I like my basics
To the extent that my wardrobe mainly consists of t-shirts (or the winter equivalent, cashmere jumpers), jeans, pencil skirts and trench coats. And no, I don’t find that boring. I like clean lines, simple cuts and clothes that allow complete freedom of movement. I can’t stand anything fussy, which in this case means clothes that need to be readjusted all the time. Or anything that gets in the way. Or simply clothes I need to think about after I put them on.
But I don’t want to look boring. Or as if I haven’t made an effort.
No, that’s not true, actually… I don’t want to look like I spent a lot of time putting an outfit together. I want to look like I just rolled out of bed, pulled something out of the closet and yet somehow manage to look effortlessly stylish and comfortably casual at the same time. There’s a term for it, too: Scandi Cool.
Of course it helps that I’m Nordic…
So, what’s the difference between Scandinavian and Nordic? Well, culturally speaking, not much. Linguistically, Finnish is not a Scandinavian language (it’s a Finno-Ugric language, like Estonian or Hungarian). And geographically, only Sweden, Norway and Northern Finland make up the Scandinavian peninsula. But let’s stick with the cultural definition…
Anyway, being Nordic, minimalism and prioritizing comfort over style sort of come naturally…
Accessories with attitude
An outfit consisting of basics is a blank canvas: edgy accessories can lift it from boring to interesting by providing an injection of style. Or attitude. Which is more or less the same thing, if you ask me.
But even with accessories, less is more. After all, minimalism is the cornerstone of Scandi Cool. But minimalism (or Scandi Cool) doesn’t have to mean only bland, neutral colours and severe shapes. It means carefully editing your accessories for maximum impact.
A pop of colour is striking in an otherwise muted or neutral outfit. And a cool bag and statement sunnies make a bigger impact if they don’t have to compete for attention with piles of jewellery and fancy footwear.
So, now you know how this outfit came about: I just rolled out of bed, pulled something out of my closet, and grabbed my bag and sunnies on my way out of the door…
coat: Hobbs (old) / cashmere jumper: Max & Co / skirt: Esprit / scarf: A + More /
shoes: Ten Points / bag: Lancel (old) / gloves: Mutka / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana
location: Tikkurila, Vantaa
What’s your version of minimalism?
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