Blue Max Mara dress

Blue Max Mara dress (6 van 8)Today the last series of photos taken by Shoshanna. (See the two previous outfits she shot here and here.)

This blue Max Mara dress was one of the items I brought home with me after visiting the Max Mara outlet with Daniela in Turin. The shoes you have seen before and are also by Max Mara. Dan found this dress for me in the rack and when I saw it on the hanger, it did not appeal to me at all. I thought it would make me look like my grandmother.

Knowing Daniela and trusting her, I decided not to be my usual pig-headed self and actually try it on. My surprise was big. It is really a pretty dress. I am still not sure whether I need something to elongate the dress as it is a bit short for me. For that purpose Dan and I found a terrific blue pencil skirt in a department store, but somehow I like it without the skirt. On the other hand, looking at these pictures …… I am not so sure anymore. I have to carefully examin this.

While shooting these photos it was 12 o’clock with bright sunshine, so we looked for a shady place. Which made me cold, my knees wrinkly (or were they already like that?) and the wind got hold of the dress, as the material is very light.

Below: look… all puffed up by the wind. The dress is slightly longer at the back, as is the fashion these days. Blue Max Mara dress (2 van 8)Below: hair got blown everywhere as well. And you know how fussy I am when it comes to my hair. That is really an obsession but I decided to show you the pictures anyway. You are far less critical than I am (LOL).Blue Max Mara dress (1 van 8)Below: HANDS OUT OF YOUR POCKETS PLEASE….Blue Max Mara dress (4 van 8)Below: perhaps it is big-headed when I say this… but I love this picture. Hair, wrinkles and all.Blue Max Mara dress (3 van 8)Below: close-up of the shoes again. Yes, yes, I know, you have seen this before. Such an awesome photo though.Cream skirt Marella with two tops (8 van 8)Below: one last shot of me sitting down. Best shots.Blue Max Mara dress (7 van 8)When you read this, I am on my way back from Vancouver where I will have met many other bloggers. More about that in a few weeks.


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  1. 26 July 2015 / 18:58

    Oooohhhh….I love this dress. I think it’s a fantastic length as is. Sure, it’d also look great with a pencil skirt under it, but I definitely don’t think it’s too short! I’m glad you went out of your box and tried it on/bought it–that’s what good friends are for, eh?!! Definitely a keeper!! jodie

    • Greetje
      27 July 2015 / 21:17

      If I don’t pull the cord in the middle that hard, the dress doesn’t rise that much. It must have been because we were without a mirror that I did that.

  2. Lornami
    26 July 2015 / 19:01

    Not too short! One of the best outfits from your blog. Is it the blue color on you? You look “adorb”! I want the dress, will do a search right now.

    • Greetje
      27 July 2015 / 21:18

      Well, it is a dress by the Max Mara group, so it might be any of their brands. In the outlet they cut out the label….Hope you are successfull.

  3. Charlene
    26 July 2015 / 20:14

    Meh…I say, next time, trust your own judgment.

    • Greetje
      27 July 2015 / 21:19

      I take it you are not that enthousiastic about the dress? (I am grinning here.)

      • Charlene
        1 August 2015 / 21:31

        Oh, sorry. I’ve felt bad about this ever since I posted it. (As Flip Wilson used to say. The devil made me do it. Or did y’all get Flip in The Netherlands?) Anyway. like you, I usually associate silky, printed dresses with something our grannies wore. All these bright floral I’m just having a hard time getting used to. And thanks for grinning and not being upset.

        • Charlene
          1 August 2015 / 21:36

          And one more thing: is just now realized that yesterday I bought a cardigan with a very similar print, and I love it! So obviously I’ve made a quick adjustment. Lol

          • Charlene
            1 August 2015 / 21:37

            is = I

            • Greetje
              2 August 2015 / 10:27

              Charlene I am never upset when somebody doesn’t like an oufit. I cannot please everyone all of the time. People are too different for that. And I am Dutch. We are blunt, honest and direct, some people call it rude. So I can take it. I don’t see it as a personal thing if you wouldn’t like my dress. Unlike most bloggers I am not into “if you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything”. I blog, I put my pictures for show. Which means, in my book, I am asking for my reader’s opinion. Not flattery. And if the negative comment would be about me personally (like I think you are ugly), I will delete it. Simple. So never feel bad about your first honest opinion. I welcome it. As a matter of fact I miss the comments of my Scottish friend who thinks all bloggers are narcissists. I showed my grey green trousers with a low crotch two years ago and she commented: I wouldn’t throw them out too quickly if I were you as they will come in handy when you get older and have to wear diapers.” I killed myself laughing over that.

  4. Donna
    27 July 2015 / 02:58

    I think it looks lovely – remember you have great legs.
    It would be so comfy on a warm day

    • Greetje
      27 July 2015 / 21:19

      And now that I have a bit more tan, it looks even better.

