Sunshine and Rain

summer rain coat

The heatwave is over, for now at least. Finally. And not a minute too soon, I might add. As you know, I’m not a fan of hot weather, and it was getting a bit uncomfortable in our small flat, even with air conditioning.

So, now we’re back to so-called ‘normal Finnish summer weather’: sunshine, followed by rain, followed by sunshine, with some thunder and lightning thrown into the mix…

Anyway, as I like to be prepared for all occasions and weather conditions, I decided to get what was missing in my wardrobe: a proper raincoat. Not a windbreaker or a sports jacket but a genuine, old-style rain coat. Like the one I had as a child. OK, that one was yellow (why were raincoats always yellow back then?), probably not the best colour for me.

casual chic rainwear

rainy day 1300 x 1000

I wanted a simple style: short, but not too short, so that I could wear it with both trousers and maxi dresses. And loose enough (= no belt), so that I could wear it over a thicker pullover in autumn (can’t get clothes for just one season, right?). And in a colour that works with most of my clothes. In other words, not yellow.

And yes, it was raining when we took these photos. But it wasn’t cold (around 17 °C). And then it stopped raining and the sun came out.

rainy day 1300 x 800

rainy day 1300 x 1000

But since I know what a fickle bitch Mother Nature can be (as if rain followed by sunshine followed by more rain or thunder was a new trick. Oh, please!), I came prepared with a pair of sunglasses. As if I’d ever go anywhere without a pair of sunglasses… I have very sensitive eyes; I wear sunglasses even on a cloudy day.

casual rain coat

Outfit details:
rain coat : Didriksons  top: Esprit (old) / maxi skirt: Esprit /
shoes: Fila / bag: Furla (old) / sunglasses: Prada (old)

Did you have a yellow raincoat as a child?


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  1. 9 July 2020 / 11:29 am

    what a lovely raincoat!, I love that you found the not-too-short and loose-enough coat, which is so difficult!. I’ve been looking a summer raincoat too, and I’ve almost given up (my size is an additional problema).
    Our summers are becoming more and more uncomfortable as heatwaves are more frequent!, so annoying.
    Lovely comfy & cool style and so fab color combo and also fab accessories (lovely bag).

    • Tiina
      10 July 2020 / 12:44 pm

      Yes, finding a raincoat (or any coat) is always a bit of a challenge. I got very lucky with this one: there’s a new outlet village nearby where I live, and that’s where I found this coat (at a very good price, too!)
      We’ve been having those summer heatwaves, too, these past few years, but fortunately they usually last only a week or two at a time, and then there’s some cooler weather. The problem here is that if it’s hot during the day, it doesn’t really cool down at night at all (because of the white nights), so it gets really uncomfortable. That’s why I’m really enjoying the cooler weather and a little bit of rain now, not complaining at all.

  2. mireilleftm
    9 July 2020 / 3:26 pm

    I always get wet when it rains: either I don’t wear my raincoat or I forget my umbrella. This will be practical for all season and a universal color. Enjoy the cool off of the weather! Our weather will start cooling off in September.

    • Tiina
      10 July 2020 / 12:49 pm

      I know what you mean. I thought it would be good idea to keep a small umbrella in all of my bags for that reason, but I usually end up leaving it out when I get ready to head out the door because I find the bag gets ‘too heavy’…
      Yes, I think I can still wear this coat in early autumn or spring (though definitely not in winter), so I think I will get a lot of wear out of it.

  3. q
    9 July 2020 / 7:13 pm

    For some curious reason I don’t remember having a yellow raincoat as a child, I think mine were blue mostly (I do remember the rain pants with Paddington the bear print, but that is totally different story). I took that back when yellow rain coats were fashionable last time. Now my teenage daughter wears that yellow rain coat. Interesting, huh? My current raincoat is beige and it looks pretty much like a trench coat. And yes it is large enough to wear thicker clothes or even a coat underneath, so I can skip umbrella, when it both rains and is windy in the autumn. -q

    • Tiina
      10 July 2020 / 12:52 pm

      I think yellow raincoats had a bit of a moment a few years ago, again, and teenagers seem to be wearing them now, too.
      I think in this climate we need more than just one raincoat: one for each season…

    • Tiina
      10 July 2020 / 12:53 pm

      Thanks, Nicole. It’s a very basic style, so it goes with almost anything.

  4. Arlene Gomes
    10 July 2020 / 6:52 pm

    I am a natural redhead and so my mother was very particular about what colors she put on me as a kid. I had a plaid rain coat one year (with a matching umbrella)and a navy one when I got older. I cried and wanted red rain boots but no, that was a color my mother never put on me. I had white rain boots. I never had a yellow rain coat. Not sure why I didn’t unless that was a color that was on my mother’s “no” list. Ha Ha!! She was such a fashionista. Love your new rain coat. It seems like you really thought it out and got one that would match alot of clothes in your wardrobe and also it is multi seasonal. A great piece to have. Arlene from NJ

    • Tiina
      13 July 2020 / 8:11 pm

      Oh, your mother was cruel! She meant well, of course, and dressed you up in nice clothes, but to not let your wear a colour you liked…
      When I was little, I had mostly red clothes (and it certainly was not my mother’s favourite colour…). I remember my grandmother telling me that I was merely 2 years old when I insisted on getting a red bikini, nothing else would do.
      But for some reason everyone had yellow raincoats back then. For a long time I thought raincoats only came in yellow…

  5. shelbeeontheedge1
    11 July 2020 / 10:49 pm

    Cute raincoat, Tiina! I always assumed raincoats were bright yellow simply to brighten up a dreary rainy day, but I cannot wear that color either. My three raincoats are black, olive green, and black with bright pink details. It sounds like the weather in Finland is very similar to the weather in Northern New York. We get 1-2 months of summer which are stupid hot days followed by 14 rainy ones and before you know it, it’s snowing again! Thanks for linking up with me!


    • Tiina
      13 July 2020 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks! I thought raincoats were yellow so that when you’re wearing one you could be seen in the forest (picking berries or mushrooms). Or maybe that’s just what I remember from my childhood, people wearing yellow raincoats picking blueberries…

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