Red jacket… finally

red jacketI have a red jacket!! I have a red jacket!! YAY…

Red is totally my colour, it suits me so well. But if it is not in fashion, it is hard to come by. And vintage shops are nowhere near as good in The Netherlands as they are in the USA or Canada. Three weeks ago, to my total surprise, I saw this red jacket in the window of a shop. Of course at that moment I was totally skinned (financially). Nevertheless I bought it straight away. I know ….. totally irresponsible behaviour. I am like that with clothes (and shoes). But now that I finally found my jacket, right colour red, right length, right fit, right size, right price, there was nothing to stop me from acquiring this trophee.

Ron photographed me with the jacket at the same carwash where we shot the orange coat. We were there to make the most of it.

Below: I saw a couple of shots on the camera and was surprised to see how classic this jacket was. A bit too classic to my taste.  Therefore I decided to roll up my sleeves and show the sleeves from the striped top underneath it. Oh didn’t I tell you? They had a striped sweater of the same brand in that shop, nicely covering my bum, not too wide, not too tight….couldn’t resist it. I am a sucker for matchy matchy. And I don’t care whether that is out of fashion. red jacketBelow: Official Portrait… jacketBelow: jacket closed (yes, it can close without pulling, the “girls” have enough space; another yay). We took this photo because I learned from Denton Taylor (who’s photos are on Sylvia’s site 40+Style a lot) that it is good to have a dark tunnel behind you, when the light is bright. And because there was a red and white striped bar there.Red jacket at the carwashBelow: of course I couldn’t resist going up to this gentleman, who had a lovely car. I asked him whether I could play pitbabe on his hood haha…red jacketBelow: he had no objections at all, but I didn’t dare to crawl on his hood. Too afraid I might dent it. I sort of leaned. red jacketDetails of the outfit: red jacket and striped shirt: TWIN-SET, legging: Barbara van der Zanden, pumps, suede with a patent leather platform and heel: Peter Kaiser.

That’s it for today.


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  1. 21 February 2016 / 17:49

    Great jacket! Red is a fabulous color on you! Glad you found what you were looking for! And I love how you sneaked in telling us that you also bought the sweater… 🙂

    Oh, and the car wash is such a great place to take photos! So fun!

    • Greetje
      21 February 2016 / 20:38

      The handy part of the carwash was that it is covered, so no rain. I only had to put on my coat (or remove) to take the other post photos.

  2. Marianne
    21 February 2016 / 17:54

    You had to wait a long time to obtain your red jacket, but it was worth it. Like the red/white striped sweater. I can not remember who always say, I like it when everything comes together, but it is true. You are going to have a lot of combination challenges ahead of you now. Have fun. Again very arty photo’s , with an eye for detail.

    • Greetje
      21 February 2016 / 20:40

      “I love it when a plan comes together”, Hannibal Smith of the A-team haha. I use that phrase as well. Glad you like the jacket and the sweater.

  3. 21 February 2016 / 18:16

    This look is indeed very classic. But it does not look boring as you gave it a nice twist. Very chic

    • Greetje
      21 February 2016 / 20:40

      I think the legging trousers with the heels saved the jacket from becoming frumpy.

  4. 21 February 2016 / 18:32

    Greetje this is a stunning look on you.
    Those legs……wowzers!
    I am totally standing by my likening you to a tulip.
    Colourful and yes, minimalist…but not boring.
    Sleek and stylish.
    Classic? Yes but with that all-important twist (and not in the cliched sense of the phrase).
    As for red not being in fashion?!?!? Red is ALWAYS in fashion.
    Especially when it looks this good!

    • Greetje
      21 February 2016 / 20:42

      Ah.. for me the colour is in fashion. But for clothes sellers it isn’t always. As to my legs.. haha.. why do you think I emphasize that part of my body? I know my assets. I think the legging trousers saved the jacket from becoming frumphy. I quite like being a tulip.

  5. Katie
    21 February 2016 / 18:47


    Wowza! What a spectacular look! Red is definitely your color! And, as my husband would say……You have some good lookin gams!

