New Years outfit ? Christmas outfit? Or neither?

New Year outfit 2Is this outfit right for New Year celebrations? Or would it have been the right Christmas outfit? Or is it outdated? That is a question I have been asking myself a lot. Similar to last year when I asked your advice about my Christmas outfit 2012. As my blog was only a month old then, there were only a few comments.
This year I decided for myself that I liked this skirt and tried to update it with booties. I just needed a more modern top. This jacket is very classic, so it does not update the skirt.

No problem you would say: no shortage of tops in this house…. However, the top I brought with me for Alexandra to photograph was a slack black top and made me look like a stick. Wrong proportions. For women with hips the top would encounter a threshold past the waist which would make it fold nicely. Alas, not with me. The top just went straigt for the floor in the fastest way possible.
A cardigan then? No, I had no nice short cardigans in my wardrobe to suit this skirt, only a bright green one, a red summer one and a knotted peachy one. Neither of them qualified.

I solved it by not wearing this skirt at all, just nice trouser outfits, like the green / blue Max Mara outfit.
I think it is better to feel comfortable in something you are sure of than feeling insecure in a “appropriate” outfit. New Year outfit 3Above and below: with pumps instead of booties. Makes the outfit even more classic.New Year outfit 1Below: I picked up this brooch at a fair. It is a piece of iron with fake diamonds. I sew it on and if the jacket needs to go to the dry cleaner, I take it off. And … sew it back on again…New Year outfit 4Below: Alexandra and I are both learning and experimenting. I think this kind of photography is nice. We just have to focus on the the first shoe (has a nicer side to it; no seam)New Year outfit 5Below: you have seen the booties before (with my green coated skinnies)New Year outfit 6 Below: after having great, beautiful nails for 3 weeks, they all broke two days before the shoot. So stubs…New Year outfit 7 Alexandra and I will continue experimenting with photography. These pictures were taken indoors (it rained) against a white background. Of course we will try more.

OK.. for a laugh… below is the photo I took with my iPad showing you the slack black top making me look like a stick.New Year outfit 8Always when I say “stick” it reminds me of Jeff Dunham’s “Jose Jalapeno on a stick”.


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  1. 29 December 2013 / 23:43

    Greetje, your outfit is lovely and I cannot decide whether it is New Years Eve or Christmas or a date night out… it just depends! If you are going out and you will dance, the blazer is certainly too warm, the booties not suitable (personally I prefer pumps and yours are gorgeous) and you might find yourself amongst long black dresses… However, if you go out for a nice dinner and a glass of Champagne that night, it is perfect!

    I wish you a wonderful evening!
    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      30 December 2013 / 17:56

      Thank you dear. Have a lovely evening yourself. I will say cheers to you at 12 o’clock.

  2. 30 December 2013 / 03:35

    I think the skirt is very pretty and booties work very well with it. I’m not too sure about the pumps though. I could definitely see wearing the skirt in warmer months with a great pair of sandals…heeled or flat and an off the should black top.

    • Greetje
      30 December 2013 / 17:56

      Hmmm perhaps that is the trick: wear it in another season. Thank you and cheers to the New Year.

  3. Ann
    30 December 2013 / 04:48

    I think the skirt looks good with the jacket with your pretty pin. I’m a big fan of booties so I’m all for them. I could see the skirt with a light colored jacket, maybe leather would be cool or a feminine cashmere sweater. I do see what you mean by the black sweater. I think it depends on where you are going. I like the fit of this jacket, you do have some beautiful clothes!

    blue hue wonderland

    • Greetje
      30 December 2013 / 17:57

      yes I do have some beautiful clothes. I just need a stylist haha. Happy New Year in advance Ann.

  4. Elle
    30 December 2013 / 06:47

    I think this outfit is appropriate for any occasion. I do prefer it with the booties though; it gives it a nice update as the jacket is classic, but traditional. The skirt is gorgeous, as is that stunning brooch.
    This is a fabulous outfit and you look wonderful. But please put that Ipad away!
    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      30 December 2013 / 17:58

      hahahaha… terrible isn’t it? That iPad photo. As I don’t mind showing my bloopers I thought I would make you laugh.

