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Read IN BED: Dress Scandinavian by Pernille Teisbaek

Words by Hannah-Rose Yee

“More than anything, our strength lies in being able to create a look that is timeless without being boring, where we use old classics but style them in a contemporary and effortless manner. Like a casual hoodie under a stylish black blazer, or using a scarf as a belt in your Levis 501’s. It’s not about investing in lots of expensive items; it’s about personalising each item and reusing them over and over again, but in new ways.”

And now for something completely different!

So this might not be the kind of book you snuggle under the covers to read late at night. But Dress Scandinavian is the kind of gorgeous, easy to consume and simply downright useful book you’ll want to keep in pride of place on your dresser or bedside table.

So this might not be the kind of book you snuggle under the covers to read late at night. But Dress Scandinavian is the kind of gorgeous, easy to consume and simply downright useful book you’ll want to keep in pride of place on your dresser or bedside table.

Written by Danish super-blogger Pernille Teisbaek, it’s a largely very instructional guide to achieving the Scandinavian look that everyone is mad for at the moment. I’ve long debated whether or not the Danish girls might overtake the Parisiennes as the desirable fashion aesthetic du jour (or whatever the Danish translation would be). And recent street style images from Copenhagen and Stockholm fashion weeks, with their smiling girls in Ganni sweaters and box-fresh kicks seemed to confirm that.

But how do we achieve this look in our everyday life? Enter Pernille, who breaks it down into bite-sized chunks in this upbeat and no-nonsense book. Her writing style is straight-to-the-point but friendly, with a peppy conversational tone, and boy, if you want fashion tips this book is full of them, alongside images of Pernille that you can attempt to copy at home.

Things like how to achieve the perfect layered jewellery look, ways in which you can make a pair of bright red stilettos work for you, how to wear a chunky sweater for as long as humanly possible, what you need to buy in order to achieve the perfect Scandinavian-style colour palette, and how to style even the most difficult pairs of jeans. And by the end of it, you’ll know your Sophie Bille Brahe from your Saks Potts, and your Filippa K from your Baum und Pferdgarten. What are you waiting for? Let’s all be Danish girls.


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