Iceland has turbulent and unpredictable weather. One of the few guarantees is that it’s going to be cold, so pack your thermals! Here’s some tips on how to look fly in the Arctic winter.
How to Dress Like a Local
There’s one way to make sure everyone knows your a tourist and that’s to dress, head to toe in black, waterproof thermals. If you want to dress like a local, you’re going to want to make a statement.
Icelanders are known for their out-there fashion trends and style icons (hello, they gave us Bjork). Sometimes you wonder how they manage to stay so stylish in the blistering winds and snow storms.
If you want to dress like a local, add a bit of colour to your wardrobe. Like the architecture, fashion embraces vibrant colours and noisy patterns. Clashing designs don’t phase most locals, in fact they’re all the rage in Reykjavik where cool and quirky go hand in hand.
Colours aren’t your thing? That’s okay. Rather than opting for plain, black, streamlined coat, why not funk it up with an asymmetrical design or a blanket-like cape to keep you warm, but stylish.
The main staple piece every Icelander owns is a woolly jumper. And I know, wool isn’t the most ethical material in the world so listed below are some links to where you can find vegan, fair trade and sustainable jumpers.What not to wear, inspired by some tourists.
What to Pack
Minimalism is the new black. However long your stay is, pack a couple of staple pieces that you can mix and match to create new outfits.
Layering is key so bring a jacket or a cardigan, jumpers and tights. I like to wear dresses under jumpers for extra warmth and it looks like an entirely new outfit when you take the jumper off.
If you’re heading to the blue lagoon, don’t forget to pack a swimming costume.
You’ll need a coat too. For stylish winter warmers, head to Vaute Couture. The coats are fair trade, sustainable, vegan and extremely stylish. Unfortunately they’re pricey, but if you’re looking for something to invest in, definitely check them out.As for sustainable jumpers, try Etsy, or even knit your own if you have the skills.
Trust me guys, vegans being colder than other people is just a myth only perpetuated by the fact we choose not to wear the usual insulation made from animal products. Thank goodness for cruelty free alternatives, am I right?
In Iceland I wore my Good Guys shoes. They are sustainable, vegan and great quality so you don’t have to worry about any snow sneaking in and freezing your toes. However, just to be safe, you might want to pack a few extra pairs of socks.