This is an outfit I would typically wear to work.
Yes, it’s very casual. We don’t really have dress codes in Finland. Unless you count dressing for the weather, of course…
Speaking of weather… It’s late autumn now, and it’s getting significantly colder (and often rainy, too), so I’ve swapped my new utility jacket for a warmer version.
I bought this camo jacket a year ago. I needed something with a hood and a thicker lining to keep me warm and dry on for those cold late autumn mornings waiting for the train / bus at the mercy of the elements.
Whenever I buy a ‘big-ticket item’, such as coat or a jacket, I expect to wear it for several years. It simply makes no financial sense to buy a new one every year, or to have multiples for the same purpose. So, a coat or a jacket should work with many different outfits, and in many different situations. But most importantly, it should fit the wearer’s lifestyle.
Which brings me back to those early mornings at the train station / bus stop… I’ve come to the conclusion that as much as I love stylish wool coats, they don’t really suit my lifestyle.
For starters, I spend a lot of time outdoors. No, I’m not an outdoorsy person. To be honest, I’m probably the least outdoorsy person you know… In winter when it’s cold (or in summer when it’s too hot) I prefer to stay indoors. In fact, I do everything possible to avoid spending time outdoors…
However, I don’t have a car (I don’t really need it, living in a big city, and I’m a lousy driver anyway). So, wherever I go, I rely on public transport. Which inevitably means spending some time waiting for the train / bus / tram / underground…
And what I really need then (waiting for the train / bus / tram / underground, that is) is a wind and rain proof coat with a hood.
So, given that I’m on a quest to find that elusive holy grail of outerwear – a stylish and warm winter coat – I set some rules for myself. Number one: stay away from wool coats. Number two: if it doesn’t have a hood, back away immediately. Number three: if you can’t picture yourself wearing the coat while waiting for the bus at -20 °C (-4°F ), don’t even think about it.
I’ll keep you posted…
Outfit details (all old):
jacket: Makia / top: Selected Femme / trousers: Marks and Spencer /
bag: Longchamp / scarf: A + more / shoes: Ten Points
What do you look for in a coat or a jacket?
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