Skinny jeans….. really skinny jeans

I am taking a bit of a risk here …again.
As the fashion industry intertwines colours, shoes, clothes, etc., I found out that those nice boots, my Hairy Harry’s as I call them, look better with really skinny jeans. Trousers which are more straight get frumpy in them.

So I bought really skinny stretch jeans. Which, for a woman of 58, is rather risky, to use an understatement (I love the British for their understatements).

The plan was to only wear them with a really long top, rather like a dress. Which, in my opinion, looks fine, whatever age. But then I discovered my collar of beads (so trendy) which was good on a T-shirt and one thing led to another and I found myself with a lot of “jeans exposure”.
The funny thing is, those skinnies make my legs look less skinny than they are. How about that? LOL

Now, please tell me… have I taken it a step too far? Should I stick to longer tops?
I am giving you multiple choice answers:

  1. Don’t you ever do this again. It looks ridiculous.
  2. OK, you can wear the jeans, but only with longer tops.
  3. OK, you can wear the jeans in this outfit, but please keep the jacket on.
  4. You look sort of all right.
  5. You look wonderful.

Below: don’t know whether you can see it, but I fastened the collar with a black brooch.

I am very curious to see which multiple choice answer you will choose.



  1. 4 February 2013 / 20:23

    Greetje – There is no question that you can wear skinny jeans and look good in them. And you can carry them off both shorter and longer tops – thought not short tops that only come to the waist. For age appropriateness (I share your age group), I’d probably stick to a very dark denim for these with a knee high or ankle dressier boot. Darker looks a little more sophisticated – my opinion of course. Love the pearl collar!

  2. Marianne van den Berg
    4 February 2013 / 22:01

    I think I am bad in multiple choice answers. So I make my comment nr. 6. I think you can easely wear skinny jeans, and your legs don’t look fatter. the length of the top is the right one I wouldn’t go any shorter. The colour of the top on the upper photo looks like kaki, but I think it is more green. But I must say it is not one of my favourite tops, you have nicer ones. The necklace is a little pale to me. Wearing it with a jacket is good too.

  3. Anonymous
    4 February 2013 / 22:34

    I say number 5! I agree that a tucked in top or very short top would not look right. Marie S

    • 4 February 2013 / 22:58

      This is a bit of a surprise to me. I expected some criticism. Hope you all stay honest with me.

  4. 4 February 2013 / 22:55

    Thanks Kate for stopping by and leaving a comment. I recognize what you are saying and agree. They did not have them any darker and sometimes I want denim in a denim colour, depending on my mood. This combinations is not the best I can do with the jeans. I had little time. And I think the colours of the combination wash me out a bit as well. You will see the jeans again with other combinations like dressier ankle boots and knee highs boots.

  5. 4 February 2013 / 22:56

    Spot on Marianne. I can do better with all separate things. You will see the jeans again.

  6. Anonymous
    5 February 2013 / 00:13

    5 – I think you look great. Skinny jeans make you look curvier, which is great if you are slim, whatever age you are. Maybe not as great for those of us who are curvier.

    • 5 February 2013 / 15:03

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Would you be so kind to leave a name next time? Can be a fake name, but I like to recognize you.And yes, you are right, the skinny jeans make me curvier, which is the last thing I expected, haha.

    • Anonymous
      5 February 2013 / 21:41

      My name is Andrea. The question is whether you *want* to look curvier. I generally don’t.

    • 6 February 2013 / 23:50

      I look tall and skinny (but I am not) so I don’t mind looking curvier.

  7. 5 February 2013 / 00:25

    Whenever I tell you, but I repeat, the jeans you feel great. I really like these boots, they are very beautiful and unsophisticated, I like that. I favor option 5: you’re wonderful. You know I like you a man’s jacket. The neck shirt and tight jeans, feminize the outfit. I love this mix of styles, in a mature woman can be stylish and attractive with a simple look.

    • 5 February 2013 / 15:05

      Wow, I did not expect this praize as you are more of a classic man. So I am very pleased.

  8. Anonymous
    5 February 2013 / 01:42

    It is a challenge to have to answer after Josep-Maria – who could be more charming or give a better compliment than him?!You had me a little afraid before I saw the pictures – I was expecting a cropped shirt with your torso on display! LOL! The shirt you have on is long enough for skinny jeans – which I love for the very reason you stated – they look the best tucked into boots. I do not like the look of denim puddled around the top of a boot! I want the longest, sleekest line I can get. Now, because I know you value honesty, I will say that I am not fond of this shade of green on you. I think you need brighter colors. I wonder if your purple top from Friday would work? I love the collar necklace! Those are so “In”. And the jacket is lovely and flatters your figure. :)Thank you for the well wishes about the Ravens. It was not a pretty game but we won so I am thankful. Purple Rules!Also – I saw your question on 40+Style about viewing the latest runway shows. I think the best site is “Style.Com”. Click on Fashion Shows and then on Fall13 and soon after the first runway on Thursday morning (February 7th) you will be able to view a slide show of every look from each designer as they take place. I think they post the runways from Europe later in the month also. It is very fun!Suzanne

    • 5 February 2013 / 14:43

      No, no borrowing here. It was yours and is yours again;-)

    • 5 February 2013 / 15:16

      Yep Josep-Maria is a charmer, but also honest. If he doesn’t like it, he will tell me so. In kind words.I will never show a cropped shirt with my torso on display haha. My touchstone is: “would I mind seeing this on the cover of a daily magazine”?And yes you are right, this green is not the best colour for me. I thought it was, but I need my yellow chain necklace to brighten it up. As I said in my first comment (top of the page) this was not a well-thought-through-combination. I can do better.The collar necklace I bought years ago and never wore (too preppy). Then I gave it to Anja to use the beads and forgot about it. This year those things were suddenly HOT and by accident I saw it hanging up at Anja’s. Borrowed it back haha. She is in Singapore now and won’t use it for 3 months.Thanks for your advice. I will have a look after February 7th.

