Match the biggest men’s fashion trends with the best new fragrances

Match the biggest men’s fashion trends with the best new fragrances

Writer Doug Wallace dissects the runways for the best men’s fashion trends of the season—and then finds the spritz to match.

Our second annual men’s spring fashion trend roundup (find last year’s here) features everything from throwbacks to backpacks, plus all the scent sensations to go with them. For the man’s man, the girlie man—and all points in-between. Try them on for size.

The Trend: ’90s Streetwear at Astrid Andersen

The Juice: Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Essence EDP, $118 (125 ml),

The Result: A heady triumph of cardamom, citrus, lavender and leather, the iconic Le Malle was created in the ’90s, and was reworked earlier this year. Happily, it remains punchy yet doesn’t take itself too seriously. Neither will the men who will wear the billowing “baggies” again with little to no irony.

The Trend: Big Shoulders at Balenciaga

The Juice: Ralph Lauren Polo Red Extreme EDP, $102 (75 ml),

The Result: This woody oriental packs refined fruit flavours into an herbal, amber and cocoa concoction that speaks to the ’80s—much like structured blazers with big shoulder pads that we were at one time so happy to see the back of.

The Trend: Caps at A.P.C. and Acne Studios

The Juice: Bvlgari Pour Homme Aqva Atlantique EDT, $98 (100 ml), 

The Result: An amber base grounds this hyperfresh citrus explosion. Beachy and invigorating, it will well suit the man who just wants to sit on the sideline of sporty.

The Trend: Backpacks at Prada and Givenchy

The Juice: Prada Luna Rossa Eau Sport EDT, $78 (50 ml),

The Result: Fresh and sporty and energizing, this one is for the outdoorsy types. Bergamot, lemon, ginger, lavender and cedar come together with seaside scents to make backpack over the sand dunes and stay there for a week or two.

The Trend: Jumpsuits at Valentino and Hermès

The Juice: Clean Reserve Citron Fig EDP, $130 (100 ml),

The Result: This is something for guys who are already a little outside the box. Simple, minimal and modern, the fragrance radiates fig, ginger, lemon, cardamom, orange and mint, with a smooth base of sandalwood, cedar and musk.

The Trend: Cream at Dries Van Noten

The Juice: Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum, $152 (90 ml),

The Result: This bold interpretation of the original is perfect for the man who is stylish without being dandyish. Let’s face it: Not many men can wear white well, but everyone can benefit from this parfum’s woody, spicy and leathery undertone. Expect cedar leaf, cardamom, pimento, fir resin and tonka bean, too.

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Doug Wallace is a Toronto-based writer who began his fragrance wardrobe with a bottle of the now-iconic Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel and hasn’t looked back. A big fan of scents by houses Lalique and Boucheron, he is currently having a fling with all-things-British, including Clive Christian, Floris and Penhaligon’s. He treasures the dusty shoulders of some of his more aged bottles just as much as he does the shiny young ones.