Black D & G suit with yellow bag

A ladylike outfit today. A black D & G suit. It used to have a normal buckle, but I lost that somewhere.
Dry cleaners perhaps? Or just in the street? You would expect more quality from a brand like this.
Never mind. I put a rhinestone brooch in its place and added some more brooches. Three in the first photo and 2 in the second.
Perhaps I should have worn 4 brooches plus the buckle brooch.

The skirt was taken in by a guy in the D & G shop who had absolutely no idea of tailoring. Why do they put such bad staff in such expensive stores? The two 18-year old shop assistants looked at me when I walked out, as if I was dirt under their shoes. I had to have the suit, which I loved, but will never buy there again.
I want to feel loved as a customer when I part with my money.

The bag is another story. I was tempted by a bag article on 40plusstyle blog and found out I cannot buy this brand in The Netherlands (Coach). It took me several emails and phonecalls, and in the end it was shipped off.
Conveniently I forgot customs. I always do. A friendly note from DHL explaining the costs was enough never to order in the USA again. Fortunately I love the bag. It is really nice. Hopefully I will feel this way for life at this price.

(I feel a bit like Dita von Teese in this suit. Wishful thinking.)


Until tomorrow. Hope you will visit me then as well.



  1. 30 November 2012 / 20:22

    An elegant woman with a lovely dress. I’m not a fan of the brand, but I recognize when a garment is quality. I understand when you talk about the stores, sometimes it seems that you do a favor, when you are the one paying. The brooches are a success, are beautiful. I have also bought in store USA from Spain and I understand your problems with customs, but always has been fixed, like you. A very successful outfit, I really like the suits.

    • 30 November 2012 / 21:32

      I am not a fan of showing brandnames on your gear. I think of it as advertising. And if the brand wants me to advertise, they should pay me.So I tried to get the tassle off the handle to put it on the other side where there is no brand name. But they have fixed it in such a way, I cannot untie it. (Rats…)

  2. 30 November 2012 / 20:33

    What a fantastic suit! I also love that you paired a bright yellow bag with it to add a pop of color.I think you’re better at this than you think you are. :)xo,Terry

    • 30 November 2012 / 21:35

      Haha, no that was not me who thought of that. I learned that from Sylvia ( On her site we girls talked about “a pop of colour, also to be created by your handbag”.

  3. Anonymous
    1 December 2012 / 00:32

    Nice jacket, but think the skirt is too long, gives it a “frumpy” look, great bag. Nice to see another view of the garden. Where’s Charlie? X Patski

    • 1 December 2012 / 01:49

      I would think the jacket is a bit frumpy. But the skirt? I thought it was rather fifties style. I am confused now. And our dog Charlie is out with my husband when I took this photo. Don’t know where the cat is.

  4. aileen
    1 December 2012 / 02:43

    Gosh what a figure to die for! I am pleased to see you are happy to wear black. It is a ‘colour’ which seems to get bad reports and only certain people are supposed to be able to wear black, which depends on their colouring. But you look great in this suit and you don’t have jet black or pure white hair. How does that work?

    • 1 December 2012 / 11:42

      Actually Aileen, I am surprised as well. I don’t really have an hourglass figure which I think this suit needs. I am very straight. But for some reason this suit makes me look a million dollar. And yes black is forbidden for me by my colour scheme. Also black and white, a combination I adore.I have to say that they are probable right, because I always get more compliments when I am wearing a bright colour from my range near my face. I have no idea how it works. Something to do with hair but also skin colour. I know “winter types” are good with black. For me (autumn type) it is yellow, orange, red, purple. That kind of stuff.Once when I was in Paris talking about my colour scheme to a Parisian, she answered: “Je suis tout les seasons” (I am all seasons). I thought that was hilarious.

  5. 1 December 2012 / 07:45

    Love that bag! Next time fly to a country where you can buy it and lug it back home I guess.

    • 1 December 2012 / 11:32

      In Europe airline tickets are a bit more expensive than in America. Or should I say airport taxes are high. So it would cost me a day’s work and a lot more than the DHL taxes to get the bag from f.i. the U.K. And if I get caught at customs, I still have to pay taxes, although I can leave with my stuff in a plastic bag and return with one handbag.

  6. 1 December 2012 / 16:57

    I think the suit looks great on you, but I have to say that with your legs, I think you could have the skirt hemmed an inch or two:) According to my season, which is a clear spring, I should not wear black either. I don’t wear a lot of black, but when I do, I just make sure to keep it away from my face or use some jewellery or a scarf with “my” colours. Oh, and that bag is just great!

    • 1 December 2012 / 16:07

      Well, you are the second one who wants the hem up. I will pin it up and see. Easy to alter of course. But why “with my legs”? Because you think I should show them more? Or because you think the whole suite would look nicer?I just had a black dress made of a similar length. Curious to know whether you think the same about the dress, which you will see this week.And yes, most of the times I wear a scarf or a necklace in a bright colour as well when I wear black. Just have not tried anything with this suit because I was fixed on the buckle problem.

    • 1 December 2012 / 20:24

      You have great legs and you should definitely show them more!

    • 1 December 2012 / 21:16

      I do, I do. That is the one thing about my body that I am really confident about. I have great legs. Should not just take them for granted.

  7. 1 December 2012 / 23:53

    Hi Greetje, this is a great suit on you, and it was well worth it for you to get that Coach bag! Pop, indeed. Lovely. 🙂 I have to chime in about the skirt length as well. Here is what I think: from your shoulder to the ground, my eye wants to see three equal “sections”. I see that from your shoulders to the hem of the jacket, it is approximately one-third this distance. But then the skirt is longer, while your legs show less than one-third. In other words: perhaps the distance from the jacket hem to the skirt hem should be equal to the distance from the skirt hem to the ground. In any event, this was a great investment for your wardrobe, and that winning smile is the best accessory!Cheers,Raquel

    • 2 December 2012 / 00:19

      Three ladies in favour of taking up the hem. OK, I am going to try it tomorrow. Raquel, you have an interesting theory with three sections. At I learned to look for 1/3 and 2/3 as proportion division. And with this all black suit I thought it would be just one long piece. If taking up the hem is a success, I will post a photo. Thank you for your compliments and suggestions.

  8. Anonymous
    5 December 2012 / 20:40

    You know I like this suit when worn this way. As far as the snooty sales associates – my husband and I were treated like that by the staff of the Hotel we stayed in this weekend. Hello – if I can afford to stay there am I not deserving of respect? LOL! It is their problem and I did not give it a second thought. I went to a party where I drank champagne, listened to fabulous music, and had so much fun. 🙂 That Coach bag was worth every penny. USA Suzanne

    • 5 December 2012 / 22:33

      Your life sounds like fun. Lots of parties and apparently you are not that old even though you have grown up kids. Because I don’t hear you complain about the mornings after.

  9. Anonymous
    6 December 2012 / 05:04

    We do not go to half as many parties as we once did. And, even though they are “cocktail” parties, I am not a big drinker. I like my liver and try not to kill it! LOL! Plus, my life is too busy for that morning after stuff. No time for that. 🙂

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