Top 5 perfumes from the 80s

By Lauren Carbran

The 80s trend game is strong on the SS17 catwalks. And now you can tap into the fashion trend through your scent. So channel your inner 80s kid (shoulder pads and all) with these classic but totally ‘in’ perfumes. That’s right – go bold or go home…

ckCalvin Klein Obsession for her

1985 was the year of the first mobile phone call, but, more importantly, it was the year perfume got sexy – thanks to Calvin Klein Obsession for her. Yes, girls loved their spandex leggings and big hair, but the scents of mandarin, exotic spices and oriental amber were also hot on everyone’s radar. And just to put it out there, Calvin Klein Obsession is STILL really cool (and addictive). We’re reaching for it as our new evening scent. Best companions: disco-colour clothes – think bright blue and pink.

yslYSL Paris for her

It’s confirmed: floral perfumes were cool in 1983. And this year, we’re rekindling our love affair with YSL Paris, which is seriously back on the perfume map. It smells like a bunch of flowers – think rose, lime blossom, violet, lily and jasmine, which may sound like a taste of heaven, but it’s real life, people. Couple with a flower-print ruffle dress (seen everywhere at the SS17 shows) and wear to your spring events. Delightful!

guerlainGuerlain Samsara for her

Did you know that the smell of Samsara can change your life? Yep! As soon as you get a spritz of the jasmine, sandalwood, vanilla and tonka bean, you’ll realise that this oriental scent (launched in 1989) was made for you. Sensual and strong, it’s a serious contender for your date-night scent. Keep it sexy by wearing it with a little black lace dress and neon lips (you won’t regret it).

ysl-kourosYSL Kouros for him

YSL has given us some special scents in its time, but none quite like Kouros. This classic, which landed on the shelves in 1981, was the ultimate symbol of romance – with its aromatic blend of spices (coriander and sage), musk and cinnamon. This season, we’re reaching for it for those black-tie shindigs, where mingling is totally on your agenda…

davidoffDavidoff Cool Water for him

A scent that smells of the ocean? Yes, please. In 1988, men’s prayers were answered, thanks to Davidoff Cool Water. Its intense freshness (peppermint and lavender) makes you feel extra fierce. If you haven’t tried it yet (where have you been?), we suggest you do it now. Boom.

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