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The Swedes have style!

Wednesday, 19th September, 2018 4:39pm

Well I made it back from Sweden and I must say it’s a picturesque if not somewhat laid back place to visit. I of course spent a lot of my time sitting in cafés, taking in the sights and doing one of my favourite things which is people watching.

The Scandi aesthetic is everywhere at the moment, from the way people dress to the current interiors trends, and Gothenburgh did not disappoint. What I found most surprising, was that in amongst all this pared back minimalism, were loads of really kitsch clothes shops in the Japanese Kawaii (cute) style and lots of vintage shops so there was really something for everyone there.

While it can be expensive there, it’s important to remember that Swedes did give us affordable clothing giant H&M so you don’t have to break the bank to get this look and there are a few easy-to-master ground rules to pay attention to before you get started.

Firstly when it comes to colour you really need to be on board with dark colours, namely black, black more black and then perhaps a hint of navy. Swedes love to wear dark colours even in the summer so invest in a good pair of black jeans and a black t-shirt and you’re half way there already. When it comes to footwear a pair of box fresh white converse are top of the list and there are expensive trainer stores everywhere. I also spotted lots of pairs of nice black ankle boots and is it any wonder when you have supercool brands like Acne Studios originating there.

A popular phrase in Sweden is 'there is no bad weather only bad clothes' and that’s really something that we can learn from. They make dressing for all weather types look stylish and so it’s worth investing in good winter accessories like hats, scarves and gloves that won’t let your over all look down.

I was also very impressed with the level of layering going on which also helps when dressing for changeable weather. We had sunshine on the first two days but then torrential rain on the third and I have never seen so many stylish raincoats in my life.

I, on the other hand, don’t own a rain jacket and had to spend a half an hour standing in a door way in my leather jacket waiting for a particularly bad downpour to pass. Needless to say my first port of call when I arrived home was to start looking on line for a proper rain mac. For a more luxury coat, invest in a Stutterheim in a classic yellow which will last you for years and keep you warm and dry. They also look good over everything so you can be sure rain will never ruin your well put together outfit again.

Naturally we also sampled the night life while we were there and the look for nights out much like day wear is very relaxed. Think simple silk and lace camisoles paired with leather skirts or with black skinnies and a leather jacket. I have never been more inspired to wear black jeans as I have after this trip. I really had forgotten how handy they are to have in your wardrobe. #

Next week I’m off to Prague so it will be interesting to see how the two cities compare style wise. I also think it’s going to be much warmer there so I’m going to have to get into a more late summer frame of mind when packing.

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