I know I should have resisted buying this jacket, but I am weak.
Saturday I was in Amsterdam with a friend, “doing” the shopping area called “the nine streets”. This is one of the nicest shopping areas you can image. We only covered three streets from 11 to 15.00 hours. Of course we went for coffees and lunch as well, but every shop, one after another is só nice, you cannot pass it.
We were talking about our pitfalls and I told her that my biggest pitfall is always falling for clothes that really stand out, that draw attention. Buying such items gives me a wardrobe full of pieces which cannot be combined as they compete with oneanother. I need basics and the creativity to make good combinations and add a twist. (I am bad at that, really bad.)
I had just finished telling her this, when I saw the jacket in the window, went in and bought it.
Is this jacket basic? No.
Is this jacket easy to combine with other clothes? No.
Can I wear it much without the risk of people saying “here she is again with her lemon green jacket”? No.
Arguments in favour:
Do I love this jacket? Yes.
Is this colour a right colour for me? Yes.
Is this shape, the right shape for me? Yes.
Do I “need” another top to fully use these trousers? Yes.
4 Argument in favour and 3 against. Case closed.
I nearly forgot to give you the third and last episode of my grey green baggy trousers. As I promised.
Which was also caused by the fact that I did not want to bore you with three times the same trousers.
But, a promise is a promise.
So herewith my baggy trousers for the last time.
I combined them with a jacket and I combined them with a leopard print top and leopard print vest. Which happened purely by chance. I had the top on and wanted to see whether I would still fit the vest. As the vest is at least 10 to 15 years old. Then I looked in the mirror and thought: hey… that is actually quite exciting.
Truth be told, I wore this outfit with the python high heels, which is nicer as you already know. But I have not got any photos of that.
To give this article something extra, I started with a photo of my python coat. This was a very good buy at a thrift shop. (Seem to be doing pretty well these days at thrift shops.)
The coat is by no less than Versace Jeans Couture and it was a steal. It is a featherweight and as soft as the skin of a kitten.
I quite like my animal prints. Hope you do too.
PS There is a lovely challenge going on at the blog 40plusstyle.com: 40 + style challenge
Challenge is to create 2 outfits that combine 3 colours and 1 pattern. Here is an example of how Sylvia has done it. I am a big fan of the outfit on the right. Perfection to my taste.
I showed you my multicoloured silk suit yesterday, still contemplating whether I would wear it for Christmas.
Looking at it again, I decided it was too much summer and party and searched for another outfit.
My friend Anja gave me a whole bunch of skirts this summer which did not fit her anymore.
She is a size small now. I am not.
I am a size large believe it or not. In English sizes: a 14. In Dutch sizes a 40 and in Italian sizes a 44.
Back to the pile of skirts… In that pile was a beautiful black skirt embroidered with black beads. Ideal for Christmas. Which is why I did not wear it this summer. It was obviously a winter skirt.
The question was “what to wear on top”? I decided it had to be something tight, something that would show my waist. A normal fitted jacket was out, because it would cover part of the skirt with the beads.
A short jacket was an option but I only own 1 short jacket, a red one.
(Come to think of it, that might also work. Red is a Christmas colour. I will have to try that later.)
I opted for two similar blouses. One in purple and another one cream coloured.
Give me your opinion. Which one looks best?
First I made a photo indoors (above) as it was storming outside.
Then I decided the light was significantly better outside (below).
Changed into my other blouse as the wind was getter worse (below) … bye-bye hair-do…:
As you can see in the photo above on the right, the wind was really fierce. And it was cold. The things you have to endure when you are a model hahaha.
DETAILS…. beads and evening purse.
So let me know: purple blouse or cream blouse? Or should I search for something completely different because you dismiss the outfit all together?
First I bought the skirt. Then I remembered, it was near my face that I need all these bright colours. Therefore, a skirt was not such a good idea. Solved it by buying a matching jacket (…… If I keep solving problems like this, the bank will soon own my wardrobe.)
It is really better to wear them separately, but when there is a party, they work quite well together as a party suit. Do you agree? Or do you think it is too much?
If you agree on the party suit I have another question: can I wear this at Christmas? Or is it too much like summer?
I tried the skirt with two different tops: a black jacket and a red/raspberry coloured shirt.
The black jacket balances the red better in my opinion. With the shirt there is too much red going on.
I added the long green necklace1) as counterbalance for the red and 2) to give the outfit a bit of a modern look. Because, although it is a recent buy, the style looks a bit outdated. Don’t you think? Nice and feminine, but not modern.
And last one…. the failure. The skirt came with a separate sash and I decided to put the shirt over the skirt and the sash around my waist…. Oohhh what a mistake.
Notice the different shoes I am wearing: black closed shoes (leather), red closed, red open (both suède).
PS I now know how to keep my photographs the same size in my blog. But it means I cannot crop them as much as I used to do. Before I just cropped them until there was nothing on either side that bothered me. Have to watch the background of my photos more in future.
These trousers are very comfortable, which is something I appreciate more and more as I grow older.
I remember the times (seventies) when I laid flat on my back on the floor in a jeans shop with the shop assistent bending over me trying to get the zip up. Those jeans were so tight, that you saw the impressions of the trousers in your body.
These days have gone.
It was quite difficult to find the right shoes with these “harem trousers”. I found out by trial and error that I needed to show some flesh (of my feet). So no boots. Not too high heels etc. Finally I stumbled upon these flat shoes from Marithé et Francois Girbaud. They are a bit funny with a little flap on the nose of the shoe.
I got a few comments that the trousers were too long. When I look at other photos I agree with those comments. When I look at the trousers in real life or in the photos in this article, I don’t. What do you think?
I tried the trousers with several tops. The vest with flower pattern is nice, the white jacket is nice, but the green jacket with the slanting belt… no, a failure.
The green stone is periodot and the bracelet is in reality a watch.
You can open the top like a little lid and see the time.
Do you think it is dangerous to show jewellery on a blog?