Recent Fashion Article: The Art of Choosing a Scent

Like many things in fashion and beauty, selecting a fragrance is an arduous and complex task. We are continually bombarded with advertisements for the latest colognes and perfumes, which come in various bottle sizes, have different strengths, smell different on different people and have their own unique aromatic properties.

However confusing the selection of the right perfume may seem, the scent you wear does impact your personal style and influence how people perceive you. Thus, it’s a critical choice that should not be made based on the latest trend or fad. Here’s a basic guide to selecting a scent that’s perfect for you and only you.

Keep it simple in-store.

First, don’t wear any other scent when shopping for a fragrance, and only sample a maximum of three scents in one day to ensure that you get a true sense of the perfume. Following both rules will allow you the ability to make a clear decision. Also, don’t feel the need to purchase a fragrance right away. Instead, spray a small amount on your skin, preferably one scent on each wrist and the third in the crook of your elbow. Walk around for 30 minutes, then smell each spot again since perfumes and colognes change smells both over time and when they have been in contact with your own skin and body chemistry. If all else fails, or if you’re short of time, ask the sales associate for samples of the fragrances that you’re interested in.

Consider your categories.

There may be at the least three and at most six categories of fragrances, depending on who you ask, with each category containing multiple subcategories. Below are examples of four major categories.

Floral fragrances are ideal for those who are feminine and romantic. They tend to be more delicate and are derived from various flowers, including jasmine, rose and lavender. Both younger and older women can wear these. Escape by Calvin Klein is an example of a floral fragrance.

Fruity or citrus fragrances tend to smell crisp and fresh, and they can come from fruits such as peaches, tangerines or apples. These lighter perfumes are better for warmer weather. Some examples of fruit-based fragrances include the popular DKNY Be Delicious and Cheap and Chic by Moschino.

Woody fragrances, also known as Chypre fragrances, remind many of earth tones and have a mossy or woody base. These are great for those individuals who want to seem sophisticated. Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker and Chanel No. 19 are scents that fall into this category.

Oriental/amber fragrances tend to be the strongest smelling. These rich scents come from musk, vanilla, oriental resins, spices and animal scents. Some examples include Chance by Chanel and Intuition by Estée Lauder. Also, since these perfumes are richer and more complex than those found in the other classes, ambers are best for colder-weather wear.

Don’t forget your notes.

Did you know that fragrances have three layers? The layers, or notes, include top, middle and base. The top note is what you smell immediately after spraying on the cologne or perfume. It’s your first impression, and it fades very quickly. The middle note is the scent that remains for the next thirty minutes. Lastly, the base note is the true essence of the fragrance.

Hit your pressure points—sparingly.

Congratulations! You’ve selected a fragrance and now have somewhere important to go. Though the temptation is strong, don’t douse yourself in your new perfume or cologne. This can result in horrid headaches for you and those you encounter. Instead, spray a small amount on your pressure points, including the inner wrists, lower neck and possibly behind the ears, and you’re good to go.

After spraying, don’t rub it in. Rubbing ruins the composition and crushes the molecules, which in turn alters the scent. Finally, ladies, remember that perfume contains alcohol, thus spraying too close can actually strip the coating off pearls and costume jewelry.

Stay Stylish! (and smelling great)

 

I got the bag!

 

Alas, a proper school bag. It’s from the Cambridge Satchel Company in England. It took about 8 weeks to arrive (I guess they got really popular all of a sudden!) but I love it and it was well worth the wait. Happy Monday

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Inspiration

Photos from chictopia.com and fashionologie.com

My style seems to be having a split personality; sometimes I’m in the mood for ultra-feminine preppy looks and other times I feel like a rock-and-roller in black and tons of silver jewelry. Today’s one of those feminine days.

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Most Recent Fashion Column Article

The hyperreal trend of vanity sizing is the last thing we need in our society.

Have you ever walked into a store knowing your size, only to find out that the clothes just don’t fit? Did you have to go up a size? Two sizes? Three or more? Did you check the mirror to make sure that you didn’t gain weight and check the tags to verify that you picked up the right size? Well don’t worry: It’s not you—it’s them.

Vanity sizing or size inflation isn’t a new problem or something that only affects women. Clothing retailers and brands such as H&M, Dockers, French Connection, Gap and Old Navy are notorious for mislabeling clothing sizes; Old Navy is one of the worst culprits, according to Esquire’s Abram Sauer. In his own investigation, Sauer visited seven stores, including some of those named above, and discovered that his 36-inch waist didn’t allow him to wear the same size at each of them.

Though size inflation affects both sexes, men appear to have it much easier than women. Women’s clothing was last standardized in the 1940s by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under pressure from the mail-order-garment industry. Today, women’s clothing designers create their own sizing standards, which creates a lack consistency across the industry. Men’s clothing, however, was standardized during the Civil War, and sizes have remained relatively constant for the past 150 years.

Today, sizes aren’t just inflated; they can also be deflated. Retailers can either mark larger items with smaller sizes or mark smaller items with larger sizes. Why do manufacturers do this? Well on one hand, it’s flattering. If you end up fitting into a size that’s smaller than what you normally wear, you feel great about yourself and want to buy multiple items. You will also be willing to spend more money, just to say that you fit into a smaller size. On the other hand, if retailers are aware that consumers already know that sizes are mismarked, the retailers will anticipate that customers will line up to try on items in their dressing rooms. And if retailers can get you to try something on, they increase your chances of buying the item. After all, once on, the item becomes more real; you envision it in your closet and are more likely to purchase it. But who has time to try on 50 different pairs of pants when you only need one?

The best way to get around this trend is to know your measurements well and do a little research to see what measurements your favorite brands and retailers use. The beauty of online shopping is that shoppers can usually view the sizing charts that retailers and manufacturers are using to define their clothing sizes before making purchasing decisions.

As someone absorbed in fashion, I appreciate consistency in sizes and speedy shopping experiences. A size two at H&M should be a size two at the Gap, and when the sizes don’t match up, I simply drop everything and leave.

-Stay Stylish!

Rant: Adults and Staying Relevant

Are your parents on Facebook? Their friends? Their coworkers?

Probably.

It’s royally annoying.

I’m also tired of the “social media trend”. When I first had a blog in the early 00s, people blogged for fun, or because the were bored, or because it was cheaper than buying a diary.

Today, people blog for business, to make a profit, to get a job. It’s no longer about just expressing yourself.

Adults have killed twitter. I joined for a week, didn’t see the point of it and left. Now, when I turn on the news to see what’s going on in the world, I hear what a news anchor tweeted on his twitter.(Was it really that important?)

I guess it was only a matter of time.

I wonder what the next big internet trend will be. I’m sure people my age will think of it and adults will follow (a few years later) and make it uncool and kind of embarrassing.

I wonder what I’ll be like when I’m an adult. Will I do what my kids do just to retain my youth? I hope I’ll still be current.

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