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The Art of Men’s Fragrance

Evening Gents,

We all know that scent is the strongest sense tied to memory, and that smell is the most sensitive of all the human senses. But did you know that your sense of smell is linked to emotional recollection (including pleasure & good memories), and that unfortunately for us women have a much stronger sense of smell than men? So ask yourself:

1.      Am I leaving this lady with a long-lasting pleasant memory that sparks good emotions and a cute smile when I walk up, or a reoccurring nasal nightmare that makes her associate me with trashcans?

More importantly;

2.     Am I making the absolute most of this valuable connection into the mind that controls those beautiful curves?

Well if you haven’t received a compliment on your man scent from the fairer sex in the past few weeks, most likely there is room for improvement.

Volume & Location

As The Gentlemen have already explained, one important rule to remember in men’s fragrance is not to marinate in your cologne. Everyone knows that guy that drenches himself in a good half bottle of “A&F-Fierce” before going out, and you better believe he is remembered (not fondly) by anyone who comes anywhere near him. So what is the appropriate amount of man scent? Depending on the strength of the cologne; generally apply 1-2 light sprays from an arm’s length away (not to concentrate in one spot).

There are a couple of different points on the body to choose from when wearing cologne. Generally the junction between the chest and neck is best area (good blood circulation and consistent body temperature). You can also apply it to your wrists, abdomen, or even behind your ears.

 

 Timing Is Everything

Maybe you heard that Matthew McConaughey doesn’t shower often or wear antiperspirant, and maybe you are thinking of following in his dirty footsteps. Well you are not Matthew McConaughey. It should go without saying, but just to be safe: A GENTLEMAN SHOWERS EVERYDAY. And after a nice hot shower, when your pores are open, is the best time to apply your cologne. It will last longer and mingle with your own natural scents to create something original and unique.

While on the subject of bodily scents, your sweat contains toxins and traces of your diet/habits. Smoking cigs, crushing beers, & eating unhealthy foods can affect the way you smell naturally, and consequently change the way your cologne smells. Just something to keep in mind in the drive-thru.

So check out some of the great summer colognes The Gentlemen have recommended, and remember to change your scent with the seasons. Always keep in mind that the way you smell can be a handy tool in creating a positive memory that yields future dividends, or a quick way to scare off anyone you were hoping to keep around.

Cheers,

D.Y. Gennings

Suit Up! 5 Ways to Spice Up a Suit

Suits featuredThere is little debate that every young gent should include at least one suit in their wardrobe.  It’s what goes beyond the suit where problems start to occur.  Many times it is hard to find ways to make the wardrobe unique to its wearer.  In an era of homogeneity, Dapper Young Gentleman is here with a few tips to set you apart from the crowd.

  1. Patterned Shirts-  Long gone are the days where plain white shirts are the only thing to wear under a jacket.  These days patterns are the only way to go.  While it is important that the shirt doesn’t take away from the suit itself, many styles can still be seen as complimentary.  Our recommendation is a simple, yet not understated plaid shirt.  This adjustment can really make an outfit stand out.
  2. Cuff Links-  Nothing brings out the sophistication of suit like a pair of fancy cuff lengths.  With countless styles to choose from, it is easy to find just the right pair to match your personality.  Note that cuff links are used with French Cuffs, which in their own right, bring about a style all their own.
  3. Tie and Pocket Square- Here is another way that you can show off your personality.  Again there are countless combinations to choose from.  One thing to remember when picking, be sure that it is not a distraction.  Like in many aspects of life, sometimes less is more.  Important thing to remember, the tie and pocket square do not have to be the exact same.  Having said that, they do need to be complementary to one another.
  4. Socks-  One commonly overlooked aspect of dressing up, the socks are a great way to show your fun side.  Don’t be afraid to add a little bit of color to your step.  Just look at George H. Bush, he definitely knows where it’t at when it comes to his sock game.
  5. Shoes-  Often the first thing that people notice, the shoes are essential to making a suit pop.  To help you out further, we have already discussed shoes briefly with our wingtip shoe feature.  Also remember it’s imperative that you match your shoes to your belt.

