The Milder Side of Winter

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This exceptionally mild winter has made me fall into a bit of a style rut. And revealed the limitations of my winter wardrobe. I seem to be wearing the same outfit, or versions of the same outfit, on repeat.

There’s nothing wrong with repeating outfits, of course. And I do that quite a lot, whatever the season. But at this point I really, really hate most (if not all) of my winter clothes.

It’s simply a case of enough is enough, I suppose. No matter how you try to spin it, there are only so many different ways you can wear a cashmere sweater and corduroy trousers.

winter casual chic 1300 x 1000

winter casual chic 1300 x 1300

winter casual chic 1300 x 1000

As for the limitations of my wardrobe…

Well, remember I bought a new winter coat in December? The really warm and thick down coat? Yes, we actually had some snow then. For a while. And now, well, it’s been quite warm (= above freezing) most of the time. And what little snow we had was gone within hours. So, I haven’t really had a chance to wear the new coat. So annoying…

OK, let’s make one thing clear: I don’t like winter. I don’t miss snow, and I can do without cold weather.  But if I had known we were going to have such a mild winter, I would have bought a completely different type of coat. One more suitable for this weather: a little bit of rain, maybe even sleet, or sunshine with temperatures just above freezing. Because that is what is missing in my wardrobe.

Oh well, maybe next year…

In the meantime, here’s the umpteenth version of my latest style rut uniform: a cashmere sweater + cords + cashmere scarf. I added a wool coat because it when we took these photos it was actually quite warm (= no need for a thick parka). And a necklace as a desperate attempt to update the look just a bit.

I’m so ready for spring…

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casual chic over 50

Outfit details:
coat: Sand (old) / top: Adagio / trousers: Marks and Spencer (old) /
gloves: Saudo / bag: Lancel (old) / shoes: Nero Giardini (old) /
sunglasses: Woobs / necklace: Kalevala Koru


Have you had any snow or cold weather yet?

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  1. mireilleftm
    10 February 2020 / 3:36 pm

    That’s a pretty necklace! One thing I haven’t worn much this winter is my scarves: that is one way to change up a look. I have been noticing how much a pair of shoes changes a look too, so I have been alternating my shoes a lot for fun.

    • Tiina
      11 February 2020 / 7:49 pm

      Thanks! The necklace was an early Valentine’s gift from my husband, and something I’d been admiring for a while in the shop.
      Oh yes, scarves can liven up a look, and it’s an easy way to add a bit of colour, too.

  2. q
    11 February 2020 / 6:31 pm

    The real question being can we now say it is technically spring if temperature does not meet the criteria set for winter? That wouldn’t change the weather, but maybe it would give inspiration for outfits. You’ve at least variety of different coats, I’ve even worn the same coat since October for most of the days… -q

    • Tiina
      11 February 2020 / 7:53 pm

      Well, that’s an interesting question: it might be sunny and (relatively) warm(ish), but it might also start snowing in the next 5 minutes…
      For me, it’s spring when I can wear a much lighter coat and shoes. Until then, it’s still ‘cashmere weather’.

  3. 13 February 2020 / 1:04 am

    I think your outfit looks gorgeous – you manage to make things subtle and interesting with little quirks or the unexpected and I love the non-shouty type of style. Particularly love the bag and coat

    • Tiina
      13 February 2020 / 3:09 pm

      Thanks, Juliet. This bag has become one of my favourites; it’s surprisingly versatile as it goes with many different styles.

    • Tiina
      13 February 2020 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks, Michelle. Yes, I don’t know why but somehow I feel I have more options when it comes to warmer weather clothes. It’s totally irrational, of course. And I don’t think I have more warmer weather clothes to mix and match, either. Maybe it’s just in my head: I’m just not inspired by cold weather.

  4. 14 February 2020 / 6:32 am

    Great sunglasses and necklace. Looks like it’s pretty warm for the seaon up there in Finland. We still have temperatures around -30C up here in Interior Alaska. i guess it’s the more continental location than yours. Stay warm. Thanks for sharing your great look with my readers at the Top of the World Style linkup party.

    • Tiina
      19 February 2020 / 3:55 pm

      Thanks, Nicole. Oh yes, it has been unusually warm: above freezing most of the time. And very little snow, and even if we get some, it melts away almost immediately. I remember this time last year: it was -5C and there was a lot of snow. This is really a weird winter.

  5. 17 February 2020 / 1:11 pm

    I really like your coat with that knit, it’s a great pairing! ๐Ÿ™‚ I find I always want different things as the season draws to a close – it’s easy to feel like you are in a style rut sometimes! I’m trying to make more of an effort to mix it up a little but with our hot weather I seem to be defaulting to the same things over and over, haha!

    Hope that you had a wonderful weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup!

    • Tiina
      19 February 2020 / 3:57 pm

      Thanks, Mica! Yes, I seem to be wearing the same things all the time, too, in any season. I guess we have our favourites… Or, maybe it’s the weather: some clothes are simply easier and more practical.

    • Tiina
      19 February 2020 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks, Jessica. I’m not a cold weather person, either. But we’ve hardly had any cold weather, or snow, this year. It feels as if winter skipped us this year. Or because of some cosmic mishap, we had the winter meant for Southern Europe…

  6. shelbeeontheedge1
    24 February 2020 / 6:59 pm

    I donโ€™t find your outfits at all boring. I am inspired by your ability to create different outfit combinations with a minimalist wardrobe. I cannot do it. I am a clothing hoarder and have way more than any single person needs. This plaid coat was an absolute winner for sure even though your parka may not have been this winter. I am loving that pretty necklace and scarf, too. Thanks for linking up.


    • Tiina
      1 March 2020 / 6:13 pm

      Thank you. I’m trying to be a minimalist, but I think I still have way too much stuff, especially clothes (and bags), and it stresses me out. Probably because I live in a rather small flat and it looks so cluttered… But seriously, I’m much happier with less stuff, and I also value what I have more then.

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