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post #31 of 60
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I'd wear sweatpants every day if it was up to me.  So would you (whether you're willing to accept that or not is a different story, I suppose).


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post #32 of 60
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My last post has been waiting for a moderator's approval for the last day.  I don't know if it's going to go through...

 

Anyway, what do you guys think about Paco Rabanne's 1 million?  I love how the bottle looks...is it a good scent, and if so, for what occasion?


It's extremely loud (very sweet and projects like crazy). Typical douche scent, not a gentleman's sort of scent at all. It's strictly for clubbing or something, and even then it's pretty common.
post #33 of 60
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Originally Posted by viator View Post

OP you are overthinking this. Just choose one you like.

Exactly right.
post #34 of 60
Some decent recommendations here, I'll +1 everything DWFII and Master-Classter (I thought I recognized your screen name from somewhere) said. You might also want to check out the Basenotes forum, as it is basically the Styleforum of scents. As suggested, theperfumedcourt and luckyscent are very good for sampling, as are some upscale department stores. My personal favourite lines are Frederic Malle, Tom Ford Private Blend, Diptyque, and the much maligned Creed.
post #35 of 60
I'm surprised at the backlash to the OP's question. I don't know anything about cologne, but I don't think "Just pick what smells good to you" is the best advice for someone that knows nothing about the subject. I also don't think there's such a thing as "overthinking" something when you're on a forum that talks about how how much shirt cuff you should be showing when wearing a jacket.
post #36 of 60
Comme des Garcons Vettiveru. It's an Eau de Cologne so it's not overbearing, and it's a vetiver-based scent which is masculine while not being ridiculously macho. It's relatively safe while not being what every other guy on campus is going to be wearing.
post #37 of 60
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Originally Posted by Snew View Post

I want to create the facade that I know something about cologne; picking whatever smells good to me won't quite do that.



People like you make me throw up in my mouth a little.

Why don't you just give your life up and pretend to be someone else completely?

How in the world can you basically ask the internet to tell you what to wear, tell you how to carry yourself and tell you what to smell like? Are you going to also ask us what we think of your girlfriend?

Nothing's wrong for asking what scents other people like, what basenotes probably match your personality and you might like, that sort of thing. But something is really wrong with what you're trying to do.
post #38 of 60
We need more non conformist thinkers like you in our top tier law and business schools. Oh wait.

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Having spend some quality time in both law and business schools and with a decade of consulting and banking work under my belt I can assure you that you ARE over thinking this and your attitude makes you a total douche. And believe me, fitting in only gets you so far in a pool of ambitious high achievers who will make every effort to stand out.
post #39 of 60
Hermes Terre D'Hermes EDT

Hermes Concentre D'Orange Verte

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L'Homme EDT

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece EDT

Tom Ford Tuscan Leather


Edit: I'm 24. These are what I like, if that helps
post #40 of 60
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Originally Posted by althanis View Post

But something is really wrong with what you're trying to do.

I suspect you're over-reacting. Fragrances are a lot more complex than most people understand--they are a lot like shoes in that regard. biggrin.gif

It takes some time and some effort to really know what you're getting into. And even then a fragrance can turn on you as top notes evaporate and fade.

When I was in college it all seemed so simple--it was Old Spice or English Leather...or maybe Canoe. No male that I ever knew would even consider wearing Chanel #5.

Today most people over at Basenotes will tell you that there is no such thing as a "masculine fragrance" or a "feminine" fragrance. And many who are ostensibly male would even prefer Chanel #5 over my choices. (Different strokes and not my business.) And while I understand where they are coming from (phiosophically) I think it's rank sophistry to say that all fragrances are gender neutral...if only because we are not.

That said, most of the mainstream fragrances being marketed, even if touted as "masculine," are not significantly different than those being marketed to women. There's a similarity and a universality about their composition and notes.Everybody likes vanilla and there are many fragrances "for" men that are rose based.

Being an older man I don't care for that unisex approach. And I harken back to my early days when, as I said, it was much simpler.

But Basenotes and esp. theperfumedcourt.com can help you a lot by telling you what a particular fragrance is composed of and how it develops. Search for wood notes or leather notes or even asphalt notes...or jasmine or patchoulli, whatever. Buy a decant for $5.00 and wear it a couple of times.

Or, if just "what smells good" works for you...there's always Aqua Velva

No harm, no foul either way.
post #41 of 60
This is a pretty entertaining thread to read through - but their is substance coming out of the conversation in the generational shift as noted by DWFII. I was just trying to find the article that I read a few days ago that mentioned college aged men/boys are spending more on personal care products than their female counterparts.

That is worth having a conversation about.

Otherwise, I am thoroughly entertained by comments like Ebichuman's.
post #42 of 60
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Originally Posted by The Suit Guy View Post

This is a pretty entertaining thread to read through - but their is substance coming out of the conversation in the generational shift as noted by DWFII. I was just trying to find the article that I read a few days ago that mentioned college aged men/boys are spending more on personal care products than their female counterparts.
That is worth having a conversation about.
Otherwise, I am thoroughly entertained by comments like Ebichuman's.

I thank you for that.

But I will go on record as saying that I would much rather talk to someone who admits his ignorance (lack of knowledge does not automatically equate to stupidity) than someone who is so afraid to ask a question that they end up castigating those who aren't.

I don't know the OP, but it is the better part of decency to give him the benefit of the doubt.
post #43 of 60
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I'm 22 and just began classes at a tier 1 law school.  I've tried to transform my image into a more professional one; I wear slacks and an ironed dress shirt every day and just bought a snazzy pea coat that makes me look like a boss.  I feel as though a young gentleman such as myself could use a fragrance to complete the look - the problem is that I've never worn cologne and the Axe spray I used in college doesn't seem to cut it anymore.  I'm not sure if it matters, but I'm 5'10", white, athletically built, and my general demeanor is austere.

 
For class
I'm not sure what cologne I should wear to class, but I know that it needs to be subtle (I surely won't be using a lot).  I wear blue/light blue/white striped/patterned dress shirts and a mix of black, grey, and khaki slacks every day.  I'll be wearing a black single breasted car coat and leather gloves when it gets colder.  
 
Going out formally
I recently went to a "roundtable dinner" at my school at which business attire was required.  I wore a navy blue suit and a simple gold watch; I was feeling crisp, but I wish I had had a nice scent to add to the outfit.  I need a cologne that will compliment traditional suit attire at a formal event (for young men, of course).
 
Going out casually
My school is in the heart of NYC; there are plenty of places to go when I need to socialize.  I've only been to a club here once and went bar hopping twice. (I don't go out much [I study straight through most weekends.])  My usual going-out look is a dark dress shirt made to be untucked, possibly rolled sleeves, dark jeans, and white all purpose sneakers.  Sometimes I wear a dark polo over an undershirt instead.  I've been using Axe spray so far, but again, I feel as though a nice cologne would be a nice touch.
 
I'm not sure if this is the right forum to ask this question but I figured this definitely has to do with style and where better to ask.  Also, sorry for making my first post a request; I just don't have enough of a fashion sense to make a contribution of my own!  I really could use your help, and any input I get will be appreciated more than you know.  Thanks for reading.

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post #44 of 60
Cologne is so hot right now...even Bieber has his own...

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post #45 of 60
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post


I don't know the OP, but it is the better part of decency to give him the benefit of the doubt.

That's true, but I think the eyebrows were raised not because he's looking for a scent but the context around it. I mean, come on, he said he bought leather gloves because they made Patrick Bateman looks good... It's either a joke or he's got no self-awareness.

What's gonna happen when he needs to order business cards!? Bone....Eggshell....

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