Dressing for the weather

winter jacket

Well, it has been a while… It’s almost March, and soon it will be spring. But not quite yet. Not here, anyway. I think winter is not going anywhere soon.

Maybe I’m being nostalgic, but it seems to me that winters used to be more predictable (for lack of a better word). I mean, you knew what to expect from December till March: it was cold (as in below freezing), and there was always snow.

Now it seems that the weather changes almost daily: first it’s snowing, then it’s getting cold, then all the snow starts thawing, then freezes over again. Which makes for very slippery footpaths, as my left knee can (painfully) attest…

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But it’s not really cold, if you know what I mean. Or maybe you don’t, especially if you live somewhere warm…

What I mean is that with the temperatures seesawing between just-below-freezing and just-above-freezing, I never really know what to wear. I always feel as if I’m either going to be freezing my butt off or sweating in my big, bulky coat.

So, I got a new jacket: this one is perfect for that 0°C weather, and it keeps me dry when Mother Nature cannot decide whether she likes rain or snow (or both at the same time). And it has a hood, which is a must when you live by the sea.

And I have been wearing this jacket non-stop for months. Or what seems like months. If I have to go out, that is. Given that I’m not really a winter person, and I can work from home, there’s always the option to stay indoors and wait for the blizzard to pass.

On the other hand, Professor M keeps dragging me out for walks. He ‘needs fresh air’, or that’s what he says. Oh well, a little bit of fresh air might be good for me, too, in spite of that nasty wind from the sea…

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Outfit details:
jacket: Didriksons / cashmere beanie and scarf: Balmuir /
bag: Marimekko (old) / shoes: Sievi / sunglasses: Woobs (old)


How does weather affect your personal style?

PS: I’m still posting rather infrequently, and I’d like to thank you for your patience. I would also like to thank those of you who reached out to me personally to send your best wishes via emails. This is very sweet of you, and I appreciate it.

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  1. 23 February 2022 / 5:09 pm

    Lovely to see you!, this new jacket is really beautiful, love particularly its violet-magenta colour, but what I like more about it is that it’s comfortable and appropriate for the weather.
    As our winter is being unseasonably sunny, but windy and chilly in the mornings, I’m having problems to dress for the unpredictable weather. I also prefer the seasons being ‘normal’.
    I know you hate layering, but it’s my fav answer when temperatures rise and then plummet through the day.
    Are you wearing a reflective band for walking?, it looks like a great idea!

    • Tiina L
      14 March 2022 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you!
      Yes, layering is the obvious answer. Of course, in my case, that means wearing a cardigan over a t-shirt. And in any case I find that several layers don’t really work here: it’s often very warm indoors (good insulation and two sets of double windows) and very cold outdoors. So, the best option is just a very warm and thick coat. But that makes browsing in a department store or a supermarket a bit of a sweaty business, unless you can take the coat off.
      Yes, I’m wearing a reflector. Reflectors are mandatory for pedestrians (but not everyone wears them) when it is dark. Fortunately, we are gaining more daylight every day now, and won’t need them soon anymore.

  2. Flora
    23 February 2022 / 6:00 pm

    I really don’t mind cold weather, as long as it’s dry, that’s the catch. As some wise man once said there is no such thing bad weather only the wrong clothes and your coat looks perfect. Hope to see more of your posts in future.

    • Tiina L
      14 March 2022 / 2:57 pm

      Yes, I know what you mean; humid cold weather is very different from dry cold weather. That’s what we usually get here in winter, dry cold (which can make breathing more difficult for some people).

  3. Claudia
    23 February 2022 / 8:58 pm

    Great new coat! It’s very practical and I love the pop of colour.

    We have milder winters here than you do – right now it’s a sunny morning, and just above freezing – so these days I live in my black puffy vest, which is light as a feather and as long as your new coat. The stitching is a sort of bubble pattern, which makes me very happy, though it’s hard to describe. My vest is oversized, so it fits over the bulkiest sweater. On rainy days, I wear it under my rain jacket.

    It’s been the best clothing purchase I’ve made in a long time, and I’m sure I’ll be wearing it for years to come 🙂

    • Tiina L
      14 March 2022 / 3:00 pm

      I find that a pop of colour is good, especially in winter.
      I have a very light down jacket, for a slightly warmer (= above freezing) weather. It’s wonderful because it weighs nothing, and can be packed into the tiniest of space.

  4. mireilleftm
    25 February 2022 / 4:10 pm

    Looks like a perfect coat and I love the color you chose. Even here in Georgia the weather has been all over the place. We had a really cold January with no snow sadly but this month it has gone from cold to hot from day to day.

    • Tiina L
      14 March 2022 / 3:03 pm

      Thank you. The weather really seems to be all over the place, doesn’t it? One day there’s snow, the next day it’s sunny and slippery… Or at least how it seems to me this winter.

  5. q
    27 February 2022 / 6:49 pm

    Good to hear from you! I’ve totally given up for the weather over style these days. This winter I’ve catched myself going to grocery store in my toppahousut (insulated outdoor trousers that is) even if it was not _that_ cold (only like -10C degrees or so). I also wear galosh with studs over my shoes on almost all occasion (but I’ve kept upright and have been able to walk long walks in normal walking rhythm). But giving up for weather also means, that may need to replace a lot of winter gear if not for this remaining winter but definitely for next winter. So I’m eyeing your new coat (but also shoes) very closely for that purpose. That coat sure looks perfect for this winter’s weathers in our latitudes. Is it just lightly insulated or does it have detachable inner coat (although knowing your distaste for layering, maybe the answer is clear ;)) -q

    • Tiina L
      14 March 2022 / 3:06 pm

      Oh yes, shoes… don’t get me started. Walking on these slippery pavements is an adventure track: you never know whether you’ll get to your destination or end up in A & E…

  6. 6 March 2022 / 12:32 am

    Your outfit looks so cosy for such cold temperatures and I like the blue scarf with this colourful coat, and the printed bag is a great accessory too! I think it’s always good to get outside and get some fresh air each day although I’m not sure I’d think that if it was so cold here, it never gets that cold in Brisbane!

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope that you are having a good weekend 🙂 Another sunny day here thankfully, helping things dry out after the floods!

    • Tiina L
      14 March 2022 / 3:07 pm

      Thanks! It has been unusually warm this winter, or cold one day and much warmer the next, it’s crazy.

  7. thestylesplash
    8 March 2022 / 8:52 pm

    Lovely coat, the colour is fabulous! I love your bag too. It’s good to see you again – I was just thinking the other day that I hadn’t seen any posts from you recently. I hope you’re well. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • Tiina L
      14 March 2022 / 3:08 pm

      Thanks, Emma.
      I haven’t been posting for a while, and I think I will be posting infrequently for some time still.

  8. Arlene
    13 March 2022 / 5:36 pm

    Hi! I hadn’t check for awhile to see if you posted anything new. Glad to see a new post from you! I always enjoy your pictures and posts. Hope all is well with you. Love your new coat! Pretty color and it looks so versatile like you could use it whatever weather brings. We’ve had a crazy week here speaking of weather. First it was like a Spring day, then the next day, it was freezing cold and yesterday snow! Can’t wait for Spring. Cheers Arlene from NJ (US)

    • Tiina L
      14 March 2022 / 3:10 pm

      Thank you Arlene! I’m fine, but I will be posting a bit more infrequently for a while.
      I know, the crazy weather! One day it’s cold and there is snow, and then all the snow is melting and the streets turn into ice rinks… Spring can’t come soon enough.

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