On my first day in Copenhagen, something about the people on the streets immediately caught my attention.
I didn’t think it would be possible to be surrounded by so many gorgeous, thin, tall blondes who all looked so effortlessly chic… and while I was surprised by the general lack of color in clothing, I definitely understand the appeal in sticking with varying shades of blacks and grays. It’s a sophisticated look, and it’s also somewhat reflective of the weather here. The chilly air makes thick knitted scarves, leather jackets, sheer black tights, and lace-up boots the perfect fall staples.
After being here for about five weeks, I’ve become an expert at spotting fellow American students on the street. But I’ve also noticed that we’ve all been influenced by Copenhagen style in some way – a glimpse into any of the classrooms here will reveal study abroad students who are generally much better-dressed than they would be at their home universities and have perhaps even achieved a certain Scandinavian aesthetic.
What exactly is Copenhagen style, and how do the styles of American students compare? I spoke with four fashionable students from the US: Patrick Flannery (Northwestern University), Alex Seeman (Vanderbilt University), Sophie Laster-Hazzard (Trinity University), and Hannah Miller (Northwestern University) to hear their impressions of the fashion scene here. I also consulted Anders Larsen, instructor of the “Meaning of Style” course at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad.
Though this video may provide you with a glimpse of the fashionable Danes, I suggest you come visit and see for yourself… and also grab a delicious pastry while you’re here.