Ask Belle: Is Perfume Professional?
Jan 20, 2015
Do you think it’s appropriate to wear perfume to work? If so, would you please offer some tips for professional women? Thanks!
I advise women to never wear perfume to a job interview. Scent can be off-putting to interviewers (or bring back memories they don’t want to be broadsided with), so just skip it.
There are two predominant schools of thought on whether to wear perfume to work: the never ever camp and the “it’s okay in moderation” camp. The never camp argues that because so many people have allergies to perfume, it’s discourteous to wear fragrance.
I think if you ask the people in your immediate vicinity if they have a problem with it, and they do not, it’s okay. But do choose a scent that isn’t strong enough to fell a band of Clydesdales. I recommend choosing something subtle and applying it with a conservative hand.