An orange coat to bring some fun in winter

Orange coat by Claudia SträterThis orange coat is hanging in my closet since February 2014. I only wore it once. There was something wrong with it and I couldn’t put my finger on it. No, not the colour…. I know this is not everybody’s cup of tea, but I love bright (neon) colours, especially when they have a shade of red in them.

I found the coat in the sale at Claudia Sträter which is a Dutch store, renowned for their good coats. It was half price, had the right length (just hitting the knee) and the right shape.  So what was wrong with it? I will tell you. 

Below: here is a photo Ron took of me in February 2014. (I was still a brunette….) I thought the coat was too wide at the hips. But when I took it to my seamstress she said: “No, the problem are not the hips. The sleeves are too wide and too long, which makes the coat look off.” And she was right. Orange coat before altering feb 2014 (2)-1She took the sleeves in and up and now I am wearing it with pleasure, brightening up the streets in winter.

Below: I just happened to have an orange with black printed scarf which I thought was much better with the coat than just the solid black one. And even though I am blond now, I still think this colour is good for me. Orange coat by Claudia SträterBelow: husband Ron took these pictures at the carwash ha ha.. we could hide from the rain and there was enough light to take pictures.Orange coat (25)-5Below: here I am trying to “fluff up” my hair so it doesn’t sit flat.Orange coat by Claudia SträterBelow: the result wasn’t what I wanted. In the top picture below it looks a bit like a wig and this photo was the best of the series. The bottom picture shows how I wanted my hair. I bet you don’t even see the difference and think I should drop this subject. But hey, a girl is entitled to a few hang-ups, right?Orange coat and hairBelow: art picture by Ron. It was a grey and cold day.Orange coat (14)-1Below: one last picture of me outside, being blown away. (I am not mentioning the hair…) I changed my pumps for flat boots again as I still cannot walk on heels with my sprained ankle. The heels were just for the photos.Orange coat by Claudia SträterI hope this last picture made you laugh as the rest of this post is disappointingly boring. You will have to do with it. It cannot be party, party all the time.


Linking with Kremb de la Kremb who is hosting a red and black outfit party.

No Fear of Fashion



  1. 14 February 2016 / 14:56

    How brilliant to get your coat altered- and now it looks like it was made for you. Perfect color for winter, too. xox


    • Greetje
      14 February 2016 / 16:24

      Oh I get a lot altered. Sometimes with success and sometimes I never wear it again. The latter has nothing to do with her skills which are fine. I like my bright coats. They make me feel happy.

  2. 14 February 2016 / 15:16

    You succeeded Greetje. It did make me laugh. You are just so funny! What do you mean it can’t be party all the time? I think you look absolutely gorgeous in this coat. Glad that you have such a good tailor!

    • Greetje
      14 February 2016 / 16:22

      No idea how I made you laugh, but I am glad I did. Nice bright colour isn’t it? Celebrating the Dutch Oranje.

  3. 14 February 2016 / 16:28

    You look lovely in orange! I have an orange coat and it is my favorite! One of my favorite colors.

    • Greetje
      14 February 2016 / 19:49

      Sylvia of 40+Style once put me on this track of nice bright coloured coats in winter. I now own a purple one, a yellow one, an orange one, a fuchsia one and a short red/black one. Always overdoing things.

  4. Katie
    14 February 2016 / 16:32

    Greetje, you look like a million bucks in that lovely orange coat! You always brighten my day!xx

    • Greetje
      14 February 2016 / 19:50

      Hearing you say that is quite the stimulus to keep on blogging Katie. So happy you said that.

  5. 14 February 2016 / 17:26

    Of course it can be a party all the time…you just forgot the wine—that’ll make it a party (ha ha). I’m usually pretty good picking out what needs to be altered, but I really couldn’t see a difference in the coat…I thought it looked great in the older picture (as well as now)! Maybe it’s more obvious in person?
    I love a bright coat too—it’s the epitome of making winter fun!

    • Greetje
      14 February 2016 / 19:54

      I threw away all the other pictures we took of that coat two years ago and only kept two which don’t show the wideness. Hence… you don’t see the difference.
      I think that is also why we think we looked so much lovelier when we see photos of when we were younger. We just kept the good ones and threw out the bad ones hahaha.

