I have a nice purple dress which I combine with a purple/green necklace and green shoes.
I did not have purple shoes and choosing black shoes is not a challenge. So after discovering this necklace, I remembered I had green shoes. Why not?

As I was encouraged to try and make more than 1 combination with a clothing item by the women on 40plusstyle.com, I tried the dress with two scarfs. This attempt failed, we can safely say.

I am showing you the right combination first.

Now you will see the dress with an orange scarf which is too big and too long.

And with a multicoloured scarf, fastened in a cowgirl fashion. Only a few women get away with that style (like f.i. a friend of mine…). I clearly do not.

You learn more from your mistakes than from your successes, therefore I am not afraid to show you the failures too. As I say at the top of this blog: live and learn (and yes, you may also laugh).

What I will have to learn with this blog, is how to resize my photos in a way that you see only one size and not different sizes. And I have to improve the quality of the photos as they are not always that good.
I am getting camera lessons and already know that good daylight is essential. However, I live in a small house, with a small garden in The Netherlands. Half of the time it is raining or winter here and photos have to be taken indoors. I am working on a trick, but will show you my old photos first. Will you stay with me?

I was so pleased with this red peplum top. This is really how I always want to look, but I do not very often achieve it.
My hips are small and so is my bum. Which is not that bad really, as it is easy to hide.
To let you think I have a perfect figure I have to create a waist and cover my hip area.
So when peplum tops came in fashion, I was cheering. Unfortunately 80% of them end halfway your bum. No good for me.

I solved it by having one made. There you go.
Before you think “Little spoiled rich girl”, I am not. I have to work hard for 36 or more hours a week. Which is a fulltime job. To earn the money to be able to buy clothes.

I hope you like this top as much as I do.

PS: I will admit that I did some photoshopping on the background. But on me. The background was sometimes too distracting.



First I will try to upload photos. Oh gosh, succeeded. That was so easy that I feel very ashamed.
Anyway… here we go. Restarting this blog.

I have made over a hundred outfit photos for the Style Forum of the blog 40plusstyle.com. As the name says, it is a blog for women of 40 years and older. As I said before, I am 58 haha.
Having made so many photos and getting such a nice respons on my own blog from people all over the world, made me decide to start blogging myself regularly. I will not abandone 40plusstyle.com as I thoroughly enjoy that as well.
Let us start with my thriftshop buy: a yellow coat by Stile Beneton for 59 euros. I thought it was a steal.
The purple faux fur “scarf” was a present from my husband and is brand new (50 euros).

My husband suggested that I needed purple gloves to match. Silly man…. as if I need encouragement in this field. One hour and one thrift shop later I came home with purple leather gloves for 18,50 euros. What are the odds of that? They fit me like….. a glove.
The 7/8 black trousers have proven to be very, very useful as well. More about them in my next blog.
(Does a blog date itself? I bet it does. If not, it is now Sunday the 18th of November 2012.)





To my amazement there are actually people reading my articles on this blog. Not many, anyone over 1 is a surprise for me.
So I got inspired to do another post.

Yesterday I was shopping with two younger colleagues. And we helped the economy enormously. Also had lots of laughs. The three of is is often too much for a shop or a café. When I impersonate a small barking dog at the top my lungs, my friends kill themselves laughing and the shop is in an uproar.

Anyway, here is a picture of the red T-shirt I bought. Have not really found a good match for it yet. But I will keep on searching in my wardrobe until I find the perfect match.

Well……. I cannot upload a photo from my computer????!!! How did I do that before???
There is much to learn. I will come back soon.

Found it…. how can I be so stupid…. See my next post.

I was interviewed for the blog 40plusstyle.com which flattered me enormously. (For those who are interested, here is the link: http://40plusstyle.com/how-to-have-fun-with-fashion-style-lessons-from-greetje/)

When I answered the video questions I had to think quickly, which lead to a mistake. Because I said that my style had not changed much after my 30th. And I think and sincerely hope that this is not true. I am now 58.

Everytime when I look at “before” photos of a “Make-over” in a magzine I think horrible things like:
Oh girl, really! Those boots, those leggings, that short sweater….. really, you cannot do that anymore. Your body does not move as smoothly anymore as it used to, which is necessary for this style.
But I am afraid I might be exactly the same. It is so hard to see yourself as other people do.
The mirror does not give me a reflection of myself, but gives me my own perception. Nearly the same word, spellingwise, but, oh boy, is there a difference!
I can upload two photos of outfits that make me hesitate. But to you, not knowing me, it doesn’t say much. You have to see me move. Difficult issue.
With the first photo it is the small jeans jacket that bothers me. It looks good in the photo and it gives me a waist, but I am afraid it is too childish for me. In the second photo it is the wide white skirt. Again it gives me waist but…….
Greetje (Greta)