How to wear a skirt in a contemporary way

Black leather skirt white sweater purple necklace (2 van 11)To continue my search in how to wear a skirt in a contemporary way, this time: my black leather skirt. You have seen it three times before: twice awefully styled, when it was still ankle long (here and here) and once after I had it cut (here). It was a good decision to take the hem up, but I still styled it in a very classic way. Looking at other bloggers I came up with this outfit and I am beginning to like it.

The skirt is ancient, the sweater is Marc by Marc Jacobs (last year’s). Shoes are Dune, dotted tights: Oroblu. Then the necklace… another present. From Sylvia (40+Style). When she came over last December she got it from a store in Amsterdam which I love: Zsiska. It is where I found the gold/yellow necklace I wore two posts earlier. They have some wonderful stuff and I think this purple necklace is the thing this outfit was missing. Because of the zips you cannot wear a lot on this sweater, but without a necklace it is a bit bare (as you can see here).

Over to the pictures. They were taken by Ron at the same Music building where we shot the blue sweater oufit. Nice, light and warm.

Below: checking my make-up before we start.Black leather skirt white sweater purple necklace (5 van 11)Below: this is how I look when I am not smiling or laughing, which you don’t get to see very often.Black leather skirt white sweater purple necklace (1 van 11)Below: we were in the restaurant and Ron shot some arty pictures, which I like: knives ….knives (1 van 1)Below: … and glasses… (beautiful perspective).Black leather skirt white sweater purple necklace (3 van 11)Below: as soon as the crowd had gone indoors to the concert, we had the hall to ourselves. Ron told me to go up the stairs…Black leather skirt white sweater purple necklace (6 van 11)Below: … and to come down again. Something I don’t do much, going downstairs on high heels. My knees are getting older. And there were lots of steps too..Black leather skirt white sweater purple necklace (7 van 11)Below: upstairs the views were even better.Black leather skirt white sweater purple necklace (9 van 11)

Black leather skirt white sweater purple necklace (10 van 11)Below: there was an interesting wall with photos of all the people who played there.Black leather skirt white sweater purple necklace (8 van 11)Below: close-up of the tights.Black leather skirt white sweater purple necklace (11 van 11)Below: close-up of the necklace.Necklace SylviaThat was it for this post. Did you like this styling? Am I improving? Would you have done something differently?

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  1. 8 February 2015 / 19:16

    Greetje….I definitely love the skirt styled this way…you look perfect! The skirt is absolutely better short like this (compared to the long version)! And the purple necklace is a great pop of color! Great job!!! Jodie

    • Greetje
      8 February 2015 / 20:41

      Am I getting better? Time will tell whether this is a lucky shot or whether I am improving. Glad you like it.

  2. Elaine
    8 February 2015 / 19:27

    I would definitely wear this outfit. It is modern, well balanced, and looks very comfortable. I like the light colored sweater near your face and the textured tights and necklace are perfect accessories. The bag is fine but you could opt to carry a clutch style purse in purple, black and white, or other accent color if the occasion was right.

    • Greetje
      8 February 2015 / 20:42

      You are right Elaine, I could wear a clutch. Because it was daytime and I usually schlepp around a lot I didn’t think of that.

      • Elaine
        9 February 2015 / 15:49

        Me too so I am trying to think more it about and add some color with small bags when I don’t need all of my stuff.

  3. 8 February 2015 / 20:35

    I liked the skirt long but I like it even better shorter, probably because it’s a heavy material. And I love the addition of the necklace. I learn from you in this way – usually I would go for the plain neck but I see how this really added interest and a little colour. The whole outfit looks great.

    Of all your photo shoots so far, this one is my favourite. I love all the mid-action shots of you immersed in your context. And the one of you in neutral face, gorgeous, although it’s even better to have a personality that’s laughing and smiling. These photos seem more like a magazine editorial piece than catalog photos. I would like to do more like this myself! Knives never looked so arty.

