So, I finally bought a new winter coat…
It was well overdue, too, given that the last time I bought a winter coat must have been at least 10 years ago.
Perhaps I should specify what I mean by a winter coat in this context, though… Obviously, what you consider a proper winter coat depends on your definition of winter. I mean, do you need a coat for rainy, cold weather? Or for a slightly cooler but not really cold weather? Or do you need a coat that keeps you warm in sub-zero temperatures?
I live in southern Finland, and the winters here can be cold. Most of the time, it’s around -5°C (23°F), maybe -10 °C (14°F), but the temperature can get as low as -20 °C (-4 °F) for a while. It can also be very windy, which makes it feel even colder.
So, what I need is a big down parka. The bigger the better.
I also need a big, puffy coat because I don’t do layering. For starters, I hate layering. It’s just uncomfortable. For me, a cold-weather outfit means a cashmere sweater and trousers under a big coat. The coat is all the insulation I need when I go outdoors.
The way I see it, getting dressed in winter (in Finland, that is) means dressing for two different climates: the (almost) arctic cold when you go outdoors, whereas indoors it’s a balmy 20 °C (68 °F).
That’s why I would never wear a thermal vest under my cashmere sweater. Well, maybe if I was going skiing. As it happens, the last time I went skiing I was 12 (at school, it was mandatory, and I hated it).
By the way, I also never wear tights (or pantyhose, for my American readers) under trousers (yep, too much layering again). So, in these pictures, I was wearing just ankle socks and ankle boots.
OK, it wasn’t really that cold: just -3 °C (26°F). But what about when it gets really cold? Surely I’ll wear tights, then? Well, maybe. Although I’ll try to avoid it for as long as I can. I might wear knee-high socks and boots instead, for example.
Anyway… I found my winter coat, and I couldn’t be happier. Be warned: this is the coat you’ll be seeing in all my posts till March.
Maybe I need to start shooting outfits indoors…
coat: Joutsen / scarf: A + more / bag: Furla / gloves: Sauso
shoes: Nero Giardini (old) / trousers: Marks and Spencer (old)
What do you wear in winter when it gets cold?
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