Max Mara coat and dress

Max Mara dress B&W (4)You will find 10 photos in this post as I decided to show you my Max Mara coat ánd dress at the same time. Fruit of my trip to Italy to visit blogger Daniela. Boy oh boy, did I go mad at that Max Mara outlet.

Ron (my husband) had asked me to show him in advance what I wanted photographed so he could “scout” a location. Unfortunately it rained this afternoon, so in spite of careful planning we had to look for a sheltered place. Which he knew. Of course. Great man.

Let’s talk dress first. As you might know, I am a huge fan of black and white clothes. Combined with red (or yellow, or orange or lime or.. whatever bright colour), a big favourite in my wardrobe. So when this dress caught my eye…

I had some size trouble. Although the dress in my size fitted me beautifully, it did not allow me to raise my arms. You might not believe it, but you raise your arms quite often during the day. If I did, the dress stayed happily folded on my bosom. Do I want that? Certainly not. So I bought a size up and took it to the seamstress to have the sides taken in. Perfect. Until I wore it….. What I never expected was the fact it creases. As bad as linnen. At the back and at the front (lap area). BIG dissatisfier. Not something you would expect from Max Mara clothes. Oh well…I will have to live with it.

Below: see the creases at the back?Max Mara dress B&W (3)Below: an arty picture…. Ron has taken Ann of Blue Hue Wonderland as his example. Max Mara dress B&W (2)Below: close-up of the earring. I like some red near my face to brighten things up. I had just been to the hair dresser that afternoon.Max Mara dress B&W earringBelow: experimenting with a few camera lenses, needed some distance behind me… so I was out in the rain. Which you can clearly see by my face. EeeekkkMax Mara dress B&W (1)Below: now the Max Mara coat. One you can use forever. (Thanks for making me choose the smaller one Daniela. The other one would have been way too big for me.)Max Mara coat (1 van 1)Below: being transported in Ron’s car, meant dog hair. And such. Which I discovered when I looked closely at my black coat (how could I be so stupid???). See me trying to brush it off:GIF coat Max MaraBelow: a black coat means a blanc canvas for every scarf  I posses. But this one is favourite. Present from Canadian Susanne Carillo (see her blog) when she visited me in August.Max Mara black coat (2)Below: close-up scarf:Max Mara black coat (3)Below: and a close-up of the bag (brandname VOI):Red VOI bagBelow: this is the prosaic side of photographing on a wet day.  In a porch, hiding your stuff in a corner, discussing camera, positions and lenses. As if we know much about that hahaha.Max Mara dress B&W (5)More Italian goodies to come in the near future.

PS linking up with Patti’s blogger gathering at Visible Monday.

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  1. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    19 October 2014 / 17:21

    OMG I am definitely a fan of the B&W dress – it’s so elegant that I could see myself accentuating it with a belt and a red purse too! Thanks for showing us all the other options we could do with that versatile dress GreeT!!


    • Greetje
      19 October 2014 / 17:43

      What do you mean, you funny woman? I haven’t shown you any options. Just the dress as it is haha.

      • 19 October 2014 / 23:31

        Ha ha! You crack me up!!!

  2. 19 October 2014 / 18:33

    Love it all, Greetje!! With the coat, scarf and that amazing handbag…just fun, creative, gorgeous styling. I can see why you were so excited. The dress and coat say it all…but you personalized them with the power accessories!

    • Greetje
      19 October 2014 / 18:55

      Well, I have yet to style it a bit more boldly I think. Just don’t know how yet. Perhaps I will wear it with black (tight) trousers and hoist it up with a belt. More like a tunic. No idea yet.

  3. Marianne
    19 October 2014 / 18:37

    This was certainly a worth while trip to the Max Mara shop. It has the wow factor all over. First your hair looks great, handbag to die for and last but not least the dress and the coat I really love them both. These are certainly new items in your wardrobe which will give you a lot of pleasure . I think you are ready to visit the queen and be as elegant as she is.

    • Greetje
      19 October 2014 / 18:56

      Clearly the influence of Daniela, don’t you think? I would come back with only trousers if it wasn’t for her. But why not become a bit more elegant at times?

  4. 19 October 2014 / 19:10

    Well done Ron! Gosh, I always loved seeing Ann’s beautifully composed! Okay…Ron really did nail it with that wall shot and the handbag in just the perfect spot, and you posed so beautifully! LOVE IT!

