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.
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.
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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