  5. 30 December 2013 / 07:02

    I like your Christmas outfit! It’s classic and very pretty. Personally I think Christmas is a very traditional holiday, so it’s nice to dress accordingly. This is a flattering outfit that would look good in family photos and will keep you warm if the rooms are draughty. It won’t do for New Year’s Eve at all though!

    • Greetje
      30 December 2013 / 18:01

      Fortunately my mum is not very big on decorum and she was the one we were seeing at Christmas. Oh and my brother and sister-in-law. They all cut me some slack, so I was not worried. No photos were taken so nothing to worry about this year. I will try harder next year.
      New Year is going to be spent with friends and I will worry about the outfit on the day itself.
      Strange isn’t it? When you are so pre-occupied with clothes and you cannot be bothered with outfits these festive days.

  6. 30 December 2013 / 18:23

    Ok, my friend, that skirt is far from being outdated, it’s a gem. So if you get tired of it, send it my way. As for the occasion, they way you have it ensembles with the blazer and booties is a wonderful blend for nice Christmas dinner as well as a dinner date (in my opinion). And, I prefer it with the booties, it does give it a modern take. I would also pair it with a nice black turtle neck sweater (tight fitting) and then a statement necklace. And you know me, I would also dress it down for work or a luncheon with a white or black button down blouse and a denim jacket and then wear your pumps or for me, my gold or black flats.
    Oh, and your photo sessions are looking wonderful!

    • Greetje
      30 December 2013 / 20:29

      OK thank you for the styling ideas. I will try them all. I have a black turtle neck sweater (tight fitting indeed, although my stomach is probably sticking out then). I also have a white button down blouse (not to well fitted as the ladies tend to take up too much room) and a black button down blouse (see-through oh la la, but I can wear a tank top underneath). No denim jacket though, so I need to think of something else there. Preferably something that is better for me as a brunette than for you blondie.
      I think you are a great person Trina.

  7. josep-maria
    30 December 2013 / 18:35

    Gosh, Greetje, I love this look. The skirt is just gorgeous, and the jacket seems perfect for the outfit. I think you look very elegant, and I think that is one of your best post. Perhaps, because it is the style I prefer more classical and conventional. Me, I see you great. Choose shoes for this look, rather than boots. The photo with the iPad is great, I will file in my favorites. LOL. (Do not laughed at you, I want to laugh with you. You understand me?)

    • Greetje
      30 December 2013 / 20:37

      Yes I understand you. And please laugh as much as you like. That is one of the main goals of my blog: letting people laugh.
      So glad you still take the time to comment. A very happy new year to you my friend. I treasure you.

  8. 30 December 2013 / 19:28

    Hi Greetje! Before I forget….you are showing up on my bloglovin’ and I’m getting your emails…yeah!! My first thoughts on your outfit are Stunning and chic! I think you look gorgeous! And the booties are killer! Fabulous! Lucky you having a photographer do you photo shoots! Happy belated Christmas greetings to you, and Happy New Year!!!

    My personal favourite this year….that absolutely gorgeous purple silk jacket!!! Oh Yes!

    • Greetje
      30 December 2013 / 20:32

      My dear IT man installed Bloglovin today. AND IT WORKS. Indeed YEAH.
      And I agree that the purple silk jacket is indeed one of my favourites as well: shape, colour, material everything is so good. Which is why I had it remade when the first jacket went to heaven.
      Happy New Year to you too Sue. I will be following you next year as well.

  9. Marianne
    30 December 2013 / 19:56

    I like the skirt especially when you look at the close up, you see the work that is done with it. It has a soft side so I think all the combinations with the black, like the thicker stockings and jacket and booties. I would like to see it in combination with a more feminine top more related to another time of the year like spring

    • Greetje
      30 December 2013 / 20:34

      You and Glenda think alike. She also suggested Spring. I had not thought of that yet. But I will try it. The skirt was a present / hand-me-down from Anja.

