Around this time of year, we start thinking about the tricky transitional dressing to come. Luckily, it's also the time of year when fashion weeks happen in Scandinavia, the land of permanent inbetweeny weather (except in the dead of winter, where the only transition you'll make is the very quick one from cosy fireside bathrobe to outdoor hot tub). To inspire your autumn, here are five of our favourite street-style looks from the Copenhagen and Stockholm SS17 shows.
SS17 Scandi street style
By Matt Glazebrook, 31 August 2016
This guy is a walking compendium of comfy-cool Scandi staples. The sturdy brown work jacket, blue beanie and grey hoodie are doing stellar tonal work – the intellectual thick-framed specs and a little scrappy dog in complementary shades of tan make it the complete package.
Sure, we can't all have an identical twin to do coordinated, all-monochrome, yin-yang dressing with, but here's a pro tip: get the coach jacket in white and black, then alternate which one you wear with your skinny cropped chinos and black T-shirt. It's the next best thing.
The one bad thing about the Scandinavian fashion weeks is that it becomes increasingly difficult to tell which are the uncannily handsome and well-put-together locals in impeccably minimalist casualwear, and which are the actual alien invaders assuming a suspiciously perfect human form. Luckily, the polka-dot socks on this one are a dead giveaway.
'Just woke up on a chilly-but-bright autumn morning and need to throw something on quickly to nip out and get milk'-chic is one of the hardest looks to pull off, but this guy's straight nailed it.
We've been singing the praises of pale pink for a while now, but, for some, it remains one of the more challenging colours in the menswear paintbox. If head-to-toe tonal isn't your bag, maybe work a blush T-shirt into a minimalist grey-and-white getup. Or, you know, do as this guy does and a throw a little pink cap on top of your all black streetwear and tatts for the smallest imaginable concession to the 2016 trendscape.