White trousers taking a walk at the fair

White Hope trousers fair (34)_LRThese white trousers are the comfiest trousers you can imagine. The crotch hangs way low, they are soft as butter and they don’t pinch my belly. The name of the brand is Hope, a fantastic Swedish brand. All their stuff is sooo soft. They do “normal” trousers and dresses as well, but I happened to buy their “relaxed” items, as I did this winter (you saw my black and white trousers which I wore to Antwerp).

Ron wanted to take my pictures at the fair because of all the lights and the different background. We went there a little too late in the evening (my fault) and we used the telelens. Which accounts for the nice but not the sharpest photos.

Below: looking at some guys throwing soft balls at cans (yes they still do that….), not hitting anything. Probably already too drunk. As you can see I was terribly overdressed for a fair. Which is no skin of my nose. To me you can never look overdressed when you look good. (I make an exception for an evening gown. That really needs the proper setting. Unless your name is Melanie. Then you can wear it anywhere.)White Hope trousers fair (37)_LRBelow: the fair is still kitsch. Terribly kitch. Only 13/14 year old youngsters there. Boys trying to impress girls. Girls giggling and acting stupid. Nothing new. White Hope trousers fair (40)_LRBelow: I decided that the trousers were designed for a minimalistic approach, so adding the necklace and the boots was more than enough. No colour this time. The necklace was a bargain find of that afternoon. I love chain necklaces. Probably have about 6 of them now.White Hope trousers fair (41)_LRBelow: close-up of the boots. They are by Fluevog and I bought them in Vancouver when attending the 40+blogger meet up. If you saw that post, you will have seen them before together with those crazy black and white legging/trousers. These boots are so comfortable. I am a bit angry with myself that I haven’t tried their pumps while I was at Fluevog. Now I don’t know which size I take in pumps. And I would love the same comfort in pumps. I would order like crazy. Who is going to import them to The Netherlands?White Hope trousers fair (70)_LRBelow: close-up of the cute bag I acquired, also that afternoon. Wait a minute… I did add a colour to the black and white.White Hope trousers fair (45)_LRBelow: ah the merry-go-round… cute. White Hope trousers fair (46)_LRBelow: all those scary high flying attractions at the fair… not for me. I get sick on a swing.White Hope trousers fair (59)_LRBelow: see the look on my face as I stare at those girls high in the sky? My face says: NEVER.White Hope trousers fair (51)_LRBelow: shall I try this??? No… rip-off.White Hope trousers fair (84)_LRBelow: then Ron gave me money to shoot something….. I had never in my life touched a gun of any sort. It felt kinda cool. I can understand why people love them. Nevertheless I am totally against guns for private persons. They create accidents and trigger more violence. In my opinion. I know the USA is divided on this subject and everybody is entitled to their own opinion.White Hope trousers fair (99)_LRBelow: these guns are bent anyway, so aiming looks nice but is pointless…White Hope trousers fair (105)_LRBelow: Ron wanted to take a shot as well (pun intended):White Hope trousers fair (5)_LRBelow: he won me this bear hahaha.White Hope trousers fair (8)_LRBy the way, the top is silk and by Theory, seen before here with more “normal” trousers.


No Fear of Fashion



  1. 23 August 2015 / 15:48

    Love those soft trousers. And I was there when you bought the booties – they look fabulous. And Ron won you a bear to remember the day – that’s perfect. xox

    • Greetje
      23 August 2015 / 16:51

      well …. a bear … hahaha. Nevertheless it was fun. I am so glad I bought the booties. They are wonderful and I use them much more than I thought I would. I even bought Fluevog pumps through Amazon, not knowing exactly whether they will fit. But looks and comfort… such a great combination. I will give it a shot.

  2. 23 August 2015 / 16:19

    First of all…seriously cool shoes!! Now, I have been to many fairs and I would not wear white pants at all…so I admire your courage! It is a great outfit!

    • Greetje
      23 August 2015 / 16:52

      Pam, I was not planning on doing anything at the fair. Not go into any attraction and not being there longer than necessary. It was only because Ron wanted to shoot pictures there as he liked the background. And as he is the photographer, I don’t argue his artistic approach. But fairs and me… not a good combination.

  3. Katrien
    23 August 2015 / 16:20

    Love the boots, the trouser, the necklace, so the whole outfit. Looks very comfy and stylish at the same time. Tell me when you have found someone who imports Fluevlog.

