Max Mara cream pleated skirt

Cream pleated skirt Max Mara (72)_LREt voilà….. the first pictures of my purchases in Turin with Daniela. Dan picked four skirts and I loved them all. My problem however, is that I cannot style a skirt in a modern way. So I asked her to pick some tops as well. Sure enough she came back with 3 gorgeous tops in a sort of neoprene material. Each one of them suits this Max Mara cream pleated skirt but I wanted to style it myself for a change…. (getting adventurous aren’t I?). For a couple of days I thought the skirt was made of very thin leather. Then I got wiser. It feels like that, it looks like that, but it isn’t.

The boots were a given. They are also bought in the Max Mara Group outlet (no idea about the brand). Dan had them first and I copied her. Can I say in my defense that all the people whom I copy, live in different countries? Can I call it inspiration and get away with it then? Or am I fooling myself (and not you?).

Dan showed her boots several times on her blog and I saw that they made all her outfits modern. Something which I crave for but hardly ever achieve with skirts and dresses.

When I tried this sweater I first let it hang loose. And tried different necklaces, earrings and brooches. Until the thought of a belt popped up in my brain. I think I wore this belt only once. But I never throw out belts or scarves. Some day they will complete an outfit. This was one of those days.

Now for the photography. Ron and I went to an exposition (from Bosch to Brueghel) in a museum (Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam) and he took these pictures between the carpark and the museum.

Above: lovely autumn picture.

Below: this was all around me. The pebbles, unfortunately, made my heels disappear.autumn picturesBelow: I started with a coat but the weather was so nice, I really didn’t need it.Cream pleated skirt Max Mara (41)_LRBelow: because Ron doesn’t really like posing he said there was some fluff on my coat. I fell for it… again (Suzanne: I can hear you say…. sucker!)Cream pleated skirt Max Mara (44)_LRBelow: I just had to include this picture. Such beautiful nature, even if it is only a small park.Cream pleated skirt Max Mara (63)_LRBelow: near the car park was a mirror wall (with holes in it). Ron is always in for a more unusual photo…Cream pleated skirt Max Mara (55)_LRBelow: and this is from the other side, through one of the holes. It clearly shows the structure of the sweater which has appeared on the blog once before.Cream pleated skirt Max Mara (58)_LRBelow: behind the mirror wall was a square with a fountain. One of these which squirts water low and high.Cream pleated skirt Max Mara (31)_LRBelow: here I am looking at the water being low.Cream pleated skirt Max Mara (22)_LRBelow: then the water rose and a little girl on a bicycle got caught in the middle…. which I thought was funny…Cream pleated skirt Max Mara (4)_LRBelow: she didn’t.Cream pleated skirt Max Mara (9)_LRBelow: arty picture.Cream pleated skirt Max Mara (16)_LRBelow: another arty picture. Me behind the glass of the car park.Cream pleated skirt Max Mara (23)_LRBelow: the details.bag boots and beltIn case you are wondering about brands and so on, here they are:

Coat, boots and skirt: Max Mara or subbrand. Scarf with tassles: no idea, had it for about 20 years. As I said: “never throw out scarves or belts”. Cuff bracelet: bought in a small shop in Milan. Belt: an Etsy purchase two years ago (you can really go down the rabbit hole if you look for nice things on Etsy… I spent afternoons on that site). Bag: Longchamp from a couple of years ago. Sweater: Sarah Pacini, a Belgian brand. I have had this sweater for.. 15 years? Longer? Good brand, good quality, timeless.

Till next week.


No Fear of Fashion

PS Linking up with Not Dressed as Lamb’s iwearwhatilike: leather and suede this time.

PS2 Also linking up with Not Dead yet Style’s Visible Monday: bold colours.

PS3. Linking up with High Latitude Style‘s Top of the World Style.

PS4 And last but not least Style Nudge’s Shoe and Tell: pointy flat shoes (and others).




  1. 15 November 2015 / 17:22

    Beautiful outfit! It looks stylish and modern! I love the boots and don’t blame you that you copied Dan, I mean used her as your inspiration! 😉

    I think it’s great that you bought a lot of things in Italy! Now whenever you wear some of the pieces, you are instantly brought back to Turin! 🙂

    I love all the photos in this post – beautiful & so playful!

    • Greetje
      15 November 2015 / 20:55

      I have my dear husband to thank for the photos. He has the artistic eye. And the kindness to take these pictures, even when it is certainly not his hobby. Thanks for the compliments Andrea.

  2. Josephine
    15 November 2015 / 17:35

    Thank you for sharing your doubts while choosing your outfit. It gives me the feeling that I am not the only one with troubles about combining clothes and accessories. Great to see you in Rotterdam! Did you like the Haywagon from Jeroen Bosch?