  6. 14 February 2016 / 18:56

    A post featuring a saturated orange/red coat cannot be boring. I LOVE this coat and you look fab in it…brunette and blonde both! You have a treasure for a seamstress Greetje! How brilliant that she could see the fit issue and correct it for you. Now you can wear this coat all winter…not just brightening up everyone’s day, but also representing your country’s colour!

    • Greetje
      14 February 2016 / 19:55

      It will be a good coat for Kingsday (April 27) when we celebrate the king’s birthday. His last name is Orange.

  7. Charlene
    14 February 2016 / 19:01

    Your outfits are back to being you, this and the last two. Edgy. Someone used that word to describe your style and I thought yes, that’s it exactly. The two skirt outfits, as I know you’ve already concluded, were no, no, no. Anyway, you look great, and your coat alterations make me think that could be the problem with some of my things that I never wear.
    Two asides: Ron’s bird photo is brilliant. It captures perfectly the essence of a cold, gray, wintry day.
    And your gray pants lady now has over 400 pins.

    • Greetje
      14 February 2016 / 19:59

      Well Charlene, I gave away that blue sweater to a friend, I bought a bright red short fitted leather jacket and I am thinking of shortening the black skirt. Will that do haha? I do listen to my readers. Sometimes I think the readers are right and sometimes I think it is a matter of taste. But it is hard to get an honest opinion as most people want to be nice. So I appreciate your frankness.
      I have also seen the gray pants lady in a row of 50+ ladies on a site (which name I forgot). They might have taken her from your Pinterest board haha. If she only knew. Perhaps I will run into her again this summer.

  8. nancy
    14 February 2016 / 19:14

    Great colour on you! You definitely represent our country! 🙂

    • Greetje
      14 February 2016 / 20:00

      If the weather is still a bit chilly on April 27, I will wear it haha.

      • nancy
        15 February 2016 / 08:38

        Lol! But then you will not be that original!

  9. 14 February 2016 / 20:16

    Great coat! Having a bright winter coat is so much fun! And the orange is a great color on you!

    I haven’t found a good tailor yet, but I need to continue looking! Small alterations can make such a difference!

    • Greetje
      14 February 2016 / 20:28

      Yes and as I threw out all the really bad pictures of the coat in its original state, you cannot even see much difference. But there was. I am with my seamstress for about 20 years now. She is retiring this year, but I hope she will continue to sew for a few clients (like me haha).

  10. 14 February 2016 / 20:31

    🙂 Great coat, dear Greetje!
    Oranje looks great on you! You wear it very well.
    HAPPY Valentine’s Day 🙂

    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 20:25

      I was afraid that orange would not suit me anymore now that I turned blonde. But it still does. Yay.

  11. Kathy
    14 February 2016 / 20:33

    Love the coat, love you as a blonde and love your posts! I have the same issues with my hair…it controls my life! I avoid wind, rainy days (they are a disaster) swimming, etc. But good hair days make up for all the misery. My husband doesn’t understand. Does Ron? Tell him I enjoy his photos very, very much. He has a good eye.

    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 20:32

      I will pass the compliments on to Ron. He will be pleased. I don’t know whether he understands my hair problems. I think he does. Glad you understand it. At least one reader does haha.

  12. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    14 February 2016 / 20:59

    Thank you for all the lovely comments, Greetje! You are right, I should stop in and visit you more often – I do get your blog posts by email every week and love reading them! I hear your voice so well, having met you! I adore this orange coat- you look just lovely. I promise I will visit here more!

    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 06:31

      No need to visit often Sheila. I know you lead a busy life. Just knowing that you are reading my posts makes me happy enough. But thanks for this comment. Now I know.

  13. 14 February 2016 / 21:13

    You look stunning in this coat. It’s nice to see that other fashionistas also alter their pieces!

    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 20:38

      Of course they do. That is the way to look great.

  14. 14 February 2016 / 21:56

    Wow, Wow, Wow! What a beautiful shade of orange. I love this coat and I’m glad you were able to get it altered to your liking.

    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 20:41

      Thanks Glenda. Glad you like it. It is a happy colour. I was afraid that this colour might not suit me anymore now that I am blonde. But it does.

  15. Laurie
    14 February 2016 / 23:34

    Love the colour of this coat Greeted. And your post is not boring, it’s refreshingly honest.
    Laurie x

    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 20:44

      Thank you very much Laurie. I am always hoping to attract people who appreciate my honesty. I cannot be any different. Also my Dutch nature. ?

