Street Style and flowers

Street Style 3 (1 van 15)Let’s start the 3rd Street Style with this jaw-dropping picture. I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw her. Perfect.. what a fun outfit, what a style, what a guts. And also very comfortable. Which just goes to show, it is not always necessary to walk in heels (hurray). That Saturday in The Nine Streets of Amsterdam, I was very brave and dared to ask a lot of young looking women whether they were over 40. A lot of them barely were and fortunately they did not get cross with me. I callously dismissed the two women who were younger (only 1 year haha). They didn’t pass the bar yet. LOL

This first lady (above) said what we all say: “I don’t look good on photos…” So either I am quite a pro (NOT) or we don’t all look as bad as we think.

Below: totally different but equally nice is this lady (not Dutch by the way. It is hard to find any Dutch on a sunny day in Amsterdam). She looks very good and I think very expensive. To tell you a little secret…. I have rather a chip on my shoulder about rich people. Which is bad and wrong. She was ever so nice. We had a good laugh when I pointed out that the window behind her was rather saucy.Street Style 3 (2 van 15)Below: this women was just 40 and her friend wasn’t yet… Therefore I didn’t photograph her friend. Rules are rules. Love her sneakers. The outfit is simple but elegant and well thought through.Street Style 3 (13 van 15)Below: then I spotted a bicycle, made of wood. As I was trying to take a picture, these Italian looking men jumped in, wanting to be in the picture. Great flirting instrument, a camera. Wish I had known this when I was twenty.Street Style 3 (11 van 15)Below: this is the bicycle in its full glory. I found out the brand is Tom Toy, but their site doesn’t work anymore… which leads me to believe they have stopped shop.Street Style 3 (12 van 15)Below: I love the vivid blue and the scarf to go with it. Adding that leather jacket in the same colour works very well. We were so busy taking photos that this lady’s husband left his purchase on a chair in front of the store when they walked on. Somebody pointed that out to me and I ran after her. Fortunately there is so much to see in the Nine Streets, that they were not very far yet.Street Style 3 (10 van 15)Below: as we turned a corner, we saw that there was a pop-up store of The Wunderkammer. See some more lovely photos of these spectacular flower arrangers here.Street Style 3 (3 van 15)

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Street Style 3 (6 van 15)Below: this woman was nearly 41 and French. Lovely laid-back style. Perfect with her short hair.Street Style 3 French lady (2)Below: this is her friend in a similar style. Nicely put together. Their third friend  was only 38.. so… no picture.Street Style 3 French lady (1 van 1)Below: a week later, in Haarlem, I was able to take a few more Street Style photos. It was getting a bit colder, therefore more coats. What about the fabulous coat of this woman? I love animal print, when applied in a moderate way.Street Style 3 (1 van 3)Below: this lady needed a walker for support, but that didn’t stop her from dressing up and looking good. Lovely green leather jacket and fabulous leather trousers. She inspired me to buy similar trousers the next day.lady green jacket (1 van 1)Below: last but certainly not least: animal print again, black and white pattern mixing plus gorgeous burgundy high heels. And travelling by bike. So Dutch. Street Style 3 (3 van 3) Next week: a ladylike outfit.


If you want to have a look at lots of shoes… there is a bloggers get-together at Mis Papelicos about shoes.

No Fear of Fashion



  1. 9 November 2014 / 16:54

    You’ve got some really fashionable people in your part of the world. The woman with the short, cropped red hair looks like a young Annie Lennox. Great post!

    • Greetje
      9 November 2014 / 17:24

      Thanks Glenda. I forgot to mention that the Share-in Style about shoes by Mis Papelicos is starting next Monday.
      I am glad you liked this post. You will always be honest with me, won’t you?

  2. 9 November 2014 / 18:44

    I love street style posts so much, Greetje! I did not even notice the windows of the second picture because I loved her outfit so much…then when I went back to read your posts…I laughed. I do love her vest…really cool look!

    • Greetje
      9 November 2014 / 19:21

      I hope you will love next week’s post as well. Totally different but I think… really nice.

    • Greetje
      9 November 2014 / 20:37

      Thank you. Very much. Much appreciated.

  3. 9 November 2014 / 20:05

    Fantastic photos! And I laughed about how you follow The Rules.
    That first photo made me gasp – I loooove this style. All of these women are pretty spectacular. Thanks for sharing these bits of inspiration.

    • Greetje
      9 November 2014 / 20:40

      I keep thinking of what you said about so very few good examples in your town. It is not as easy as I thought over here either…. And now the winter is coming so it will be coats from now on haha. That first lady made me stop immediately as well. Great styling.
      Come back next week. I think you might like my tour then as well.

