Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
I think you should go ahead and wear the Chanel No. 5 in public anyway. I really think people overestimate others' ability to recognize scents--even famous ones--and to identify the gender to which they're marketed. I've told this story many times, but one day I wore Chanel No. 22 and someone complimented my on my cologne, which was "very gentlemanly."
You're probably right. It's weird, but I have no problem wearing Mitsouko, which is my go-to scent, or even Shalimar, but No. 5 does strike me as too feminine