6 summer dressing tips to take from the street style set at Copenhagen Fashion Week

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copenhagen street style  - Getty
copenhagen street style - Getty

While the city eases out of lockdown, Copenhagen Fashion Week looked a little different this season. Rather than the 35 catwalk shows it usually showcases over three days, just nine took place this season, with the others showing as digital presentations instead. 

Whether in real life or virtually, brands such as Samsoe & Samsoe, By Malene Birger and Saks Potts were full to the brim with autumn dressing inspiration, while the fashion editors pounding the pavements between presentations offered up some style solutions to see us through the rest of the summer. 

From the expensive-looking shade to be seen in, or the basic staple to wear now, here are the 6 summer style tips I'm taking away from the most stylish attendees in Copenhagen this week... 

Don't save fancy shoes for best

Copenhagen Fashion Week  - Getty 
Copenhagen Fashion Week - Getty

Having had nowhere special to go over lockdown, our prettiest shoes have been shelved for months, so now that we're easing out, it's high time they get some wear. Silk, bows, embellishment, satin... everything goes and wearing them with a simple outfit makes for a stylish contrast and adds a point of interest.

Note how this showgoer's jeans and T-shirt combination is instantly elevated by her fuchsia mules - a styling trick to try as you ease back in to pub drinks. 

Basic staples are needed in the summer, too

Darja Barannik - Getty
Darja Barannik - Getty

Since we turn to our vests and T-shirts for layering under knits and blazers all winter long, you'd be forgiven for shunning them in favour of floaty printed dresses and cotton blouses come summer.

Darja Barannik made an excellent case for digging them out: she paired an oversized black T-shirt with a khaki maxi skirt and strappy heels for an effortless, high-low look. 

While a gingham shirt or floral blouse certainly has its place in the summer, a simple tee or vest remains unbeaten for easy heatwave dressing. 

Socks and sandals are A Thing

Lois Opoku - German Select 
Lois Opoku - German Select

After months at home in lockdown in our comfiest sandals and softest socks, it was always going to be hard returning to 'normal' footwear, but in brilliant news, it turns out we might not need to.

The combination of chunky sandals and socks has proven so popular that it looks like it has real staying power - and Lois Opoku proved its easy to style, too. She paired hers with a denim dress while pounding the pavements in Copenhagen. 

Smock dresses are easily toughened up

copenhagen street style - Getty
copenhagen street style - Getty

For those among us who had shunned the frothy Molly Goddard-esque smock dresses as they were too feminine for their personal taste, you may want to turn your attention to this showgoer. 

In a pretty pale pink maxi, you'd think this look would be sickly sweet, but to the contrary: her black handbag, oversized sunglasses and chunky loafers are a nice contrast. Trainers and a nylon crossbody, or chunky sandals and a small rucksack would have a similar effect, too. 

Choose summer-friendly versions of your favourite pieces

copenhagen street style - Getty
copenhagen street style - Getty

Where we'd typically ignore our autumn/winter staples like knitwear, trench coats and long trousers during the summer months, this needn't be the case, as this chic showgoer proves. This breezier, lighter trench coat alternative is the ideal summer cover-up. 

Look for your warm staples in summer-ready fabrics, like chiffon, silk, jersey and organza. It means you needn't switch up your whole look each season, and it'll make it easier to stick to your tried-and-tested outfit formulas. 

All-white is the easiest way to look expensive

Jeanette Friis Madsen  - Getty
Jeanette Friis Madsen - Getty

I know: the thought of a head-to-toe white look fills me with anxiety, too, but you might like to note that head-to-toe white is the best way to look expensive, and the street style set in Copenhagen proved it was a stylish summer option. 

Keeping your whites pristine while on the go is no mean feat, so it's left to the cautious among us (and those who can foot the dry cleaning bill) to try this look. Avoiding coffee, small children and public seats for the day is all well worth it: just look how polished and chic Jeanette Friis Madsen looks in her blouse and wide-leg trousers. 

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