    Speaking of love, I love the dress. I love the coat. I love the handbag. I love the scarf. Boring, aren’t I?

    Greetje, you are really giving us inspiring posts! Thank you both!

    PS…we have cats….so I empathize with the whole fur on the coat thing! Wool coats are the worst attractors.

    • Greetje
      19 October 2014 / 20:56

      No Sue, you are not boring. Not at all. Thank you for the compliments. I am rather smitten with these items too (is this expression too British?? haha)
      I think my posts are getting better with Ron as art director and photographer. I hope he keeps doing it.
      As for cats… we have one too, beside the dog. And she is really trouble this summer. Brought 2 frogs, a mouse and four rats in the house. Plays with them upstairs (=her spot), the prey squeals an Ron has to get out of bed to rescue the poor creature. He catches them with a towel and let them lose at the front door. You can understand that he got sick and tired of that. So, after dark, the cat is now either outside the whole night and cannot come in anymore. Or inside and cannot go out anymore.

      • 20 October 2014 / 01:37

        EEK! A friend of ours had a cat like that. The cat had to ‘speak’ before the door was opened to let her in…of course, when she meowed, the prey would get away…

  5. 19 October 2014 / 21:01

    The white top I just wore in my Versatile post has the same creasing issue. I love the cut of the top, but I hated the way it looked after sitting. I only give linen a pass for wrinkles.

    I really dig this look on you. There is a store in the states called Ann Taylor – that is what your look reminds me of. Beautiful, timeless pieces that will last a lifetime. And oh my goodness, that red bag is perfection.

    • Greetje
      19 October 2014 / 21:45

      Ann Taylor clothes I know through other blogs and I have found them all very desirable. Nice to know this dress falls into that category. Max Mara is quite a classic brand.
      The red bag is with me for some time now and I don’t use it a lot. Shame on me.

  6. 19 October 2014 / 23:09

    I’m mad for that dress – meaning I love it! What a shame about the wrinkling – too bad we can’t carry around little steamers but it also wouldn’t be a good idea to steam a dress while we’re still wearing it. And the coat is a classic beauty, and it looks fantastic dressed up with the scarf and those pops of red. Your hair looks swishy and expensive, which is always a good thing. Hats off to Ron for his great photography, especially in a backdrop emergency, which came out brilliantly in the end.

    • Greetje
      20 October 2014 / 05:47

      Glad you like it. I feel quite the lady in it.

  7. 19 October 2014 / 23:31

    Wow. I’m super impressed with that dress and it is not normally something I’d be drawn to at all. I think it is because of the mix of patterns. Makes it unique. I do think the bag makes the outfit. That bag is killah!

    Congrats to Ron on his brilliant artistic eye for capturing your stripes against the masses of stripes on the wall. I wish my tripod would chime in with some artistic suggestions every once in a while. It just sits there and expects me to do all the work.

    How wonderful it is to see you wearing the scarf. It really does look fab with the black coat and I love the fact that it brings all the focus up to your face.


    • Greetje
      20 October 2014 / 05:51

      My tripod has the same lazy attitude. So whenever I can dismiss it, I will. Serves him right (it is a “he”).
      And yes Ron is such a great help in making great pictures. Thanks again for the scarf. I knew it would be terrific with a black coat as soon as I unwrapped it.

  8. 20 October 2014 / 06:16

    I’m quickly becoming a Max Mara fan through your wonderful and stylish attire you happen to find. This dress is both classy and trendy at the same time. Beautiful classic cut and length but throwing in that mixed playful pattern is awesome! It looks absolutely wonderful on you, so sorry to hear about the creasing issues, quite annoying when you love an item and have paid top dollar for it.
    Great choice with that handbag, which I’m so loving! That dress speaks for itself so you were wise to only play it up with the bag.
    And, you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous black coat, smart shopper you are.
    I must say, you and Ron are doing a fantastic job with the blogging partnership.

    • Greetje
      20 October 2014 / 17:41

      I so enjoy and value Ron’s efforts. He is much more creative than I am. Or perhaps in another field. He has more “the eye” for proportions, colours and backgrounds.
      Fortunately I did not pay top dollar for this dress as I bought it in the outlet. I think it was € 90,-. Which is why I went mad there. All this lovely stuff, great quality at such low prices.

