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Spring means time to swap fragrances from woodsy winter to sporty spring
By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

There is something about spring and the subsequent summer months that leave us more open to adventure and taking life in with even deeper breaths. That bolder, yet lighter approach should be reflected in what fragrance you wear.

Here are some great options, whether you seek sportily freshness or sexier sultriness now that you are showing more skin.

Why go light as the weather warms? Fragrances are dependent on heat – the molecules on your skin heat up and evaporate, creating a scent trail around you – so they smell stronger in spring and summer. That’s why lighter scents, like citrus, botanical and aquatic notes, are preferred.

Spring sets the stage for switching things up in each area of your life.
By Mike Fleming

No other season spells transition quite like spring. As gay Atlanta dusts off its winter survival mindset for patio parties and Sunday fun days, it’s time for a paradigm shift, and not a moment too soon.

We’ll help change up your fragrance in the pages to come, but to make way for all aspects of Newly Budding Springtime You, let’s clear the cobwebs in other areas as well.

Don’t worry. This is the kind of spring-cleaning you won’t mind doing. When it comes to your closet, table, gym, and even your love life, a spring change will do you good.

Change Clothes

Literally. Move your heaviest sweaters and coats into storage – not that you were able to wear many of them in gay Atlanta’s warmest winter ever – and break out the windbreakers, tees and maybe even shorts. Moving your freshest looks to the front of the closet is an instant switch to your mindset. Now you’re ready to freshen the rest of your spring spaces.

Bye Bye Bye >>>>> Hey Hey Hey!
Say-Something Beanie >>>>> Statement Cap or Fedora
A Well-Tied Scarf >>>>> The Perfect Tie
Burgundy, Navy & Forest >>>>> Coral, Sky & Seafoam
Wool, Tweed and Plaid >>>>> Cotton, Seersucker and Stripes
Leather Jacket >>>>> Silk Bomber

Cuisine Conversion

Even if you’re not one for dietary ‘cutting’ and ‘shredding’ to hit Maximum Abs, that winter weight must go. Trade soups for salads, and forgo hearty hearth-made helpings for pleasing portions of protein plates. Maybe you indulged since the holidays and never really got back on track. Now’s the time.

Exercise Exchanges

The season for bulking – a term you may have used too loosely lately to allow for extra poundage – is over. Replace resistance with runs – at least some of the time. We won’t take your lifting away, but bro, do you even cardio? Your swimsuit will thank you.

5 Full-Body Cardio Moves
Jumping Jacks
Rowing Machine
Mountain Climbers
High-Knee Runs
Knee Smashes

Relationship Replacement

We’re not saying you need an upgrade, and we’d never take you from the love of your life. Still, if that guy was just keeping you warm as a placeholder, say sayonara and make room for that park candy and funday fare. You’ll both be free to acknowledge, appreciate and move on.

Best Outdoor Places to Meet Men This Spring
Piedmont Park
Atlanta Beltline
Anywhere you find the gay jocks of Hotlanta Softball, Flag Football League of Atlanta, Bucks Rugby and Rainbow Trout

Take the guesswork out of Valentine’s Day or any date night with our choices for what to wear and where to go based on how long you’ve been together

By Mike Fleming

 

New Romantics
Together: One Year or Less
Every night with him is just like a dream, but you’re too busy dancing to seem too serious too fast.

Theme Song: New Romantics by Taylor Swift

FolkArtWhere to Eat
For your first Valentine’s Day or your first “real” date, take him to Folk Art in Inman Park. The vibe is eclectic and cool, the food is on point, and there’s plenty to look at and talk about if conversation wanes. Afterwards, head to nearby Edgewood for Joystick Gamebar and Sister Louisa’s Church.

Folk Art, 465 North Highland Ave NE, folkartrestaurant.com

 

 

ChelseaBootWhat to Wear
Dressed up, with an edge. Wear a collared shirt and sweater or jacket that says you’re taking it date-serious, but edgy boots that keep it casual.

Hints: Wear the item in your closet you’re most excited about to look and feel your best. Also consider a statement hat or bold pop color.
Topman Suede Chelsea Boots
$70

 

 

We Got This
Together: About 5 Years
You help each other get up from down, and Valentine’s Days have come and gone. You know where you stand, and you love him way more now than the first time you said it.

Theme Song: ‘We Got This’ by A Day to Remember

BeetleCatWhere to Eat
Keep the magic happening at Beetle Cat, a fun oyster bar and cocktail lounge where you can get out, kick back, and enjoy each other. Afterwards, go see ‘A Kid Like Jake’ at Out Front Theatre, or hold hands through Ponce City Market while you walk to the I Love Vino five-wine tasting at Bellina Alimentari.