    • Greetje
      15 November 2015 / 20:59

      Actually Josephine, I am a bit of a cultural barbarian. The one thing I came away with from the exhibition is my relief for living in 2015. Gosh those days were severe. So glad I didn’t live then. My husband is the art lover of us two and he schleps me with him. Good for me. Educates me.
      As for the doubts in styling.. you have no idea..It is really hard for me and nobody believes me. But usually a shop assistant or a friend has styled me. It just doesn’t come natural to me to think in proportions and colours and details. I am good in black and white with a bright colour. And in matchy/matchy… sigh.
      But… practice makes perfect so I keep on trying.

  3. 15 November 2015 / 18:25

    I think you achieved perfection with this look….and truly, I see nothing wrong with “copying”! You give credit where credit is due! Besides, isn’t that what pinterest is all about? I think the boots and belt make this outfit shine and your laughing picture is contagious!!! jodie

    • Greetje
      15 November 2015 / 21:03

      And the laughing pictures is a genuine laugh. Makes all the difference in the world. Laughing for posing makes my photos better as I have a rather sad or angry looking face when I don’t laugh.
      It sounds a bit like boasting but my laugh sounds very contagious too. I can make whole departments stop working when I laugh. Very loud en very contagious.
      Glad you approve of my “copying” LOL They say it is the best compliment you can give someone.

  4. 15 November 2015 / 18:54

    Greetje, you always look so stylish, so elegant. I think the brown and cream combination could be conservative, but by adding these boots and the belt it looks bang on trend. I think we’re all influenced by others, either consciously or subconsciously and you’re always very honest about where you pick up your ideas. I love the photos by the fountain – such fun!

    • Greetje
      15 November 2015 / 21:08

      My husband can pick the best spots. He doesn’t really like to take my pictures but he wants to help me with my blog. To make the chore more pleasant for himself, he thinks of interesting places or angles or objects to photograph. Lucky me.
      Coming back with lots of cream and neutrals is certainly Dan’s influence. Again, lucky me. She does take my character into consideration and finds me sweaters rather than jumpers.

  5. 15 November 2015 / 19:05

    Oh, Ron is a sly one – and very good! I love the photo of you laughing when the fountain is high. CLASSIC! And the one with the girl on her bike. And the arty shot through the mirror, etc. And of course the outfit stands on its own. Wonderful styling! Now I’m curious what kind of fabric your skirt is made of to make you think it’s thin leather and still manages to drape softly in those pleats.

    I’m glad you’re feeling good about your styling choices. I don’t think there’s anything wrong about copying others’ styling – I think it’s a compliment to them. Looking good, Greetje!

    • Greetje
      15 November 2015 / 21:17

      Glad you like it Melanie. Ron is very sligh in quickly taking pictures when something goes wrong or when I am in an awkward position. You will see that next week (click, click goes the camera).
      He must have weighed the chances of me trying the fountain when it was low. But he knows I am no fool. At least not that big a fool. So he didn’t even ask. The little girl was crying a little (while her parents and I thought it was hilarious). But the tears quickly dried.
      The material of the skirt feels like very high quality leather on the outside and has this little shine like leather. But it says on the label: 100% nylon (polyamide) with 100% coating (polyurethan). I have no idea how the dry cleaner is going to keep the pleats in after dry cleaning (of course… story of my life).

  6. Katie
    15 November 2015 / 19:37

    Greetje, I love your look! It looks as though you had tons of fun!

    • Greetje
      15 November 2015 / 21:19

      I did have fun Katie. Fortunately there can be laughter in almost anything. If you are lucky and know where to look for it. I mean, obviously when you are born on the wrong side of the world… it might be very hard to see or impossible. But I am a lucky person. Glad you like the outfit.

  7. 15 November 2015 / 20:07

    you did a very good job styling this skirt!!!!
    and the photos are gorgeous with all the golden light and that fab mirror wall 🙂
    btw. i LOVE plissé skirts!!!

    • Greetje
      15 November 2015 / 21:20

      Actually I never really liked plissé skirts as they usually looked funny on me. But this one just hangs perfectly. It feels and shines like very soft leather but isn’t.

  8. 15 November 2015 / 20:45

    That skirt is definitely made in heave for you, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. You are just about everything in it. chic, cclassy with a twist, and beautiful. I bet you felt above the world, wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

    • Greetje
      15 November 2015 / 21:22

      No I did not feel above the world (dangerous feeling). But I did feel proud of myself for finally putting together an outfit by myself. (Well…. apart from the copied boots and the fact Dan found the skirt.. haha).

  9. 15 November 2015 / 23:23

    What an elegant look! And I love the photo through the mirrored wall, so clever. The belt really does pull the outfit together. I don’t know if I could make a full skirt work, will have to think about it and experiment maybe.

