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    I'm trying to put together a good lineup. Was wondering what classy suit & tie (family dinner, church, business) fragrance some of you use. With my dry skin, longevity is top priority, followed by if it smells good to/on me. I tried some Varvatos Vintage and the top notes smell like rotten fruit on me, but the dry down after an hour really smells good. Also, I'm looking for designer, not niche (just can't bring myself to spend over $100)

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    All depends on your taste....

    I find that the classic Chanel men's scents (pre-Platinum Egoiste) work wonderfully as formal scents.

    If you're looking for something sweeter, L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme is an excellent formal scent.

    The Third Man by Caron is classy and timeless.

    Bulgari Pour Homme (the original) is a wonderful inoffensive formal scent, I believe. Extremely pleasant.

    If you want to smell fresh and clean, Cacharel pour L'homme or Mugler Cologne both smell very dapper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverpunk View Post
    I'm trying to put together a good lineup. Was wondering what classy suit & tie (family dinner, church, business) fragrance some of you use. With my dry skin, longevity is top priority, followed by if it smells good to/on me. I tried some Varvatos Vintage and the top notes smell like rotten fruit on me, but the dry down after an hour really smells good. Also, I'm looking for designer, not niche (just can't bring myself to spend over $100)
    Lots of niche frags are quite affordable. Parfums di Nicolai frags are $45 a bottle. Gendarme is $50 discounted.

    Try Rive Gauche Pour Homme. You can get it online for $30-$40. Very long lasting.

    http://www.parfum1.com/rive-gauche-h...?itm=RIVEMTS42

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    Ahhh...I'm clueless on the niche frags. Where could I physically go to try some of these out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverpunk View Post
    Ahhh...I'm clueless on the niche frags. Where could I physically go to try some of these out?
    Are you in Atlanta ?

    Try Marc Jacobs Bang! at Macy's, Bloomingdales. It's quite pleasant, peppery smell good for many occassions

    Gendarme is at Bloomingdales in Atlanta as well, most likely Nordstrom too

    Try Burberry London at Sephora


    There's a Neiman Marcus - probably the best dept store in your area for niche.
    3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta
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    Chanel Platinum Egoiste is the most formal scent I have ever used.

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    Tiffany for Men. Period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverpunk View Post
    I'm trying to put together a good lineup. Was wondering what classy suit & tie (family dinner, church, business) fragrance some of you use.

    From my own collection, under $100 price+shipping, suit-and-tie: Grey Flannel, l'Anarchiste, Infusion d'Iris.

    One thing that's nice about the more-expensive Knize Ten, Knize Forest, and C&S No. 88 is that they also work well with less-formal wear, whereas there isn't much casual about Chanel No. 19.

    And, although I don't own them, I think Eau Sauvage and Acqua di Parma Colonia are both very classy.

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    I would wear anything you desire to your taste, as long as it does not knock anyone off his feet. Elegance is what your definition wants to say, but usually implies understated and timeless.

    Traditional "suit" scents, IMO, are:

    Mouchoir de Monsieur EDT by Guerlain. A classic lavender/vanilla with civet.

    Habit Rouge by Guerlain. Citrus, vanilla and leather. Try to find the eau de parfum, sold as Beau Cavalier in North America.

    Richard James Eau de Toilette. A tuberose/spice blend with subtle notes of tobacco, leather and a "clean shirt" accord. Made by the bespoke tailor in Savile Row.

    Le Troisieme Homme (The Third Man). A wonderful lavender/vanilla.

    Penhaligon's Sartorial. Inspired by Savile Row bespoke tailor Norton and Sons. Many notes, but I like the leather and vanilla in the drydown.

    Equipage by Hermes. A jasmine/floral with spice.
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    I wear a suit and tie all day, everyday. So for me anything goes and it's based on my mood and the weather--then based on the occasion. But to answer OP's question specifically, I would recommend the following from my wardrobe and experience:
    Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Dior Eau Sauvage
    Ungaro Pour L'Homme III
    Chanel Antaeus
    Chanel Egoiste
    Baldesarini original EDC

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    I would also like to add the new Guerlain Arsene Lupin Le Dandy launched recently. Very elegant and floral. A violet/leather.

    TOP: Bergamot, Baies rose, Bois de rose

    MID: Violet, Sage, Olibanum, Cardamom

    BASE: Leather, Patchouli, Mixed Spices
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    The obvious ones are Armani Code and Chanel Blanche

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    Antaeus by Chanel.

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    Patou pour Homme
    Sycomore (new)
    Ungaro 1
    Loewe pour Homme (vintage)
    Lauder for Men
    Ormonde Man
    Mugler Cologne
    Yatagan
    Jules
    Blenheim Bouquet
    Cuir Mauresque
    Or Black
    Bel Ami
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    when I go to work I reach for: Balengancia Pour Homme, Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, Aramis edt or Mugler cologne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    Bulgari Pour Homme (the original) is a wonderful inoffensive formal scent, I believe. Extremely pleasant.
    +1 on Bulgari PH.

    I like to go fresh and clean when I wear a suit (usually pitching to investors/customers, so don't want anything in the least bit strong or possibly offensive). Other frags I go with include Grey Vetiver & Prada Infusion d'Vetiver. Don't own Mugler, but have smelled it, and feel that it fits in this same category.

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    Chanel Pour Monsieur.

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    Another lavender/vanilla fougere:

    1725 Casanova by Histoires de Parfums. At $185, this is not cheap.

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    Was wondering what classy suit & tie (family dinner, church, business) fragrance some of you use.
    Ok, they are not cheap, but for your requirements I concur with C&S 88, and I'll add in a Serge Lutens suggestion: encens et lavande.

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    Another vote for Chanel pour Monsieur, also mentioning:

    Monsieur de Givenchy
    Paco Rabanne pour Homme
    Gucci Nobile (vintage)

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    Lagerfeld Classic

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    All excellent choices. I would veer into the more aggressive and suggest Van Cleef & Arpels, Zino Davidoff or Ungaro III.
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