    • Greetje
      21 February 2016 / 20:43

      My gams are my assets. I cannot show them off with short skirts anymore, but I adore the skinnies fashion. I heard skinnies are slowly getting out of style. You can understand that I will weep when that happens.

      • Katie
        21 February 2016 / 21:24

        I too am sad that skinniest are going……I have chicken legs and they look funny in loose/wide leg pants….. 🙁

      • Melissa
        1 March 2016 / 12:38

        I was gonna say girl what a set of gams, you have fantastic legs! Gotta be all the years of bike riding in Dutchie land:)
        I agree rolling up the sleeves, is way better, gives it another whole vibe, to me it is a vibe that matches your personality more. (well at least the personality I imagine when I read your writing….)

        • Greetje
          1 March 2016 / 19:52

          My friends say they can hear me speak when they read what I write, so you might have a fairly good idea about me Melissa. ?
          And eh…. no bike riding… I hardly ever ride a bike. Only if I want to go downtown on high heels. Then I will either take the car (it is a 15 minute walk….) or I will go by bike. No … the legs are a present from my parents. I have the length of my father’s legs and the shape of my mother’s. Lord and behold had it been the other way around: very skinny, short legs haha.

  6. 21 February 2016 / 18:55

    I’m in shock that you didn’t already have a red jacket—(I think I have 3—all very different, of course, ha ha). But as I told Samantha in one of her last posts—I usually shy away from the red, white and blue all in the same outfit because it reminds me of the fourth of july! Not that you two celebrate that and maybe I need to get that out of my head for exactly that reason!
    Man, with those heels and skinny’s, there is nothing about it that’s “too classic”—I’d say hot to trot!!
    But, where’s your car? I’m sure you’d look just as sexy on it?!!!

    • Greetje
      21 February 2016 / 20:46

      We went with Ron’s car which didn’t need a washing. The black one I am leaning against is an Audi TT. NICE.
      And you may have the fourth of July, we have our national colours: red/white/blue haha. I don’t give a hoot. It is a good combination. You just put that out of your mind.
      Thank you for the compliments.

  7. 21 February 2016 / 19:07

    Yes you’ll have to admit that photo is fabulous! As is the red jacket.

    • Greetje
      21 February 2016 / 20:48

      No, the photo is not bad, but we are still far from perfect and fabulous. Baby steps Denton, but steps non the less.

  8. 21 February 2016 / 19:14

    Greetje, I got a chuckle out of this post. The man looks like he’s posing as well. How nice of him to let you pose with his car. I would have loved to see you in the iconic hood pose 🙂

    Yes, I agree, red is your color. It looks perfect on you. I love the clever approach you and Ron did for the photos…touches of red objects here and there.

  9. 21 February 2016 / 20:09

    What a great color for you, you look so beautiful. And Ron is a very good photographer, the picture is so special. They are like art.

    • Greetje
      21 February 2016 / 20:51

      Oh Gaby, he is going to love your compliment!! I will sure pass it on.

  10. Rebecca
    22 February 2016 / 01:15

    I am so totally a matchy-matchy girl myself. Gorgeous jacket and sweater. But those legs- wow!!

    • Greetje
      22 February 2016 / 06:07

      ? I know what part of my body I should put emphasis on haha.

  11. 22 February 2016 / 01:32

    The woman in red suits you to a tee : )

    I adore the whole outfit. Super chic.

    Kudos for getting more great shots at a cash wash! Truly only an amazingly creative mind would think to take photos at a car wash. I’m sure Ron is giving Denton all kinds of new ideas.

    That man’s handlebar moustache is something else! I think it needs its own Instagram account! LOL


    • Greetje
      22 February 2016 / 06:09

      Hahaha… the wiggling moustache… I can see it. Ron will become conceited over all these compliments. But thank you, I will pass it on.

  12. 22 February 2016 / 05:15

    Superb photos again and great outfit. I always think you look so good with a tailored jacket and skinnies and the striped top underneath looks fabulous. Scrunching the sleeves is always a good idea for you as it puts even more emphasis on your waist.

    • Greetje
      22 February 2016 / 06:11

      I am learning, aren’t I?? I got a tip to combine the jacket with distressed jeans. I quite like that idea too. Although I did not jump on the distressed jeans band wagon yet, i think I will.

