the many legends of the Ancient Silk Road journey from China to Arabia. With its hints of pink berry, myrtle and myrrh, solidifies with frankincense, cumin, cardamom and finished with saffron, nutmeg, sandalwood and musk, the Epic Man is the sentinel in the ballroom, the omniscient force of nature, and the guardian of the Legend.
Perfect Holiday Fragrance
Penhaligon's No. 33 Eau de Cologne opens with an aromatic yet smooth burst of crisp citrus, rustic armoise and clary sage alongside a bracing lavender note. Enriched by pepper, ginger and cardamom, geranium, tobacco, cedar and vetiver add a dry smokiness, and balance is brought by restrained sweetness of tonka, amber and vanilla.
Perfect for your next vacation, especially to warmer climes, match it with a light linen jacket, an open shirt and tan tassel loafers.
The Casual Weekender
Named in honour of the French boxer Georges Carpentier, The Orchid Man moves as effortlessly as he did from the boxing ring to the stage, and on to stock exchange floor.
Drawing its powerful scent from the animal leather of boxing gloves, perfumer Jérôme Epinette imbued a gym's humidity with patchouli, and sparkling freshness with Calabrian bergamot, before rounding with Madagascan black pepper.
An elegant fragrance for the resourceful modern man always ready for new adventures, the Orchid Man is perfect with well-cut jean, an open shirt, a cocktail and some weekend vibes.