Thread: Perfect Minimalist Wardrobe
Haha super old thread.
My target is pretty small too, oh bumper of this thread.
Spring/summer: Allure Sport, Erolfa, and possibly Platinum Egoiste or Tann Rokka
Fall/Winter: Gucci PH, Envy, and possibly Fougere Bengale or Daim Blond
Sale/sample thread. http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=218207
Whilst I couldn't agree with docluv45 more, i'm still trying to get it down to 5 for my minimalist wardrobe. Purely because otherwise I end up overthinking things.
Paco Rabanne Pour Homme
Currently to be decided
Another go. Designer choices:
Summer: Rochas Man, Gucci PH II (John Varvatos Vintage is also a decent underrated choice)
Winter: Dior Homme, Lolita Lempicka au Masculin, Cuiron/Knize Ten
Casual/sporty: Chanel Allure Homme Sport
It's a really great idea that I'd like to implement as well. Is my wardrobe can cover different situations? Anything missing? Note that I live in a tropical country with hot and humid weather. Also, I have Paco XS PH on the way.
Last edited by zliang; 18th May 2009 at 09:55 AM.
OK, guys, let`s be more of Basenoters than consumers
I`d suggest to divide any wardrobe by means of families, like
1 Citrus cologne
And everyone could easily choose from those families the best likables. Someone would like to choose oriental cologne, oriental woody, oriental fougere, oriental chypre etc... Other will prefer green chypre, green cologne, green fougere, etc. Or you could stick with some note (like vetiver) and find yourself with Vetiver Oriental (SL), Vetiver (Guerlain), Route du Vetiver (MPG), Vetiver (Goutal), etc.
You better know yourself and your tastes.
And so it`s possible to shorten any wardrobe down to 6-8 scents.
I just refuse to do the cutting down as I cannot read the one and only favourite book for my whole life!
Vetiver The Great!!!
12 is perfectly fine. I've topped out at 18 (roughly 9 spring/summer, 9 fall/winter) and I'm satisfied. If anything, I'm looking to refine/reduce my collection further.
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Real beauty: 1) Frederic Malle 1-20 2) Chanel Egoiste 3) YSL Opium pour Homme edp 4) Guerlain Habit Rouge 5) TF Noir de Noir \\ Noses: 1) Jacques Cavallier 2) Maurice Roucel
Summer days: Cartier Declaration Essence
Summer nights: Terre d´Hermes
Winter days: YSL Rive Gauche
Winter nights: Rochas Lui & l´instant Guerlain
2 classics: Antaeus & Eau d´Hermes
Formal: Look above
Something girls like: Look above
Last edited by sanatik; 18th May 2009 at 04:48 PM.
"Wow, I've never smelled anything like that before."
I haven't seen any women answer, but I'm answering anyway. (Many of them are unisex. Does that help?)
Right his minute, I'd choose the following. The interesting part is that I don't own so much as a decant of some of these. My purchasing priorities are clearly flawed.
Jo Maline White Jasmine & Mint
Parfumerie Generale L'Eau Rare Matale
CB I Hate Perfume Tea/Rose absolute
Chanel No. 19 Parfum
Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale
Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
Serge Lutens Daim Blond
Serge Lutens Serge Noire
* Supposed to be classics, really free choice:
CB I Hate Perfume Black Tea Accord
Lorenzo Villoresi Yerbamate
But if I did it again in a month, I bet I'd have a very different list.
I could also happily wear any of these at pretty much any time. White Jasmine & Mint is a little daytime and sporty, and Serge Noire is a little dark and wintery, but I think I could wear even these in the "opposite" situation.
im starting to get into the minimalist thing myself...i think if i had just the following out of my drobe id be cool:
MKK by lutens
Musk by LV
Sandalwood by Trumper
I have so many more, but these are the ones I always reach for, so....I have a similar issue to one of you above that when something new comes out, i tend to make impulse buys...i have really reined that in lately and trying to appreciate the bottles i own, no matter how long it takes...ive taken to buying smaller samples if i have a need.
Current Top 5:
Tabac, Cardinal, Brookes Brothers, Musc Kublai Khan, Andron
Narrowing my wardrobe to 12 for the conditions and occasions you mention would be easy for me, but I don't see the reason.
I don't see fragrance as a utilitarian accessory to my grooming or fashion. It is a creative art.