    • Greetje
      16 November 2015 / 13:15

      A full skirt highly depends on how it is made around the waist and around the hips. You don’t want to puff out in these areas. Most pleated skirts did that to me and I even have tiny hips. This one hardly creases either, which is a big plus for a plisse skirt. And I’ll pass the compliment about the mirrored wall on to Ron.

  10. 16 November 2015 / 00:28

    Beautiful skirt. And pretty pictures. Looks like you and Ron had fun taking these.

    • Greetje
      16 November 2015 / 13:16

      I am usually the one having most of the fun, but he is getting used to it now. LOL

  11. Elle
    16 November 2015 / 02:05

    Gosh Greetje
    this looks like a fashion editorial! Incredible photos , so creatively done. I do love this skirt and the pretty textured top. The belt is a great choice, and I am glad you hung onto it. Love the scarf and boots, too. Dan is a good influence! And you look happy, so that makes the photos even more appealing, like you re having fun.
    you pay someone a nice compliment to copy their style, or a component of their style.
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      16 November 2015 / 13:18

      That’s the way to look at it Elle… paying someone a compliment by copying. Thank you for your nice compliments too. Ron’s influense that these pictures are getting more and more like a fashion editioral. Still a long way to go, but so much better than my garden photos with the tripod.

  12. 16 November 2015 / 03:14

    I have to say that Ron outdid himself here. All of his arty photos are brilliant. And yes…ha ha! you are a bit of a sucker ; P

    All of the yellows and greens in those first shots are wonderful. My favourite is the shot through the mirrored wall. Very cool.

    You did well styling this outfit. Elegant and chic with lots of great interesting textures. You both get A+ from me : )


    • Greetje
      16 November 2015 / 13:19

      I will continue to try and score points with you. Until I may write with red ink or get a pretty stamp in my book…. (showing my age here). And I will pass the compliments on to Ron.

  13. 16 November 2015 / 03:42

    I agree, the genuine smile makes all the difference and this one is the best! It’s still hard for me to grasp that you have a hard time styling things but I won’t argue with you, all I can say is you’ve done an excellent job educating yourself and finding how to make it work for you. Although you did mention that you styled this outfit all by yourself and seriously, by adding the belt (which is the perfect pattern for this) it totally made this ensemble work and completed it. Great tone of tights as well and yes, the booties were a given. Love that scarf by the way. And the Autumn photos are beautiful.

    • Greetje
      16 November 2015 / 13:20

      Autumn pictures are always beautiful as you proved as well. Your compliments make me feel warm and proud.

  14. 16 November 2015 / 04:19

    Great outfit and another lovely reportage, with fab pictures. Loved it!

    • Greetje
      16 November 2015 / 13:21

      Getting the hang of it, aren’t I?

  15. nancy
    16 November 2015 / 08:41

    I want to wear this outfit! Really stunning. You ve styled it perfectly! Love everything about it. And great pictures. Have you been to the Kroller Miller museum? If you like musea you should go there.

    • Greetje
      16 November 2015 / 13:23

      No, the Kröller Müller museum is on my wishlist. Would be nice to combine with a hotel arrangement. Nice weekend stuff. Thanks for reminding me. And thank you for all the compliments. Much appreciated.

  16. Katrien
    16 November 2015 / 09:53

    Love it, stylish and modern! I like to see copying as being inspired by, sounds much more positive:) and doesn’t everyone like to know they have inspired someone. Pass my compliments to Ron, what a fun and great foto shoot. Those autumn colors, love it.

    • Greetje
      16 November 2015 / 13:24

      I will certainly pass the compliments on to Ron. And I will continue being inspired LOL.

  17. Marianne
    16 November 2015 / 14:12

    I am so proud of you. When I look back on how you started on Sylvia’s blog and then with your own blog. Look at you now. You make wonderful fashionable combinations with an eye for details. And Ron creates an editorial item. This combination is great and you look f…k..g great in it. And I personally know that all your laughs are real and contagious. I give you a 10 or in English an A.

    • Greetje
      16 November 2015 / 15:45

      Hahaha, language Marianne, language LOL. Thank you so much for your praise. I know you have a very good eye for styling. (Your daughter must have inherited that from you.) So a compliment from you is extra special. I must admit, I am learning from all this blogging (and slowly going bankrupt…).

  18. 16 November 2015 / 18:23

    Very cool, Greetje! I’m glad to see you gave the mid calf boot a chance. They look great on you. They look like the ones Victoria Beckham had in her fall 2015 collection. The knife-pleat skirt is very popular and this one is great!

    • Greetje
      16 November 2015 / 20:13

      You should see the skirt in reality, such fine material, like very soft leather. I hope the dry cleaner can deal with it.

