My Style: Marte Dahlgren

Portrait of Marte Dahlgren

Portrait: Truls Qvale

Which new designers do you follow and why?

I love the playful yet chic collections of Rosie Assoulin; the same goes for Josep Fonts collections at Delpozo, so much fun! I also wouldn’t mind wearing every piece of Ellery’s latest collections. Acne Studios has always been a favourite, and I love Jonny Johansson’s interesting way of mixing art with fashion; I am also very curious to see what Simon Porte Jacquemus will create for next season.

Please describe your style in three words...

Casual, practical, chic.

What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?

Trying too hard. Or not trying at all…

Do you believe in role models?

Definitely. Also, everyone should keep in mind that they might be someone's role model so it's important to take that responsibility seriously.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Silk and leather, especially when combined. I also love cashmere and denim. And velvet! I can’t deal with synthetic fabrics.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

It’s not really a style combination — but women who can’t walk in their high heels. Practice makes perfect, but try to practice at home, or simply wear flats.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

Paris, by far. I love how they make chic so simple. And Florence probably has the best-dressed men.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

For everyday dressing I am quite conservative, however when dressing up I prefer to go bold and surprise the people around me.

What are the rules in the way you dress?

My only rule is that I need to feel comfortable. I walk a lot (pretty much everywhere I go) so I tend to dress practical for everyday.

Celebrities and style...

Is the same as 'normal people and style’? Some have it and some don’t; and more people should hire help in order to find it.

Name one garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

The perfect shirt and the perfect t-shirt, as well as shoes, and black lace underwear.

A woman should always look like…

She is confident, strong, and happy.

Who taught you what you know about style?

My two grandmothers. One wore Hermés scarfs and Burberry trench coats, while the other one was the complete opposite with her bold colours and vintage dresses. Not to mention my handsome dad who taught me a lot. He was a very stylish man.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

I work freelance, so it always depends on my schedule. If I am working from home, I choose something comfortable, like sneakers. If I am heading out to do styling for my clients, I choose something dressier but practical (flat boots) and if I have meetings or client appointments, I pick it up a notch (heels).

What is your biggest regret?

Fashion regret? Maybe being a bit too lazy when dressing myself... And not buying the Chloé “Suzanna” boots in black and gold when I could get them at half price a few years ago.

The three essential things a woman should know about style are…

A lot of women overthink, get stressed, and then decide to not even try. I think they should realise it is not that hard; trust yourself or hire someone to do the job for you — it will make your every day happier.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I hardly ever go shopping for myself, however as I go shopping for my clients all the time I can’t stop myself from picking up items I fall in love with on the way. It is a dangerous occupation. As I get older, I buy less and less high street and rather save up for quality pieces. I wish I had realised how great this tactic is earlier...

We will never see you wearing…

Full on fur, I really don’t see the point. And nude nylon stockings, it’s just not okay.

Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?

I adore the style of Maja Wyh and wish I could look like her every day. She also has great taste in art.

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

Her smile, and how she carries herself. Posture is not to be underestimated.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

My Burberry trench coat, which I inherited from my grandmother. It is probably older than me, but still looks new — and every time I wear it, I feel like she is with me. My watch, a Rolex I purchased when I lost my father. He wanted me to have one in his memory, and I wear it every single day. Even though it’s been only two years, it has already become a part of me. And lastly my Alexander Wang “Alla” leopard wedge heels, an Ebay bargain which adds everything I need to any outfit. They are too amazing for words, and I need more of those in my wardrobe.

The one image that defined your approach to style…

I can’t choose one!

Which designer never fails to impress you?

Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy is my all time favourite; if I get married, I need to wear one of his couture dresses. Haider Ackermann and Dries Van Noten never fail to impress with their subtle creativity. Phoebe Philo, at Chloé and now at Céline is a machine! When I was younger, I found so much inspiration and beauty in Olivier Theyskens’ collections for Nina Ricci. Then of course there was Nicolas Ghesquiére for Balenciaga and beautiful Raf Simons at Dior. There are so many inspiring designers, I can go on forever.

One article of clothing that a woman needs to pay close attention to is…

I think the most important thing is looking at the quality of what you are wearing. Make sure it looks fresh, clean, and ironed — and keep your shoes well maintained.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

It depends on how you define it. After all, you need to be comfortable to look your best.

Who would you like to recommend for My Style?

Sophie Hill, founder of Threads Styling and if you hadn’t interviewed her already: Marianne Theodorsen, one of the most inspiring and beautiful people I know.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

Happiness conquers everything.

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