How to update your fragrance wardrobe for summer

By Lauren Carbran

Need an excuse for a new perfume this month girls? Well, with summer on its way, The Perfume Shop’s fragrance expert Michael Edwards gives you the lowdown on the perfumes that match the summer catwalk trends from around the world…


Update your fragrance: Trend #1 Latin Glamour

Thanks to the crimson gowns, black lace and floral embroidery at the Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2016 show, the sophisticated Latino look is officially coming to wardrobes near you. It’s all about the elegant flamenco look: red lips, silk dresses and centre partings. You’ll need a strong floral perfume to match this sexy look.

‘Keep an eye out for notes of white florals such as tiare, gardenia and tuberose this summer,’ says Michael. ‘And tropical fruity notes of passion fruit, guava and mango will do the trick for that extra kick.’


The best floral fragrances

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Florale


Update your fragrance: Trend #2 Italian Chic

The elegance of Italy graced the catwalk at the Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2016 show. We spotted floral embroidery, Sicilian lemon prints, black and white stripes and baroque headpieces, inspired by Capri, Venice, Rome and limoncello. But models taking selfies on the catwalk? We weren’t expecting that! Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana wanted to portray the reality of selfies in everyday life – and a zesty perfume is all you’ll need to complement this Italian summer style.

‘Look out for bergamot, lime and lemon in traditional perfumes but also cool spices such as ginger and pink pepper for a contemporary twist,’ says Michael.


The best zesty fragrances

Versace Eros Pour Femme

Giorgio Armani Si

Elie Saab Le Parfum


Update your fragrance: Trend #3 Tribal Style

Take inspo from the Valentino Spring/Summer 2016 catwalk and get ready to be inspired by Africa. The trend’s all about the ethnic prints, traditional folk art and wild animals, with black and white dresses, khaki quills and white peacock feathers. We love it so much we can’t wait to show our wild side. And what better way to do that than with a perfume? We have just the right ones for you: get ready to embrace your wild side with woody perfumes.

‘Team woody perfumes with spicy notes such as cinnamon or tonka bean, which give an oriental twist,’ says Michael. ‘The addition of rose and gourmand notes add depth and passion to woody fragrances.’


The best woody fragrances

Estée Lauder Modern Muse Chic

Narciso Rodriguez For Her

Gucci by Gucci


Update your fragrance: Trend #4 Sports Luxe

At the Lacoste Spring/Summer 2016 show, it was all about sophisticated sportswear and celebrating where you’re from. This, along with the national flag designs and bold bomber jackets, got us way too excited for the Olympic Games in Rio! And the stars and stripes representing the USA were everywhere, too, from the miniskirts to the jumpsuit dresses. Show off your energetic and determined side with a fresh sporty fragrance.

‘Sporty fragrances are often defined by lively, invigorating citrus notes and crisp lavender, which also conjures clean, clear qualities,’ says Michael. ‘Don’t overlook the aquatic notes of mint and ginger for an extra hit of energising freshness.’


The best sporty fragrances

Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl

Calvin Klein CK2

Davidoff Cool Water Woman


Are you feeling inspired to update your fragrance for summer? Let us know which scent you’re switching to by tweeting us @ThePerfumeShop

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