A winter white dress and a visit to Michou

winter white dressHere I am in Paris, wearing a dress from my shopping spree in August at the Max Mara outlet. At the time I kept insisting that this was a summer dress. Both Daniela and the sales assistant told me it was a winter white dress. Being pigheaded, I put it on the next day (… in August in Italy…). And instantly took it off again. Indeed a winter dress. (It looks very good with green fantasy tights and green boots. You will see that futher down this post.

Now first for this Paris styling. As you see above, I wore the same shoes and bag as with my striped dress. After all, my suitcase was already ridiculously heavy. One pair of high heels for 3 dinners should suffice. The dress looks a bit like a nighty. I seem to be taking a fancy to nightie-like dresses. Being white makes that comparison even more obvious. When I wore it to the office, two of my colleagues were about to say “it looks like a nightie”, but they bit their tongue haha. On the other hand, when I wore this in Paris, I got several compliments (from women) who said I looked so elegant. And Parisian women know their stuff. Big advantage of the dress: it doesn’t crease.

Unfortunately all pictures are not sharp. This due to the fact that night was falling and the lens we used needed much more light. Well darlings, it is what it is. Cannot do it again.

Below: from this terrace on the Boulevard Saint-Germain we watched the people passing by. As you can see, there was a zebra crossing right in front of us…

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… which gave Ron the idea of photographing me while I was crossing the zebra.

Below: “Hang on darling. First I have to fiddle with my bag.”

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Below: “this thing doesn’t want to close”.

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Below: waiting for the light to go green. While being given the once-over by the woman on my right (only saw that when I was selecting the photos).

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Below: right…. here we go.

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Below: no…. that was not the end of it. I crossed that zebra about 5 times by Ron’s request and it kept getting darker and darker.

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Below: close-up of the bag (the shoes could use some polishing).

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Below: close-up of the brooch which I also bought at the Max Mara outlet. I needed something heavy to keep the dress hanging right and not fall to the back.

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Below: a pina colada before we went to dinner.

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We went to dinner at Michou. Which is a drag queen show. Totally in French. We opted for dinner and show, but you can also visit just the show which starts at 22.30. Remember I said last week we knew it was going to get late that night? A quarter to one we stepped outside. That is late for me. I am not a night owl.

Dinner wasn’t to write home about, but the atmosphere made up for that. Three waiters were also performers and already had their make-up on. They were ever so nice.

Below: as we came in, we were seated on either side of Michou himself to have our picture taken with him.

Paris Michou

We thought it was so funny. Michou himself is nearly 85 but still climbs the stage for an introduction speech. Supported (literally) by two performers as he is not very steady on his legs anymore. The age of Michou and the not so young performers just added to the fun atmosphere.

But boy oh boy were those performers GOOD. There were six of them and all terrific. They playbacked and sang old songs, some French, some English, we knew them all. And they made jokes. It was the best cabaret. When one of them really gave a cabaret performance in French it was just too bad we couldn’t understand it. (We speak French but not well enough for a quick conversation.) The rest of the guests were in stitches.

Below: our photo was also taken at dinner. Of course you pay for those photos. I asked whether I could receive them digitally as well. Normally they would charge you for that, but because I asked so nicely, I got them for free.

Paris Michou

We were not allowed to take any pictures of the show itself. Below the only three atmosphere pictures I took with my mobile phone. Horrible, but they are all I’ve got. Lots of red light.

To make up for that, here is a link to some of the performers in the show. You will recognise Celine Dion (spitting image).

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Michou

Michou

Back to the dress.

Below as promised, the dress styled with green fantasy tights and green boots. Taken with my iPhone at the office.

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Next week the last of my Paris adventures. And the week after another issue of Shopping Saturday with Sabine and Anke. This time in Eindhoven where the Dutch Design Week had started that day.

Greetje

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  1. 23 October 2016 / 20:45

    Adorable bag – vintage?

