Does your nationality or cultural background influence your style?
We all buy the same brands and see the same ads. Or do we? Maybe, to some extent. And yet, people in different parts of the world don’t look the same. And I’m not talking about differences in skin colour here. I’m talking about how we put outfits together, apply make-up or do our hair. Even with access to the same fashion brands, bloggers from different countries would come up with very different looks. That’s because our cultural background influences both how we see the world and what we consider beautiful, interesting and / or acceptable.
When I scroll down my Instagram feed, I can easily tell the German bloggers apart from the British ones. And in my opinion, Spanish bloggers have a very different style from, say, American bloggers. And there is definitely something that sets Nordic bloggers apart from everyone else.
And yes, I can always spot another Finn at an airport on the other side of the world long before they say anything. It’s just something about their demeanour: the way they carry themselves, and the way they dress.
We carry our cultural background with us in our attitudes and values, so why not also in our personal style? My personal style is definitely influenced by my cultural background.
Take this outfit, for instance. It’s pure Scandi Cool: minimalist and easy-going, at the same time very casual and put-together.
Functional, minimalist, understated… This is how Nordic style is usually described: the anti-dote to anything too polished or matchy-matchy. The clothes are casual and understated, the hair undone, and make-up so subtle you barely see it. The goal is to look fresh and natural. And while this description might be somewhat accurate, it also misses the point completely.
That’s because Scandi Cool, or Nordic style, is a certain relaxed attitude rather than a specific way of putting an outfit together. It’s about how your wear your clothes, not about what your wear.
So, what is Nordic style (or in this case, Finnish style) all about?
Well, this is of course just my opinion, but here goes:
It’s about standing out because you look so cool and blasé, while simultaneously blending in perfectly. It’s about not trying to impress anyone because you simply couldn’t care less about what other people think of you or your style. It’s about not trying to be anything or anyone other than yourself. And therefore it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing because your outfit doesn’t make you the person you are. But most importantly, it’s about understanding that life is never perfect. So, why should you be?
jacket: Makia / top: Esprit / trousers: Marks and Spencer (old) / shoes: Ecco (old) /
scarf: Shanghai Tang (old) / bag: Lancel (old) / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana (old)
Can you spot cultural differences in style?
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