Green trousers with a white jacket

Irie Wash jacket, Marlene Birger trousers, Panara shoes (8 van 11) Green trousers??? Green??? I can hear you think. Yes dears, they are green. OK,  they are charcoal grey/green trousers. I seem to have a preference for these in-between-shades. Remember my (totally different) grey green baggy trousers? These trousers change their colour in different light. They are by Marlene Birger (I love that brand) and are pretty ideal. You don’t feel them so you can put them on for dinner. Plus, when you take them out of the washing machine, you only have to hang them up, no ironing.

My darling husband Ron had to go to Amsterdam for business and as it was my day off, I joined him. Ulterior motives here. As Ron offered to shoot photos again and the weather was sort of OK.

Below: before we left Haarlem, Ron shot some of the buildings and canals in my wonderful town. See the two twin houses on the right? They are leaning forward on purpose. This was handy for hoisting things up to the top floor. Plus the rain didn’t drench the front of the building. They were pretty clever in the old days.Irie Wash jacket, Marlene Birger trousers, Panara shoes (2 van 11)Below: water and bridges everywhere.SAMSUNG CSC Below: Ron also took a picture of me as I was approaching the car (the parcel I am holding is for a friend). Now do you understand why I hate wind? And why I want my hair to stay the way I have combed it and not blown apart? (Wearing a python coat with leopard shoes… not really my thing.)Irie Wash jacket, Marlene Birger trousers, Panara shoes (3 van 11)Below: on arrival in Amsterdam, Ron pointed me to this colourful wall.Irie Wash jacket, Marlene Birger trousers, Panara shoes (4 van 11)Below: and then to the canal. As the outfit is the same in every picture, you might find this post rather boring. You also see bicycles everywhere.Irie Wash jacket, Marlene Birger trousers, Panara shoes (5 van 11)Below: against a red front door of a huge building. I love how the green trousers stick out when the background is red (complementary colours). See the bells? That is how many people live there. DoorbellsBelow: on top of lock gates over the canal. This collage is meant to show the bag.Tan leather bag 2Below: going down Haarlemmerstraat in Amsterdam. Shivering in my coat. The top photo was taken while I was walking back again, with my coat over my arm (cold!).Irie Wash jacket, Marlene Birger trousers, Panara shoes (7 van 11)Below: close-up of wrinkles and necklace. This is one of my “Ina necklaces”. I have 15 different chunky necklaces made by her. See my post about them.Irie Wash jacket, Marlene Birger trousers, Panara shoes (9 van 11)Below: close-up of shoes and trousers. Irie Wash jacket, Marlene Birger trousers, Panara shoes (10 van 11)Below: one last picture on the steps of an Amsterdam house. So characteristic.Irie Wash jacket, Marlene Birger trousers, Panara shoes (11 van 11)Greetje

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  1. Sylvia
    24 May 2015 / 18:04

    Wow Greetje what an amazing outfit! Styled to perfection. Yo look hot girl!

    • Greetje
      24 May 2015 / 19:23

      Ah. thanks Sylvia. This jacket is less easy to style than I thought. I have to be careful to avoid the judo look.

  2. 24 May 2015 / 20:14

    Love the pumps and the jacket! The outfit is very chic. You always have the nicest backgounds. Love the red bricks of Dutch houses.

    • Greetje
      24 May 2015 / 21:03

      So do I, love the red bricks. It is so typically Dutch. We are a very neat and proper people (has its disadvantages too).

  3. CJ
    24 May 2015 / 20:19

    I have Dutch heritage and truly appreciate pictures of your town and of your lovely country! For me, these pictures are not boring but informative. Thank you!

    • Greetje
      24 May 2015 / 21:04

      If you haven’t seen them yet, go to the tab Amsterdam at the top navigation of my blog, and you will see loads of Amsterdam pictures. Glad you like the post.

  4. 24 May 2015 / 20:28

    Great photo, Greetje. You know how I love action shots – it’s something I can only dream of when I use a tripod with a 10second countdown.
    Great outfit, especially with no-iron pants.
    Finally, I love the leaning houses. What a wonderful solution to a practical problem. I would have thought they were falling over.

    • Greetje
      24 May 2015 / 21:07

      I get that feeling when I see a big part of an office building sticking out without any columns underneath. Always scares the hell out of me. As if that part is going to come down.
      The Dutch are good with buildings and bridges. There is so much water here (living under the sea level), we had to.
      And I am very glad Ron is still taking my pictures, otherwise I could kiss my action photos goodbye as well.

  5. Happiness at Mid Life
    24 May 2015 / 21:41

    These pants look amazing on you, I can see why you love them. I adore that you bold printed jacket too!


    • Greetje
      24 May 2015 / 21:55

      Ah the python jacket you mean. That was a vintage find. Light as a feather, soft as a kitten. Made by Versace Jeans. My only (nearly) haute couture piece. I think Versace Jeans is pret-a-porter.

  6. 24 May 2015 / 22:53

    Awesome look…love everything about it. I would love to find a jacket which tied like this one! Great job!

