Darlenes Tweet “Wish I were a multiple-coat woman like @CCRTina. Great look from top to bottom on Hourglassy today. http://hourglassy.com/2013/09/corporate-curves-report-top-to-bottom/ …” last week made me wonder. Is it not common in general to be a multiple-coat woman, or is it just not common among the above average busted women? Or is it just me?

I admit I’ve always had a thing for coats. My friends have pointed that out to me several times. I went through my coat racks, and if I don’t count the casual out and about coats and just my normal daywear coats, the total is 13, and I’m sure I forgot some winter ones that are in my storage boxes. In my defense, I do live in a country where the only natural hazard listed is: “Cold periods in winter pose a threat to the unprepared.” 😀

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At our summer house in the winter – collecting fireworks trash after NYE. Behind the trees you can see the frozen, snow covered lake in front of the small island.

That is nothing to laugh about though since it is very real. It reminds me vividly of Millennium in Lapland where we had a surfer dude from Brisbane, Australia with us. He wanted to learn how to snowboard, but it was a cold week and at its warmest it was -20 Celsius degrees (about -4 in Fahrenheits). It was like teaching a small kid, and we always needed to stop him before going out and go through what he was wearing in detail. How could he have known how to stay warm? Well, we do since we have to.

Lake Rotorua in New Zealand in July a few years back - middle of their winter.
Lake Rotorua in New Zealand in July a few years back – middle of their winter.

So I’m inviting all readers to browse my coat rack and launching this series of posts where I’m going through my coat collection.

And I’ve already posting two coats I did not count. 🙂 But today’s post focuses on the black cold autumn transformable riding coat. It’s too cold for anything under -5 celsius and too hot for anything over +5 celsius – except when I transform it into a vest.

Hööks transformable coat with removable sleeves and a hood. Sides have zips for horseriding purposes. @Hunua falls in Auckland, New Zealand.
Hööks transformable coat with removable sleeves and a hood. Sides have zips for horseriding purposes. @Hunua falls in Auckland, New Zealand.

I actually really like buying my more casual coats from Hööks which is a Nordic equestrian equipment chain. They have great quality with reasonable prices and non horse people would never guess the clothes are designed for equestrian purposes – no big logos or horsey pictures on most items. But this coat is really too hot for warmer autumn weather. Never wear a coat that makes you feel hot–if you sweat up at all under the coat, you’ll end up feeling cold despite wearing a warm coat, a mistake I see southern European tourists make in Helsinki often.

I went coat shopping last night and after trying on tens of coats, I finally found my new winter coat. But more about the more formal coats in posts to come! Some are just high-street off the rack, and some are Pepperberry. Some fit great and some fit ok and some fit with compromises I’m willing to make.