A Colorful Outlook

Susan B. of une femme d'un certain age wears a red cotton knit moto jacket, leopard print tee and raffia sneakers.

Now that I’ve started wearing more color, I’m finding it rather addicting. 😉 It gives me a lift, and provides a focal point to my outfits.

Earrings | Jacket | Necklace | Tee (similar) | Jeans |
Bracelet (similar) | Shoes

But other than the warm spice tones, I’m still finding the selection in “my” colors a bit thin at the moment. The ladies at Red Leopard suggested I try Kettlewell Colours (a UK brand) to pick up a few basic pieces to get me started. This cotton knit moto jacket is from Kettlewell. (Color is “Poppy.”) You can search the website by your color “season,” by item type, or by a specific color. And they have a large selection, though do not seem to offer Plus sizes.

As casual, lightweight jackets are one of those items I’m always on the hunt for, this was a welcome addition. It’s reasonably priced, and the quality seems quite good. (Based on some prior items I tried from this brand, I ordered the Medium. After wearing it a couple of times, I wish I’d ordered the Small.)

Kettlewell Colours offers free shipping on most orders over $100 to the US, and returns are easy. (This isn’t a sponsored post, nor have I received any merchandise or compensation from them.)

Detail: Susan B wears Clergerie raffia sneakers. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

Still loving these Clergerie raffia sneakers! They are so comfortable and I get compliments every time I wear them. Here are a few budget-friendly options (though I haven’t tried in person, so can’t speak to quality or comfort…):

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39 Comments

  1. Helen Baker
    August 13, 2019 / 2:32 am

    Another lovely look.

  2. August 13, 2019 / 2:59 am

    That jacket is great. Can dress up or down. And the color!!!

  3. Claire
    August 13, 2019 / 4:31 am

    I am loving your updated colours and new proportions! Very flattering. The Clergerie sneakers are fabulous. I love Clergerie footwear, always chic.

  4. Kellie
    August 13, 2019 / 5:08 am

    You look amazing in the poppy jacket! I also love how you combined it with the leopard top. BTW, I also purchased the same leopard t-shirt—love it! Thank you for featuring it early in the season. I’m considering ordering the jacket, but wonder if someone taller can wear it (I’m 5’7”). Glad you’re enjoying wearing color. You look fabulous!

    • Cheryl
      August 13, 2019 / 5:37 am

      I am 5′ 9″ and have several jackets of this style. I have found them to be flattering either with a top with a bottom hem as she has it or tucked in or long shirt tail left out. Hope this helps☺ .

  5. Rose
    August 13, 2019 / 5:18 am

    Hi Susan—I’m finding your color journey so fascinating. Please consider doing a post explaining the other details of your color analysis, such as proportions, jewelry and accessory choices, necklines, best pant styles, etc. Is long over lean proportion that you’ve worn so much in the past not considered a good choice and if so, why? It sounds like they gave you such a thorough evaluation and not just a color analysis which is what so many do. Thank you. . .

  6. August 13, 2019 / 5:20 am

    You look fantastic! Hip, modern, timeless, and comfortable in your skin. Brava!

  7. August 13, 2019 / 5:21 am

    I am so happy that you are finally wearing color! It takes some getting used to, doesn’t it? Cannot wait to see what else you add to your wardrobe! Just to let you know, we got back from Paris two weeks ago and it was our first visit. We had a fantastic time, found the French people very friendly. My husband speaks some French, so we did not have too hard of a time navigating the city. I think your blogs influenced our trip. I would read your Paris blogs over and over. We hit all the high spots, Eifel tower, the Louvre, Giverney, and Versailles. The food was amazing! we had our best meal at Galleries Lafayette, the shopping emporium. Our hotel room was two blocks from the Tower and we could see it every night lit up. The only bad aspect is that we caught colds 3 days before we left. Not great! We were lucky however, to be there between the two heat waves they had!!!

  8. Ksthy
    August 13, 2019 / 5:26 am

    I thought you looked great before but am loving all this color! Just had mine done and am a little afraid to jump in. You are motivating me. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Jan Whichard
      August 13, 2019 / 8:26 am

      Where did you have your colors done?

      • Eva
        August 13, 2019 / 6:11 pm

        Red Leppard in London

  9. Gardengoddess42
    August 13, 2019 / 5:26 am

    “Now that I’ve started wearing more color, I’m finding it rather addicting. It gives me a lift, and provides a focal point to my outfits.”
    Exactly my reason for wearing color. It affects my mood and daily life significantly.

  10. August 13, 2019 / 5:34 am

    I’m so glad you’ve discovered color! The jacket is amazing, the price is right and 100% cotton–nice!

  11. August 13, 2019 / 5:51 am

    That warm red is fantastic on you! I have “borrowed” from many of your previous outfits, pre-color analysis, because your old color scheme works for me. Thank you for offering colors outside those that you are choosing now, like the deep greens yesterday, although it’s fun to see what you are adding. Keep it up! It looks great on you

  12. Eileen
    August 13, 2019 / 6:31 am

    I love the changes on you! And yes, more details on how the new look works. And any recommendations in the U.S. ? Thanks.

  13. Sally
    August 13, 2019 / 6:41 am

    Susan this is so fun to watch you put your new color palette into action. My colorist has a different method (not seasons, but red,yellow, blue according to the colors that make up your complexion). Unfortunately my palette is very muted so the bright saturated colors that are offered on most websites mostly don’t work for me! I have no idea how to shop for clothes anymore! Interesting huh?

