Clearly, there are general fashion trends all over the world, and there are related local tendencies. Though my post relates to outfits, it has nothing to do with fashion. Instead, I want to tell you about some interesting aspects regarding dressing habits in Finland and Portugal, driven by the climate factor. Needless to say, the temperature in Finland and Portugal differs significantly, and it affects the understanding of what ‘warm’ and ‘cold’ is. Here are the things, which surprised me (from South-Russian perspective).
Finland. Finnish people are cold-resistant, and they are never scared of low temperatures. Finnish summers are not that hot, and there are days with around only +13 degrees C°. For me, this is cold, and I usually put on a jacket and scarf. Interestingly, people in Finland have the same outfit as if it is +20 degrees, and they wear shorts T-shirts, and sandals. At some point, I asked my Finnish friend about this. He kindly provided the logical answer: “It is summer, you need to dress like it is summer”.
Portugal. Portuguese winters are mild with around +11-13 degrees C°. My first visit to Portugal was at the end of November, and I was lucky with the weather back then, it was +20 degrees! Understandably, I took summer dresses, ballerinas, and a light trench coat, as it is summer according to Finnish standards. The locals were quite shocked by my summery look, and I was shocked back by theirs. People were wearing winter coats and boots, almost everyone had a warm scarf. I can continue the logic of my friend here by saying that in winter, you dress like it is winter…
How do you dress in winters and in summers? Are you cold resistant?
P. S. On the pictures +18 degrees, Finland. I do need a jacket! ☺