Nordic notions have swept New York, and this fashion week we've found ample Scandified street style to inspire our wardrobes
New York's street style is usually a verified circus of more-is-more looks, sometimes veering to the extremity of prosthetics. On the opposite end of the sartorial spectrum is Scandinavia, where wearability rules supreme. Utilitarian, some may say, or timeless, considering the Nordic closet is full of soft tailoring and high-quality basics. But as we're halfway through New York Fashion Week, we've seen a slew of wearable looks featuring understated utility - far removed from the usual exuberance of the Big Apple.
Tailored and tonal, the ensembles circulating on Manhattan Island – hailing a cab, swigging a takeaway coffee, or stepping out of a brownstone – have proposed an air of Nordic minimalism. Be it in the way thin knits in a trio of monochromatic colours are layered in the spirit of Danish A. Roege Hove, or in the tuck of a crisp cotton shirt paired with a denim skirt and sneakers. In the all-black and all-white ensembles of tailored sets or in the ease of a great t-shirt. Any Scandinavian on the streets of New York has arguably felt right at home this season.
Of course, our region can't lay claim to being the only region keen on single-shade dressing, oversized tailoring, utilitarian styling, or elevated denim. That said, our local designers and tastemakers have absolutely had a hand in spreading the pared-back look across not only borders but oceans – just consider the sudden rise of chunky sneakers paired with flowing skirts coming out of Copenhagen, Norway's notion of knitwear layering, Sweden's minimal 1990s heritage, or Finland's avant-garde printwork. You'll quickly get the complete picture.
Tailoring, denim, and a muted colour scheme – discover the best Scandified street style looks from New York Fashion Week below.