SPRAYCATION: SUMMER FRAGRANCES + WHAT TO WEAR WITH THEM

Stuck at work while everyone else seems to be out enjoying sunshine and warm breeze? It's enough to jack up the cortisol to Nutella-NOW levels. The sane solution? Six summer scents + corresponding wardrobe = vacation vibes to get you through to Friday afternoon.
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Stuck at work while everyone else seems to be out enjoying sunshine and warm breeze? It's enough to jack up the cortisol to Nutella-NOW levels. The sane solution? Six summer scents + corresponding wardrobe = vacation vibes to get you through to Friday afternoon.
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Spraycation: the art of pairing summer scent with key wardrobe pieces to lend your days a vacation vibe until the weekend arrives. Photo: Liza Herz.

Is there anything harder than sitting at your desk when it’s nice out? Fall lines may be trickling into stores, but outside it's still summer for another 7 weeks and everyone has left town except you (and me). It’s like the entire world is on vacation and posting on Instagram from a lounge chair in Positano. #ladolcevita #blessed. Kill me now. Of course you could roll into work in a sheer caftan thrown over a bathing suit. But if that won't fly, at least spritzing a summery fragrance with a beachy vibe should help stabilize your mood until the weekend.

Your workplace probably also frowns on serving rosé at department meetings (killjoys). So plan an off-site "team-building exercise" for a Friday at 1pm, change into one of the following outfits in the ladies', sneak out the door and don’t come back until Monday.*

six summer spraycation scents + wardrobes

Spraycation fragrance: Guerlain Terracotta le Parfum

Spraycation fragrance: Guerlain Terracotta le Parfum

Created as a whimsical limited edition last year to celebrate Terracotta bronzer’s 30 birthday, Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum ($80 at thebay.com) was so successful it's now permanent. And it really evokes the legendary luxe bronzer with the same heady “solar floral” white blossom, coconut and musk scent.

Spraycation wardrobe: what to wear with Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum

Spraycation wardrobe: what to wear with Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum

Pair Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum with sunkissed skin (preferably the safer faked kind, easily achieved with the new St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan), a silk print dress or caftan and classic French K. Jacques St. Tropez flat sandals.

Spraycation fragrance: Bobbi Brown Beach Eau de Parfum

Spraycation fragrance: Bobbi Brown Beach Eau de Parfum

Bobbi Brown Beach ($84 at sephora.ca and $74 at nordstrom.com) has a "jasmine and sea spray with Coppertone sunscreen" scent that is childhood-memory catnip, and smells like glowing skin warmed from a long day lounging on the sand.

spraycation: what to wear with Bobbi Brown Beach eau de parfum

Spracation wardrobe: what to wear with Bobbi Brown Beach eau de parfum

For summer, layer the fragrance with Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil ($40 at Murale and $33 at nordstrom.com), massaged onto arms and legs for gleam. Wear it with a sun-bleached (and maybe even gently frayed) pale blue chambray shirt (this one's JCrew), barely-holding-together trashed cut-offs and a pair of white Birkenstock Gizeh thong sandals.

Spraycation fragrance: The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea eau de cologne

Spraycation fragrance: The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea eau de cologne

The Body Shop has been killing it with their fragrances recently (see this year’s Smoky Poppy and last year’s Red Musk). New Fuji Green Tea eau de cologne ($20 at thebodyshop.ca and $25 at thebodyshop.com), a zingy nod to Bulgari’s 1992 game-changing Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert, is front-loaded with bergamot, lemon and mandarin elevating a flowery heart, and is perfect if full-ons florals aren't your thing.

spraycation_what to wear with The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea eau de cologne

Spraycation wardrobe: what to wear with The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea eau de cologne

Wear Fuji Green Tea eau de cologne with a deceptively casual but intensely glam Jackie-O-in-Capri look of white jeans, a fitted t-shirt, oversized sunnies and a Gucci hobo bag. Looks as fresh now as it did in 1970.

Spraycation fragrance: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sunset in Salina

Spraycation fragrance: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sunset in Salina

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sunset in Salina ($112 at thebay.com and $99 at nordstrom.com), with its green vines and violet leaf opening into freesia and jasmine then melting into amber, perfectly evokes a languorous holiday day-into-night.

spraycation: what to wear with D&G Light Blue Sunset in Salina

Spraycation wardrobe: what to wear with Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sunset in Salina

Wear Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sunset in Salina with this year’s Riviera staple: a white dress, black gladiators and an almost parodic dark faux tan. (Or go icy cool with pale skin like the model in this Maje dress throwing you a death stare for gazing at her.)

spraycation: what to wear with Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sunset in Salina

Spraycation wardrobe: what to wear with Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sunset in Salina

NB: a white dress like this one from Madewell is so feminine that it demands casual accessories or even bare feet, so no stilettoes and barrel-curled "basic b****" hair, please. Underdone sexy is sexier (and way more summery).

Spraycation fragrance: Chanel Chance Eau Vive

Spraycation fragrance: Chanel Chance Eau Vive

Bright with blood orange and grapefruit, warmed by jasmine and vetiver, Chanel Chance Eau Vive ($88 at thebay.com and $77 at nordstrom.com) is all stealth elegance. It smells light, fresh and energetic, but actually has tremendous depth.

Spraycation: what to wear with Chanel Chance Eau Vive

Spraycation wardrobe: what to wear with Chanel Chance Eau Vive

Think along the same lines with your clothes, pairing love-worn, ripped and faded jeans with the surprise of a really unbuttoned (like Gigi Hadid-level unbuttoned) white silk blouse and a long gold necklace loaded with multiple sentimental charms. Finish off with espadrilles (Chanel if you have mad bank, regular if not).

Spraycation: Cologne Indelebile by Frederic Malle

Spraycation fragrance: Cologne Indélébile by Frederic Malle

Here's a worthwhile project: create an eau de cologne that actually endures on the skin. Perfume master Dominique Ropion has magicked Cologne Indélébile by Frederic Malle ($305 at Holt Renfrew and $180 at barneys.com) and it’s a keeper. Musk with narcissus are added to the classic eau de cologne notes of bergamot, neroli and orange blossom but unlike most iterations that vanish in 15 minutes, Cologne Indélébile lasts. That’s our rationalization for the eye-gougingly expensive price.

Spraycation: what to wear with Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile by Frederic Malle

Spraycation wardrobe: what to wear with Cologne Indélébile by Frederic Malle

For your wardrobe, you could play against the priciness, or just dive right into fancy. Guess which tack we chose? Wear Cologne Indélébile with sunkissed skin and an airy black dress (sleeves are the devil, people), and Alexander Wang sandals or these smart slingback sandals from Madewell. Makeup? Nothing more than a bold matte lip and mascara. (Drops mic.)

summer fragrances_beach_south of France_photo by Liza Herz

Spraycation: file this image of sun-soaked sand in the south of France under "daydream-escape plan" in your mental library. Photo: Liza Herz

Do you have a fragrance + outfit version of a vacation that helps you get from Monday to the weekend in the summer?

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