A red leather jacket and Project Sister Act

Red leather jacket No Fear of Fashion 675It never rains but it pours… Well, for my bank account the meaning of this saying is true (bad things happening). As for red jackets this was a good thing. Only one week after I bought my long red jacket, I found this cute red leather jacket. I weighed things up (that was a negative), I considered the options of this shorter jacket (that had more positive sides) and I asked my colleagues for their opinion. They tried not to influence me but did admit it looked good on me. When the shop assistant added the scarf, the four of us went: “ohh, that’s nice!” and it was a done deal. I am on bread and water for two months. But looking darned good haha.

At least… I hope I am looking good. Buying such a short jacket is something I avoided for years as I do not have a perfect and round bottom. But accepting my body as it is, makes me feel free. My bum is not that bad I should hide it. Which brings me to another topic of this post: PROJECT SISTER ACT. Sheela Goh of the blog Sheela Writes wrote a post about fashion being for every age and started Project Sister Act, a co-operation with other bloggers to demonstrate that you should dress to your liking not to fashion rules dictated by… yes, by who? I don’t like being dictated, so I agreed to participate. You will see 6 bloggers from teen to 60 (me), all dressed in red. Who said you cannot wear red after 30 or 40? How ridiculous. You should only abandon a colour if YOU think you don’t like your look in the mirror in that particular colour. My mother is 87 and wears red jumpers. She looks fabulous in them.

Here we go.

Below: in her teens: Eve, The world according to EveEve of The world according to EveBelow: in her twenties, the lovely Miranda (Shop & Twirl)Miranda Shop & TwirlBelow: in her thirties: Miriam (Farm Girl). She doesn’t look like a typical farm girl, does she?farmgirlmiriamBelow: in her forties, the magnificent Sheela Goh (Sheela Writes). A woman who doesn’t let anybody dictate her anything. A fighter, a surviver. A woman.Sheela Writes in redBelow: in her fifties: Tania (50 is not old). As you can guess I totally agree… 50 is not old. Tania demonstrates this perfectly.50 is not old - Fashion is agelessBelow: and me, 61:Red leather jacket at the gaspump-3If you are wondering about the cute car (Fiat 500), it is a car on loan to Ron. His BMW 1 got broken into. For the second time in a month. Below: This is what his dashboard looks like after the criminals remove the airbags, radio and navigation system:Red leather jacket at the gaspump-1My dear husband is not very pleased with this. The cute Fiat softens the pain a little bit. Below: filling her up.Red leather jacket at the gaspump-2Below: Do I have wrinkles? Sure. Am I over 60? No doubt. Does red suit me? Oh yes. I say red is a lovely colour.Red leather jacket with scarfI hope you take a look at the blogs of my fellow red wearing bloggers.

Greetje

PS also linking up with Retro Chic Mama… Reasons to dress. Have a look at the lovely outfits.

And linking up to Kremb de la Kremb who is wearing an awesome leather biker jacket herself. Plus playing host to several other bloggers.

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  1. 26 February 2016 / 08:42

    Stunning, Greetje. Your first photo floored me, which is a good thing. Oh dear, only bread and water for a month? – you’ll have to go buy a new wardrobe after that. Hahaha. The jacket is worth it. Your Sister Act women all look great in their reds too. Each look is so different.

    It’s a shame about Ron’s car. It would be like someone wrecking your clothes. I hope the repairs are done well and that you enjoy this cute car in the meantime. What a beauty.

    • 26 February 2016 / 16:07

      Ron got himself a very sweet deal carwise. More about that later. Now over to me flooring you. Hah!! Never thought I would achieve that.??

  2. Katie
    26 February 2016 / 13:32

    Wow, Greetje, you are rocking that jacket….what a great buy!

    Poor Ron, that really stinks.

    Off to work!xx

    • 26 February 2016 / 16:08

      I am very pleased with the jacket. I think it will also work in skirts although I haven’t tried it yet. And don’t worry about Ron. He solved the matter brilliantly.

  3. 26 February 2016 / 14:12

    Red truly does suit you. The shop assistant really knew what they were doing when they added the scarf.

    I really love the whole outfit. The jacket is fabulous. You always look great in pants.

    You may need a shopping intervention at some point! LOL Don’t count on me for that.

    What a shame about Ron’s car. The loaner is super cute though.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • 26 February 2016 / 16:10

      And who would think I would find TWO great red jackets within a month. I am enjoying it.

