Outfit: Bold Red Jacket Styled With A Southwest Vibe

Outfit: Emboldened

red jacket, pink scarf

When I first tried on this red jacket, I got a very Southwest/Georgia O’Keeffe* kind of vibe, so I styled it here with that in mind. I’ve also been looking forward to pairing it with this pink scarf, which I tied in a sort of kerchief-style. Yes, it’s a bit bulkier than I’d like, but I’m keeping my eye out for a similarly colored scarf in a lighter fabric to try this with.

Wearing: jacket | earrings (similar shape)| scarf | tee |
bracelet, gifted (similar style) | bag | jeans | boots

Julie Vos bracelet, Givenchy Pandora

The bracelet was gifted from Halsbrook. (First shown here.) They have more Elizabeth Cole pieces here. I really like the gold and turquoise mix which is a more unusual combo.

red jacket with jeans, pink scarf

Maybe I’m getting bolder with age, but I LOVE this red! I feel very energized wearing it.

I should also mention that the jacket comes with a large fabric-covered pin (same color) which allows it to be fastened closed, a big plus for me when the weather gets colder.

Do you wear bold colors, or do you prefer softer shades?

*Yes, I know she mostly wore black, but was thinking more of the bold colors and shapes in her paintings.

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  1. October 28, 2016 / 3:38 am

    I love that coat, and I love that you paired the pink scarf with it.
    I would wrap the scarf around the neck. Big, bulky necks seem to be the look around here. As if everybody got whiplash. Whatever–it’s the silhouette of the moment.
    I am hunting for a short red trench coat. Something I can wear in spring and fall, but not as long and formal as my classic khaki trench. And something bright, for a change from my usual black. I have big hips, so square silhouettes don’t work–I need a waist.

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:32 am

      francetaste, thanks! I probably will wrap the scarf that way once it gets a bit cooler.

  2. Debra
    October 28, 2016 / 4:12 am

    Fabulous coat! Fabulous color! I absolutely LOVE color! I prefer clear bold colors the older I get. Just check out my collection of Lilly Pulitzer – LOL! Wearing color improves my mood and makes me feel happy. If I’m looking at an item that comes in both red and black, I’ll choose the red one almost every time. Enjoy!

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:33 am

      Thanks, Debra!

  3. Jill Pontiere PO Box 560733 Orlando, Fl 32856-0733
    October 28, 2016 / 4:31 am

    I loved your red coat so much I bought one. Did I need another coat/jacket, NO, but I love RED and you inspired me, and that is my story and I’m sticking to it!

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:35 am

      Jill, thanks! I love having this as an alternative to all of my neutral jackets.

  4. October 28, 2016 / 4:40 am

    On you- I believe this is a home run!! The color does so much for you!! Bingo! Love everything about this look- it looks happy!!! As I get older I want a sense of happy clothes! And comfort- effortless style that is automatic- this outfit is IT!

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:35 am

      Susie223, thanks so much!

  5. October 28, 2016 / 4:46 am

    I’m already planning my next trip to Paris around my red winter jacket, so your inspiration with the scarf comes at a great time for me! You don’t mind if I copy you completely, do you?

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:37 am

      Hi Janice, I’m honored to have inspired someone I consider the master of color mixing. 🙂 Please do and enjoy yourself in Paris! Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

  6. Kristien
    October 28, 2016 / 5:16 am

    This clear red is really nice with your coloring and the pink scarf is an inspired touch. I don’t usually wear bold colors. My best are deeper and more subdued. My red is more burgundy, my green is a forest green. Bold colors wears me, not the other way around. Isn’t it so much easier to put outfits together when you understand the colors that work you?

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:39 am

      Hi Kristien, thanks! Yes, getting a sense of our best colors is a real help.

    • October 30, 2016 / 5:43 am

      I like those colours on others, but as with Kristien, they don’t suit me. I love a deep red, from cherry to burgundy (provided the burgundy isn’t too dull and brownish) and forest green, which is so hard to find. And still love black, but want alternatives.

      I dislike pastel colours.

      • Susan B
        October 30, 2016 / 6:11 am

        lagatta, I love forest green too. I’ve seen one or two things this fall in that green, but not my style. I’m hoping that color comes back “in” again.

        • October 30, 2016 / 4:59 pm

          I so hope it does. I have blue-green eyes and very dark hair gone grey (thus dark and silver streaks) and it just makes me pop. So often greens are olive (ok, if not too yellow) or some lime greens that makes me look ill. Nothing like my beloved plants.

