Originally Posted by Merlino
First off, wear whatever you like! I know that many female friends of mine wear male scents because they like them or because the male scent they wear reminds them of their boyfriends. Having said that, I don't think I'd find a man's scent sexy on a woman... neither do I understand what could possibly be sexy about wearing a man's/your boyfriend's clothes...?
! And congratulations for thinking outside of what so many young women are programmed to think! After all, it is the young woman who is "different and unique" who gets the boys in the end!
Many Basenoters wear "the other gender" scents and many of us feel that fragrance is all marketing, anyhow! I agree with Merlino: wear whatever you like and forget what is on the bottle!
In defence of men's clothing on women (as in wearing "men's' scents"), however, history is *filled* with examples of just how sexy the "garconne
" can be! Coco Chanel, who appropriated her lovers' clothing for her own use, Colette, George Sand, Marlene Dietrich--all women known for wearing men's dress. It was scandalous, shocking and very sexy. Recall Kiera Knightley advertising Coco Mademoiselle wearing only braces, a man's shirt and a bowler--pressed against her bare bosom.
The stark contrast of men's dress on a woman can be very sexy. One definition of sexy in the 19th century was an amazone
: a woman in a long dress riding habit yet in a tailcoat, shirt and cravat, her head surmounted with a mannish top hat with a flirtatious, floating veil. On horseback, she was saying to all men who saw her, "I can ride like a man can. Let's race and see if you can catch me!" It was well known from the 1850s onward that horse dealers had the famous courtesans of the day--women who expressed the ultimate in desirability--advertise their horses riding in the famous metropolitan parks of the day: Hyde Park in London and the Bois de Boulogne in Paris.
I early learned to eschew all things "girl-y": the colour pink, demure coyness, helplessness, chiffon ruffles. That's just me, yet I have *never* lacked for dates as a young woman. As a child, I wore dresses with matching shorts underneath so I never flashed my knickers on the playground as I rolled in the dirt and played on the climbing bars! Some men like an equal partner that this cross-dressing represents: a she-wolf or vixen who can hunt beside her mate--not just give him pups in the den!
Someone on the boards stated that a man wearing a woman's scent must be very confident in his masculinity, so it may be said that a woman wearing a "men's" scent is very confident in her femininity!
BTW, the *contrast* and play between what is "masculine" or "feminine" is what intrigues. The nose for YSL who created L'Homme said of his creation: "It's a contrast between typical masculine notes and then almost a floating mystery of flowers. When you bring a touch of femininity to a very masculine scent, youn increase its sensuality."
SO--wear what *you* like and forget what is on the bottle label or box. I have MPGs Parfum d'Habit (said to be a very masculine scent but I love it) but I also enjoy Hermes' 24, Faubourg, a lush floral with jasmine and orange blossom.