Classic clothes?

Fur jacket Emme Lotte 1As most of you did not object to a post with outfits from the past, here is another one. I didn’t upgrade the pictures (too lazy) which means some of them are too dark or too green or… whatever.

Looking at these outfits again myself, I was wondering whether they are outdated. Like the brown long jacket you will see.

If you think they are still good to wear, then we can call them classic clothes. If you say….. that is nice but you have better stuff now, then I should give it away. If you say: don’t ever put that on again… ever…. I should get rid of it as soon as possible.

Please tell me what you think is no longer fit for 2015. You know me by now… be honest. I need your help to unclutter my closet. Each outfit is linked to the original post. If you want to see more of it, just click through.

Above and below: the jacket at the top of this post and below, I only wear when it is really, really cold. Fur jacket with jeans and 3 coloured booties 5Below: this Max Mara combination gets too little wear. Because… the weather is usually either too warm or too cold for this outfit. I need in-between-weather.Orange Max Mara combination 3Below: this suit by Sarah Pacini is a favourite of mine. And perhaps I am the only one, as not many other people like it.Black Sarah Pacini suit 2Below: same Sara Pacini sweater as above, with jeans this time and red cowboy boots.Red cowboy boots 2Below: let’s show a dress for a change. This olive one is by LaDress. For some reason I feel dowdy in it, so I hardly ever wear it.Olive green dress 1Below: the brown long jacket I talked about. Is this outdated? Should I throw it out?Brown Pauw jacket 3Below: a favourite of mine: black Pauw jacket with these mustard/brown jeans. I like the tension between the structured formal jacket and the jeans/sneakers.Brown trousers black Pauw jacket sneakers 2Below: another question mark in my book. Is this jacket still current? Thus a classic? Or outdated? I wouldn’t wear the corduroy jeans anymore. I still have them. Perhaps I should have them taken in? Boots are gone.Lime corduroy jacket and corduroy trousers 1Below: same jacket as above, now with black.Lime corduroy jacket 1This is the end of memory lane. No more old outfits. Next week my new golden boots.

Hope you have had a lovely and loving Christmas and I wish you all a very happy new year. And please tell me what you think I thould “lose” from the above outfits.


No Fear of Fashion



  1. Charlene
    28 December 2014 / 20:07

    If you are out of date, then my wardrobe is in big trouble. The long brown jacket is my favorite, but I love it all!

  2. Charlene
    28 December 2014 / 20:11

    And if you decide to “thow out” the brown jacket, let know!

    • Greetje
      29 December 2014 / 08:43

      Hahaha. I will let you know Charlene. Thanks for your comment(s).

  3. 28 December 2014 / 20:54

    Hi there, I just found your blog the other day and I really like it. I love all these clothes, please don’t get rid of them, they are all very elegant. I love the long brown jacket and the navy jacket and the olive dress, in the past I have de-cluttered and got rid of really good quality clothes which I think is a mistake, keep your quality stuff and only de-clutter the cheaper disposable fashion gear.

    • Greetje
      29 December 2014 / 08:44

      Thank you very much for your comment. I will be careful with decluttering and keep your words in mind.

  4. Charlene
    28 December 2014 / 21:07

    Woops. I need to proofread. I meant throw, not thow, and let ME know.

    • Greetje
      29 December 2014 / 08:45

      As English is not my native language, I can see through such mistakes Charlene. I got your drift.

  5. Lornami
    28 December 2014 / 21:26

    Unadulterated honesty – The winner outfits and most current are No. 1, 3, and the black jacket/mustard jeans. I’m referring to outfits, not various components, though. There are some nice basic pieces, perhaps just waiting to be mixed in a different way or with different accessories. Even maybe the brown jacket with a wide, soft “artsy” caramel-colored belt? The olive color dress is not your friend. The bright gold jacket looks dated. I Pretended I was sitting on your closet floor talking one BFF to another. You rock Outfit 3!

    • Greetje
      29 December 2014 / 08:49

      That is the way I like it Lornami, honestly. And I think I agree with you. Still not sure about the last jacket (it is lime coloured not gold) but it is rather old so it can well be very dated.
      Thanks very much for your comment. Much appreciated.

  6. 28 December 2014 / 23:31

    These are awesome looks, Greetje. I think they would work anytime…you are an excellent stylist!

    • Greetje
      29 December 2014 / 08:50

      Hahaha Pam, such remarks about my styling abilities always make me laugh. It is so not true. I just have a lot of help and a lot of clothes.

