Black & white striped skirt with several tops

Anchor blouse with B&W striped skirt 1

You will probably like this post as there is quite some variation. With a failure to finish it off. 

It is all about this horizontally striped skirt. I showed you this skirt before with my pink neon top and my lime sweater. I think I have worn it once and I am deeply ashamed. In my defense…. it was lousy weather till two weeks ago and it is a summer skirt. Beginning of July I visited the shop again where I bought the skirt. The sales assistent recognized me and remembered what I bought in March. Don’t you love people like this? They are made to sell. I am always so smitten / flattered by something like that, I want to show my appreciation by buying more. Am I the only one?

When I asked her for something else to wear with the skirt besides the pink neon top, she showed me this anchor blouse and said they would look lovely together. I doubted that very much. But the blouse is also very nice on jeans, so no risk in buying it. Which I did. What’s new?

Although everybody always seems to be able to make different prints match, I never do. And I have no clue how to do it. But…. I tried it and took a photo as this is the only way for me to judge it properly (the mirror lies).
LOVE it.  This girl is definitely going to see more of me. 

And I combined some more tops which are also very nice, making a mistake in the process. 
 Anchor blouse with B&W striped skirt 3

Anchor blouse with B&W striped skirt 2Below: with an orange T-shirt (ever so soft):
Orange shirt with B&W striped skirt 1 Orange shirt with B&W striped skirt 2Below: a soft orange jumperOrange top with B&W striped skirt 1Below: for those of you who did not click the link to the post with the pink neon top or the lime sweater, here they are (you lazy so-and-so’s…LOL). B&W striped pencil skirt and neon top 2

Lime sweater with black skinnies 5

 Below: here is the failure. Although my friend and stylist Anja says she quite likes it, I think it is hideous. Too many items with stripes. And the T-shirt over the skirt makes a very unflattering silhouette.  (Might also be because I forgot to take the black belt off underneath… which does not do much good for your waistline LOL.)

Orange shirt with B&W striped skirt 3





  1. JanuaryMoon
    22 July 2013 / 18:46

    I love your “failure”! It’s not too many stripes. I think it’s repetition that increases the impact of the pattern. And you are so blessed to be able to wear a skirt with horizontal stripes and still look fabulous.

    • Greetje
      22 July 2013 / 19:51

      Ah.. being blessed is more like making the most of it. I have no hips and no bum. And this type of skirt suits me fine. But f.i. wearing a short jacket on top of fitted trousers looks horrible on me. For the same reason. By trial and error (lots of them) I found out what works for me and what doesn’t. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  2. Marianne
    22 July 2013 / 20:26

    I would never have guest that you could make so many variations with a striped skirt. Your new shoes and belt are of course a great plus. I can’t say that I have a favourite although the neon pink and anchor top are a little out of the ordinary and so I give them an extra point. And I don’t agree with you about the failure, and don’t see it that way.

    • Greetje
      22 July 2013 / 20:54

      Thanks Marianne, but with so many options to choose from, I would never wear the last one, which I call failure. Glad you like them.

  3. Linda
    22 July 2013 / 20:36

    Gorgeous, sweet Greetje!

    • Greetje
      22 July 2013 / 20:55

      Oh hello Linda, what a pleasure to meet you on my blog. Thanks for the flatterint comment.

  4. 22 July 2013 / 21:25

    I love all of them and also the ‘failure’ as you say. It is just a different way of wearing the top with the belt over it.
    I am astonished at how wonderful this skirt looks. Only because I’d run a mile rather than try on a straight skirt with stripes like this. It would make my curvy figure look horrendous! But on you it works beautifully.
    I wouldn’t have thought the anchor top would have gone with it, but it does. I think my very favourite is the orange top. It’s such a wonderful splash of bright colour against the black and white. Truly beautiful.
    I’m also wondering if a black and white patterned top of a different design would work with this skirt. If you have one why not try and let us see how it could be combined.

    • Greetje
      22 July 2013 / 21:44

      Ohh daring, pattern mixing. Not my forté. But we have a blog to push our boundries, so I will try. Thanks for the compliments Aileen. I was surprised myself. We all have to wear things that suit our bodies and I am a “ruler”. LOL

  5. 23 July 2013 / 05:49

    I do like it very much when people remember me when I go back to shop and I do buy more as well. I think is because of the human connection of maybe the ego bust!
    The anchor blouse is fabulous and I would wear it with with jeans or capris, the skirt is an investment piece because it can be wore during the summer, fall and winter with leggings or tights.
    My favorite outfits are: the orange combination with the black belt, black necklace and close pumps and the pink blouse with that amazing statement necklace. Both outfit are super elegant!