  5. Elaine
    27 July 2015 / 03:16

    The dress does not look too short. It’s fantastic on you. I’m also self conscious about my agin knees but yours look fine here. I love the shoes. Wear the dress as is and save the pencil skirt for another look.

    • Greetje
      27 July 2015 / 21:22

      If I don’t pull the cord of this blue dress too much, the dress is longer. I also bought a blue Kenzo dress in the sale which would really be a tunic but with the pencil skirt it is good.

  6. Happiness at Mid Life
    27 July 2015 / 04:43

    I am glad you tried this dress on – it’s stunning on you!! So bummed I could not attend the blogger meet up, it looked so fun through all the IG photos.


    • Greetje
      27 July 2015 / 21:22

      Oh it was Alice. It was great fun.

  7. Elle
    27 July 2015 / 06:27

    LOVE it Greetje!! The color and print are stunning. I like the length, especially as it is longer in the back, perfectly modest, while still,showing off those legs! Crazy about those shoes, you know that by now , I love dresses with pockets, keep your hands in !
    Xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      27 July 2015 / 21:23

      Thanks Elle. And if I don’t pull the cord of the dress in the middle too tight (as I did in this post) the dress is long enough.

  8. Marianne
    27 July 2015 / 12:39

    I think it is a great dress. I very much like the color and the print on you. If we are talking about a colourscheme that suits you, this is it. It brightens up your face colour.. And I don’t mind that you put your hands in your pocket, they are made for it. It makes you look cool. You know I like the shoes and the dress is not to short.

    • Greetje
      27 July 2015 / 21:24

      I can make the dress even longer, by not pulling the cord in the middle so tight. Which I did in this post. (No mirror.)

  9. 27 July 2015 / 19:59

    Ooooh, you look soooo nice! I had forgotten the story of the dress…but, yes, I was your shopper assistant!! 🙂
    I am glad that you still like the dress, it really suits you either in the colour and shape. Don’t worry about the lenght, you are a beautiful lady with wonderful legs!
    What I appreciate of Max Mara is the way they mix and find a balance between classic and modern, in print, shape and lenght…always chic!

    • Greetje
      27 July 2015 / 21:25

      I also pulled the cord a bit too tight in this post. If I losen it up a bit the dress is longer. Changing in the car without a mirror isn’t that handy for post photos.

  10. Katrien
    28 July 2015 / 21:00

    Love it! Totally your style, elegant and contemporary at the same time. Colors look great on you and with those kind of legs you can easily carry off a short dress. Shoes are also very stylish and modern at the same time. I like!

    • Greetje
      28 July 2015 / 21:53

      Well thank you Katrien. I usually wear the dress a little longer by not pulling the cord in the middle too tight. Forgot about it while changing in the car when we did this shoot.
      My legs are a bit more tanned now as well, so I am good.

  11. 28 July 2015 / 21:34

    Very pretty dress, and I don’t think it looks too short at all, but it depends on your comfort level. You could layer it over a pencil skirt, which would look cool too. Those are pretty fabulous shoes.

    I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s posts on the blogger meetup – it looks like it was a blast!

    • Greetje
      28 July 2015 / 21:57

      Next Sunday I will post about the Vancouver blogger meet-up. Are you on Instagram? As we uploaded photos under #40plusbloggermeetup
      I think you can find them under this hashtag on your computer as well.
      It was a blast. Loved every minute of it.

  12. 29 July 2015 / 16:24

    A beautiful dress Greetje, and you wear it to perfection. I agree with you! I love the photo that you pointed out! So real and candid. A point in time that reflects your beauty in all dimensions. How wonderful that you have it documented.

    • Greetje
      29 July 2015 / 21:30

      Oh Judith you make me blush. Too much honour really.

  13. 29 July 2015 / 19:12

    A dress with pockets is always a good idea. I think you look very pretty in it. Your shoe and bag choice are perfect. And I agree, the picture of you with the hair blowing in the wind is very true and lovely.

    • Greetje
      29 July 2015 / 21:31

      And me picking a photo as favourite with my hair blowing in the wind… that is a first haha.

  14. Diane brown
    30 July 2015 / 06:40

    You look lovely!Also seeing you onSheila from emphera @the meet up made it very clear how elegant you are even more you have a very genuine smile.Iloveyour blog Best wishes Diane from Australia

    • Greetje
      30 July 2015 / 22:14

      Ah… you are sweet. Thank you very much for these nice compliments. I hope I can keep you amused.

  15. 13 August 2015 / 09:32

    I love the dress and I love it on you. Totally! Don’t change a thing.

    • Greetje
      13 August 2015 / 20:51

      Wore this dress today. Got a few compliments.

  16. 19 July 2016 / 00:30

    That is one gorgeous dress, and of course the shoes rock the world. You have the best shoes! Thanks for sharing, xo


    • Greetje
      19 July 2016 / 06:23

      I always think Trina has the best shoes. But I am trying my best haha. You do know that I am linking back to Visible Monday in my most recent post, don’t you? Not in this post from last year.

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