  19. 16 November 2015 / 21:58

    This is a perfect outfit on you! And makes me remember those days we spent together …
    As I see you styled the skirt in a very nice way and your sweater looks gorgeous!
    I am wearing often those boots and find they go with ( almost ) everything… isn’t it fantastic when a piece works this way?? By the way … luckily mine don’t ruin tights anymore! I

    Beautiful autumnal, colourful background

    • Greetje
      17 November 2015 / 08:23

      You are right, the boots go with anything. This outfit gets a lot of approval. I have you to thank for that. What did you do to them to stop them ruining your tights? I am planning to take them to the cobbler as there are little hard things at the side. Perhaps he can soften that. Thinking of you every day.

      • 17 November 2015 / 09:02

        I did simply … nothing to the boots! Probably wearing them often, the hard part which ruined tights softened by itself. It seems that sometimes things are resolved without any help!

        I know you are a precious friend…

  20. 16 November 2015 / 22:54

    Beautiful and elegant look, much to my liking. The pleated skirt is wonderful.

    • Greetje
      17 November 2015 / 08:24

      Oh yes, this outfit would be to your liking. You like women to be elegant and feminine. That is one side of my character which I have neglected a bit over the past years. Thanks to Dan there is more balance in my wardrobe. I will never be elegant like her every day as I have other sides to my character (loud shouting haha).

  21. Fiona McMurdo
    17 November 2015 / 01:52

    This is a lovely outfit on you, the lighter-coloured skirt balancing your body shape perfectly. Very nice.

    • Greetje
      17 November 2015 / 08:26

      I was so pleased with it. Normally a plisse skirt doesn’t look nice on me, but this one does. And it hardly creases either. Super.

  22. Happiness at Mid Life
    18 November 2015 / 04:12

    This is such a gorgeous look! I love all the textures in this outfit and belting it with a leopard belt was brilliant.


    Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Greetje
      18 November 2015 / 13:59

      Hah!! Me being Brilliant for change. That’s nice LOL

  23. 19 November 2015 / 19:37

    Your ensemble provides a beautiful silhouette. I love the addition of the belt. I believe that if you are inspired by someone’s taste, it is a huge compliment. I think we inspire each other all the time, and it enhances our creativity.

    I adore the pleated skirt and your boots. And your photos.

    • Greetje
      19 November 2015 / 21:17

      Thank you Judith. A compliment from a very stylish lady.. you just made my day.

  24. 22 November 2015 / 03:43

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I love the unusual perspectives of the photos! Great compliment to your hubby. But you deserve a great compliment too. I always find it hard to style a pleated skirt modern and you did a great job. It looks fresh!

    • Greetje
      22 November 2015 / 18:52

      You betya that I am proud of myself… being able to style this skirt haha.

  25. 23 November 2015 / 09:54

    Forgot to leave a comment but of course I spotted this look a week ago already (I always read through my feedly where I don’t comment). Love the look. It’s the perfect combination of classic, modern and chic. A look that suits you so well. I like Ron’s commitment to not only getting the posey pictures. Keep up the good work Ron! The belt is a perfection addition! Looking forward to your post tonight!
    (Oops, for some reason forgot to post yesterday evening and press the submit button)

    • Greetje
      23 November 2015 / 20:34

      High praise. Thank you very much. I am very pleased with that.

  26. 24 November 2015 / 16:37

    Ik ben een fan van Max Mara. Die rok met plooitjes ziet er prachtig uit! De volledige outfit trouwens! Ook heel originele foto’s.

    • Greetje
      24 November 2015 / 20:09

      Heel hartelijk dank. Gelukkig koop ik veel Max Mara in de outlet in Italië. Dat maakt het betaalbaar. Maar soms koop ik stukken gewoon in de winkel in Nederland en zeg dan even au.

  27. 10 December 2015 / 23:39

    Great story line and fab photos. What a team you and Ron make, and such a happy day together. You have a super figure Greete and this type of skirt suits you so well. It wouldn’t look as good on someone with wide hips but on you its perfect.

    • Greetje
      12 December 2015 / 10:15

      It depends totally on how the skirt is cut Aileen. Have you seen my long wide fuchsia skirt? That is made from 84 tapered panels which works perfectly for wider hips as well.

      • 12 December 2015 / 12:02

        Thanks Greetje I will have another look at it. I like pencil skirts the best, but they do emphasise wide hips.

  28. Nina T
    25 February 2016 / 04:06

    I LOVE this one. Boat neck suits you better than smaller round necks.

    • Greetje
      25 February 2016 / 22:34

      I totally agree with you. And I do know that, so most of my necklines are boat necks. I would love V-necks too, but unfortunately I have lots of wrinkles on my chest. Not a pretty site, so I cover that. But the higher up the tops are, the more they emphasize my bosom. Which clearly does not need any emphasizing haha.

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