Something Old, Something New…

pattern mixing

Not all outfits are fabulous. Some are just boring, or uninspiring. And some are just…wrong. As in, something just doesn’t feel right. The individual parts that make up the outfit might be great, separately, but put together they just don’t work.

This is one of those outfits. I don’t like it, and I don’t think it works.

It’s the coat. I’ve had this coat forever, and I think it may be time to let it go.

And the scarf… I like this scarf, it goes well with most of my clothes. And it works well with my new cashmere jumper, too. But it doesn’t go with the coat.

Whatever. The outfit is a bit of a miss today. So, let’s admire the view, instead…

Outfit details:

coat:  Manuela Conti (old) / cashmere jumper: Repeat / trousers: Marks and Spencer (old) /

scarf: Marja Kurki (old) / bag: Chanel / shoes: Ten Points / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs
location: Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki

What do you think, hit or miss?


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  1. Radostin
    5 November 2017 / 9:32 pm

    I'm sorry you're not happy with this outfit; I love the pairing of this scarf and coat (which I also think is rather special in itself) – and, worn with the red top, they look entirely intentional together to my eye. I suppose maybe the two bold patterns at once might be what bothers you: when your outfit is a step too mixed for your own preferences seems to be when I like the outfit more than you do! Maybe try the coat one more time with a more subdued scarf, though, before you give it up?

    • Tiina L
      7 November 2017 / 4:10 pm

      Yes, that might be the case, this is probably too much pattern mixing to my taste. A more subdued scarf (and a different colour combination) might be better.

  2. Nancy's Fashion Style
    6 November 2017 / 7:45 am

    Whats wrong with the coat? I think its because you have it for a while, but I think it s a very nice one.

    • Tiina L
      7 November 2017 / 4:12 pm

      Well, I sort of like this coat… But I'm also a bit tired of it. I've had it for so many years that I can't even remember. But it's very classic, so… You see the dilemma?

  3. señora Allnut
    6 November 2017 / 11:39 am

    I totally agree with previous comments, your coat looks fine to my eye and I love how it looks mixed with your scarf, lovely mixed patterns and lovely color combo.I would try a different color in the bottom, some kind of caramel color pants. But you know that I'm pretty maximalist!Thanks for the amazing potos!besos

    • Tiina L
      7 November 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Caramel colour pants? Hmm… That would definitely be something new to me. I tend to buy very neutral trousers (= navy or brown), so I need to get used to that idea. But I do find it intriguing…

  4. Moosiemoose
    6 November 2017 / 6:57 pm

    You like what you like. So maybe you are just tired of the coat. I love the outfit. I think the scarf with the coat (which I also like) is almost perfect. When I opened the blog post and saw the photo I smiled. And I am not a purple fan. I think you look lovely especially on a fall day. Jean

    • Tiina L
      7 November 2017 / 4:15 pm

      Yes, I think that's it. I've had the coat for years, and I'm a bit tired of it. Or maybe I just want an excuse to get a new one… Thanks, Jean.

  5. Jill James
    7 November 2017 / 10:17 am

    Some days are like that , what we choose to wear doesn't seem to gel. I quite like your coat and the scarf but I tend to agree with you , for me they aren't quite right together. Go with your instincts as to what feels right for you. I did enjoy your scenic shots of the magnificent buildings.

    • Tiina L
      7 November 2017 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks, Jill. The pictures were taken in the courtyard of the Orthodox Church (the red brick building), which is on a hill, overlooking the Lutheran Church (the white church) on one side and the marina on the other.

  6. jodie filogomo
    7 November 2017 / 3:43 pm

    I think it looks great! We tend to be so critical of ourselves at times!!Thanks for linking up with the Ageless Style Party!!

    • Tiina L
      7 November 2017 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks, Jodie. I think you're right: we tend to get a bit too critical at times.

  7. Nikki G
    7 November 2017 / 9:32 pm

    I love your outfit. And I'd wear that scarf with that coat myself! :) gwingal

    • Tiina L
      11 November 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Thank you, Nikki.

  8. Ruth Maldonado
    8 November 2017 / 9:43 pm

    I actually like the purple plaid! It's unique but totally appropriate for fall! The scarf works so well with it too!

    • Tiina L
      11 November 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Thanks, Ruth.Well, it is a very classic coat… Some days I really like it, but on another day I hate it. I'd probably regret if I get rid of it, though…

  9. mummabstylish
    8 November 2017 / 10:36 pm

    Great coat, but I know how you feel. I try to store things away (if there's enough space) and get things out again once forgotten about – which isn't very long with my brain. x Love that scarf too = the colours are super bright and bold.

    • Tiina L
      11 November 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Thanks, Jacqui.Yes, I sometimes store things away for a while, too. And then I usually forget about them…

  10. Nicole Mölders
    10 November 2017 / 5:13 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. There is somethings special about this coat. I can't put my finger on what it is. But it looks just perfect on you.

    • Tiina L
      11 November 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Thanks, Nicole.It's cut like a trench coat. Like most of my coats…

  11. Jessica Jannenga
    11 November 2017 / 3:42 pm

    I love your coat and you do pick great colors. i like the pattern mixing and the combo of red and purple. thanks for linking!jess

    • Tiina L
      11 November 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Thanks, Jessica.

  12. Emma Peach
    13 November 2017 / 1:23 pm

    I really like your coat and I think it looks lovely with the scarf and red top! These colours really suit you. Thanks for linking up!Emma

    • Tiina L
      14 November 2017 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks, Emma!

  13. Lazy Daisy Jones
    14 November 2017 / 11:04 am

    Hi Tiina im enjoying your pictures and I love that coat on you!I have chosen you as my featured blogger (for thursday the 16th nov Ashley and laurie link up) thank you again for your continued collaborationbest wishesAshley x

    • Tiina L
      14 November 2017 / 7:12 pm

      Thank you Daisy, that's a lovely surprise! I will certainly check it out.

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