The Sniff Box – Perfume In Plain English

Sock it to me

I was talking to a friend who has a fine turn of phrase, and she said something that made me think about why I wear perfume and what it means to me. ‘Perfume,’ she said, ‘it’s like new socks, isn’t it?’ And I know exactly what she means. Spritzing yourself with a favourite scent is just like wearing new socks or a new pair of trainers for the first time: it puts a bit of a spring in your step and sets you up for the day.

It also made me think about that old perfume cliché, the ‘signature scent’. Now, I’m all for finding a perfume that suits you and wearing it a lot, but it seems like such a shame to limit yourself to a single scent when there is such a rich and varied range of fragrances to choose from, old and new, relatively cheap and excruciatingly expensive. It’s nice to have a favourite shirt, of course, or a coat that always gets you compliments, but would you ever wear the same item of clothing every day, year in, year out? There are people out there, of course, who have a signature look, but let’s face it, they’re few and far between, and there’s a pretty good reason for that.

One of the joys of fashion is that all dressing, in the end, is about dressing up, and that means dressing for an occasion – whether it’s a party or a rainy day in June, a bitter winter’s day or the first warm week of spring. It’s fun to try new things on, and that’s precisely how I think of perfume too. There are perfumes for happy days and melancholy days, for summer days and winter days, for dates and dinner parties, for a nightclub or the opera. So why reduce your life to a single choice, when the world offers so many exciting possibilities?

 

8 Responses to “Sock it to me” Leave a Comment

  • Deborah Burnstone on 12 May, 2013 8:09 pm

    Ooh I don’t know. I think perfume is much more exciting and fun than new socks but then my socks are deathly dull black affairs. Perhaps I need to invest in some new hosiery…

  • Deborah Burnstone on 12 May, 2013 9:16 pm

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  • Jane Regan on 12 May, 2013 11:22 pm

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  • Robin Stocks on 13 May, 2013 8:07 am

    Though perfume makers usually (and wisely) steer clear of any association with socks.

  • Don Bowen on 13 May, 2013 9:40 am

    Chris, I don’t understand how Eva makes the connection!

  • Christopher Stocks on 13 May, 2013 11:03 am

    Eva has an interesting mind!

  • Don Bowen on 13 May, 2013 1:18 pm

    Yes, I can see that!!!

  • Robin Stocks on 13 May, 2013 2:28 pm

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