Yellow coat, green silk blouse and B&W body

Black and white body with green blouse 7Hurray for skinnies. I love them, could wear them every day. They make my legs long and they feel like pjs. This particular pair of skinnies is by Max Mara (again…. Dan and me… we just love this brand).

Oh I have to tell you this before I go on. The sleeves of the purple Max Mara coat which you saw in my previous post were too long. The shop altered them for me. At the top of the sleeves, not at the bottom because then you would lose a button. They did it for free. Now that is Service. 

Over now to todays’ outfit. This yellow coat looks as nice as the purple one, doesn’t it? It cost me 50 euros in a thrift shop. To balance things out…
You might have seen it before here when I wore it with a purple faux fur scarf. As it is still not that cold,  I opted for a black and white scarf to go with my black and white body from Wolford. This brand is more expensive in the US (and the UK) than in The Netherlands. You poor souls out there pay extra duty I bet.

The blouse you saw before in a summer version. And the black and white belt here (a.o.). I do get good use from this belt (thank you Sylvia).

My colleague was so nice to take photos of me (with his smartphone) in a design area of our company. So here is another post outside my garden.Black and white body with green blouse 6

Black and white body with green blouse 3Below: this photo got a bit too much light. The bag is by Longchamps.Black and white body with green blouse 8

Black and white body with green blouse 2

Do I need more clothes? I don’t think so. Neither does my husband…..

I came back upstairs yesterday morning and found little notes on all my closet doors with the word “Vol” written on it.  Which is Dutch for “Full”. Hilarious. And on the door of “my” room was this sign “No access for clothes-hangers”. We both killed ourselves laughing. Hope you do too. Vol FullHe said it in jest, but he is actually right. The next day I decided I need protection from myself and gave him my credit cards for safe keeping. I am not to be trusted with them. No self control.

PS: linking up to Fernanda’s blog: Searching the Inner me.




  1. 10 November 2013 / 23:02

    What an amazing coat, dear Greetje!
    I promised myself not to buy a coat in black or any neutral colour again in the future (I have plenty) but go for a bright colour or for prints.
    Fantastic look with your skinnies, booties and the polka dots!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 06:39

      Thanks Annette, bright colours suit me much better than black.

  2. Ann
    11 November 2013 / 00:31

    Refined outfit here, I love it! Wonderful colors and the fit is just right for you. Both casual and chic at the same time my dear. I’m not going to tell my husband about these signs because he would do the same thing!

    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 06:41

      Hahaha… Well in my case it was meant as a joke but he is so right. I just could not find the on/off switch anymore. I was permanently in the “on” modus. Hopefully I have found it now.

  3. 11 November 2013 / 01:16

    What a fabulous outfit Greetje!!!! You look very elegant and the yellow coat is precious.

    I had a good laugh with your story about the signs 🙂

    Thank you so much for linking up. Much appreciated.


    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 06:42

      I was glad I had the story about the signs as it was a bit of a boring post. Thanks for the compliments.

  4. 11 November 2013 / 01:31

    Oh, that is hilarious!!! So funny! I can tell your husband is a good sport about the whole shopping thing. This coat is so gorgeous, {I love the colour}, that I’m glad he didn’t post the notes before you had a chance to buy it! Ha Ha! You look fabulous my friend. Very sophisticated, but still a sense of fun what with the polka dots!

    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 06:43

      I shopped heavily AFTER he posted the signs. And I did not feel good about it. Quite the opposite. So it is STOP now. See, what we can come up with for the blog without buying.

  5. 11 November 2013 / 04:18

    It’s the little things in life! I don’t think I could ever have too many clothes. I love them. I love new clothes especially, and usually I make good choices and wear them a lot. Your yellow coat is a great choice. Fun and colorful and flattering and fabulous! I love it with the black and white.

    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 06:46

      Thank you Heather. In principal I agree with you. But it was getting to a ridiculous state with me. Let’s see how I manage without buying new stuff for a while.

  6. Happiness at Mid Life
    11 November 2013 / 07:21

    Another great coat Greetje! Those first pictures looks like pages from a magazine! I really like the color combination and your hubby is too funny. I am doing the same – no need to shop – I have no more space in my closet.


    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 15:32

      Yes, we both know how to shop, don’t we? LOL

  7. 11 November 2013 / 09:34

    Fabulous, Greetje.
    Wopnderful and edgy ensemble and fantastic photos.
    That yellow coat is pure sunshine.

    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 15:33

      Even my husband likes the coat and he used to be against yellow with black. Apparently he got used to it.