Beetle Cat, 299 North Highland Ave., beetlecatatl.com

What to Wear
As you are, with a twist. Take work or workaday basics into nighttime with a statement blazer or topcoat.

AsosASOS Peacoat
us.asos.com
$84

 

 

BetaBrandBetabrand Quilted Travel Blazer
betabrand.com
$198

 

 

 

Devoted
Dating: 10 Years or More
You finish each other’s sentences, and he may know you better than you know yourself. Date night comes with security in your devotion for each other and the life you continue to build.
Theme Song: “Devoted” by Ellie Goulding

MarcelWhere to Eat
You say he never takes you anywhere, well it goes both ways. Remind each other what a lifetime of devotion feels like in the elegant surroundings at Marcel. Executive Chef Brian Horn is serving a four-course Valentine dinner with optional wine pairings. Make reservations and make a whole night of it.
Marcel, 1170 Howell Mill Road, marcelatl.com

What to Wear
A suit. Yes, really. He’s seen you at your best and worst, and this is Date Night. You still don’t have to be boring. Don’t wear a tie, lose the socks, and splurge in a signature color.

RagRag & Bone Marwood Overcoat
with Faux Fur Collar
$725

 

 

CalvinCalvin Klein Rust-Wine Suit
$895

 

 

 

ColeHaanCole Haan Wingtip Oxfords
$114

Cooler months mean heartier, more poignant fragrances to bolder colognes that tantalize with notes of wood, leather, spices and oriental florals.

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

The change of seasons sparks a recalibration process for our sense of smell and taste. When temperatures drop, we don’t pick up quite the same subtleties and nuances as we do in summertime.

That means it’s time to switch your scent. Cue bigger, bolder colognes that tantalize us all the way through winter.

Exclusively Chanel

chanel-sycomoreWonderfully subtle woodiness, perfect for a crisp day in cashmere.

Les Exclusifs de Chanel Sycomore

chanel.com

$325

 

A Pearl in the Rough

agonist-onyxCrisp, almost brash notes, deliciously rounded by musk.

Agonist Parfums Onyx Pearl

luckyscent.com

$195

 

Dirty Kind of Clean

clean-for-men-black-leather-edt-100ml-1500x1500A diversion for this clean-cut brand suits your dark side.

Clean for Men Black Leather

cleanperfume.com

$84

 

Molecular Anniversary

molecule01-power-of-ten-limited-editionGeza Schön’s molecular fragrance still at the top of its game. More of a sensation than a scent. 

The Power of 10 Molecule 01

luckyscent.com

$145

 

Fade to Black

comme-des-garcons-blackpepperBlack pepper first, then patchouli and musk – like your eyes adjusting to the dark.

Comme des garcons Blackpepper

luckyscent.com

$103

 

New Prada Man

prada-lhommeLess masculine barriers, more sensual mix. Neroli and geranium.

Prada L’Homme

prada.com

$98

 

Suit Scent

tom-ford-noirElegant and refined with a sexy edge. Eau de toilette version keeps you from overdoing the bergamot and black pepper oil.

Tom Ford Noir (edt)

tomford.com

$80

 

A Hidden Gem

ralph-lauren-oudCombines smoky woods and incense into a real men’s fragrance masterpiece.

Ralph Lauren Fragrance Collection Oud

ralphlauren.com

$240

We look your layers up and down with 2016 essentials that keep your fall fashion on trend and on point.
By Mike Fleming

After a particularly long, particularly hot summer, it’s almost time for the sweet relief of layering season, guys. It can’t come too soon for gay fashionistos ready to triple our wardrobe options.

Counting the days to cooler temps will go easier for you if you have some well-conceived daydreams and shopping to bide your time. Imagine yourself in these must-have pieces, and make plans by shopping for them now.

capFitted Baseball Caps
Elevate the look of your snap-back trucker hat without sacrificing its ease. Find your custom size, then buy several colors.
Bird Cap
$29 each
mountainhighoutfitters.com

 

BlazerFall Blazer
If you buy one thing for fall, make it a sport coat. Goes on and off, goes with jeans or slacks, and goes everywhere. Tweeds, cords or wool-cotton-poly blends.
Weekend Jacket
$147
Uniqlo.com

