What to Wear in Madeira in mid-winter

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Guess what, this is the last of my holiday outfit posts. Well, given that it’s been almost three weeks since I got back from Madeira, maybe it’s time to bring this series of posts to an end. And this time, we’re looking at ‘cooler weather’ outfits, or what to wear in Madeira in winter. Or, what they call ‘winter’ in Madeira…

Anyway, if your idea of the perfect holiday (in mid-winter) is spending your days on the beach, baking in the hot sun, Madeira is not your destination.

For starters, it’s not hot. Which makes it perfect mid-winter holiday destination for me.

I hate hot weather, and I hate the beach. I never sunbathe, and I can’t swim (yes, I know, very odd for someone coming from ‘the land of a thousand lakes’).

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The weather in Madeira in December is very pleasant: around 18-20 °C (about 64-68 °F). Not exactly beach weather, but if that’s what they call winter, I’ll take it. For me, that’s the perfect weather: neither too hot nor too cold.

However, that meant I had to pack a few ‘colder weather’ outfits, too. enter the two of most most worn pieces: the Burgundy and white striped top and the burgundy poncho. I won’t even try to count how many times these two have been featured on the blog (either together or separately).

But, as you know, for me it’s all about the accessories: 

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The little cork bag can be worn as a clutch or across the body. And the shoes… Well, another one of those impulse purchases.

Note the thick soles. That’s what you need in Madeira. Seriously, forget any shoes without soles at least 3-4 cm thick. They’re just useless, dead weight in you suitcase. You need some serious walking shoes in Madeira. And I’m not talking about hiking now; even if you have no plans for levada walks, you need proper footwear to navigate the city streets.

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Outfit details:

poncho: Marja Kurki / top: Vila (old) / trousers: Marimekko /

bag: Artipel / shoes: Geox / sunglasses: Nina Ricci

location: Funchal, Madeira


What’s your ideal mid-winter holiday destination?


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  1. 28 January 2019 / 9:21 am

    That temperature would suit me too. I’m not a fan of hot beach holidays. Thanks for the inspiration, I’ve alays liked the sound of Madeira xx Maria

    • Tiina
      31 January 2019 / 12:30 pm

      Thanks, Maria. Madeira is a great place for a winter holiday. The weather is pleasant and there’s a lot to do.

  2. 28 January 2019 / 3:19 pm

    I’m totally in love with your new sneakers, so fabulous! and the sole looks perfect for a walk on those cobblestones!
    Also love your bag, such a cute piece, colorful and really original!
    Your burgundy shawl keep on rocking!

    • Tiina
      31 January 2019 / 12:32 pm

      Thanks! The sneakers are a bit different from my usual, far more minimalist style. But they are so comfortable! And you know that I’m practically the poster girl for comfortable shoes…

  3. 30 January 2019 / 8:58 am

    Madeira in Winter sounds good to me too, a bit like many parts of Australia in Winter. I,m not a beach girl either .
    Those shoes are really fabulous and look so comfortable for walking. Your outfit is just the perfect mix of stylish and casual.

    • Tiina
      31 January 2019 / 12:34 pm

      Thanks, Jill. Yes, Madeira in winter is great. That’s my kind of winter: sort of like summer in Finland…

    • Tiina
      31 January 2019 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you, Ivana. The print is what made me buy them, although it’s not my usual style.

  4. mummabstylish
    31 January 2019 / 3:26 pm

    In love with your trainers – need to inject more colour and pattern into my footwear. Thanks for sharing on #chicand stylish #linkup Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Tiina
      4 February 2019 / 11:24 am

      Thanks, Jacqui. This is not a typical choice for me as far as footwear is concerned. I tend to go for something more understated (and versatile). But I hope to get a lot of wear out of these shoes nevertheless.

  5. 1 February 2019 / 6:57 am

    In your outfit, it’s all in the details, The sunnies, the earrings, the shoes. And everythings so understated. One has to look twice. So cool understated! Genia.

    • Tiina
      4 February 2019 / 11:26 am

      Thanks, Nicole! That’s the essence of Finnish style: keep its simple and understated, but pay attention to details.

  6. 1 February 2019 / 3:57 pm

    This outfit looks so comfortable and practical. I don’t see a lot of cork handbags, but I really like the texture.

    • Tiina
      4 February 2019 / 11:31 am

      Thanks, Kimberly. They make all sorts of bags (and belts, and hats, and even umbrellas) from cork in Portugal. Some of the stuff is the usual touristy crap, but there are also items that show real craftsmanship and are truly special. There’s a little shop in Funchal (Madeira) I always go to, and they have really beautiful items (accessories, kitchenware etc) that are more upmarket and trendy.

  7. Heidi
    7 January 2022 / 9:07 pm

    Headed to Madeira/Funchal on Monday! What is the name of the shop that sells this purse – so cute!

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