  4. Cristina Margarita Gomez Sarabia
    26 February 2016 / 14:25

    You look wonderful, it was a good choice and worth value to be on bread and water for a month
    🙂

    • 26 February 2016 / 16:10

      Glad you agree ????

  5. Christine
    26 February 2016 / 14:30

    What a fantastic look on you! And the cohort cut makes your gorgeous long legs look even longer. My husband bought me a red leather jacket a few years ago. It sat in my closet for a long time before I had the courage to wear it. I work in a law office where the unspoken dress code is boring and drab. I can thank bloggers like you for pushing me to wear edgier clothes. Now I am comfortable pairing it with tailored skirts and dresses and I get all sorts of compliments. It is surprisingly versatile piece of clothing.

    • 26 February 2016 / 16:16

      A red leather jacket makes a skirt look more modern so I will definitely pair it with skirts too. The shop assistant of my longer red jacket (see previous post) said she loved the jacket but was too afraid to wear such a colour. That really amazed me. What could be wrong about a fitted rather classic jacket? The colour red??? I cannot get my head around that. Beyond my comprehension. So I am pleased you have overcome your initial reluctance. And experiencing such good vibes.

  6. 26 February 2016 / 17:06

    Vavavoom Greetje! Wow, this looks fantastic on you. I am so envious of your legs that go on for days. The color combination with the fun scarf – yes, it all works in perfect unison. Sometimes we have to starve for good fashion 🙂

    • 26 February 2016 / 17:09

      Such a compliment from such a good stylist… thank you very much. And yes my legs are my assets, so I flaunt them as much as I can.

  7. 26 February 2016 / 17:22

    I love your post Greetje. Wise words, and so much love and empowerment to women!
    Limitations only exist when we let them, and I think we are all doing a damn fine job of having broken free!
    I’m proud to be in such good company. You look fabulous!

    • 26 February 2016 / 17:39

      Thank you very much Miriam. It is a pleasure to join forces with you. I hope I showed you that fashion isn’t dead when you grow older haha.

  8. 26 February 2016 / 17:24

    You know the saying….If the shoe fits, buy it!! And that very much applies to jackets, because who knows when you could find one that fit so well again—it could be years! Besides—it’s usually feast or famine in my experience….you just happen to be feasting in clothes and you’ll be in famine for food—ha ha!!
    Love this group of women—thanks for the intro!
    As for Ron’s car—that’s crazy! The loaner almost looks like a taxi!!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • 26 February 2016 / 17:41

      That is a good expression: feast or famine. Must remember that one. It is the one I meant. Not being native in English has its problems. My husband will throw me little bites of food now and then haha.
      Ron has found a perfect solution for his car. More about that much later. And yes the loaner does look like a taxi. A cute one.

  9. Erna
    26 February 2016 / 17:30

    You look fabulous in your red outfit!

    • 26 February 2016 / 17:42

      ahhh… that is nice of you to comment. Much appreciated. You were one of the four who helped me to buy it. So if I starve, I will come begging for a crust of bread at your door.

  10. 26 February 2016 / 18:29

    You look stunning in Red! And Wowza, your legs are fabulous. Wrinkles be damned. You look awesome. I like to think mine just add character. Now if they could only add 6″ to my short legs, I’d be thrilled.

    • 26 February 2016 / 19:54

      I don’t have to tell you Jennifer, there are lots of things you can do to trick the eye. And how to put emphasis on the pluspoints you have. Thus destracting the eye of bodyparts you don’t want to highlight. As you know all these things. But thank you for the compliments. I might use that phrase “they add character” haha. I do have parts of my body for which this is very applicable.

  11. 26 February 2016 / 18:30

    Greetje, I so enjoy reading your posts. And since our coloring is very similar, I want one of everything you buy. I especially love the scarf with the red jacket. Any chance I can find that online or in the USA?

    • 26 February 2016 / 20:03

      Hi Gitte, here is a link to the site of the brand which sells the scarf (€ 89):
      http://www.be-witched.nl/nieuwe-collectie-sjaals-bewitched-1640
      You can choose the colour of the tassle (cream, gold, black and wool-white).
      However the siteis in Dutch.
      You could mail them, and ask them if they ship to the USA and if so, how much they would charge for sending it to you. This is their email address:
      info@be-witched.nl
      If everything fails I can order it for you, you pay me and I will ship it. But then you cannot return it anymore I suppose as too much time will pass before returning.
      There is no clue to what material it is. So I presume it is not silk but polyester otherwise they would tell.