  16. Lucy
    15 February 2016 / 00:01

    Orange and black is a lovely combination and you look fantastic. And you hair is super. I want to do mine like that and also wear heels like yours.

    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 20:49

      Oh lovely ?? I have a fan. Never thought anybody would want hair like me. My hairdresser is awesome. She will be pleased. Seriously .. these are lovely compliments. Thanks.

  17. 15 February 2016 / 00:53

    What? You cannot party party all the time??? My illusion of you has been shattered!

    Love the coat and the colour.

    Again I have to say I adore Ron’s artistic eye for the photos. Every post of yours is like a mini art exhibit…and therefore never boring! Seeing the world through Ron’s camera lens is discovering the world with fresh eyes.

    You two make a great team.


    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 20:53

      He will be pleased with all your praise. As I am too. Honestly I thought this post was rather boring. You will never lie to me to flatter me, will you?

  18. Happiness at Mid Life
    15 February 2016 / 03:41

    It’s a gorgeous coat and I am glad you are finally able to enjoy it! I honestly can’t tell from the photos the changes in the coat but if you now love it that’s all that matters.


    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 20:58

      I threw out the old photos which showed how bad the coat looked. I only had two photos left which were reasonable. And that is why you cannot see the difference.

  19. 15 February 2016 / 03:54

    You’re wrong, most of the post made me laugh, you’re just a funny gal, so open and honest which most of us forget to write about, or maybe we’re just not as funny as you. (I know I’m not) Like taking pictures at a car wash, which turned out to be a brilliant idea, by the way, and talking so openly about your hair, it makes me laugh. You have one amazing seamstress with a great sense of style, hard to come by. The coat looks amazing and I love bright colored coats. Love those pants as well and for my high heel wearing friend, I sure hope that ankle heals properly for you.

    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 21:01

      Lovely comment Trina, thank you. It warms my heart. My honest talk is just me. I suppose because I don’t mind what people think about it (or me). No skin of my nose. As long as they are not calling me names. And my ankle heals very… very… very slowly.

  20. 15 February 2016 / 04:49

    You know, Greetje, people can be honest and nice AT THE SAME TIME. Hahaha! I could say, wow, Greetje, that looks like crap on you – would you believe that more than if I wrote, wow, Greetje, I love that coat!!? In fact, I do love that coat. I’m glad you were able to get alterations to make it sit more comfortably on you. Colour in winter saves us all.

    I’m so happy to see your car wash too! Our mayor has banned them from our central city area. We have to drive far now to wash our car by ourselves. I think he thinks if we all drive dirty cars we’ll get rid of them sooner. Hahaha.

    You always make me smile, Greetje. Thank you.

    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 21:20

      Making you smile makes my day Melanie. My purpose in life.
      Just always remain honest. And say it as well if you don’t like something. I value that.
      Our car wash is just out of town and very modern. After the car is clean on the outside, you can hoover it inside for free: those purple hoses you see.

  21. 15 February 2016 / 11:12

    Gray and cold days here too … spring seems so far away! And taking photos outside is very uncomfortable! Ron had a good idea and found a good place for pictures. I like modern industrial backgrounds like this one.
    Your coat can really brighten up the gray of winter. It’s beautiful and it would have been a pity to keep it closed into the wardrobe…

    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 21:22

      This coat is nearly going out of style haha. I should have had it altered straight away instead of waiting two years. Oh well, better late than never. Glad you like it my dear.

  22. Sherry Macdonald
    15 February 2016 / 14:35

    I love Orange and the coat is fabulous! You look amazing in it!

    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 21:30

      Hey Macdonald … You here? (can you here the affectionate tone I am using ???) Thanks very much for your lovely comment.

      • 16 February 2016 / 01:46

        I would love to see that coat with a. Bright pink scarf!

        • Greetje
          17 February 2016 / 20:28

          I have a wrap scarf which I love (from Jacket Society) and that it black and white houndstooth on one side and bright pink on the other side. Could that work?
          Risky combination you are suggestion, but it could give the coat a whole new interesting dimension. I will try it tomorrow.

  23. 15 February 2016 / 20:43

    I never used to wear orange but I have a few pieces now, and it goes well with “salt and pepper” hair too. I must say I prefer the blonde hair over the brunette – it really brightens your face.

