Scandinavian Style Is Shaking Up the Fashion World

by Caroline Harris

Scandinavian Style Is Shaking Up the Fashion World
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Scandinavian style is characterized by its minimalism and overall elegance. It’s an aesthetic of dressing comfortably while looking chic. Dressing the Nordic way means abiding by the philosophy that less is more. High-quality fabrics, sophisticated layering and smart detailing are all key components of Nordic style.


A Scandi fashion queen looks effortlessly cool in blanket scarves, white sneakers and statement bags. She mixes textures. She’ll throw a cashmere sweater over a pair of leather shorts, then polish off the look with western boots. She isn’t afraid to try something a little daring.


Take Danish blogger Josefine H. J., for instance. She keeps cozy in a sweatsuit, but makes it fashion by adding an oversized blazer and chunky gold necklace. To mirror her style, it’s all about the accessories. Josefine adds bling in the form of statement jewelry, cute sandals and a croc-embossed totes. You probably already own your fair share of joggers and sweatpants, so getting Scandi style is easier than you think! Playfully layer on unexpected accessories.


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Josefine H.J. can take something as simple as a grey sweatsuit and make it look runway-worthy. That kind of ingenuity is key to Scandinavian style. Notice how billowing blazers elevate her look, making her outfits appear laidback but luxurious.



Here again, Josefine H.J. sports a casual style (black joggers) but makes it her own. It’s all in the details. Metallic hoops cling to her ears. Another croc-embossed bag hangs from her hands. She wears another oversized blazer, but this time she adds a men's jacket over it. Animal-print sunglasses contrast the black-on-black ensemble.


Scandinavian-inspired clothing is all the rage, helping inspire the current popularity of utilitarian designs (see: trench coats, boiler suits, bomber jackets and "dad" shoes). Now that you know all about the aesthetic, embark on this Scandinavian fashion adventure with these fresh finds. Style it with items already in your wardrobe to make it your own.


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Alexander + David Women’s Loose Blazer


Oversized blazers are a style staple that Josefine H.J. turns to again and again. This one is lightweight, comfortable and can easily be dressed up or down. Slip on your favorite joggers then slide on this blazer for peak Scandi style.

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Aya Curb Chain Bracelet


Chunky gold jewelry adds formality to your look in seconds. During your next lazy day, toss on some gold chains. You'll be surprised at what a difference the chic accessory can make!

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Rebecca Minkoff Nanine Sandal


To score Scandi style, you'll opt for mostly neutrals with some splashy accessories. These sandals are a perfect example. Lipstick red adds a playful pop to your look. Wear these sandals with black trousers and a black blazer for an insta-worthy outfit!

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Calvin Klein Belted Trench Coat


Trench coats exemplify utilitarian fashion. They're functional for rainy days, but they're also really cute. We love this one for its dreamy shade and oversized buttons. The belted waist ensures a flattering fit.

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Veja V-10 Sneakers


White sneakers are a timeless trend. They go with every outfit, and they're extra comfortable. Scandinavian fashionistas love white sneakers with camel coats, ankle jeans and white blouses. Crush the look with these shoes!

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J.Crew Cabana Oversized Sunglasses


A great pair of shades are everything. These sunglasses are oversized and similar to the ones on Josefine H.J.'s grid. You can grab them in four different colors depending on your mood and outfit. Keep it classic in black, or add some fierceness with an animal print.

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Free People Jaden Rib Knit Blanket Scarf


Scandinavian winters are chilly, so the style stars know to layer up! Blanket scarves are a smart solution. You can wrap the fuzzy fabric around your neck several times for maximum coziness. This pretty pink will go well with black-on-black outfits and tan trench coats.

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Taz Croc Embossed Faux Leather Tote


Toss all your essentials into a faux leather tote that's similar to the one worn by Josefine H.J. We love the sleek look of this bag. There's an adjustable shoulder strap so you can style it several ways. Pair this bag with a green bomber jacket, liquid leggings and ankle boots. Stockholm Fashion Week, here you come!