Streetstyle aug 2014 (4)A couple of months ago I asked you whether you still liked my reports on Amsterdam (see tab Amsterdam, top navigation of this blog). Or whether the concept was getting stale. In case you are all fantastic liars… you brought it upon yourselves… I will continue these reports.

One reader (thank you Charlene) replied to my question “what else do you want me to show?”. She said she would love to see how stylish, mature women in other parts of the world are presenting themselves. STREET STYLE women over 40!! Fantastic idea.

So I went ahead, like the Sartorialist (oh…I only wish…) and searched for fabulous women over 40. Only this is where it becomes tricky. You cannot very well approach a well-dressed woman with the question: “Are you over 40????” I mean, we Dutch are blunt, but not that blunt. Besides, I need a positive respons, not a telling-off. I therefore start the conversation with the explanation that I have a blog about what I wear and about Amsterdam and that I am doing a series about well-dressed women who are not young models. That works very well. But…. I have given this series the title: Street Style women over 40; if I ever include a woman who is not yet 40, she might be very cross with me. I am bad at estimating ages: younger and older than 40. For this post I kept on the safe side…. I think.

What surprised me, is the co-operation I am getting. Nine times out of ten, women have no problem with being photographed and put on the internet. I am so grateful to them.

Here it goes… the first series.

Above: this lady was also carrying a plastic shopping bag in the same colour. Brilliant. We both decided that the plastic bag wasn’t pretty enough to be in the picture. Such a happy colourful look.

Below: finished to a tee, I love it. This is totally my style, black and white, lovely slingbacks and a fantastic bag. She told me her age, but I cannot remember whether she said she was 60 or over 60. I have to pay more attention to these things. A good reporter has her facts checked. Won’t happen again, I promise. Streetstyle aug 2014 (1)Below: on one day I spotted several well-dressed ladies. All very different, which is the best. This lady caught my attention because I love her top and her flip-flops. Casual and yet very elegant. Well done. Just goes to show that it doesn’t have to be old T-shirts and shorts when it is warm (which it was that day).Streetstyle aug 2014 (2)Below: still on the same day, at the market of Lindengracht, I approached the lady on the left and complimented her. She thought it was a good joke and asked me to repeat what I said to her sisters. Which turned into a jolly couple of minutes. Of course they could all join as they all looked good. By the way, I remember they told me they were 62, which surprised me hugely.Streetstyle aug 2014 (3)Below: I should have made a better picture of this lady in the blue dress. It was hard though, to get some space at the market. People are (of course) walking by all the time. It is a busy market. I liked her as her dress is simple, easy to wear, but still elegant. And she has her grey hair cut in an asymmetrical shape: longer on one side and short on the other. Very nice.Streetstyle aug 2014 (5)Below: in my own town (Haarlem), sitting in one of the loviest streets, was this lady being elegant. Her daughters whole-heartedly agreed with my assessment of their mother and made room for the camera. Black and white. As you might know, one of my favourite combinations. So classic.Streetstyle aug 2014 (6)Below: this lady combined blue and white stripes with blue and white flowers. Pattern mixing. Something I love to see, but am not very good at myself.Streetstyle aug 2014 (7)Below: three more women to go. First you will see two photos of women which you saw before in my post Amsterdam, Leidsestraat. They were the ones who put this request for more street style in Charlene’s mind.Streetstyle aug 2014 (8)Below: the shoes !!! Fantastic. Actually.. give me the whole look.Streetstyle aug 2014 (9)Below: last but certainly not least: a colourful woman. This post starts with colour and ends with colour. We (my friends Anja, Sylvia, Suzanne and I, on our bloggers-get-together) spotted this lady at the restaurant Pont 13. Poor thing.. suddenly she found four women swirling around her, all with cameras. She took it very well. She is very much her own woman. I would love to look like her.Streetstyle aug 2014 (10)You might have noticed that there are quite a number of grey-haired ladies in this post. No idea why. Just chance I suppose. It did remind me of the discussion whether to go grey or not on 40+Style. Gosh that got a lot of comments.

I don’t know when the next Street Style will be, but I have my camera ready.


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