Perfume picks for fall style trends

Perfume picks for fall style trends

Get into fall with a new look and a new scent. Here we round up our favourite trends from the FW16 runways.



It’s safe to say that the modern fashion landscape is heavily shaped by decades past. And this was most evident this season on the Chanel runway where touches of the 1950’s, 80’s, 90’s and even the Victorian era were all seen. But the ultimate Chanel throwback? Introducing the iconic Chanel No. 5 to a new generation with Chanel No. 5 L’eau—a re-imagining of the famous spritz. Other perfumes are embracing the retro with old school notes like jasmine, rose and aldehyde which make for a welcome blast from the past.

Beauty note: A subtle winged liner is hardly considered retro anymore—it’s been a classic look for decades—but we recommend picking an unexpected colour (like this mahogany) and pairing it with glowing skin this season.

Chanel No. 5 L’eau, $119 (50 ml), Diorshow Pro Liner in Mahogany, $36,
Images: Chanel FW16, Dior FW16.

Layer it on


We’re used to heavier textiles come winter, but this season the focus was on brocade or upholstery-inspired fabrics. Think big florals, metallic embroidery and stiff silhouettes that help create texture and volume. This trend’s motto is pile it on—though we recommend a lighter hand when applying your chosen perfume. And for your spritz? Try something dark but layered—with fruit notes alongside vanilla, rose, jasmine, musk, amber or woods.

Beauty note: For a busy ensemble get back to basics with your beauty look by perfecting the bold brow.

Burberry My Burberry Black, $102 (50 ml), Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette, $17,
Images: Burberry FW16, Naeem Khan FW16.

OTT luxury


Fur, patent leather, slinky fabrics, sequins—all in the same outfit—gave the runways an over-the-top luxurious feel this fall. We saw this trend in all sorts of colours and iterations but our favourites leaned to the dark side. Rich black and brown furs worn with dark patent leather added sophistication to the not-so-conspicuous trend. Though you may have to shell out big bucks for the fur, the luxury of perfume is a bit more affordable. Look for scents that mix classic flowers—rose, jasmine—with notes like musk, woods, pepper and patchouli for this luxe feel.

Beauty note: Feel free to add embellishment to your hair, but keep your face fresh and bare—skin is in, especially when it’s flawless.

Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria, $92 (50 ml), M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Waterweight Foundation, $40,
Images: MAC Cosmetics, Essie.

Boy meets girl


Androgyny and gender-bending style has been at the forefront of fashion and the runways for fall were no different. Sleek suiting, crisp and boxy buttondowns and baggy athleisure-wear all leaned in the direction of the men’s department. Juxtapose a man-inspired wardrobe with a fruity floral touch this fall. YSL’s Mon Paris features berries, pear and bergamot with a floral (jasmine, peony) heart and a base of patchouli, ambroxan and musk. For the woman who knows the power—and sex appeal—of a great, borrowed-from-the-boys suit.

Beauty note: Keep it simple with fresh-faced makeup and a swipe of red lipstick—the ultimate femme touch.

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris, $140 (90 ml), M.A.C Cosmetics Lipstick in Lady Danger, $21,
Images: Proenza Schouler c/o MAC, FlickrCC.fdecomite,


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Alexandra Donaldson is the editorial assistant at The Whale & The Rose and a freelance writer and content creator. Although she recently took up yoga in an effort to be a healthy adult, she still binge-watches cartoons on a regular basis and dreams of running away to a cottage in the woods. She has yet to nail down her favourite perfume, but knows that it smells green, earthy and maybe a little bit spicy, but definitely not sweet.