  8. 11 November 2013 / 13:53

    I love the coat and the skinnies, but I have to say that the combination with the scarf here steals the show. The polkadots do a great job here! And I don’t say that because of the origin of that scarf;-)

    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 21:11

      I am so glad you saw this post. Because of the scarf. Who knew that scarf would be such a great piece? OK… You knew. Thanks for that present.

  9. Catia
    11 November 2013 / 14:03

    I like your outfit very much – brilliant choice of colors. Great sense of humour – I am looking forward for your next outfit – brought to us by Greetje’s closets.

    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 21:13

      Now that I have turned in my credit cards, I really have to prove myself. I have to make combinations and new outfits with what I have got. A challenge. Especially because I am not that good at this. Might give you all a few more laughs. LOL

    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 21:14

      Thank you very much Mrs C. There probably are not that many chances for wearing a coat in your neck of the woods I suppose?

  10. Rosemary
    11 November 2013 / 14:25

    No self control? You and me both, kiddo! But I would never give Gorgeous Husband my credit card “for safe keeping”. I’d never get it back!

    I am in the process of making over our tiny spare bedroom to be my “walk-in” wardrobe. Although I have no intention of giving up any of the other space that already houses my enormous collection. Well, a girl has to leave a legacy, doesn’t she?

    The yellow coat is fantastic on you and the black and white scarf really sets it off!

    Much love from England,
    Rose from

    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 21:20

      I did the same as you did. After my stepdaughter left to live on her own, I annexed her room and put in 3 closets (Out of courtesy I waited 1,5 year before I did that.) And, like you, kept all my other closet space as well.
      When the closets were finished I had so much room !! Unbelievable. Now all the clothes in all the closets are pressed together. Sigh. And I already gave lots of them away.

      As for the scarf… another thrift success story, although not mine. My friend, neighbour and stylist, Anja, found it for me: € 1,-. Great !

  11. 11 November 2013 / 15:27

    Loving the bright yellow coat! Just gorgeous.
    And my husband would love that. |I am sure he share’s your husband’s opinion!

    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 21:21

      My husband always has lots of jokes. It is quite a cabaret at our place. We can laugh so loud and so long… The neighbours can hear it and are teasing us with that.

  12. Melanie
    11 November 2013 / 19:00

    Your husband needs to send me some of those notes too! Too funny.
    Yes, this yellow coat is another favourite, right up there with the purple. I can’t believe they shortened the sleeves – from the top! – with no fee. Wow.
    Your backdrops in these photos are excellent.
    Gorgeous, this bold look is fantastic on you.

    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 21:23

      You can put me in any kind of bright colour and it works. Put me in beige, camel or grey and I disappear completely. And yes, my husband has a great sense of humour.

  13. 11 November 2013 / 19:07

    Greetje, I love this yellow coat is gorgeous. It’s great to combine with black garments, especially with those skinnies with which you look so attractive. I really like your scarf, it’s so cute. The set with the coat and the scarf is very elegant. I love the sense of humor of your partner, it’s great getting these little signs LOL.

    • Greetje
      11 November 2013 / 21:25

      It is also great because he doesn’t mean it. He says: do whatever you want to do.
      Like you says, he has a great sense of humour and I love him for that. He also is kind, creative, inspiring and generous (as you well know by now). I hit the jackpot with him.

  14. 11 November 2013 / 23:10

    Bright colours really suit you, Greetje! Yellow is a beautiful colour and I like it also with burgundy colour. Those pants and boots are perfect with your coat. You look great!
    Funny, I was trying a pair of very similar shoes in a shop on Sunday! I didn’t buy them but I am still thinking about!

    • Greetje
      12 November 2013 / 06:42

      Those booties are the best buy of this season. Comfortable but still with a heel. And they go with every pair of trousers.

  15. 11 November 2013 / 23:45

    You can just tell how happy and entertaining the two of you are. This is absolutely hilarious, but the best part is that he actually took the time to make and hang those signs.
    Now for your outfit, I tell you my friend, you are getting to be quite the fashionista expert. Love the stripe and polka dot mix (of course I do), but with the black and white it seems so fabulously chic. And, then to pair it with that amazing yellow coat, WOW!!! This is perfectly stunning on you. I couldn’t agree more with you on the love of skinnies, but boy oh boy can you sure make them look incredible.

    • Greetje
      12 November 2013 / 06:33

      Yes we do have a lot of fun. I hit the jackpot with him.
      And skninnies…. What an invention. I am so pleased with that. Gives me the opportunity to show my legs without having to wear mini skirts. (I don’t like leggings, this is much better for me.)

  16. 12 November 2013 / 01:42

    lol…..ah Greetje, I totally understand. I’m in hibernation mode from the credit cards my self. I did get a laugh….Love the outfit. The yellow coat is stunning. The polkadot and stripes are just perfect together. Awesomeness….xo

    • Greetje
      12 November 2013 / 06:34

      Thanks Dixie. I think most fashion bloggers will have experienced this stage of “oops.., let’s slow down on the spendings”.