    • 5 February 2013 / 15:43

      No, no borrowing here. It was yours and is yours again;-)

  9. 5 February 2013 / 07:05

    You look wonderful! I wear skinny jeans all the time and love them. And I appreciate how you fastened the collar with a brooch. Very creative!

  10. Katrien
    5 February 2013 / 14:44

    And once more nr 5: looking good! Now why would you, ok not a spring chicken anymore but with a body many spring chickens would be envious of, not be allowed to wear skinny jeans. I agree with the boots looking better with skinny jeans than with straight pants. The shirt is my least favorite of this combination, the length is god but the color doesn’t make you shine and the material doesn’t work for me. Lots of combinations with any of your beatiful jackets (purple, lime green, orange, …) possible as well as with your sweaters.

    • 5 February 2013 / 15:17

      Thank you Katrien. And you are right about the shirt. I was too hasty with this combination. I will do better. Promise.

  11. 5 February 2013 / 15:28

    You do look good in jeans, but I like it when you dare and wear skirt and dresses.Have a lovely day,Greetje XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • 5 February 2013 / 15:20

      Thanks Sacramento. I wear it all as I like skirts, dresses, tops, trousers and jeans. What my mood prescribes.

  12. 5 February 2013 / 17:49

    Jeanswise I choose 5: you look fab. The top is not a winner. Also not seperate from this combination: the color and shape do not flatter you. The boots are a bit too wide for these jeans. Your brown flowersneakers might work well. And ofcourse heels, flats and lots of boots. NOT white ones though…hahaha…becoming a running gag;-)

    • 6 February 2013 / 22:58

      I bought these trousers BECAUSE the boots should be wide around the jeans. hahaha. Don’t know what to do with my white boots, but I am sure I will still be wearing them. LOL

    • 8 February 2013 / 06:40

      For my taste, all boots should always fit the leg, calf, ankle, etc. I find space between the boot and the leg etc ugly. And you go, girl, you keep wearing those white boots and I will keep teasing you with them;-)

    • 9 February 2013 / 04:36

      We agree to disagree bout boots and yes, expect to be teased;-)

  13. 5 February 2013 / 18:27

    I really like this outfit, except the collar/necklace, it doesn’t go with the otherwise casual vibe. A casual scarf of some kind would look a lot better IMO. But you look great in those jeans!

    • 6 February 2013 / 23:01

      I thought it would create a nice tension: feminine with casual, but the whole combination is not that good. I can do better. Also, the collar necklace needs a brighter colour for a sweater, as the white of it is no good for my complextion. And in winter… this is even worse of course.

  14. 6 February 2013 / 03:10

    I would go for 5.1: you look wonderful (only I am not a fan of those boots, but tht’s a matter of personal taste). Anyway, skinny skinny jeans are a yes for you! Sorry I had abandoned you for a while. I was in hospital but I am back at home now and recovering.

    • 6 February 2013 / 23:02

      I was wondering where you were. Hope you will get well and back on your feet real soon.

  15. 7 February 2013 / 17:03

    still some recovering to do, but I think I’ll be able to start work next month. Got no summer holidays, though! Bummer!

  16. 7 February 2013 / 17:14

    Ah… but you will get your health back. Once you lose that, you really know how important it is… Oh well OK.. because you haven’t had a summer holiday, you can buy something pretty for yourself hahaha…. You cannot bill me. Hope you understand that. I am just leading you astray. LOL

  17. RedTagChicLosAngeles
    8 February 2013 / 19:14

    5. You look WONDERFUL!!!

  18. 6 December 2013 / 04:02

    I stumbled into your blog and have spent quite a while looking at your fashions- while you ooze charm, warmth, and a light-hearted young spirit. This outfit works…young, cute and sexy at the same time.(you look amazing!)
    I enjoy clothes and shopping- love that you have friends that shop with you. Trying not to be jealous. Praying for a *shopping* friend.
    I am the mother of 8 and in a season of children – thank you for my little escape out of my normal and into your world!

    Mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

    • Greetje
      6 December 2013 / 07:32

      Kimmie, I feel humble after looking at your blog. You and your husband are truly making this world a better place. While I am just busy doing mindless things like shopping and showing my outfits. OK, I also work fulltime but still.
      My biggest goal in life is to make other people smile or laugh. If I have achieved that with you I am proud. At least I contributed something to the community.
      It must be really hard bringing up 8 childre. Obviously because of finances, but also because the little and big problems you encounter with children are times 8 in your house. Fortunately the joy will also be times 8. Thanksgiving and Christmas are expensive times, but the love you will feel being together must give so much energy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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