Danish Girls Deserve the Same Rep as French Girls When It Comes To Style: Here’s Why

Amelia tells us why Danish girls deserve the same street cred as French girls when it comes to trendy and timeless fashion.

 “How to Look Like a French Girl”; “French Girl Wardrobe Essentials”; “Here’s What French Girls are Wearing This Fall”; “Five French-Girl Approved Pairs of Jeans You Need Now”, and so on and so forth. There must be at least a million articles as well as countless videos and photos on the internet documenting the French girl “look” – to the point where it is now widely acknowledged to be a slightly-overdone and outdated trope.

That being said, I am here to make a case for Danish Girls. 

Much like their fellow Scandi neighbours, Danes have long been champions of the coveted monochrome and neutrals look; however, recent Copenhagen Fashion Week styling has been hinting at a departure from these minimalist go-tos, to a more vibrant, bold, and fresh take on the notion of effortless dressing. In fact, Danish style is quickly emerging as one to be reckoned with, which explains why fashion insiders have recently dubbed Copenhagen “one of the most stylish cities in the world”. What I particularly admire about this style is the way it departs so effortlessly and casually from the all-black or neutral-toned outfits we are told so frequently constitute an elegant and sleek look. And yet, Danish style still manages to be both those things. Classic, creative, and fun are some words that come to mind when describing the style.

Source: Fredrikke Sofie’s Instagram, 2021

In an interview with Vogue’s Zoe Ruffner, Danish model Rose Hermansen further explained that the ultimate hallmarks of a stylish Dane’s wardrobe are “long-lasting styles, vintage pieces, and quirky items”. Reflecting on this wisdom, the first, and arguably most important, cornerstone of Danish fashion is a deep commitment to sustainability that has cultured Danes to invest in timeless, trendless, quality basics that constitute the majority of their wardrobes. Copenhagen is often thought of as the greenest city in the world, which undoubtedly has an impact on its inhabitants and the way they think about fashion. This impact is best seen in the practice of investing in great vintage basics that are trendless and stay in your wardrobe for years and years and years.

Source: Emili Sindlev’s Instagram, 2016

Not only does this practice encourage the circularity of fashion, it also emboldens the longevity of fashion. For example, a great vintage blazer, a perfect pair of vintage denim jeans, and a simple white tee. In an interview with fashion journalists Camille Charriere and Monica Ainley, Pernille Teisbaek, Danish influencer and stylist, discusses the joy of finding uniqueness in clothing through circular fashion. Pernille explains in the podcast, Fashion No Filter, that her favourite clothing item in her wardrobe is her 15 year-old pair of vintage jeans that she loves because not only are they completely unique to her, they also fit her body to perfection. Similarly, she explained her one-in-one-out policy that she uses for each new thing she purchases. In this way, Pernille keeps her wardrobe from exploding, makes sure she wears everything she owns, and becomes so familiar with each item in her closet that she knows how to wear each and every piece. As you can imagine, this makes the act of dressing effortless in and of itself.  This investment in long-lasting styles and vintage pieces that are going to stand the test of time, and look good on every occasion, is deeply Danish; highlighting the country’s awareness of the need for conscious consumption and sustainable shopping habits.

And yet, it is more than the Scandinavian country’s awareness of investment in classic pieces, vintage, and sustainability that gives it the clout it is starting to amass. It is, in fact, the way that Copenhagen locals style these classic elements with bolder, brighter, more unique pieces that earns them a seat at the best-dressed table. A more recent trend that is quickly becoming tradition is the ability of the Danes to incorporate colour into their looks and not shy away from it, and it marks a huge departure from typical “effortless style” manuals we have been reading for so long. There is something about the Danish affinity for bold, bright colours to combat the darkness of winter so far north that is captivating. Using colour to combat the cold was not invented by the Danes, but I would argue that they have done wonders for popularizing the stylistic choice. However, it is far more the seemingly effortless way in which these outfits are married together that makes the style iconic. A quick scroll through Copenhagen Fashion Week street style photos best communicates this aesthetic, as do the Instagrams of Copenhagen street style icons like Emili Sindlev @emilisindlev, Thora Valdimars @thora_valdimars, Jeanette Madsen, Nnenna, and Hanna Stefansson.


Source: Vogue photographer Adam Katz Sinding

Lastly, Copenhagen locals wear sneakers EVERYWHERE. Danes are always reaching for sneakers to finish off an outfit, and the effect is two-fold. Not only does it immediately tone down an outfit and give it an understated feel, it also pays homage to the Scandi tradition of practicality and function before fashion. The stylistic choice to wear sneakers with every kind of outfit produces an understated, effortless, and yet deeply unique style that can be worn in every occasion. 

So, in lieu of a conclusion I must once again ask myself: how do the Danes nail the effortlessly cool look they do so well? In my assessment, within each Copenhagen girl’s outfit is a timeless, long-lasting classic piece, a pop of something bright and unexpected, and, inevitably, a pair of trainers. It is this overdressed-underdressed parallel that governs Danish girl style, and quite frankly, its entrancing. Coupling an eccentric, brightly coloured midi dress with dad sneakers and a cashmere jumper thrown over the shoulders is a perfect example of this. Equally, a great pair of vintage jeans paired with sneakers and a white tee, with an eccentric sweater vest layered over the top practically yells Copenhagen style. Similar items that you will often see looking a million bucks on the streets of Copenhagen are statement tights, suits, long dresses, the aforementioned pair of dad sneakers, and sweater vests. The Danes just do it better. It’s eccentric. It’s fun. The formula is simple, comfortable, practical, yet simultaneously bold and fresh. 

