Sundress Weather

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Finnish summer is short and cold…

That’s the myth, anyway. Not true, if you ask me. Summer lasts 3 months (June, July, August) and it can be sunny and warm and lovely. Or rainy and cold. Or anything in between. In that respect it is no different from summer in many other places, including Britain. So, I don’t really need a different summer wardrobe for each country, I just keep transporting my clothes back and forth…

And how often do I travel between these two countries? Well, it depends… I spent most of July in Britain. Now I’ve been in Finland for 3 weeks, and it feels like a long time… But Professor M has enjoyed spending weekends in Helsinki for change. Maybe it’s because we both think this is the best time of the year here: it’s warm and sunny, but the evenings are getting cooler and darker.

summer dress over 40

And we can go ‘island-hopping’, exploring summer restaurants (= restaurants on small islands, accessible by boat and open in summer only). For this photo shoot we took a ferry to visit Suomenlinna, a cluster of interconnected islands and a world heritage site within Helsinki city limits.

Anyway, I thought we needed a slightly old-fashioned, rustic setting to match this white sundress (you may remember me wearing it on a hot day on the Isle of Wight last year), and this seemed like the perfect place. And yes, there is a nice restaurant, too…

leopard print sunglasses

I’m wearing:

dress: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania (old) / bag: Coach (s/s 2014) / 

shoes: Gabor / sunglasses. Dolce & Gabbana
location: Suomenlinna, Helsinki


And on the ferry, on our way back to the mainland, I snapped this photo of the gorgeous August sunset.

Enjoy the late summer sunshine, wherever you are!



PS: Have you seen the latest DILETTANTE ARTIST post yet? Today the theme is Pop Art…

Linking up with: 

Elegantly Dressed and StylishGaray TreasuresHigh Latitude StyleSydney Fashion HunterThe Pleated PoppyStyle ElixirGet Your Pretty OnHappiness at Mid-LifeA Labour of LifeDoused in PinkCurly Crafty MomFashion Should Be FunRachel the HatSincerely Jenna MarieColor and Grace


  1. Patti
    August 23, 2015 / 12:49 pm

    Lovely! And your settings are so calming and beautiful. Enjoy the rest of the warm days. xox

    • Tiina L
      August 24, 2015 / 9:41 am

      Thank you, Patti! This little island is a wonderful setting for a photo shoot.

  2. Shybiker
    August 23, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    What a perfect outfit! The dress is amazing, the necklace suits it well, and the flats are cute. Plus, reading your blog is like travelling for us as you describe interesting parts of the world.

    • Tiina L
      August 24, 2015 / 9:43 am

      Thanks, Ally! I'm enjoying exploring my home town at the moment, it's so lovely here in August.

  3. Melanie
    August 23, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful dress on you. I'm glad you are enjoying the summer. The shadows are getting longer here – autumn is ready to pounce. Island-hopping sounds like fun.

    • Tiina L
      August 24, 2015 / 9:44 am

      Thanks, Melanie! Yes, Autumn is just around the corner… But I love the darker, cooler evenings.

  4. josep-maria badia
    August 24, 2015 / 7:09 am

    A beautiful dress, I love it. I love the details at the neckline, and also the volume and the flight of the skirt.

    • Tiina L
      August 24, 2015 / 9:44 am

      Thanks! It's a very nice summer dress on a hot day.

  5. Darcy
    August 24, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    What a gorgoeus place for pictures! Love the bag and sunglasses!

    • Tiina L
      August 25, 2015 / 9:29 am

      Thanks! Yes, it a beautiful place, and just 15 minutes away by ferry.

  6. Natalia Lialina
    August 24, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    This is a beautiful dress, and you look lovely, Tiina! I especially loved the photo of you in front of the old house, so charming… and the sunset is amazing! xxx

    • Tiina L
      August 25, 2015 / 9:31 am

      Thanks, Natalia! the old house is actually a coffee shop (there a few coffee shops and restaurants on the island, also a church and a supermarket…)

  7. Grace Liang
    August 24, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    Very investing post! Summer in Michigan, USA is usually pretty comfy, warm but not too hot, we still can swim and wear shorts. I spent one summer in Germany and it was really cold. ;)Take care and keep in touch!Please stop by every Wednesday for Color and Grace Fashion link up! :)Grace 

    • Tiina L
      August 25, 2015 / 9:33 am

      Thanks, Grace! Well, we never know what kind of weather we can expect in summer… Although it has been quite warm in August the past few years. But the idea is that since we can't always count on the weather, better make the most of every sunny day…

  8. Suzanne Carillo
    August 24, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    How wonderful and charming to visit an Island just for dinner. Love that romantic idea. The dress has a great retro vibe. bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      August 25, 2015 / 9:34 am

      Well, there are lots of islands around, and quite a few of them have restaurants…

  9. Petite Silver Vixen
    August 24, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    What a beautiful dress! So unusual and perfect for an island dinner. And the gorgeous bag is back again! The sunset photo is stunning. You took it at just the right moment. I'm holding onto summer for as long as I can!

