Winter is Here

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What do you wear when it gets cold?

Of course, that depends on your definition of ‘cold‘. Which in turn depends on your geographical location, climate, the time of year etc. Suffice it to say that one person’s definition of ‘cold’ can be another’s ‘cool summer day’…

Anyway, when these photos were taken, it was sunny and around -6 °C. This is perfectly normal for Helsinki in January, although a bit colder than what we’ve got used to in the past couple of years. In other words, it looks like winter has finally arrived, and more importantly, plans to stay for a while.

This means that I can finally get some wear out of the really warm down coat I bought last year.  This coat is practically pristine: I wore it only a couple of times last winter. And when I did, I was getting way too hot and sweaty in no time. It was an unusually warm winter

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Something tells me this winter is going to be different, though. Perhaps it’s the fact that it has been snowing non-stop for a few days.

Anyway, I don’t particularly like winter. Ever since I was a child I’ve preferred to stay indoors when it gets cold. It used to drive my mother crazy: she had to practically force me to go skating with her, or play in the snow with other children. I just wanted to stay in and a read a book.

Of course, that’s what I usually wanted to do in summer, too, especially on a hot day. Maybe I’m just not an outdoorsy type…


50+ blogger winter outfit

Outfit details (all old):
coat: Joutsen / trousers: Repeat / bag: Furla /
sunglasses: Woobs / shoes: Ten Points / scarf: Balmuir


Do you like winter?

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  1. 13 January 2021 / 10:26 pm

    Glad to see you perfectly warm and elegant in your down coat!, it’s a really lovely coat with a good shape! (and they’re hard to find!).
    We have some Real Winter here too, after some years of mild winters. So I’ve worn my winter coats, that have been neglected for a long time. The centre of the country has received a good blanket of snow and some freezing temperatures, but not in my zone (we had just a few centimetres of snow). Actually -6ºC is something we have rarely during the day, only in the colder nights.
    You’re right, cold is something relative!

    • Tiina L
      15 January 2021 / 3:31 pm

      Thanks! It’s -22 today, and sunny… I’ve been working from home all week, and now I’m trying to decide whether going to the supermarket two blocks away is absolutely necessary…

  2. mireilleftm
    14 January 2021 / 4:05 pm

    I am definitely not one for extreme weather but I think I would rather it be cold than too hot. It gets really hot and humid here in the summer and at least with cold weather you can always add more layers!

    • Tiina L
      15 January 2021 / 3:34 pm

      I agree. Although I just wear a bigger coat (can’t stand layers). But at least it’s easier to escape the cold by staying indoors. Houses here always warm in winter but in summer they turn into saunas…

  3. arlene gomes
    14 January 2021 / 11:29 pm

    Hi! You asked if anyone likes winter. I hate winter! I live in NJ (US) and so far the winter hasn’t been that bad but it’s just the start. Today it was 49 degrees F which is quite warm for this time of year. I would rather stay inside and, like you, read a book! BTW, I love what you did in your dining area at your new apartment. Very pretty! Love the new curtains. Stay safe and keep warm! Arlene from NJ

    • Tiina L
      15 January 2021 / 3:36 pm

      Thanks, Arlene! I love the new curtains, too. I didn’t have any curtains for years, so this is a huge change.

  4. q
    19 January 2021 / 7:37 pm

    That down coat has such a lovely colour and the diagonal stitches are for sure more flattering to any figure than horizontal. Is is now too warm to wear that coat? -q

    • Tiina L
      20 January 2021 / 4:05 pm

      Thanks! Well, to be honest, I haven’t spent much time outdoors lately…

  5. shelbeeontheedge1
    24 January 2021 / 8:17 pm

    You look super cozy in your down coat! It is the kind of coat I needed today when we headed out into -6 degrees Fahrenheit (that would be -21 degrees Celsius). And I just mentioned to my husband that today is the first day in two weeks that it isn’t snowing here! It gets old really fast. I am content staying indoors all winter long as well and when it gets too hot in summer!


    • Tiina L
      25 January 2021 / 12:28 pm

      Wow, that is cold! It can get really cold here, too, but it usually never lasts long. But what I really hate about winter is the constant cycle of just-below-freezing temperatures (and lots of snow) followed just-above-freezing and then freezing temperatures again: it makes the streets dangerously icy and turns all the snow into slush. And I agree: winter gets old really fast, can’t wait for the spring to arrive.

  6. 24 January 2021 / 11:30 pm

    that coat looks perfect for the cold although I can’t imagine that temperature! it never gets that cold here, it never snows either. When we went to Europe we struggled a little as the spring temperatures were firmly winter temperatures for us, everyone walking around in shorts and talking about heatwaves as we had 3 or more layers on, haha!

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope that you had a great weekend :) We managed to spend a lot of time outdoors which was fun :)

    • Tiina L
      25 January 2021 / 12:34 pm

      Oh, you know, we pay less attention to the actual weather: it’s the time of year that determines how we see the weather. For example, +10 in March or April is ‘unusually warm’, almost summer, whereas in June the same temperature ‘too cold’, almost autumnal…

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