I am asked "Am I too young/old for this perfume/cologne?" all the time. This is where fragrance shifts from being just a good smell into a deceptively complex psychological statement.
In this video chat, I discuss what affects our (and others') response to the scents we choose to wear. Long story short: wearing fragrance is a chance to express different sides of our multifaceted selves. Why limit yourself to one, peer-approved version of you? Playing it safe is risk-free, but surprise and joy-free, too. Perfume is an invitation to a dream, and dreams provide the cushiony upholstery on the wooden frame of our reality.
Fumies, I'd love to hear your stories about growing into "inappropriate" or "wrong" fragrances.