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    Default How would you describe your personal style?

    Short and sweet, or write an essay, if you like! What is your style all about, and how, if at all, does it relate to your fragrance wardrobe? Do you match with your fragrances, mismatch, or view the two as completely separate?

    Mine is ladylike, vulgar, anachronistic and almost parodically feminine, but also slightly on the queer side. I probably look "costumey" to many people. I feel "costumey" wearing jeans and a t-shirt, but not in a 50's suit with heels, gloves and hat.

    I vary wildly between coordinating fragrance with outfit, deliberately mismatching them to mix up a sartorial message that feels too one-dimensional, and completely disconnecting the two. I wouldn't say that I choose fragrances after what I wear, rather that in one sense, fragrance is an integral part of my style. It's also far more than that.

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    Mine is generally quite business-like, or, at least, (hopefully) quite professional and "mature", with certain degrees of variety ranging from casual to semi-formal and formal. Even if it sounds weird, I try to find a balance (don't know if I succeed though) between the very clean-cut, no-nonsense and even slightly Old-School on the one hand and the slightly Bohemian (although Bohemian in a more dandified, rather than non-consumerist, shockingly provocative manner), slightly extravagant (again, leaning far more towards extravagance in luxuries, rather than in peculiarities) on the other.

    My ideal wardrobe would probably consist of a vast selection of suits and various other business attires, while trying too avoid too casual or sporty clothes as much as possible. But the latter category would include, if I would buy sporty attires massively, the high-end part of this fashion segment (possibly Lacoste, Burberry, La Martina etc.) not out of snobbery, far more because of wishing to "look classy even while relaxing/working out". All this being said, I generally tend to stick to the more established fashion styles, e.g. suits, jeans, dress-shirts, polo shirts in very conservative colors, while still liking to slightly "upgrade" them with a e.g. a tie, a scarf, almost any other accessory of a more unusual color/pattern. But my main ideal is to remain, even if it may sound a bit conceited and dated, as "gentlemanly" as possible, however with more playful, trendy or showy "twist" (nothing too fancy, edgy or outrageous though).

    Also, at times I like to dress very functional, utilitarian and inconspicuous, yet other times I like to pay extreme attention to detail and be slightly overdressed even for no particular reason/occasion. And fragrance, by the way, is just a very versatile component of my outfit. This is why I like to keep a permanent supply of pretty diversified frags in my wardrobe, so that I can literally "wear whatever I like", be it a scent which is in (almost) perfect balance with the most casual or most formal clothes and frags which are in total (deliberate) imbalance in relation to my outfit. There are times when I simply like to follow the general rule: more light, aquatic, citrus frags go well with more casual attire, summer wear, heavier ones with more formal wear, more neutral ones with the workplace attire etc., and yet other times when I either deliberately or unconsciously break these rules, picking out a fragrance more "unsuitable" to the outfit.

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    Laid-back, but able to intensely focus on a task or problem and prone to immerse myself totally into a pursuit or hobby I find entertaining. I wear scrubs to work, jeans, sport shirt and sneakers whenever possible but will suit up for the occasion. I (now) drive a Prius mostly within speed limits, love telling and hearing good jokes, consider frags an important part of my life that I didn't know I was missing pre-Basenotes and I wear frags without much consideration as to what clothes I am wearing with what scent.
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    My personal style is quite minimalist in dress and hair.I'm a fan of ' less is more' and I will never be seen in anything with frills because I look plain silly. Though scent wise I love my bold dramatic chypres and florals. So I'm not a minimalist with scent eg J C Ellena's style.Perfume is a deeply personal choice to me and I choose scents that 'move' me and feel strongly about ( most of the time! )

    I'm not a ' girlie girl ' type at all though I'm very particular about good grooming. Heels ( 2.5 inches or more ) are all I own apart from my shoes for exercise - not owning a single pair of flats or any shoes that are black in color. They're all nude ,beige and other colors. That's it I think...... BUT I love my jewelry (don't wear them much anymore though! I adore pearls ! )

    All my workout clothes are black in color for ease of laundry.

