Silk tunic blouse

Silk tunic blouse and brown boots Jan Jansen 2aThese photos were done by me in the garden (again) as I did not have a photographer available. The start of the outfit were the boots…. a steal at 20% of their original price at the end of the winter sale. Made by Jan Jansen. This Dutch shoe designer is famous all over the world. To me his shoes have a touch of magic, somewhat fairy-like. I combined these boots with cream trousers and a green silk tunic blouse to emphasize the boots.

I can wear the blouse with a “belt” of the same material, thus not breaking the green. Or I can wear it with a brown belt and a small necklace. One friend told me (gently) that the brown belt was rather “eighties”, but I am gladly ignoring it. The eighties-style is back and this gives me my desired silhouette, so I prefer to wear it with the brown belt. The watch was a present from Ron, my husband. You can see it more closely in this post (same blouse in a summer outfit).

As this shape is rather good for me (in my opinion) I also bought it in purple to go with my ochre yellow trousers as you will see further down.

Silk tunic blouse and brown boots Jan Jansen 1aBelow: the boots are brown suede at the top with a cut-out rim and brown/reddish/green leather.Brown boots Jan Jansen 3

Brown belt and green pendant aBelow: some photos I took last year at the end of summer. The photos are more vague and a bit yellow. Or was that the sunlight? If you like to see my ochre yellow trousers with a green jacket, click here.Yellow ochre trousers with purple top 1

Yellow ochre trousers with purple top 2

Yellow ochre trousers with purple top 3

Below: I was so proud of myself….. constructing this colourful obi-belt to pull the outfit together: shoes, trousers and the rest. Then I took the pictures (and asked a friend)… hopeless. Too bulky, too high.. not good. Even Charlie (our dog) is looking at me as if to say: “what were you thinking woman????”” So much for my styling skills.

Yellow ochre trousers with purple top 4 Yellow ochre trousers with purple top 5Oh well…  (and I am so going back to being blond….)


PS Linking up to Mis Papelicos, who gathered lots of bloggers sharing flower outfits this time.

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  1. 13 April 2014 / 18:15

    I love the whole first outfit…the saturated color is gorgeous and I really like that you put it with white! Sorry about the photographer, but I wouldn’t have known if you had not confessed. You do much better than I with your tripod!

    • Greetje
      13 April 2014 / 22:08

      Practice, practice, practice… and a few hours of help of my niece who is a professional photographer….

  2. 13 April 2014 / 19:45

    Those boots are a madness of beauty, and at only 20% of the price? Good one!! I like your new tunic with both belts, it must feel silky dreamy when you wear it. And I have to say I really like your last outfit – your styling is bold, and to my eye all these elements go together wonderfully.

    • Greetje
      13 April 2014 / 22:10

      Yes, you would like the magic of the boots, I am sure. And the last two pictures were the best of the lot, but really, it did not look right. Unfortunately.

  3. josep-maria
    13 April 2014 / 20:27

    Greetje, you know that I am one of your fans, but you also know that the “medieval pageboy” style is not my favorite. I like both shirts, white pants I like, I like pink boots and shoes, but I do not really like the look of the first page style and sash at the waist of the second look. For my taste, the first look is better without the belt, and the second without the sash. Maybe I have obsessions, but you understand me, right?

    • Greetje
      13 April 2014 / 22:13

      Well my friend, you might be right. Perhaps I should leave the medieval look behind me. I too think that the purple blouse with the yellow belt is the nicest look of them all. I will have to find a small brown belt for the green blouse and start listening to my friends. LOL

  4. 13 April 2014 / 21:38

    Always good to hear that I am not the only one who buys favourite pieces in various colours 😉
    Great with your skinny trousers.
    The green tunic is beautiful and I especially like it with the belt in the same colour as it is a bit softer but still accentuates your waist.

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      13 April 2014 / 22:15

      I am beginning to think I am wrong and pigheaded to use the wider belt haha.
      And yes, like you, I sometimes buy good pieces in different colours or variations.