    • 23 October 2016 / 20:48

      Oh yes. Snatched it up for € 25,-. Did have to bring it to the cobler to have all the leather glued back together though haha.

  2. Mrs N
    23 October 2016 / 21:33

    I love the dress and that hem, looks so comfy to wear. I love winter white. Great stuff. Your Paris evenings looks a blast !

    • 23 October 2016 / 21:37

      It is indeed very comfortable to wear. And.. it doesn’t crease.
      Ron searched the internet to find nice places to visit and to go to dinner. I can leave such things safely to him. It was a very nice four days for us. Nothing but pleasure.

  3. 23 October 2016 / 22:26

    That dress shows your legs up a treat, Greetje – lucky you!

    • 24 October 2016 / 05:54

      Yes, my legs are my best feature. So naturally I will put the emphasis on them ?.

  4. 23 October 2016 / 22:29

    Another interesting post Greetje. I love the dress and suprisingly prefer the sleek version rather than the funky version with the green tights and boots. It really does look beautifully made and hangs very well (good move placing that brooch as you did!) The show looks like it was fun. These things really have to be experienced to be understood best, don’t they?
    Have a great week x
    Anna

    • 24 October 2016 / 05:56

      This is indeed a surprise. If I had taken a bet on your preference I would have lost. Ans the show was highly entertaining.

  5. 23 October 2016 / 23:51

    Now you might not believe this, but I’m wearing a white dress today!! It’s a sweater dress (they also don’t wrinkle) and I think it’s the most versatile thing ever!!
    I love the idea of the brooch for the fact of weighing the dress down—great idea Greetje!!
    And it only took me three reads to figure out what you meant about crossing the zebra (i’m quick like that–ha ha)
    I love the dress both ways—but I think the green tights & boots just make it fabulously different!! Now you need some OTK boots to wear with it! Get shopping—you can thank me later!!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • 24 October 2016 / 06:00

      Hahaha. I have already ween the perfect over the knee boots but I think they look best with a short skirt. I have a pair of flat suede OTK boots, which I can try for measure.
      If you had to read it three times to get the zebra bit, then that is my fault of course. Language thingy?

  6. 24 October 2016 / 00:27

    That’s a fabulous dress, Greetje! I love that it looks so different dressed up for dinner and then with the fun green leggings & boots! It looks wonderful both ways. And of course the leggings version is how I would wear it… 🙂

    So how many more things did you buy at the Max Mara outlet? 😉

    • 24 October 2016 / 06:03

      I am rather embarrassed to tell you how many things I bought at the outlet Andrea. Can I not just sweep that under the carpet? OK… four dresses, 2 brooches, one pair of boots, two pairs of gloves. When quality stuff is offered for such a low price, I go crazy. Oh and a bag.

  7. Riley
    24 October 2016 / 00:36

    This dress is so attractive on you! As someone mentioned, it shows your exceptional legs to great advantage.

    I love to read your blog as I always seem to learn something new. Today, it was the zebra crossing. I had to check with my friend, Google, as I searched in vain in the first photo to find a striped animal crossing a Paris street! haha Where I live, we call the stripes painted on a road a “crosswalk”. I feel very worldly now to know what a zebra crossing truly is. 🙂

    • 24 October 2016 / 08:53

      Whahaha.. funny. I have always referred to it as a zebra crossing. I did check the dictionary and it was good. Perhaps an American or English version? I hope to keep you entertained for many years to come.

  8. 24 October 2016 / 02:52

    Very hip & elegant look Greetje. I like the dress styled both ways and that little bag is just so good! What a fun place to go to for an evening out. Must go some time…

    • 24 October 2016 / 08:53

      Thanks Sylvia. Those four days in Paris were nothing but fun and romance. I am a very happy woman.

