The best juicy summer scents to wear right now

Juicy and luscious fruit elements remain front and center when it comes to perfume currently, but many modern options are careful to pair the freshly-picked notes with additional intriguing elements to offer up something entirely new. 

Each makes an ideal rotation to your fragrance wardrobe with the change of season, with bright, uplifting but pleasingly familiar elements that only get better when released against warm summer skin. 

The fuzzy peach of Tom Ford’s Bitter Peach 50ml EDP, $530 is tempered with boozy rum and cognac notes, so while it’s office-appropriate, it’s just as good for wearing to sunset cocktails on the balcony.

Tangerine and blackcurrant add a fruity intro to a heart of blooming rose in Chloe’s Rose Tangerine 50ml EDT, $125, a sparkling seasonal update of the classic Chloe Eau De Toilette.

Vilhelm Parfumerie’s Mango Skin 50ml EDP, $264, offers a warm and classy summer scent grounded with orris and pepper that’s far more elegant  than you might expect from a fruit-laden scent.

Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy lives on in a range of understated, accessibly priced scents. The newest, Karl Paris 21 Rue Saint-Guillaume 60ml EDP, $49 opens with a burst of mandarin and grapefruit that contrasts with the green freshness of crushed violet leaves and is finished with a lingering trail of soft sandalwood and patchouli. 

There can be no mistaking the intentions of  Dolce & Gabbana’s fruit collection, 150ml EDT, $340 each. The trio of scents are inspired by Sicily, from its renowned orchards to its brightly coloured ceramics and delicious marzipan Frutta di Martonara. Zesty Lemon, sweet Orange, or tangy Pineapple, each is an unmistakable olfactory mood booster.

Blood orange, bergamot and pink pepper make a sprightly opener for Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Orange Soleia, 125ml EDP, $174, one of the light and clean scents in this category.

Grace Stratton: How the Fashion World Can Move the Ableism Conversation Forward

As an industry entrenched with ableist (the discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities) values, the fashion world can be intimidating for bodies that don’t fit the world’s narrow beauty standards. 

Grace Statton, the brains behind All is For All – a Kiwi platform pushing for a more inclusive fashion industry and fighting to break down barriers for people with disabilities – is frustrated that normative standards have made disabled people think they can’t succeed in the fashion space.

“I think that a huge amount of work is already being done, which is so great and absolutely worthy of acknowledgement,” says All is for All’s Grace Stratton.

But she believes that designers and media need to be doing more to engage with the disabled community. “And that is something we’re proud to help facilitate,” she says.

Stratton adds that change has been a long time coming, and now is not the time to rest on one’s laurels. “Disabled people, and, really, all people who don’t fit the ‘normative’ mould, have been waiting long enough. It’s our time now.”

As for what individuals can do to expedite this future wherein concepts like ‘inclusivity’ and ‘diversity’ are no longer marketing buzzwords, but part of the everyday and unspoken fabric of the fashion industry.

“Support disabled people on social media, follow diverse accounts and challenge your own thinking. The books you read, the shows you watch… what are they saying about disability? And does that reflect reality? Don’t just accept the images you see. And remember that if you don’t see or hear about disability in what you’re consuming, that’s an issue in itself,” says Stratton.

Read more about the ‘Future of Fashion’ in STYLE Spring 2020.