Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
I will give my honest advice, but I will also note that I'm in a very, very small minority on this point: I would completely disregard the masculine / feminine distinction when it comes to perfumes. There are lots of wonderful florals that are marketed as feminine that men can wear.
Whilst I agree in principle I think this, as well as dress code, is highly context specific.
For example, you'd never wear light brown shoes in a British investment bank. And German companies (talking from having worked with the German office of one of my previous employers) have this weird hierarchy of company cars, where it's very politically dangerous to drive a car too high for your status (and the mighty 911 is reserved for partners/C-levels). These things are not, by themselves, a deal breaker - indeed my Swiss boss used to wear green or brown supermarket suits, which he got away with because he was a star within the firm - but they can help build the wrong impression and this can have non negligible costs. People who have social capital can get away with spending it, like the Wall Street star traders rocking cow boy hats in the office, or Roja Dove, who famously wears (and indeed reconstructed and sold) classic feminines (is his favorite Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit or Shalimar?).
The same applies to perfume. The most extreme case is David Rose, a famous Silicon Valley angel (edit - duh, he's based in New York...), who actually has a negative impression of people wearing ANY fragrance at work: https://www.quora.com/What-perfume-can-I-wear-in-business-settings-to-come-across-as-confident-and-assertive-yet-not-too-girly-or-hoydenish/answer/David-S-Rose - so much for the West Coast being the headquarters of self-expression.
So, in such cases, either you wear something so subtle that it is not noticed (I'd classify classic colognes like AdP there), or it does not matter what you wear because whatever it is, it is wrong, in which case you might as well have fun with so called feminine fragrances, because it will be just as bad as an incense-rich, smoky Amouage which would be quintessentially masculine. In fact one of the historically significant feminines, Tabac Blonc, could count as a masculine by virtue of its titular ingredient and its leather... and I know many social circles where a quintessentially minimalist and banker-approved fragrance like Terre d'Hermes would be seen negatively.
Then you have location to take into account. Rose is a classically male scent in the Middle-East, but feminine to the point of being girly in many parts of Europe. Could you get away with something like Lyric Man? I'd have said yes, but my wife disagrees and immediately called it a feminine due to the dominating rose.
Personally, I play it safe-ish in business meetings with people I do not know well ("old man" scents - lavender, vetiver, etc.) and have fun on weekends and at home, or when I'm meeting people with whom I have a long business relationship already (and who know me better). I like Roja Dove's position, that perfume is first and foremost for your own enjoyment, so who cares what's on the label; I just think it's important to consider signalling as well.