Baby blue

Blue sweater, blue coat, blue shoes (3 van 9)Referring to last week’s post… remember? We were shopping for red pumps and I bought blue suede ones. As I was paying for them Ron was very content with my blue shoes, because…… (and I am quoting) “he had seen such a beautiful outfit in the shop across the road…. in blue”. I am a sucker for clothes that he likes. I want to buy them immediately because 1) he has great taste and knows how to style and 2) because I buy enough outfits he is not that keen on. So when I can buy and wear something that pleases both him and me… I do. The shop window across the road showed this ensemble in baby blue. (Or is it lavender?) And I liked it.

The shop in question is called Vanilia and those doors behind me with the paint blistering off, are the fitting rooms. Some call it newfangled antics, some call it rustic.

Below: trying to see whether the sleeves were long enough.Blue sweater, blue coat, blue shoes (2 van 9)Below: according to Ron the outfit was best with the coat half open…. so you could see the sweater and trousers underneath. “…..You mean like this honey???” Oh, no lining, that’s not nice.Blue sweater, blue coat, blue shoes (4 van 9)I didn’t buy the coat. I mean, only for being pretty in that moment you walk in the door and take your coat off??? Seems a bit much. Even by my standards.

Below: in the meantime Nicky was trying on a dress. It didn’t take much convincing buying it. This dress looks super on her. Especially with her new black heels.Nicky in dressBelow: watching myself in the mirror I was being my own worst judge saying things like: “I cannot wear this in public! I have no hips and a scrawny little arse (US: ass). This is just not attractive”. (And neither is being photographed from a low angle!!! At least not for me.) Blue sweater, blue shoes (7 van 9) (3)Below: according to Nicky it wasn’t looking right because of the white security thing in the back and she came to the rescue.Blue sweater, blue shoes (7 van 9) (1)Below: I was still looking in the mirror seeing nothing but a little butt and a bulging belly. That didn’t bother Ron at all. He did however warn me that my bosom looked enormous. Which didn’t bother me at all.Blue sweater, blue shoes (7 van 9) (2)Below: this little boy didn’t look very pleased either. But I doubt whether it was because of his reflection or his outfit.angry little boy (1 van 1)Point was, I rather liked the look from the front. I mean, at my age being able to look like this, well..humm… I was kinda pleased with that. So I bought the trousers and the sweater. Feeling very, very conscious when wearing them. Will that pass? A nice lady in the shop told me that would quickly pass after receiving the numerous compliments  😆 😎 😀 . (She was a customer not a shop assistant.) Let’s hope she is right. Nicky also encouraged me to buy the outfit. She said: “go ahead, buy it. If you don’t like it after all, it will do me fine” hahaha.

Below: Ron took some “full frontal” photos afterwards near our home.Blue sweater and pumps Vanilia (10)_LRBelow: for a reason I cannot think of, he had me hopping on one leg. On high heels.Blue sweater and pumps hopping on one leg (4)_LRBelow: this purple coat (see here and here) bought in 2013, will do me fine with this outfit.Purple coat blue sweater (6)_LRNow… tell me: would you advise me to wear a longer top or shirt underneath the sweater to cover my bum? Or can I wear this without being laughed at behind my back? An honest opinion is much appreciated. Flattery won’t help me.


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  1. 11 October 2015 / 17:28

    You should be pleased with it and of course you can wear this coming and going! I wish I looked that good in this length of blouse…and the purple is vibrant on you!

    • Greetje
      11 October 2015 / 19:00

      So funny, you are usually the first one to comment on a new post. Thank you very much for your compliments.

    • Greetje
      11 October 2015 / 19:01

      I can see why the blue coat would be just a little bit more chic, but I am not going to spend money on that difference.

  2. 11 October 2015 / 19:15

    The top looks perfect with the purple coat! Which is no doubt more practical than the blue one you tried on. And the top looks just fine with the trousers, and will look wonderful with a skirt, too.