    • Greetje
      23 August 2015 / 16:54

      Just ordered green suede pumps by Fluevog through Amazon. I don’t think they have the whole collection, but I am not sure. I saw my black and white booties and I saw the green pumps I was after. So I just prayed that 8,5 is also my size for pumps. As I have to pay shipment and customs.

    • Greetje
      23 August 2015 / 18:26

      A date after almost 27 years together haha. And indeed it doesn’t happen too often that something looking great is comfortable. I just bought 2 pairs of jeans in Vancouver which are unbelievably comfortable. So soft and yet looking great.

  4. 23 August 2015 / 17:08

    Very stylish outfit. I agree that you can never be overdressed; you simply look better than everyone else!

    • Greetje
      23 August 2015 / 18:27

      My thoughts exactly.

  5. 23 August 2015 / 19:01

    Hahaha, the bear is the cutest ever. Well done to Ron.

    I adore your pants with these boots, well, the whole outfit. When I saw you at the fair, my instinctive reaction was – Don’t Touch Anything!! Ha. The droopy crotch is wonderful thing. And your chain necklace. I used to buy colourful plastic chain at a store in Tokyo, by the foot. You would have loved it too!

    I would have shipped to you, Greetje. Still can if you want, although I suspect the store packing will be better than my own. But let me know how it goes.

    Thanks for the shout-out. Heh. You did a fine job with this outfit at the fair. I can almost hear the activity from here. I used to get crushes on the guys who ran the Tilt-O-Whirl, trying hard to make my 14-year-old self look cool. I’m glad I wasn’t very successful at it.

    • Greetje
      23 August 2015 / 19:26

      The things we do when we are young… Such an insecure period in life. Never ever would I want to be 13 again.
      Shipment isn’t necesassry anymore. I took the plunge and ordered my Fluevog pumps from Amazon, praying that 8 1/2 is also the size for me in pumps. One has to take risks in order to gain.
      And no I didn’t touch anything, nor did I sat down. 15 minutes and we were gone again.

  6. Charlene
    23 August 2015 / 19:17

    I love black and white. A little joke: The only thing I love more than black and white is white and black. I agree with you about it being impossible to be overdressed. I am perpetually overdressed myself and actually get many compliments. I sense that many women would like to dress up more but fear to, perhaps because of not wanting to stand out or be different? If I should ever get on a campaign about anything, it would be to have people dress more nicely. We Americans are an embarrassment to ourselves.
    Disagree with you on guns, but a subject for a different type blog, right?

    • Greetje
      23 August 2015 / 19:30

      I was never afraid to stand out although I always wanted to stand out in a good way (a particular way which I thought was good). So I am not totally indifferent to what people say, just have more dare than others (and less than some).
      As for the guns, I knew I was on a sensitive subject and as everything in life there are two sides to a story. The side I take might be right for me, but might be wrong for somebody else. Although I love black and white in clothes, I am rather grey in opinions. I can see both sides.

  7. 23 August 2015 / 22:41

    ooo,ooo, you wore your shoes! They look fabulous, even with just white pants! There was someone on ebay selling a pair of those Fluevogs and she was wearing black and white striped leggings with them. No where near as cool as your half black/ half white pants. Another day perhaps. What a great chain necklace too. I’m all for dressing up every day. Why not? Hey, I see I’ve been around 2 years longer than you. wheee.

    • Greetje
      24 August 2015 / 08:39

      At our age 2 years difference is nothing haha. I will publish a post with tose black and white booties nd the trousers. But for now, the trousers are too warm. September/October is a better time.

  8. 24 August 2015 / 00:57

    Lookin’ dang fine Greetje! Fairs need a little classing up! We have an annual fair in Vancouver. It just opened yesterday and I’m pretty sure we will go this year. It’s noisy and quite the sensory overload, but it’s fun too!

    Can’t wait to see your Fluevog pumps! Now you’ve got me wanting to try them too. I had a pair years and many, many years ago.

    • Greetje
      24 August 2015 / 08:41

      I get inspired by Sheila too. She has so many pairs and she is always telling how comfortable they are.
      I hope your fair is nicer than ours. Ours is quite common (as in tarty).

      • 24 August 2015 / 08:48

        Oh, but that’s part of the allure Greetje. I love to people watch at the fair. And I also enjoy eating foods I rarely eat. Having said that, our fair has been evolving; the exhibits and concerts are better every year.

