Fragrances can be fashionable, too

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Fragrances can be fashionable, too

BY SARAH CARDENAS | Evergreen fashion columnist

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To add a small but sensuous touch to any outfit, there is nothing better than accentuating it with your choice of fragrance to complete any fall look.

Though it is an ethereal accessory that one can’t see or touch, once sprayed on, its long-term effects have the power to linger after it has faded as it echoes in the memory of those nearest and dearest.

Even though the use of essential oils can be traced as far back as the Egyptians and the Romans, it was not until the late 18th century when France began to exhibit these bottles in mass market fairs.

One of the first couture designers to use fragrance as a direct extension of his fashion line was Paul Poiret. He was the famous couturier who liberated women from the corsets by creating the brassier. Poiret let out his first fragrance Les Parfums de Rosine in 1911.

Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel, another couturier, transformed her 1921 fragrance Chanel No. 5 into a necessity stating that, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”

This motto was very fitting, since her collar-less jackets and little black dresses yelled out the message that she clearly was also supportive of comfort and adopting of men’s styles.

Today, thanks to the help of the internet, social media and magazines, we now have access to a myriad of scents at our disposal with the click of a mouse.

This fall, for those brave souls who are not afraid to make a bold statement, try out Valentino’s Oud Absolutos or Tom Ford’s Oud Fleur. Though they are two distinct products, they both come in black bottles and are sure to grab a strong hold wherever you spray.

Yves Saint Laurent’s Paris Premieres Roses is also a good fall choice that includes a warm floral musk and adds a soft demure elegance to any look. Christian Dior’s Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is a sweet alternative.

For those who don’t like either bitter or sweet but rather everything in between, a good option would be Versace’s Yellow Diamond Intense, which reminds of a secret garden.

The perfume you wear is ultimately a reflection of your personal tastes, so no matter what you do choose, in the end you can’t go wrong wearing it in moderation and on the major pulse points on the body. Make sure to spray the perfume on your neck and wrists, but don’t rub. Putting it on your hair is another option, and it holds longer. Take note that perfume rises throughout the day, so try spraying some behind your knees as an alternative.

Whatever perfume you end up wearing, give people something to remember you by.