Restyling an old coat

plaid coat

I’ve had this coat for years

And I’ve even featured it on the blog before, with the same scarf, no less. I admit, I find it a bit challenging to style this coat in a new way. Maybe it’s the bold pattern: I always think I need to tone everything else down a bit. Yet, at the same time I think the coat needs a dose of colour around it.

plaid coat

So, this is why I’m carrying a hot pink umbrella… I like mixing a bold pattern with bright colour, as long as they are sort of separate elements within the outfit…

pedestrian safety reflector

And safety is important, of course. 

This is not a brooch but a pedestrian safety reflector. When it’s dark, it reflects the light from headlights of passing cars, making sure the drivers can see me. This is rather important when we have only about 4-5 hours of daylight this time of the year…

40+ winter style

I’m wearing:

Coat: Manuela Conti (old) / jeans: Next / scarf: Fraas (old) /
bag: Furla / shoes: Tero Palmroth / gloves: Pia Rossini / umbrella: L’asessor 

How would you restyle this coat? Let me know in the comments.


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  1. josep-maria badia
    December 13, 2015 / 7:00 pm

    A beautiful coat, I love the color combination.

    • Tiina L
      December 14, 2015 / 5:52 pm

      Thank you, Josep-Maria. Purple and pink are two of my favourite colours.

  2. Petite Silver Vixen
    December 13, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    Colour needs colour sometimes – like a sparring partner! I love the rich purple of the coat – you always have such great coats!What a clever idea about the pedestrian safety reflector. That would be useful for me when I'm walking home in the dark!

    • Tiina L
      December 14, 2015 / 5:54 pm

      That is so true; colour needs a sparring partner, well put!There's so little daylight this time of the year it seems that if you blink you miss it. A safety reflector can save your life, so get one!

  3. Jazzy Jack
    December 13, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    Great safety brooch!I love this coat. I would wear it with everything, but that is me.It would be gorgeous picking out the olive green stripe in some olive pants!Xo Jazzy Jack

    • Tiina L
      December 14, 2015 / 5:56 pm

      Thanks! Olive green…Hmm, that might work. Olive green is a colour that I have never had in my wardrobe, for some reason. And I wouldn't wear it next to my face, but trousers… why not? I just need to think if I have anything else I could wear it with first.

  4. Patti
    December 13, 2015 / 11:32 pm

    Lovely coat, Tiina, and that safety brooch is a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing,-Patti

    • Tiina L
      December 14, 2015 / 5:57 pm

      Thanks, Patti.

  5. Anonymous
    December 13, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    You have an awesome collection of coats and this is another great example! I'd add a causal pair of burgundy jeans/cords/sweats. I love that reflector pin/brooch.

    • Tiina L
      December 14, 2015 / 6:02 pm

      Thank you so much for you kind words! I never thought of my coat collection as awesome, or even a collection for that matter. It took me a long time to accept that I need several coats, to accommodate the ever-changing weather and seasons, and I still feel that I haven't covered all my bases.

  6. Connie
    December 14, 2015 / 3:47 am

    A safety brooch. What a terrific idea. You Finns are so clever. I love your coat. And there's that fabulous pink bag. Looking very cute, Tiina.

    • Tiina L
      December 14, 2015 / 6:04 pm

      Thanks, Connie. Safety reflectors come in all shapes and sizes, and they're quite important when you spend months on end in almost complete darkness (well, we do have a few hours of daylight…).

  7. fashionandfoodandotherstuff
    December 14, 2015 / 7:52 am

    It almost looks like a beautiful brooches!

    • Tiina L
      December 14, 2015 / 6:04 pm

      Yes, it does. It's great, isn't it?

  8. Rebecca
    December 14, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    Love the mix of style and comfort in this coat – Happy Holidays!!Rebecca

    • Tiina L
      December 14, 2015 / 6:05 pm

      Thanks, Rebecca. Happy Holidays!