  7. 29 December 2014 / 00:56

    I love the equestrian look with the long brown coat and riding pants and boots. Honestly, the red cowboys boots seem a little past their prime. Other than that, I believe the others are still workable.

    • Greetje
      29 December 2014 / 08:53

      Thanks Glenda. I thought there were more outfits past their time. I will examine them again after I have seen all comments. Always making my own choices of course but I value honest feedback as it helps me make up my mind.

  8. Elaine
    29 December 2014 / 02:22

    I love the patched/shearling jacket dressed up and down. Please keep it! I also like the Max Mara pieces but think they might look fresher if restyled. The sweater would rock with some jeans and the pants might be fantastic with a white or denim shirt or black tunic and some funky shoes. The Sara Pacini outfit is really unique and a great background for a colorful accessories and maybe a shoe update? The long brown jacket…wow! I would keep it. I liked the lime green jacket best with the black top and pants but I think the necklace could be replaced with a different piece or a black and white or print scarf. In the end you have to love these pieces. I just took some nice items to the consignment store because i was so done with them.

      • Elaine
        9 January 2015 / 21:36

        I like the new styling of the pants and wish I had a pair! It’s nice to see green trees and plants and the sun in your photos (Round up is my friend too). It’s all white and gray with frigid temps where I live. Not so great for fashion photos outdoors. I will keep enjoying yours.

        • Greetje
          10 January 2015 / 08:40

          With my husband’s help I can come up with some different backgrounds instead of always taking puctures in my garden. Lovely as it may be, it gets boring after a while. Especially in winter.

  9. 29 December 2014 / 05:02

    Ok, my friend, first off, this is an excellent idea and one you would need to trust with you best of friends. I like how Lornami said it as if she were sitting with you in your closet floor. I’ve done this with my Tori and actually was thinking I should do the same before she leaves because she is brutally honest with me, which I so appreciate. With that all said, I will also pretend to be your Tori . . .
    Outfit #1-classic (definitely a keeper)
    Outfit #2-classic pieces but I wouldn’t wear them together anymore.
    Outfit #3-classic, and I can’t believe you don’t wear it more often!
    Outfit #4-don’t put it on again (well the pants) the top is still classic
    Outfit #5-classic pieces but once again, the mixture is a bit outdated
    Outfit #6-classi dress by all means but I don’t know if olive is your best color(although I love it on myself, haha)
    Outfit#7-it’s nice but you definitely have lots of better stuff now
    outfit #8-Classic and AWESOME everything about it!
    outfit #9-Nice but you have better stuff (although that color does look good on you and the jacket fits you like a glove, might hold on to that), the cords, you have tons of better pants.
    Outfit #10-good old classic.
    Now that was so much fun, sure hope you enjoyed my clean out. Would you like to be my Tori next time?

    • Greetje
      29 December 2014 / 09:07

      I agree on everything you said and yes I enjoyed it too LOL. The only surprise for me was outfit number two. You have to be even more honest and tell me what is wrong with it.
      Thanks ever so much for being my Tori. There is nothing I like more than brutal honesty.
      I will gladly return the favour when asked.

      • 7 January 2015 / 07:30

        I’m just not a fan of the short jacket over the long tunic. It seems the style right now is a long cardigan over a long tunic keeping it all unstructured. Although it might work with a more subtle color tunic.

  10. Happiness at Mid Life
    29 December 2014 / 07:04

    I like this post in review and getting your readers’ opinion. Sometimes I question if some of my clothes are outdated or classic as well. I like how you show some of the different ways you’ve worn a the same piece and it gives it a different feel.

    When I looked at outfit #1, I really liked the jacket but I didn’t care for it in #2.
    Love the sweater in #3, with the color and the unique cut. How about layering a collar shirt under for extra warmth?
    Sweater from #4 & #5…a keeper!
    Dress from #6, maybe try styling it a different way with a brighter color accent? The fit looks great on you and it’s a classic wrap dress so I think you can work with it.
    Outfit #7 & #8 – I don’t see anything that’s outdated here.
    Outfit #9 & #10 – I didn’t like it paired with the lighter colors but love it with the black.

    Hope you had a nice Christmas & have a Happy New year!


    • Greetje
      29 December 2014 / 09:10

      Thanks Alice. I love it that you do me the honour of daring to be honest with me. Thanks ever so much, this helps. I will look at the items again and bear your tips in minds.

