Scents of Style

Scents of Style

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Often, I like to think of this place as a digital style lab. One in which we feel (hopefully) comfortable and empowered to play freely with the concept of our personal style, in whatever sense we might define that construct in our lives. There are so many elements of style, far beyond the physical clothes on our back. I've been thinking lately about the power of scent as it relates to our style. 

A few years ago, in an effort to detox my beauty routine and pare down what I "need," I cut out perfume. I'd read some off-putting things about the chemicals in perfume, and was thinking about the waste all of these empty glass bottles generate and just couldn't imagine wearing it anymore. This was a more hardline period in my life, when I felt that living sustainably meant willingly sacrificing things I love, including my relationship with fashion. Looking back, this was probably an important phase because it helped me to get to where I am today, but I wasn't compassionate with myself, which was problematic, and I wasn't really enjoying my relationship with getting dressed anymore, which was equally so. Anyway, I didn't wear any scent at all for a few months, and I found myself so often missing the way wearing perfume made me feel. I'd notice a woman who left a trail of her perfume walking down the street. On my way home, I'd often duck into Le Labo for a spray of Rose 31. 

One night, a friend (actually, this friend) suggested an evening at The Carlyle, for which I was very excited and eager to get dressed up. I remember wanting to feel special that night and kept coming back to scent being an important part of that. What's a girl in need of an eco beauty product to do at the last minute except to run Whole Foods, which I did, where I picked up some amber essential oil. To this day, if I were to smell it, it would bring back the beautiful memory of that night. I ran out of that essential oil a few weeks later (I am not one for traces of fragrance, I go for it!) and I haven't replaced it since. Until now, that is, because I've begun the patient search for a signature scent. Scent is such a powerful reminder of time and place. It's evocative of memories. Like style, it leaves a mark. As I think about what style means to me, that mark, my mark, becomes a more and more important part of the story I want to tell in my clothes. Plus, the thought of a fragrance that will years from now remind me of the memories we are making in Paris is so lovely. 

Pierre Bonard, 1912

Pierre Bonard, 1912

Vijender Sharma, 2014

Vijender Sharma, 2014

Nathaniel Sichel, 1905

Nathaniel Sichel, 1905

As always, I'm eager to hear from you. I'm taking recommendations, including for books on the subject. Do you have a signature scent? Do you consider your scent a part of your style? Do you get creative with fragrance? I'm all ears, and in this case, a nose.

Lynn Yaeger On Style

Lynn Yaeger On Style

Best of Milan Fashion Week

Best of Milan Fashion Week