  14. August 13, 2019 / 6:55 am

    Whoa, this jacket! Stunning.

  15. August 13, 2019 / 7:31 am

    I love the way this outfit is both low-key and high energy at once. :). Like, I’m super fun and cheerful and also I will take no prisoners if needs be.

  16. Bobbi
    August 13, 2019 / 7:46 am

    You look fantastic in the bright happy colors! Looking forward to more posts about how your perspective has shifted though out your color journey.

  17. Diana
    August 13, 2019 / 7:55 am

    Wow! Loving your new looks! Amazing how much difference adding a bit of color can make.

  18. Jan Whichard
    August 13, 2019 / 8:30 am

    I have looked at Kettlewell but worry about returns if something doesn’t fit; especially the first time. Can you zip the jacket and take an armpit to armpit measurement for us?

    I love color and your experience and posts have reminded me of that. I may still wear my good black pieces, but not without color all around it!

  19. August 13, 2019 / 9:00 am

    Love the Poppy with the leopard. Great idea.

  20. Daniella
    August 13, 2019 / 9:33 am

    Perfect!! Simple! So very SOCAL!!

    • Susan B
      Author
      August 13, 2019 / 10:36 am

      Thanks, Yael! I’ve been eyeing that one too, am not sure about the sleeves but may give it a try.

  21. Coach Laura
    August 13, 2019 / 9:51 am

    Love the jacket and that color on you.

    You should have done a sponsored post because I’m sure they’ll get some orders.

    But – a question. Are the sleeves really long? I’m a petite like you and can’t usually wear items that don’t come in petite mainly because of sleeve length.

    • Susan B
      Author
      August 13, 2019 / 10:31 am

      Thanks! The sleeves are a little long for me, so I’ll probably have them shortened.

      • Coach Laura
        August 13, 2019 / 11:35 am

        Thanks. At least there aren’t zippers on the sleeve cuffs. Those make moto jackets impossible to alter.

        I was interested to note that they put gold zips on yours but I thought that would be bad on my summer selection. Sure enough, my zips are silver toned. Very well thought out!

        • Susan B
          Author
          August 13, 2019 / 12:19 pm

          Yes, zippers on the sleeves will immediately disqualify a jacket for me. And changing out the hardware color per season is such a nice detail!

  22. Judy
    August 13, 2019 / 10:13 am

    Susan, I love your new color choices, and the soft red of the jacket in today’s post is so flattering on you. I also think this style and length suits you beautifully. I have a question about the length. I’ve read repeatedly that we should avoid clothes that stop at the midway point of our body; instead aiming for the 1/3 (or 2/3) length, so we don’t get cut in half. This red jacket you’re wearing seems to hit at your “midpoint,” and yet it looks great. Are there exceptions to the 1/3 “rule?”

  23. No Fear of Fashion
    August 13, 2019 / 10:32 am

    Great! I am so glad you “found” colour. And yes it is addictive. Looking at yourself in the mirror wearing beige or red makes a whole lot of difference. Lovely jacket.
    Greetje

  24. Sheila-Merle Johnson
    August 13, 2019 / 9:44 pm

    Love the red with the leopard! A favorite combo this season. So much fun to watch you put your new learnings into action.

  25. August 13, 2019 / 10:11 pm

    good day
    i love the fit of the jacket – comfortable fit.
    my mother always says – just tight enough to show you are a woman, but loose enough to show you are a lady.

  26. Katrinka
    August 14, 2019 / 12:28 am

    Susan, thanks for the link to Kettlewell. I’d love to get some basic pieces but few of their colors work for me as they are too bright.

    I had my colors done by Nancy Nix-Rice (in US). I have a warm undertone but my color palette is muted. I can’t wear your brights as they’d be wearing me. Nancy doesn’t do strick “autumn”, etc. Her approach is very individual. I was lucky enough to have her do my colors in person but she has done a few of my friends’ colors by mail This sounds strange but as long as you send her good photos of what she needs it’s as good as being with her in person. Both of my friends’ colors were right on. Nancy travels around the US giving seminars on style and color.

  27. Coach Laura
    August 14, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    Did anyone else notice/comment that Susan is wearing red and leopard and had a RedLeopard styling consultation? Susan, did you do it tongue-in-cheek?

  28. MaureenC
    August 15, 2019 / 12:21 am

    I bought the very same jacket a couple of weeks ago but in the dark magenta colour as I’m feeling the need of a bit more colour. Kettlewell are good on jackets but often their other garment are a bit middle of the road for me as I like style to be a bit more edgy. However I’m always a sucker for a moto jacket and this one is bright and very comfortable!
    Interesting what you said about the absence of plus sizes. It’s tended to be unusual here in the UK for the same line to go petite through to plus. However that’s changed in the younger brands (Mango, Seasalt, boohoo) as that’s where there is more of a market for plus sizes in the UK. The average middle aged woman here is US size 8-14 so that’s what’s generally available. French, Italian and Spanish brands are often great for petites though!

  29. Lucretia Roletta
    August 15, 2019 / 12:58 pm

    Kettlebell has been on my radar for some time as I love their color range. They have more color options for a single garment than I have ever seen in any company. You mentioned that returns were easy. Is there a fee for a return.The website is not clear.
    The jacket looks great on you, you certainly are embracing color!

  30. Annag Chandler
    August 16, 2019 / 11:15 pm

    Great look for you! I’m glad you pointed out the leopard print top earlier this year — I got one, found that I wear it 3 times a week, and bought a second to have in reserve!

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