Yellow summer dress

Yellow summer dress 1
Two years ago I accompanied Ron (my husband) on a business daytrip to Antwerp and he insisted on buying this dress and cardigan for me. They are by  Xandres, a Belgian brand. He thougt it would look tough combined with red boots, which he also donated although I could not find the right pair. I found short ones (too short) and long ones (too long) and needed mid calf length.

The thing is…. wearing a summer dress with boots is impossibe for me. Boots are for when I am cold and this summer dress is for when the weather is hot. Loads of women seem to have no trouble in wearing such a combination. Especially shorts with boots are popular. In the old days, way, way back, I used to love that too. Jeans shorts with white linen boots. Much to the abhorrence of my more classic friends who used to cringe when I dressed that way to go to the beach with them. “Oh… nooo, not that common look, please no…” (In the eighties this was considered a bit common, at least by them.) I just made them suffer as it made me feel very sexy. Seems that wearing boots in hot weather did not bother me in those days. 

I will show you the dress with and without the cardigan. With fuchsia slingbacks (Unisa) and gladiator sandals (Moccio). At the end the combinations with black shoes, nude shoes and the red (short) boots.
The dress is a bit tight across the chest (what’s new?) and the hem should be a few inches lower. But my husband says that this is all nonsense. He thinks this dress looks lovely. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?

Yellow summer dress 2

Yellow summer dress 3Below: without the cardigan… well.. this was the only one of the 35 photos which is sort of alright.Yellow summer dress 9aBelow: sideways it is getting a bit… how shall I put it? ..  not so good???
Now do you believe I am a size Large?Yellow summer dress 10Below: to compensate the above picture, here is a nicer one:Yellow summer dress 9Below: the dress with black shoes, nude shoes and red boots. I think the last one is even rather childish.[threecol_one]Yellow summer dress 4[/threecol_one] [threecol_one]Yellow summer dress 5[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]Yellow summer dress 6[/threecol_one_last]Greetje




  1. 15 August 2013 / 18:53

    I also think that the dress is very pretty. I love this color and I like the design haberdasher. I would take the ornaments above the shoulders are not necessary. The version I prefer is with yellow belt, and sandals. The jacket is very nice, but I like to see the dress without it. I like the red bag is nice and looks good in the outfit. I would not like dress with the boots. Maybe dress a little tight across the chest and maybe this is a bit short, but I agree with Ron, the dress is gorgeous and you look beautiful. Somebody dares to say that you are a size large?

    • Greetje
      15 August 2013 / 21:23

      Yes me… Everything I have is size Large. And I think I look a Large too when I wear rhe dress without a jacket or the cardigan. Iam surprised you like the Roman sandals, You and my husband have a lot in common.

  2. Marianne
    15 August 2013 / 21:20

    I am sorry but I go for the combination with Charlie then I have my two favourite objects together. I pick that one because your shoes make a great match with Charlie.

    • Greetje
      16 August 2013 / 06:26

      Haha.. I will note that you are not a fan of this outfit, nut of the dog.

    15 August 2013 / 22:46

    for me personally, I love that first outfit best

    • Greetje
      16 August 2013 / 06:28

      I totally agree with you Marla. The fuchsia shoes lift the dress to a more ladylike look instead of a childlike look..

  4. 16 August 2013 / 09:13

    Greetje, I agree with Josep-Maria and my favourite is the all yellow combination even with the cardigan. The colour of this lovely dress is unique and I personally wouldn’t add another bright colour but stick with nude tones like your sandals.

    Because of our long winters I never wear boots in summer, just tired of needing them far too long anyway…

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      16 August 2013 / 21:04

      Agreed. And I get too hot in boots anyway. My personal favourite is still the one with the cardigan and the fuchsia slingbacks.

  5. Marielle
    16 August 2013 / 14:23

    Greetje, I prefer the first (no belt and purple/pinkish shoes). I used to accesorize with matching colors but understand from your blog and other blogs that it is better to wear a non-matching belt or shoes or bracelets. Thank you! You look very pretty in this shade of yellow.