  9. 20 October 2014 / 09:27

    Great outfit! You look gorgeous, classy and very beautiful! I love the dress both for the shape and the pattern! It flows elegantly over your body…the coat is timeless, I think you will use it long. Lovable accessories as well! The red bag and the colourful scarf are perfect!
    About the creases, I think you have chosen a viscose dress. ( the natural origin gives it some similarities to other fabrics made from plants, such as cotton and linen ). That NOT means bad quality. It guarantees vibrant colours, softness and allows the clothing to breath…just, be careful about cleaning! Viscose ( if it is ) is very delicate!!

    • Greetje
      20 October 2014 / 21:14

      Is viscose hard to clean Dan? I always thought it was rather easy. I will have a look at the label. I don’t think it is bad quality just because it creases. After all, linnen is good material and it also creases. It is just that I did not expect it with this kind of dress. But had I known the dress would crease, I think I still would have bought it. It is so nice.
      And see how big the coat is? If I had bought the bigger size which i thought I needed, it would have been ridiculous. Thank you for your good advice.

      • 21 October 2014 / 09:15

        Viscose is a delicate fabric, and I have ruined some clothes cleaning them . But I often don’t pay too much attention to the cleaning instructions …in any case, I keep on buying viscosa items because I like the comfort that it provides…I am a hopeless buyer! 🙂
        I was your shopper assistant … 🙂

  10. 20 October 2014 / 10:56

    Hi Greetje, Wonderful dress and great coat. That will be a great basic and it looks smashing with the beautiful scarf Suzanne gave you. Like Dan, I also think the dress is made of viscose. Although I like the fabric for its breathability I’m very careful with buying it now. I have a skirt in it and I never feel fabulous in it for long as it just creases like crazy. Do you check the labels for fabrics when you buy things? It’s also good to do a wrinkle test before buying. Just scrunch the fabric in your hand and check the results! Still I think you will have a lot of pleasure from this dress as it looks great on you and it’s very versatile (would look good with your yellow bag too!).

    • Greetje
      20 October 2014 / 21:55

      I know the crunch test. It just never occurred to me it could crease. I thought it was that kind of material that doesn’t crease at all.
      As for label checking… I am a dope: I never do that. I am the kind of person who comes home with a white sweater or a white blouse that says: dry clean only…..

  11. myemptybag
    20 October 2014 / 10:58

    hahah Ohh Gretje, the dress and coat are really nice, bag is amazing also but the best thing is your words. I have really enjoyed reading it!


    • Greetje
      20 October 2014 / 21:57

      Glad I could entertain you MCarmen. That is my greatest pleasure. Although I thought I wasn’t terribly funny this post….haha

  12. 20 October 2014 / 16:32

    Love the shape of the dress and the coat. I like black and white clothing with strong simple lines too. It’s too bad about the fabric of the dress – I hate looking like a crumpled paper bag after a day of sitting.

    That bag really is the cat’s meow!

    • Greetje
      20 October 2014 / 21:59

      I love to learn new expressions… The cat’s meow.. Brilliant. Thank you.
      As for the creasing…? Never mind, my face is starting to look like crumpled paper as well, so the dress and I go well together hahaha.

  13. 21 October 2014 / 00:54

    Beautiful pieces (love that purse) and styling, Greetja! Thanks for linking up to Visible Monday. xox

    • Greetje
      21 October 2014 / 05:43

      Always nice if I can join the party Patti.

  14. 21 October 2014 / 01:07

    That dress is wonderful! I love the stripes and dots. That red purse is awesome with it.

    • Greetje
      21 October 2014 / 05:44

      Thanks Ashley. I hope I can keep you entertained.

  15. Ann
    21 October 2014 / 03:22

    Now that’s one fine looking outfit! Red bag is just super, I want one too. Such a classic yet modern at the same time. Black and white looks great on you. You are one stylish woman. It’s hearing your voice on some of the videos that pulls your whole style together for me. Thanks for the shout out to my blog, I miss so many of you. Thought I’d stop by and say hi!

    blue hue wonderland

    • Greetje
      21 October 2014 / 05:47

      This is so nice. I wanted to mail you as that picture of the wall with my head turned was inspired by your photos. (Notice I don’t say it is as good as your photos? Just inspired. LOL).
      Lovely to hear from you and I am glad you like my dress.

  16. 21 October 2014 / 12:07

    Greetje, the dress and coat are both wonderful on you, Max Mara is always so classically wearable, Pity about the viscose , nice to wear but always does crease, you will learn to live with it because the dress looks so good.

