We are the biggest fans of Dutch casual style – flip flops and shorts to the office, jeans in three star restaurants and bikinis in the park – but there are some fashion trends we really have seen enough of.
Cut-offs with black tights
Ladies please. You need fabulous legs to wear teeny tiny cut-offs, and thick black winter tights don’t make them look thinner or better. Did Daisy Duke wear anything under her cut-offs? That should tell you enough.
Topknots and beards
Okay guys, you look arty, you really do… but we’re getting fed up of seeing all you hipsters with your flowing locks tied up on top of your heads and your straggly beards. We know shaving is a bore, but unless you can grow it properly, facial hair has to go.
White jeans tucked into brown boots
Skin-tight spotless white jeans smoothed into designer boots are de rigeur for a certain type of lady from Amsterdam Zuid, ‘t Gooi or Wassenaar. We think they want to look as if they’ve just come back from riding. But we know they haven’t because that frosted hair is never out of place.
Little girl pink
You can spot little Dutch girls anywhere in the world because of all that pink. It’s not pale pink, but a bright scary pink. Pink leggings, pink rucksacks with cutsey motifs, pink padded jackets with frilly bits, pink sweatshirts with cutesy motifs, and pink things in their hair. It’s worse than all that orange.
Spiky red hair
Beloved by women of a certain age, short red spiky locks are often coupled with layers – lots and lots of layers. Found mainly in urban settings, women with red spiky hair tend to work for the council or in the care industry… three days a week and never on Fridays.
Shaved head scooter boys
The greased curls of a few years ago have made way for shaved heads up to the ears, leaving a centimeter of growth on top – sort of like a monk’s tonsure in reverse. Gentlemen, all that stubble is not going to attract girls and it makes you look pretty scary as well. Or perhaps that is the idea.
Someone out there is cloning Dutch girls with long straight blonde hair pulled back into a pony tail. They can be easily spotted in the nicer parts of town in skinny jeans and carrying matching hockey sticks. We often get a terrible urge to whip out the scissors when we see those pony tails swinging down the street. Get a fringe instead.
Dead dog collars
The universal wardrobe of every species of Dutch native, from the spiky redheads to little girls in pink and the shaved head scooter boys – those hideous fur collars on a parka. Every year the fur gets fluffier… but people, you are wearing a dead dog that was probably skinned alive around your neck.
Please note: We haven’t gone into the horror of red trousers on middle aged men or white leggings here because our friends at Stuff Dutch People Like have already done that wonderfully already.
I was always sickened and incredulous about the amount of real fur (“dead dog collars”) in the Netherlands till I found out it was one of the world’s top fur farming countries. 😦 Now it’s less surprising, but still a national shame. Especially as most of them do not know it’s real and will deny it vehmently!
I can’t never find a proper coat my size because of those annoying fur collars! >< But on the not-agree side, little girls are overloaded in pink all around the modern world O.o that's not so dutch. If anything is so… barbie.
I had the same thoughts about the pink.
There’s a whole Facebook community dedicated to red spikey haired ladies: https://www.facebook.com/HenksFashion
You have to understand Dutch to appreciate the comments, though.
We are an instant fan of HenksFashion.
You might have noticed that the spikey short red/blonde hair is often combined with…..the famous horrific pair of white threequarter leggings and a small backpack! :-O
White jeans tucked into brown boots. Yes, they have been riding. They got the bowed legs and thigh gap to show for it. The for the Shaved head scooter boys. That has been imported from N. Korea.
I have never understood the short, spiky, very unnatural red hair thing… and never has gone out of styles since I have lived here. I also would like to see the men lay off the hair gel.