We tend to like our clothes like we like our furniture—with clean lines and smart construction. The best place to look for both? Scandinavia. Here are six wardrobe essentials that have been elevated to high art by brilliant minds from Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. —Desiree Browne
H&M is a good place to dip your toe into fashion-forward waters (without spending fashion-forward-level money). This black-buttoned linen blazer is a perfect example. Take it for a test run and if you find yourself living in it, you can always upgrade to a $400 version next season.
After rounding out a collection of footwear staples, a man’s eye starts to favor the finer details that differentiate classic shoes—like the super clean lines and single metal eyelets on these black napa leather cap toes from Acne.
Photo: Acne Studios
With a slim silhouette and black stitching, these jeans complete a casual sneakers-and-sweatshirt outfit while pulling together a tucked-in oxford and wingtips. Best of all, they’re pre-washed, so the first time you wear them, they’ll already feel like old favorites.
Somewhere between the weekend hoodie and the date-night sport coat is a simple jacket you can throw over anything. Cheap Monday’s Prey Bomber fits the bill.
Photo: Cheap Monday
The Danish designers behind Norse Projects say their pieces are “created to improve life.” Here they’ve given the classic snapback an elegant (and much deserved) upgrade.
Photo: Norse Projects
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Desiree Browne is a writer and former tomboy who now wears vintage dresses.