A Scandi Woman Goes Shopping On the High Street–Here’s What She’d Buy

A Scandi Woman Goes Shopping On the High Street–Here's What She'd Buy

Summer, we’ve missed you, and with warm weather and sunny days just around the corner, we can’t help but feel optimistic. Maybe it’s the promise of summer holidays, maybe it’s the opportunity to strip off bulky layers, but the seasonal shift encourages us to switch things up, clean out our closets and put together some exciting new outfits to inspire us for the months ahead. So, where do we begin when looking for when looking for fashion inspiration? The runways are a great place to start, but if you’re looking for wearable trends that have been tried and tested, there’s no better place than street style, and the Scandi set have been quietly changing the way we dress for the last couple of years. 

Parisian women might have mastered polished styling, and New Yorker’s know up and coming brands before anyone else, but Scandi women have mastered the secret to looking stylish with minimal effort, and frankly, what more could you need? From oversized tailored to nailing the art of the refined colour palette, we’re continuously turning to Scandinavians for style tips, and if you’re unsure which pieces are worth the space in your wardrobe, you can bet that there’s an editor, influencer, or street style star who’s bought it, worn it, and styled it in a way we wouldn’t have even thought of, and that’s a talent worth screenshotting. 

After scouring through some of Instagram’s best dressed, I noticed that Scandi women have a real penchant for shopping our favourite high-street brands, and you won’t have to look for long before you spot COS, Arket and H&M cropping up in their feeds. So, if you’re in the mood for a new season shake up without having to break the bank, I’ve rounded up the best new high-street pieces that a stylish Scandi woman would invariably add to her basket. Njut Av (that’s “enjoy” in Swedish). 

Style Notes: It’s been a big year for denim, quite literally, and Scandis were the first to lead the charge in baggy jeans, maxi skirts and slouchy denim shirts. Layer up with white tees, black jackets and strappy sandals to do denim the Nordic way. 

2023’s coolest jean. 

The shade of indigo blue never goes out of style. 

The sold out skirt is finally back in stock, so act fast before it’s gone again. 

Just imagine how good this looks with a white tee and sandals.

Style Notes: There’s no hardworking wardrobe staple than the jersey basic. Whether it’s a cotton tee or a stretchy tank top, you’ll wear them as is in spring and summer or layered up underneath blazers, dresses and coats in autumn and winter. The high-street specialise in these simple pieces at affordable prices, so it’s worth stocking up in different colours and wearing on rotation. 

Arket do some of the best basics on the high-street. 

The cost-per-wear is unbeatable. 

I love this shade of grey. 

The scoop back is just so elegant. 

Style Notes: The flattering knit dress crops up time and again on the Scandi crowd, and it’s easy to see why. Simple, chic, and understated, this fit suits every body and makes for a low-maintainance, high-impact outfit that you can throw on and go in just five minutes. 

Yes, that is the real price. 

Our editors all love this tank dress.

The pop of colour makes this stand out from the crowd. 

This has steadily been selling fast since it first landed. 

Style Notes: Last summer may have been all about the micro mini, but this year we’re back to longer hemlines. For those who haven’t been won over by the column maxi skirt, the midi is still a strong contender for best all-rounder. Keep it casual with summer sandals or dress it up with heels, but however you wear it, take tips from Anouk and keep it simple a relaxed top and tonal palette.  

Ever since I saw Pernille Teisbaek in a full skirted midi, I want a full skirted midi. 

So impossibly chic.

There’s something about this shade of khaki green that looks expensive.

The cargo + long skirt trend all in one. 

Style Notes: If anyone knows how to do “borrowed from the boys” tailoring, it’s Scandi women. From Munthe to Skall Studio (think The Row, via Copenhagen), the supersized shirt is the shortcut to chic you can wear with jeans, skirts and leggings. The white shirt is a classic, but pinstripes, linen or block colours are the perfect summer update. 

The obvious accompaniment to ecru denim.

Wear open over a bikini or tucked into khaki shorts.

It’s smart to invest in a linen shirt for summer, you’ll end up wearing it on repeat. 

Choose from all black, classic white, or this understated pinstripe.

Style Notes: Who likes short shorts? Well, not the Dutch. Even in summer you’re likely to see tailored trousers before you spot a denim short, and if you thought wide-leg trousers meant heavy, wool iterations, take a look at these light crepe and cotton styles that are sharp enough to meet business.  

Could these be team Who What Wear’s trouser of the year? It’s highly likely. 

Imagine these white a blue denim jacket and chunky sandals. 

Trust me–you’ll find grey trousers just as versatile as black. 

Sure, these are great on their own, but they’re even better as a part of the full suit. 

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