I spend a lot of time encouraging others to edge a little out of their comfort zone when it comes to revamping their style.
It’s those little tweaks and shifts that can make a huge difference to how you feel about yourself when getting dressed each day.
So, I got to thinking: why, oh why, don’t I apply those same principles to my choice of fragrance? That final accessory I add each morning?
Quite frankly, when I looked at my fragrance habits of late I found they were more than a little wanting. I was on a fast track to Fragrance Rut-Ville and I needed an intervention. Stat.
Now, in defence of my fragrance rut, I must stand up for my current collection.
I’ve got a soft floral (Chanel No. 5 and Chanel Eau Premiere), floral oriental (Jean Paul Gaultier Classique) and woody oriental (Prada Candy) wardrobe mix going on. Clearly the Gemini within comes out in my fragrance choices as well as my multiple-personality wardrobe. Oops.
Each is a delight to wear. Each makes me feel great when I wear them. It’s just that – like fashion – I like to mix things up a little. Live on the fragrance edge, if you like.
Which is how I found myself in the fragrance hall at my local Myer store for a scent styling session aimed at injecting some new blood into my beauty cabinet. (You can check out the video here)
There was a lot of spraying and card sniffing but it was so worth it.
Much like the process I take my styling clients through, choosing a new fragrance is all about these three things:
What you’re currently wearing
“Playing” so that you try something you might not have picked up off the shelf yourself
That’s exactly how I ended up with my fragrance wardrobe overhaul short list: Belle d’Opium (modern oriental), Armani Code (floral oriental), Chanel Coco Madamoiselle (floral oriental) and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb (floral).
Belle, you were a little too spicy, sorry I really wanted to like you for old times’ sake. Armani, you showed great potential. Chanel, it was almost a no-brainer.
But then … then I met Viktor & Rolf. Think: big bunch of white flowers with a drop of vanilla.
Oh V & R, I think we’ll have a lovely summer together. I really do.
Do you have a favourite fragrance? One you like to wear every day? How long have you been wearing it? Have you considered a fragrance wardrobe shake-up?