Dressing like a Fashionista

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What to wear to the fashion event of the year?

Every September the most prominent Finnish fashion magazine organizes a big fashion show. It’s not Fashion Week, the clothes are already available in stores, and the event is open to plebs like me who can just buy a ticket. But it’s sort of a big event in this town, at least for plebs like me…

The fashion show took place last Saturday, and these photos were taken as we left the venue. That was more or less exactly 24 hours before I found myself on the operating table having my appendix taken out… But that’s another story.

Anyway, even an amateur fashionista like me would like to look somewhat credible, going to such a high-profile event… After all, there might be a few real fashionistas there. Or wannabe fashionistas. Or very stylish women. Whatever. What I’m trying to say is there’s some pressure to look like you ‘belong’. However, I do realise it is of course entirely possible that the pressure is all in my head…

So, it took quite a few outfit changes, lots of clothes tossed on the floor, some last minute improvisation, and endless patience (from my dear, long-suffering hubby) before we got to this outfit and these photos.

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Chanel bag

I had decided on a black and white theme (because all real fashionistas always wear black, duh!). And I wanted to wear my new shoes (mainly because they fit the above-mentioned theme) and my Chanel bag (the emblem of a true fashionista if ever there was one). And I had sort of settled on the leather jacket, too (the hallmark of any self-respecting Cool Girl in Finland).  And I definitely wanted to wear my fabulous statement earrings (doesn’t every self-respecting fashionista always wear at least one unique, unexpected item?). So, the tricky bit was to find something to go with all of this…

And, to ensure the whole how-to-dress-like-a-fashionista test wasn’t too easy, the plan was to have dinner in an island restaurant later the same evening. Which meant that the carefully put-together, credible wannabe-fashionista outfit also had to be warm and comfortable.

Who knew dressing up could be so challenging. But at least I know now I’ll never be a real fashionista. It’s way too exhausting…

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Outfit details:

leather jacket: Karen Millen (old) / dress: Comma / shoes: Ecco / bag: Chanel / 

sunglasses: Marc Jacobs / scarf: Alexander McQueen / earrings: Viktoria Boldt

What’s your ‘fashionista look’?


PS: Thank you all for your kind comments and well-wishes both here and on Instagram. I’ve been on sick leave, resting and recuperating, and more recently feverishly rearranging my work schedule for the next few months. It’s because of this that I have been neglecting the blog a bit.


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  1. Suzanne Carillo
    9 September 2017 / 1:44 pm

    You did a great job putting this together. Very chic. Can't believe this was just before your operation.bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      10 September 2017 / 7:44 pm

      Thanks, Suzanne. Yes, this was Saturday afternoon; I was hospitalized on Sunday morning…

  2. Melanie
    9 September 2017 / 4:39 pm

    I think you do a very credible fashionista look all the time. But black somehow feels like a staple for these event things. You look edgy chic. Love it.

    • Tiina L
      10 September 2017 / 7:46 pm

      'Edgy Chic', I love that! That's what I will aspire to from now on. Thanks, Melanie!

  3. debwlv
    9 September 2017 / 5:54 pm

    love the outfit—I think you nailed it!!!!

    • Tiina L
      10 September 2017 / 7:47 pm

      Ahh… Thank you, so sweet of you.

  4. Nancy's Fashion Style
    10 September 2017 / 8:00 am

    You look fantastic so soon afther the surgery! Wow. But about the outfit….I love it! You look like designer!😋😋😋😋

    • Tiina L
      10 September 2017 / 7:49 pm

      Thanks, Nancy. But this was actually just before the surgery, the previous day, in fact. Trust me, after the surgery I didn't even dream of going out for a few days…

  5. Anna of Mutton Style and Years
    12 September 2017 / 7:23 am

    Gosh you sound so like me in your thought process that I started thinking I'd been and mislaid my camera and my memories. I really enjoyed your write up and well done for mixing in those fashionsta circles and holding your own. Great to know that if I'm ever invited to a Fashionista event I should wear black.

    • Tiina L
      12 September 2017 / 2:52 pm

      ;)Thanks! But maybe it would be better to be a bit more relaxed about these things, break some rules. Besides, I really like wearing colour…

  6. Samantha Blair
    12 September 2017 / 8:57 am

    I know all the "real" fashion folk try to sell us bold and bright wacky designs and all wear black from head to toe but, I'm glad you added a little stripe to liven things up a bit!Still the fashionista…. but with a little bit something more, which I like very much!A great look.XXXSamanthaFake Fabulous | Style and fun with fashion, over 40

    • Tiina L
      12 September 2017 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks, Samantha.I seldom wear all black, it makes me look like a ghost. I don't often wear black and white, either, as those are the two colours that suit me the least (well, beige is probably even worse). I always have to find a colourful accessory to throw into the mix.

  7. Edwige Amaizo Foltek
    14 September 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Such a gorgeous look! Love your dress and the way you style it!Edwige | http://www.hypnozglam.com

    • Tiina L
      15 September 2017 / 7:43 am

      Thank you!

  8. Jessica Jannenga
    15 September 2017 / 3:18 pm

    Sounds like a great time! I love this striped dress on you, a favorite! i can't help by keep staring at those glorious earrings too, and you have me excited about moto jacket season! i have a 'few' ;-0thanks for linking!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Tiina L
      18 September 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Thanks, Jessica!

  9. Sheree Ho
    16 September 2017 / 12:06 am

    Wow, you look incredible! The earrings are absolutely stunning on you, and the sunglasses are perfect for your face shape. This outfit screams "fashionista", I'm sure you had no problem fitting in at the high profile event!Thank you for linking up this week!~xo ShereePoshClassyMom.com

    • Tiina L
      18 September 2017 / 2:28 pm

      Thank you, Sheree.

  10. Emma Peach
    18 September 2017 / 10:08 pm

    A fashionista-worthy outfit for sure! I love the combination of the striped dress and leather jacket…and you've got really cool shoes AND a Chanel handbag thrown in for good measure! They should give a front row seat! Thanks for linking up :-)Emma xxxwww.style-splash.com

    • Tiina L
      19 September 2017 / 12:55 pm

      ;)Thanks, Emma!

  11. mummabstylish
    19 September 2017 / 12:23 pm

    Very nice outfit, and love that bag…. I was drooling over the shop in Venice recently – lucky you! Jacquiwww.mummabstylish.com

  12. Jennie L.
    20 September 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Fabulous look and you definitely look like a fashionista! Love the bold stripes and that you styled this with cool sneakers. Hope you are feeling much better, Tiina. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!Jennie – A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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