Deborah Fulsang shares her top fragrance picks for the month.…
Seaside stripes, khaki, sunny yellow, Eighties Revival, white shirtdresses: As spring fashion trends hit store shelves, we strategize what fragrances to wear with them.
The beginning of warm weather can only mean one thing: It’s time to stock our wardrobe with spring fashion trends. We’ve picked our favourites, but then gone one step further to let you know what type of perfume you should pick up to match. New spring clothes and a new spring perfume? Yes, please!
Seaside stripes with a fresh fougère
It may be marketed to men, but Armani Code Colonia is just the thing to enhance the nautical- and vacation-inspired stripes that graced the spring runways. It’s light but has presence. Find notes of bergamot, mandarin, sage, orange blossom, heliotrope and tonka bean. If you can manage to head to a seaside cafe or the coast while in your new duds, all the better.
Giorgio Armani Code Colonia, $108 (75 ml), www.thebay.com
Runway: Proenza Schouler, Rosie Assoulin, RED Valentino
Khaki paired with light woods
Khaki should be one of your go-to looks this spring and summer. It’s light, earthy and very en vogue. The military greens have lightened up this time around, the silhouettes have gotten softer and there’s a breezy attitude to the trend. To spritz? Try a perfume with dark notes paired with citrus. Jo Malone London Tobacco & Mandarin (from The Bloomsbury Collection) also includes sage and beeswax for a modern twist on the citrus toilette.
Jo Malone London Tobacco & Mandarin, $70 (30 ml), www.jomalone.com
Runway: JW Anderson, J.Crew, Creatures of Comfort
Eighties Revival meet fruity florals
While romance reigned on many runways (in the form of tulle and lace), which would be an obvious olfactory match with fruity-floral scents, we’re advocating for this fragrance-fashion paired be fruity-floral with today’s 1980s Revival looks. Broad- and single-shouldered silhouettes, feminine ruffles, metallic and spandex all made appearances. To suit? Florals, yes, but with a juicy chi chi vibe. Try Elie Saab Le Parfum, which is full of fruits (mandarin, pomegranate) and florals (frangipani, orange blossom).
Elie Saab Resort Le Parfum, $140 (50 ml), www.nordstrom.com
Runway: Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent
Anything-but-mellow yellow with citrus
Yellow ruled the runways. You might be hesitant about adopting this often hard-to-wear hue, but there’s nothing difficult to wear about the matching fresh citrus scents. If you’re looking to invest, you can’t go wrong with the latest from Tom Ford Sole Di Positano (for that Kate Spade dress!). Described as “sun-drenched citrus”, this perfume combo of lemon, mandarin, ylang ylang, orange blossom and moss is bright and feminine with just the right amount of warm sunshiny base.
Tom Ford Sole Di Positano, $225 (50 ml), www.sephora.com
Runway: Jason Wu, Kate Spade, Erin Fetherston
White shirtdresses with aromatic spritzes
Is there anything more springtime-fresh than a white shirt? Keep this trend modern by pairing it with the item’s more feminine sister, the white shirtdress. Sharp but breezy, fresh and modern but ultimately a classic, the shirtdress this season can be cinched at the waist, billowy or tailored and sleek and stolen from your man’s closet. To pair, pick up a perfume full of herbs and citrus. The aromatic Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Cypress has lemon and bergamot, sage and cedar, which makes it perfect for summer, but still serious enough to wear at the office.
Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Cypress, $266 (50 ml), available at the D&G Boutique in Toronto
Runway: Rag & Bone, 3.1 Philip Lim, Banana Republic