Search This Blog

06 February 2015

How to dress like a Scandinavian part two

WOOD WOOD dress via Urban Outfitters* (here), RIVER ISLAND boots (here), ZARA coat (similar), JIL SANDER NAVY bag (similar) and H&M faux fur collar

I've said it before and I'll say it again *waves fist enthusiastically* but one of my favourite things about Scandinavian style is it's complete disregard for shape. I don't mean in such a way that it isn't thought out, but it's so interesting to see so many people in such a concentrated area completely ignore what we might view as conventionally attractive and wear tent like dresses over culottes with chunky heels. If you ask me it's the biggest tell, it's like a club that you enter through sheer bravery. Sadly I'm also half American and have been indoctrinated by British magazines like Cosmo telling me culottes are only okay if I wear basically nothing on top and heels so high I may as well be a stilt girl at a carnival. I struggle, but recently I've been pushing myself to step away from such, quite frankly, stupid rules- because it's fashion, there aren't rules. The Scandis get this, they own it and they push it to it's extremes.
Wood Wood is generally brilliant but this dress, oh this dress, almost Baseball like stripes in the most conventional Scandinavian shape of all; shapeless. A giant, silky, amazing quality t-shirt with a huge zip at the side that makes it perfect for layering as a glorified top or a dress or probably a skirt because that's just the kind of thing they do. These chunky heels might not be from a Scandinavian brand, but they perfectly embody the comfort before anything else vibe that underpins the Scandinavian aesthetic. Big chunky heels that vaguely resemble orthopedic sandals (my mothers own words) are the foundation of Danish and Swedish society.
So my second tip for becoming a Scandi girl/boy? Comfort first- forget restricting clothing, think outside the box when it comes to silhouette and don't wear anything you couldn't at least cycle the Tour de France in.


  1. love it!
    especial your coat!

  2. that coat cant be any better !! fur collar is a dream

  3. It may sound weird but I do love how shapeless scandi style clothes give you a shape anyway, without putting yourself in a tiny super tight skirt ;) x

  4. Just wanted to say that I've been loving your posts lately! This look is so chic- in love with your style!

    xo, Isabelle

  5. I love your coat, you look so chic

  6. Nice! Love the stripped dress and the fur collar a lot!

  7. that dress is absolutely amazing ! love this outft, you look fantastic x

    CLUB AVENUE / / instagram

  8. This is such a beautiful look, I really love your dress and adore the boots!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  9. Such a great look! That faux collor makes it so different

    Joy. | |

  10. I love the fur & stripes mix. Looking very, very good, dear.

  11. super cool.

  12. Love those boots,need that dress too!

  13. I love shapeless dresses! well, I actually love a nice fitted dress as well but nothing beats the comfort and the freedom you get from a shift dress :)

    Fashionably Sparkly

  14. Love this, the dress is so gorgeous, and i love how you have styled it!

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

  15. Love this outfit, scandi style is always so effortlessly gorgeous xo

  16. SO much love for this outfit. And all your outfits. Forever. xx

    Sarah Nunn | UK Style Blog

  17. Great outfit! And I know what you mean - normally we get told to not wear shapeless stuff, so we don't look like wearing a potato sack haha..

    xx Nina

  18. Nice coat !

  19. You look perfect in this outfit and style!
    I'm trying to infuse Scandinavian style of clean lines and lose fit cutting into my style, but oh man i love colours, it's kind of hard to go totally monochromatic sometimes.

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

  20. you look good!
    and the coat is really nice!:D


Copyright @ Camilla Ackley. Blog Design by KotrynaBassDesign