Shopping my closet

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I have been looking for a new winter coat for years. And yet again, I’ve decided to just settle for what I already have and focus on planning my spring / summer wardrobe instead.

For the record, ‘a winter coat’ in this context means outerwear you’d need this time of year in Finland. In other words, a really thick, warm down coat. That’s because ‘winter’ in my world means temperatures between -5  and -25 °C (23 to -13°F) with plenty of snow. So, proper outerwear is essential. 

I have several winter coats, of course. I’m just so tired of all of them. Seriously, I’d like to just throw them away, right now. But I can’t, because I still need them.

And yes, I know that the shops are full of puffer coats. It’s just that none of them appeal to me. For several years now, I haven’t been able to find a single (winter) coat I’d like to buy. 

There’s nothing wrong with the coats I see in shops. They do what a winter coat is supposed to do. They’re just a bit… blah, in the sense that they don’t inspire me. And since I already have a few of these OK-but-not-exactly-inspiring coats, why should I get another one?  Don’t get me wrong, I’m more than willing to spend some of my hard-earned money on fabulous clothes that take my wardrobe, and my style, to the next level. I just can’t find anything I like. So, I’m saving my hard-earned money for those fabulous spring fashions that should be flooding the shops any moment now.

The only problem is that we have about two months of winter left. That’s two more months of wearing the old winter coats that I already hate…

Truth be told, I don’t think it’s winter coats that are the problem, really. It’s winter. I hate winter. And at this point of the year I’ve just about had enough of it, too. There’s simply nothing even remotely related to winter that I can get excited about. Yep, that’s what you have ahead of you: approximately two months of me complaining about how much I hate winter. You have been warned…

black coat 1300 x 1000

black coat 1300 x 1000

black coat 1300 x 1000

Outfit details (all old) :

down jacket: Betty Barcley / trousers: Marks and Spencer / bag: Coach /

shoes: Nero Giardini / sunglasses: Prada  / gloves: Mutka


Are you looking forward to spring?


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  1. Flora
    4 February 2019 / 10:45 am

    You are looking very well. I really like your coat not too long but covers the important parts for warmth. I hate long coats but don’t need one as I live on the Côte d’Azur. I previously lived in Edinburgh and Dublin and always felt we could see our way out of Winter at the end of February and if you notice on a Monday evening it seems a little bit brighter than it did the previous Monday.

    • Tiina
      4 February 2019 / 12:14 pm

      Thanks, Flora. Cote d’Azur, that sound just lovely! I’m envious…
      Yes, the days are getting longer, very quickly. Especially here in the north. But I think in a way that makes winter even harder. It’s not unusual for us to have really bright, sunny (but cold) winter days, especially in February and March. With tons of snow, to boot. It’s not really until April that we can see signs of spring, and we may still have occasional snowfall even then!

  2. 5 February 2019 / 11:22 am

    I can understand why you are sick and tired of your Winter coats, you do need them for quite a few months.Your photos of you in the snow are lovely, no compensation i’m sure.

    • Tiina
      6 February 2019 / 12:55 pm

      Thanks, Jill. When we took these photos, it was one of those perfect winter days: below freezing (just enough but not too much), the sky was blue, the sun was shining…. in other words, a day when you don’t mind going for a walk and posing for photos.

  3. 5 February 2019 / 11:31 am

    I think that many people feel the same way about Winter and I have to agree on coats we can see in shops, they look unappealing because they’re not very different of what we already have. I miss some color and creativity!. Obviously, I don’t need a Winter Coat like yours, I can deal with our mild winter (mínimum -5ºC and a few snowy days) in lighter coats and a lighter layering.
    Anyway, your coat looks cool and comfy, it has some interesting details and a great shape!. It doesn’t look boring, and your accessorizing is lovely as usual!

    • Tiina
      6 February 2019 / 1:01 pm

      Thank you! Actually, I don’t mind winter, if it’s not too cold and the weather is nice. And if it doesn’t last forever… Which it does, at least here. Or that’s what it feels like. I’ve been wrapped up in winter coats and cashmere sweaters for 3 months now, and I’m so ready to move on to spring…

    • Tiina
      7 February 2019 / 10:46 am

      Thank you, Shelly!

  4. 8 February 2019 / 6:53 am

    Nice puffer coat. One just needs them at this time a year up North. Great styling. Thanks for sharing the look at the linkup party.

    • Tiina
      11 February 2019 / 11:09 am

      Thank, Nicole. Yes, a warm puffer coat is the only type of coat that makes sense when it gets really cold. And it must have a hood, too!

  5. 8 February 2019 / 6:07 pm

    I think this coat is very attractive on you! I like the quilting and style. You look great in scarves too. I hate Winter too, and it isn’t anywhere near the cold you experience. It is just the grey days, get to you after awhile too. Im doing the same shopping my closet and looking toward Spring buys!
    jess xx

    • Tiina
      11 February 2019 / 11:11 am

      Thanks, Jessica. Winter is so long, and there are rally cold days but also ‘warmer’ days, and sunny days and grey days… So I think one coat just isn’t enough.

  6. 16 February 2019 / 7:23 pm

    I can totally relate. We lived in Minnesota for 3 winters and I was sick to death of my coats. Thanks for linking up with us!

    • Tiina
      17 February 2019 / 6:32 pm

      Thanks, Lisa!

  7. 20 February 2019 / 11:36 pm

    That is the perfect winter coat. I love the length. We host a linkup and would love to have you join. You can check it out here. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

    • Tiina
      22 February 2019 / 3:23 pm

      Thanks, Megan.

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