    • Greetje
      11 October 2015 / 19:23

      OK Tiina. So I am not like a bean stick?

  3. 11 October 2015 / 19:41

    I know many women who have bigger arses who often wish they had “scrawny” arses but I have never heard of the reverse. Rejoice in your butt, Greetje. Haha! I love this outfit on you, especially the soft baby blue which really brings focus to your face. I certainly don’t see a need to cover your arse, but it’s all up to your comfort level. I think the woman was RIGHT – you will get used to it, especially if you get compliments. I wish O were so obliging about clothes shopping for me. Ron is such a dream that way. It seems you and Nicky had lots of success that day.

    • Greetje
      11 October 2015 / 19:56

      Actually Ron stopped shopping with me a couple of years ago. He couldn’t cope anymore with going in and out of shops and trying several things on. But when he started photographing me for my blog, he automatically got sucked back into it haha. Photographing me appeals to his creative nature and he loves to help me out with my blog. (Me very thankful ..yes!!?). And I am glad you think I will get used to exposing the parts I am uncertain about.

  4. 11 October 2015 / 20:00

    Lovely Greetje, Ron indeed has a good taste! Lavendel-blue is perfect to your skin. And, of course it’s up to you, but I prefer the longer top in that color!

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 07:37

      Thanks Misja. I know I can count on the Dutch to give me an honest answer. Much appreciated.

  5. 11 October 2015 / 22:20

    I think the top & the trousers looks great on you! And I love the purple coat with it!

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 07:39

      Glad you like it Andrea. No need to buy the blue coat then.

  6. 11 October 2015 / 22:23

    I love that icy blue coat you passed on…well, didn’t like that it wasn’t lined. And…you do have the purple one which adds a punch to your wardrobe.

    I think you look smokin’ in this simple outfit of fitting sweater and pants. I don’t think you need to wear a shirt underneath…but, I would try it for versatility and a different look. I think we have to remember that it’s rare that we are standing still showing off our side view for example. We are most often moving about when we are standing.

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 07:41

      I might be walking through corridors like an Egyptian with my behind towards the walll haha.

  7. Elaine
    12 October 2015 / 00:11

    Greetje, your shape is very similar to my own except that I’m shorter in height. This body type presents challenges when choosing clothes. I appreciate your willingness to share your experience and advice as it is very helpful. The icy blue color of the top looks fabulous on you. It brightens your skin tone and is very flattering with your hair color. I love it paired with the black pants and shoes. Recently I have been wearing shorter shirt hemlines because they are a better proportion and make my legs look longer. A tunic or oversized top often looks out of proportion because it accentuates my wide shoulders instead of helping to balance the top and bottom halves. Remember a small arse can be a good thing. No need to hide it! The blue coat was beautiful but not as practical as your purple coat which was perfect with the other pieces.

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 07:43

      I have thought of that too Elaine: there are fans for all shapes. Thank you for your elaborate comment.

  8. Paula
    12 October 2015 / 01:18

    I love your blog – you are very real and voice what many of us think. I love the color blue on you and think the pants look great, regardless of what you think of your ‘arse’. Wear it with conviction and your purple coat.

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 17:52

      Thank you Paula. Comments like yours make me so happy. It gives me the idea that I am amusing people (women) out there in the world. And entertaining is my goal, making people laugh. and the subject is something I feel passionate about: outfits!

  9. 12 October 2015 / 04:25

    Oh Lordy! You and your bum! LOL I don’t know why you go on and on about it! It looks damn fine! Plenty of women would love to have a smaller bum! I think the whole outfit looks stellar. Such a shame that coat wasn’t lined. It was lovely, but your purple one is nice too.

    I like the outfit just as you have it. Very pretty indeed. Don’t change a thing.

    BTW…I think Ron was playing a joke on you having you jump up and down on one leg! Ha ha! He figured he’d just keep asking you and see how far you’d follow his instructions. Sucker! ; )


    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 07:46

      You are probably right haha. Ron making me stand on one leg… I am a sucker indeed. I will keep quiet about my bum from now on. Promise.

