August 2, 2019

Though the core of Karoline de Lony’s wardrobe has remained the same, her style has undergone two big changes: First when she became a mother, and then when she became a teacher. She swears by simple pieces that are long-lasting enough to follow her through life. 

Why is it important to you to have a uniform?

The fact that I don’t have to think about what I put on in the morning, but that I just get up, pull on my jeans and a t-shirt and then get on with my day means a lot to me. I don’t wear makeup either; I just rely on a few trusty pieces of clothing and then some good jewellery. That saves every outfit. It’s my uniform, and it frees up time and energy for my other tasks of the day. 

To which extent do you use clothing as a way to express yourself?

Style is a way of expressing personality and communicating, and clothes play an important role in that. It’s important to me that I look representable and recognizable to others as well as myself. I want my clothes to mirror who I am. During my pregnancies, I felt a little robbed of part of my personality, especially when I wasn’t able to wear my normal clothes. It gave me a feeling of calm and self-assuredness when I was able to return to my normal body and wardrobe after I was done with my pregnancies. 

What matters most to you when you buy new pieces of clothing?

I want clothes that look as good in the morning as they do after a long day of work, and I want clothes that last. My awareness of the longevity and sustainability of clothes arose when I started working at an upscale fashion shop in Copenhagen when I was 17. That made the world of high-quality luxury brands open up to me. It changed my way of thinking about clothes, and since then I’ve been buying way fewer but way more expensive items. I’ve bought jeans that will last me 15 years and other pieces of clothing that I'm convinced will stay with me till I die. Not only will an expensive piece of clothing look better in the long run, it’ll also look better at the end of a long day. The cut, the quality of the fabric and the thoughtfulness of the design means everything.

Has your style changed after you became a mother?

I wear a lot more jeans and cashmere sweaters and a lot less silky dresses than I used to. I need to wear materials that’ll look good even if I spill coffee or my seven-month-old baby touches me with greasy hands, so I’ve had to say goodbye to silk for now, much to my dismay. These days it’s jeans and t-shirts all the way. I’ve also noticed that I just don’t feel at home in some of my old clothes. It’s not because they don’t fit my body but because they don’t fit my personality anymore. I’ve had to say goodbye to several old favourite dresses of mine on that account. Being on maternity leave is and has been an emotional rollercoaster, and that has affected my wardrobe. More is absolutely less for me these days.

How does it affect you if you don’t feel good in an outfit?

It affects me a lot. If I wear something too tight or otherwise uncomfortable I feel and act awkward. My personality is a bit loud and temperamental, so I need to be able to move. I can always tell if someone put too much effort into an outfit. It looks strained and desperate, and that isn’t good taste in my eyes. Good taste takes less effort.