We’re already jealous of the Scandinavians for their thriving sauna culture, flat-pack furniture and impeccable crime dramas. Now there’s something else to add to the list—their accessories. The Scandis have an uncanny knack for hunting down handbag labels and small jewellers that are pleasingly under the radar. This means if you follow Pernille Teisbaek and Darja Barannik on Instagram, you’re bang up-to-date with their latest finds and in constant danger of falling down a rabbit hole of accessories every time you scroll. It’s a risky business—and why my to-do list has a page of links to things like “glitter hair clips” and “pearl hoop earrings” at the bottom.
The good news for my bank balance is that they’re not all designer. The Scandis might be partial to a Balenciaga Knife boot here and a J.W. Anderson Disc bag there, but they’re also staunch supporters of homegrown talents like Sophie Bille Brahe and Anni Lu. What they do with these gems is another story: The French have a reputation for being effortless dressers, but when it comes to puzzling together outfits that are perfectly balanced with accessories, the Scandis win. See Teisbaek giving knits a lift with a collection of textured gold rings by Orit Elhanati, and Hannah Mw using a Kanel Demark bow-shaped barrette as the crowning glory on an outfit of Acne checks. If all this talk about handbags and hair clips has you in the mood to shop, keep scrolling for the 10 best places to stock up on Scandi-approved accessories.
The Scandis have all become girls with pearl earrings after the rise of Danish jeweller Helle Vestergaard Poulsen (aka Anni Lu). Her baroque earrings—made with freshwater pearls set with coral, turquoise, ruby or green agate and hung from a teeny gold shell—have already made the Instagram rounds.
Wear these beauties with anything from puffer jackets and patterned skirts to striped shirts and straight-legged jeans.
The Scandis have brought back hair accessories in a big way. It started with the Danish label Saks Potts dressing their models’ updos with colourful sausage clips—the kind you used to wear playing netball. Now the latest must-haves are Kanel Denmark’s glittering slides and flower barrettes. Position a pair on one side of your parting and you’ll look Scandinavian from the neck up.
This diamanté-studded clip is just the ticket to giving striped jumpers and printed trousers an extra-Scandi slant.
Clusters of delicate pendants and giant door-knocker earrings—all in gold—come highly recommend by Copenhagen’s finest, Pernille Teisbaek. One of her favourites is Danish goldsmith Orit Elhanti, whose 18-karat-gold pieces are inspired by childhood summers spent in Tel Aviv.
These textured gold ovals will go with everything from cable-knit cardigans to silk cocktail dresses.
Scarves that feel like a cuddle are a mainstay in Scandinavia—and this Norwegian brand makes some of the cuddliest from alpaca wool. Take note of how Janka Polliani styles hers: wrapped around the shoulders as well as the neck and held in place with a Loewe bag. Easy.
Fastening your scarf with a brooch will stop it slipping off your shoulders.
MC Davidian is another favourite for hair accessories, but this time it’s French. Annabel Rosendahl is a paid-up member and wears the handmade barrettes, which come whimsically shaped as sausage dogs, seahorses, dolphins and shells.
Seashells are encrusting all manner of accessories for spring/summer, so these tortoiseshell coquilles are the stylish way to keep your hair out of your eyes.
Sophie Bille Brahe
You’d be hard pushed to find a Danish street styler who doesn’t have something by Sophie Bille Brahe in her jewellery box. The designer is famous for making pearls something you don’t have to wear with a twinset, turning them into ear crawlers that look like peas in a pod and single earrings made out of twisted 14-karat gold with mismatched pearly ends.
The Babylon Pearle earring is a more entry-level price point and happily wear-with-anything.
The Scandis might be in the Faber-Castell school of colour (read: bright), but they’re more subtle when it comes to designer labels. Except where sunglasses are concerned. The latest shades making the rounds are Gucci’s deliciously maximalist shades that are studded with pearls and, naturally, come with double Gs on the arms.
Wear yours with a fuzzy faux-fur coat in a neutral shade and freshly washed locks like Tine Andrea.
This accessories label has almost become synonymous with Scandi street stylers, but its founders are actually from Montréal and Bangkok. The brand has flagship stores in the Bangkok and Copenhagen, which explains why the Danish girls are big fans of Boyy.
The giant buckle is Boyy’s signature, and we love the springtime pastel-pink colour of the Devon 21.
Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine summed it up perfectly when she posted her New Balance trainers on Instagram with the caption: “Am I Scandinavian yet?” These particular kicks, especially the grey version, are a kind of uniform for the Scandi style set. Wear yours with everything from pleated skirts and sweatshirts to floral dresses and sparkly socks.
The colour of these trainers isn’t “grey” or “slate,” but something much more poetic: “overcast.” Pick these up for £70.
Baum und Pferdgarten
Jewel-coloured tights are becoming big in Scandi land, but if you find banana-yellow on your legs a little extra, you’ll be glad to know they also love patterned socks. Ganni’s glittering Paltrow socks are a favourite, while Baum und Pferdgarten makes the cheekiest hosiery in the business.
Give strangers on the escalator behind you something to smile about with Baum’s Lois sock, which has “Just Peachy” on one foot and “Jolly Good” on the other.