If you’re visiting Oslo anytime soon and want to know what locals are wearing, here’s a snapshot:
Taking a look around me as I sit on a bench on main street Karl Johan, I see a great variety of dressing styles. A British newspaper once reported that Norwegians are too rich to care how they dress. Don’t know if being rich has anything to do with it, but people generally do dress in whatever they want. For most, that means casual. In fact, often when you see someone who obviously has spent a lot of time with their appearance, they’re not locals. Most places of work has no dress code, so we’re all casual there as well. At work, men will occasionally wear suits if they have important meetings, women wear whatever they want.
On Fridays and on the weekends, you’ll often see people in sports gear, most often meaning skiing gear. Cross country skiing is huge here – always has been, ever since the Viking era.
What do the girls wear?
On this chilly October day, many girls wear jeans, big scarves, short down jackets and UGG boots. On rainy days, the UGGs are replaced with colourful wellies/rain boots from Danish designer Ilse Jacobsen. They generally don’t wear much makeup.
What do the boys wear?
I’m noticing that boys and girls don’t dress that differently today: lots of jeans and coats. Young boys wear hats more, knitted hats pulled down their foreheads.