        • Greetje
          24 August 2015 / 21:47

          Lucky you. Ours has been deteriorating….

  9. Happiness at Mid Life
    24 August 2015 / 06:54

    We avoid the fair because it always happens when it’s super hot and heat and crowds just don’t mix. Love this outfit on you – the necklace is so striking against the black. I don’t own any drop crotch trousers, I would have on idea how to style them or wear to wear them. Great styling of them!


    • Greetje
      24 August 2015 / 08:42

      And I have no idea how a dropped crotch looks on someone who is not tall. You have to try and see. Or pass this one up haha.

  10. 24 August 2015 / 09:07

    The pants are spectacular, and shoes too. I love this black-white look is nice, balanced and elegant. The necklace is cute. These pants are perfect for a tall woman like you.

    • Greetje
      24 August 2015 / 21:48

      Being tall does have its advantages…

    • Greetje
      24 August 2015 / 21:49

      Thank you Gaby. It is an acquired taste as the English say. Not everybody is a fan LOL.

  11. 24 August 2015 / 11:12

    Never go wrong with black and white! I am wearing it often at the moment…and , yes, the time seems to have stopped at fairs! In any case boys and girls still enjoy them…
    I never tried those toy riffles, but Ron won for you the nicest bear!!

    • Greetje
      24 August 2015 / 21:49

      I can read between the lines you darling Dan hahaha.

      • 25 August 2015 / 12:42

        Really? You make me curious …

        • Greetje
          25 August 2015 / 20:54

          You don’t like the trousers but you didn’t want to say that to me. So you found a way around it by saying you never can go wrong with black and white hahaha. Honey, I can take it.

  12. 24 August 2015 / 15:31

    I will be alone in this…and I’m sure it’s not a surprise, but I’m not a huge fan of the pants. Too much extra fabric there for my tastes. Of course I’m not wearing them…so who cares? LOL

    Those boots/shoes are wonderful. I really liked them with the tighter pants you wore.

    We were at Canada’s Wonderland last week and I went on the biggest roller coaster in North America…ONCE, cause that was more than enough! LOL I used to be able to ride them non stop. Aging sucks.


    • Greetje
      24 August 2015 / 21:52

      When I was 3 I already got sick in the swing. There must be something wrong with my balance.
      I don’t mind that you are not a fan of the trousers. Neither is Anja and I think Dan doesn’t like them either although she doesn’t come right out.
      I know they are an acquired taste. And I have no problem with that. Now see, that is something positive you get with aging. You don’t give a hoot.

  13. Marianne
    24 August 2015 / 16:50

    Great report, very colorful. Again Ron did a great job. I like your pants in combination with the beautiful black silk top and necklace and boots. The only thing I have trouble with is the flap of your belt hanging down. If it would be straight I would find it easier on the eye. It attracts my attention too much which keeps me from giving you an A for the total outfit. Am I a lunatic or not?

    • Greetje
      24 August 2015 / 21:53

      No you are not, I can see your point and I will work on it. Thank you for this useful criticism.

      • 24 August 2015 / 23:01

        I’ve used elastic hair bands to remedy this. Get the plainest and cheapest ones available in colours that blend. The cheap ones lose their stretch which is what you want.

        • Greetje
          25 August 2015 / 07:16

          Thanks Sue. Very handy tip.

  14. 25 August 2015 / 00:57

    Edgy and playful is what comes to mind. And yes, very daring to wear white pants to the carnival. Love the edginess of this look. The two-toned shoeties…superb!

    • Greetje
      25 August 2015 / 07:18

      I was only 15 minutes at the fair. Snapping photos and gone. Didn’t go into any attraction. Fairs are not “my thing”. But if husband wants to take pictures there, then that is where we are going.

  15. 25 August 2015 / 13:50

    The fair was a great background , your pants are great especially with those stunning Fleuvog booties. Always a lover of black and white these are just up my alley.

    • Greetje
      25 August 2015 / 20:55

      I was a bit puzzled what kind of shoes to wear with those modern trousers… Voila, solved.