    I’m glad you were able to get the coat altered as it’s such a great shape and colour. You could try wearing it with navy or with grey, which I think looks wonderful with orange.

    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 22:09

      Well I used navy at the bottom (legging and heels) but you are right, I can do that at the top as well. I don’t have anything in grey, but you never know what crosses my path (literal translation of a Dutch proverb).

  24. 16 February 2016 / 00:31

    What a beautiful coat! The color is bold and attractive; the design is chic. I’m glad you had it tailored. Often a little adjustment makes a big difference.

    • Greetje
      16 February 2016 / 21:43

      Thanks Ally. Glad you like the coat. It got me a lot of compliments so I am pleased.

  25. Marianne
    16 February 2016 / 17:33

    I think you were the first who started buying bright colored coats. And that was the best idea ever. When you walk on the streets in wintertime everybody wears black, brown, dark grey or other dark colors. My mood gets much better when I see a person wearing a bright colored coat it brightens up your day. But I think it is a dutch thing, buy a coat that lasts for years, boring!!!!!!. Your fuchsia coat is a winner too.

    • Greetje
      16 February 2016 / 21:44

      It is the weather my dear. When it rains and the wind blows fiercely I get out my big, hooded black coat too.

  26. 16 February 2016 / 22:30

    I love the more industrial background – it’s perfect for the brightness of the colour to really stand out. What a fantastic colour and Melanie is right, we all need colour in Winter. Sometimes, just a nip there and a tuck there is all that is needed to make a garment that was ‘off’, to be ‘on’ and you’re very ‘on’ here, Greetje!

    • Greetje
      17 February 2016 / 20:28

      Ah… nip and tuck … I know all about that hahaha.

  27. 17 February 2016 / 21:39

    Greetje, your posts are never boring. Ron’s photography skills and choices of location added to your sense of style means far from boring every time. Love the hair fluffing up shot, and what a good sport you are to include it so that we may all have a laugh. This orange coat is divine and I would snatch it from you in a flash (it may be a bit long though). I love the pairing with the faux leather leggings saying sexy to contrast with the elegance of the coat, natty! I’ve just bought some fake leather jeans but they’re bit more biker than sleek. Will feature them later this month. Thanks for dropping by my blog recently x
    Anna’s Island Style

    • Greetje
      18 February 2016 / 06:24

      Ah, well you laughed, good! That is what I am aiming for most.
      Glad you like the coat.

    • Greetje
      18 February 2016 / 06:25

      Thank you Nora., I am using your houndstooth with bright pink wrap a lot lately. Not as a wrap but as a scarf of a coat. Looks very good and is nice and warm.

  28. Rebecca
    18 February 2016 / 04:51

    Gorgeous coat. I also think the lighter scarf goes better with it. You would stand out so beautifully in New York City where almost everyone is wearing a black coat (including me!)

    • Greetje
      18 February 2016 / 06:27

      Oh, I have my fair share of black coats too Rebecca. The orange coat is a nice change, but when it is really cold outside you will see me in my warm black parka.

  29. 18 February 2016 / 15:37

    Very chic, I loved your coat and your hair! You have a lovely smile! I always have a problem with sleeves 🙂 Hope your ankle is OK now!

    • Greetje
      20 February 2016 / 08:12

      Thanks for your nice comment Denise. I am smiling as I write this. And no, my ankle is still not OK ow. I ink it will be at least 6 weeks after I fell before I can walk on high heels again. Never expected this and it bums me out.

  30. 18 February 2016 / 17:53

    That colour is amazing on you!
    I love your leggings/trousers as well. I’m determined to find some good slim fitting trousers this year!

  31. 18 February 2016 / 22:35

    Orange is one of my favorite colors, and you wear it well. I too love the length, and the small alterations that were made make all the difference. You brightened my day with your photos (or rather Ron’s photos).

    • Greetje
      20 February 2016 / 08:14

      We work together better and better, Ron and I. Less arguments haha.

  32. Rebecca
    19 February 2016 / 16:45

    You indeed are a bright ray of sunshine – a bright colored coat will always be a good idea in Winter! Have a lovely weekend!


    • Greetje
      20 February 2016 / 08:15

      Hi Rebecca, thanks for visiting and giving me such a nice compliment.

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