  10. nancy
    12 October 2015 / 08:37

    I have to say, that outfit looks very stylish and slim. But that blue coat really softens your skin. And the shoes are perfect for this. Nicky s dress can send right away over here!?

  11. nancy
    12 October 2015 / 08:38

    Bye the way, my boyfriend also sees very well what is good on me and what not. I always trust his judgement.

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 13:05

      Ah my husband does have a good eye for styling and outfits, but he is not always right. Makes it more difficult for me to know what to accept and what not.

  12. Marianne
    12 October 2015 / 13:32

    Love the color light blue on you, especially with your blond hair. This is a very simple but stylish and chique outfit. If you are putting red spots on things I like to have one put on your bum for me.

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 17:55

      Hahaha. Thanks Marianne. But putting a red dot there would attract too much attention to a place where I don’t want it. LOL

  13. 12 October 2015 / 13:53

    Hi Greetje,
    Laugh Out Loud! It is really fun to read your blogs (althought I haven’t passed the 40 yet:-) You look very styled and classy in this outfit and you can definately wear it without covering your ‘lovely’ bum. And great that you have a man that is pushing you forward with this hobby / obsession (joking) instead of pulling you back.

    Liefs Abeltje

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 17:57

      Oh it is an obsession alright. No doubt about it. Thanks for your kind comment. I will tell my bum you spoke kindly of her(?). Kus.

  14. Nethwen
    12 October 2015 / 14:21

    Been reading for a while. Seldom comment anywhere.

    You look good. You don’t need to worry about the view from the back. If the front looks a little off without the long coat, you may feel more comfortable with a shirt with a front hemline about an inch longer. As a commenter above said, proportions make a difference.

    This outfit looks great on you, with and without the coat. But if after a few wears you aren’t settled in it, play with the proportions. Just remember that different than you’re used to seeing doesn’t always equal bad.

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 18:00

      Thanks Nethwen. I am only worried about the back, not the front. Actually, I quite like the front. And playing with proportions is something I find very difficult. Just as layering. Some people are cracks at that, I am not. But I am learning. Definitely.
      And you are right, my eye might have to get used to it.

  15. 12 October 2015 / 14:22

    First of all I second both Melanie’s and Suzanne’s comments. No need to cover up your fabulous bum! But you do look smashing in this outfit with the longer blue coat. Something like that for the indoors would be fab. You don’t have something thinner in a darker color (black, blue?) Of course your purple coat looks really nice too (although that would be more for the outdoors right?) And of course you always look great with your shorter tailored blazers with those skinny pants…

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 18:01

      Thanks Sylvia. High praise. And coming from a Dutchy. I have a blue summer jacket. But Ron is already looking to see whether the coat is in the sale hahaha.

  16. 12 October 2015 / 16:49

    Greetje…I agree with Melanie in that you should love your body for what it is (ass or no ass). The outfit looks fabulous (really…no lying) and I think I actually like it better with your purple coat rather than the blue one…there’s a nice contrast going on!
    Of course if you would like to layer the shirt…I love the trend of a ruffly tank that hangs out underneath!

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 20:27

      Thanks Jodie, I will take your word for it ?. Didn’t know a ruffly tank that hangs out underneath is trend. I like that too.

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 20:36

      How sweet of you to tell me this. Thanks for the comment.

  17. Carmen
    12 October 2015 / 18:25

    You have very nice legs, that pants show them so nice. Did you see that new tops, shorter in the front and longer in the back, with slits on the sides? They could be perfect for you…….. I’ve already sewn 4-5 for me and I wear them every time. I dont’ like to wear shorter tops anymore!
    Hi from Italy!

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 21:26

      I have a lot of tops with a longer back than front. This baby blue top is the new style succeeding that trend. But I have to say I was very happy with longer at the back. Thanks for the compliments about my legs. They are my best feature, so I do emphasize them.