And with that, I rest my case that Danish girls deserve the same street cred as French girls when it comes to personal style and fashion. Some major takeaways from the wonders of Danish style include an emphasis on sustainability, first and foremost, a dedication to timeless and trendless basics that fit your body perfectly, devotion to eccentricity in the form of a colourful, quirky, or unique accent, and of course, their undying allegiance to sneakers.




57 thoughts on “Danish Girls Deserve the Same Rep as French Girls When It Comes To Style: Here’s Why

  1. hello!,I like your writing very much! share we communicate more about your article on AOL? I require an expert on this area to solve my problem. Maybe that’s you! Looking forward to see you.

  2. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is required to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100 positive. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

  3. I write commonly as well as I honestly appreciate your web content. This awesome write-up has undeniably actually peaked my curiosity. I am mosting likely to book mark your online site and also keep checking for unique facts with regards to once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed additionally.

  4. Hi! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

  5. I’m commenting to make you know what a nice discovery my girl enjoyed viewing your web site. She picked up such a lot of issues, with the inclusion of what it’s like to possess a marvelous giving character to let a number of people without hassle grasp a number of hard to do subject areas. You undoubtedly did more than our own desires. Thanks for imparting those practical, trustworthy, educational and fun tips on the topic to Evelyn.

  6. Thanks so much for providing individuals with remarkably memorable chance to read critical reviews from this website. It is always so superb and full of a great time for me personally and my office friends to search your website at minimum 3 times weekly to find out the fresh guides you will have. Of course, I am also at all times contented with the astounding tips served by you. Selected 3 ideas in this posting are easily the simplest we’ve ever had.

  7. Do you have a spam issue on this website; I also am a blogger, and I was wanting to know your situation; many of us have created some nice practices and we are looking to trade techniques with other folks, be sure to shoot me an email if interested.

  8. Do you have a spam issue on this blog; I also am a blogger, and I was wanting to know your situation; we have created some nice practices and we are looking to exchange strategies with others, be sure to shoot me an email if interested.

  9. Hi there would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re utilizing? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a honest price? Many thanks, I appreciate it!

  10. Hi there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a hard time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  11. Hi! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of hard work due to no back up. Do you have any methods to protect against hackers?

  12. Hi would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a honest price? Cheers, I appreciate it!

  13. I just couldn’t depart your website prior to suggesting that I really enjoyed the standard info a person provide for your visitors? Is gonna be back often in order to check up on new posts

  14. My husband and i were delighted when Edward could finish off his analysis via the precious recommendations he grabbed while using the web site. It is now and again perplexing to just find yourself making a gift of facts which most people might have been trying to sell. So we recognize we now have you to appreciate for this. The most important illustrations you’ve made, the easy web site navigation, the relationships your site help engender – it is most superb, and it’s really leading our son in addition to us imagine that this topic is cool, which is exceedingly serious. Thank you for the whole thing!

  15. Nice post. I be taught one thing more difficult on totally different blogs everyday. It’s going to at all times be stimulating to read content from different writers and follow a bit of something from their store. I’d choose to use some with the content on my blog whether you don’t mind. Natually I’ll give you a link in your internet blog. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an shakiness over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this increase.

  17. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is required to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100 certain. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

  18. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My blog has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any solutions to help reduce content from being ripped off? I’d truly appreciate it.

  19. Hey there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a tough time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  20. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an e-mail. I’ve got some ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.

  21. Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The design and style look great though! Hope you get the issue resolved soon. Cheers

  22. Please let me know if you’re looking for a writer for your site. You have some really great articles and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really like to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please blast me an email if interested. Regards!

  23. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  24. My wife and i ended up being now excited when Jordan managed to carry out his investigations from the ideas he was given out of the web site. It is now and again perplexing just to find yourself making a gift of tips and hints which usually a number of people have been selling. We see we have got the writer to be grateful to because of that. Those illustrations you have made, the simple site navigation, the friendships you will give support to create – it is all wonderful, and it’s leading our son and our family imagine that that subject is exciting, and that’s highly indispensable. Many thanks for all the pieces!

  25. Wow, wonderful weblog structure! How lengthy have you been blogging for? you make blogging glance easy. The whole glance of your web site is excellent, let alone the content material!

  26. Hello I am so thrilled I found your website, I really found you by accident, while I was browsing on Askjeeve for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a fantastic post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), I dont have time to browse it all at the moment but I have bookmarked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the fantastic job.

  27. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the structure of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

  28. Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa? My website covers a lot of the same topics as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other. If you are interested feel free to send me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Great blog by the way!

  29. Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything. However just imagine if you added some great pictures or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and clips, this website could undeniably be one of the greatest in its niche. Amazing blog!

  30. I truly wanted to jot down a quick comment in order to express gratitude to you for these marvelous ways you are sharing on this website. My incredibly long internet search has now been recognized with incredibly good concept to write about with my friends and family. I ‘d assert that many of us website visitors are very much fortunate to live in a really good network with many special professionals with beneficial tips. I feel somewhat privileged to have encountered your website page and look forward to tons of more pleasurable minutes reading here. Thanks a lot once more for all the details.

  31. Thanks so much for giving everyone an extremely spectacular opportunity to read from this site. It can be so nice and packed with fun for me and my office acquaintances to search your website at minimum thrice weekly to study the latest guidance you have got. And lastly, I am just usually impressed concerning the striking methods you serve. Some 4 ideas in this post are definitely the best we have all had.

  32. Howdy! Quick question that’s completely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My weblog looks weird when browsing from my iphone 4. I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to resolve this problem. If you have any suggestions, please share. Cheers!

  33. Greetings from California! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the information you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed at how quick your blog loaded on my mobile .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, good site!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The Stand