A coat is a difficult piece of clothing in The Netherlands. We like to be fashionable and look pretty, but the weather gets in the way. It is usually windy, cold and rainy. And if you have to walk or cycle (we do that a lot) it is no fun to be all dolled up and getting soaking wet. Even now at the end of March, it is freezing cold.

So we tend to go for sensible coats. Sylvia of 40+ style always advocates colourful coats to brighten up our winter days and I agree. Which is why I have a yellow coat with purple faux fur collar and a red short coat (with top hat). But only if the weather allows it. And for spring I have my Versace Jeans Couture python print coat (scroll down two photos in that post), not colourful but very pretty in my opinion.

If it is really horrible, my big black coat by Annette Görtz is my refuge. I will hold on to that piece till it falls apart.  Very high quality stuff and they have the guts to present a model who is over 40. Bravo.

The little orange coat and scarf are gifts from my husband. Better said, I bought these with the gift cards he gave my stepdaughter and me a couple of months ago, which totally made our Saturday haha.





Below the Annette Görtz coat or anorak. It has a hood which is terrific when it rains and you have hair like me. It is rain-resistant on the outside and warm on the inside. Sleeves are wide enough to suit a jacket and the coat is long enough to wear over a long jacket. Big, deep pockets.
I don’t think it is particularly nice, but I have friends who adore it. What a comfortable coat.


Bring on Springtime.



  1. 26 March 2013 / 21:47

    I really like two jackets, a more elegant, and the other more casual. I love both you wear scarves, are beautiful. The casual jacket I particularly like, you’re left to wonder. Two pieces very “Dutch”, right? An orange and the other very sportive. The yellow coat, the old post, and I used it in one of my post, is a beautiful piece. The red jacket is wonderful. And I love Versace. Great post Greetje. Ah, I really like your blue heels boots are cute.

    • 26 March 2013 / 22:06

      Yes, they are both very Dutch haha. You are right in that.
      And the scarfs are not only for beauty. I also wear them for warmth.

  2. 26 March 2013 / 23:41

    So chic in oranje, Greetje!
    Fabulous with your skinny trousers and your scarf is really nice.
    An outfit you’d probably wear for work or shopping while your black coat is perfect for a walk and especially with this cold weather.
    I had to wear my long black down coat, gloves, scarves and a hat again today.

    Lady of Style

    • 27 March 2013 / 08:17

      I wear the orange coat most if I am outdoors for a longer time and it does not matter what you wear underneath it, as nobody will see that.
      But I use the black coat most of the times (always cold and rainy). I can wear it to work as well. Just hang it up, nobody will see it.

  3. Happiness at Mid LIfe
    27 March 2013 / 05:31

    Your coats are really fun Greetje! I think my favorite is the yellow – it is such a sunny color 🙂 I am not a big fan of coats since they always make me feel so bulky. I used to own only dark color coats and this past winter, I purchased a hot pink pea coat and I think it made the cold just a little more fun 🙂 I am glad I don’t live in weather where it requires me to use a coat as a necessity – I would go crazy!


    • 27 March 2013 / 08:20

      Yes, the yellow one is the most fun, but I do not get a lot of wear out of that one. A bit too short for skirts and dresses and a bit too thin for cold weather. Your hot pink pea coat sounds very nice. I will have a look around your blog, see if I can find it.

  4. 27 March 2013 / 07:44

    Excellent choice for spending the gift card. That orange coat is the most fun, stylish, and vibrant coat I’ve seen all season. I love the details on the shoulders and the fit is absolutely perfect on you. The way you accessorized with the scarf just makes one incredible statement piece. Well Done, my friend.
    I carefully tucked my winter coats away last week and of course, it snowed the very next day. I’m just trying to tell Mother Nature I’m done with winter (sure wish she would listen to me).

    • 27 March 2013 / 08:21

      I totally agree on everything you said. My winter clothes are still in my wardrobe. Mother Nature is definitely not listening.