  11. 29 December 2014 / 21:35

    Well, here’s my two cents worth:
    Love the cropped sheepskin jacket, but it definitely looks better worn closed with something fitted, as in outfit #1. I really like the pieces of outfit #2, but I would mix them up with other things. the Sara Pacini suit is very nice, and you can mix the pieces with other things, like you did with the jeans and boots. Adore the red cowboy boots!

    The olive wrap dress is very “matronly” and I would never think of you as that, so I think it needs to go. It’s a perfectly fine dress if you had to go for a job interview at a very conservative law firm, but otherwise…

    Long brown jacket is good (I would try it with a lighter, wide leather belt as suggested by an earlier commenter), as is the double-breasted one – they fit you really well, as does the acid green one, which looks funky with black, not so good with the light colours. Try the fitted jackets with some wider legged trousers.

    • Greetje
      30 December 2014 / 08:09

      Thanks Shelley. There is some consistency in the comments of everybody. It all begins to come together now in my mind. I much appreciate your honest comments. It really helps.

  12. 30 December 2014 / 01:49

    It’s been as much fun reading the comments as reading your post.

    Although I love the silhouette of your olive dress, I don’t think the colour is flattering to you. I like seeing you in more saturated, bold colours, not the muddy tones so much.

    I actually really like the brown jacket. I think you could style it many different ways.

    Like Anja, I’m not a fan of the Sara paccini outfit, but that is a personal choice.

    And, I’m not a huge fan of the last lime green jacket. I think the undertone is too black for you…again I love seeing you in a more saturated lime green without grey or black undertones.

    • Greetje
      30 December 2014 / 08:16

      Oh Sue, this is making it difficult for me. I cannot see any black undertone in the lime jacket. The only undertones I can distinguish are blue and yellow in a green item. And that is where my skills end. I thought the lime jacket is bright and saturated.
      Never mind, the rest of your comments I can work with and I think ithey are commonly felt. Exit olive dress and exit trousers of Sarah Pacini suit. Thanks dear.

      • 30 December 2014 / 19:06

        It could be that my computer monitor is not reading the colour accurately, and as you say, lots of comments here to give you good advice. It was in the Dressing Your Truth course that I began to better understand colours and how they relate to us as individuals. I’ve also studied colour theory in painting so I can sometimes recognize the undertone of a colour!

        • Greetje
          30 December 2014 / 22:02

          Ahhh.. an artist… a creative… I could have known…

  13. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    30 December 2014 / 16:40

    That shearling lined jacket is a keeper and so is the yellow blazer! Wishing you all the best for the New Year!


    • Greetje
      30 December 2014 / 22:04

      Thanks Rebecca. Throw the rest out then?

  14. Mrs C
    30 December 2014 / 18:31

    In my opinion, most of your pieces are classic pieces with exception of a few. Most importantly, you know what works best for you and that is priceless! Happy New Year, Greetje!

    • Greetje
      30 December 2014 / 22:09

      Wish you would have mentioned the exceptions. The ones I would have to get rid of in your opinion. Oh well.. I will just have to guess then. Happy New Year to you too Mrs C.

  15. Elle
    31 December 2014 / 04:34

    Your closet is in tip top shape. I love the first mixed media jacket, and I adore the asymetrical sweater and two toned pants. The suit by Sara Pacini, I hope that is right, is gorgeous. There are pieces like it on the runway now that are very forward looking, so out of date, it is not.

    The only thing I am not loving are the red cowboy boots, but that is just a personal preference, I think. That said, I don’t think cowboy boots ever go out of style. Nor the color red.

    I hope you have big closets, these clothes are beautiful… sorry.
    I liked the recap, too!
    xx, elle
    Happy 2015

    • Greetje
      31 December 2014 / 13:04

      Sigh…. decluttering the closets is going to be difficult. I think I have to go by what I think looks fabulous on me. But I have to say, there is some consensus on things. Like the olive dress is not really anybody’s choice to keep.

  16. 31 December 2014 / 11:50

    I love the first outfit and I find it delightful on you, it is a good compromise between modern ( the jacket ) and classic style ( the dress ) and I like the second outfit as well, with the red sweater.
    The ocre jacket is ok if you match it to dark colours. The S.Pacini blue sweater is an evergreen, and you can wear it for ever… nice idea to share comments about old pieces…I should glance in my closet and do the same!! It’s very hard for me decide when it’s time to throw clothes away!

