The Other S-Word

casual rainwear
No, not snow. We’re not quite there yet.

No, I’m talking about sleet. You know: it’s not quite rain, yet not quite snow, either. But it’s certainly wet and disgusting, and makes you regret going out the second you feel it on your face…

But, like with most of the unpleasant yet unavoidable things you encounter in life, you simply brush it off and get on with life. As in, business as usual…

rainy day 1300 x 1000

Anyway… To cope with this rather unpleasant little joke by Mother Nature, I need some protective gear: 

rainy day 1300 x 1000

rainy day 1300 x 1000

And you’re probably thinking there’s a theme going through my wardrobe… Let me assure you I do have a few coats that are not a shade of muted green…

However, I do indeed have 3 green(ish) jackets / coats that are somewhat similar in style, but meant for different temperatures. I might even admit that I’m simply recreating the exact same look, over and over again, while accommodating the falling temperatures… 

As for the muted green colour… That’s my ‘new neutral‘, of rather, my new ‘fake olive green‘.

Why olive green? Well, I think it’s a very sophisticated colour, and a good option when you want something muted and neutral.

Except that olive green, as lovely as it is, does not suit my natural colouring. So, I needed to find a colour that could give me the same effect (= neutral and sophisticated), but without making me look as if I was suffering from the final stages of some sort of a terminal liver disease… 

rainy day 1300 x 1000

pattern mixing

Outfit details:
coat: Cut & Pret (old) / trousers: Cut & Pret / umbrella: Marimekko
(old) / boots: Tretorn (old) / bag: Michael Kors (old)


What’s your favourite neutral colour? Or ‘fake neutral‘?

Linking up with:

Not Dead Yet StyleElegantly Dressed and StylishHigh Latitude StyleStyle ElixirA Labour of LifeCurly Crafty MomFashion Should Be FunColor and GraceThe Wardrobe StylistNot Dressed As LambStyle NudgeLiving on Cloud NineA Well Styled LifeElegance and MommyhoodPosh Classy MomNancy’s Fashion StyleShelbee on the EdgeA Pocketful of Polka Dots Style SplashThe Fashionista MommaTina’s Pink Friday, Away from the BlueMummabstylish , Living on Cloud NineMutton Years Style and I


  1. November 4, 2019 / 12:07 pm

    That is the best umbrella , it would have to cheer you up on a miserable day. That green is certainly your colour. You certainly do practical with style Tiina.

    • Tiina
      November 6, 2019 / 5:08 pm

      Thanks, Jill. Well, I have a few umbrellas to choose from…

  2. Flora
    November 4, 2019 / 12:33 pm

    Billy Connolly, the Scottish comedian, says there is no such thing as bad weather only the wrong clothes. You have overcome this problem stylishly.

    • Tiina
      November 6, 2019 / 5:10 pm

      Oh yes, that’s so true: no bad weather, just the wrong clothes… But I have to admit that (never mind what I’m wearing) I tend to dislike certain type of weather quite a lot…

  3. Lise
    November 4, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    Olive green is my new neutral this season too. Haven’t worn it for years.

    • Tiina
      November 6, 2019 / 5:11 pm

      Olive green is a great option for neutrals. I just need to find a shade that is a bit greyish rather than yellowish.

    • Tiina
      November 6, 2019 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks, Jill. I sort of collect umbrellas…

    • Tiina
      November 6, 2019 / 5:12 pm

      Thank you!

