How To Dress Like A Danish Girl: Simple Stye Tips

How To Dress Like A Danish Girl: Simple Stye Tips
Carly Jacobs

I travel a lot and the more countries I visit, the more I realise how diverse Australia is. We don’t really have a national cuisine (do meat pies count?), a particularly accurate fashion ideology (no one I know wears stubbies, thongs, Driza-bones or akubras) or traditions like Hygge or Chinese New Year. There isn’t even a particularly Australian way of celebrating Christmas. My family eats prawns and gets smashed but lots of my mates don’t even celebrate Christmas. Maybe that’s the Australian way – we’re just really chill and do our own thing without labelling it. I have a Maltese-Australian mate who’s family still do glory boxes for the young women in the family, an Egyptian- Australian mate who all but disappears over Easter to celebrate for days with her coptic orthodox family and heaps of mates who do Ramadan every year. It’s actually quite cool how different we all are. I like it.

All of this makes me hyper aware of the way things are done in other countries though and how they approach things so differently. I spent a week in Copenhagen last year and honestly I could have spent a month just sitting at a cafe watching people exist.

One of the things that fascinated me the most was how the Danish girls all had their own style. In Australia if you walk through a suburban shopping mall, most young girls will be in a group of other girls who are all dressed the same, in whatever fashion is dictating for them to wear for that particular season. At the moment it’s mom jeans and crop tops. They’ll wear this style whether it’s flattering or not. I always thought that’s just what being a teenager was but when you go to Europe, that’s just not a thing.

Young European women all look different to each other. They let their hair do what it does naturally (I don’t think I saw even one badly straightened do the whole time I was there) and they wear clothes that fit them properly. I also noticed that Danish girls don’t care about looking feminine. At my catholic girls high school no one had short hair so seeing young teenage girls with these stylish short hair cuts was so refreshing. Danish girls also have this way of wearing jeans, sneakers and t-shirts without looking like they’re going to be wrangling sheep all day. I don’t know how they do it. Is there some kind of training they go through?

So in light of my Danish (European) fashion obsession, I very recently bought my first pair of Birkenstocks and they’re pretty amazing. I mean, they straight up look like fancy slippers but I just don’t care. They make me feel like a wealthy retired artist.

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Wearing

Birkenstock Amsterdams

Dress from Country Road

Belt from Alistair Trung dress

Here are my tips for dressing like a Danish girl…

danish girl

1. Design is everything

I’ve been quietly shopping for Birkenstocks for a few years now but I just couldn’t get over the line with them. I’d try on their traditional clogs and they just wouldn’t sit in the right spot or they’d make my lower legs looks chunky or they just didn’t feel good. I kept trying and trying until finally the Amsterdams came into my life. It’s all about the design. The lines are so clean, there’s no chunky buckles and aside from the iconic shape, you wouldn’t know they were Birkenstocks because they don’t have a giant logo on them. Mr Smaggle is an app developer but he’s really a designer. He notices everything. I’m not as fussy as him but he’s made me aware of the difference between good and bad design. You rarely notice good design but bad design will ruin your day. This is why I don’t use Snapchat because it’s designed so badly, it’s just too frustrating trying to get to whatever screen I’m trying to find. A well designed piece of clothing just exists without you having to try too hard to make it work. Badly designed clothing is that ill-fitting wrap dress you try on with 50 different pairs of shoes every time you have somewhere to go but it never sees the light of day. I’m getting better at picking these things before I make the mistake of buying them which is why it took me so long to pick a pair of Birkies I like.

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2. Less is more

I used to literally pile accessories on as I left the house (nothing succeeds like excess!) but slowly over the years it’s just not my style any more. If you’re wearing a killer structural dress that’s cut to perfection, you don’t need anything else. My one accessory these days is hot pink lipstick and it’s really pulling it’s weight. I go from looking quite casual to a bit fancy in about 30 seconds. If you love accessories and jewellery, go for it and jangle around like the gypsy you are but if you’re not super into accessories and you’ve been forcing yourself to pop earrings on every day, I give you permission to not do that. Try it the Danish way for a while and see if that works for you.

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3. Quality is key

Australia, unfortunately has been caught up that horrible Western cycle of buying lots of cheap, disposable fashion items because we’ve been taught to crave variety. This means the choices for shopping are pretty grim and Australian malls are full of badly designed, badly constructed and not even that affordable clothing. Danish women spend good money on well designed clothes that last for years but having said that, they have a much better buying culture and quality clothing availability that we don’t have in Australia. Some of my favourite places to shop in Europe are Muji, Cos and Marimekko. We have these stores in Australia too but they legit have better stuff in Europe.