 

shirtDistressed Denim Shirt
Worn alone or open as jacket, this could be your most versatile best friend this fall.
Blue Bleach Denim Western Shirt
$65
us.topman.com

 

pantsGray Jeans
They’re already popping up in Midtown, and they will fully blow up when color palettes come into play.
Straight-fit 1969
$55
gap.com

 

shoesSuede Desert Boots
Full-on 1970s chukkas are back in every color, and you need at least one pair to complete your look.
Jack & Jones Gobis
$81
asos.com

 

VestVest
The puffy staple that’s been around comes into its own, but this year with brethren like this fleece version with reflectivity features.
Fleece Vest
$120
nike.com

 

socksFunky Socks
Give them a little flash where they least expect it. A well-conceived punch of color, matching or so very not matching, goes over well at even most dressy occasions.
Happy Socks
Most with Optional Matching Boxer Briefs
$12 pairs or $45 box sets
happysocks.com

 

BomberLong Bomber
Say hello to your trench replacement and blazer substitute. Get it in an array of colors, dress it up or down, and throw it on for a style hit as you walk out the door.
All Saints ‘Holden’
$268
allsaints.com

Clothier Alton Lane keeps eye on fall trends with customizable ways to make them truly your own.
By Mike Fleming

There are guys at every gay Atlanta gathering who just look more polished than everyone else in the room. It’s not luck. The sharpest dressed men are wearing custom looks, and there’s a new shop in town that wants to make you one of them.

Imagine it. The quintessentially perfect fit. Exactly the detailing you want. Maybe even an added flourish that’s out of the box for some, but uniquely and entirely you.

You may think that custom-tailored clothes are reserved for the super rich, but Alton Lane and its local showroom manager Calvin Fields say think again.

One of gay Atlanta’s own, Fields helped open Alton Lane’s newest location in Buckhead earlier this year. The store’s by-appointment vision is already catching on in Manhattan, D.C., Dallas, Boston and other strategically chosen cities.

“We’ve crafted an experience that’s custom-tailored – literally – to our customers on an individual basis,” Fields says. “From the second you walk in, you’ll feel like the shop is your very own wardrobe lounge.”

Collars, cuffs, buttons, and even the thread are all chosen by you, with experts on hand to guide first-timers. Whether you know exactly what you want or need help deciding, you’re guaranteed the feeling that only an exquisite custom fit can give.

And it’s more than tape measures and chalk these days. Alton Lane features a 3-D body scanner that captures 300 measurements in 30 seconds. The results are one-of-a-kind, according to the showroom manager.

“We’re using classic styling and cutting-edge technology to design a garment that fits your body perfectly,” he says. “Most of our customers become long-standing clients after they see themselves in the mirror for the first time with the pieces we’ve designed just for them.”

Shirts start at $99, and suits at $595, but the all-about-you experience – including a the bourbon bar during appointments – is priceless. While you calculate your next move, Fields provides the store’s best fall fashion tips direct from its cofounder.

AltonLane2Five Fall Favorites
By Alton Lane co-founder, Colin Hunter

Layers
“Whether a three-piece suit or a blazer over a thin sweater, layering gives you versatility and adds dimension to your style.”

Cashmere
“Beyond sweaters, an unstructured cashmere blazer will keep you looking sharp and feeling comfortable at the office, watching a game, or driving with the top down to see some fall leaves.”

Flannel Suiting
“Flannel is one of our favorite fall fabrics. The soft, hearty fabric keeps you warm from late fall through winter, and the finish offers unparalleled luxury and style.”

Sportcoat Season
“Fall is all about the sport coat. From tweeds to cashmere, subtle plaids to bold windowpanes, a great blazer paired with chinos or jeans is the perfect casual fall look.”

Accessorize
“Solid knit ties are perfect for fall. We offer them handmade in Italy in seasonally appropriate shades that work with solid sweaters and checked shirts.”

Alton Lane is open by appointment Tuesdays through Thursdays at 24 East Andrews Drive NW. Visit altonlane.com

A revival of classic men’s services sparks the return of products that bring home the ritual of the perfect shave.

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

The barbershop has experienced a rebirth in the recent years, fusing traditional grooming and modern lifestyle in one place. It’s where men go to experience a high level of personal care and pleasure without having to go in for the full spa experience.
It’s also where we are reintroduced to the ritual of the perfect shave. You can replicate the same feeling at home with a few well-chosen products that infuse your morning routine with a bit of revitalizing ritual.