    • Greetje
      25 May 2015 / 09:11

      It is a good jacket, but too long to wear on a skirt (which I also had in mind) and I have to be careful with the colour. Otherwise I look like an icecream salesman or practising judo.

  7. 24 May 2015 / 23:36

    Perfection! It doesn’t matter what color those pants are…they fit you so wonderfully! (Besides I love green). Your collection of necklaces is beyond words ( a kiss to the fingers )! jodie

    • Greetje
      25 May 2015 / 09:14

      Thanks for teaching me a new expression (a kiss to the fingers). Got ya but had to look it up. I now have a picture of you making an Italian gesture with lips and fingers.

  8. 25 May 2015 / 00:17

    I agree wholeheartedly with Sylvia, wow, what a gorgeous outfit and yes, stylied to perfection. Those pants an amazing fit and so flattering. They would make the best kind of travel wear. And let’s discuss that jacket, Hello . . . talk about an item that says “Look at me”. I love this jacket, can you tell? Great color scheme, great combo of shirt and jacket and pants and shoes, seriously, this is one glamour chic outfit!

    • Greetje
      25 May 2015 / 09:17

      It is a difficult jacket though Trina. Icecream salesman and judo are words that sometimes spring to mind when I style it. But I am rather taken by this outfit as well. Sometimes I hit the nail. Love it when that happens.

  9. 25 May 2015 / 00:39

    You look fabulous here! I’m surprised since normally I really dislike white next to the face.

    Looking very tall and lean lady.

    That python jacket is pretty sweet.

    This is a big time winner. Are the shoes comfy? They look brilliant!


    • Greetje
      25 May 2015 / 09:21

      I bought the shoes to be comfy as they are not too high and from a very comfortable brand. Allas, my right foot is not cooperating. Left is fine. Right might ned a bit more time. Had them at the cobblers for a stretch and all. I also tried half a size bigger but slipped out of them. Perhaps you like the white because there is a necklace and a top between the face and the jacket?

  10. elle
    25 May 2015 / 03:11

    Those are amazing pants. I was surprised when you said green,and only when i saw them against the red did I see the grey-green color. Love the crisp white paired with it and I adore the shoe, great detail in the pattern.
    Great quality clothing does just what you describe; it feels light and is easy to maintain.
    I loved seeing the twin houses, bent a bit, so interesting and we’ll engineered!
    I love this town, with the canals, it is so pretty and picturesque. You are lucky to live where you do with the natural beauty all around you! Ron did a great job, and I also like how your formatted the photos.
    Love the chunky necklace, too.
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      25 May 2015 / 09:25

      Did you click through to the post with my 15 chunky neclaces? I love my little collection.
      And yes I do feel blessed with my town Haarlem and with Amsterdam so near. I love the fact that distances in The Netherlands are really not there. Everything is within 2 hours drive. The whole country. I love the four seasons. Just would prefer a longer summer and a warmer spring. Oh well, we cannot have it all.

  11. myemptybag
    25 May 2015 / 11:05

    I can see the green colour Gretje! hahahaha
    I really like these pants and I plus like if you don’t have to iron them!
    The outfit it’s so chic, you look so nice and the photos are amazing!!!

    My Fashion Blog

    • Greetje
      25 May 2015 / 11:41

      Thank you dear. This post turned out pretty good. I never really know in advance.

  12. Mrs C
    25 May 2015 / 14:01

    I wouldn’t know they are green had you not tell me! It looks black. Well, blame it on my screen. But you look super nice in them and love the white wrap top. Very sophisticated. Speaking of Amsterdam, I too will be in Amsterdam this week. but only for a short 30 hours. My husband is operating his first flight to Amsterdam and he wants me to join him. Free trip? Why not? 😉

    • Greetje
      25 May 2015 / 15:21

      Well, the colour green is hard to see in real life, depends on the light. Let alone in photos and on screen.
      If you are in Amsterdam, even for 30 hours….. how about a coffee together??? You might just have a spare hour which coincides with my agenda????

  13. Marianne
    25 May 2015 / 14:31

    This is what I call an Italian combo. It has all the ingredients in them to put you right in the middle of your own Italan street style post. It is a perfect styled combination. The colours, the shoes, coat, handbag , necklace you name it. I am really proud of you. This is a 10.

    • Greetje
      25 May 2015 / 15:19

      And Marianne…. I came up with this one myself !!. So you are not the only one who is proud. I am like as proud as a monkey with 7 tails (does this expression translate into English haha).

  14. 25 May 2015 / 15:13

    That is quite the perfect outfit, Greetje!! And no matter what in-between shade of green they might be, those trousers are gorgeous and ever so flattering on you.

    • Greetje
      25 May 2015 / 15:17

      I checked you out before approving and recognized you. The woman with the awesome gingham heels from Dixie’s blog. Thanks for stopping by. I am wearing these trousers today with a green and red roses tunic. Suddenly they have become my favourite item.

  15. 25 May 2015 / 16:58

    Not my favorite look on you, although the pants and shoes are beautiful and feminine. I guess the whole thing is a tad too classic and conservative for my taste, due to the modest color palette and the white blouse/jacket.