  6. Greetje
    23 July 2013 / 06:38

    I bet the necklaces make you like those outfits best. I have a hard time choosing, but the anchor blouse has my preference today.

  7. 23 July 2013 / 21:19

    I like all the fun outfit combinations with this skirt – it’s versatile! My fave is the one paired with the bright orange top.

    • Greetje
      23 July 2013 / 21:28

      Yes, that is definitely a good one. For me it is switching first place with the first combination (anchor blouse) all the time.

  8. 23 July 2013 / 23:19

    Hi Greetje, your striped skirt fits you well and I prefer it with the orange t-shirt. I also find it very nice with your new shirt ( which is lovable! )
    Funny what happened to you with the sales assistent…I somethimes pick out of my wardrobe, clothes I had bought, completely forgotten…and never used!

    Looking at your photos, I’ve got the idea that you are a tall person…am I right? ( of course you don’t have to answer me if you don’t want to. It’s only a little consideration…)

    • Greetje
      24 July 2013 / 07:32

      You can ask me anything Dan, I don’t mind at all. I am 5ft74 which is 1meter 75. Tall but not very tall. At least not to Dutch standards.
      It hardly ever happens that I have clothes in my closet which I have not worn and forgotten. I always want to wear the new things straight awayy.

    24 July 2013 / 01:33

    love it best with the red top and black belt, so pretty

    • Greetje
      24 July 2013 / 07:33

      That one seems to be everybody’s favourite. I would have put my money on the first one with the anchor blouse.

  10. 24 July 2013 / 03:25

    Oh Greetje, you did it! Fantastic job, my friend with the mxing of patterns, it’s absolutely incredible. I’m quite enamored with anchor prints as of late and this one is by far my favorite, like you said, it will also be great paired with some jeans both blue and white.
    And, yes, I do love a sales person who remembers me. I have become great friends with the gal who first remembered me at jcrew, we now do lunch together quite often (who would have known that a friendship could be made by shopping too much).

    • Greetje
      24 July 2013 / 07:37

      Friendships can be made everywhere and you know that. If I do my round through town, there are a lot of sales women who know my name and even sometimes invite me for a cup of coffee. Very expensive cups of coffee although for free to start with. When I am in the shop there is always something that catches my eye. LOL

  11. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    24 July 2013 / 06:59

    Awesome….a matching belt to that striped skirt!!! I’d say that skirt works best with almost everything you wore & more….you got quite lucky with it!!!


    • Greetje
      24 July 2013 / 07:38

      Yes and it should get some more wear, the poor skirt. It looks so good. The matching belt is due to a fascination for black and white…. If you like it, you have lots of it.

  12. 24 July 2013 / 14:25

    All combo’s look great! Also the ‘failure’.

    I have said it before and repeat it here: I do NOT like stripes and i do NOT like B&W, but this skirt is just fab on you. Really! I love it. It is so flattering and contemporary. A real winner for you!

    And, btw, why is it only a summer skirt? You could wear it the whole year round, no?

    Personally I go to ‘cheaper’ stores. Big chains, like H&M, so no personal contact with sales persons. Which is great for me, since I like to be left in peace. So just the opposite of what you like in shopping.

    You are the only person I know who gets helped by a sales assistant with a small problem with your portable drive, who then rewards him for his friendly service by buying an iPad on the spot…LOL!

    • Greetje
      24 July 2013 / 16:46

      I know, I am a bit mad. They don’t try to sell me anything, they just really help. As soon as somebody tries to sell an item, I am out the door. And I was contemplating a new iPad anyway.

  13. Alexis Grace
    24 July 2013 / 16:26

    I am the same way– if someone can actually show me genuine care, I become a seriously loyal customer. But I love that this sales girl doesn’t only know what you bought, but really does know what works for you! It is like a fun take on the classic nautical look.

    As for me, I think I like the tucked in orange jumper best, but the skirt really is quite versatile. I am sure you will get more use out of it!

    • Greetje
      25 July 2013 / 06:51

      Oh hello Alexis, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Quite a compliment for me as I think your life must be pretty hectic right now.

      • Alexis Grace
        25 July 2013 / 08:21

        Greetje— Ha! Things are slightly hectic! But I am happy to have made it over— you have some fantastic style and I appreciate your willingness to share even those looks you qualify as “failures!”