    • Greetje
      16 August 2013 / 21:08

      That thing about not having a matching handbag with your shoes is something I learned only last year through blogging. Apparently matching shoes/handbag has been out of style for so long, it is nearly back again. Haha. Missed that.
      At first I thought “but I like it”. Now I can see you can add another dimension to your outfit by coming up with a different colour, making it more interesting.
      Took me a while before I was really convinced.

  6. 16 August 2013 / 18:22

    Wonderful outfit and yellow is perfect on your skin tone.That is just my kind of dress!In my opinion its bright colour doesn’t require extra colours, and for this reason I love it with brown sandals.I would add only a red detail( the belt or the bag ). Very nice with the cardigan and the dark jacket. . .

    • Greetje
      16 August 2013 / 21:09

      You are right Dan. I was doing it again, matchy, matchy. It is a habit which is hard to shake.

  7. elle
    16 August 2013 / 23:22

    Greetje, I love this lemon-lime outfit and admire how you made it look so unique each time with
    different accessories!

    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      17 August 2013 / 11:06

      It is not my most favourite dress but I can make it work (I think). The first combination with the fuchsia slingbacks is my favourite.

  8. 17 August 2013 / 05:40

    Great color, I think I like it best with the bright pump. Your husband is right…..this dress looks good on you!

    blue hue wonderland

    • Greetje
      17 August 2013 / 11:08

      Thanks Ann, that first combination with the fuchsia shoes is my favourite as well. And I am always going to wear it with the cardigan. Without it makes me look fat and/or childish.

  9. 19 August 2013 / 06:38

    I agree with Ron, I think the dress is lovely just the way it is. I love the combination of yellow and purple (or lavendar), great way to pair these two with those shoes, just the right kind of pop.
    I also like the conbination with the little bit of red and the nude sandals, very well done. I think I’m heading over to borrow that amazing red bag.

    • Greetje
      19 August 2013 / 12:31

      No problem borrowing it haha. I am glad with your choices. There are some terrible examples in this post as well.

  10. 19 August 2013 / 15:42

    Your sense of humor is always a delight! I love the yellow dress, and yes, Ron has great taste and is generous as well.

    The fuchsia slingbacks are a fun surprise and ground your ensemble perfectly. Your numerous combinations of accessories with this dress and cardigan are inspiring and unique. Brava!

    • Greetje
      19 August 2013 / 17:45

      I always try to make readers smile or laugh. Lately I do not have much inspiration. But apparently you still see humour in my post? Oh goodie.

  11. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    21 August 2013 / 06:25

    That pretty yellow dress is so versatile….I love the different looks you styled with it Greet! The striped cardigan looks like it came with the dress….it’s seemed so matched with the dress.


    • Greetje
      21 August 2013 / 10:42

      Yes, for certain, the cardigan came with the dress. Always trying to find something that can cover my poor old arms

  12. Happiness at Mid Life
    22 August 2013 / 06:45

    Great color combos! I never would have thought to pair it with red. My favorite is the red belt with the gladiator sandals and that gorgeous red purse. I have to agree with your hubby that this dress does not appear too tight in the chest or too short. But it’s what makes you comfortable that’s most important.


    • Greetje
      22 August 2013 / 23:32

      I cannot look at that picture without the cardigan without cringing.

  13. 2 July 2016 / 12:44

    Love the dress! 🙂

    And I really like the first combo because of the colours! 🙂

    • Greetje
      2 July 2016 / 13:16

      Thank you. I find that yellow and any shade of purple goes well together.

  14. 18 July 2016 / 23:08

    Yellow is one of my favourite summer colours so I have to applaud this ensemble. It looks great with any of the shoes but I think my preference is for the pink ones. Lovely!
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      19 July 2016 / 06:17

      I totally agree with you, I only wear this dress with those fuchsia shoes. I am funny like that.

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