    • Tiina L
      August 25, 2015 / 9:36 am

      Thanks! The bag is one of my favourites, and it's the perfect size for work, so I use it quite a lot in summer.

  10. Glenda
    August 24, 2015 / 11:07 pm

    Such a sexy/demure dress. You look very Italian in this. I imagine you sitting at an eatery near a vineyard.

    • Tiina L
      August 25, 2015 / 9:37 am

      LOLYeah, I guess I don't exactly match the Scandi stereotype…

  11. Jill James
    August 25, 2015 / 10:52 am

    The perfect dress for a Summer outing. Such an interesting looking area , no wonder you enjoy your Summer visits.

    • Tiina L
      August 26, 2015 / 7:16 am

      Thanks, Jill! Yes, the island is a perfect place to visit on a warm summer day.

  12. Shauna C
    August 25, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    Perfect summer look! Love this crisp white dress for the end of

    • Tiina L
      August 26, 2015 / 7:17 am

      Thanks, Shauna!

  13. No Fear of Fashion
    August 26, 2015 / 6:03 am

    Ah Vivienne… that accounts for the modern twist on this romantic dress. The upper part of this dress is especially nice. Great neckline. And you have such a smooth skin (big envy here). A lovely dress for a lovely time.The Coach bag is cute and fits perfect with itGreetje

    • Tiina L
      August 26, 2015 / 7:18 am

      Thanks! I have a few Vivienne dresses… Should wear them more.

  14. Doused In Pink
    August 27, 2015 / 10:16 am

    Your sundress is gorgeous and that sunset is breathtaking! JillDoused In Pink

    • Tiina L
      August 27, 2015 / 11:33 am

      Thanks, Jill!

  15. Storybook Apothecary
    August 27, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    lovely dress for summer days!

    • Tiina L
      August 28, 2015 / 2:02 pm

      Thanks you!

  16. Antionette Blake
    August 27, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    Hopefully we will have a few more weeks of summer sun because a sundress is perfect to wear for any occasion. #HighLatitudeLinkUp

    • Tiina L
      August 28, 2015 / 2:03 pm

      I'm afraid the warm, sunny days are numbered… But autumn isn't so bad, is it?

  17. Adriele Dixon
    August 28, 2015 / 12:01 am

    Tina you are so right, I love sundress weather! Great post!Stopping by from the Style Elixir link-up!

    • Tiina L
      August 28, 2015 / 2:04 pm

      Thanks! I'm actually not a summer person… I know, shouldn't say that, but I really do prefer just a bit cooler weather.

  18. J. Elle
    August 28, 2015 / 1:55 am

    Such a beautiful dress! I love all of the interesting details and it looks perfect for a summer night out for dinner. So glad you shared that beautiful sunset, too! Jennie – A Pocketful of Polka DotsShare your latest posts on Fabulous Friday!

    • Tiina L
      August 28, 2015 / 2:07 pm

      Thanks! There is something special about August sunsets… Well, in Finland August is the time when we finallyhave a proper sunset, after a couple of months of almost round-the-clock daylight.

  19. Garaytreasures
    August 29, 2015 / 12:20 am

    Summer weather (especially in August can sure be the same way, cool and hot) but I love the coming of fall. Lovely dress, it has a retro touch to it I think. Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me" link up. Rachel xoPlease join me for Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me Link up now LIVE hereGaray Treasures

    • Tiina L
      August 29, 2015 / 8:19 am

      Thanks, Rachel! I love autumn, I'm so over summer now…

  20. Nicole Mölders
    August 29, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. The necklace works awesome with that dress

    • Tiina L
      August 29, 2015 / 10:12 pm

      Thanks, Nicole!

  21. Alice Warren
    August 30, 2015 / 12:43 am

    Sounds like a great way to spend a summer day. I love this gorgeous white dress on you! Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.

    • Tiina L
      August 31, 2015 / 7:05 pm

      Thanks, Alice! Living in Finland and the U.K. means that I can't take hot weather for granted, and summer dresses spend more time in the closet than in the sun. This is the only outing this one got all summer…

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