  9. 24 October 2016 / 03:01

    Ok, my lovely friend, this dress is the most stylish dress I’ve yet to see on you! And the way you styled it in Paris made you look right at home, quite Parisian in style and elegance. I thought the brooch was part of the dress so way to add the right finishing touch. Your little bag purse (another want), its fabulous and perfect for this occassion.
    Now dressing it down a bit for the work day, also fabulous! Love the fantasy tights and green boots.

    • 24 October 2016 / 08:56

      Actually the brooch isn’t just necessary to keep the dress from falling to the back. It also closes the dress at the top as otherwise I would show a deep cleavage haha. And it brings a little bit of colour near my face.
      Thank you for the compliments.

  10. Marilee Gramith
    24 October 2016 / 04:26

    Although it’s possible that Ron was clearly focusing on YOU, as you elegantly strode cross the zebra I think you’re the chiquest woman in these photos!!! You may not be a Parisienne but clearly there is a lovely Dutch woman in a winter white dress who recently graced the streets of Paris!!
    Looks like you two had a lovely and memorable adventure in Paris.

    • 24 October 2016 / 08:58

      Thank you very much for your compliments. Of course the white dress lit up like a flashlight in the dark haha. But I did feel very chic too. And yes the four days were just fun and romance. The way you want such a trip to be.

  11. Trish
    24 October 2016 / 10:49

    Zebra crossing is definitely a British term, haven’t seen it in the US. Maybe Canada? Great dress btw. I don’t think it looks much like a nighty, more like an elegant cocktail dress, but comfortable too! What a combination. It suits your height and good legs. Thanks for all the Paris photos. Looks like you had a great time, especially at Michou. We will be visiting Amsterdam on Sunday on a short cruise stop. Any idea what to do for 3 hours on a Sunday? Will everything be closed? Any advice gratefully received. Weatherwise too. I’ll catch up on your further adventures when I get back.

    • 24 October 2016 / 15:59

      Oh yes, Paris was very nice for us. And I love the dress myself. Will be wearing it a lot. Perhaps in winter with a scarf when my skin is more pale?
      Sunday Amsterdam: 12 – 15 degrees Celcius, no rain expected, probably clouded. You have to check further down the week. Nothing as unpredictable as the weather.
      What to do in Amsterdam? Depends on what you want to do and what time you are in Amsterdam. Shops are open from 12.00 hrs. Not all of them, but a lot. Especially the Nine Streets area is very nice. Do you have a 3 hour stop-over between flights? Because that will be too little. Schiphol and Amsterdam are close (especially by train), but… you will need quite some time to check in / customs etc. Otherwise mail me and I will try and answer your questions: greetje@nofearoffashion.com

  12. 24 October 2016 / 14:45

    I’ve always wanted to go to one of those shows! Sounds like a blast : )

    You look wonderfully elegant here. Bravo for walking those streets in high heels.

    I’m very happy you bought the brooch for the dress. I think it makes the dress.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • 24 October 2016 / 16:02

      The heels are quite thick and the Paris pavements are pretty darned smooth, so no real issues. And of course we only had to go to Michou (back by taxi, the French equivalent of Über).
      I bought two brooches for the dress. One is this modern one (in my eyes). And I have another one with glass. Also nice but less rare/modern. The brooch was born out of necessity (stop the dress from falling to the back) which often leads to creativity and different solutions.

  13. 24 October 2016 / 21:58

    Love the street scenes – seeing what you wore and what those around you in Paris were wearing too. There’s a very elegant grey haired woman in black behind you in a few of them, and an older lady in a checked suit there too – between them they epitomise the Parisienne for me. I like the dress both ways – not at all like a nightie – but the second version with the green tights and boots looks less formal (and so you look younger).

    Yes, zebra crossing is British, although I think we tend to drop the crossing part of the name. So no one bats an eyelid if you give directions to your home and tell someone to turn right by the third zebra…

    • 25 October 2016 / 05:45

      The Dutch do the same, we only say zebra. I worked for two years at an English company in The Hague when I was 22. None of my colleagues spoke Dutch, so you learn fast. This explains my English approach instead of American. I still cannot refer to trousers as pants ?. Thanks for letting me know it is “nightie”.
      Next week you will see some more Parisian ladies.
      I agree with your opinion on the two stylings of my white dress.