MalinPre-shave
Prepping the skin for a shave is key to a perfect result. Wash your face and stubble to remove excess oils and lift the hair from the skin so the blade captures it more easily.
Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser, $32

 

 

UrsaShave
Look for a consistency that’s thick like whipped cream to keep stubble from laying down during the shave.
Ursa Major Shave Cream, $24

 

 

AnthonyPost-Shave
Now the skin needs calming nourishment to prevent redness and ingrown hairs. A light, alcohol-free treatment is the way to go.
Anthony Ingrown Hair Treatment, $32

 

 

KiehlsBeard Oil
If you don’t shave because you have a beard, oils greatly improve its texture, look and feel. Just a few drops massaged into the beard every day do wonders.
Kiehl’s Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil, $27

 

 

BodyShopHair and Scalp
After a good haircut comes taking good care of your hair. You don’t need to use a conditioner every day to keep it clean and make sure the scalp isn’t dry, but it is recommended a couple of times a week – and don’t forget to condition your beard as well!
The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, $14
The Body Shop Banana Conditioner, $8

 

ParmaFragrance
That just-left-the-barbershop feeling can be duplicated with a choice fragrance combining freshness and masculinity.
Acqua di Parma Cedro di Taormina Eau de Toilette, $152

Atlanta Barber Experiences

Even with a quality home-care routine, you’ll still want regular visits to keep your look on point and fully pamper yourself. These suggestions come with our compliments.

American Haircuts
20 10th Street NW
and other metro locations
americanhaircuts.com

Atlanta Hair Studio
2043-B Cheshire Bridge Road
atlantahairstudio.com

Atlas Barber Co.
1185 Zonolite Road NE
atlasbarberco.com

Bubbles Salon
1579 Monroe Drive NE
bubblesatlanta.com

Helmet
970 Piedmont Ave., 769 Moreland Ave., 1186 N Highland Ave., 1133 Huff Road
helmethairworx.com

Midtown Mann
1874 Piedmont Ave. NE, 340-C
midtownmannsalon.com

Piedmont Barbers
2350 Cheshire Bridge Road NE
piedmontbarbers.com

Porkchops Social Club
337 Elizabeth St., Suite A
facebook.com/PRKCHPS

The Shave Barber Shop
630 North Highland Ave. NE
theshavebarber.com

 

Top off your style with hot hair trends, from fresh takes on classics to the latest looks
By Mike Fleming

Your crowning glory goes everywhere your gay agenda takes you. You need a versatile look that takes you from conference rooms to backrooms to locker rooms, all while showing off your personal summer style.

The season offers new precision spins on Midtown’s gay Undercut, as well as expansions on the equally ubiquitous High-and-Tight. Whether you’re hair is curly, straight, thick or thinning, one of these summer styles is adaptable to top you just right.

Pomp

Pomp & Fade
Gay guys have been rocking the Classic Undercut for a few years. This version takes “Long on Top” to new heights. If you have the hair for it, flaunt it. As much volume as you can handle tops the closely shorn fade and taper you’re used to. Learn to work a blow dryer and matte pomade when you have the time, or let it swoop and flop as the occasion calls.

 

 

BuzzedBuzzed Skin Fade
Great for guys with less to work with on top, but just as gorgeously butch on any man, this warm-weather look is a direct reaction to last year’s man buns and topknots. Bring it down to the skin around the sides and back, and try increasingly shorter clipper guards on top until you find your perfect length. Bolder iterations go Mohawk or Mussed on top.

 

 

SideHardSide Hard Part
Move over, Mad Men. Your television reign has ended, but your influence continues to take a new life of its own. These days, the timeless side-part often comes a little longer and sometimes even layered on either side of that shaved-in “hard part.” Rock it wet at the pool, slicked at the gala, or dry and pushed back at work.

 

 

ManeManaged Mane
As an antithesis to fades, here comes longer hair, but it’s still under control, off your face and neck for summer. Manage it with a dryer, stiff product and maybe an underneath shave to be bigger on top and tighter on the sides. Keep it on a tight leash at work and go full Jon Snow on weekends.

 

 

BraidsMan Braids
Just as the gay culture dial reaches full man-bun, runways and sidewalks are both seeing braids now. It may require a creative-industry workplace, but more adventurous men are doing rows, French braids and ponies. You can even add extensions to achieve the look.

 

 

DetailsDetails
Another adventurous summer trend expands on the hard part and fade. Limited only by your lifestyle and your stylist’s imagination, cut-ins can be simple lines or intricate flourishes. The commitment is relatively short, so if your boss can’t handle it, get one right before vacation and cut it back when you get home.

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