This outfit was worn for a cheeky trip away this week. We accidentally left our house available on Airbnb and now we have to not be there. Silly monkeys. But at least it means I can catch my beautiful mate in her show that I nearly missed and kill two birds with one stone and take Mama Smaggle out for a birthday outing. Bonza. I just love it when a plan comes together.

Have you been to Denmark? Are you totally obsessed with Danish style?

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18 Comments

  1. Kelly 3 weeks ago

    Super cool outfit – simple and interesting which is quite a challenge to achieve! Have you heard of Dogstar (I am not sure if its in Melbourne or not) but they have some cool “architectural” style clothes along the same line but with a Japanese influence.

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      Carly Jacobs 3 weeks ago

      No I haven’t! Thank you for the rec I’ll check them out now.

  2. KezUnprepared 3 weeks ago

    I love this Danish girl style idea! I really really loved the style the women wore in Japan when we visited in 2014. So effortlessly chic! I could have stared at every woman on the street for hours! They all looked like they had stepped out of magazines! I admit that over here we really do dig the mass produced stuff and it’s hard to find unique (but affordable) clothing when you’re on a budget or strapped for time! I have been slowly attempting to correct this in my life but it’s a process!

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      Carly Jacobs 3 weeks ago

      Oh my god yes! Japanese and Danish style is so my bag.

  3. Tash 3 weeks ago

    Love it! I’ve been trying to convert more to a capsule wardrobe -less items but better quality. I like the European styles too, I think my personal preferences veer more towards French or Italian styles -but they’ve all got the right idea. I’m so sick of the disposable fashion habit that Australia seems to have bought into. Thanks for another great article lovely lady!

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      Carly Jacobs 3 weeks ago

      Thank you so much! Yes the obsession with disposable fashion in Australia is heart breaking I try to not contribute to it but sometimes you don’t really have choice.

  4. I’m actually fairly certain I was supposed to be born/live in any of the Scandinavian countries. Everything they do totally does it for me – the weather, the cosiness, the minimalism, the high quality, and Hygge is like my idea of heaven. Thanks for the awesome brand recommendations, can’t wait to check them out 🙂

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      Carly Jacobs 3 weeks ago

      Oh my god me too! When we were in Copenhagen it just felt like we’d come home.

  5. Connie 3 weeks ago

    Danish Skagen watches are so lovely. Simple and elegant. I had one as my special watch, it’s now my everyday watch..!!

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      Carly Jacobs 3 weeks ago

      Yes there are! My old house mate had one and I loved it. So classy.

  6. Missy D 3 weeks ago

    Hehehe, in Qld there are many stubbies and thongs going around! 🙂 I also laughed at the glory box comment… I’m Maltese-Australia and I had a glory box growing up! My relatives would give me towels and cups etc for it. Most are super impractical and not suited to my tastes as an adult. 😉

    Haven’t been to Denmark, but would love to visit the scandi countries (just expensive). I also like that young girls don’t all dress the same – I didn’t really dress much like my friends growing up, but I don’t have the body type that suits ‘fashion’, I need clean lines and structured clothing. I was also lucky enough to have a mum who pointed out what suited me at a young age and was brutally honest when something looked crap on me!

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      Carly Jacobs 3 weeks ago

      Oh of course there would be QLD! I was the same my mum told me constantly and honestly when things didn’t work for me and I feel like that’s made me a much better dresser as an adult !

  7. Luc 3 weeks ago

    Love love love your fashion posts!

  8. Lisa Aherne 2 weeks ago

    An excellent article. My clothes spending has undergone a pretty much total stop when it comes to buying mass produced articles. I have been so much happier with the quality items finding their way into my wardrobe, and am even learning to wear them rather than leaving them for ‘best’. Yes! Thanks!

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      Carly Jacobs 2 weeks ago

      Same here! This dress is a classic example. It was $300 so I saved it for good and now I just wear it whenever I feel like it. It’s the best cost per wear dress ever!

  9. Renée 2 weeks ago

    I love Dogstar. I wore it a lot in my 20s and 30s but haven’t seen it around for a while. I love structured outfits. I’m sort of wide so can’t wear flowing outfits without looking fat. I don’t buy often but buy well. I have owned most of my clothes for a long time.

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      Carly Jacobs 2 weeks ago

      I love structural clothes too! My absolute fave!

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