  5. Anonymous
    27 March 2013 / 11:28

    Great coats! I loved the Annette Gortz look book. As you said it was good to see that they had used a model who is over 40 with gorgeous silver white hair. She looked great in the clothes. You really suit the orange coat. Marie S

    • 27 March 2013 / 22:01

      I know. No problem using models over 40. Thanks for the compliment.

  6. Anonymous
    27 March 2013 / 11:33

    Great great coats Greetje! You suit orange. I also loved the Annette Gortz look book. It’s good to see that they have used a beautiful model who is over 40 with natural silver white hair. Thanks for sharing. Marie S

  7. Marianne van den Berg
    27 March 2013 / 11:43

    I think all your coats are great and suitable for all occassions. Although we don’t like to wear coats because that means that the weather isn’t sunny. I think with the coats you have you can give your signature as well, being stylish one day and fun and sportive the other. So yes having a variety off coats is important.

    • 27 March 2013 / 22:02

      Apparently women outside of Holland seem to have far more coats than we Dutch do.

  8. 27 March 2013 / 15:44

    I have a weakness for coats and for the color orange, so your ensemble is very pleasing to my eye. I can’t resist a great coat at an estate sale, and have a large collection of vintage outer wear. Your post reminded me of how fun a coat can be to wear and to admire.

  9. 27 March 2013 / 18:01

    What a wonderful orange coat! It is just so brilliantly spring-time, even if the weather isn’t. The second coat is more practical I suppose, but it isn’t as dynamic as the first one. I seem to have a coat of every weight for our British weather. Not that I set out to buy all these coats — they just seem to multiple in the wardrobe!

    Cheers from England,
    Rosemary of

    • 27 March 2013 / 22:04

      I know, we have 22 or 25 coats between my husband and me. Ridiculous, but I cannot throw any of them away.

  10. Anonymous
    27 March 2013 / 20:17

    I love your orange coat! It is perfect for you. It fits both your figure and your personality. Orange is your color – your skin and hair glow in this shade. I like your anorak too. I have one that reverses from black to purple. It is waterproof but not very warm. I have not been able to wear it since last Fall. I have two new spring coats – a lime and teal bomber style jacket and a bright yellow trench but it is still too cold and snowy to wear either. I had to shovel twice last week. I usually buy dark coats for Winter but you are making me rethink this. Maybe a colorful jacket would cheer up those dark days. 🙂

    • 27 March 2013 / 22:06

      As usual your comment is very flattering. You will stay honest with me, won’t you?
      And it is not that easy to find a colourful (British spelling) jacket or coat in winter. In our conservative shops it is a lot of black and grey.

    • Anonymous
      28 March 2013 / 01:34

      I am honest – I truly love your clothes! And your sense of style. You know what flatters you in shape and in color. And you have the best boot collection – even better than mine! LOL! I have told you before when something did not “work” (the cropped jean jacket!) – but that doesn’t happen very often for you.
      It is the same here for Winter coats – lots of black and gray. Especially because I have to have a Petite size and there is so much less offered. But this Spring has been very fun – lots of colorful clothes! Just not the weather to wear them in.

    • 28 March 2013 / 09:15

      You should come over to France or Italy twice a year. They have lots of petite sizes. And that cropped jean jacket… my stepdaughter so agreed with you (and enjoys it now).

  11. 27 March 2013 / 22:57

    You look TERRIFIC in orange and black! And a perfect scarf! My orange coat looks quite shabby compared to your structured & stylish one. Love it!
    I may need to borrow your second coat…going out West for a little spring skiing next week. Looks warm and comfy!

    • 28 March 2013 / 09:17

      It is, it is.. such a perfect coat although it is not really elegant or beautiful.

  12. 28 March 2013 / 06:14

    Orange looks amazing on you! Both jackets serve a purpose of keeping you warm and dry but they are also demonstrate your personal style.
    I also love your heels and the two color boots.

    • 28 March 2013 / 09:18

      Actually, those boots have three colours. The platform sole is dark green. Present from my husband. Bless him.

  13. 28 March 2013 / 20:51

    Orange you glad you look so good in an orange jacket? LOL. You look so good in that bright, bring on the spring time, juicy orange coat! Like a bright crocus gearing up for the longer and warmer days.

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