Scandinavian Street Style Vibes
Well, well, well, it seems that things have taken an interesting turn in North Europe. Scandinavians have always been renowned for their particular and sometimes minimalistic, peculiar sense of style. But this season has taken us all by surprise. We certainly didn’t expect this amount of trendiness. But we did expect creativity from the Scandinavian fashionistas, and they both surprised and delivered. The styles spotted on the streets of Oslo and Copenhagen may seem very similar at first glance, but once we dive into the compare and contrast section, you will soon be able to note the subtle but very telling differences. And of course, in the end deliver the most important fashion verdict: who wore it better! So let’s explore and make our decision.
The subtle differences
We have to admit, the level of romance exuded through certain outfit choices has definitely caught us by surprise. Namely, the satin wrap dress seems to be one of the most popular go-to clothing items for trendy Scandinavians. But even though both ladies in Copenhagen and Oslo were spotted rocking them. When you dig beneath the surface, it’s completely visible that Oslo is still sticking to its minimalistic ways. While the women of Copenhagen have succumbed to trends a tad more. The ultra-trendy pink that has taken over the world was seen on numerous Copenhagen ladies, paired with a baby blue clutch. On the other hand, we have a very similar dress on a gorgeous Oslo lady. But where lies the difference? The color choice, obviously. Even though she has embraced the return of the wrap dress, this lady opted for a subdued burnt orange hue. Which is one of the colors that still belongs in the minimalist color family, especially when they’re looking for a pop of color that will still keep their style intact. Yes, things may seem similar, but similar isn’t the same.
Athleisure, of course
Ok, not even the most avid minimalism lovers stood a chance against the athleisure trend. So the fact that many have been rocking dad sneakers, bicycle shorts with blazers, the differences in the interpretation of the style are even more obvious in this case than in the previous. The first photo showcases a fashion-savvy, logo-loving lady who isn’t only wearing the Burberry trademark pleated blazer but a belt bag to match. Which is slightly oversized – another super-trendy element. In Oslo on the other hand, we have another burnt orange/brick red situation going on. The difference, however, despite the fact that both women are flaunting their athleisure vibes through the cute and sporty bicycle shorts, is that both the blazer and the belt bag are more fitted. Sharp and structured, proving once again that minimalistic tendencies are still a bit stronger in Oslo. Now, whether you’ll go for a public display of affection and show the world you love your logos, or take a more minimal route is a matter of preference. We love both looks, but since things are bound to get real chilly real soon. You might want to swap the bicycle shorts for a pair of minimalistic high-rise leggings from one the amazing Mint Athletic athletic wear line, which will help you be in trend and keep the legs warm as well.
Well, it’s almost always sweater weather up in the north, but these ladies have figured out genius ways of making sweaters more an accessory and less a necessity. This ‘rendition’ of the sweater is something we haven’t seen before. Yes, preppy Americans on gold courses do love to tie their sweaters around the neck. But we have a sneaking suspicion they haven’t tried wearing it this way. In both cities, women have taken to tying their sweaters in the following fashion: one sleeve over the shoulder and the other under the arm. They put it over shirts, monochromatic outfits, floral dresses and leopard print strappy tops. It’s a sweater frenzy, and there is actually no difference in the way these two cities have decided to utilise the sweater. So in this case, they are completely in-sync.
If you love it, flaunt it
Madonna was once photographed in the street carrying two purses. And it was probably the first time anyone has ever done anything remotely similar. Then there was the Chanel show. And the majority of models came down the runway with two bags – one see-through and one classic Chanel. However, this is the very first time we have spotted someone rocking not two, but three bags. Talk about showing some brand loyalty, huh? This phenomenon was seen in the streets of Copenhagen. Now, it would be unfair to say that this Scandinavian city is the only one to show some serious commitment to logomania. The women of Oslo rocked their Prada and Gucci bags as well, but one at the time, and while this doesn’t even come close to minimalism, at least their level of logomania is within reason.
It’s difficult to say whether minimalism has left the building altogether, is on hiatus or is simply evolving like all other long-running fashion movements. We can say that Oslo is still somewhat a beacon of it, in a perhaps modified and trendier form. As for the streets of Copenhagen, they could easily be mistaken for the streets of New York. So what are your thoughts? Is it better to go with the flow? Or keep your signature style intact or at least still distinct despite the surge of trends?
Thank you very much Claire! I love the Scandanavian style!