So what have we learned from this brief overview?  Sometimes less is more; while going over the top is alright in some situations, more often than not it leaves you looking like a fool.  Be careful to properly match your items, its much easier to make a suit look bad than it is good.  Choose accessories that are an extension of your personality, in doing so you’ll feel much more confident.  Be a little bit cocky, the easiest way to make a suit look good is to own it with confidence.

The Wingtip Shoe

mctavish-WING-TIP-SHOESProperly referred to as brogues, the wingtip shoe brings a little classic English haberdashery to your style. Paired with the right pair of pants, a nice pair of wingtips can really make the difference for a gentleman’s look. They help bring an air of sophistication, effectively separating you from the less remarkable gentleman around you. We here at the Dapper Young Gentleman highly recommend you gents add a pair of wingtips to your shoe game, and if you need a place to start we’ve got you.

If money isn’t an issue you can find an incredible pair of To Boot New York Windsor Brogues at Nordstrom here: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/to-boot-new-york-windsor-wingtip-oxford-men-online-only/3553882?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=4685&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_13_C

If you’re a gent with a budget you can find quality wingtips at Aldo for more affordable prices here: http://www.aldoshoes.com/us/men/shoes/dress-lace-ups/90796988-kitchell/28

The next time you walk in to work or the bar or whatever it is you’re doing, do so in style. Do so in a pair of wingtips.

Shoutout to trashness.com for the photo

5 Summer Colognes Every Young Gentleman Needs

Summer is a wonderful time for men everywhere for several reasons: the outdoors are far more inviting, the women look great in their sundresses, and we as men now have an excuse to drink seemingly everyday (as if we needed one). But summertime isn’t all pounding brews and wake boarding, believe it or not there are negatives as well. One of those negatives is that whatever cologne your wearing is activated by heat, meaning that a cologne that was perfect during the winter is now totally overpowering, instead of attracting the opposite sex all your accomplishing now is making them lightheaded. The answer? A lighter cologne designed for summer, one that may have seemed too weak during the winter but now feels just right, and here at the Dapper Young Gentleman we have five for you to consider.

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1. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue $70

The Gentleman happens to personally own two of these fragrances, and this is one of them. Light Blue is light and citrusy, it’s different and absolutely perfect for summer wear. You also get a lot more bang for your buck here, the average cologne you’ll buy at this price will contain about 3.4 oz. of the smell good, where Light Blue is hitting you with with 4.2 oz. This cologne is flexible, you could use it during the day, at the office, on a date, or out at night. Light Blue pops up on almost any list of summer colognes, this one is simultaneously a classic and an essential.

 

 

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2. Frapin 1270 $155

This one is for the more dedicated or affluent gents among us. 1270 is for a night out, it’s an impress the ladies kind of cologne. It contains hints of honey, orange, and cocoa all mixed together, and while it’s the strongest scent we would recommend for a summer cologne I can personally assure that this stuff smells great.

 

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3. Bvlgari Man $70

This is the other cologne The Gentleman is proud to say he owns, and it has the prototypical level of lightness you need in a summer fragrance. With Bvlgari Man you get a woody summer scent that smells like a modern take on the colognes your dad used to wear. This is a classy fragrance, wear it at the office or at night.

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4. Acqua di Parma Eau de Colonia $150

This one comes highly rated from of The Gentleman’s most trusted cologne experts, and while it’s another expensive cologne, this one smells great and has a rich history of being used by gentlemen all the way back to WWI. It smells a mixture of lavender and citrus and can be used at nearly any type of occasion.

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5. Polo Sport $60

This one quite a few of you young gents out there should be familiar with, it’s a classic. It smells very fresh and clean as Polo colognes tend to do. This one is affordable, and with it’s light yet long lasting nature, is another essential for any man.