        • Greetje
          25 July 2013 / 19:32

          Showing failures is my niche. That and making people smile or laugh.
          And there are worse failures. I think you can search the post by the the name:
          Fashion failures with a big black sweater. That will make you laugh…

  14. 24 July 2013 / 19:06

    What an awesome variety of outfits all with one skirt, that’s my idea of getting optimum value out of clothes. I adore every look you created, you have stunning style!!!

  15. 24 July 2013 / 19:08

    Me again, could you please share where you got the two tone Black and White shoes in the first look?

    • Greetje
      24 July 2013 / 21:12

      Style hah? Hmmm as I always say: I get a lot of help haha.
      The shoes are by an unknown brand (at least unknown to me), called Lilian, made in Italy. I bought them in a shoe shop in The Hague, The Netherlands. In the sale. Probably not much good to you, is it?

  16. elle
    24 July 2013 / 21:02

    You are now a pro a pattern mixing! I also love the colors with the stripe skirt! I agree the mirror lies, btw, can only trust the camera… I adore this post!
    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      24 July 2013 / 21:16

      Far from a pro, but enjoying being busy with it. I was quite pleased with this post myself. Some posts are better than others hey?

  17. elle
    24 July 2013 / 21:28

    Yes, some are better than others, we girls are only human…
    But this really stands out!!
    xx, elle

  18. Happiness at Mid Life
    25 July 2013 / 05:34

    This shop sounds like a great place – this sales person really knows her stuff! You know I love pattern mixing and you did an awesome job here. Love the nautical vibe of the outfit. BTW, I like your failed outfit, I think think it adds a great focal point and makes the stripes the star of the outfit. I have a tough time with wearing a top untucked with a belt over it, it always feels like it makes me very hippy.


    • Greetje
      25 July 2013 / 06:43

      We all have different figures, so what works for one might not work for somebody else. (I should remember that next time I am in a shop wanting to buy what the sales assistent is wearing who is totally different from me. LOL)

  19. 25 July 2013 / 06:04

    So many variations with your beautiful striped skirt, and I think they’re all hits. I’m most drawn to the orange t- shirt combo.

    I’m not an experienced pattern mixer either, but I’m finding it’s fun even though I’m 101. Blogging does help me push boundaries and try new ideas. Just as you stated.

    • Greetje
      25 July 2013 / 06:45

      Yes indeed. I have learned a lot through blogging and fellow bloggers. And don’t be silly with 101, hahaha. To me you have no age, you are just you.

  20. 28 July 2013 / 16:09

    This is one fabulous use of stripes! You have a great figure and bright colors look good on you. I especially love mixing of patterns on the first outfit and your shoes are a perfect choice.

    Thanks for all the touching comments on my blog. I did write a response to your lovely thoughts on my most recent post.

    • Greetje
      28 July 2013 / 16:55

      This is one of my best posts I think. Quite pleased with it myself. For a change.

  21. 29 July 2013 / 16:54

    You just know how to keep the plus forty, plus fifty women on their toes. So stylish. The combinations are perfect. My fave is, well, my two faves are the pink and red combos. Well done..xo

    • Greetje
      3 August 2013 / 23:07

      Glad you like them. I was quite pleased with them myself.

  22. 2 August 2013 / 23:51

    I always like pattern mixes on others but I have never tried it, just nevr thought of doing it myself!
    Interesting to see the different styles you create with the same skirt which I love! It fits you like a glove and your pumps are so chic.

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      3 August 2013 / 23:15

      I never mix patterns either. Have not got the eye for that. But I tried what the shop assistent advised me and voila… it worked.

  23. popcosmo
    6 November 2013 / 11:34

    You are right, that is a great salesperson! Remembering you from months ago… nifty! And I love it when someone helps us try something new – this is such a sweet summer look, and I bet it will be one you’ll pull out as soon as it turns warm again. The anchors and stripes make me think of beach and sand, so I know I would! Love it (and all of them – even the last!)
    xo ~kim

  24. Greetje
    6 November 2013 / 16:45

    I too like them all, but the striped skirt with the anchor blouse is my favourite.

  25. 27 April 2016 / 11:13

    LOVE this look! That striped skirt is gorgeous on you, and looks great with the anchor blouse 🙂

    • Greetje
      27 April 2016 / 11:42

      Thanks for reminding me again. I have to start wearing it now that spring is around the corner. Even though spring is not showing itself yet in my country. Brrr… winter weather.

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