Fashion has certainly taken a turn for the casual over the past few seasons, with trendsetters ditching tight for loose and stilettos for flats. But nowhere is this look more entrenched than Denmark, where locals have completely nailed the whole “effortlessly chic” thing. It was refreshing to go an entire week without spotting any stilettos or otherwise uncomfortable footwear – as much as I appreciate a good pair of heels, my feet do not! So if you’re planning a trip & wondering what to pack for Copenhagen – or if you just want to steal their style – this post is for you.
I was truly impressed by how seamlessly Danes have incorporated functional footwear into covetable outfits. I’ve never seen women look so incredible in running sneakers, Birkenstocks and slip-ons before. Take the above examples, both edgy yet casual looks that are available at the upscale Copenhagen boutique of Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov. It makes sense that the people of Copenhagen have adapted their style to fit their active lives. City residents bike or walk almost everywhere, which means there’s really no place for crazy footwear. Add cobblestone streets to the mix, and heels are practically extinct.
I was so inspired by the street style I saw in Copenhagen that suddenly my typical ballet flats and boots seemed horribly lame! I had to stop at a store and snap up my own pair of every day, stylish sneakers. Copenhagen has had a lasting effect on my style – I’ve noticed myself dressing for comfort yet putting in the extra effort to make sure I don’t look like a slob on casual days.
So do you want to fit in with the cool and casual Danes? Here’s my list of what to pack for Copenhagen!
Like I mentioned, shoes in Copenhagen err on the casual side. If you’re planning on fancy dinners out you could probably wear heels, but otherwise you won’t need them. Everyone I saw was wearing sneakers or edgy flats, whether they were running errands or out for cocktails.
While everyone dresses pretty casually in Copenhagen, they always looks put together and stylish. Think perfectly oversize tees paired with cool skinny jeans, and feminine smocked dresses with menswear-inspired shoes. In the spring, I noticed many women wearing printed, loose fitting trousers or midi skirts. When you are planning what to pack for Copenhagen, keep in mind that outfits tend to be more subtle than flashy. Obviously in the winter, you’ll need to pack a very chic coat to complete all your ensembles, but on warmer days you can layer with an anorak or leather jacket.
Lastly, don’t forget to pack for the rain. You never know what the weather might be like in Copenhagen, so a portable umbrella is essential. I love these tiny and colorful travel umbrellas from The Container Store. Foldable, packable galoshes by Go Go Golosh are another great item to bring since they won’t take up as much room in your suitcase as rain boots.
Now that you know what to pack for Copenhagen, don’t forget to read my guide to the neighborhoods of Norrebro and Vesterbro and my reviews of Generator Hostel (boutique on a budget) and the design-focused Andersen Hotel. Happy travels!
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