  10. 30 December 2013 / 20:52

    I LOVE the jackets and the booties- I vote booties over pumps- as they look more modern to me. And that jacket- classic is perfect for ANY CELEBRATION, me thinks. For New Year’s, the outfit needs more “bling” and sparkle. Not sure what- more shiny jewelry, a big silly rhinestone tiara? Or a more formal skirt? You however look amazing- and chic as all get out to start off the New Year. xo.

    • Greetje
      31 December 2013 / 10:03

      To tell you the truth, I am going to wear a very comfortable yet stylish woolen dress (black) with a yellow sweater underneath it and flat suede kneeboots. That way I can last longer. We are having friends over so no need for party outfits. I am quite surprised that this outfit did not meet more criticism.

  11. 30 December 2013 / 21:46

    The skirt is beautiful and your outfit look chic and elegant.
    The jacket is very nice and I love what you’ve done with the
    I like both the booties and the pumps, depending on what you are going to do.
    Maybe the jacket is a bit severe for the femininity of the skirt, I would like to see it with a lighter top, just a thought.
    Are you having fun with your “model sessions”? 🙂
    Happy New Year, dear!!

    • Greetje
      31 December 2013 / 10:07

      I think your right. A less severe top would be better. And yes I am having fun with the photo shoots. Mind you, it is a lot of work and it is COLD. Three hours of photo shoot in the freezing wind…. Brrr

  12. 31 December 2013 / 05:17

    What a gorgeous outfit for a variety of occasions!! The skirt is beautiful and timeless! It’s a great length to show off your lovely legs!! The black stockings look classy! I prefer the pumps with it.

    I wish you a very fashionable and happy New Year!!!

    ♥ carmen

    • Greetje
      31 December 2013 / 10:08

      And a Happy New Year to you too Carmen. I have been very busy lately and lost track of you. So sorry. I hope I will do better next year.

      • 2 January 2014 / 08:13

        Thank you Greetje! I’m always happy when you stop by, but I’m sure it’s difficult with so many fans to respond too 🙂

        ♥ carmen

  13. Catia
    31 December 2013 / 15:08

    Hi Greetje,

    what a lovely outfit!
    And even wearing your skirt with the slack black top is great – it looks like a dress from 1920 together with the long pearl necklace.
    In my opinion it suits you very well because you’re straight and tall or as you would say “stick”.
    With your jacket I prefer the booties but with your top the pumps are better.

    Happy New Year!

    • Greetje
      31 December 2013 / 15:15

      Thank you Catia. I did not think I would get so many positive reactions. I am quite doubtful about fhe outfits.
      A Happy New Year to you too.

  14. 1 January 2014 / 18:03

    Fabulous, look, my dear Grreetje.
    Yes, the gray hair man is my husband of 30 years, LOL
    Have a fabulous 2014 and thank you so much for being there, dear friend

    • Greetje
      2 January 2014 / 19:59

      You made an excellent choice 30 years ago. But of course he is also damned lucky to have you as his wife.
      Happy new year sweet Sacramento

  15. 2 January 2014 / 14:20

    Cute, so cute! I like the skirt which I could wear myself, and I think the jacket goes well with it . Feeling confortable is very important! In any case I think your outfit in ok for an evening out.
    Beautiful photos, Alexandra’s done a good job!!
    Me too have a lot of so-so photos of myself in front of the mirror!

    • Greetje
      2 January 2014 / 20:00

      I am still not so sure about this outfit. I think that the suggestions I got to wear it in Spring with a lighter weight top, might be a good idea.

  16. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    8 January 2014 / 16:19

    Every single piece you’re wearing is right up my alley Greet… the dainty yet B&W printed skirt most of all!!!


    • Greetje
      9 January 2014 / 16:40

      You do surprise me with this Rebecca. I would have thought it is too classic for you.

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