how to dress for the cold, the scandinavian way
As the first snowflakes are starting to fall and we hide from the cold by staying cosy at home, winter is the season that many of us enjoy but which also brings its own struggle, especially when it comes to creating a wardrobe of warm yet stylish pieces. For those who hail from the Nordic countries, winter is definitely a harsh season, with very little sun and subzero temperatures, but their looks embrace extreme weather conditions by celebrating everything cosy and always keeping a smile on their face.
Boasting timeless and minimal staples, Scandi fashion calls to a less is more aesthetic while also playing with volumes and fabrics to never become boring. Favour natural textiles that are warm and comfortable, and choose neutral hued basics as the starting point of a pared-back wardrobe. You can then add some statement pieces to jazz up your look, and always keep your head, hands and feet nicely covered. Here’s how to survive winter, the Scandinavian way.
An alpaca coat is your best winter companion for the coldest of climates and will wrap you up entirely to face those windy early mornings. Pair a fluffy rollneck jumper with thick wide-leg wool trousers for an effortless yet stylish look to sport on a weekend spent outdoors. To fully embrace the snow, wear shearling Moon Boots in black and white with a bold beanie and you’re ready for a stroll in the park or in the countryside.
Scandinavians organize their wardrobes around one single color to make all their pieces easier to combine. To light up your winter, choose cream, off-white and beige shades that will make you stand out from the usual full black looks. A long wrap around coat is a must and gives a stylish twist to the cosy bathrobe while staying just as comfortable. Match wool straight trousers with a cashmere rollneck and add a pair of heeled leather boots for an office-ready look. Make sure to always carry gloves with you and choose a chic leather pair for extra sophistication.
If Nordic fashion is all about minimal shapes and neutral colors, it doesn’t mean bright hues are totally off the table! This bubble pink puffer will brighten up your grey winter days and keep you protected from the harsh weather. High waisted straight jeans are a signature staple and paired with a ribbed jumper it’s the classic outfit that will never get old. Add a pair of studded combat boots to bring an edgy feel to the look and keep your feet dry when stepping in the snow.
The shearling bomber is the outerwear piece spotted on every Scandi influencer’s shoulders for many years now and has become a must-have in their winter wardrobe. Make sure it is slightly oversized and with belted details, and it will add a rock’n’roll touch to any outfit. Wear flared caramel trousers with a tonal sweater for a 70s look that will take you from the office to after work drinks while staying smart casual. Add a sparkling pendant and trendy mountain boots for effortless elegance.
A skill that Scandinavians master to the perfection is the art of layering. Going from freezing cold to an overheated space can suddenly make our winter look seem a bit too much. In this case, layer a silk shirt under a long wool vest that will keep your torso warm while being chic and seriously on-trend. Tuck the shirt inside a long skirt that you can still wear in the middle of winter by adding a pair of wool tights underneath. To top it all off, put on a functional hooded parka and chic thigh high boots before leaving your home and you’ll never look like you’re struggling with the freezing temperatures again.