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    Default Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    What are people's thoughts on certain fragrances only being appropriate for certain occasions? E.g. this fragrance is heavy/heady/sensual, so should only be worn in the evening, vs. this fragrance is less obtrusive/lighter/more generally palatable, and is therefore appropriate for office wear. I'm talking less about sillage/projection and more about the mood of a fragrance.

    I ask because I think I prefer heftier or 'darker' fragrances, so that's what I've been wearing just about everywhere -- including to the office. I try to be conservative about application, because if someone can't stand your perfume they shouldn't be stuck smelling it after you leave, but my taste doesn't exactly run toward the crisp or fresh or white-musk stuff that seems to be considered appropriate for daytime wear. So I've just been wearing what I like, even though what I like is probably supposed to be for after 5PM.

    On the other hand, my first perfumes ever were Angel (a gift, and which I would now not wear anywhere because on me it tends to wake the dead and cause five-alarm fires) and Jean-Paul Gaultier Classique, which I was absolutely delighted by and wore everywhere when I was about twelve. Looking back, it must have been pretty weird for a kid to smell like Classique in the middle of the day. So Classique feels inappropriate for daytime to me, even though it's hard for me to quite explain why. Thoughts?

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    Default Re: Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    Quote Originally Posted by tilleuil View Post
    What are people's thoughts on certain fragrances only being appropriate for certain occasions?
    Speaking only for myself, I don't subscribe to that notion. Everything I own, I would wear at any time, for any occasion.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    I’m basically with Hednic. I might, in the moment, “feel” one fragrance over another for a given occasion, but I wouldn’t categorize my fragrances by their appropriateness for a given activity or time of day. I suppose that’s a useful convention for some people to make their fragrance choices simpler: fewer options to parse. But it’s almost entirely subjective.

    My only caution would be against wearing something likely to read as oppressive in a close work environment: nobody needs fragrance wars between cubicles. This isn’t relevant to me, but I can see how it would be a potential problem for some people.
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    For the most part I agree. I’m a freshie fan, so for me I’m usually breaking the other opposite caution - Brighter, more effervescent fragrances are typically suggested for the day, but there’s no reason they can’t work at night (I love Green Irish Tweed and Eau Sauvage in the evening).

    The main consideration I’d bring in is how stuff performs in different weather - a gourmandy sillage monster worn on a hot day can become oppressive to others, and based on your body chemistry can go from delicious to cloying (and somewhat off) rather quickly. A bright, citrusy fragrance worn extreme cold can have its performance completely stifled.

    In conditions for the latter, day and night are irrelevant - having your performance stolen is all you’re worried about, no matter what time of day it is. For the former, night might work better for the gourmand simply because of the ambient temperature. For a cooler day, there’s no reason to hesitate.

    Play around and experiment and you’ll learn to quickly adapt to your conditions. Sydney this year has gone from lows of 5 C in winter up to 45 C in summer and is pretty much always in that annual range, so I have a fair idea of what will be in my wardrobe in a given month.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Speaking only for myself, I don't subscribe to that notion. Everything I own, I would wear at any time, for any occasion.
    I agree.
    FYI: I spray all fragrances on clothing, never on skin.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    I feel some fit better for certain occasions but my wardrobe is quite versatile so most can be used on any occasion. For work I prefer more formal fragrances with the occasional freshie thrown in the mix, also prefer more masculine fragrances for work!
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    For the most part I subscribe to a "seasonal," climate based philosophy, and there are some fragrances I find better for days than evenings and vice versa, but that is the full extent of my "occasions" approach. So I have fragrances for different seasons, and some for daily or nightly wear, but it doesn't get more specific than that. I also find the day/night thing really doesn't apply most of the time.

    Also, I don't even really follow my seasons approach a lot of the time, it's just like an easy way for me to think about things in terms of making sure I have a balanced wardrobe...that I can wear anywhere anytime.
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    Thank you for not wearing Angel anymore. Much appreciated.
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    I don't really follow any rule as to when or where, or what season, or time of day to wear a fragrance. I do admit, however, that I wear the heavier or more warm, leather based scents more often in the colder months.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    My only caution would be against wearing something likely to read as oppressive in a close work environment: nobody needs fragrance wars between cubicles. This isn’t relevant to me, but I can see how it would be a potential problem for some people.
    Quote Originally Posted by Reventon View Post
    The main consideration I’d bring in is how stuff performs in different weather - a gourmandy sillage monster worn on a hot day can become oppressive to others, and based on your body chemistry can go from delicious to cloying (and somewhat off) rather quickly. A bright, citrusy fragrance worn extreme cold can have its performance completely stifled.
    l agree with these statements, but otherwise the time of day is irrelevant to me when choosing what to wear.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    I can’t help having gut level reactions to many fragrances. Certain fragrances just seem to favor or elevate certain moods. But as a rule I don’t dress nor apply fragrance according to my prevailing mood but rather to fit the social situations /context I’m likely to find myself in.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    I'm all about the "personality" of fragrances, so I feel like the scent should match the person wearing it, more than what they happen to be doing at the time. That said, like Diamondflame and a few others mentioned, certain fragrances fit certain moods better, and personality can change a lot based on mood. So if those darker, more intense moods are what you want to convey, whether at work or not, I don't think that's inappropriate at all! It's just who you are.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    It's all a mood thing.
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    I gravitate towards classic Chanels or Guerlains for special occasions (dressy).
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    Default Re: Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    There are some occasions for which I wouldn't wear any fragrance at all - funerals, job interviews, medical appointments, in packed theaters - but otherwise, I just wear whatever I'm in the mood for. I'm not a heavy sprayer.

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    For a certain while and especially towards the beginnings within this hobby tended to prefer heavier, sweeter, leathery scents for more formal occasions and colder weather, lighter, fresher ones for casual occasions and warmer temperatures, however not so much nowadays
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    Quote Originally Posted by tilleuil View Post
    Thoughts?
    I'm still in the early stages of my exploration but I tend to follow a few personal protocols:

    - I keep at least one fragrance set aside as my designated "special occasions only" fragrance. Right now, it's D&G The One for Men, and it's set aside only for things where I want to make a 5-star first-impression, such as job interviews, first-dates, and so on.

    - I under-spray for work. I know that the nose gets acclimated to the fragrances we often wear, so I make sure that I'm barely picking up any scent from my own daily-driver fragrances. I wear strictly non-offensive fragrances in the office environment. I have never had a complaint from any co-workers who might be sensitive to perfumes (some people are amazingly sensitive to some perfumes), so I think I'm doing OK.

    - I prefer strongly masculine scents for dates or other situations where I might be flirting with the other sex

    - I prefer unisex fragrances for hanging out with buddies... sorry, guys, I'm not interested in getting into a powerhouse arms-race with you...

    As I said, I'm still in the early stages, I don't have a wardrobe with dozens of bottles, so I have to be strategic in my choices.




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