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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Chee

The Fashion Edit: Scandinavian Style

Images: British Vogue

In the age of TikTok, the new and popular spreads globally like wildfire thanks to the infamous ‘For You Page’. Through this algorithm comes the introduction of trends. It is with this, that we welcome the Scandinavian Style. This popular interior design of the modern-day home has progressed from wood furnishings to wearable minimalism. Influenced by the cluster of countries spanning Scandinavia, the increasingly popular style is an eclectic mix of striking shapes and simple designs, to project the ultimate ‘cool girl’ look. So why is it popular? Well, arguably the wearability and versatility of each individual piece culminates in an ever-expanding wardrobe of put-together ensembles.

Arguably, whilst trending fashion is an ever-changing visual, Scandinavian style is an ever-changing microcosm within fashion. Whilst clean aesthetics are still a key contributor to achieving this look, and part of this is in fact still made up from minimalism – in shape, in pattern and in detail – it is by no means as heavily relied on as it once was. The modern day sees an enigmatic mix of pattern, bold shapes and unique detail combined with traditional simplicity, to provide the perfect balance.

Here at CSP Times, we have researched all about the Scandinavian Style and how you can achieve this versatile look by combining various signature time-capsule pieces in your wardrobe.

Stockholm Simplicity

Images: British Vogue

Big brands: COS, Ralph Lauren Small TikTok businesses: @studiosevendesigns, Affordable alternatives: H&M, Pull&Bear

Staple details: knitwear, loose-fitted trousers, neutrals

To achieve the Stockholm style, comfort is key. Think loose fitted trousers like linens – or even pyjamas – paired with a good quality knit and you can’t go wrong. Basic and classic pieces provide the simplicity and versatility required to achieve the understated yet effortlessly put together look of Stockholm girls. A decent pair of straight leg or slightly baggy jeans also achieves this comfortable look and adds a functionality to everyday wear. T-shirts, vests and simple knit sweaters are key pieces of this wardrobe.

For colour, neutral tones are the way to go. Creams, whites, greys, and blues make up the quintessential colour wheel for this look, creating a lightness and brightness to complete the cosy ‘clean girl’ vibe.

Layering is also not to be shied away from, as it adds an interesting element to any outfit. Adding a multitude of neutral pieces is an effective way adds interest to an otherwise pretty simple outfit. Classic accessories are equally as important, as a pair of sunglasses, or a tote bag add subtle embellishment. Paired with comfortable shoes – our choice is this season’s favourite, the Birkenstock clog, and the outfit is complete.

This ‘clean girl’ look ultimately creates an endless wardrobe, as the complimenting colours and shapes create an array of options for bringing together pieces within your wardrobe to mix and match.


Funnel-Neck Pure Cashmere Jumper

$350 USD


Levi's Vintage Clothing Women's 503XB XX Jeans

HKD 2,499

The Danish Girl

Images: British Vogue

Big brands: Ganni, Lovechild 1979

Small TikTok businesses: @bola__ocho, @s_ba__

Affordable alternatives: Zara, ASOS

Staple details: bows, statement collars, eclectic patterns

The Danish Girl symbolises an eclecticism of patterns and shapes to create iconic looks that are flooding the internet. Combining simple pieces that are the foundations in which Scandinavian fashion in the modern day is built on, with bold new pieces is becoming an increasingly popular method of dressing. The key is to add pieces without overwhelming the eye. Layering is an integral part of this process, combining materials and neutral colours, with a pop of bold patterning or colour. Red is the shade for this winter season, so combining greys, creams and blacks into the ensemble creates a bold yet understated image. This layering will also keep you warm for the winter, uniting fashion and practicality for your Christmas jaunts.

A principal element of Danish fashion is leaving the look not quite complete, whether it be styling your outfit with two messy plaits, or a pair of baggy jeans to create an effortless look. Crochet is also in this year, so pairing a warm knit hood in a bright colour under a neutral leather jacket perfectly elevates your outfit, whilst still adhering to the effortlessly messy yet put together look.


Striped Cotton Peplum Blouse

$215 USD


Red Wide Welt Buckle Ballerinas

$395 USD

Copenhagen Couture

Images: British Vogue

Big brands: Diesel, Acne Studios Small TikTok businesses: @woolandcrochet, @sophieisabelllaa

Affordable alternatives: Adidas, I. AM. GIA., Jaded London

Staple details: bold patterns and colours, 3/4 length, maxi skirts

Copenhagen street style resembles The Danish Girl’s grungy and cool older sibling. Androgynous pieces and bold patterns are key to achieving this look, skater shorts and skirts are everything. Elements of football fashion are a means to integrate the baggy shapes into the look, through track jackets and football shorts. This style relies on playing with shapes and colours to create outfits with unexpected pairings.

Whilst Stockholm girls have a wardrobe of versatility through their neutral tones, the same can be said for Copenhagen dressers, but this is not as a result of owning simple pieces. Pairing anything and everything is a good place to start in order to achieve the effortlessly edgy Copenhagen image. Yet the key is to pair these pieces with an understanding to how the outfit can and will evolve. Pairing matching colours, but dramatically different materials and shapes helps to achieve the unique looks seen on the streets.

Whilst Copenhagen favours the light, Stockholm prefers the dark, black is a simple way to implement the grungy look. It is the epitome of street style. Layering also works, whether it be a dramatically oversized jacket or skirts over trousers, the limits are endless. It is a style that embodies the playfulness and expression that fashion permits. Your self-identity illuminates through your outfit when it comes to the Copenhagen style.

Acne Studios

Sleeveless Leather Dress

HKD 15,000


Cargo-Pocket Elasticated Midi Skirt

HKD 2,340


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