    Sorry for my late comment. I am a bit late in everything I do in these days, but Christmas festivities are so full of events for me this year!

    • Greetje
      31 December 2014 / 13:07

      Everybody (who is lucky) is busy this time of year Dan, so don’t feel guilty for being late. It is exactly this reason which made me decide not to put too much effort in my end December posts. LOL
      PS Sarah Pacini sweater is black not blue. And I think you have been holding back in your comments what should go and what should stay.

  17. Marianne
    1 January 2015 / 16:42

    I know the classic Greetje for such a long time, so I must say I like the Greetje bying golden boots and then think I have nothing to combine it with and buy yourself a great sweater to match the boots. I like you being more modern and edgy. Can not help it. It suits your radiant inner side.

    • Greetje
      2 January 2015 / 08:23

      I will comply with the new me Marianne. Out with the old, in with the new. Thanks for your comment.

  18. 2 January 2015 / 16:33

    Ok I’m a bit late to the party but you asked for my opinion as well so here it is. I have read the other comments and i don’t think I will make your life any easier. Everybody has different tastes and although I try and separate my own taste for what I think is classic I’m still influenced by it.

    Outfit #1 jacket -I think the first outfit with the jacket is much better than the second, but I personally don’t like it and it does not look current or modern to me.
    Outfit #2- jeans, boots and top all fab but not with the jacket.
    Outfit #3- great pieces and lovely outfit, but I would love to see you mix this with other items in your wardrobe as both items will look so good with many other items.
    Outfit #4- I would not call this classic but more edgy and fun. I love it and think you should keep it. Would love to see you mix these items too. Like Marianne, I very much like you in clothes with a bit more edge.
    Outfit #5-classic pieces but not a great combination. Don’t like the red boots worn over it.
    Outfit #6- model is classic but this particular one does not do any favors for you.
    Outfit#7- It’s a particular look (equestrian) which is nice for some situations but not very modern.
    outfit #8- pieces are classic but I personally don’t particularly like it worn with the sneakers here.
    outfit #9- I like how both pieces fit you perfectly and the pants are definitely a classic. Since wider pants are coming back I would definitely hold on to them. I also like the jacket on you, but it does look a little less modern. But since the color is so good and you can modernise it with jewelry and other pants, I think I would still hold on to it.
    Outfit #10- I much prefer the jacket with white and you already know that I will never really care for those wider hairy booties…

  19. 2 January 2015 / 16:44

    I think I was a bit harsh on the jacket. I actually do like it in the first outfit. It’s different and unique which makes it special, even if I’m not a fan of shear.

    • Greetje
      3 January 2015 / 10:52

      Thanks Sylvia. The only thing all readers have consensus about is the olive dress. So that definitely has to go. I will have to decide what to do with the rest myself. Just goes to show you cannot please everyone… therefore.. as the song goes: “so you gotta please yourself”.
      I have read all your remarks on my outfits carefully and I appreciate all the work you did on this post of mine. I am going to read through all the comments again and decide what to do.

      • 3 January 2015 / 10:57

        I think all the comments show that people will never agree when it comes to clothes. So I totally agree that you need to mainly please myself. As I mention in my last post. See how you feel when you wear these clothes. Do they make you happy? Do they make you feel fabulous? That will give you the best clues. Clothes that don’t achieve either of these 2 should leave your closet. Only YOU will know! Perhaps try and wear the outfit that you doubts over for the perfect occasion and check how you feel?

        • Greetje
          3 January 2015 / 17:18

          I followed that advice this summer with a flower vest by Pauw and a white skirt. I wasn’t so sure about that anymore. To my surprise I got loads of compliments that day about the outfit. Which never had happened in the past…. Pff. I hung it back haha.

  20. 4 January 2015 / 21:00

    My favourites are the red top, black top, and black jacket. If anything makes you feel dowdy, OUT with it! Even if you dress it up, you’ll feel that dowdy cling underneath.

    The lemony jacket is my top fave. Depending how far you want to go, the styling could be updated by chopping off some of the length and making the pockets more shallow, or even cutting the sleeves to bracelet length or cuffing the sleeve or putting awesome blue or contrasting lining inside the sleeve end for when they are cuffed… As is, I still love this piece. Would the jacket work with the brown/mustard jeans, maybe with a vivid blue cotton top underneath.

    Only YOU know what you love, Greetje. Trust your instincts!!!

