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What To Wear In Winter When It Feels Like Spring

As their famously chilly country warms up, young Estonians are modeling spring looks a little earlier this year.

Photographer Masha Demianova
February 25, 2016
Shirt MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH, skirt ISSEY MIYAKE.  

The young people of Tallinn, when asked, will define their small Estonian city by its chilly atmosphere: gray buildings and months of darkness, with bitter winters and summers that barely hover around 60 degrees, and a stern affect coursing through it all. But even former Soviet strongholds aren’t impervious to climate change; the past few years have seen the city’s winters shrinking and mellowing out, its heavy snows replaced by warm spells, mud, and rain.

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What’s more, the changing temperatures have arrived in tandem with a sort of cultural thaw, as the younger residents of Tallinn, the birthplace of Skype, are becoming increasingly globally connected and socially conscious. “People say Estonians are unfriendly,” one of the Tallinn locals who modeled for our story explained, as she walked through the countryside in the early winter, dressed in spring’s cheerful colors. “But it just depends who you talk to.”

Shirt TIGRAN AVETISYAN.  
Shirt MARNI, pants PENGUIN.  
“In the summer, I long for those storms and those rainy days. I feel more emotional in the winter.” —Eliann
Dress KAREN WALKER, sunglasses KAREN WALKER, bracelets CARA CRONINGER.  
Left: Sweater JONATHAN SIMKHAI, skirt SUZANNE RAE. Right: Dress MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH.  
“Tallinn is the most perfect city. It has everything, a crowded center, and quieter areas. There’s only 100 days in the year where you can see the sunshine.” —Taavi
Jacket HICKEY FREEMAN, shirt LEVI'S VINTAGE CLOTHING, jeans LEVI'S VINTAGE CLOTHING, sunglasses SALT.OPTICS.  
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“Estonia’s weather is always unexpected. Sometimes we have beautiful winters with white snow, but lately they’ve been brown and dirty, not cold at all. We should do something about our wastefulness.” —Kristina
Jacket FREEMANS SPORTING CLUB, shirt PATAGONIA, pants MARNI, shoes PENGUIN.  



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