  18. 12 October 2015 / 18:38

    So from one small-arsed girl to another, I totally get how you felt about the outfit. Yes, some women with large butts wish they were smaller, but often having next to no ass really ruins the line of some outfits. Yes, we should love our bodies and when they are still in good shape at our age, it’s even more reason to love them, we will always be looking for clothing that hides what we are sensitive about. I find it so hard to find any pants that fit me.

    Anyway, the blue was very pretty, and I think it’s wonderful that your husband has such a good eye for fashion (most men don’t care as long as it shows off a woman’s figure). I think the purple coat adds a nice contrast and looks like it’s more substantial. You could try layering a close-fitting shirt under the blue top to see if adds some length.

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 21:47

      I tried to put a shirt underneath the top. It was fine but Ron thought it made the outfit look dismal, quite ordinary. He prefers it without anything lengthening the top. And as I bought it because I liked it that he likes it, I think I will show my behind to the world as it is… Wish me luck.

  19. 12 October 2015 / 21:46

    Will I be able to comment today?? I am afraid that my English knowledge is definitely too poor… 🙁
    Your silhouette is very nice and I think that sometimes you are overcritical about your body.
    Nothing is wrong with your B side …
    The trousers and sweater are ok together and on you, even if I would prefer a longer sweater at the back. But you know as I am …

    • Greetje
      12 October 2015 / 21:49

      I do wonder why you would prefer a longer sweater. Because of proportions? Because you don’t want to show your behind? Other reason? Please let me know my dear stylist.

  20. 12 October 2015 / 23:45

    Greetje, you have such wonderful legs and a tiny bum/ass/arse that many a woman would love to trade you for (me included). Don’t think of covering up such a great asset. From the back the view is very flattering, so you just have to believe those of us who see you from that perspective. It’s a shame about the baby blue coat, but it really needed to be fully lined to make it worth buying. Your purple coat is great with this outfit – you’re sorted!


    • Greetje
      13 October 2015 / 05:56

      I will just put my nose in the wind and pull a “I am fabulous face”. That will probably help. Thank you for your encouraging words.

  21. Happiness at Mid Life
    13 October 2015 / 06:42

    I think you have a lovely figure and wear these pants so well. Yes you can wear this top with these pants – your ass is perfect 🙂


    Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Greetje
      13 October 2015 / 19:43

      Thanks for the confidence boost Alice.

  22. 13 October 2015 / 14:34

    Nothing wrong with that bum! We always pick on our selves, but you look fine and more in that sweater. love the coat too. xo


    • Greetje
      13 October 2015 / 19:43

      Haven’t got the blue coat, but I do have the purple one. And thanks for the compliments.

  23. 13 October 2015 / 20:27

    I love the look, Greetje is delicate, soft and elegant. With mauve coat is stronger, but I prefer the first proposal.

    • Greetje
      14 October 2015 / 07:20

      My husband is looking for that coat in the sale haha.

  24. 13 October 2015 / 23:57

    I think it looks wonderful on you! That light blue is a lovely shade, and also works well with your purple coat.

    • Greetje
      14 October 2015 / 07:21

      Since I am a blond, different colours suit me. Unfortunately yellow and orange are less suitable colours (and my favourites). I just ignore the fact they look less good and pull a confident face LOL.

  25. 14 October 2015 / 01:34

    Such a clean, sleek look. I love it, Greetje!

    • Greetje
      14 October 2015 / 07:22

      Thanks Glenda. My husband warned me not to add any necklaces but to leave it clean like this.

  26. 14 October 2015 / 04:23

    You have killer legs and bum so I say you can definitely wear them! The baby blue shirt and coat are beautiful and those blue suede shoes are fabulous!

    Thank you for linking up with SHOE AND TELL on Style Nudge Greetje!


    • Greetje
      14 October 2015 / 08:03

      Oh Cherie, I didn’t link up yet. I wanted to but got distracted. But now my shoes are up there and I refer to your link-up. Rather late. So sorry.
      And thanks for your kind words.