  5. 13 April 2014 / 22:03

    Buying the same item in different colours was a good idea ( in your case ) but it turned out to be a flop for me! I did it last winter … I tryed a turtle neck sweater and I thought it was very nice on me, and would have been useful to have two . So I bought the second one… but we had the mildest winter of ever… and I have been wearing the first sweater twice and the second one only once… 😉

    Back to your blouses : the green one is very nice with your white pants and, yes! The boots have something fairy-like! Dogs are funny! There are times in which they look like commenting our choices!!

    • Greetje
      13 April 2014 / 22:18

      You can wear the turtle neck sweaters next winter, I am sure. Cold winters will arrive again.
      Should I conclude that you don’t like the purple one with the yellow ochre trousers? Or is that a wrong conclusion? I don’t mind if you say so dear. LOL

      • 13 April 2014 / 22:43

        I like also the second outfit…have I ever told you that your colouful style often influences mine?? I think I have never been wearing so many colours before knowing your blog!

        • Greetje
          14 April 2014 / 05:45

          Never thought my blog would ever influence anybody. LOL

  6. 13 April 2014 / 22:14

    What a lovely outfit, you look fabulous. I just love those pink shoes!

    • Greetje
      13 April 2014 / 22:22

      Thank you Caramella for stopping by and leaving a comment. The pink shoes are quite a challenge to walk on LOL.

  7. 14 April 2014 / 02:32

    Those BOOTS!!! Come to Momma! wow wow wow! I hope they are on sale when I come to visit in late September : )

    I love all the colours you are wearing here. They are colours I would choose for myself.

    I also really like your hair blond.

    As far as the belts are concerned I like the tie belt the best, in the first photo.


    • Greetje
      14 April 2014 / 05:51

      I hear you (and the others)…. I will skip the wide belt. My styling abilities are limited, I knoe that.
      And no, boots will not be on sale in September. That is still the beginning of the season, you know that. Sorry.

  8. popcosmo
    14 April 2014 / 02:52

    Hmm, let’s see… I’ll take the pink shoes (NOW!) and white pants and green shirt -with or without the brown belt. I like it either way. But those pink shoes, ooh la la!!! Are they comfortable?? You always have the most amazing shoes!!! Is it something about the town you live in???
    xo ~kim (& chloe)

    • Greetje
      14 April 2014 / 05:58

      I am surprised you say that because I always think other women have the most amazing shoes and I just have boring pumps. Women like Lisa, Ann, Dixie and Glenda to name a few of my blog list. But thank you.
      Are they comfortable??? Hmm… yes and no. They fit very well and are soft, so that is good, but they are very high (hence my effort of lowering the heels, see two posts back).
      This means my calves protest at the end of the day (and a few times during the day).

  9. 14 April 2014 / 12:37

    The boots are super cool, what a fun design. The silk blouse looks great on you too. Think I like it best with a slimmer belt but experimentation is always good. Adventurous to make a belt! Magenta shoes are fab and I think you do have great shoes. Cool to see you in bright colors, they fit you. Am I right about this? On you brights seem bold and graphic in a modern way. Your dog does look like he’s talking to you!

    blue hue wonderland

    • Greetje
      14 April 2014 / 21:07

      Yes all bright colours look good on me. Even neon. Without looking tacky. No idea why, but they indeed fit me. And my dog is just the loviest dog on earth.

  10. 14 April 2014 / 17:33

    I love the brown boots. Do they unfold to the knee? They have such interesting details. Very unique and they work great with the ivory pant and pretty silk blouse.

    • Greetje
      14 April 2014 / 21:08

      No they don’t unfold. They are what they are.
      I think I have chosen well with the ivory pants, but should stay away from the wide brown belt. That is what most people tell me. I better listen LOL.

  11. niewidzialna kobieta
    14 April 2014 / 23:03

    Fantastic style, nice colours of blousons. Greetings 🙂

    • Greetje
      15 April 2014 / 05:42

      Thank you. Much appreciated.

    • Greetje
      15 April 2014 / 05:43

      Personally I think the purple is an even better colour for me. And the pup is… seven years old haha.

