Spring, it seems, has suddenly sprung here on the East coast. The sun is out, snowdrops have blossomed, coats are coming off (though, of course, masks are staying on), and one age-old question continues to send even the best dressed among us into a tailspin: Just what to wear in this in-between season? Enter Skall Studio, whose dreamy, go-with-anything dresses have been a favorite of the Scandinavian style set since the Copenhagen-based label’s launch seven years ago.
“At the time, nobody was talking about sustainability and we were a little fed up,” says Marie Skall, a Central Saint Martins graduate. In 2014, after returning from India where she adopted a plant-based lifestyle, she launched her namesake line with her sister, Julie. (“Skall” means seashell in Danish.) Since then, the duo, who grew up in a small town in the coastal area of Denmark’s North Jutland, has married natural materials, such as organic cotton, linen, and wool with timeless design—an eco-chic approach that stands apart in the City of Spires’ sea of playful patterned dresses and over-the-top outerwear.
“We have our own style: classic, simple, and a bit feminine,” Julie muses, citing the South of France and the British photographer David Hamilton’s grainy images as inspiration for their gauze blouses and Schiffli embroidered midi skirts—all, notably, soft to the touch. “Even the most beautiful dress should be comfortable enough that you feel good about wearing it on an everyday basis,” Marie continues of their designs, which are meant to carry you from day to evening (or even to the altar), with just a change of shoe, say.
Proof of their versatility can be seen on Instagram: Danish model Caroline Brasch Nielsen wore a bishop sleeved plaid frock while pregnant with her second child, while the Paris-based street style star Monica Ainley chose a ruffle-collared top to ring in her birthday this past February. As the label expands its presence in the U.S., it’s only a matter of time until such elevated, effortless pieces become a staple in the wardrobes of New Yorkers, too. And to anyone questioning whether our balmy days are just a false start to spring, take heart: a lacy cuff on Skall’s optic white Olive dress looks just as good on its own as it does peeking out underneath the label’s cozy Nordic knitwear.
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