    • Greetje
      8 February 2015 / 20:51

      I have Ron to thank for the photography. He has the eye for art, he sees the opportunities. My input is only to boss him around to photograph me in the most flattering way haha.
      If my blog becomes too much like a magazine, my readers will probably desert me, as that is not the reason why they follow me. No fear though… there will be plenty vague garden photos to come.
      I do feel proud that I never photoshop any old age signes like blotches or wrinkles. It just requires a deep breath before publishing. LOL

  4. Greetje
    8 February 2015 / 20:43

    Wow, great praise Mrs. C. Thanks. I am more satisfied about this attempt than I was over the blue skirt. Let’s see what the future will bring.

  5. 8 February 2015 / 21:28

    I would wear this in a heartbeat…I love the look! Now, I will have to go shopping for it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. sharon stanley
    8 February 2015 / 21:38

    this is a great outfit i think! the top, skirt and tights look perfect together and the sleeves on the top are just right. beautiful…well done you!

  7. myemptyBab
    8 February 2015 / 22:48

    Black & white always works!

    so nice outfit

    • Greetje
      10 February 2015 / 22:20

      I love black and white. Usually I brighten it up with an extra colour.

  8. Elle
    9 February 2015 / 02:40

    Love this outfit, it has a lot of details and I love the new length of the skirt. The shots of you in repose are lovely, they look candid, and your face is beautiful.
    Love the boots and necklace, but I might prefer a longer necklace, with the pendant lower so it does not compete with the zippers, but this looks well too and the color adds a lot.
    The photos of you on the steps are both artistic and every flattering of you!
    Kudos to your budding photographer… I see progress with every shoot, and love his artsy photos.
    Xx, elle

    • Greetje
      10 February 2015 / 22:26

      Well Elle, you might see some bad photos in future too haha. Hubby isn’t always so keen on taking photographs. The blog is not his hobby. As for the necklace… this sweater with the zippers is hard to style with a necklace, but I keep trying.

      • Elle
        12 February 2015 / 20:29

        I do like this necklace with this, and did not mean to suggest otherwise, I agree it is hard to style. Another thought would be to layer a colored blouse underneath, and that could be nice, too.
        .Keen or not, your hubby is doing a fantastic job!

        And I can tolerate images that are not perfect, getting optimal light is SO hard, I am more interested in the outfit and the artist ( yes, i think we bloggers are artists of a sort)
        I am rewarded by an outfit that works, or sometimes even misses by a bit, but when there is effort and creativity involved. That to me ins an inspiring outfit.
        I am always inspired by yours, you give every detail thought, and curate well.
        xx, Elle

        • Greetje
          14 February 2015 / 19:08

          I am a detail kind of person. LOL

  9. 9 February 2015 / 04:17

    Lovely, lovely photo’s. Ron did well in suggesting the stairs, the shots were perfect! To answer your styling question, its a big YES in my eyes, you did well, actually this outfit is one stylish and classy outfits. The new skirt length is perfect for you and the sweater choice is superb. I think the purple is a fun accent with the necklace, although for me I would probably wear a pendent type (but that’s just my style). You have some incredible calves, my friend.

    • Greetje
      10 February 2015 / 22:28

      hihi, yes my legs are rather good features. That is about the one thing I am rather confident about. Elle also suggested I would wear a pendant. I will look into that.

  10. 9 February 2015 / 06:13

    Very good outfits and great photos! The necklace is wonderful with this outfit. So why did you buy another cream jumper (the one you showed on Facebook) when you already have such a good one?

    • Greetje
      10 February 2015 / 22:29

      Well…. because ….. I am a fool. I have no excuses.

  11. 9 February 2015 / 07:05

    This is a lovely post Greetje (and Ron). I do love how you’ve told a story, both with your photo selection, as well as with words. The photos of you unsmiling seem like an almost intimate moment, and add greatly to the post as a whole. I really love the photo of you wearing black and white and standing in front of the black and white photo wall. Really creative! Hmmmm….I’m wondering if I can confuse my husband to venture further afield for photos.

    I like your outfit very much. A very good decision made to shorten the leather skirt…..I love the dotted hosiery!

