Who’s Afraid of Snow?

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When I was a child I lived in an area with cold winters and lots of snow. But now that I’ve been living in Helsinki (for most of my life, actually), I’ve got used to milder winters with significantly less snow. Or snow that comes and goes, over and over again, for months. However, for as long as I can remember we’ve always had snow in January and February, often accompanied by very cold weather, too. And this year seems to be no exception.

So, what does that mean, as far as winter outfits are concerned?

Well, for us Nordics, snow is normal: we don’t let it disrupt our daily routine. Nobody in their right mind would ever think of using something as trivial as cold weather or snow as an excuse to stay home instead of going to work. So what if it’s cold outdoors? You dress warmly, that’s all there is to it. In other words, a warm coat and shoes are a must.

As for what goes under the warm coat… Well, houses are well-insulated, with double (or triple) windows, and central heating that makes indoor temperatures at best comfortable and at worst tropical. So, thick pullovers and layers of wool just make you sweat.

down jacket

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And my solution?

First, the ubiquitous cashmere sweater: lightweight enough not to make me sweat, and this time in a neutral blueish grey shade (which matches my eyes perfectly, by the way…).

And as you can see, I’m  again wearing what has quickly become the favourite coat of the season. Given that it wasn’t really that cold (just below freezing) when these photos were taken, this coat was warm enough. And the furry thing hanging from my bag, that’s my earmuffs. The coat doesn’t have a hood, and the wind can be brutal.

Anyway, thinking about the toasty indoor temperatures, I decided to wear jeans.

But surely I must be wearing something warm under the jeans, is that what you’re wondering? Well, I’m wearing just knee-high socks. No, I never wear tights under trousers (too much layering for me: makes me feel too constricted). Yes, my friends think I’m crazy, too, but I assure you I’m not cold. And if/when it gets colder, I’ll wear a longer, thicker coat (the one that makes me look like a walking duvet).

But it’s the shoes that make all the difference when it comes to winter wear: cold weather and snow require thick soles and a good grip on slippery streets. And you can’t have cold feet (literally), so some sort of warm lining is a must.

what to wear when it's cold

lace-up boots

Outfit details:

cashmere sweater: Repeat / down jacket: KappAhl / jeans. Next (old) /

bag: Coach / scarf: A + more / boots: Janita / gloves: Mutka

What do you wear when there’s snow?


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  1. Patti
    28 January 2018 / 11:33 pm

    i trust you 100% on how to dress warmly in the snow, Tiina! Cashmere is such a great layer, and feels good too – this color is perfect for you. Thanks for linking up, xo-Pattihttp://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Tiina L
      29 January 2018 / 2:52 pm

      Thanks, Patti. Cashmere is a life-saver: I wear it every day from November till March.

  2. Tina von Tinaspinkfriday
    29 January 2018 / 5:34 am

    Cashmere for cold winter days, a very good choice. I am afraid of snow, these year it's only raining in our Rhein- Neckar- Area.I wish you a nice week Tiina, Tina

    • Tiina L
      29 January 2018 / 2:55 pm

      Thanks, Tina.I love cashmere… that's the only good thing about winter. I'm not a winter person. Actually, I don't mind snow so much. It's the zero degree weather I hate: the slush and icy streets…

  3. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    29 January 2018 / 8:06 am

    I love cashmere too Tiina – it's so wonderful to wear. It's hard to be afraid of snow in the UK, we only get a sprinkle! x

    • Tiina L
      29 January 2018 / 2:57 pm

      Yes, there's nothing better than cashmere on your skin…I think I've seen enough snow for this year; I'd be happy to skip the rest of the winter. Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn't seem to agree.

  4. Jill James
    30 January 2018 / 8:47 am

    Practice makes perfect and you have cold weather dressing summed up. I can only imagine living in a country with really cold Winters- here everyone complains when we have frost.

    • Tiina L
      31 January 2018 / 4:37 pm

      I think I've had enough cold weather practice to last me the rest of my life… Every January I get so fed up winter and snow that I have this imminent urge to move somewhere with a warmer climate. even though I hate hot weather perhaps even more…

  5. Jessica Jannenga
    2 February 2018 / 5:03 pm

    I am sure you are an expert for dressing in the snow! 🙂 Love the cashmere and warm and cozy coat! Great color and i thought the earmuffs was a pompom hanging off your purse! that is one area I hate to get cold.. when your ears hurt!Have a good weekend, thanks for linking!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Tiina L
      2 February 2018 / 7:04 pm

      Thanks, Jessica. Yes, ears getting cold, that's the worst. After the feet, that is. For me it's feet, throat and ears that must be warm, then I'm fine.

  6. juliettsstyleglam
    4 February 2018 / 11:09 pm

    My feet should be warm as well as y ears. for me once the feet are taken care of I can face any mountain. You're doing great girl

    • Tiina L
      7 February 2018 / 3:55 pm

      Oh yes, I agree. Warm shoes, can't do without that. Thanks.

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