    • 26 February 2016 / 20:06

      On the World Tennis Tournament… of all places. My bank sponsors this event and we had a team meeting there. I thought I was safe. Turns out it was “ladies day”. And they had a hall full of clothes, jewellery, bags… Tsss. I think the people who sold the jacket are real event sales people. No shop. This is their website. I couldn’t find the jacket anywhere. Brand label is Cosh (by Coco Fashion):
      https://www.coco-fashion.com/

  12. 26 February 2016 / 18:50

    Hot dah-umn Greetje! You. Look. Good. NO…you look gorgeous! And what a perfect example of how much an accessory can elevate a look. The scarf really makes your entire outfit sing!

    What a great idea…sharing a post with the generations. I look forward to visiting all of these, new to me, blogs!

    When I went a car show a few years back…{I know, but it was a way to spend the day with my husband and brother}, I fell in love with the Fiat 500. They are such cute cars. It is puzzling to me that a thief would steal an airbag. So frustrating to see the damage done to Ron’s car.

    • 26 February 2016 / 20:08

      Apparently airbags are hot in criminal country. But Ron solved his problem brilliantly. More about that another time.
      Thank you for your raving review of my jacket with scarf.

  13. Barbara
    26 February 2016 / 18:50

    I think this is the most stunning you have ever looked in these posts. Most sincerely meant and we should all keep trying to find the right look for our times, whatever they are. Thanks for inspiring me

    • 26 February 2016 / 20:08

      Ahhh. how sweet of you. What a lovely compliment. I will wear it tomorrow with great pride.

  14. 26 February 2016 / 18:54

    Ever since I “unearthed” you on IG, I’ve adored you, Greetje. Note that I use the word “unearthed” specifically because I feel as though I’ve stumbled upon a rare gem of a person. Someone who’s honest, shoots from the hip, and is incredibly witty with words despite the fact that English isn’t her first language (nor is it mine but we appear to understand each other perfectly). When I decided to revamp Project Sister Act, there was no other woman in her 60s to come to mind but you, I knew I wanted to invite you so I am BEYOND happy that you agreed, my friend. I admire you and respect you, as an individual and as a fellow lover of clothes with an insatiable shopping appetite. Thank you SO much for the kind words you wrote in describing me. I’ve never seen myself in that light before and it feels very heartening, it really does xoxo

    p/s perhaps a shopping spree would perk Ron up a smidge, you think? Gadgets for guys?

    pp/s don’t forget to include your outfit post in my very first Project Sister Act link-up, it’s only right 🙂

    • 26 February 2016 / 20:12

      Hah… already added my other jacket to your Link-up. And I know I am a softy at heart, but your words brought tears to my eyes. Thank you very much. It is a two-way street and I am just as much enjoying you and your fearless approach to life. (Ron is good by the way. He found a perfect solution and is smiling again.)

  15. Katrien
    26 February 2016 / 19:44

    60 is clearly the new 40, gosh you look alive and hot on that red jacket. Love it@

    • 26 February 2016 / 20:02

      Please please say then that 40s are the new 20s??? 🙂

      • 26 February 2016 / 20:13

        Hahaha… You both are funny.

    • 26 February 2016 / 20:14

      You will see my age when you come closer, but you won’t mind at all I think. Who cares how old somebody is when it is fun to hang out with her/him? So I try to be really nice whahaha.

  16. 26 February 2016 / 21:20

    Greetje!
    You. Look. A-Mazing!!! and you’ve got legs that never end (unattractive vice envy, but I have to ask … have you always had those? god, I’m green as a Martian 😀 )
    and now of course I want to see a picture of your lovely Mum wearing red!
    Love & baci Sxx
    sarsaparillasal.blogspot.com

    • 26 February 2016 / 21:26

      Whahaha… You are funny. Thank you for such compliments. And I haven’t got a picture of my mum wearing red. Yet.

  17. 26 February 2016 / 23:55

    Greetje, I am so thrilled I got to meet you via this collaboration! I really enjoy reading your blog and I love your approach to fashion. That red jacket looks SO good on you and the sales people were right to add that scarf – it’s like they were meant to go together. Have a happy weekend!

    • 27 February 2016 / 09:49

      We older ladies are breaking the ground for you, the generations after us. So you won’t have to hear these silly rules. Although I think it might take long before it dies out.

  18. 27 February 2016 / 01:21

    I loved your post!!! That jacket is so “hot”, and the scarf is just perfect! I agree with all these ladies, that those pants make your legs look incredibly long! I hope to partner up with you again in the future.

    • 27 February 2016 / 09:50

      I am game for another one Tania.

