August 2, 2019

Colourful, comfortable, practical or classic? We asked four women about how everyday life affect their wardrobe.

Karoline De Lony
Primary school teacher 

How does your everyday life affect your wardrobe?
My work and my children have affected my style, and these days it’s all about comfort when I put on clothes in the morning. I’ve spent half my life on a horse, which meant I grew up wearing a pair of riding pants, and now I wear my jeans the same way. I wash them once in a while, but mostly I just pick them up from wherever I left them on the floor the night before. That means that they have to be of high quality because I want to look good despite not thinking a lot about my outfit. My style was more colourful and playful before I had kids and before I started working as a teacher at a primary school. My mornings are messy and my commute is long, so I don’t have time to think about my outfit in the morning. It just needs to work.

Julie Morille
Fashion designer at Babett

How does what you do affect what you wear?
I just started a fashion brand with a friend, and we work all the time, so I need clothes that are practical. I spend a lot of time in our studio, where I do everything from office work to drawing and sewing, but also a lot of time out and about in the city, dropping off or picking up things. I’ve always been inspired by work wear for that reason. Luckily I get to decide what to wear myself, and I tend to put on jeans, some jewellery, and a long, durable canvas coat with a lot of pockets for all my stuff.  I have two coats like that; it’s almost like a uniform for me. My style is quite practical, so it mirrors my lifestyle and personality quite well. It reflects that I’m constantly working and constantly on the run, and I feel like it’s a portrait of who I am.

Maja Ravn
Scenographer and costumier

How does your everyday life affect your wardrobe?
I tend to wear very classic pieces of clothing that make me feel comfortable. I rush around a lot with my work, and it’s often quite physical, so I need shoes I can run in and clothes I can breathe in. When I work I like to stay in the background and observe, so I don’t want my clothes to be too attention grabbing. I care a lot about the cut, the silhouette and the detailing. Craftsmanship is so important when it comes to clothes. I want my clothes to feel luxurious and timeless but also casual and practical. In practice that means I’ll often end up in a pair of comfortable pants and a shirt, which might sound boring, but the quality of the material and the cut can make up for a lot. In a way I’d like to have a uniform for work, though I guess that’d also be boring. 

Olga Regitze Dyrløv Høegh
Set designer and art director

How does your everyday life affect what you wear?
My work poses a lot of demands of the practicality of my clothes. I work as a set designer, which means that I spend a lot of time in workshops creating the settings for stages, events or festivals. Some days I’m crawling around a stage or a gravel road and that means that I can’t wear skirts. It’s just too impractical. I like the contrast between the theatre, the festival grounds and the workshops, but it does mean that I have to dress for multiple worlds at once. I tend to wear clothes that are practical but still make me feel well dressed, and I prefer long-lasting materials such as leather, corduroy and denim. In recent years I’ve been wearing a lot of French craftsman-like clothes made out of canvas. I’ve tried creating a uniform for myself, as that’d make it easier to get dressed in the morning, but I think my mind is a little too changeable for that.