    • Greetje
      21 October 2014 / 18:09

      You are right. I will learn to live with it. It would be a shame to let the dress live a life in the closet. I will sit down carefully folding the dress LOL

  17. Sara
    22 October 2014 / 07:54

    Looking lovely as usual.. and I what an amazing bag! Sara

  18. 22 October 2014 / 22:46

    Gorgeous. Stunning. Elegant. All adjectives apply! I agree that your coat will be with you forever. As will the scarf. What a beauty!

    • Greetje
      23 October 2014 / 05:42

      Hi Judith, back from your Europe trip? Thanks for the compliments.

  19. Happiness at Mid Life
    23 October 2014 / 02:16

    This dress is gorgeous and everything about this outfit is just so classy & chic! It could be because I am so drawn to stripes & polka dots and the pop of red. The scarf is a great addition to this outfit.

    I feel the same about clothes that wrinkle, I want to just get rid of it if it does wrinkle. They just drive me nuts.


    • Greetje
      23 October 2014 / 05:43

      Evrytime I sit down with this dress, I try to carefully fold the front and the back as to minimize the wrinkling haha. Still, it is too pretty not to wear.

  20. 23 October 2014 / 09:02

    An entertaining post with great pictures as usual, my dear.

    The dress looks super fab on you, and the way you combined and styled it is great! Also the coat is beautiful. Although a bit serious and severe for you, it does suit you, but be sure to accessorize it. As you did with Suz’s beautiful scarf.

    • Greetje
      23 October 2014 / 18:24

      Oh yes, I will accessorize the coat for sure. Maybe throw in a brooch or two?

  21. Elle
    24 October 2014 / 01:16

    Where to start? The fabulous bus from Max Mara wiht Dan? The way black and white suits you to a tee?
    The perfect compliments of red with that stunning bag and gorgeous earrings?
    Ok, that is a start.
    Now, secondly, That husband of you is pure, 24 K, gold. These are great backround photos to show off these wonderful selections, your perfectly blonde tresses, and your happy ( cat who swallowed the canary) smile! he calls you and asks you what ????

    That coat fits you perfectly. i am so glad you did NOT go larger,
    I am curious about the fabric content of the dress that wrinkled, Oh well, natural fibers do that…
    Absolutely splendid!
    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      24 October 2014 / 07:30

      Wow, thanks Elle. That is a lot of compliments. I will pass them on to Ron. He says all sort of things to me during such a shoot. Mostly very serious instructions, but they still make me laugh. So much easier to smile at a human being behind a camera that at a tripod LOL. I will check the material of the dress (still haven’t done that).

  22. 25 October 2014 / 01:33

    The last coat was my favorite. Also, the shot in the rain looks better than it probably felt for you 😛

    • Greetje
      25 October 2014 / 07:40

      My husband totally disagreed with that shot in the rain. He thinks the background of the motorway is spoiling everything. The coat is handy and the right length but needs some adornment with a scarf or brooch(es). Glad you like it.

  23. 26 October 2014 / 13:42

    Thank you for all the comment, dear Greetje, jajjajjaa
    You are a present to have as afriend
    I do hope we meet soon
    As for share-in-Style you can link and leave it at that.

    • Greetje
      28 October 2014 / 19:55

      Seems so unfair… just to link and not return the favour.

  24. 28 October 2014 / 01:36

    Here I am, catching up with you again! Max Mara … so out of my league in so many ways, but you wear it like bespoke! Great, great dress. So beautiful on you, and it fits you perfectly. Grand with your really smart bag, and the coat is perfection (best classic shape in the book!) Sweet scarf … looks like Suzanne knows her business and you very well.
    All I seem to want to look at these days is combinations of black and white. (Happy me when I stopped by here!) Good reminder how to add color back in and why I should want to!
    You are lovely, as always.
    And how fortunate to be married to Mr. Super Photographer! Great choice of backgrounds, young man!

    • Greetje
      28 October 2014 / 19:55

      Young man??? hahaha… don’t think so. But I am ever so pleased with him and his photographing skills.
      And I realise that I am a very fortunate girl to be able to buy Max Mara clothes. This time at 1/3 and even 1/4 of the original price in the outlet. (The rich love bargains, even though they don’t need them….LOL)
      And if you want to see more black and white combinations, just put that in my search box and you will see a lot.

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