    Having said that, it IS stylish and flattering.

    • Greetje
      25 May 2015 / 19:40

      Ah… this is where you and I differ. Salt of the earth, differences.

  16. 25 May 2015 / 17:32

    Hallo liebe Greetje,

    Ich schreibe dir auf Deutsch, da mein Englisch zu schlecht ist. Ich kann es zwar lesen, aber nicht korrekt schreiben.
    Einen hübschen Blog hast du und dein Kleider-Stil spricht mich auch sehr an. Erwachsen aber doch jugendlich frisch. Toll hast du dein Outfit in Amsterdam in Szene gesetzt.
    Ich wünsche dir noch einen schöne Woche, lieben Gruß Cla

    • Greetje
      25 May 2015 / 19:42

      No problem Cla. You can read English, I can read German and we both cannot really write in the other language. But we understand one another. Thanks for your lovely comment. The Amsterdam scenes are all my husband’s work.

  17. 25 May 2015 / 20:25

    Greetje, that’s my favourite look! I really love everything from head to toe. Fabulous combination!
    And lovely photos too.

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      25 May 2015 / 20:27

      It is a style I like to adopt more and more. But my character gets in the way….

  18. 27 May 2015 / 01:49

    You look awesome in this outfit and you know it! Your confidence is leaping through the computer.

    • Greetje
      27 May 2015 / 13:10

      Hahaha, I didn’t really know how awesome untill I read all the comments. Thanks for commenting. i know you have a very busy schedule.

  19. 27 May 2015 / 08:02

    I love this outfit Greetje! It looks like it would be a good travel outfit too! I think the shade of white is lovely with your skin tone! It’s a winner all way round, even in the wind!

    I would have thought those houses were sinking due to unstable ground. Thanks for sharing these bits. I find it interesting reading about different countries.

    • Greetje
      27 May 2015 / 13:17

      Unstable ground is not so much a problem in Haarlem. We suffer from rotting wooden (driven) piles. Either because the water in the ground sank, exposing part of the piles which then started to rot. Or because of a bacteria in the piles. A lot of houses got new foundation. Can you imagine foundation being put in while the house is already there? It is a costly affair. Amsterdam suffers from the same problem. But we will concur. The Dutch always have mastered building, bridges and water.

  20. 28 May 2015 / 08:21

    They sound as the perfect trousers! ( Especially because they don’t need ironing ) I love the colour: very versatile and wonderful with white. The necklace is great! Beautiful photos of your beautiful city…interesting architecture of the two houses and, yes, soooo clever! )

    • Greetje
      28 May 2015 / 15:41

      Thanks Dan. I have even thought of another way of styling these trousers. That is quite rare for me haha.

  21. 1 June 2015 / 04:20

    Simple yet elegant. That necklace pulls it altogether!

  22. 2 June 2015 / 21:22

    What a beautiful deep green. Though Dutch trousers would be far too long for me. Haarlem is a lovely town, and such a short trip (by rail) from Amsterdam.

    • Greetje
      2 June 2015 / 22:54

      Ah, you must know a bit more than average of my little neck of the wood.

      • 3 June 2015 / 00:11

        Yes, I’ve been on extended stays facilitating at a research institute in Amsterdam, which is not the same as being a resident, nor as being a tourist. You’ll also see this in my comment’s at une femme, but I don’t want to take over pseu’s lovely site, or suggest too many activities for their short stay.

        I’ve also studied in Italy, and done research in France (Paris and Lyon). And I know that there is also a Breukelen!

        • Greetje
          3 June 2015 / 07:41

          You are well travelled. Lovely countries to stay in. My preference is Italy. Very relaxed atmosphere, nice weather, good food. But I am too firmly rooted here to ever leave (other than holiday). So I just moan about the weather and enjoy the rest.

  23. 4 June 2015 / 11:06

    What a great outfit Greetje! That white jacket is so beautiful, and still edgy. Nice styling with By Malene Birger (a Danish brand again!) and the leopard shoes 🙂

    I can’t believe those old houses! They’re so picturesque, and interesting with all the history attached. I must visit Holland some day. Maybe next spring. Then I can visit one of the amazing flower shows as well 🙂

    • Greetje
      4 June 2015 / 13:55

      And have a coffee / lunch with me of course. Just last Sunday I went into town with an Amsterdam visiting blogger from L.A? So nice.

  24. 18 June 2015 / 19:27

    I may not be 40 quite yet, but your style certainly does appeal! 😉 You look great in this outfit!

    • Greetje
      18 June 2015 / 19:42

      Thank you very much Anna. Nice of you to take the time to comment.

  25. 28 June 2015 / 15:40

    Ahh yes it works against dark colours too, you clever lady! Who takes your photos? They’re great, I love the impression of spontaneity you achieve x

    • Greetje
      28 June 2015 / 18:16

      My husband, reluctantly, takes most photos, especially the “reports” in a city. We often used to have rows haha, but those days are over now…. I hope. It is not really his hobby, but he does want to help me with my blog.

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