Fantasy Shopping: Denim


Think of this as window shopping…

Or  indulging my shopping fantasies without actually spending money. It’s not that I’m against impulse shopping (that’s the best way to shop, after all), but with a minimalist attitude to clothes and a (very) limited budget, I usually buy just a few carefully selected items that I wear, well, forever and with absolutely everything I already have in my wardrobe… So, this is a way of playing virtual dress up, without making any commitments.

Anyway, I was looking for some alternative ways to wear denim. And these are my top 3 choices:


As I’m a bit of a trench coat addict (I have 3 for spring / summer and one in leather, and one made of wool for winter) I couldn’t possibly resist this one, could I? Yes, I may be a bit biased, but it doesn’t change the fact that a trench goes with anything, it packs well, and it instantly makes the outfit look pulled together and sophisticated.


This would be a nice casual alternative to your usual denim jacket, perfect with cropped trousers or a short dress.


I like dresses: it’s one-stop dressing, just add shoes and a bag. And a denim dress might be a good alternative to a shirtwaist dress or a safari dress (for those of us who do not look good in beige or olive)

What do you think, which one is your favourite?


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  1. Nancy Baten
    17 March 2016 / 11:28 am

    I like the trenchcoat and the dress. And I also like fantasy shopping! You've got a nice name for it! Nancy's Fashion linkup party will be on tomorrow. Would love it if you join!

    • Tiina L
      18 March 2016 / 5:21 pm

      I was so tempted to buy the trench, but as I have 4 trench coats already… And then I bought a skirt.

  2. Carrie
    17 March 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Oh, that denim dress is just gorgeous. I have a denim dress in a darker wash, but have been looking for one that is a little more fitted and with a darker

    • Tiina L
      18 March 2016 / 5:22 pm

      A bit more fitted, I like the sound of that. I hope you'll find it.

  3. Suzanne Carillo
    17 March 2016 / 1:36 pm

    In the past 3 months I bought a very similar jean dress and trench while thrifting. Suddenly denim was everywhere. So far I really love the denim trench. Mine is extra long and goes with everything. bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      18 March 2016 / 5:24 pm

      That sounds interesting. I'm afraid the thrift shops in Helsinki are not very good, you mainly find last seasons H&M. Or maybe I'm just not very good at finding hidden treasures.

    17 March 2016 / 2:39 pm

    I love all your denim picks! That trench coat is devine..great post, and thank for sharing!!Valerie

    • Tiina L
      18 March 2016 / 5:25 pm

      Thanks! And thanks for stopping by!

  5. señora Allnut
    18 March 2016 / 11:28 am

    I'm loving that trench coat particularly, it looks cool with a twist, elegant but interesting!besos

    • Tiina L
      18 March 2016 / 5:26 pm

      Thanks! I think the trench is my favourite, too. I wonder why…

  6. The Velvet Runway
    18 March 2016 / 1:15 pm

    Love all your picks, but especially the denim dress :)Thanks for sharing these

    • Tiina L
      18 March 2016 / 5:27 pm

      Thanks! I definitely need get some new denim pieces for summer.

  7. Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    18 March 2016 / 11:19 pm

    Love denim. Fun picks!OXOXDawn Lucy

    • Tiina L
      20 March 2016 / 8:03 am


  8. Nicole Mölders
    19 March 2016 / 3:11 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great denim pieces. Please send!

    • Tiina L
      20 March 2016 / 8:04 am

      Thanks, Nicole!

  9. Doused In Pink
    19 March 2016 / 2:08 pm

    Love your picks! I'm obsessed with that trench coat! I'm going to have to find a similar one!JillDoused In Pink

    • Tiina L
      20 March 2016 / 8:05 am

      Thanks, Jill. I'm very tempted by the coat, too. A denim trench to add to my collection, hmm…

  10. Connie
    19 March 2016 / 5:22 pm

    I am so happy that old Levi Strauss discovered denim because I just love it. ALL of your picks are great but I think you can't go wrong with a denim dress.

    • Tiina L
      20 March 2016 / 8:07 am

      Thanks, Connie. I'm not a big fan of denim, although Indo wear jeans a lot in winter. And I just bought a denim pencil skirt…

  11. Rachel The Hat
    24 March 2016 / 1:27 pm

    I am totally with you on the adding carefully selected pieces. Denim is so versatile its such a great piece to add. Love the dress, i am on the hunt myself for a denim shirt dress. Also love the trench which could be perfect spring wear!XX

    • Tiina L
      24 March 2016 / 6:24 pm

      I think it makes sense, both financially and logistically, to add pieces that work with the existing wardrobe. Of course, every now and then you just need to have something new and even unexpected.

  12. Petite Silver Vixen
    30 March 2016 / 9:35 am

    I'm with you on the denim trench! I've recently bought a denim duster coat which I'm itching to showcase on the blog. I splurged because I knew that it would be so versatile and it's all about getting mileage from pieces these day.

    • Tiina L
      30 March 2016 / 12:23 pm

      That sounds interesting, that duster coat. Well, we all have limited budgets (and closet space), so clothes have to work hard and multitask, to earn their place in our wardrobes. So, anything that looks like it might work for a few years is a good investment.

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