  14. Christine
    25 October 2016 / 05:24

    Lovely dress on you. I especially like it with the boots. To me, the shape of the dress really needs the chunky boots to balance out the volume on top. I look forward to seeing you style this dress in other ways for winter.

    • 25 October 2016 / 05:56

      Being white gives me endless opportunities to style the dress. With black, with brown, you name it. I initially bought the dress with chunky boots in mind but I like it with shoes as well. To my surprise I might add.

  15. Rachel
    25 October 2016 / 08:30

    Gosh you’re a stunner, no wonder he made you Alan up and down the “pedestrian crossing”! (Haha, throwing a bit of NZ English in there too!)

    • 25 October 2016 / 20:46

      And another English language ??. Always nice to learn. Thank you for the compliments.

  16. 25 October 2016 / 17:15

    I LOVED THIS POST!
    I LOVE RON for attempting the SHOOT FIVE TIMES!
    Which arrondisimont is this show in?I would ADORE THIS!
    I took my BOYS to the CABERAT up on the hill………MONTE something!WE were seated like SARDINES!BUT I enjoyed the SHOW VERY MUCH………….then again I think I should have been in THEATER!
    YOU LOOK SMASHING!
    XX

    • 25 October 2016 / 20:49

      18th arr, near Pigalle. Link to Michou details is in my post. Thanks for the compliments.

  17. 25 October 2016 / 17:19

    The dress is very elegant, and I think having the band at the bottom to gather in the hem keeps it from looking like a nightgown. The brooch is a nice addition, even if it is there for practical reasons.

    Michou looks like so much fun – I’ve attended a lot of drag shows in my time, and still can appreciate a good one.

    • 25 October 2016 / 20:54

      You would have liked this show. They were very skilled. I like this dress much more than I anticipated.

  18. 25 October 2016 / 18:19

    The white dress looks absolutely fabulous on you. Perfect for Paris! Also love the brooch and bag. You and Ron really know how to have fun. I love a good drag show! Thanks for sharing your adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed every photo!

    • 25 October 2016 / 21:29

      I am glad I have been able to entertain you. This dress is a bit of a surprise to me. A pleasant one. I have bought another dress which proves to be much more of a problem. I think it is too short for my age and thick tights don’t make it longer. A pencil skirt underneath it sort of spoils the look. Hmm don’t really know what to do.

      • 26 October 2016 / 07:48

        Ooooh, this is perfection !! The colour and shape can make you fell wearing a nightie but I assure you that you look gorgeous ! Very cute bag as well … keep on wearing dresses, darling !

        • 26 October 2016 / 11:58

          Thanks to you I will keep on wearing dresses dear Dan. And I am so pleased about that.

      • 26 October 2016 / 07:49

        Have you tried it with a pair of slim fit trousers ? Sometimes they work …

        • 26 October 2016 / 11:59

          Yes, slim trousers work, but I don’t really want to wear it as a tunic. I want to wear it like a dress. As my quest was: wearing more dresses.
          I will send you a (lousy) picture. Perhaps you can judge, perhaps you need a better photo.

  19. Jeanne
    26 October 2016 / 00:55

    Greetje, you look stunning in that dress. I bet you turned a lot of heads on St. Germain.

    • 26 October 2016 / 07:09

      Actually I did. Such a grand feeling. Not something which happens to me often. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  20. 26 October 2016 / 04:20

    Only you, do you have this much fun, with every post! I hope so, it makes me smile.
    Yes, IN paris they know a thing or two, and that dress is perfect, simple, well made, drapes just so, the color is sublime. Love the brooch and gorgeous ostrich bag,

    Love the tights, too, later with the boots.

    perfectly inspiring!
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/blog/

    • 26 October 2016 / 07:12

      I think this dress is a hit! Never anticipated this when I bought it. I was in doubt because of the white and the nightie association. Sometimes you strike gold, sometimes you get disappointed. With this one I am purring like a contented cat.

