I will never understand people who want to wear their Fall purchases when it’s still warm out. I plan to dress like it’s summer until the first snowfall.
Of course, the second the mornings get chilly and I have to dig through closets for my hibernating sweaters, I will abandon this crazy dream of "seasonless dressing."
And I’m hoping that a Fall scent that still bears a trace of summer will soften the blow.
floral street iris goddess
Powdery floral, when done right, exudes gentle softness without smelling like you dumped a container of baby powder on yourself.
Floral Street Iris Goddess is a velvety soft, violet-scented iris sprinkled with spicy chilli pepper (no, really) and a warming undercurrent of suede and musk notes for a powdery floral that thinks it’s a skin scent.
A vegan brand packaged in recycled and recyclable boxes, UK-based Floral Street is committed to creating fine fragrances that don’t make your wallet cry out from pain.
$34 CAD/$26 USD (10mL) and $99 CAD/$75 USD at Sephora.
YSL Libre is what happens when you inject a soft, candy centre of sweet orange, lavender and white flowers into a classically masculine earthy ‘fougère’ scent.
The sexy, mossy exterior reveals a swooningly feminine heart when you get up close. It’s like the contrast of wearing a silk shirt under a well-loved leather jacket.
And the bottle is the best use of a logo we’ve ever seen, with its oversized, wrap-around YSL letters encircling the bottle's base like a chunky gold bracelet.
bottega veneta illusione for her
This photo of our friend and television style personality Liv Judd, exemplifies both Fall’s fashion crush on the colour loden, and the big trend towards monochromatic dressing.
New Bottega Veneta Illusione for Her eau de parfum captures the vibe of this outfit perfectly. The scent is sunny and almost juicy, with black currant and green fig leaves shot through with sunlit orange blossom and bergamot (that wonderful herby-smelling citrus with green, grapefruity depth.) At its core is a darker green note of olivewood doing all the load-bearing and holding the whole thing together.
gucci mémoire d’une odeur
A "shared fragrance" for both sexes, Gucci Mémoire d’une Odeur is an elegy to summer with jasmine, cedar and a surprising chamomile note creating a sepia-tinted memory of walking through a sunbaked field on an sunny August day, your feet crunching over late summer grasses and flowers. At its heart is enough sun-warmed musk to make it feel like it’s rising off your skin.
To me, the bottle is reminiscent of Italicus Rosolio di Bergamoto liqueur. But to perfume writer and self-described perfume whisperer Jane Daly, it echoes Revlon Moondrops’ vintage fragrance bottle (she has one in her extensive archives) and I think she’s closer to the truth.
Inspiration is everywhere, people.
givenchy l’interdit eau de toilette
A lighter version of last year’s L’Interdit eau de parfum, Givenchy L'Interdit eau de toilette takes big, bold tuberose (there’s nothing bolder than tuberose) and sunny orange blossom but then mellows them with musk and dirties them up with patchouli. The result is lightness (this is an eau de toilette after all) that’s all elegance but with a f***ed up undercurrent thanks to the patchouli and some resinous vetiver.
It’s like wearing a beautiful frothy dress to a party then heading to a diner at the end of the night to eat fries before bed, to sop up all the champagne you consumed. Elegant but stealthily earthy.
From $99 CAD at Hudson's Bay and $118 CAD Shoppers Drug Mart*
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What's your go-to sliding-into-Fall fragrance?
If you don't already have a favourite for the beginning of Fall, does anything in this post appeal to you?
When summer's official end-date has passed, how do you approach getting into your Fall wardrobe? Do you wait in dread until you have to? Or eagerly await the first crisp morning?
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