  12. 15 April 2014 / 09:02

    I actually like all your renditions although the same color belt at the top is slightly better. As you say I think the obi belt is too much, but kudos for doing something creative! Lovely boots and shoes also.

    • Greetje
      15 April 2014 / 12:32

      Ah.. You are back in Singapore?! Safe and sound. Thanks for your comment. I agree with the same colour belt. I am convinced.

  13. Marianne
    15 April 2014 / 16:40

    What a fantastic boots. They are just treasures. I like the first combination with the boots and the wider belt. It gives you a waist, what more do we want, I do anyway. And the smaller necklace. Lovely this combo all together.

    • Greetje
      16 April 2014 / 10:21

      Oh goodie. You and your daughter are the two only ones who approve of this outfit. And you two do know your stuff. Perhaps I have to reconsider dismissing this outfit….

  14. 15 April 2014 / 18:59

    Isn’t it funny to look back over photos to help discover hair options? I like you a bit more blonde as well. Ok, for the outfit posts. Loving those amazing boots, really loving those boots. Personally I wouldn’t pair them with the pants, but you pulled it off looking quite fantastic. I would keep these with skirts and dresses just due to the height they hit at mid calf. Love your tunic and I agree with Annette, I prefer it with the same belt.
    And, I absolutely adore your obi-belt your pulled together. I also think you take incredibly great photos by yourself. I could never pull this off.

    • Greetje
      16 April 2014 / 10:25

      Photos… ptactise, practise, practise…
      Boots… I tried it with a cream pencil skirt… Was not nice. Perhaps I should try some more. But it could also be that I am not used to that and therefore dismiss it quicker. Thank you for liking my obi trial. These were thebest photos. In most photos it looked a bit off.

  15. 16 April 2014 / 03:41

    So much to love! The boots are indeed magical. I see instantly why you love them. They’re nice for spring, with a more delicate feel than heavier, more wintry boots. Yummmm. Either way with the belting for the teal tunic. I have a slight preference for the brown belt … it’s just cool. Your friend is, um … incorrect! Looks great. Dressier with the self belt.
    But your big triumph is, indeed that DIY obi! Gorgeous outfit. You need, nay … DESERVE… to be taken out for dinner because of your glamorous creativity! Yup.
    I wish we could meet up in real life too. I keep buying lottery tickets … and when I win, I’m flying your way!

    • Greetje
      16 April 2014 / 10:31

      Likewise Jan. That is the downside of blogging. Meeting such nice people and never seeing them in real life. Thank you for liking my obi belt. As I said to Trina, these were the best photos. Most photos proved it was a bit much. With too much emphasis on the bosom. And we do not need that!
      The wider brown belt gets less approval but I do have the approval on that one of a professional stylist! (Marianne’s daughter). So you are in good company.

  16. Happiness at Mid Life
    17 April 2014 / 07:23

    It’s so nice to see I am not the only one that’s guilty of buying a piece is multiple colors because of great fit. I personally like the outfit with the green tie the best, I think it looks more relaxed.


    • Greetje
      17 April 2014 / 09:43

      Thanks for the feedback Alice. Your opinion is shared by the majority.

  17. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    17 April 2014 / 07:33

    Wow you got a good deal on those all-season boots! And thank God I’m not alone in buying stuff in diff colors if I love it!


    • Greetje
      17 April 2014 / 09:44

      Apparently there are quite a few women who buy stuff in multiple colours haha.

  18. 18 April 2014 / 15:52

    I’m in love with your Jan Jensen boots! I had not heard of this designer and the website is fabulous. So happy to see your foot wear back on the ladder!

    • Greetje
      18 April 2014 / 23:43

      Yes, Jan Jansen is totally up your street. Your blue/black booties of the other day reminded me of him as well.

  19. 21 April 2014 / 15:12

    Oh, I’m loving white jeans lately.. but its your second look that gets me drooling! I LOVE the colors!

    • Greetje
      21 April 2014 / 15:35

      Agreed… I like that colour combination as well. Those shoes are so great, they make every outfit. Too bad they are a bit too high for comfort.

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