How to Dress Like a Copenhagen Girl

Meet your new style icon


Words by Nicole Thomsen
August 16th, 2017

In the aftermath of Copenhagen Fashion Week, the stylish inhabitants of the Danish capital (plus the fashion savvy visitors that descended upon it) have us vying for a brand new wardrobe that screams “hygge”.

Despite being internationally known for a minimalist lifestyle, the Copenhagen girl isn’t refined to a plain monochromatic wardrobe; she has a love of florals and colour and has the ability to pair sportswear with anything – and actually look cool while doing so. And although the era of trainers seems to have waned over the past two seasons, this doesn’t stop her from wearing hers with everything because comfort is key and how else would she cycle around the city?

The Copenhagen girl is about take the reigns from the revered Parisians as fashion’s international style icon. As such, we’ve rounded up our favourite looks from the intrinsically stylish Danish women who attended Copenhagen Fashion Week and shown you how to emulate their look below.



The Danish Girl meets Working Girl. Trainers become office-appropriate when paired with heritage checks and bold, sturdy shoulders, creating the perfect mix between classic and unconventional workwear with a Danish finish. Swap your briefcase for a top handle mini bag to complete the look.


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When it comes to daytime pyjama dressing, the louder the print and more vibrant the colour the better. To keep the look polished, avoid bedhead hair and opt for a sleek hairstyle and a bold red lip à la Sophia Roe. Keep accessories to a minimum – a simple pair of gold hoops (a classic Danish touch) will pull everything together nicely.


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Meet your new favourite brand, Ganni. In a short space of time, this Danish brand has fast become the Copenhagen girl’s go-to for high quality, affordable standout dresses as seen on fashion editor Jeanette Friis Madsen and stylist Emili Sindlev. These dresses can take you anywhere, no matter your style but just remember to pair yours with well-loved trainers like a true Dane.

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When you’ve got a gym class at 9 am and a fashion show at 10 am. This outfit is the definition of functionalism meets Fashion – with a capital F. Forget the rulebook and embrace the frivolity of fashion by jazzing up your sports shorts with fur embellished sandals and the cosiest rainbow jumper you can find.


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Lovers of the athleisure movement take note; this is the new wave of sports inspired fashion as seen on Pernille Teisbaek. Take one article of sportswear such as a hoodie and team it with elevated pieces from your wardrobe to balance out the look and ensure you don’t look as though you’re about to work up a sweat.


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