    • Greetje
      10 February 2015 / 22:32

      Ron is rather creative so he spots angles and interesting corners much better than I do. He is also much quicker in understanding a camera and its working. So I am fortunate. But he doesn’t really enjoy taking these pictures. His aim is only to please me (lucky me eh?) Now… tell your husband all this and see whether he wants to compete haha.
      (If I were to do such a thing with Ron, he would never make another photo LOL)

      • 11 February 2015 / 04:03

        hahaha…and not sure what I was thinking when I wrote confuse (should have typed convince)

    • Greetje
      10 February 2015 / 22:33

      You know I didn’t even think about textures in this outfit. You always do that, which I think is so clever. This was just by accident.

  12. 9 February 2015 / 08:52

    You did a good job! The sweater is fantastic and has a modern shape. It pairs very well to the skirt. I love your thights! The colour of the necklace iis very cute with black and white…everything is perfect and you look great!
    Beautiful photos of you while climbing up and down the stairs and the close up of the knives and glasses are…artistic!

    • Greetje
      10 February 2015 / 22:35

      You know Ron found the sweater for me last year? And encouraged me to try it on. He is not only a good photographer but also a good stylist.
      He loves taking artistic photos and he is not half bad either. I like the glasses the best.
      And it is your doing that I am showing more skirts now. Because you pointed that out to me.

  13. 9 February 2015 / 08:55

    I forgot to say about the place…not only the perfect one for shooting, but it has a really interesting architecture ( I would love to visit it one day… )

    • Greetje
      10 February 2015 / 22:35

      Hop on the plane….

  14. Marianne
    9 February 2015 / 15:36

    Great idea to shorten your skirt. Now it looks like you bought it yesterday. Good length and the top look great on it. From far the sweater looks plain, but it has a very nice pattern and the 2 zippers give it that little extra. Tights great, necklace great, girl I think you got it.

    • Greetje
      10 February 2015 / 22:36

      Thanks Marianne. Much praise. I will probably lose “it” again tomorrow haha.

  15. Pam
    9 February 2015 / 18:20

    LOVE the classic B&W. The skirt and sweater pair perfectly. The shoe and stockings complete the look.

    • Greetje
      10 February 2015 / 22:37

      Didn’t I do good? I was so pleased with myself that I finally nailed an outfit myself. Not styled by a friend or a shop assistent, but by me. Slowly getting better.

  16. 9 February 2015 / 21:41

    I would have loved to see the image of you posing in front of the pics of musicians in complete black and white. It would have been really dramatic with the shadows and lights. Anyway, on to the outfit. The Marc Jacobs sweater is great. I really dig the zipped details which is ornamental in its self. The leather skirt is always a great classic piece. You look classic with a touch of daring. Which is always a nice mixture of fashion elements.

    • Greetje
      10 February 2015 / 22:39

      Oh goodie, coming from you this is high praise. The sweater with the zippers doesn’t really need any further adornment, but I love some colour and something to make the neck less bare.

  17. Lisa M
    10 February 2015 / 16:01

    I really like this look, Greetje. I mentioned that I am also trying to introduce more skirts into the lineup, but would never have the courage to experiment for the world to see.

    • Greetje
      10 February 2015 / 22:43

      Why not Lisa? Most people are quite forgiving. Besides, nobody can harm you. You are far away. To tell you the truth, in two years nobody has ever said anything nasty in their comments. Which makes you wonder about their honesty….. But of course I usually try to publish the best version of myself, throwing away 98 other digital photos. And I have lots of good friends who give it to me straight. To counter balance.
      I have a very extravert character, which has a lot to do with blogging I think.

      • Lisa M.
        11 February 2015 / 02:18

        I’d be fine with strangers leaving comments. It’s the people I know that I’d feel strange posing in front of.

        • Greetje
          11 February 2015 / 20:21

          Do you mean people you know who look at your photo on the internet? Of literally posing in front of a camera? When you mean the latter, you can take a tripod with a remote. Once you have done that … oh … about 50 times haha, you know what sort of pose to strike.

  18. 10 February 2015 / 19:50

    Very nice photos in this post, including the arty shots of the knives and the glasses. I’m a fan of leather skirts, and had a long red one which I shortened to just about the knee. I think you’ve done an excellent job of styling it in a modern way with the different proportions and solid colours. The necklace and the tights both add some visual interest, and the zippers draw the eye upwards to your face. That is a great location for a photo shoot!