  19. 27 February 2016 / 09:19

    I think its always so nice to meet other bloggers, this is a lovely post. You look great! I was shocked about Ron s car. I thought they would never break in your car when al the stuff is integrated. Have a great weekend!

    • 27 February 2016 / 09:52

      Apparently Nancy the criminals have a shopping list. And instead of going to a store, they steal it. Too bad for everyone it is integrated in a car. Luckily Ron solved this problem and is happy again. More about that later this yesr.

  20. 27 February 2016 / 14:49

    Oh, my funny, entertaining and shopaholic friend, you are definitely one of a kind! Just when I think you have come the a stop of buying (for a week) you appear with something absolutely fabulous! Ok, I wouldn’t have passed on this leather jacket either, it’s a treasure. They should pay you to be their model. And I’ll also add that the scarf is phenomenal as well. And at a work event???? Hahahaha
    Love this project sister act! Great set of sisters you chose.
    I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the car story.

    • 28 February 2016 / 10:31

      Yes at a work event. I thought I was safe for the day. I mean, I hate sport (sorry), don”t care for tennis at all … and what do I find? A big hall with ladies’stuff. I did fight it for several hours and walked away three times…

  21. 27 February 2016 / 15:26

    Wow, that jacket and scarf…just smashing!! You look fabulous and the shorter length shows off your nice long legs. Red suits you.

    • 28 February 2016 / 10:33

      Because red suits me so well I couldn’t resist it. Furthermore, a leather jacket like this can take a skirt or dress to a much more modern level. Those are my excuses ?.

  22. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    27 February 2016 / 18:38

    Seriously? There is some stupid “rule” about wearing RED after a certain age? Who makes up these ridiculous proclamations anyway? Thank you for calling bullsh*t on this, and showing how all ages can rock any old look they want! You look amazing in this jacket – I would steal this right off your body and run away! I have a 3/4 length red leather jacket that I adore – you’ve inspired me to wear it!

    • 28 February 2016 / 10:37

      Tips about proportions for body shapes and tips about which colour makes you look your best are fine. Rules for everybody are from and for scared people. Tough if you are. And I feel proud I have been able to inspire you as you are a very creative woman.

  23. 27 February 2016 / 23:49

    🙂 Lovely jacket – suits you extremely well.
    I have to admit I’m in love with your black and yellow “Taxi” FIAT 500 😀

    • 28 February 2016 / 12:55

      Thank you very much. I love the jacket too. The jeans are my best ones for years now. As for the Fiat Taxi… they sell them at the dealer.

  24. Trish
    28 February 2016 / 10:52

    You look terrific in the red jacket! And what a big boost to women of our age, who think that neutrals and pastels are the only way to go. Colour is great in clothes for all ages and sexes. My husband is constantly moaning about the lack of colourful clothes for men! I love the generational link up too. What a great idea of Sheelah’s. So many comments too. It’s got to be the most I have ever seen on your blog. Took me ages to scroll to the bottom ?

    • 28 February 2016 / 12:57

      Haha Trish… and I answer them all which means it doubles the amount of comments. I think the system shouldn’t count my reply commnents but it does. I am glad you took the trouble to scroll to the end. I really appreciate every comment. And my husband totally agrees with yours.

  25. 28 February 2016 / 13:52

    Rocking red Greetje. You rock most colours, but you certainly do rock red. Who the heck is making up all these crazy fashion rules? Real fashionistas take no notice and that means you, baby. Love the scarf with this cute little jacket too. Fab post x
    Anna
    Anna’s Island Style

    • 28 February 2016 / 16:44

      Thank Anna. We know there are no rules for us. Now we are telling the rest of the world. Mind you… lots of bloggers and others have been kicking these rules, but they still exist. From and for the scared.

  26. 28 February 2016 / 14:30

    You will wear this jacket so much, I’m sure. When something looks that good it’s worth getting it. Now, can we see how good this jacket looks with skirts and dresses, please?

    • 28 February 2016 / 16:44

      Yes Tiina, I have already tried it with the long black skirt. A huge improvement. You will see more of this jacket.

  27. Elaine Lascher
    28 February 2016 / 16:25

    Greetje, this red leather jacket look is my idea of perfection! The fit and proportions are perfect and the look is so modern. Love the scarf too. You continue to provide me with inspiration and wrinkles be damned! I also enjoyed the photos of the women from the Project Sister Act.

