You know that person whose sweet perfume intricately invades your senses when they walk past you? That is the person I strive to be every single day of my life.
It’s no secret that I hoard bottles of perfume like a French whore. I just finished my eighth bottle of Heiress by Paris Hilton, all of my clothes are permanently covered in shimmer from the insanity that happens whenever I come in contact with my bottle of glitter filled Juicy by Juicy Couture, and I've probably gone through more bottles of Fantasy by Britney Spears than I have consumed water in my lifetime. I have also made a vow to myself to not purchase any food on campus in order to save up for a giant bottle of Play by Givenchy— the next fragrance to fall victim to my perfume whoring ways.
Perfume is the icing on the cake of all things style. It adds another sense to fashion, allowing us to both observe and inhale an outfit. Without perfume, a live outfit in the flesh is not operating at its full potential. The clothes are just plainly there on the individual; seen, but not tasted; observed, but not felt. In order for me to connect on a deeper level with those I talk to, they have to be wearing perfume as it gives me a better sense of their style in general.
As a natural born hoarder of fragrances, I’ve realized that not all scents work equally on everyone. For example, my mom likes really exotic and musky tones in fragrances such as YSL’s Opium and Tova by Tova Borgnine. Me on the other hand, I enjoy perfumes that are so God damn sugary sweet to the point in which it may make others want to vomit. If my mom and I were to switch perfume collections, our lives would be a disaster. Our particular tastes in how we flavor our style each day with perfume is extremely different, and switching fragrances would be like switching clothes. There’s nothing wrong with the clothes she wears—her style is very much her own and I appreciate her freedom in fashion, but I would never wear any of what she wears, just as she would never wear any of what I wear and the same thing goes for perfume.
Everyone’s style is different, and perfume is a strong aspect of style. Our styles are unique and should reflect who we are deep inside. It’s important to find which fragrances work for you and then stick with them. You want to find a perfume that you can feel absorbing into your skin and awakening your soul as soon as you spray it on-- something that lights up your senses and makes you feel alive. Perfume is the last ingredient added to my outfit each morning, as no ensemble is complete without a delicious spritz of whatever scent I’m feeling on any given day. It takes me to the next level in fashion, allowing me to taste, feel, and beautifully lose myself in the dark pit of glamour that's embedded in my soul.
My plea for all of you is to remember that your outfit is not finished without perfume. It’s the spark of magic within your style and the aura that surrounds you. Without it you’re always going to be one step behind, and just as Coco Chanel once said, “A women who doesn't wear perfume has no future.”
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