  4. November 5, 2019 / 2:47 pm

    Tiina, I too have a thing for green jackets. It’s only a problem when they are paired with my other obsession with olive and camo pants… It’s looks a little too military or Mr. Green-Jeans. 😉

    Thanks for linking to The Ageless Style Linkup

    • Tiina
      November 6, 2019 / 5:13 pm

      I see what you mean. I find that pink and green (or olive) go together very well. But maybe pink pants is not the way to go…

  5. q
    November 5, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    I was about to write that grey is my choice for neutrals, but then I realised the coats I’ve are mostly other than grey: navy, black or beige. But I agree with you that olive green is a good colour for jacket. Easier to wear than lighter colours especially in wet and dirty weather like when it is raining sleet, yet it’s a colour and not so harsh like black can be. So a very good choice again Tiina. -q

    • Tiina
      November 6, 2019 / 5:16 pm

      Yes, green is a good (almost neutral) colour as it goes with so many other colours. I always try to avoid wearing black (or grey, or beige) as it really doesn’t suit me. So, I’m trying to find dark colours that could give me the same ‘neutral’ look while being kinder to my face.

  6. Anne
    November 6, 2019 / 12:27 am

    This post made me realize I don’t own an umbrella. I love how yours really works as a part of your wardrobe and goes with your accessories. I love magenta too, but cannot wear it anywhere near my face. I’m totally in on the green jacket. I’ve tried several this autumn, but I have the opposite colouring challenges with very light, warm complexion. Winter coats have proven very hard to find. So far, no sleet for me and I am thankful for that. On the other hand, this is my last week of sunshine until February, and I feel kind of down about that. Oh, well.

    • Tiina
      November 6, 2019 / 5:07 pm

      You don’t own an umbrella?! I hope that’s because you live in a warm and sunny place and have no need for one.
      Yes, finding a winter coat can be very difficult, especially if it has to work in all sorts of weather. And finding colours that suit you… don’t get me started. It’s almost as if there are either warm or cold colours available in shops at any given time, but not both.

  7. November 7, 2019 / 12:48 pm

    Your title and explanation made me laugh! Thank you. 🙂 And I absolutely love the bright, fun colors in your umbrella!

    Granola & Grace
    Style Six

    • Tiina
      November 7, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks, Chrissy!

  8. November 7, 2019 / 7:20 pm

    Your fabulous umbrella certainly brightens up a grey day! It has been raining almost non stop where I live, just to make coming back from holiday even worse! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • Tiina
      November 7, 2019 / 9:24 pm

      Thanks, Emma!
      I loved reading your posts from Madeira, I can imagine it’s not easy getting back home.

  9. mummabstylish
    November 9, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    You’re dressed very stylishly for it Tiina – please don’t sent it our way though, I don’t want any cold wet snow or sleet yet! Thanks for sharing on the #linkup Jacqui x

    • Tiina
      November 10, 2019 / 8:30 pm

      Ha, ha! I’m sure you’ll get your share of bad weather, too, sooner or later…
      Thanks, Jacqui!

  10. shelbeeontheedge1
    November 9, 2019 / 2:58 pm

    Tiina, I love that shade of green! It really is very pretty and everyone needs a brightly colored and fun printed umbrella to cheer up these dreary weather days. We have just entered the season where there will be precipitation of some sort every day and it makes getting dressed somewhat of a challenge. Oh, and your boots are so cute, too. I love the lacing detail. Thanks for linking up with me!


    • Tiina
      November 10, 2019 / 8:33 pm

      Yes, winter is coming… I find dressing for wet weather a bit of a challenge, too. mainly because I don’t feel like going out. Or doing much anything. I just want to hibernate till spring…

  11. November 10, 2019 / 10:34 pm

    I have serious umbrella-envy, yeah – not proud but thats the way it is 🙂

    • Tiina
      November 13, 2019 / 9:12 am

      Thanks, Juliet! I have quite a collection of umbrellas, and it seems I’m going to need them, too.

  12. November 11, 2019 / 1:01 pm

    Love the colourful umbrella and you look suitably attired for a very wet day! We don’t have sleet or snow here in Brisbane and the rain never seems to stick around long – we’d welcome it now though, so many bushfires already and it’s still only spring!

    Hope that you had a great weekend!

    Thank you so much for joining the #weekdayWearLinkUp 🙂

    • Tiina
      November 25, 2019 / 4:31 pm

      Thanks, Mica!
      Bushfires sound scary, I hope you’re safe.

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