  9. Darcy
    December 14, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    Nice coat! The safety reflector seems like a good touch for evenings!

    • Tiina L
      December 14, 2015 / 6:06 pm

      Thanks! Yes, the safety reflector is quite useful, could be a lifesaver, too.

  10. Grace Liang
    December 14, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    That is a very cute coat! I like the prints and the colors. Only 4-5 hours daylight? My gosh! But you look great! :)Thank you so much for your nice comments on my blog. Really appreciate it! Please join us today for Color and Grace Fashion link up!Keep in touch and take care!Grace

    • Tiina L
      December 15, 2015 / 2:45 pm

      Thanks, Grace. Well, we Nordics are used to long, dark winters…

  11. Jill James
    December 15, 2015 / 6:09 am

    This coat suits you so well , the pink umbrella and pale blue scarf the perfect partners. Your reflector does look just like a silver brooch.I have always wondered about the short daylight hours , I guess it is just a fact of life that happens and you adjust.

    • Tiina L
      December 15, 2015 / 2:50 pm

      Thanks, Jill. Yes, darkness in winter is just a fact of life living here in the north, but a lot of people find it difficult. I'm fine with it, the darkest period of the year is also the coldest, and it's the cold that annoys me more. And even if there's not much daylight at the moment, summer (and the 20 or so hours of daylight) is only 6 months away…

  12. Tea
    December 15, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    What a lovely coat. I love the colours, they're so rich. That reflector is a fantastic idea!

    • Tiina L
      December 16, 2015 / 7:49 am

      Thank you, Tea.

  13. No Fear of Fashion
    December 16, 2015 / 9:53 am

    You have styled it very well. Even the blue turtleneck works perfectly. I like all these shades of purple/pink. As they are all "family" they work together. That reflecting brooch is a clever idea. It might not be meant as a brooch but it looks like that. And a modern one too.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      December 17, 2015 / 9:57 am

      Thanks, Greetje. It's a scarf, not a turtleneck, actually. I keep buying clothes in certain colours because then they always work together, and that makes my life easier. I sometimes think I should add a few new colours, though, just for fun.

  14. Laura Yoder
    December 16, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    LOVE this coat and it looks perfect with the bits of pink surrounding it!

    • Tiina L
      December 17, 2015 / 9:58 am

      Thanks, Laura!

  15. Nicole Mölders
    December 18, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. There will be a Christmas party next Thursday.

    • Tiina L
      December 20, 2015 / 10:26 pm

      Thanks, Nicole, looking forward to the Christmas party.

  16. Doused In Pink
    December 19, 2015 / 12:12 am

    Your coat is gorgeous and I love the pinks and purple! The safety reflector is such a great idea! It looks just like a pretty broach!JillDoused In Pink

    • Tiina L
      December 20, 2015 / 10:27 pm

      Thanks! Pink and purple, aren't those two just the prettiest colours, even in winter?

  17. Alice Warren
    December 19, 2015 / 4:12 am

    What a gorgeous coat and I love the pink paired with it. I used to run at night and always wore a light to make sure cars saw me. But my reflector is not nearly as pretty as the one you have.Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and have a wonderful holiday season. See you in 2016!

    • Tiina L
      December 20, 2015 / 10:29 pm

      A reflector is really important when it's dark,so good for you! Happy holidays!

  18. Garaytreasures
    December 19, 2015 / 4:46 am

    Gorgeous coat, loving the added scarf. Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"Rachel xo

    • Tiina L
      December 20, 2015 / 10:29 pm

      Thanks, Rachel!

  19. Jessica Jannenga
    December 20, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    I love the blues and the purples you wear. This is a great coat n you and of course I love the brooch!Thanks for linking up to Turning heads TuesdayHappy HolidayJess

    • Tiina L
      December 20, 2015 / 10:30 pm

      Blues and purples, always good colours. Happy Holiday!

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