#7. Less Fragrance Is More
No one wants to be the guy whose enthusiasm for eau-de-whatever makes sharing an elevator with him unbearable. It's hardly unprofessional to hit the bottle—in fact, the right fragrance can get you noticed in a good way—but the secret is to find something understated. Opt for a cologne with strong base notes (the woody, musky, earthy molecules that most easily bond with your skin), and use as you would reply all: judiciously. —Jon Roth

Bulgari Aqua Amara
With its blend of bitter mandarin and orange oils, this is the scent your girlfriend is most likely to steal—but those citrus aromas are balanced by patchouli essence (less Woodstock-y than woodsy), resulting in a strong finish.
$90; macys.com




Arquiste L'Etrog
Perfumer Carlos Huber describes his creation (inspired by the Calabrian countryside) as "very herbal—a bit of pine needle, a bit of rosemary." Think Mediterranean fields that go on forever.
$165; barneys.com






Dior Homme Eau For Men
Fresh and floral, Dior's classic for men gets an update in which the original's signature iris notes mingle with grapefruit and coriander to create a clean, just-out-of-the-shower vibe.
$84; dior.com






Malin + Goetz Dark Rum
This mix of plum, leather, and patchouli is a strong representative of the subset of fragrances with a boozy bouquet; after an initial hit of spice, it dries to a warm, sweet finish.
$150; malinandgoetz.com






Ermenegildo Zegna Haitian Vetiver
Proof that simple doesn't have to mean basic: The star is high-quality vetiver, a lemony grass that's a common crop in Haiti; bitter hints of neroli and orris root add depth.
$195; zegna.com





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#8. Wear a Low-Profile Watch
Leave the Garmin for the gym. Classic and sleek, these leather-strap timepieces are the professional's ultimate accessory.


$3,900; TAG Heuer



$3,085; Montblanc



$37,300; Patek Philippe



$18,300; Vacheron Constantin



$25,100; A. Lange & Söhne



$3,800; Omega


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#9. Travel With First-Class Gear

Luggage With Extra Padding
This handsome roller—perfect as a carry-on but big enough for a longer trip—is sleek and streamlined while still offering a padded compartment for your laptop. It's the first foray into luggage by Montreal-based Want Les Essentiels de la Vie and a signature example of its point of view: traditional style, subtly subverted. Here, the unexpected element is the rich chocolate-brown leather—a sophisticated alternative to the business traveler's standard-issue black nylon.


Comfy-Chic Sweats
Mastering the art of looking good on (and after) a red-eye flight means finding those elusive pieces that are elegant yet comfortable. And thanks to two new labels, you can: Los Angeles–based LongJourney's relaxed black mesh drawstring pants get a luxurious upgrade by way of swatches of suede on the front (think elevated sweats). And a just-boxy-enough white French-terry sweatshirt from Smith & Smith's debut collection will keep you warm when the air-conditioning is blasting from on high. Once you touch down, throw your topcoat or a classic trench over it and you won't look like you're wearing pajamas or, worse, yesterday's outfit.


PRE-FLIGHT TIGER BALM
Invented in the 1870s by a Chinese herbalist and perfected by his sons (one of whose name meant Gentle Tiger), Tiger Balm has long been a multitasking standby for headaches and sore muscles. Our style director, Eugene Tong, swears by it—before takeoff, he puts some on his temples to ward off airsickness.



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