  4. 10 November 2014 / 03:31

    Great styles (as always), Greetje – and the flowers are stunning! Always enjoy your posts!

    • Greetje
      10 November 2014 / 08:31

      Watch out for next week then. A tour around the market of Haarlem. Ron says it is pretty good. (Me proud.)

  5. 10 November 2014 / 06:56

    I know I’ve said this before but these posts are so much fun! And I do realize how much time and effort you spend on these. I couldn’t agree more with you about the first look, so casual, yet jaw dropping (those comfy shoes are a must). Can you just go back in time and find out where we can find those? The two french women show, once again, how effortlessly the french make style so stunning. But my all time favorite is the last lady . . . I could so put on her entire ensemble and feel like a queen. Love her pattern mixing but amazed at how well it all blends together and then the brilliant pop with her burgundy heels. Well done again.

    • Greetje
      10 November 2014 / 08:35

      It is so much fun to do!!!! I am always surprised that all readers have another favourite. Although… why should that surprise me?
      And I will search for the shoes. No guarantees.

  6. Happiness at Mid Life
    10 November 2014 / 07:41

    All great styles and love that they are all so unique and different. My favorite is the cobalt blue outfit probably because I am so drawn to the color. Love all the pretty floral arrangement too.


    • Greetje
      10 November 2014 / 08:32

      My favourite is the first one. I know it is an acquired taste but it is mine too.

  7. 10 November 2014 / 12:19

    Great streetstyle post as usual Greetje. I’m planning to share some of my favorites on my Facebook page (with full url to this post of course). You don’t mind do you?

    • Greetje
      10 November 2014 / 13:35

      Mind? Are you joking haha? Spread the word I would say. Go right ahead.

  8. 10 November 2014 / 14:39

    Such fun to see who you choose to photograph.

    By far my favourite is the last look and all those amazing flowers. The shop displays there are exceptional.

    Those men that jumped in the photo are quite funny.


    • Greetje
      11 November 2014 / 07:41

      Well as long as there is at least one which is to your taste I am pleased. Trying to keep you amused.

  9. Elaine
    10 November 2014 / 15:02

    I love your street style posts and your funny comments! My favorites looks are the blue dress and jacket with black boots. Wow! I also liked the two ladies with sweaters – long cardigan and black and white pullover with short boots as well as the lady with the green leather jacket. I would definitely wear those looks myself. Burgundy heels….I just bought some to wear with black tights so I was very pleased to see that photo too. Your blog is inspiring me to style my clothes better and to buy some more adventurous items. Thanks Greetje!

    • Greetje
      11 November 2014 / 07:46

      Oh you just made my day Elaine. I never thought I would get such good reviews! Hope I can amuse you with next week’s post too. Just finished preparing it and I did my utmost.

      • Elaine
        11 November 2014 / 18:56

        Looking forward to it!

  10. Carly
    10 November 2014 / 21:13

    Love these street style photos! Very unique looks in area.
    The wooden bike is amazing!
    The Doctor Diva

    • Greetje
      11 November 2014 / 07:49

      I never set out to photograph one style or another. Just whatever grabs my attention. Not easy though as we Dutch tend to be a very casual lot.

  11. Rosemary
    10 November 2014 / 22:04

    Oh Greetja, thank you so much for your wonderful photos of the interiors of shops as well as the interesting folks you photographed on the streets. Everything is such a treat for the eyes. Even the outfits that didn’t appeal to me. Not my style, but hey…I do like to look at different approaches to how people present themselves. Interesting about the saucy lingerie too!

    Many thank for taking me along and letting me see what you see by the magic of your camera. Still think I must come to visit you sometime!!

    Much love from England,
    Rosemary of

    • Greetje
      11 November 2014 / 07:51

      I will tempt you even more with next week’s post. You will like that. Promised.

  12. 11 November 2014 / 09:22

    Very different styles and beautiful photos of flowers in the city…the lady with support reveals a positive attitude towards life and I find it is really fantastic! Italian men are often like the two guys in your photo…you love them or hate!!

    • Greetje
      11 November 2014 / 21:08

      As you know I quite like Italian men. And your own husband has enforced that by being such a hospitable gentleman.

  13. myemptybag
    11 November 2014 / 10:44

    Amazing post Gretje! I really like all of them but the best for me is the last one!


    • Greetje
      11 November 2014 / 21:09

      I would have thought the first one would have been your pick. But here you go… what do I know?

