The Amazing Travelling Tartan Coat

wool coat

I recently rediscovered this old coat in my wardrobe…

For a while now I have been looking for a lightweight wool coat that travels well and goes with anything. And it seems it was right under my nose all this time.

coat: Manuela Conti / shoes: Clarks / sunglasses: Tom Ford

I haven’t worn this old coat for years, I didn’t even remember I had it. 

It happens: you get tired of your old clothes and push them to the back of the wardrobe and forget about them. And then one day when you’re having one of those I-have-nothing-to-wear moments, pulling out old things to toss them, there it is: the old coat that suddenly looks like the perfect solution to the current wardrobe crisis.

purple bag
bag: Gloria Ortiz / gloves: Sauso

And the current wardrobe crisis would be…?

Most wool coats are bulky, and take up a lot of space in the suitcase. And given the changeable weather, I would always need at least two coats for winter /autumn (i.e. a wool coat for sunny days and something more appropriate for rain). I also hate having to squash my coat to make it fit into the aircraft overhead locker. That is precisely the problem I have with the blue coat I showed you a few weeks ago, which makes it less than ideal when I commute between the Homebases.

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Could this humble old coat solve the problem?

Perhaps, at least it packs well (tried and tested now), takes significantly less space in the overhead locker and as a result emerges looking tidier.

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And it looks quite nice, too, especially when jazzed up with some colour-pop accessories. What do you think?


PS: Dilettante Artist has her own blog now, The Dilettante Artist’s Gallery,  where I will be posting (very infrequently) random pictures: illustration, photomanipulation, that sort of thing. And there is a pretty, new widget on the sidebar to take you there…

Linking up with: Throw Back Thursday, Passion 4 Fashion
Linking up with Sacramento and Rosy for Share-in-Style


  1. Natalia Lialina
    December 4, 2014 / 7:11 pm

    I am glad that you found it! It really is a beauty, and suits you so well. I think you are right. The blue coat seems to be more for a fancy night out, and this quiet (yet still striking) coat is perfect for a travel – but you can dress it up too. It's a keeper! xxx

    • Tiina L
      December 6, 2014 / 11:38 am

      Thanks, Natalia! I have this crazy obsession of trying to fit my entire wardtobe into one suitcase… Time to give up such a ridiculous idea and face the fact that I need more than one, or two or three, coats…

  2. Jessica Jannenga
    December 5, 2014 / 6:43 pm

    I really like this coat on you, great color and i am a fan of plaid coats. Stay warm!from the link upplease stop by, jess xx

    • Tiina L
      December 6, 2014 / 11:39 am

      Thanks, Jessica. It's a bit like having a totally new coat because I haven't worn it for a few years.

  3. dan
    December 6, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    Not only the coat travels well and goes with anything, but it is also very nice on you! it always surprises me to think how many forgotten clothes can be found in a woman's closet! :-)p.s.I thank you very much for your kind words on my blog! It is so nice to see that people who live away feel close to you…

    • Tiina L
      December 8, 2014 / 10:13 am

      Thanks Dan. I have clothes in two countries, so it's easy for me to forget what I have. And then it's a nice surprise to find something I haven't worn for ages.

  4. Dawn Lucy
    December 6, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    Isn't it fun to rediscover old clothes? Looks fabulous and loving the pops of pink!OXOXDawn Lucy

    • Tiina L
      December 8, 2014 / 10:17 am

      Yes, absolutely! I just arrived in Britain last night (having spent several weeks in Finland), and saw what I have in the wardrobe here… it's like having a whole new wardrobe!

  5. Alice Warren
    December 9, 2014 / 6:08 am

    So glad that you rediscovered this great coat in your closet. I love the colors and how you paired with the pretty mint underneath.Thank you for sharing on TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next

    • Tiina L
      December 9, 2014 / 11:48 am

      Thanks, Alice. Colour is so important, especially now when it's cold and grey.

  6. María Vega MeryShopping
    February 2, 2015 / 9:10 am

    Your coat is so beautifull!! And I love your blog too! Kisses!

    • Tiina L
      February 3, 2015 / 6:48 pm

      Thank you so much, that's so sweet of you. Muchas gracias.

    • Tiina L
      February 3, 2015 / 6:46 pm

      Thank you, so sweet of you.

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