Style Breakdown: Pernille Teisbaek

Street-cool meets classic.
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Street-cool meets classic.
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It can often feel like Danes—who have mastered the black-on-black, fresh-faced look—were born with an inherent fashion sense. Walk down any street in Copenhagen and you'll be convinced that the secret to looking cool is a pair of black skinny jeans and Nikes. But Pernille Teisback, who was born in Denmark and, until recently, served as the Fashion Director of The You Way magazine, is walking proof that there's more to Scandinavian style than monochromes.

Her experimentation with trends has caught the eye of the fashion world—there are literally thousands of photos documenting her impeccable street style—and with good reason (just look at those shoes!). Here are a few looks we'll be emulating:

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There's an unspoken rule-of-thumb for silhouettes that goes something like this: When wearing something loose, balance it with something form-fitting. But Teisbaek challenges the norm by pairing wide-legged trousers with a range of tops from long slip dresses to billowy shirts. It just goes to show that rules are meant to be broken.

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There's never been a doubt in our minds that a clutch can make an outfit, but Teisbaek puts her clutches at the heart of her looks with playful choices—a "book" bag, googly eyes, and punchy phrases—that inspire us to reach for bolder bags.

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Teisbaek is a master at making stripes look chic. For the most part, she achieves this by balancing stripes with a similarly-colored solid, as in the bottom-center photo with the black-and-white top and black leather skirt. For bolder looks, do as she does and go all the way, with a striped coat, skirt, and shoe. The combination is unexpected, but the end result is unforgettable.  

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Wearing men's clothing is an outfit choice we're all familiar with, but instead of your boyfriend's-jacket-over-a-regrettable-prom-dress decision, think cool, structured camel hair and timeless gray coats draped casually over the shoulder to dress up vintage jeans and elongate a leather mini-skirt. Race you to the menswear department.

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Teisbaek embraces the femininity of the pointed kitten heel, a cornerstone of 50s fashion, by pairing it with similarly elegant elements, like A-frame skirts and waist-cinching tops. The effect is classically French and could work just as easily for the office as for a date night.

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Culottes are notoriously difficult to pull off—worn incorrectly, they can make your legs look significantly shorter and more unflattering, but Teisbaek teaches us a few tricks to make them work: The more dramatic the heel the better; tucked-in shirts are a great go-to; and patent leather lends the shape a fresh, on-trend feel. 

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In Teisbaek's hometown of Copenhagen, where the sun disappears for the majority of the winter, turtlenecks are a mainstay, but she puts her own twist on the cold-weather staple with unique layers, like an Oxford cotton shirt and overalls.

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Denim has a long history of being an everyday workhorse, but Teisbaek incorporates it into high-fashion looks, with similar-toned button-down tops and feminine blouses.  

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