    • Greetje
      5 January 2015 / 21:56

      Oh what good ideas you have. How about the lemony jacket on the brow/mustard jeans (I have tried that already with the other lemony jacket of the first “old oufit post”. That works. And then with a blue man’s shirt underneath it, folding the cuffs back over the jacket???
      Oh and eh… my instincts are sometimes totally off. Unfortunately.LOL
      I have found a new owner for the olive dress. And I will throw out a lot of my closet. I ownly want to feel awesome.

  21. 9 January 2015 / 20:31

    I’m sorry I’m so late with this, and the decisions already made, but I did write down my thoughts … just never got around to posting this:
    1,2 and 3 are among my favorites. I’m in love with that little red shirt … is it suede? Wow, especially with the little jeans and wooly crop jacket.
    That orange cream tracksuit is excellent … very you. Keep, please.
    4. I dunno. If you love it, keep it … the plus-fours are interesting … can see them worn with jackets, shirts, etc. Not sure about the top though. Nothing awful about it … and looks better with jeans and boots in 5.
    6. Glad it has a happier home!
    7. How about this … have you seamstress lose the sleeves,belt and allow it to evolve into a sleevless coat for spring?
    8 Classics! Keep!
    9 Acids are tough to wear, but it’s a good shape and fit, and you wear it well. Keep at least for a while.

    Hope you’re having a great week. It’s the restaurant’s 20th Anniversary weeknd, so I’ve been on the run since Wednesday. Just pausing to say “Howdy!” and send hugs in this chilly, winter weather!

    • Greetje
      10 January 2015 / 08:47

      Thanks ever so much Jan. I haven’t gotten round to clearing out the closets yet. And a lot of comments (also on facebook) are very contradicting. The dress has found a new owner who is very pleased with it. I am not going to alter anything anymore. If it is no good, it will just have to go. If I turn the brown jacket into a vest I will look like a stick. Don’t forget, my body is different from yours. No hips, no bum, hardly any waist, broad shoulders and a significant bosom. Still I am glad with it.
      Congratulations with the restaurant anniversary. Hope it attrackts a lot of customers.

  22. Mare Moran
    30 January 2015 / 16:20

    You have great taste! I think if you remove the collar on the olive dress and add colorful jewelry you’ll really like the piece 🙂

    • Greetje
      30 January 2015 / 18:08

      Too late, I already made somebody happy with the olive dress. And it looked much better on her. LOL

  23. Susan
    31 January 2015 / 02:14

    Okay, I had a whole, huge response typed out and I lost it, but this is important to me, so I will re-type! LOL

    My first response is to say that you obviously don’t LOVE this stuff anymore, so get rid of all of it! You have better, so why it wear better?

    Good job getting rid of the olive dress. The wrap looked faux and wrong, which, IMO, threw off the whole thing. Not the best color for you, either.

    The acid green jacket…no. Corduroy? Definitely dated, OUT.

    The black, double breasted jacket seems fine, unless there are gimmicks and gewgaws I can’t see.

    Red boots need to go.

    The brown, belted jacket seems too long. The sleeves are too long, and I think the length is too long. I could see that with something like soft, wide pants, but not if it looks like you are drowning in it.

    The top of the suit is fine. The bottom reminds me of a male ballet dancer. Really don’t like that with the sheer black hose.

    The two-tone pants are fine, but I would wear them with a very simple top.

    The asymmetrical sweater has had it’s day, I think. I feel like the fabrication and the design don’t really mesh, and it strikes me as 2012-ish.

    The cropped jacket with the shearling looks off to me, but I can’t out my finger on why.

    • Greetje
      31 January 2015 / 11:36

      Oh Susan, you are the first person, aside from a good friend of mine, who gives me such clear respons. I love your honesty. Are you Dutch? LOL Thank you for taking the time to write such a lengthy comment (twice). You were spot on with the orange sweater being 2012. I disagree with you however, that it should go because it is two years old. I mean … a decade and really dated OK, but two years… I will hang on to it but prefer to wear it on jeans, even though it was carefully designed by Max Mara to wear with these trousers haha.

      • Susan
        31 January 2015 / 16:24

        Nope, I’m not Dutch! 🙂

  24. 19 March 2015 / 06:29

    Hi, just a thought, your hair colour in the first pic is so flattering! It appears graduated brown to blonde from the bottom up, lovely!

    • Greetje
      19 March 2015 / 06:46

      I have a very good hairdresser. But now I am more blond so you cannot see the outgrow too much.

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