  7. Laurel
    October 28, 2016 / 5:37 am

    Love the coat! That poppy is wonderful and one of my best colors. I got the silk T and wish I could wear wool…allergic! 🙁 I do love certain bright colors and this is one I snatch up when it comes around. I’m still wearing a bold (‘tomato’) raincoat that I bought several years back and get compliments every time I wear it.

    That scarf and coat are great together, BTW. Go bold!

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:40 am

      Thanks, Laurel! I’ve seen quite a few pieces available in this color, and may try one of the tops too.

  8. plutrell
    October 28, 2016 / 7:05 am

    Love all the color…and it looks great on you! Good job!

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:40 am

      Thanks, Pam!

  9. October 28, 2016 / 8:30 am

    Love this whole look, Sue. The coat…especially with the pink scarf…and the brown boots. You look lovely in bright colours. I can’t wear that specific colour of red…it seems to “embolden” my rosacea… which is never a good look. Funny how subtle shade differences can affect us, eh? I’ve been looking for a camel coat…like you…off and on for a couple of years. And it’s amazing how many different shades of camel there are and how some look fab and some look blech against my skin. So I gave up and bought a pink tweed coat in Macy’s when I was there. Yep. Pink. Can’t believe I did that!

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:41 am

      Thanks, Susan! Pink tweed sounds lovely. Can’t wait to see you wear it!

  10. Pam
    October 28, 2016 / 10:58 am


    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:41 am

      Thank you!!!

  11. CatherineC
    October 28, 2016 / 11:26 am

    You look terrific. The bright color is a wonderful bit of splash. Like you, I am light and tend to black and denim. Your look today inspires me to step out a little too.

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:42 am

      CatherineC, thanks so much!

  12. Shreddie
    October 28, 2016 / 11:39 am

    I tried on that coat and loved it, but the wool didn’t love me back. You look great in it.

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:44 am

      Thanks, Shreddie. There are a few non-wool pieces offered in this color too, some in silk and viscose.

  13. October 28, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    No soft shades for me BOLD colour pretty much on a daily basis. I did recently pick up a high end knit dress in solid grey by designer Robin Kay that screams Eileen Fisher. Oddly enough I really like it. I think I may be sick! LOL


    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:45 am

      Suzanne, and you wear bold colors very well! Can’t wait to see how you style the dress.

  14. October 28, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Wow, it’s amazing on you! I’m a bit of a color phobe so stick to softer colors. You wear red beautifully.

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:45 am

      Thanks so much, Jennifer!

  15. marsha calhoun
    October 28, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    I recently bought a cranberry coat (bright cranberry), and thought I was daring, but this gorgeous flash of brilliant happiness is really something! I got energized just looking at you . . .

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:46 am

      Thanks, Marsha! I think bright cranberry is also a happy color. It’s all about what works best with our coloring.

  16. October 28, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    Today’s post makes me happy. I LOVE the red and I love the scarf with the red coat even more. You know–you really look so great with color! But that bag. I’m coveting. Totally coveting!!

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 6:46 am

      Thanks so much Catherine! I think I’m going to get a lot of wear out of this coat…

  17. Cathy D.
    October 29, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Susan, you look great in bright color! I just bought a fiery red tee shirt from LL Bean to see if I can adjust to wearing really bright colors. It arrived yesterday and is a bit of a shock. So far, I think I like it. It’s certainly a change for me, but change is good… isn’t it?

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 1:28 pm

      Thanks, Cathy D. I think a scarf or tee shirt is a great way to try out a new color without a huge commitment.

  18. Wendelah
    October 29, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    I wear colors always. It cheers me plus my own coloring (light brown hair, light brown eyes and pale skin with neutral undertones) is such that most “neutral” colors don’t add much to the mix. Navy blue is the best of the lot but that’s tougher to find than you’d think in anything but denim. I wear red and peachy pink, blues, greens, yellows. And white is okay. I love the scarf and jacket on you.

    • Susan B
      October 29, 2016 / 2:05 pm

      Thanks, Wendelah!

  19. Lynn
    October 30, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Wool, wool, wool

  20. Joann Decker
    October 31, 2016 / 6:30 am

    Susan, that color is wonderful and works so well with your complexion and hair color. In fact, I liked the coat so much, I went out and bought it this weekend. I also plan to belt it with my brown Eileen Fisher “obi” belt. ( suggested by the EF rep. who was at the store that day). I think your style is sophisticated and comfortable.
    I am 64 and love fashion and style very similar to yours. Although, I like to wear more color.

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