    I have to admit I love a good joke and a laugh . I suffer from terrible toilet humor - once a nurse ALWAYS a nurse , no matter what else you do in life! I can be very gross at times.
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    Less is more, less things but more expensive pieces(or something i find better quality). And for all in the world, never wear anything remotely billboard. Really disliking those gastly logos like Ralph Lauren, Lacoste Burberry you name it. Rather wear something subtle like swaine adeney briggs if i would be purchasing something really expensive.

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    Hmm. I would say that I more or less dress like an architect/AD/fashion business person.

    Most of my wardrobe is black, supplemented with navy, grey, cream, white and some brown; all solid colours, except for a few striped sweaters. I prefer simple classics and "classics with a twist" in high quality. I like to build my wardrobe on basics that will last for years. My philosophy is to focus on true classics and more unusual pieces that won't easily be dated, because they were never trendy to begin with.

    I mostly like my fragrances animalic, spicy, resinous, warm, rich; byzantine practically.
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    Welcome, karinasturtz!

    I'm an inveterate wearer of black. I love layers, textures and interesting detailing. I tend to the scruffy side, as much by inclination as by necessity but love the opportunity to dress up.

    Fragrance is my jewellery.
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    a stubble or more on face
    unkempt or very short hair on head
    never a suit
    sweaters denims leather jacket etc.

    not really sophisticated.
    scents I wear vary though. from jasmine oil to butch powerhouses.

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    It changes, i try to keep it clean, classic.

    I will never wear flip-flops.

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    I mix and match but prefer to keep things classic as it is timeless, or give it a more contemporary twist by paying attention to little details incl. cuts, textures, patterns, colors & accessories. I favor the 'preppy' look, dressing in layers as temperature varries from 30 deg C outside to 16 deg C air-conditioned indoors (yeah, a stupid waste of energy). Jackets, vests, sweaters, V-necks, half-turtles, scarves, ties, hats and fragrances are all integral components of the sartorial makeup.

    I'd rather look overdressed that than be under-dressed. This is something many of the T-shirts, bermudas and flip-flops brigade just can't seem to understand. Often, all it takes is a trilby to up the style factor a couple of notches. With more experience it will be easier to become 'effortlessly stylish' instead of getting stuck in the 'trying-too-hard' mode that many beginners find themselves in.

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    I like technical but understated design. Black or grey outerwear with lots of subtle detail. Nice boots, comfortable but expensive trousers, knits or button ups, utilitarian and linear. Frag-wise I feel like my style suits things like Black Tourmaline or Greylands, but I find these somewhat lacking. Conversely I really like Oud 27.
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    Default Re: How would you describe your personal style?

    Well, when I used to work in cosmetics I was always impeccably groomed, scented and always dressed very elegantly. I adored Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Donna Karan, Cacharel, etc... I always enjoyed being very well put together, never wearing black or rather wearing (maybe) a black skirt. I always opted for navy or gray as my neutral color. I love my Chanel shoes and Bally also, both very comfortable; 2" or less for heel height, I am tall enough (thank heavens)
    For down time I always wore Petit Bateau shirts with simple skirts and flats or sandals. I also loved Ralph Lauren Polo Saturday Jeans, which are now long discontinued.

    Now, since I do not work, I wear a lot of slacks made out of Jersey. They are comfortable, moderately casual and fit many social situations perfectly. Could not see myself shopping in Wholefoods wearing a Dior skirt-suit, nor a Chanel outfit. For shoes I usually wear my Clarks sandals in the warmer months and LL Bean Maryjane moccasins in the cooler months and my hiking boots also.

    I do miss dressing up and presenting myself, but really have no excuse to do it. I gave almost all of my nice clothes to Good Will, hoping they will help someone else.
    I still have my Chanel loafers, but really never wear them, I also still have my favorite Bally slingbacks, which I love, but again rarely have need to wear.

    The one thing thought that remains the same is my lingerie. I will always have and use the best French lingerie; Lejaby, Simone Perelle, Aubade, Elixir, Lise Charmel, Passionata, Huit and Chantelle. just because I have no need of "dressing" up on the outside, i can at least be "well dressed" foundation-wise.

    I guess overall, I am now a casual-comfort styled person. Never thought that would happen, but c'est la vie.
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    This is a fun thread! I'm enjoying reading everyone's responses.

