Mismatched Reds

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This is what happens when you get dressed in the dark…

You end up wearing two distinct shades of red; instead of matching the bag to the cardi, you end up  totally mismatched…

Sure, in broad daylight anyone could see that the bag is a very cold shade of burgundy, whereas the cardigan is more tomato red… 

In my defence, no one on these latitudes has seen broad daylight for ages… Sure, the sun makes a brief appearance every day (when it’s not hiding behind clouds, that is), but it barely registers. Seriously, blink and you’ll miss it…

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OK, maybe I’m exaggerating. But this time of the year I’m always reminded that Helsinki is only 720 km south from the Polar Circle, and while we don’t have the polar night here, winters are still quite dark. Until the New Year, that is, when days will start getting longer again.

Anyway, now it’s  pitch dark when I wake up, and it’s still dark when I get to work. And it’s already getting dark (very fast) when I leave work…

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And it was already getting dark (at 3 o’clock) when these pictures were taken. Of course, it never really got sunny, or even not-dark, to begin with. In other words, it was a typical November day.

No wonder I got my reds mixed up. 

And yes, I do have lamps in my flats. Probably not enough, or not bright enough. And artificial light affects how you see colours, too…

OK, enough of that. Let’s look at my new bag. Yes, one of the 3 I’ve bought only this autumn. And of course there was a bag (or two, or…) before that. But that doesn’t count; it was summer. Or spring. Whatever. 

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Yes, I know what you’re thinking: it looks almost exactly like the white bag I bought for summer… What can I say? I have a type? When it comes to bags, that is…

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Outfit details:
cashmere cardigan: Comptoir de Cotonniers (old) / t-shirt: Caroll (old) /
trousers: Cut & Pret / bag: Furla / shoes: Nero Giardini (old)


How many bags is too many?

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  1. 28 November 2019 / 3:08 pm

    I think it’s a fabulous bag in a lovely color, and it looks also very practical for daily life!. It’s totally normal to have a weakness for a particular shape of bag once you’ve noticed that it works for you, and it has to tickle your fancy too!.
    Please, don’t worry about mismatched reds, I think they work nicely together as both of them are saturated rich colors. I think you can wear two different shades of red (better if they’re distant from each other) and look fabulous (as you did!).
    It’s also dark when I go to work and it’s also dark for a while at work, but it is not getting dark until 6 in the evening, so we can enjoy some daylight and our autumn is really warm and quite bright. But December is coming and it means earlier sunsets!

    • Tiina
      2 December 2019 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you! I certainly seem to have a preference for this style of bag, and it really works for me as it’s big enough for an everyday bag, which is nice.
      Yes, early sunsets… We have about 6 hours of daylight at the moment, and sunset is after 3 pm already. It is getting to me quite a bit, but I know it will start getting better in January again.

  2. q
    29 November 2019 / 7:50 pm

    Red really is your colour.
    But about the question how many bags are too many.
    You can use only one bag at a time, so more than one can be considered too many. But on the other hand there are some many different occasions and days, so too many is a lot. Would you care to share with us your secret how you can change between bags so often? I mean there is so much stuff that needs to be in the bag one uses, so I never get to change between bags. How do you manage that? q

    • Tiina
      2 December 2019 / 7:59 pm

      Ah, thank you. You know, so many people (colleagues, friends, strangers) always compliment me whenever I wear red. And blogging has taught me that some colours look better than others, and certain colours really do me no favours at all…
      But about bags: there is no secret. I try to carry as little as possible (= a very small wallet, phone, makeup case, and if it’s sunny, a pair of sunglasses. And I have those cheap reading glasses stashed in all of my bags, too).

  3. Arlene Gomes
    30 November 2019 / 4:31 pm

    I love the bag! Reds mismatched? I don’t think it matters. Your reds look good together. You have a talent for putting together great outfits. Arlene fromNJ

    • Tiina
      2 December 2019 / 7:59 pm

      Thanks, Arlene!

  4. Agnes Agnieszka
    1 December 2019 / 9:48 am

    I like red, but not every shade of red can suit me.

    • Tiina
      2 December 2019 / 8:01 pm

      That’s true: maybe you look better in cold red tones, or in warm red tones.

    • Tiina
      4 December 2019 / 8:32 am

      hanks, Mireille! Yes, the days are short now. We hardly see any light. But we get it all back, with interest, in summer (with daylight for up to 20 hours, and no darkness at all).

  5. shelbeeontheedge1
    3 December 2019 / 7:27 pm

    The reds in the photos seem to work in harmony together. But again, like you said, it is all in the lighting. I love the red cardigan over the striped tee. So cute! And it is a really great bag. I have a particular style of bag that I always go for, too. It is what works for our needs. Thanks for sharing and linking up. May you have more daylight hours soon!


    • Tiina
      4 December 2019 / 8:34 am

      Thanks! Yes, lighting makes a difference. And I’m so looking forward to having more daylight in spring again, can’t wait…

  6. 3 December 2019 / 7:38 pm

    In your photos, the bag and cardigan really work well together, despite not being absolutely the same. And I love black, white, and red. Such a stunning combination! And I will now stop bitching about it getting dark here at 4:30…..


    • Tiina
      4 December 2019 / 8:39 am

      Thanks, Michelle. Actually, the top is navy and white, and the trousers are brown. Well, we shot the photos in twilight (at 3 pm…), that only goes to show what a difference lighting makes. I feel like I haven’t seen daylight for ages, and then we had a couple of very days (or, rather, very sunny few hours), and it was such a boost.

  7. voguefauxreal
    4 December 2019 / 6:33 pm

    Those reds together don’t bother me a bit and I love that purse! Red is a great color on you and I love that striped shirt!


    • Tiina
      11 December 2019 / 12:42 pm

      Thanks, Ruth!

    • Tiina
      11 December 2019 / 12:44 pm

      Thanks, Jess. Yes, most red tones seem to work with my natural colouring. It’s a bit odd, though, given that I have very pale skin with pink undertones.

  8. 8 December 2019 / 3:54 pm

    Well, 3rd bag so far… lets just say it is a beautiful bag and its a classic, no justification needed – it is lovely. As for wearing 2 reds that don’t match – it honestly looks fine in your photos, and quite frankly as long as you sling your lovely bag over your shoulder, give people a big confident smile and walk like it was meant – then people will assume you are setting the new trend. BTW, red is totally your colour so I think you can totally own this look 🙂

    • Tiina
      11 December 2019 / 12:49 pm

      Thanks, Juliet. You know, so many people (both here on the blog and IRL) keep telling me that red is my colour… Since I started blogging (and have to look at tons of photos of myself), I can see so clearly why some colours work and others don’t. I might be unsure looking at myself in the mirror, but then I see the photos and it’s so obvious. Oh well, blogging has clearly thought me something,

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