  13. Lucy
    22 February 2016 / 07:35

    It is a lovely jacket and looks fantastic on you with the skinny pants and heels. It is a great fit, and super that the girls had room to breathe. Speaking of which, the hooped top underneath is great. Did you take a photo of the top without a jacket?


    • Greetje
      22 February 2016 / 17:39

      No I didn’t take a photo of the top without the jacket. Stupid eh? Totally forgot.

  14. nancy
    22 February 2016 / 08:40

    I also love your pants! They look stunning. How do you do that, asking other people to participatie on your pictures? I think if I do that they say:are you kidding me? No way! So I dont ask! Lol.

    • Greetje
      22 February 2016 / 17:41

      Actually, it hardly ever happens that people say no. Most people think it is quite fun. I am careful not to ask such a question to a mother in deep conversation with her daughter for instance.

  15. 22 February 2016 / 09:43

    Yes, classic for sure. There’s a reason why something is called ‘a classic’: because it’s timeless and perfect. No gimmicks needed, just pure style. That’s what this jacket is. And you look good in red.

    • Greetje
      22 February 2016 / 21:37

      I agree Tiina, red is my colour for sure. But I wanted to add a little pizzazz to the jacket. The legging/trousers fit the bill.

  16. Selina
    22 February 2016 / 11:56

    I’m the same. If I see something perfect and I can just about afford it, I’ll get it pretty much no matter how broke I am because it won’t come around every day. I can’t live without red

    • Greetje
      22 February 2016 / 21:40

      A soulmate! That’s what you are. I console myself with the thought that I have been like this my whole life and never (really) got into debts. Now I am 61 it is not likely going to happen now.

  17. 22 February 2016 / 15:28

    Red is one of those colours that looks good on everyone, as long as you wear the right shade. There’s nothing frumpy about a classic shape, especially when the colour is that bold. I like the rolled sleeves idea though – I do that with many of my jackets.

    I’ve been known to spend money I don’t have on great pieces, especially if I’ve found them at a thrift store and can justify it by telling myself what an excellent bargain it was!

    Even if skinnies go out of style, if they look good on you (which they do), there’s no reason to stop wearing them.

    • Greetje
      22 February 2016 / 21:42

      Well Shelley yes and no. Think back to the eighties with those big (I mean large, very big) shoulder pads. I would seem a bit out of date if I were to still wear such shoulder pads, wouldn’t I? I mean, the red jacket will never go out of style (indeed classic) but legging trousers hmmmm. I doubt it.

  18. 22 February 2016 / 16:25

    This is excellent, Greetje! Now I want a red jacket! Love the photo shoot!

    • Greetje
      22 February 2016 / 21:43

      A red jacket is a joy. It brightens up your day. I say go for it.

  19. LoriM
    22 February 2016 / 20:47

    Love the red jacket – and the striped sweater. “Pit stop babe”? I never heard that one, and English is my first language. Kudos to you for your excellent fluency, also with “I love it when a plan comes together.” 🙂

    • Greetje
      22 February 2016 / 21:48

      It is clear you were brought up to be a good girl and never had anything to do with pitbabes… haha. Or is it indeed “pit stop babes”? I don’t know. I have to look up the spelling of a lot of words as speaking the language is easier (for me) than writing. But I love your compliment. You should see me smile !!

      • LoriM
        22 February 2016 / 21:55


  20. Kathleen
    22 February 2016 / 23:25

    I love your photo shoot in a car wash – I would’ve never thought of it. I like your outfit and how you have paired it with the skinnies. In addition to regular denim – do you wear white denim? That might be another look for you to try.

    • Greetje
      23 February 2016 / 08:01

      The carwash was the result of need. Need calls for creativity. We needed light on a winter day and shelter from the rain. Plus Ron is very creative. He comes up with the best backgrounds for a shoot.
      In answer to your question.. yes I wear white denim for sure. Thanks for the styling tip.

    • Greetje
      23 February 2016 / 07:39

      My legs are my blessing. And I know how to put the emphasis on them after four years of blogging haha.

