What’s with all the army green winter jumpsuits?

We have just had Copenhagen Fashion Week and the international press have gone crazy for Danish homegrown fashion ( see this Vogue article) but recently I have noticed a strange street style phenomenon here in Copenhagen, which seems at odds with the usual Danish style. At first I thought it was just one person but then I started to spot it elsewhere. In fact yesterday there was a woman on my bus sporting this style and I wanted to ask her about it. It is the latest style of wearing a full winter work wear or army style thermal suit usually in a dark khaki, army green or tan. I was eaten up with curiosity as to the origin of this style. It is, of course practical in the wet, snowy and cold weather especially when cycling. One of the brands of these thermal work suits (Termoheldragt) I have spotted is Carthartt. Last year their woollen hats were popular. Did  a woman enter one of these utilitarian shops to buy a hat and be suddenly taken with the shapeless but practical warm all over jumpsuits, thinking this will be perfect for the winter, buying it without a thought to a new fashion phenomena she was inadvertently starting? Has a celebrity worn something similar? Did someone put their partner’s one on the pop out on a cold day and thus kick starting the trend? Is it part of the current zeitgeist of the feminist movement? So many questions… It fasciantes me how something can just appear as if from nowhere –  from the street and suddenly become ubiquitous.

Clearly I was not alone in my curiosity and had I not been recovering from my operation and written about this sooner I would have got there before the main stream media! I found this article on the BT written a few weeks ago about this very phenomenon and it appears to have stemmed from the designer shop Mads Nørgaard on Strøget and also from Danish designers Baum und Pferdgarten in 2014/5. It is deemed as a bit anti fashion and by the interviews in the article seen as very practical but not something everyone wants to embrace. So the mystery of the origin is solved!

I’d love to hear if you think this is a fashion you’d embrace or not?

Street Style – Nautical

I had a little window shop in the city this week and noticed that there was a distinct nautical feel to Spring fashions. I like to have a bit of a capsule wardrobe with items that are easy to mix and match, with simple lines and the odd bit of fun thrown in. I will admit there is a lot of grey in my current wardrobe but I think this injection of ship-shape navy blue could be an interesting addition for Spring without going wild with colour.

nautical looks


Dress, Sweater, trousers, blouse, necklace, nail colour, trousers

Copenhagen street style – black trainers

I often wonder where the street fashions I spot here start. One day you see a couple of people with one type of style and give it a few more weeks and everyone it at it. I read a lot of Danish fashion magazine but I don’t see these styles heavily promoted so it seems that it truly is the influence of street style (or the desire for homogeneity). Part of it, I suppose, is that we see a lot more of what people are wearing as the majority of people travel by bike so their clothes and shoes are on show rather than hidden in a little metal box of a car.

Whatever the reason the latest style I have spotted over the winter has been black trainers with or without white details. Nikes seem to be the most popular followed by New Balance (of course) and Converse (ditto) – the last two seem to be perennial favourite Danish brands.black trainersNew Balance, Nike, Converse, Nike (pink), DKNY, Samoa, G Star, Sketchers

I am in favour of this style for practical reasons (don’t show the dirt and puddle splashes as much as coloured trainers) as well as how great they look. Only downside is they are really not warm enough for the current temperatures. What do you think – thumbs up or down?