Bad Weather and Muddy Colours

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Bad Weather…

Now, I understand that your definition of ‘bad weather’ depends on your expectations and the season. What you might consider ‘bad weather’ in summer would be just fine in winter, for example. And of course, where you live also matters. For example, being a Finn, I expect winters to be cold (as in mostly below freezing), and there might be snow and ice. I’m not saying I like it (actually I hate winter), but I can handle it.

But there is ‘bad‘ winter weather and ‘good‘ winter weather. And contrary to what you might think, ‘bad weather’ in winter often means less snow and slightly warmer temperatures. And that, of course, means not just an overcast sky and no sunshine but also sleet. No, not rain: sleet. (for those of you living in places without much of a winter: sleet is sort of a mixture of rain and snow, or wet snow. It’s unpleasant, wet, and doesn’t exactly make you want to spend time outdoors)

Anyway, this is me prepared for ‘bad‘ winter weather. And even though it looks dry, there was a lot of humidity (see how my hair curls up?) and lo and behold, we had quite a bit of sleet a couple of hours after these pictures were taken.

The point is, you need a completely different outfit for ‘bad’ winter weather. Forget wool coats; a parka is a better option. The aim is to stay dry, after all…

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Outfit details:

parka: Phase Eight / scarf: Balmuir / jeans: Next / 

bag: Vivienne Westwood / shoes; Clarks

What do you consider ‘bad weather‘ in winter? 



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  1. señora Allnut
    9 March 2017 / 9:45 am

    oh yes, I agree about how 'bad weather' can be very different depending on where you live, where you lived in the past, or what are you expecting!And I also agree on wearing appropriate clothes when weather is really bad!, that's not optional!(Bad Winter weather means 'below zero for days' in my book, but also sleet could be involved!. It's not something that happens more than a few weeks every Winter here)besos

    • Tiina L
      13 March 2017 / 2:08 pm

      It definitely depends on where you live. I consider 0 degrees and sleet far worse than -5 and snow. It's that 0-degrees + sleet weather that is more unpleasant, and it' so easy to catch a cold, then, too! And that's more or less the 'spring weather' here, for weeks…

  2. Anna of Mutton Style and Years
    9 March 2017 / 7:11 pm

    Rain and puddles is bad weather in England. With puddles you don't want to be wearing pretty little ankle boots or shoes.

    • Tiina L
      13 March 2017 / 2:08 pm

      I think we're all getting ready to shed our winter gear, can't wait for some warmer weather…

  3. Mummabstylish
    9 March 2017 / 8:14 pm

    You're suitably dressed for bad weather, and with the ever important brolly in the UK!

    • Tiina L
      13 March 2017 / 2:09 pm

      Well, this was bad weather in Finland (zero degrees an sleet), but I get the point.

  4. Tina von tinaspinkfriday
    10 March 2017 / 5:01 am

    Dear Tina, oh bad weather days with rain or storm I wear a parka like yours. On good winter days I love to wear many layers of wool.I love your bag ;)I wish you a great weekend with spring weather, xo Tina

    • Tiina L
      13 March 2017 / 2:12 pm

      I wear more or less the same underneath my coat. I just change the coat and shoes to suit the weather. And living in Finland, I need a lot of different coats…

  5. Nicole Mölders
    10 March 2017 / 6:37 am

    Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style Linkup party. It looks pretty wet and cold!

    • Tiina L
      13 March 2017 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks, Nicole. Well, not so cold (by my standards, and probably yours) but certainly wet…

  6. Shybiker
    10 March 2017 / 4:01 pm

    It's enlightening for me (a New Yorker) to hear you (a Finn) and other friends who live in cold climates (Canadians like Suzanne and Sheila) talk about how you live and accommodate cold Winters. People here go into a panic when it's moderately cold, while you guys just shrug that off as normal. I admire your stoicism.

    • Tiina L
      13 March 2017 / 2:16 pm

      It's not stoicism, just life. When it's cold (and dark) for months at a time, you tend to think of it as normal. It's the darkness more than the cold that gets to me. And we Finns tend to go a bit crazy in spring when the days start getting longer…

  7. Elegance and Mommyhood
    10 March 2017 / 5:18 pm

    It is still quite cold here too though we also had some very Spring-like days in February. You still look very put-together for your rainy, cold weather. That bright pink scarf is the great color pop!I’d love for you to stop by and linkup with me for Thursday Moda. Share your great style with my readers. =) the weekend! Ada. =)

    • Tiina L
      13 March 2017 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks, Ada. Well, it's the sleet that I hate. It wasn't that sold, really.

  8. Nancy's Fashion Style
    12 March 2017 / 9:06 am

    I only see your baaaaag! I love Vivienne Westwood!

    • Tiina L
      13 March 2017 / 2:17 pm

      I stole the bag from my husband, don't tell anyone…

  9. J. Elle
    16 March 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Very pretty pink scarf and your bag is Fantastic! Thanks so much for linking up with Fabulous Friday, Tiina!

    • Tiina L
      20 March 2017 / 4:30 pm

      Thanks! I thought this outfit needed a pop of colour. And the bag is actually from the Vivienne Westwood men's line. I "borrowed" it from hubby…

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