  16. shawna
    25 August 2015 / 20:33

    What a chic and elegant outfit. There is nothing like pants that are soft and lose and have a droopy crotch for comfort! The red purse is so cute! I love that splash of red with the black and white. xo

    • Greetje
      25 August 2015 / 20:56

      Oh hi Shawna, how nice of you to visit. Glad you like my man repeller trousers LOL. But the boots… oh the boots. If I were in Vancouver, I’d be like Sheila and buy a lot there. So comfortable.

  17. 26 August 2015 / 04:12

    Fun post as usual and I think you look great in this outfit. The booties make it extra special!

    • Greetje
      26 August 2015 / 19:17

      Was the post funny enough? Or so so?

  18. 26 August 2015 / 06:39

    Quite love your description of the fair and you’re absolutely correct on every point. Also correct on believing you can never be overdressed when you look good. As for Melanie, that woman could dress in anything or nothing for that matter and look fabulous and right at ease.
    Very very smart chose with keeping to the minimalist approach with this attire, it made every item stand out quite nicely and perfectly for that matter. And your little pop of red with the bag was also perfect! It actually looked as if you and Ron were enjoying yourselves, even if you weren’t about to try a ride (yes, I would be one of those crazy girls).

    • Greetje
      26 August 2015 / 19:21

      Some people are dare devils (at least in my eyes). We even let Nicky (my stepdaughter) go in these roller coasters by herself when she was still young. We told her she wasn’t tall enough but there was a measuring post and she qualified. LOL She thoroughly enjoyed it and were scared to death over her.

  19. elle
    26 August 2015 / 19:43

    Love these white trousers! They do look both come and terribly chic , especially with that super cool necklace and color blocked booties! Love the red bag, and your cute new bear!
    What fun!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      26 August 2015 / 21:24

      Glad I could entertain you.

    • Greetje
      27 August 2015 / 12:06

      Thanks Nora. Very modern for me…

  20. 2 September 2015 / 02:10

    I’m with you when it comes to the rides at fairs – the only things I will go on are the Ferris Wheel and a carousel! Very mod outfit – glad you are enjoying the shoes you got in Vancouver. I wish I could wear Fluevogs but then again it’s probably better they don’t fit me.

    • Greetje
      2 September 2015 / 20:51

      I just returned Fluevog pumps to Amazon (very expensive for me with customs and shipment). They were a little tight but the worst thing (which I hadn’t seen), the heel was very deceptive. It was bloody high as in tower, highrise etc. Like walking on stilts.

  21. 5 September 2015 / 04:35

    Those pants are gorgeous. My grandmother sent me to learn to sew at 11 and my first pair of pants I sewed was white, and very reminiscent of yours. Totally inspired by your shoes and other pairing for this outfit….xo

    • Greetje
      5 September 2015 / 09:00

      Well, well, me inspiring you, that is a new one for me. Again… Proud.

  22. 17 September 2015 / 14:10

    I love the outfit Greetje, but there’s something I love more: we are very similar. It would be like me to also pick up the necklace accessory for the outfit I’m wearing and a new handbag. I love fairs and markets; sometime I go intentionally without any accessories in hopes that the perfect piece(s) are found.

    Like you!

    And I’m so happy you got those boots in Vancouver. They are perfection.


    Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    • Greetje
      17 September 2015 / 19:41

      And I thought of this outfit all by myself. So proud.

  23. 2 October 2015 / 22:25

    Greetje – you look wonderful in this outfit. I’m not sure which is the star of the show – the trousers or the two tone boots. Here I am only starting to work through your posts and already I’m inspired. I’ve only run my blog for a few months but am having such fun and can see you have fun with your clothes too. Catherine from Not Dressed As Lamb suggested I contact you and here I am finally getting around to it now. Such a pleasure to find you.


    • Greetje
      3 October 2015 / 08:59

      Thanks for the compliments. Catherine is sweet. She has taught me quite a few things about blogging and photography. Things which saved me from starting on the wrong foot. I have been blogging for three years now. It is fun and it has gotten me in touch with really fun women. Also in real life. It has also destroyed my bank account. When you see so many beautiful things you tend to go to buy even more then before blogging.

  24. 4 October 2015 / 15:22

    Another lovely reportage. I don’t like the usual audience at these fairs, but of course I love the kitsch-y-ness!

    Good that you found a chain necklace!

    • Greetje
      4 October 2015 / 20:07

      Me and chain necklaces…. I do love them. And this time for only € 12,-.
      You are doing your “all posts in one go”- thing again hah?

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