  14. 11 November 2014 / 19:18

    Another great round-up of photos Greetje! The blue leather over blue knit had me at hello…so bright and vibrant! LOVE! And doesn’t the lady in the grey-green jacket look ever so chic…it’s a more subdued colour palette than what I would choose for myself, but I think she looks gorgeous, and I do love the little pop of colour in her eyeglasses. I think you saved the best for last though….animal print, colourful heels, plaid, and a print top…and riding a BICYCLE!!! All with the most radiant smile! I love, love, love this photo!

    • Greetje
      11 November 2014 / 21:17

      I love all of them, which is why I photograph them. All for different reasons. I think they reflect different sides of my character. That must be it.
      And cycling… in Holland everybody does that. You know the song about nine million bicycles in Beijing? They actually meant: 18 million in The Netherlands as that is how much there are. 13,5 million people of 4 years and older own a bike in my country.

    • Greetje
      13 November 2014 / 17:56

      That is what I try to capture: everyday women in everyday clothes. But who have tried a bit harder to make the outfit nice.

  15. Elle
    12 November 2014 / 23:14

    Fantastic post! I love seeing this very stylish group of mature woman. The first women was A STANDOUT, and I also love her shoes, her style was very young and urban, but suited her. Love the woman in that chic leo coat, the woman in the faux fur vest in front of the “naughty” store, and the woman in the walker dressed inn head to toe (p)leather? was inspirational!
    .Also loved the woman with the beige cardi and matching boots!
    Great job, loved this!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      13 November 2014 / 17:57

      Thanks dear. It was a joy to create.

  16. Elle
    12 November 2014 / 23:16

    Oh dear heavens! I forgot to remark on those exquisite flower arrangements: so unusual and organic looking!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      13 November 2014 / 17:58

      Yes thise flower arrangements were quite a surprise to us too.

  17. 13 November 2014 / 12:38

    WOW! I love all these inspiration! Voting is open, please do not forget to vote for your favorite look on the Share in Style post!

    • Greetje
      13 November 2014 / 17:59

      Thanks for the reminder Rosy. I had indeed missed the voting.

  18. 14 November 2014 / 15:46

    Loving your street style photos! You have a great eye, and with the addition of humor, this post was spectacular. I saw women riding bikes with heels in Paris, so fun to see again in your part of the world.

    • Greetje
      14 November 2014 / 17:39

      Bikes and The Netherlands Judith… a match made in heaven. Beijing is nothing compared to us haha.
      I think you might like my next post (in two days) as well…

  19. 14 November 2014 / 20:36

    Hi Greetje,
    Just picked your blog from the website. Nice blog you have and I like your street style.
    My sister Nicolette and I are also 40+ (45+ 😉 ) bloggers and blog for our Trendbubbles Dutch trends & lifestyle blog.

    Greatings from Breda! Desiree

    • Greetje
      14 November 2014 / 21:44

      Hi Desiré, just looked at your site… Beautiful! Very elaborate as well. And in two languages. Respect.
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  20. 16 November 2014 / 00:08

    So many fabulously looking people … Amsterdam appears to be quite attractive this time of year as well!

    • Greetje
      16 November 2014 / 19:32

      Amsterdam is attractive every time of the year Stacey, haha. I am biased. Can you tell?

  21. catherine
    16 November 2014 / 15:02

    Fabulous looking ladies and great post.

    Joly Look

    • Greetje
      16 November 2014 / 19:33

      Thanks Stacey. Hope you will also like the post I published today about the market in Haarlem.

  22. Annemiek
    16 November 2014 / 22:20

    You made my day with the reactions on my Burgundy Guess shoes.
    Thanks!! Annemiek

    • Greetje
      16 November 2014 / 22:55

      Lots of readers particularly liked your outfit. Just look at the comments. Thanks for saying yes.

  23. 17 November 2014 / 08:32

    Lovely post, dear, and you found some well dressed 40+ladies, which is not all that easy in the Netherlands, since many women choose ‘comfy’ and ‘practical’ over feminine.

    I adore the shoes of the lady in the first picture, but her proportions seems very weird in that picture. At least I hope it is the picture or the perspective or something. But those shoes: want!

    • Greetje
      17 November 2014 / 12:34

      Ah.. Well talking about proportions… I know you always go for figure flattering silhouettes. Not everybody does. Like me for instance. I don’t, as you know. If the outfit is fun, it is OK to be less figure flattering. Perhaps this woman is of the same opinion. I love her outfit.

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