Curating a Perfume Wardrobe Is an Art Form—5 Expert Tips to Consider

Everyone who knows me knows that I'm obsessed with fragrances. From luxury perfumes to affordable, high-street options, I've tried my fair share of scents over the years. And as a beauty editor, I'm lucky enough to be sent lots of new fragrance launches, so I've built up quite an impressive perfume collection. With so many choices, I often find it hard to know which fragrances to opt for on different occasions and which ones I can layer with each other to create my own signature scent.

After doing some research, I came across something called a "perfume wardrobe", and it instantly caught my attention. Much like your actual wardrobe, a perfume wardrobe allows you to explore different scents for different occasions and layer your perfumes to create a fragrance personal to you. To learn a bit more about this clever concept, including how to create a perfume wardrobe, I spoke to Michelle Feeney, founder of British fragrance brand Floral Street, who shared all of her top tips with me. Keep on scrolling for everything you need to know, and prepare to smell your best. 


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What Is a Perfume Wardrobe?

First things first, what actually is a perfume wardrobe? According to Feeney, "A fragrance wardrobe is a collection of various perfumes that cater to different moods, occasions and personal preferences. It's like having a diverse selection of scents that you can choose from based on how you feel or the atmosphere you want to create," she explains.

"Just like a clothing wardrobe [which comprises] different outfits for various situations, a fragrance wardrobe allows you to express yourself uniquely through the art of scent. It might include floral scents for daytime, musky or woody fragrances for evenings and perhaps lighter, fresher options for casual occasions that blend sweet and musky for a daily favourite fragrance. Floral Street exclaims that you should be able to change your fragrance as often as you change your shoes."

I couldn't agree more. I love to express myself through my fragrances, so I'm very keen on creating my own perfume wardrobe. 

How Can You Create a Perfume Wardrobe?

So, how do we go about putting together a fragrance wardrobe? Feeney recommends following these steps:

1. Identify your preferences: "Consider your personal taste in scents. Do you prefer floral, fruitywoody or fresh fragrances? Understanding your preferences will guide your selections."

2. Day and night scents: "Choose lighter, fresher scents for daytime and save stronger, more intense fragrances for evening [and] events."

3. Seasonal considerations: "Adjust your fragrance choices based on the seasons. Light and floral scents are often preferred in spring and summer, whilst warmer and spicier perfumes may be more suitable for autumn and winter."

4. Versatility: "Include versatile fragrances that can be worn in various settings. A well-rounded wardrobe should have scents suitable for work, casual outings and special occasions."

5. Sampling: "Before committing to a full-sized bottle, sample fragrances with trial sizes. Floral Street's discovery set is perfect for trying a new scent every day and deciding which works best for you. Having this option saves spending money on something you may not like and allows you to take your time in finding a selection you love."

Scent Categories to Consider:

The number of fragrances that you need for your perfume wardrobe is totally up to you. That being said, Feeney recommends having a diverse range of scents to cater to different occasions and moods. The below categories are a great starting point for your collection.

1. Floral

"Floral scents such as rose, jasmine and lily can be both feminine and timeless," says Feeney. "They are suitable for various situations, including daytime and special events."

2. Woody

"Woody notes like sandalwood and cedar add warmth and sophistication. These scents are versatile and can be worn both day and night," says Feeney

3. Fruity

"Fruity notes like apple, peach and berries add a playful and energetic touch. They can be great for daytime and casual settings," says Feeney.

4. Gourmand

"Gourmand scents often include sweet notes like vanilla, caramel or chocolate, providing a comforting and indulgent aroma, says Feeney.

5. Musk

"Musk adds a subtle, sensual base to many fragrances. It's a great addition for evening wear or when you want a hint of warmth," says Feeney

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Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow. 

As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.