  17. 12 November 2013 / 04:44

    I’m loving the yellow coat, and it looks gorgeous with black and white. Very vibrant! And I’m with you on skinnies. They wear like yoga pants.

    Lucky you about the low prices at Wolford! Which is a good reason to keep your credit card handy!

    • Greetje
      12 November 2013 / 06:36

      Hahaha, no, no, no. For one Wolford is far from cheap or rreasonable in The Netherlands, just slighly better priced than in the USA. And second… I have really overdone it. Time to stop buying and start combining.

  18. 12 November 2013 / 04:45

    Wwwwoooowwwwww! Greetje, you look so cool. I am in love with the yellow coat outfit. The contrast in colors look amazing on you.I would never take that coat off. I have a mustard color coat from Anthropologie, but its nowhere near as dramatic as yours. Love it!

    • Greetje
      12 November 2013 / 06:38

      Isn’t it funny? The yellow coat for 50 euros gets more praise than the expensive purple Max Mara one. But it does also depend what you wear with it I suppose. Yellow and black is such an easy combination.

  19. 12 November 2013 / 05:01

    Darling Greetja! You look like a honest to goodness fashion model! You always do, the the less organic work environment just ads a pump of extra style to your already extreme sophistication!
    Wooohooo! Beautiful everything … I especially love you coat. Perfect color for you … killer with the black.
    Every shot adorable. You need to bring this colleague his favorite fresh baked goods every morning, and make sure his cell phone stays state of the art! The better to take perfect shots of you-know-who!
    Have a lovely week and get going on that closet … the solutions can’t be to stop buying clothes!

    • Greetje
      12 November 2013 / 06:40

      Hahaha, oh yes Jan, the solution will be to stop buying clothes for a while. Definitely. Now I have to start combining and making new combinations with old stuff. There is a challenge for me.

  20. 12 November 2013 / 10:53

    That top photo and the outfit may just be my all time favorite. The combination of colors, the silhouette, the booties, Wow! What you wore underneath is fabulous too. And like every week, you made me LOL!

    • Greetje
      12 November 2013 / 22:23

      I am glad I can still make you laugh. That is my main goal. 🙂

    12 November 2013 / 11:53

    I have to say, this is probably one of the prettiest looks I have seen in awhile. I love the first pic. The combination of black, white, and yellow is stunning. I want that!

    • Greetje
      12 November 2013 / 22:26

      Isn’t this crazy? Just a thrifted coat and a thrifted scarf (a present too) and I get so many compliments. It must be the colour combination. (And the skinnies…)
      Even my husband said I really looked good and he does not like the combination of yellow and black.

  22. Marianne
    12 November 2013 / 16:06

    On the second photo I can actualy see what a nice shape your coat has. Aren’t they great skinny’s when I put on normal shaped trousers I feel like I look like a fisherman from Volendam. I like the combination black/yellow especially with such an arty background. I had a big laugh about your closets being vol, that’s Ron, mister humor himself. I only think you better cut your creditcards in half because there will come a moment you will ask them back and why not you work hard, life is short and everybody should have a hobby and yours is buying clothes, so live life to the fullest. I am not a big help, am I?

    • Greetje
      12 November 2013 / 22:29

      No you are not a big help. But you are funny and a good friend. And yes, there will be a time when I am going to ask them back. And I will go crazy again. But for now I need the reassurance that I can restrain myself. I don’t like an addiction. I only allow that with coffee.

  23. Christine Kolek
    12 November 2013 / 22:52

    Greetje, I am in LOVE with this yellow coat! And sooo very jealous since yellow really does not look good on me. My favorite photo is the first one. =) I also have to say that I got a nice chuckle out of your husband’s sense of humor. When I saw the little notes and what they meant, it sounded like something my husband would do to tease me, too. Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful outfits.


    • Greetje
      13 November 2013 / 07:37

      Hi Christine. Thank you for leaving such a nice compliment. I hope that I can amuse you more often. There are already 136 posts with outfits on my blog from the past year and they are not outdated yet. LOL

  24. 14 November 2013 / 18:26

    Perfect outfit- if you ask me. Why? Well, assembled it’s so well put together, yet separately they each are so strong and versatile- each piece will get lots of wear I bet. I love the classic chic of black and white and polka dots and stripe mix is among my favorite pattern mix. Nothing is as cheerful as a good yellow and with the black and white- what a powerful entrance you must make.

    FULL? Yeah- it seemingly full of wonderful, thoughtful items.