    • Greetje
      10 February 2015 / 22:45

      I was rather taken by it as well. A great deal of the praise I will forward to my husband of course. But this time I came up with the outfit. Which is rare. As usually good (stylish) friends or shop assistent do that work for me.

  19. 11 February 2015 / 16:15

    I think the length of the skirt is perfect and the proportions and silhouette are flattering. I enjoyed Ron’s artistic flair in this post. I also love the photos of you in non-smiling mode. I’m doing more of those myself. Of course you look beautiful with a smile on your face, but the range of expressions show the whole of life. It’s exciting to be who we are! Brava!

    • Greetje
      11 February 2015 / 20:23

      I know, it is just so much easier to get a good picture when I am smiling or laughing. Usually when I look “normal” the photo is not flattering. Which is why somebody behind the camera who is just shooting away is so nice. As I think you are right that a range of expressions is more interesting.

  20. 12 February 2015 / 21:15

    Ron is such a great photographer! That man has some serious skills! GREAT photos.

    Oh yeah…this is supposed to be about you right? ha ha!

    This reminds me of something Sylvia would wear. Bold, contemporary and sophisticated.

    Looking good lady!


    • Greetje
      12 February 2015 / 22:05

      I am influenced by many other bloggers. They have changed the way I dress over the past two years. And I will pass the compliment on to Ron.

  21. 12 February 2015 / 22:23

    Great leather skirt, so versatile and you can wear it for ages, I definitely prefer this shorter version, that was a good decision.
    The sweater looks very good with it and I love your classy heels!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      13 February 2015 / 05:57

      I knew you would like it. Big cheers to my seamstress for doing such a good job making the skirt shorter.

  22. Mel Reardon
    15 February 2015 / 01:35

    I love it. Those tights are very hip and really make the outfit – perfect.

    • Greetje
      15 February 2015 / 09:58

      Anything out of the ordinary in the tights department is a challenge for me. So I am glad you like them. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  23. Ann
    15 February 2015 / 14:59

    Quite a fine outfit! I like every item and the necklace is perfect. The dots on your tights add some whimsey to the whole combination. Also love the leather jacket in your eariler post!

    • Greetje
      15 February 2015 / 20:43

      I am trying to wear more skirts and dresses as I have become rather lazy by wearing skinnies nearly all the time. But I still find it difficult to style skirts in a modern way. So glad you like it. Gives me hope for the future LOL.

  24. 16 February 2015 / 18:57

    Pretty much perfection, this outfit. Admirable in it’s elegance … you look so put together, and it seems effortless. Surely these days, a leather wrap skirt looks timeless… great decision about the length. Love the hosiery, of course, and your happy necklace adds whimsy! A cute moment in a sophisticated outfit. You look coming and going, up and down!
    Long Valentine’s Day week and glad it’s over. Good business, exhausting but satisfying. A little snow today and enough ice today that we had to close for a welcomed “snow day”, and Dan is home, running the vacume for me. Nice. And I can smell the bouquet of stargazer lilies that I got for V-Day all through our little house.

    • Greetje
      16 February 2015 / 20:32

      Sounds like you are happily cocooning (did I spell that right?). Well deserved by the sound of it.
      And forget about the styling being effortless. Far from it. Loads of trial and error, piles of clothes on the bed. No, styling does not come easy with me. I am trying to get more out of my existing wardrobe and I am trying to wear more skirts. Anja was helping me and she came up with several outfits (still to show) but this one I did on my own (so proud).

  25. Kattis
    17 February 2015 / 16:43

    You look great in this, as usual! I love the outfit, it’s classic, elegant, current and feminine, all at one. Just what I would like to accomplish.

    • Greetje
      17 February 2015 / 20:07

      Well, this time I got it right. But I am really having difficulties in putting together a skirt or dress outfit and not looking outdated. Fortunately I have friends who can style. And even my husband can style me better than I can do myself. Which is why I am quite proud I got it right in this post as I thought of this myself for a change haha.

  26. Duane
    29 January 2017 / 16:34

    fabulous photos you look so gorgeous

    • Greetje
      29 January 2017 / 17:49

      Thank you Duane… it is an old post but the outfit is still good (IMO).

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