Men’s style and fragrance picks for spring

Men’s style and fragrance picks for spring

Flowers, lace, stripes, wrinkles: These spring men’s fashion trends beg for some new scent exploration. Try our style and fragrance suggestions on for size.

My friend Paul is a style icon in our crowd, always fitting dashes of the latest fashion trends into his haberdashery. He was the first person I went to for advice on these new looks listed below—and you can bet he has already worked each one into his spring wardrobe. Here are some of our favourite spring looks for men, straight from the runway, and the scents that you should be picking up to match.

The Trend: Frothy Fabrics

Seen At: Burberry, Gucci, Moschino

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The Juice: While most dudes would never go near it because the bottle is so 14-year-old-girl pink, the new Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Blush is the perfect way for men to get in touch with their feminine side.

The Result: No harm in experimenting! Trust us—this smells more green than pink, with a violet, lilies and freesia kick.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Blush, $90 (50 ml), www.thebay.com

The Trend: 50s Shirts

Seen At: Lanvin, Raf Simons, Louis Vuitton

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The Juice: Monsieur by Frederic Malle is our choice here, a delicious oriental vanilla for the “man’s man” with a musky finish.

The Result: Heady tangerine and rum combine in a way only your favourite bartender can duplicate, with a patchouli middle note to keep things retro.

Frederic Malle Monsieur, $320 (50 ml), www.holtrenfrew.com

The Trend: Florals

Seen At: Gucci, Richard James, Dior Homme

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The Juice: This bold trend begs for one of many hot floral scents for men currently on the market. We’ll suggest Clean Reserve Terra Woods, a new unisex floral with a woody undertone to play down the flower power somewhat.

The Result: Wood, jasmine, geranium and vanilla give this bold eau de parfum a masculine edge with staying power.

Clean Reserve Terra Woods, $125 (100 ml), www.sephora.com

The Trend: Stripes

Seen At: Givenchy, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Bottega Veneta

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The Juice: The elegance of the new Vince Camuto Eterno makes it the perfect mate for stripes, whether you’re going out on a limb or playing it like a grown-up.

The Result: Gentlemanly but au courant. This woody aromatic with citrus and cedar is dressed up with pepper and patchouli.

Vince Camuto Eterno, $103 (100 ml), www.vincecamuto.com

The Trend: Wrinkles

Seen At: Julien David, Kenzo, Yohji Yamamoto

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The Juice: These crumpled looks demand something reminiscent of fresh linen on a spring clothesline. Issey Miyake L’eau d’Issey Pour Homme Fraiche fits the bill, a new version of the 1994 favourite.

The Result: Airy and clean, with grapefruit, musk, pepper and white patchouli leading the way.

Issey Miyake L’eau d’Issey Pour Homme Fraiche, $99 (100 ml), www.thebay.com

PHOTO: Vogue.com (runway)
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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.