Thomas, the Candy Perfume Boy suggested the theme for this blogging project: Fashion and Perfume. What an interesting theme, I thought then, but soon realized that I knew way too little about fashion to attempt matching a particular style to a perfume for example.
So what do I know? Myself.
Hmmm. Now I think of myself as a person who is interested in looking nice and put together, but I can hardly boast with knowledge, or frankly, even interest in fashion.
I want to wear things I don’t have to think about. Comfort and a sense of being appropriately attired for the diverse occasions of my daily life take precedence over being trendy or fashion-forward. I want to be chic, I want to be a little bit elegant and I want to be comfortable without resorting to sweat pants at any point.
So what do I actually wear?
I like to think of my clothes as uniform. Years of working in a hospital and other medical settings, have ingrained in me the practice and practicability of wearing a uniform and I am very aware of the advantages it brings. No time is wasted on putting together outfits (I get up at 5.30am, what do you want from me?), no unexpected development during the day makes me feel under-or overdressed, I feel I can confidently deal with whatever comes along while still looking presentable and timelessly stylish (at least that is the idea).
On any given day I usually wear skinny jeans in a dark blue wash, a black top or a white or light blue button-up shirt, ballerina flats/moccasins/boots and a fitted jacket/trenchcoat/woolcoat depending on the weather. I get colour and variation from my accessories: scarfs, bags and jewellery, although I wear only very little of the latter.
And thinking about the whole issue, I realized that I get variation from yet another accessory: perfume.
I choose my scent of the day according to my mood and I find it subtly transforms my daily uniform. My usual jeans and blazer combo looks a lot more serious and together when I wear it with Chanel N°19 or Puredistance Antonia. The same outfit becomes warm and postively cosy when I pair it with Guerlain Tonka Impériale or Nabucco Amytis.
Doesn’t that white shirt look a lot whiter and brighter with Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine?
My coat looks expensive today: is it new or is it Roja Dove’s Unspoken that gives it new luster?
Perfume has the power to transform, we know that, we love that, that is why we adore perfume. This is nothing new. But not only our inner world is transformed. For me, perfume performs a function of dressing in a much broader sense than I thought.
Perfume is my fashion modifier, it subtly alters the image I project and lets me adapt my persona as I want to without resorting to drastic (and very likely expensive) changes.
Perfume is a part of my daily experience with fashion. My daily uniform gains personality, variety and luster from my choice of perfume.
Maybe I know more about being fashionable than I thought…
What about your relationship with fashion? Are you fashion-conscious and what do you think is the role of perfume in the fashion world?