I'd go for Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver for every scenario - oozes class!
Thread: New job - New fragrances
The list just keeps getting bigger, I love it! Please keep them coming!
I have a feeling i'll need to make multiple trips to test these frags, but it will be well worth it.
As for GIT, the guy that interviewed me was wearing GIT. Definitely a great scent, but I have always felt it doesn't bode well for someone in his early 20s.
I'd go for Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver for every scenario - oozes class!
For Rive Gauche, do you recommend the PH? Also, do you think it will come off well for someone my age? I have smelled RG before, but I remember thinking it smelled a bit more mature (someone who would be 35+). Maybe I am mistaken though, it has been quite awhile.
^ You can get away with wearing just about anything if you wear it with confidence. If people experience any cognitive dissonance when a "young" person wears an "mature" scent, the visual of the young person will win every time. In other words, when a young person wears a mature scent, it becomes a young scent.
Trust me, I am a relatively young person with relatively modern sensibilities, and I've never had an issue wearing scents that are 30, 50, even 100 years old. Just think of it is as going subtly "vintage"
"It's not what you look like when you're doing what you're doing; it's what you're doing when you're doing what you look like you're doing."
Honestly, the whole idea of age appropriateness for fragrances strikes me as a bit absurd. I'm 21, and I regularly wear all kinds of 'old guy' frags, ranging from barbershop classics like Pinaud Clubman and various bay rums to 80s powerhouses. And nobody bats an eye (well, in fairness... No one says anything to my face...). Hell, the only genres that I don't really wear are 'young guy' aquatics and gourmands.
The point is that we draw way too many fine distinctions on here. Smelling good is smelling good more often than not, and the rest is just icing.
But even with all that aside, Rive Gauche is definitely classic in style, but it's interesting enough to avoid being stodgy. So give it a shot, if it interest you.
Last edited by StylinLA; 28th June 2011 at 05:18 PM.
I actually have a bottle of Tom Ford GV waiting for me at home. My cousin bought it for me as a graduation gift I had told her I wanted TF Tobacco Vanille (I smelled it a month ago and thought it was amazing), but apparently she couldn't find it. I am quite excited to crack it open when I get back.
As for the age comment, I guess it has more to do with how I feel. I just associate certain scents with certain people/age groups so in turn feel awkward wearing them. It would make sense however that it would be irrelevant if I wear it with style and project my youthfulness.
BTW, I plan to compile a full list using all of your recommendations to help men in my position in the future, so all the additional details are extremely helpful. I would imagine there are tons of other men out there in my position that will likely ask these same questions, but no receive the same extensive amount of support and information from the BN community.
In all seriousness, I back the TF Grey Vetiver recommendation. It'll show them you're an alpha male who isn't stuffy - serious, but edgy - and would be great for your job role.
Just got back to mainland Ecuador and found a store that had L'Instant De Guerlain EDT...SERIOUS Winner. This stuff smells absolutely amazing. My only question is the EDT vs EDP version, how much of a difference is there?
I also tried out Kenzo Power, seemed too floral for me though. The longevity was poor as well (I can't smell it anymore on my wrist after only 90 minutes).
The EdT is a bit more conservative, but it is sneaky sweet-ish.
A clever way to go could be the EdT by day, the EdP by night. They are fairly similar, but different enough to own both IMO. (I do, and sometimes layer them). Would give you a pretty consistent "smell" personality. Neither are all that common either. The EdP can be tough to find in US. It comes and goes from websites. I have never seen it in a store here. Grab it there if you like it.
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Ya the EDT seemed conservative, but not stiff or boring. I could definitely see myself wearing this out for a nice dinner with the bosses or clients.
Rive Gauche, Havana, Caron the Third Man, Antaeus and Terre should get some attention.
I managed to smell a few other frags at a different store:
YSL Homme and Burberry London were fantastic.
Prada Infusion was decent, but I like Mugler far more.
Platinum Egoiste I am iffy on. Although it smells nice and definitely classy, I find it a tad dull. I am curious to see how it develops during dry down.
I would echo the kudos on L'Instant de Guerlain EDT and Caron Le Troisieme. They serve me well in my law office and entertaining clients.
The collective nose of office staff in the US prefers more pleasant frags. European favorites are a hit or miss sometimes. Become acquainted the holy trinity of scent:
Chanel (Platinum Egoiste, BdC, Allure Homme)
Creed (Original Vetiver, MI, GIT)
Guerlain (L'Instant, Eau de Guerlain, Heritage, Habit Rouge)
as an alternative
Prada Infusion D'Homme
Jack Black JB Signature EDP
Cartier Roadster or Declaration
imo, at 23, Tom Ford Gray Vetiver is trying too hard... smells like old man
adversity introduces a man to himself -anonymous
The more I smell the Chanel PE on my arm, the more I like it and think it is the perfect scent for my office. The dry down just screams sophistication to me.
Here is my lineup for work:
-Bleu De Chanel - Perfect mix of young and mature classy
-Prada Infusion D'homme - perfect soap.
-Chanel Allure Homme sport - casual fridays
-Chanel Platinum Egoiste - Power scent. I don't F* around when I wear this, which is probably 50% of the time
-Prada Infusion D'homme -perfect Soap
-Chanel Allure Homme Sport - Casual warm spring
- Guerlain pour homme extreme - pure class with a touch of sweetness
- Burberry brit - winter soap
- Hermes Terre D'Hermes - warm fall
- Chanel Sycomore - cool fall
- Burberry Brit - fall soap
Sample Puredistance M next time you visit the Scent Bar...
Having never smelled the original Egoiste (shame!), I must say that I find Platinum Egoiste underrated (double shame! hiss!). It's very easy to like, yet still stands apart from the AdG/ArmaniCode/Nautica crowd. I also second the HM, Dior Homme, and L'Instant recommendations; they have gourmand flourishes without being out-and-out foody, and are sophisticated enough for the office. Frankly, I'd stay away from any of the A*Men spawn, even Pure Havane - they're delicious, but too sweet, loud, and (sorry, guys) juvenile for the workplace.Originally Posted by buyza54
Honestly, don't force it. If you're uncomfortable wearing a '60s classic because you feel like you're playing dressup in your dad's clothes, that awkwardness will translate to the way you carry yourself at work, and you'll run the risk of appearing to try too hard. You need to feel sharp and confident in whatever you wear, so stick to what turns your crank and save the exploration of vintage/"mature" stuff for when you've punched out. (You're 23, you've got lots of time to warm up to Eau Sauvage or Rive Gauche.)Originally Posted by buyza54
Above all, whatever you wear, go easy on the trigger. Let common sense be your guide, and save the overapplication for Friday night.
I wore Chanel EP to my first day of work and it killed. I had three female workers comment (one of them being a partner at the firm). Even one of my obnoxious male coworkers asked what I was wearing, and then when I told him it was a little something I picked up abroad, he said "oh...it's decent..."