It’s interesting to wonder how differently college students in other countries dress and how much of this difference may be attributed to personal style and how much to national culture. Certainly, it would be dangerous to think that the tendencies of those select students photographed in large cities are representative of the people or norms of an entire country. I am, however, very tempted to conclude that Scandinavian collegians are awesome in their predilection for nonchalantly wearing tights and dresses in climes that make many a native Californian huddle in Northface jackets and Uggs.
Perhaps, the mystique of the styles of far off cities also lies in comparing how people interpret clothes as American college students versus in as students in a country that only recently established its own fashion week versus students in a country with laws about what qualifies as haute couture.
(Euro-Gap is more luxurious than it's stateside sister and the superior Euro-Urban Outfitters carries See by Chloe, Hussein Chalayan, and Vanessa Bruno). Berkeley life, however, has a charming quality in which no matter how fancifully you're dressed, there's bound to be someone else in equally or even more outlandish duds than you. It’s hardly a stretch then to imagine these college students from distant shores waiting for coffee at FSM, sunning on Memorial Glade, or reading on the benches outside of Dwinelle.