  21. 23 February 2016 / 01:44

    You’re right, red is your color! Wow, this jacket is a beauty as well as the sweater. I just love your way of discipline when it comes to shopping, you make me laugh. But then, life is way to short to not reward ourselves with little red items that are just perfectly made for us, right? Excellent photo’s (again), you and your incredibly gorgeous legs!

    • Greetje
      23 February 2016 / 07:41

      The thing is, I am very, very disciplined in nearly every aspect of life. Only when it comes to shopping and adorning myself… no discipline at all. Strange but true.

  22. 23 February 2016 / 06:39

    I’m all for irresponsible spending when the result is a Trophy piece as perfect as this jacket; and I don’t think perfect matchy-matchy can’t ever be subject to Fashion.
    Amazing pictures … you’ve got yourself quite a photographer there Greetje 🙂
    Baci Sallyxx

    • Greetje
      23 February 2016 / 07:45

      Thank you Sally. Yes the quality of my blog photos has improved a lot since my husband decided “no more garden photos”. It is a new field for the both of us, so we quarrel a lot. The one thing I give him though: he has a very good eye for a good shot. Glad you feel the same way about red jackets and spending ?.

  23. 23 February 2016 / 14:44

    pitbabe! My favorite new word of the day. Love the jacket, with your personal touches, and the stripes. xox


    • Greetje
      23 February 2016 / 22:05

      Never thought I would ever pose as a pitbabe haha.

  24. 24 February 2016 / 16:58

    I LOVE read and I love your red jacket! Great look on you!

    • Greetje
      24 February 2016 / 18:52

      Oh hi Cathy… I do pick up a few tips but I am a bit dense haha.

  25. 24 February 2016 / 21:51

    Classic black and red suits your hair colour so well Greetje. Your legs look sensational in these leggins too (oh how I envy legs that go on for miles). Fab photography from Ron the master. I like the cuff folding up move, just gives the outfit that little racy look to match the racy car x
    Anna’s Island Style

    • Greetje
      24 February 2016 / 22:29

      Ah… actually the legging is blue…. but same difference right. Glad you stopped by and like my outfit. My legs are my assets so I am sure to flaunt them. I will pass the compliments on to Ron.

  26. 25 February 2016 / 04:15

    You are a girl after my own heart Greetje! I love red. The whole outfit is so great on you! And, your knock out legs are something you should always flaunt!!!


    • Greetje
      25 February 2016 / 08:48

      Heh, heh, heh… thank you Cherie for your kind words. I am happy to flaunt my legs.

  27. Happiness at Mid Life
    25 February 2016 / 07:22

    This red jacket is meant to be even if you were not suppose to be spending, it looks amazing on you. I love Ron’s artistic eye of these photos.


    Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

    • Greetje
      25 February 2016 / 08:49

      Spending wise you are just as bad as I am. So I knew you’d understand and approve ??.

  28. 26 February 2016 / 08:51

    Great race queen shoot, Greetje! Haha. The car theme continues most effectively. I love how all the red hoses and the striped bar fit it so well. And nothing wrong with matchy matchy, especially when you have such great pieces and add an edge with your leggings. The rolled-up sleeves are a nice touch too. I would have liked to have seen the full body pose on the hood though. Hahaha.

  29. barbara
    27 February 2016 / 21:48

    great look, miss G!!! I know I always ask you for brands, which one is the jacket? not that I don’t want to look for it in your post (i read it twice). i guess I ask because I’d like to find something similar!
    greetz from Antwerp,

    • Greetje
      1 March 2016 / 19:54

      Hahaha… I put the brands at the end of the post, underneath the last photo. With links. The brand is TWIN-SET.

  30. 29 February 2016 / 07:52

    Ummmm, leggings! I mean I should say LEGGINGS! These trousers are perfect for you Greetje. And the whole outfit is of course. I am also a red gal. I love red. Always have, always will. It makes me happy.

    I’m glad you got this stunner of a blazer. It’s smashing!!

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    • Greetje
      1 March 2016 / 19:55

      I just saw your pink/red post. I will comment on it later this week. Red loves you as well.

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