  21. Marianne van den Berg
    26 October 2016 / 17:53

    Oh dear I am in love with your dress. Nightiedresses are my favourite. It certainly is a red dot dress for me. I can wait for 15 years so no hurry. Both combinations are great, although the green tights combination is my favourite. And that woman at the zebra crossing was thinking, how on earth is it possible that a cheesehead is looking much beter than me an elegant french woman. And of course I like your post of Paris. Do you know that the national symbol of France is Marianne. Woman of the Republic.

    • 26 October 2016 / 18:09

      I forgot about Marianne being the woman of the Republic. “Marjanneke, stroop in het kanneke” is a song based on her. It is a fine name. I am afraid you might have to wait 15 years my dear as I am also in love with this dress. More dresses to come.

  22. 26 October 2016 / 21:07

    You look great (THOSE LEGS, again). The dress is so elegant… more ‘simple’ than I’m used to seeing you in, but it is beautiful and I love the style on you. I look forward to your next travel and wardrobe instalment. As always, I giggle my way through your posts! xx

    • 26 October 2016 / 22:04

      I have been very doubtful about another simple dress I bought. I love it but it is rather short on me. Even with thick tights, I felt a little too old for the length. Then I thought of the New York Times article and decided “What the heck, who cares? who dictates? I look good in it and I am going to wear it. Feck it.” Right, that was a decision. Because, as you say… I do have the legs. So better show them.
      Next Sunday is my last Paris post. Including the sequin top. Did you find anything nice in The Shop?

  23. 28 October 2016 / 01:41

    Love the way you ‘pop’ out of the background!

    • 28 October 2016 / 06:00

      Thank you Denton. Same trick as in a movie: “make sure your leading lady wears something which immediately draws the attention and sets her apart from the crowd”. We couldn’t have done it better if we had planned it. Apart from lots of light on the setting and a camera/lens that can make sharp photos in the dark….

  24. 29 October 2016 / 16:21

    gorgeous dress!!!!!! your zebra crossing photos are pure art! fab! xxxxx

    • 29 October 2016 / 17:43

      I have my husband to thank for the photos Beate. I will pass the compliments on to him.

  25. 1 November 2016 / 04:13

    Looks like so much fun!! And you were treated like stars. Sigh. It adds so much to an evening to have special and great service. The dress is sleek and oh so elegant, and of course shows off your gams. I love how you had to keep recrossing until the photos were just right. And they are just right, even with the growing darkness.

    • 1 November 2016 / 08:40

      It would have been lovely if the photos had been sharper, but that would have meant a light on a tripod haha. We didn’t bring that with us. The dress was a total surprise to me. Sometimes I can find the right styling of an item straight away and sometimes it takes me several mistakes. I bought a similar beautiful dress (cream) which is best worn without any additions. But.. it is really a bit too short to my taste and at the top a bit too revealing. Struggling with that one. And I thought it would be easy. Sometimes you strike gold first time and sometimes it takes you forever.

    • 9 November 2016 / 08:06

      I am sure you would enjoy Paris so much Carmen. Romantic as you are. It is a fabulous city, with excitement in the air. I hope you will be able to go there one day. And thank you very much for the compliments (I know you love white ?.)

  26. 14 November 2016 / 03:12

    I love the green tights and boots. Thank you for sharing your trip. Julia

    • 14 November 2016 / 08:28

      As I said in the post of yesterday (Lavender dress), the woman in the tights shop helped me a lot. She was so enthousiastic about these green tights that I bought them without knowing the use. Then I suddenly remembered the green boots and checked whether the colours green would match. And they did!

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