Black jacket and skinnies with yellow details

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Sylvia of 40+Style was over from Singapore visiting my neighbourhood as her parent-in-law live just one street away from me. (What are the odds of that?) 
Together with our mutual friend and my neighbour Anja of Curly Traveller, we went through (a part of) my wardrobe and they styled me. It is good to have friends.
I asked them to give me more possibilities to wear these yellow sandals and this is what they came up with. I like it but I am a bit insecure about this outfit as the jacket is rather short for these skinny trousers.  
The sandals can be worn with or without the flap and were a present from my husband (last year) when we went to Antwerp. The brand is Michel Vivien and were sold at this fabulous shoeshop called Thiron. They sell online. 

We had a great time styling, photographing and laughing that afternoon. The day before we all went out for diner (together with another friend, Saskia) to celebrate Sylvia’s birthday (her treat). And we also wandered through Haarlem, having lunch and coffee. See Sylvia’s fun post.

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Normally I would prefer a longer jacket. After all I am not a teenager anymore. But both ladies insisted that I could still carry this off, even at 59. Hmmm…not so sure about that. What do you think??? Please give me an honest opinion. I don’t need flattering, I need insights and opinions.





  1. 4 July 2013 / 18:50

    Hi Greetje, I am sure you three girls have had a wonderful afternoon together. About the jacket my opinion is that it is all right on you despite its short length, because it has a classical shape. If you don’t feel confortable in it could wear a pair of larger pants. Anyway I find you are very nice in all the photos.
    Your sandals are really fab and I would always wear them with flap: it makes them unique!

    • Greetje
      4 July 2013 / 19:40

      They are also nice without the flap, but you are right, they are less unique then. With or without flap depends on what you wear them with.

  2. 4 July 2013 / 19:06

    They’re pretty in this post, I love the outfit, I think it is beautiful. I like the monochrome set, broken with yellow accents. I really like the jacket, I think it is not short. I think it is perfect with skinny jeans, the look is a bit hard, but very attractive and elegant. The sandals are gorgeous. The tight pants, as always, you are great, is a piece that seems made thinking of you. The photos are magnificent and, again, you look beautiful in them.

    • Greetje
      4 July 2013 / 19:42

      If you approve, then it is OK I suppose. You would be honest enough to tell me if I should not do this anymore, wouldn’t you?

  3. 4 July 2013 / 19:25

    First off, those shoes are AMAZING, I want, I want, I want. Oh, did I mention that I want those shoes? And, a removable flap, seriously they are one great pair of shoes. I know I would be finding everything I could to wear with those. Tomorrow I would wear them with your white shift dress and that awesome blazer you are wearing (and, yes, I said awesome), then I would definitely wear them with that black and white stripe blazer (our twin one), and if you want to borrow some of my blue and white polka dot items, feel free to.
    Now, to answer the question with the blazer, NO, it is not too short, especially on a women with amazing legs. Since it’s summer I believe shorter jackets are much better, not as over-powering as a long one. I love the shorter blazers with skirts and dresses as well. Your monochromatic look is very chic and modern.
    By the way, loved Syvlia’s post and your hip dance, you are one funny gal!

    • Greetje
      4 July 2013 / 19:44

      Making people laugh is my first goal in life. And I was a bit disappointed in myself that I did not think of more combinations with these shoes. Hence the styling question I put to Sylvia and Anja.

  4. Marianne
    4 July 2013 / 21:55

    You are always saying that you don’t have a bum, and look what happens when you dress like this, you have a lovely bum. So don’t worry about your age, you can pull this off easely. Love the yellow accessories.

    • Greetje
      4 July 2013 / 22:29

      Kiss, kiss, thank you.

  5. Katrien
    5 July 2013 / 00:05

    Greetje, I say, smoking hot and funky outfit. No way anybody is going to believe you are 59 dressed like this. Those shoes are to die for! Love the whole outfit.

    • Greetje
      5 July 2013 / 08:21

      Thanks Katrien. So nice to see your comment. From so far away… (sob).

      • Katrien
        5 July 2013 / 10:53

        And the good news is that I will be closer to you August 13th till January 7th. We will be ‘overwinteren’ in Holland for 5 whole months.

    5 July 2013 / 02:07

    I absolutely love the combination of black and yellow. So pretty.

    • Greetje
      5 July 2013 / 08:22

      My husband hates that combination yellow with black. Sometimes he has to suffer, cannot help it. LOL.

  7. 5 July 2013 / 02:09

    Greetje, my honest opinion is that you look very sexy and stylish and as Latina women, I must tell you that for us age has nothing to do with sex appeal or style and that for me you have both!
    It’s so much fun when you get together with your girlfriends and play dress up with each other.

    • Greetje
      5 July 2013 / 08:23

      Big hurray for Latina women. They have the right attitude.

    • Greetje
      6 July 2013 / 22:26

      You are very kind..

  8. elle
    7 July 2013 / 05:54

    I really love the outfit; the tonal blue with the yellow accents is great. The necklace is gorgeous, and I love the details of the sandal. I would have peferred the jacket to be a bit longer,- in a perfect wordl- but I do think the ensemble works brilliantly! You look fabulous, truly!
    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      7 July 2013 / 12:11

      I would have prefered it to be a bit longer too, but as you say… In a perfect world it would be.

  9. 7 July 2013 / 21:51

    Greetje, I completely missed this post… don’t know how that happened…

    I think this is fabulous! Your sandals are awesome – another prove that shoes are often the most important item and enhance the whole look. Imagine you’d worn black pumps! Nothing wrong but boring…
    There is absolutely no need to be worried or feel insecure with your fabulous figure – actually no need for shapewear either 😉

    How lucky you are to meet our blogger friends!

    Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      7 July 2013 / 22:01

      haha, yes there is need for shapewear, believe me. Never trust a photo. Looks can be deceiving. And you are right: black pumps would have been boring.
      As for our blogger friends… Anja was already my friend and neighbour. When she went to Singapore to meet her friend, she met Sylvia, became friends and introduced me to 40+Style, knowing I would like such a blog. That was way before I even thought about blogging. But is quite a coincidence that Sylvia’s parents-in-law live just one street away. I mean.. I know Holland is small, but not that small.

  10. 8 July 2013 / 09:16

    Great pop of yellow, my dear Greetje

    • Greetje
      8 July 2013 / 19:58

      I love yellow. And orange. And lime. And purple.

  11. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    8 July 2013 / 16:13

    YES YES YES to the mono black with yellow splashes… look so sharp & chic in it Greet!!!!! More power btw on the blog redesign…it rocks!!!!


    • Greetje
      8 July 2013 / 20:00

      Haven’t even finished the redesign but I wanted to start with a design close to the old one. As I also changed from Blogger to WordPress and changed server. Better not to make too many changes at one time.

  12. Happiness at Mid Life
    21 July 2013 / 22:50

    Sounds like you ladies had so much fun and I enjoyed Sylvia’s post about it too. I think this blazer is a great length for your outfit. I don’t see it as too short at all and I like how it accentuates how long and lean your legs are.


    • Greetje
      22 July 2013 / 06:04

      It does accentuate my legs but at my age I don’t want to look like a teenager. And I have the feeling I do in reveiling so much.

  13. Diane
    24 July 2013 / 16:05

    I disagree that the jacket is too short. Your figure is fabulous and you don’t look like you’re trying to be a teenager. You look wonderful. And I adore the shoes.

    • Greetje
      24 July 2013 / 16:48

      Hey thanks Diane, for the compliment and for stopping by. I will talk to myself and convince myself I should wear it. Promise.

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