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    Default Re: Could a man get away with wearing Chanel No 19?

    This is a staple in my wardrobe and one of my favorite scents of all times, certainly my favorite Chanel. I wear this wherever, whenever. Its about what makes me feel good - to hell with anyone else.

    If you like it, wear it. It cant be stressed enough. There is no such thing as gender in perfumery.
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    Default Re: Could a man get away with wearing Chanel No 19?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkDavid View Post

    If you like it, wear it. It cant be stressed enough. There is no such thing as gender in perfumery.
    Clearly it isn't much of an issue to a number of people.

    But if indeed there really weren't such a thing, one would expect pretty much the same scents to be discussed with the same frequency at the Male Fragrance Discussion forum as are discussed at the Female Fragrance Discussion - something which clearly isn't the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renato View Post
    Clearly it isn't much of an issue to a number of people.

    But if indeed there really weren't such a thing, one would expect pretty much the same scents to be discussed with the same frequency at the Male Fragrance Discussion forum as are discussed at the Female Fragrance Discussion - something which clearly isn't the case.
    Renato
    Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Marketing has conditioned people (even me) to think of male and female scents, and so we behave as if this were truly the reality structure.

    BTW, the only answer to the "chicken or egg" question is " A circle has neither beginning nor end."
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    As with clothing, there are conventions in perfume that allow people to identify themselves according to a set of agreed-upon social indicators.

    The degree to which people choose to adhere to those conventions and identify themselves as mainstream society would expect is always a matter of personal choice.

    It is possible to accept some things as more feminine or more masculine, and then use them in contrast or juxtaposition to create a bigger (visual or olfactory) wardrobe.
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    Default Re: Could a man get away with wearing Chanel No 19?

    Quote Originally Posted by JaimeB View Post
    Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Marketing has conditioned people (even me) to think of male and female scents, and so we behave as if this were truly the reality structure.

    BTW, the only answer to the "chicken or egg" question is " A circle has neither beginning nor end."
    Modern marketing history is littered with examples of fortunes lost when marketers tried selling people what they didn't want. Their prowess at conditioning was found woefully overstated. The chicken and egg question has little relevance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renato View Post
    Modern marketing history is littered with examples of fortunes lost when marketers tried selling people what they didn't want. Their prowess at conditioning was found woefully overstated. The chicken and egg question has little relevance.
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    That's a good point, Renato, but do you think that perhaps the whole point of marketing is to make an educated guess as to the trends, cultural norms, values etc to capitalise on that, and perhaps influence it?

    Marketing may not hold absolute and ultimate power, but it is highly arguable that marketing has had a great influence on tastes - the power of suggestion is easily underestimated, and time only increases that power.
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    Yes , I use to wear it and and love it !

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    No. 19 is a beauty, it was the fetiche perfume of Madamoiselle Coco expressedly made for her in the very beginning. It's pure abstraction over the iris theme, blurred in aldehydes and dried by the greeness of galbanum, standing proud and steely on its own... but it also had a more feminine tender hyachint heart, the romantic and melancholic side of Gabrielle, memories of her unfortunated loves... I love it.
    Can a guy pull it off?
    Hard to say if you can. What I can say is that indeed it has many crossgender chatacteristics specially if you consider the nowadays masculine scents. As I said it has many crossgender aspects that can work well on a man too, but it also has some more fragile, floral touches. So if you think you are confident enough in showing to the others you also have that "fragile side", if you feel comfortable in wearing it, just do it careless of the others.

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    I'd happily wear No19 almost anytime, anywhere. I say "almost" because I don't think it fits if I'm wearing jeans and t-shirt, but if I'm wearing business casual or better, no hesitation.

    Parfum is a decidedly warmer experience than the EDT. I haven't used the parfum as extensively, so beyond that I really can't say a whole lot just yet.
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    Default Re: Could a man get away with wearing Chanel No 19?

    To be fair, have you smelt JPG Fleur Le Male? It's more floral than Chanel No 19, all this silly marketing.
    Wear what you like, if anyone asks you, and you feel uncomfortable, just make something up !

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    Default Re: Could a man get away with wearing Chanel No 19?

    I just wore this the other day (vintage Eau de Parfum) and I loved it! I think years ago I smelled it, and hated its use of aldehydes...but more recently I've warmed to some aldehyde-prominent scents and now I enjoy them, if they're not headache inducing.

    Now I want to try vintage EdT.
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    Default Re: Could a man get away with wearing Chanel No 19?

    Absolutely, Chanel #19 can easily be worn by a man. Wear it in good health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    To be fair, have you smelt JPG Fleur Le Male? It's more floral than Chanel No 19, all this silly marketing.
    Wear what you like, if anyone asks you, and you feel uncomfortable, just make something up !
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    Default Re: Could a man get away with wearing Chanel No 19?

    Nope. Chanel No.19 applied to the neck, chest, and forearms of a man will make the equipment that makes him male dry up and then flake off. Important to avoid spraying this stuff.

    (I realize this is an old thread, and yes, I'm joking. I own and delight in Chanel No.19. It was once a birthday present to myself.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by snifferdog View Post
    Ok... here goes....

    At the risk of embarrassing myself, and looking like I'm an old biddy, I really *really* love Chanel No 19. There are times when I've smelt it and it came out as a very green, chypre-ish sort of fragrance, and other times very floral, with lily of the valley coming out coming strongly. Not quite sure if the first instance was a case of just smelling the EDT, but the second was definitely the EDP.

    Either which way, I love "green" sorts of smells, and given that No19 has quite a strong woody base (in my opinion anyway) and that so many men's fragrances out there are so sweet, so fruity and dare I say it, floral, it seems odd that the divisions still exist so strongly between men's and women's fragrances.

    I'm curious as to people's opinions on this.

    Any takers, lol?
    Depends - I was wearing L.T. Piver Floramye as a 'signature' scent for some weaks. Great to see people wonder what - and why.

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    Default Re: Could a man get away with wearing Chanel No 19?

    I had an untested sample of No. 19 lying around that this thread motivated me to open up. WOW! Is this stuff gorgeous or what? Well within the modern definition of unisex, I would think - at least based on the first half hour. This could turn out to be serious nose crack.

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    Default Re: Could a man get away with wearing Chanel No 19?

    Damn you people, now I wanna try it...I figure, If I try it, I'll want to own it too...

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    Default Re: Could a man get away with wearing Chanel No 19?

    Vintage No 19 works very well as a unisex in all concentrations, but the reformulations are brighter and especially the edp is more flowery; I agree that this is the least appropriate for anyone feeling insecure about wearing a feminine fragrance.

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