What if someone created a "Perfect Minimalist Menu" for the right size for a good, easily controllable diet?
*Summer breakfast: Fresh fruit and yogurt or Mushroom and cheese omelet
*Summer lunch:Turkey and avocado sandwich or Seafood crepes
*Summer dinner: Chicken picata or Paella
Limiting my meal choices makes no more sense to me than limiting my fragrance choices.
my minimalist wardrobe:
Summer days....Rive Gauche PH , Bvlgari Aqva,Vetiver Guerlain
Summer nights...Rive Gauche PH or Platinum Egoiste
Winter Days....Rive Gauche PH or Bvlgari Black
Winter Nights...Rive Gauche PH or Burberry London
Formal......maybe Drakkar Noir
nah....however....the more versatile...IMHO is Rive Gauche PH...i could live with this edt only
I think it's kinda funny that since this thread is so old (3 years!), the OP's thoughts of how 12 is more than enough no longer agrees with his 90+ bottle wardrobe. rompip, I bet you didn't expect to see this pop up again!
likewise im naive to niche. I would love to trim mine down. Its not easy when on BN coz of new discoveries and rediscoveries. Like Zliang, i dont have the blessings of seasonal weather, so sometimes i end up buying for the sake of expansion - which has proven a silly thing to have done these past year and a half. id classify mine into
casual day - LDIssey Bvlgari Extreme, Bvlgari aqua, Eau Sauvage
work day - Cool water, Guerlain Vetiver, Fahrenheit
social night - Hermes Hiris, Gucci Envy,,Loewe Solo, NR for him
formal night - Bvlgari black, m7, Kouros
I think its really hard to default and categorize, esp when a gem or 2 of new scents are released , its really hard to hold back and stick to plan
Aromatic fougeres/Woods/Dry Woods/Leather/and oakmossy-classical-Chypres do not appeal. My wardrobe is basically from the 6 families opposite those that I quoted I didn't like, and I have 1 or 2 from each of the 6 family.
I could (and do) live with:
Casual Day Yatagan
Work Day Blenheim Bouquet / English Fern / Trumpers Spanish Leather
Social Night Kouros / Aramis 900
Formal Night Knize Ten / C&S #88 / Floris #89
I tried this exercise and couldn't do it.
It was impossible. And indeed disturbing. There would be so many in my 'drobe that I would miss that I couldn't do it...
So I'm sticking to around a 100 and won't be shifted - and that's after deciding to downsize already.
Damn, I've just realised I still have a shopping list of quite a few which I still want... oh, God, I'm a hopeless case...
In a world where people smell bad, it is the personal responsibility of every Basenoter to improve the world one SotD at a time...
It's all getting a bit complicated with the categories above so I'll keep it simple I could live with GIT and AdP Colonia for the rest of my life - worked for me for the last 10+ years just fine. Having said that, add . . .
Osmanthus (TDC) - perhaps a little odd in present company, but wouldn't want to be without it.
. . . and my yet to be found perfect Sandalwood.
But then there's L'Air & Dzongkha? Difficult.
Last edited by mr. reasonable; 19th May 2009 at 10:13 AM.
I have found this quite an interesting exercise. The only problem is that my choices would change daily.
Armani ~ Eau Pour Homme/Miller Harris ~ Noix de Tubereuse
Czech & Speake ~ Cuba/Penhaligon's ~ Elixir
Floris ~ No.89/Cartier ~ Pasha
Lalique ~ Encre Noir/Dunhill ~ Edition
Christian Dior ~ Eau Sauvage/Acqua di Parma ~ Colonia
12 is fine for me but add zilion of samples which will guarantee more rotation and a "day off" from your collection
docluv45 you came up with comparition scents to tshirts I add one from opposite view:
people own 1 or 2 cars max for years so the question is: is driving the same car every morning boring you?
maybe better rent one for day or two and than another one?
you may narrow to 12 scents (30ml) and it will end so rapidly that wont even start boring you, maybe 100ml might
Summer: L'air, No.88, L'Instant, L'Eau D'Issey
Winter..: Pi, Blv Black, Terre, M7
Formal..: AdP Colonia, Polo Modern Reserve
Comfy..: Tea for Two, Paul Smith Story
Last edited by yrk; 19th May 2009 at 11:34 AM.
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