    My basic uniform is a great-fitting pair of jeans, killer boots, a camisole and a pretty sweater, usually in a body-conscious shape and a solid color. I love sweaters. It takes me a couple years to get on board with certain clothing trends. I've been wanting a different silhouette, though, so I worked the skinny jeans in last year and this year I'm wearing a lot of leggings. Most my stuff is mix & matchable. I'm real picky about prints and usually reserve those for dresses (which I don't wear much, except in summer) and coats. I'm a sucker for a good coat. I'm not terribly creative in the clothing department but I love finding cute shoes and purses. I'm 5'3", so I like being up there in 3 inchers or higher. Regarding both-- black does not go with everything. As for jewelry, I like big chandelier earrings, silver hoops, and bracelets. I'm not really into necklaces, but I do have a cameo from DH last Christmas that I wear a lot. I always wear either my garnets or aquas in my second piercings, unless I'm wearing my glasses-- then I don't wear any jewelry (except for wedding ring and watch. Oh yes, I always wear a watch.) Too much business around the face. My makeup is always a neutral palette in which I play up my eyes, (they need it) but sometimes the day just calls for a good red lip. My toes are always painted. My hair is in a long, layered cut that looks decent with an air-dry and no product (but you'd better believe I'm going to dye when the grays get uncontrollable!) I guess I like to look the best I can with as little effort on my part as possible.
    Oh, flip-flops! A couple of you have mentioned them. Count me among those who just won't do it. I have a pair I wear when I'm cleaning the shower. They're a lazy copout to actually matching your shoes with your outfit and should never be worn with dresses. Never.

    I'm a serious and goal-oriented person. I choose my words carefully-- anything worth saying is worth taking the time to say it. (My DH says I'm like an Ent.) Because of this, writing feels much more natural to me than speaking, unless I'm talking with my dad, who is also an Ent.
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    Default Re: How would you describe your personal style?

    I keep editing, so I'll just make a new post! My fume is definitely the most extravagant part of my style. I don't feel it matches up with the rest of my style at all, rather the music I listen to, if anything. I do like the idea of a signature (or two or three) and my wearings over the past few months heavily favor three specific fumes.

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    Love all the great posts !
    Agreed re. flip flops- I will never ever wear them . Crocs too - big no- nos for me.
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    Crocs are absolutely hideous! I cannot stand those things and flip flops are fine but, not when girls wear it with EVERYTHING in the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    I'd rather look overdressed that than be under-dressed. This is something many of the T-shirts, bermudas and flip-flops brigade just can't seem to understand. Often, all it takes is a trilby to up the style factor a couple of notches. With more experience it will be easier to become 'effortlessly stylish' instead of getting stuck in the 'trying-too-hard' mode that many beginners find themselves in.
    Yes! I'm also frequently slightly overdressed, but not to the point where it becomes gauche or even a little rude. In general I had far rather dress the way I want and provide people around me with some mild entertainment, eye candy or however they see it, than try to to blend in - I don't do that very well anyway. I get a lot of compliments, but I get the occasional giggle and evil eye too, and I'm fine with that.

    I'd rather see people trying too hard than phoning it in, I think, points for effort is better than safe and boring. There is much to be said for effortless stylishness, although I really think that's more about how you wear your clothes than the clothes themselves.

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    My style would be described as trendy and very much "girly girl". I love keeping up with the latest fashions, but I don't try and force them on myself if they don't fit "me". Sometimes I'm the consummate diva, sometimes I'm laid back and easy and some days I'm earthy or afrocentric. I dress according to how I'm feeling on any particular day, but my look always has a very feminine flair to it.

    As for perfumes...they don't fit my style at all. Though I'm very feminine, I don't care for overly feminine fragrances. I don't at all like fruity scents, and I don't like one-dimensional florals. I generally stay away from florals, but if I do wear them they have to be paired with some other notes that are more earthy. I adore amber and other resinous/boozy scents. I'm a huge fan of oriental frags. Basically, the edgier the better.

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    In Summer Hippie Bohemian with flowing pheasant skirts embordered tunics colorfull


    In Full and winter More Conservatively with lots of sweaters tweed skirts plaid skirts
    mostly somber colors like grey black dark green and few earth colors

    and my style is a cross to casual hippie for around the house
    to Mod beatnik librarian when going out somewhere nice in cold weather.

