I'm very new to fragrances and my starting motivation was something close to this subject. Try to see the big picture. Fragrances merely add (or subtract) from your image. There are many answers since nobody is after the same goal.
If you are trying to impress a perfumista, you might have to spend much time learning. If the goal is to attract women from lower echelons of society, or younger ones, or the majority that has no clue about scents, then anything decent goes, including the dreaded ADG and CW that aren't held in high esteem here.
Fragrances are like clothing, demeanor, social status, physical appearance. Just part of something much larger, which is style. Fashion passes and style remains, never forget that.
My current plan is to find 3 signature scents that cover all possible situations. One casual, one romantic/fun, one formal. I do confess I did it the worst way possible, blind purchases, but I trust my taste and abstraction. So in one spree I bought Roadster, Le Male and Antaeus. The big bottles even. Fortunately, they aren't bad at all, specially from the point of view of people who usually think scents are to be used on "special occasions" only. Still, I only clicked with Roadster and so the search goes on.
Also, let's face the truth, most men are after younger, pretty girls. Therefore, dated, oldish, too strong, controversial scents aren't the way to go, no matter how much Luca Turin and basenoters praise them.
However, the same can be said of popular scents that can't be worn everywhere. Grasp this, Joop isn't an office scent. Nor Le Male. Nor A*men. You are only hurting yourself; I certainly wouldn't want to have bosses/customers smelling me with such scents on.
Unless, of course, it's something you really love. But then wear it at home.
Another hint to get more women is to avoid acting like the troll above.
Short version: supposing most men want younger girls, scents which carry at least hints of freshness and sweetness is the way to go. Nothing too dated, too strong, or with controversial notes.
PS: I've merely started reading the niche vs designer thread and I've already got a gut feeling that marine and sweet accords are NOT in any way inferior to spicy, woody accords. It's just an artificial moat dug by some people to feel better with their "superior" taste. So trust your nose, wear what you enjoy.