    • Greetje
      15 November 2013 / 07:54

      Hahaha Bella. My closets are not only seemingly full. They are indeed full.
      Now I have to really own up by making good and new combinations with what I have. It should be doable. And thank you for the compliments. You are right, they are all pieces I use a lot in other combinations as well.

  25. catherine
    15 November 2013 / 19:34

    Perfect outfit. it’s a beautiful yellow thats suits you.perfectly.

    • Greetje
      16 November 2013 / 00:14

      Thank you very much Catherine. For the compliments and for leaving a comment. I hope I can entertain you more often.

    • Greetje
      16 November 2013 / 09:24

      I did not confuse you, did I? They altered the expensive purple coat, not the yellow thrifted one.
      The colour yellow (not all yellows, but certainly this gold yellow) was one of the surprising outcomes of a colour test.

      • elle
        16 November 2013 / 19:46

        No, I knew that, but did not express it well, did I?
        Now that I am back on your reply box I will reiterate that I love both coats, ( altered purple
        one, and thrifted golden one) You DO look wonderful in color, the more vivid the better!
        Also, while I am not a fan of yellow and black, unless it is in a print, I LOVE gold and black!
        I can’t wait to see what your next outfit post is!
        XX, Elle

        • Greetje
          17 November 2013 / 12:03

          I was not quite sure about your comment, but now I know. Thanks for reiterating (learned another word). My next post will be in half a day and heavily involves my new car (so pleased with it).

          • Elle
            17 November 2013 / 23:18

            Now Greetje, that is just a tease! I am hoping you got a great car in a special color! Am I on the right track?
            XX, Elle

  26. el punto de lola
    16 November 2013 / 13:29

    Bonito look, el abrigo es precioso con un color muy favorecedor. Besos

    • Greetje
      16 November 2013 / 18:11

      Hi Lola, thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. Had to use Google translate as I don’t speak Spanish haha.

  27. 17 November 2013 / 06:14

    This is one of my fave outfit combinations on you! I really like the mix of the stripes and the dots paired with the bold yellow coat.

    • Greetje
      17 November 2013 / 12:05

      Honestly Lisa, comments like yours really give me the idea I don’t really get it.. this styling thing. When I think “nice but nothing special” I get raving reviews and the other way around. Have to look at your outfits more often. You do know.

  28. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    17 November 2013 / 06:31

    Oh wow what can be better than a coat in your signature color ….yellow….which I just presumed because you have the prettiest yellow stuff (like that bag!)


    • Greetje
      17 November 2013 / 12:07

      This colour yellow came from a colour test I did years ago. Before that I never even considered it. Also learned that orange and purple are great colours for me. And that I should stay away from grey, beige, camel and pastels near my face. That test was a great investment.

  29. popcosmo
    17 November 2013 / 20:57

    I think I have a crush on your husband: he has a sense of humor, he’s a pretty good artist, he obviously has excellent taste in women & clothes, and I think he’s going to give you back your credit cards whenever you ask 🙂 Hmm, he sounds a bit like my husband except my husband is not a good artist! In all seriousness, killer outfit as usual… in fact, I thought you were posing at a fashion shoot in the first photo b/c of the background, but then I saw the explanation! Love the mix of hi and low (50 euros!) and yellow w/ black and white. Well done!
    xo ~kim & chloe

    • Greetje
      17 November 2013 / 22:14

      I have told my husband your compliments. He had to laugh.
      Thanks for your kind words. The photos turned out pretty well. which is a surprise with a smartphone.

  30. 24 November 2013 / 21:51

    I love that coat!!! You look stunning wearing it. The whole outfit is so effortless elegant! Love love love it.
    Your story made me laugh. Greetje Greetje no self discipline? Bad bad girl…. 😉 I do have self discipline but I also have a good heart, so, when some items begging me to take them home with me, because they want to be loved and cared for I just can’t say No, can I? 😉

    • Greetje
      6 December 2013 / 07:37

      Hi Lenya, for some strange reason I missed your comment which is why I respond so late. Thanks for stopping by. My heart is like yours.. I cannot leave the poor begging souls hanging there in the shop. When I bring them home, I take good care of them. LOL

  31. Debra
    6 December 2013 / 05:51

    This is an absolutely stunning outfit, who knew yellow could be so flattering! 🙂 I might have to try one out for myself, haha.

    Debra Bros Blog

    • Greetje
      6 December 2013 / 07:43

      Hi Debra, it was only after one of these colour tests that I found out yellow and orange are good colours for me. Never knew this. These tests are often ridiculed by shop assistants who do not like hearing that the colour you are looking for is not in their shop.
      I don’t follow the advice rigidly, but it did give me valuable insight.

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