Menswear is a term that means less and less these days (thank goodness). After all, women can and do wear “menswear,” men can throw on some “womenswear,” and those who don’t subscribe to the gender binary can dress for whatever identity they like. Many brands are now creating dual lines that have some overlap, both in actual pieces and in aesthetic.
How brands are marketed and presented, however, plays a huge part in who ends up seeking out the clothing, and so in terms of the fashion industry itself there is still distinct “womenswear” and “menswear” categories. Admittedly, corporate work places often require classic tailored pieces for their male employees.
Whether you’re looking for something traditional, avant garde or just comfortable, there are many Scandinavian fashion designers creating well-made, beautiful menswear. Here are our favourites:
This Danish brand has clean-cut tailoring and the occasional inspired pattern for adding a little fun and color to your workwear.
In addition to suits and crisp button-down shirts, Tiger of Sweden makes great shoes and bags for the most professional version of yourself.
The only suit you’ll ever need: Suit 1. Custom tailoring of a minimalist, sleek suit pattern that is both casual-chic and perfectly professional. Maja grows her collection sporadically to currently include Shirt 1 and Shirt 2. We can’t wait to see what’s next!
Though Moods of Norway makes a range of clothes, from sweatshirts to henleys, we love their classic take on suit-wear. The pieces are clean, affordable and high-quality.
This Danish brand is the king of brandless, simple pieces that create a trying-without-trying look. Their outwear and hats are all-time favorites.
The kind of cool, clean monochrome that Scandinavia is known. The Swedish brand straddles the place between casual, creative and professional. Pair everything with white sneakers and you’re good to go!
The Swedish line is probably better-known for its womenswear, but Filippa K consistently delivers basics that are luxe, chic and wardrobe staples. There’s always a beautiful detail or interesting colorway; just unique enough to feel not-boring.
Norwegian Holzweiler knows how to make a pair of clean-cut trousers. A simple aesthetic, neutral colors and thick fabrics make this brand a must-know for those who must live through the Northern European winter.
Scandic-meets-streetwear with Andersen’s creative, fun collections. Mixing basketball and baseball-style cuts, checks and a minimalist color palette? Genius.
Icelandic outwear brand 66North makes clothing that can withstand any weather or heavy wear. This is tough-working clothing that also looks great. They do the Scandi-monochrome thing, but they excel when it comes to neon-bright clothes that add an unexpected pop of color to your winter gear or weekend clothing.
Han Kjøbenhavn could have fit into a number of categories here, but the brand is most at-home with casual athletic-style clothes like sweatshirts, sweatpants and tee-shirts. Their sharp-cut outerwear makes for the perfect contrast to those slouchy separates.
An off-shoot of Newline Sport, HALO focuses on highly-functional athletic wear inspired by the Danish special forces and the founder of Newline. With colors like military green, burgundy and camel, the pieces work for both casual daily wear and sport.
Oh, how do we love thee, Acne Studios? They’re always pushing the envelope in terms of unisex dressing, and their color choices are consistently on-point. Sweden-based Acne does a great mix of very basic and very out-there, so you can create your own unique take on the Scandinavian closet.
Assless chaps, babydoll tee-shirts and leopard print. It’s Swedish unisex-meets-1970s-New York City-glam and we love it.
Never one to shy away from color or pattern, Danish designer Henrik Vibskov is the go-to for eye-catching and artistic clothes. Don’t expect basics from HV; shop his collections for a quirky blazer, oversize silhouettes and chunky, colourful jumpers.
Known for his fabulous outwear, Danish designer Martin Asbjørn also has an arsenal of cool, off-kilter separates like purple corduroys. Asbjørn has a laid-back style that manifests in a just-thrown-on-but-somehow-exceedingly-cool look.