    • 28 February 2016 / 17:24

      Wow Elaine, you make me proud of myself. I am very pleased you like my jacket and scarf. But I am even more pleased when you say I provide you with inspiration. Never knew when I started blogging, that it would come this far,

  28. 29 February 2016 / 07:48

    Oh my! This JACKET! It’s amazing Greetje!! I love it so much. Wow, here I am just getting started with black leather, and you are knocking it out of the park with red. Now I think I need to consider finding this color. (The red blazer post I’ll be viewing next;) I am really glad you got this one. With your legs for days and slim waist, the cut on this jacket is a complete winner!

    Sheela is a gem isn’t she. I love this #projectsisteract. It’s actually how I first found Sheela–we have since become great friends. I usually Whatsapp her pretty much first thing every morning; she’s usually at the gym or finishing up supper.

    This blogging community of ours….it’s something else isn’t it! Thanks for stopping by and linking up to the Kremb de la Kremb Style Stories No. 12 Link Up.

    Looking good Greetje. The others too!

    Love, Ann

    • 1 March 2016 / 20:00

      Yep, the blogging community is a warm and caring one. I love it. And of course if I am ever where you are, or the other way around, we will see each other. No doubt we’ll have a blast.
      As for the small waist…. Whahahaha… No, I don’t have a small waist. But I gave you the idea I have, so did right in creating this illusion. I have searched for such a red leather jacket for years. Usually the bosom didn’t fit in it. No problems with this jacket.

  29. 29 February 2016 / 10:29

    Looking hot as usual Greetje! I saw you in this little red number on instagram so it’s great to see some extra detail here.
    You have a cute tooshie 😉 Why every would you hide it woman!
    Thanks for joining my link up with Reasons to Dress – I appreciate your support xxx

    • 1 March 2016 / 20:01

      A cute tooshie…. ahhh… how nice. I always thought I had a scrawny little arse haha. And wanted one like yours. But it is what it is. And it is not that bad either, so I am coming out haha.

  30. 29 February 2016 / 11:25

    I generally don’t wear red since I have the idea that it doesn’t suit my skin tone . So, no red clothes in my closet.
    In any case I have nothing against red on a adult lady. For example it is very nice on you!
    But now that I am over 50 sometimes I feel I need some colour near my face.

    Cute 500 car, I love it, but a four door car is more comfortable for me. I hope that my next car will be a Fiat panda ( which I had once ).
    P.s.
    Only a few weeks ago, I tried a red sweater in a shop and …with surprise I noticed that it was not bad on me …

    • 1 March 2016 / 20:03

      Maybe colours that suit you change over the years? I don’t know. I have always known that red (any shade) and bright colours suit me well. Beter than beige or camel. And I bet camel suits your olive skin tone very good.

  31. 29 February 2016 / 19:19

    Red is a great colour on you, and I think it’s a colour that flatters everyone if you find the right shade of red. I think a red leather jacket is a necessity, don’t you 😉

    That is terrible about Ron’s car being broken into, twice no less. The loaner car is so cute though.

    • 1 March 2016 / 20:05

      I don’t know whether everybody can look good in red, but you are right if you stretch the shade. For instance to blush pink haha. A colour which is not good on me.
      As for Ron… he already made a very sweet deal and is very happy. More about that later in the year.

  32. Melissa
    1 March 2016 / 12:34

    Love this on you Greetje! Is kind of dressy leather style on top then goes rock and roll on the bottom with the jeans, nice mix.

    • 1 March 2016 / 20:06

      I think it will make skirts more modern too. So I am going to give that a try.

    • 2 March 2016 / 16:59

      You shower me with compliments. Thank you. But do know that when you disagree with something I wear, I don’t mind at all if you say so.

  33. 2 March 2016 / 19:18

    A beautiful jacket and a very nice look. I love the handkerchief. And the jeans … always wonderful in your legs,

    • 2 March 2016 / 19:19

      Sorry, not handkerchief, it is a scarf …

      • 2 March 2016 / 19:30

        oh hello my friend. Thank you for your compliments. I will try the jacket with skirts as well. I think it will update skirts to a more modern look.

  34. 3 March 2016 / 20:23

    I am sorry to read about the car. That is crap. I hope it is sorted soon.
    On to happier things….
    60 must be the new 40, for sure!
    Your outfit would look great on anyone of any age.
    A truly timeless and ageless look.
    And that scarf….love.
    XXX
    Samantha

    • 5 March 2016 / 23:30

      Ron sorted out his car beautifully. More about that later. Not to worry. And I am pleased with my jacket.

    • 5 March 2016 / 23:30

      Ahh.. you are sweet Rebecca.

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