Autumn is Coming

early autumn outfit

There’s a chill in the air

No, I’m not imagining it; there’s a definite chill in the air in the evenings. Autumn is on its way. Well, I guess that’s to be expected, it is September after all (fittingly called “syyskuu” in Finnish, which translates as “autumn month“).

Still, I’m not quite ready to let go of summer yet. That’s because I feel as if I’ve been cheated out of half of the summer somehow, that time just flew past so quickly while I was stuck in this weird Covid19 version of Groundhog Day. But I suppose it’s the same for everybody, all over the world.

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So, now that we got the “life-sucks-but-we’re-all-in-this-together” out of the way, let’s talk about the outfit.

This is what I was wearing last weekend (the last summer weekend, can you believe it?) on a visit to one of our favourite summer restaurants (you know, those peculiar places on small islands that are only open in summer).

Yes, it’s the striped maxi dress again, this time with a plain and boring (but oh-so-practical) navy cardigan.This classic (but oh-so-boring) combo needed a pop of colour, so I added a burgundy bag. The gold loafers and minimalist gold sunglasses, along with tons of gold jewellery, give the outfit a bit more sophisticated, glam vibe. And of course I needed to top it off with the most important piece of the season (= late summer / early autumn): the two-tone poncho to keep me warm on this windy little island.

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I’m really into this navy-and-white capsule wardrobe at the moment. And I think this is one of my favourite outfits. It just seems so right. Right for me, and right for this moment in time.

It’s classic and chic, yet casual and comfortable. In other words, just what I need when life itself seems so uncertain and precarious: something uncomplicated and familiar. The sartorial equivalent of comfort food, back to basics, that sort of thing.

By the way, isn’t this blue-hour view of Helsinki just beautiful?

Helsinkismart casual layering

Outfit details:
poncho: Marja Kurki (old) / dress: Pelle P / Cardigan: Esprit /
shoes: Van Dal (old) / sunglasses: Longchamp / bag: Furla / necklaces: vintage


What’s your sartorial equivalent to comfort food?

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  1. q
    6 September 2020 / 4:32 pm

    I’d have to say my sartorial version of comfort food must be Marimekko Piiri dress. I’ve got two of them actually blue and black. I’ve worn one of them at least twice per week since March for office hours at home. And all of those two occasions during summer I needed to dress up a bit. The dress it self is all about comfort: lightweight, has pockets and yet is stylish enough for work and casual events and it works well with my accessories. Next in line would be the other two dresses I’ve used since March for office hours for similar reasons. -q ps. that is a prefect shot of Helsinki’s silhouette.

    • Tiina
      7 September 2020 / 11:23 am

      That’s every woman’s best friend: a versatile dress that can be dressed up or down and styles to suit every mood and trend. If it also travels well and is low-maintenance, that would be perfect…

  2. Kathy Larson
    6 September 2020 / 4:36 pm

    That blue-hour is gorgeous!
    I understand your color philosophy.I feel most like myself wearing shades of green and blue.It is freeing to have your clothes all work together!Navy blue as the base-never black.My hair was ash blonde before starting to turn white at 30 (the Larson curse),and I have blue-gree eyes and am way too pale.Black wipes me out!

    • Tiina
      7 September 2020 / 11:26 am

      Thank you. Yes, August-September is the time of spectacular sunsets and beautiful blue hours here.
      I know what you mean about black washing you out; I’m pale, with blue-green-grey eyes, and navy is so much gentler on my natural colouring. It gives you that sense of wearing a dark colour, but the contrast isn’t too strong.

  3. arlene gomes
    6 September 2020 / 10:46 pm

    Blue hour view! Wow! Beautiful! I love your navy and white outfit. I love navy and white together. Almost better than black and white. And with your jewelry and bag, it’s just right. We’ve had a couple of cool nights here but it’s been hot during the day so far. Summer is winding down. It seems like it went so fast! We did nothing special (no vacation this year) so it was sort of the same thing every day. I guess everyone,like you said, was in the same mindset. Cheers from NJ (Arlene)

    • Tiina
      7 September 2020 / 11:32 am

      Thank you! Yes, the blue hour is very beautiful now that the evenings are getting darker again.
      I find navy easier to wear than black, and it looks very chic with gold jewellery. Navy is sort of my ‘summer black’, or dark neutral colour for summer. I don’t usually wear it in winter (I donate wear much black either, except in accessories).

  4. Flora
    7 September 2020 / 4:53 pm

    My comfort colours are black and white. I couldn’t wait to wear black as a teenager. When I was about 19, in the ‘60’s, I wore a black velvet suit and white silk blouse to a family wedding. When I was in the loo I heard my elderly relatives talking about wearing ‘black to a wedding’ I was thrilled :). I believe now it’s shocking to wear white to a wedding, if you are not the bride. I was auburn haired now I’m white it is more difficult, I wear more shades of purple now. I agree about navy being kinder but it says old lady to me, can’t face up to that, yet. You colour combo is nice here.

    • Tiina
      8 September 2020 / 4:08 pm

      Well, black and white can look really fantastic. I always envy people who look good in black and white. On me, it just looks bland. I guess my face needs a bit more colour (red is my ‘perfect colour’; it always looks good).
      It’s funny how our ideas of colour are culture-specific (to some extent). in Finland, navy and white (or blue and white) is the ‘every-woman colour combo’; it’s the classic, neutral combo that always works and is considered universally flattering. For me, aubergine or dark plum are the ‘old lady colours’.

    • Tiina
      10 September 2020 / 3:12 pm

      That sounds great, joggers that can be dressed up! Comfortable and chic, that’s what perfect clothes are like.

  5. 10 September 2020 / 6:50 pm

    That’s a lovely, classic outfit. I feel a bit short-changed over Summer too – not being able to sit in a beer garden chatting to friends over a few drinks seems such a shame. I don’t usually like to wish my time away but I’d quite like to get the Winter over and done with! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • Tiina
      13 September 2020 / 4:55 pm

      Thanks, Emma.
      I know what you mean: I feel I missed out on half of the activities that make summer so special, too. And I dread the long, dark winter ahead. On the other hand, staying at home is easier in winter (just trying to see the positive side…)

  6. shelbeeontheedge1
    13 September 2020 / 6:10 pm

    I love every way you have styled this wonderful striped dress! And that poncho is so good. I had to get my fave cozy poncho just for wearing around the house because there is definitely a chill in the air! I love navy, burgundy, and white for fall. Such wonderful colors! Thanks for linking up!


    • Tiina
      17 September 2020 / 10:14 am

      Thanks! I think ponchos go with anything, and they’re so easy to just add on when it gets a bit cooler.
      Does it get cooler in your house, then? I could walk around in my underwear at home, the temperature does not drop in winter (but in summer this place always turns into a sauna…). Outdoors is a different matter, though…

  7. 14 September 2020 / 12:50 pm

    That is such a beautiful evening pic! I love the navy and burgundy in your outfit, it works so well with the classic striped dress! It’s spring here in Brisbane but I’m feeling the same – like I never really got to enjoy my winter wardrobe or winter outfits much, as we rarely left the house! It’s nice the days are warmer and we are able to get out more and enjoy the sunshine 🙂

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope you had a lovely weekend 🙂

    • Tiina
      17 September 2020 / 10:14 am

      Thanks, Mica!
      Oh, I envy you! I miss summer already.

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