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    I love the style of the 1930s and early 40s. I wear ties to work and on other social occasions because I like them. In the winter I wear fedoras because they keep me warm, and look great. My style heros are William Powell and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. I think most men today dress hideously, and I blame women because if they didn't go along with it, men would dress better. I am bemused when women try to look very nicely dressed and guys wear bowling shirts and baseball caps (preferably backwards). Men are generally lemmings and would rather be dead than individuals. The crude electronics and sports ethos is boring. I would like to have a better sense of my own style of casual dress, but that's my weak suit. Aha! When I can I buy bespoke. I have done so in London and NYC. Dress down for me is a cashmere sports coat either with a sweater and ascot or a tie in some challengingly rakish color combinations. I love it. Fragrance and clothes go together. Lately, I have been more into shoes, and this also has not been a strong suit for me. But with the in put from some friends, I realize how important shoes are. Men who wear square-toed shoes should be field goal kickers. They look hideous. After all this, I bet you made certain assumptions. Wrong. I am straight, married for 20 years and a proud dad. I also hate stereotyping. I have no prejudices except against men who don't wear cuffs on their trousers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pimpinett View Post
    Yes! I'm also frequently slightly overdressed, but not to the point where it becomes gauche or even a little rude. In general I had far rather dress the way I want and provide people around me with some mild entertainment, eye candy or however they see it, than try to to blend in - I don't do that very well anyway. I get a lot of compliments, but I get the occasional giggle and evil eye too, and I'm fine with that.

    I'd rather see people trying too hard than phoning it in, I think, points for effort is better than safe and boring. There is much to be said for effortless stylishness, although I really think that's more about how you wear your clothes than the clothes themselves.
    I agree with your post. I'm 99 % of the time dressed the way I want to be dressed - that is ..... Slightly over dressed. Yes, generally at the food store I'm the only one in heels and a dress but that's how I am,I guess.
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    "Dress cute wherever you go, life is too short to blend in." Paris Hilton

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    May I commit a social and behavioral indiscretion if I acknowledge what has always been obvious in my life? Namely, that I have now and I always had an an immense admiration for overdressed ladies and gents.

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    Me too, V / Ken_Russell! There is little better than seeing a well dressed man or woman - one who has put in effort and not flopping around in baggy ill fitting shorts and flip flops,looking like a zombie.

    That is what I see around me here in this part of the world every dya and I admit- it annoys me somewhat. ( My Pet Grievance.... I really dislike seeing people wearing flip flops and walking aorund with them ,half off their feet ,so they are dragging thier feet around, making a 'flapping' sound as they walk. " Lift your feet ! " )
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    I'm M.S.C. … Martha Stewart Casual.

    Crocs? For gardening, yes, along with a gigantic sun-blocking hat and garden gloves.
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    Well for right now I just wear whatever I can. I only really shop at Express. It's a step above where most of my peers shop (Pac Sun. American Eagle, Aeropostale, etc.), but isn't TOO pricey. For the longest time I thought fashion was something you had to read in a magazine, until I found out that it really is about your own style. That is until I heard the term "fashion victim" and found that it's someone who mindlessly follows fads and gets all of their ideas out of magazines. Who knew! This was a sort of turning point for me.

    If I had to describe my style.. well, I couldn't. I'd imagine I'd wear all kinds of stuff. You should see my music collection : I almost feel like I'm 10 people in one sometimes . But yes, here's a couple of looks I'd wear in about 8 seconds if I could.







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    casual clothing , jeans and T-shirt , with a mix between fashion and sporty style ,brown or black colours , maybe in summer more coloured,
    my current top five (always in transition)

    Dior Eau Noire
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    Euro preppy-hippy vintage.
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    I always try to be be stylish ahead of 'trendy' when I buy clothes, ie I'd rather spend money on a timeless classic, with slight details for the current trends, than buy something bang on trend but will be out of fashion next year. That being said I have liked the military trend over the past two seasons, but unfortunately can see that falling out.

    So at the moment military/urban with a little bit of preppy
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    I can identify with the styles below, and when given the opportunity, dress in a similar manner.

    Keywords: Navy / industrial / rock

    I tend towards black/greys/blues/whites/marles in my wardrobe.
    I like to layer clothes and prefer silhouettes cut close to the body.
    Casual/relaxed with a sense of military/industrial/rock swimming just under the surface.


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