  27. 14 October 2015 / 12:39

    Oh Greetje!
    This post just proves a (recent) point of mine… That black trousers don’t have to be shapeless and frumpy.
    These are fab!
    And those legs of yours….Wowzers, MADE for skinny trousers
    You look a class act in this outfit.
    Your bum does not need covered up, but if it makes you more confident…what about a cropped jumper over a longer sheer(ish) shirt?
    However, I love the clean lines of your look.
    So chic.

    • Greetje
      14 October 2015 / 21:08

      Thanks for all these lovely compliments Samantha. It is my husband who spot the clean lines of the outfit. He advised me not to wear a necklace with it. So I chose those earrings as I could see his point. He prefers green earrings….. So funny to have a husband with a sense of styling (no, he is not gay haha oh no, just very creative). As for a longer shirt underneath it… I tried that but it ruins the clean lines. So I better get used to my exposed butt LOL.

  28. 14 October 2015 / 15:18

    You look great coming and going! Blue is one of my favorite colors, and it looks beautiful on you, with your hair and coloring. You’re always so real and honest, and that is appealing to me. Self love is where it’s at, in my opinion, and it’s contagious. I think you should wear the sweater with pride! Your relationship with Ron is very touching.

    The purple coat looks smashing with the blue sweater and I love the turquoise earrings. I do love the blue coat too. Cjhic and sophisticated!

    • Greetje
      14 October 2015 / 21:13

      I can tell you being honest can have its drawbacks too. but ai am glad you like it.
      Ron is looking to see whether the blue coat is popping up in the sale haha.. He is indeed very good to me. And in turn I am good to him.

  29. Elle
    14 October 2015 / 19:30

    Trifecta! You found a gorgeous outfits that suits you to a tee, one that your hubby loves, and one that shows off a nice part of your figure ! I adore the blue! and I also LOVE the purple !! I hate trying on clothes with those naughty bulky tags on them .:(
    Time to celebrate you, your figure, you hubby, and your closet!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      14 October 2015 / 21:14

      I will hang out the flag, bring out the booze and start celebrating LOL.

  30. 17 October 2015 / 10:25

    Elegance with a cheeky twist come to mind.
    You are such a force of nature.
    Happy weekend

    • Greetje
      17 October 2015 / 11:22

      After such a compliment you can be sure I will enjoy my weekend. Have a lovely weekend yourself too.

  31. 18 October 2015 / 03:18

    I love your writing. You are so funny! Your body is the same as mine, so I can totally relate to everything you said! I love the blue top. That color is so pretty, and it goes great with the pants you bought. The blue coat was gorgeous, but your right not to get it because it should have a lining. I’ve never heard of a coat not having a lining before.

    • Greetje
      18 October 2015 / 12:55

      Thank you Amy for all your compliments. I love it when a reader says I am funny and loves my writing. As I love to entertain. Always rewarding when you succeed in that.
      As for the coat not being lined, I suppose it is the industry trying to save money on the items. They probably researched that younger people aren’t that bothered about lining.
      I actually hadn’t seen it wasn’t lined. Saw that afterwards on the photo. I didn’t buy it because I thought it was too much money for 2 minutes of fame.
      When you said my body is the same as yours I had a look around your blog too and left a few comments. I am finally starting to accept my body and being proud of it.

  32. 18 October 2015 / 18:18

    I do just love you in Baby Blue, Baby! So pale, so chic, so perfect. A favorite color of mine that blondes wear best. And yes, you have every right to note your figure … at any age. Those shoes are fabulous, too.
    Haven’t seen much pale blue here-abouts. Cannot believe you didn’t buy that coat. The purple works fine and looks very pretty but you are such a beauty in the blue. Sigh. Really, Greetje … you should go back and buy it if you have even the tiniest regret that you didn’t!

    • Greetje
      18 October 2015 / 19:50

      I just find 300 euro for a one-minute-moment when I am opening the coat to hang it up, a bit steep. Ron is already looking to see whether it will hit the sale haha.

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