Is Your Fragrance a Part of Your Style?

Every style writer and commentator spends plenty of time talking about clothing.

‘Clothes make the man’, and other adages like that. After all; when we think about style, the first thing that comes to mind is clothing. But is style only about clothing?

I don’t know of any menswear commentators who have tackled topics relating to fragrance, other than writing a basic ‘top 10 men’s fragrance’ list or something along those lines.

Which is interesting, because my approach to personal grooming – and I would assume many others will think the same – is that smelling good is just as important as looking good. Sure, nobody can smell your fragrance in your outfit pic on Instagram. But that doesn’t mean that everybody else in your day to day life is exempt from that.

So I’m going to start spending some time writing about fragrance, my experiences with different fragrances and whatnot. I’m no expert on fragrance, but I reckon it’s an important style subject.

Because looking good is nothing if you don’t smell good too. Additionally, I think that your fragrance is as much a part of your style as any common theme in your chosen clothing is.

Getting Into Fragrance

I’m not super experienced with fragrance, but have always had a passing interest in it. This interest has recently blossomed since I started this blog, and I’ve been devouring literature on the subject while sampling many different scents.

When I started off, I really enjoyed sweet scents. Sweet scents and gourmands (scents that smell like something you could eat).

For a few years, I stuck to a few of these that I knew I liked. I had Versace’s popular Eros EDT for summer, Calvin Klein’s CK One Shock for winter, and Polo’s Red Intense for evenings.

Funnily enough, though I loved Eros for years, this scent also became the reason I decided to branch out and sample everything I could get my hands on.

Because despite how much I enjoyed it, I began to get bored. And worse, my last batch of it went bad – it started disappearing completely from my skin within 30 minutes.

This was a blessing in disguise. I have already found and loved some amazing scents, and I’m barely at the beginning of the journey.

I’ve been able to get my hands on some more fragrances that I really like without having to pay heaps of money too, because I’ve been buying decants rather than dropping a stack of coin on expensive perfumes.

Which means there’s no reason you can’t smell great on a budget, either.

Where To From Here?

I’ll be running a poll on my Instagram at some stage to see what you all would like to read about. All I know for certain, for now, is that I’ll share some spotlights on men’s fragrances that I thoroughly enjoy.

If you have any fragrance related topics you’d like to read about, feel free to drop a comment below or shoot me an email. Otherwise, keep an eye out for that poll!

Until next time,


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With content features ranging from appearances on popular menswear hubs (The Rake, StyleForum, Put This On) to French perfume newsletters and university course readings, Sam is a writer, designer and enthusiast in the fields of menswear and fragrance.

6 thoughts on “Is Your Fragrance a Part of Your Style?

  1. I wish that I could try as much fragrances like you and incorporate it to my style as much as I want. I have asthma and despite loving Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue so much I have to let that one go because its giving me wheezes 😭


  2. No it’s not! My wife is forever telling me to use some fragrance but I feel like it’s so easily forgotten! In fact… it’s the small details that complete a unique style! This article makes a really good point!


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