How Many Coats Do You Need?

Zara trench coat

I bought a new coat

Now, I have a lot of coats. And I have several trench coats. So, we could easily assume a new coat is the last thing I need…

On the other hand, I live in a cool climate…

Which means that I can always justify getting another coat. Because, you know, I will wear it. As I will no doubt wear every single coat I have in the next 6 months. So many times, in fact, that come spring I will end up hating them all, simply because I’m so fed up with wearing the same thing all the time.

Because that’s how it feels like, living in a cool climate, when a coat is not just a trendy addition to your wardrobe but a necessity.

And the truth is, you need more than just one coat, or two. Oh no, you need at least 2-3 coats per season. That is, 2-3 coats for early autumn (one for sunny, warm days and a different coat for rainy days), another 2-3 coats for late autumn (for those sunny yet cold days, and another coat for rainy and cold days). And then there’s winter. But let’s not talk about winter yet.

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And yes, you’ve seen this coat already: I was wearing it with my post-op sack dress

Did I mention I have 3 trench coats for early autumn?

So, there really is no way I needed to get another one. But then I saw this one. And I debated with myself for a while (a whole 5 minutes), but it was really a no-brainer. Yes, I have 3 trench coats. But none of them is a neutral colour, or knee-length. See, if you try hard enough, you can always justify buying another coat… Actually, to be honest, I don’t think I even need to try that hard.


Yes, about neutral colours… I know the coat is blue. Sort of greyish blue. In my world that passes for neutral. Mainly because I won’t wear beige, for two reasons. One is because it really doesn’t suit me. And the second is that a couple of dear friends of mine once promised to call the men in white coats if they ever caught me wearing beige. Seriously. And they’re right, of course. Beige is boring, and it really doesn’t suit me. Yes, I know some people look amazing (and not boring at all) in beige. My mother was one of those infuriating women. But I know my limitations. My face needs a bit more colour.

So, grey it is. Or grey-blue. This is actually the colour of my eyes, too…

The point is, this is a colour that looks neutral, sort of fake neutral, and it goes with most of the colours in my wardrobe. And to prove the point, everything else I’m wearing is old. Really old. As in something I’ve had forever.

Can I tell you a secret? I didn’t get just one coat. Oh no, I bought another coat, too. You know, for those rainy early autumn days…

casual trench

Minna Parikka Shoes

trench coat

Outfit details:

trench: Zara / top: Custo Barcelona / jeans: Opus /

shoes: Minna Parikka / bag: Furla / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs

So, the question of the day: how many coats does a woman need?

Seriously, how many?


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  1. debwlv
    23 September 2017 / 6:18 pm

    I love your new coat and love the way you've accessorized this outfit. And, I hear what you are saying…I live in southern California and long ago gave myself permission to buy as many sandals, sleeveless tops and sundresses as my heart desired because, as you say, they will certainly get used!

    • Tiina L
      24 September 2017 / 3:38 pm

      Absolutely! If it's something you wear everyday, you need to stock up. Which reminds me, it's almost cashmere season…

  2. Kaffe Soester
    24 September 2017 / 10:35 am

    I couldn't agree more! We all need more coats in Scandinavia, and greyish blue is a neutral, especially in Scandinavia where it matches the sky on most days (at least in Copenhagen). It looks particularly good with magenta and pink. As for beige – I bought a beige trench a couple of years ago, and worn it three times. A really big mistake! I do however have a raincoat with stripes in greyish blue, and that gets worn often! Now I'm off to have a look at Minna Parikka which I guess is a Finnish shoe brand?

    • Tiina L
      24 September 2017 / 3:46 pm

      You're so right! Grey, as in the colour of the sky… and yes, grey could use some colour to brighten it up a bit. I tend to avoid 'neutrals' unless I can add some fun and bright accessories. A pale girl always looks better in colour…Minna Parikka is a Finnish shoe designer (, mostly known for her bunny shoes.

  3. debwlv
    24 September 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Ha! You can NEVER go wrong with cashmere!

    • Tiina L
      28 September 2017 / 3:45 pm

      So right!

  4. jodie filogomo
    25 September 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Tons!!! Really, I need tons of coats, because I like different colors, and different lengths. That's why I'd never do well with a capsule wardrobe!Thanks for joining in on the "On Monday's we Link up"

    • Tiina L
      28 September 2017 / 3:46 pm

      Oh, I love a capsule wardrobe! But I still need lots of coats. I'm going to plead the cool climate defense here…

  5. mummabstylish
    26 September 2017 / 7:37 am

    Wow three trench coats, I need to get motivated – coats seems to be last on my list! Yours is lovely a good all-round go-with-anything colour. x

    • Tiina L
      28 September 2017 / 3:47 pm

      Well, actually it's 4 now, with this one. Or 5 if we count the woollen trench…Thanks, Jacqui.

  6. Jill James
    26 September 2017 / 9:57 am

    I can fully understand your coat collection, an absolute necessity in your climate. As one who can wear beige and neutrals , I think as a fairer skin girl this is your neutral . It would be perfect with your blues, mauves and pinks. You can never have too many coats or jackets, they never really date and I just love them.

    • Tiina L
      28 September 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Yes, I think you're right. Fair skin, with sort of pinkish undertones, looks better with cool neutrals like grey. And I couldn't agree more: you can't have too many coats…

  7. Emma Peach
    3 October 2017 / 8:37 am

    You can never have too many coats when you live in a cold climate (my husband would disagree but that's becaue he's trying to reclaim some wardrobe space). I'm not a fan of beige either, it just doesn't look good on me, I prefer grey. The blue/grey shade really suits you and looks great with the pink tones in your top. Fabulous shoes! Thanks for linking up!Emma

  8. Shelbee On The Edge
    3 October 2017 / 10:50 am

    Tiina, I love this casual look on you! That graphic tee is adorable and those sneakers, too! And the gray-blue (that's what I color I think it is) coat is the perfect neutral, for sure. I live in a very cold climate as well and I totally understand the need for an entire coat wardrobe. Because one does get tired of wearing the same thing over and over again. So I have enough coats to always make sure they are coordinated with my outfit. And I can always add a new one as well. Thanks for linking up with me!

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