Style & Adjectives: Scandinavian Style

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Scandinavian Style

What a week it has been on this blog!  So much fun with style messaging for some of our readers.  Today, we go to another place to discuss Style & Adjectives: Scandinavian Style.

Though this week has taken us to France, Italy, and now the Scandinavian countries, it is still the reader’s adjectives we are focusing on to help them in sharpening their style.

For the most part, women who choose to dress in these focused styles look similar, but by looking at the five individual messages a woman wants to say with her clothing, then the look becomes unique to her.

I was familiar with the styles of women in France and Italy, but new to Scandinavian Style.

So, this past Tuesday was a crash course for me with watching Youtube videos…the idea of Brenda, a reader…who I am thankful for pointing me in the right direction.

I took copious notes and combined the knowledge with what I know about our reader today.

While Scandinavian style is similar to France and Italy in many ways, there are a few distinctions.


Scandinavian Style

All three of our core influences this week include timeless, classic, minimal influences.  With all three, less is more.

However Scandinavian Style is the most minimal of the three with these differences:

  1. There are no bows, ruffles or intricate details.
  2. Most of their wardrobes are decluttered, understated pieces for layering…the are the coldest climate of the three.
  3. They are the most casual, soft pieces (little less structured) and the prints are very refined.
  4. Like most of the world’s fashion, there has been a color explosion post pandemic.  Women were just ready to wear color. They will wear an occasional sleek vibrant color as a statement piece.
  5. Their core neutrals are black, white, navy, beige, and gray.

The Scandinavian style also includes the current sneaker trend, boots, sandals, and loafers.

The fashion is known to be classy and simple….and warm!


Scandinavian Style

Sometimes a blog can be a little bit like the bar on Cheers….you want to be where everybody knows your name.

For those who come here every day, you are probably very familiar with Linda M!  

Because Linda is here often, she tells us about her preferences often, but only this week mentioned her desire to be more Scandinavian with her style.

That is what drove me to research.

I do remember that Linda is a fan, like I am, of the Danish lifestyle hygge…I explained it in this post.

Basically, it is a cozy, warm and fuzzy lifestyle.  I believe in retirement Linda is desiring the same confident comfort with her style….but she wants to look put together and not like a comfy pillow!

The first time I did this for readers, Linda sent me these adjectives:  polished, confident, interesting, creative, and aware.

In retirement, she has tweaked these to now be CASUAL, CONFIDENT, INTERESTING, ACTIVE, and AWARE.

Her explanation is:

  1. Casual – not sloppy
  2.  Confident – in case I ever have to fake it to make it
  3.  Interesting –  usually expressed in accessories, but I am open and lately drawn to batwing sleeves
  4.  Active –  Not necessarily athleisure, though i’ve added some, just clothing I can move in and not be sloppy.  Maybe nautical or clothing that adds interest
  5.  Aware – This encompasses so much for me: understanding of my real lifestyle; my best colors and silhouettes; appropriateness for an occasion; value and versatility; good quality fabrics and workmanship

I do remember Linda liking accessories, but Scandinavian Style is simple and low on accessories.  Linda, since you are interested in going that direction…that is how I focused the slideshows.

I did include some core pieces in most Scandinavian wardrobes: trench coat; blazers, trousers, and sweaters.

I believe I remember you live up north where it is colder, so Scandinavian cold weather influences (think layering ) is reflected here.

I know you do not see many creative type accessories or prints, but based on your adjectives and the Scandinavian style influence…this is what I put together.

It is a quieter, minimalistic, neutral based style.



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Let me know how I did…this has been fun and I love learning about different styles of fashion…but make sure you select adjectives that will help you become UNIQUELY YOU!!

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