Going back to the states after over a year away one thing really stuck out to me. We are really slacking in the fashion department! Of course there are those few who stand apart, but for the majority of people there is one obvious fashion theme, comfort.
Now I am all about comfort but since moving to Iceland I have attempted to up my fashion game. Sometimes I see some ladies walk past and think how is it possible to look that good, there is a freaking wind storm happening right now? A secret I have yet to find out but that hasn’t slowed me down from trying a few Icelandic inspired trends on my own. Let’s recap how they have turned out shall we.
The sweater cape
Sweater capes are everywhere right now and for good reason. A warm wool sweater turned cape, they look like the most comfortable and warm winter attire ever. Last winter I fell in love with this look and enlisted a girlfriend to go shopping with me, both of us determined to find our very own Icelandic sweater cape. Let’s just leave it at the fact that I looked more Harry Potter than Icelandic fashion model in my sweater cape.
The mismatched outfits
When I am choosing an outfit for the day I tend to avoid wearing two different patterns at once or colors that clash, and I most definitely avoid wearing a combination of the two. Icelandic women though, they look at their closet and think, “challenge accepted.” And you know what, they totally pull it off! Some of the outfits I see out and about here in Reykjavik amaze me, in a good way. Then there is me who attempts to be adventurous with my wardrobe and walks out looking like I belong at the Capital in the Hunger Games.
The platform boot
Remember those thick platform boots that we can thank the Spice Girls for making popular? Well Scary Spice must have visited Iceland recently because the platform boot is all the rage right now! I recently went shoe shopping and all I wanted was a simple black boot, but the employee at the shoe store insisted I try a pair of the adorable platform boots. Bracing myself for an embarrassing moment I went for it, the only thing I could say when the girl asked how they felt, “I feel like I am trying out for the Spice Girls.”
The wool clothing
Wool clothing is big here, for obvious reasons (we leave in the freezing Iceland and need warm clothes!) and the clothing made from wool always looks so darn cozy! However, when I attempt to do as the Icelanders do and wear something wool the last thing I get is a cozy look. Instead I spend the entire time itching like crazy, my skin can not handle wool!
The winter high heel
I love a good pair of heels but what I don’t love is wearing those heels in the middle of winter when ice seems to constantly cover the ground. I am seriously fascinated by all the girls prancing around in heels, gliding across the ice as if it is no problem. I wore heels for the first time this week since the snow and ice arrived in December. Let’s just say H got a good laugh watching me make the short walk out of work and to the car. This girl knows what I am talking about.
The all black wardrobe
Spend just a few hours walking around Reykjavik and you will quickly come to the conclusion that the most common wardrobe color is black, or very dark (basically black) colors. Sometimes you will have someone venture out and where a splash of color, and then they spend the whole day talking about how uncomfortable they are in their blue t-shirt. While I do love the polished look of a black outfit I just can’t keep my love for colored clothing tame. Next time I walk into a room full of black outfits in my bright red dress I am so doing this.
The mystery of the wind resistant hair
One thing you should know about Iceland, there is almost always wind! It is beyond annoying to me and some days I don’t even bother fixing up my hair since I know the wind will do its own styling job once I step outside. Wind resistant hair must be a gene in the Icelandic population because non of the other ladies seem to walk into a building with their hair looking like they were just electrified!
The tights with shorts
After my first visit to Iceland I came back to Oregon inspired to try a few new fashion trends I had seen in Reykjavik. One of them being jean shorts with black tights. I mean it just looked so cute on all the girls running around the city, it had to be a winning outfit. I gathered my sisters for my big fashion moment, and this pretty well sums up there reaction.
I think I am going to leave these trends to the beautiful ladies of Iceland. They clearly know what they are doing and I am just not ready to play their fashion game. I will just stick to my comfortable American style.
Question of the Day?
Any fashion trends in your area that you just don’t get?