Max Mara flower skirt with a blue sweater

Flower skirt MM & blue sweater (39)_LRThis Max Mara flower skirt is the last skirt I bought at the outlet in Turin. I brought back half a suitcase full of good stuff. While trying everything on in Turin, Daniela handed me three boxy sweaters to go with the skirts and I thought they looked terrific. Trying them on again at home I chickened out. I only use one of them on an A-line skirt (still to show on the blog) and the rest on pencil skirts. We didn’t select a top for the skirt which you see today. I think that this blue sweater (brand Vanilia, seen before here) is nice with it as the grey in the skirt is a bit bluish. The belt is ancient. (Remember I said I never throw out belts or scarves?) The colour brown of the belt is exactly the same as the boots. (After seeing these photos I knew I should have kept the belt just a little bit lower….)

Ron (husband) suggested we’d take pictures in the Hortus Botanicus, the botanic garden in Amsterdam. Reason to visit? Lots of glass (greenhouse) which means lots of light and it is indoors. Ideal for winter photography. Alas, it was a dark and cloudy day, so the pictures turned out rather dark. At the end of the post I will reveal a few bloopers as well.

Here we go.

Below: you could image yourself somewhere in the jungle. Well…. with a bit of fantasy. There are no stairs with handrails in the jungle.Flower skirt MM & blue sweater (5 van 8)Below: staring at the giant plants and trees and the bridge (gangway) above me.Flower skirt MM & blue sweater (1 van 8)Below: there is a big vertical pleat at the front of the skirt. The material of the skirt is a bit stiff.Flower skirt MM pleat front (1 van 1)

Below: of course Ron notices the arty bits, like the roof of the greenhouse.Hortus building (1 van 2)Below: hmmmm… is this skirt too short? Is this style too girly for a woman of 61? You can tell me in all honesty. I value honest opinions more than flattery.Flower skirt MM & blue sweater (2 van 8)Below: another pretty picture of the roof.Hortus building (2 van 2)Below: can you spot me?Flower skirt MM & blue sweater (71)_LRBelow: Ron took photos of some tree trunks. They look pretty strange this close.Plants HortusBelow: Ron instructed me to take off one of my boots and made this photo. I reminds me of the fabulous Blue Hue Wonderland photography. Unfortunately Ann stopped blogging. The photography on that blog is fabulous (oh I already said that).Flower skirt MM & blue sweater (8 van 8)Now for the bloopers…. Ron told me when I tried this sweater on in the shop, that my bust was  (how do you say that?)… not to miss. It drew attention. At the time I thought “So what?” Women have breasts.” But in hindsight it would have been wiser to downplay this feature a little. (If you want to learn more about highlighting or downplaying a bosom… read this very informative article by 40+Style).

Below: first blooper: it was really warm in the greenhouse, but you wouldn’t think so if you look at my bosom. All photos were like this. I had to photoshop all of them to look a bit decent. I only dared publishing such photos at the end of this post as only the die-hard readers get this far. I don’t want to wear a padded bra underneath the sweater as it only enlarges the girls…. But this is a very unwanted situation. Especially at the office.Flower skirt MM with blooper sweater (1 van 1)Below: see what I mean? Try and keep your eyes on the earrings.Flower skirt MM with blooper2 sweater (1 van 1)Below: last blooper… my face as I am trying to keep some branches out of sight. The strange lamps in the greenhouse add to making me look like a figure from a horror movie.Flower skirt MM & blue sweater (3 van 8)I hope I made you laugh.


Linking up to Patti’s Visible Monday.

And linking up to Powers of the flowers.

And linking up to Catherine’s I wear what I like for some animal print!

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  1. Paula
    10 January 2016 / 17:36

    I like the outfit but agree that the belt could be a bit lower. Up this high it accentuates the girls more. Unless you have a bosom, you do not understand that dressing one is difficult and clothes don’t always work as well on busty women as lesser endowed ones.
    Love the boots and think the hose color works great with them.

    • Greetje
      10 January 2016 / 17:40

      Thanks Paula. Until I was about 36, my bosom was small. Then I added some weight and it all seemed to accumulate at the top. When I was young I wished for this. Now I say: be careful what you wish for. Nevertheless I am grateful that they are there and healthy.

  2. Marianne
    10 January 2016 / 17:58

    Looking great again, and no the skirt is not too short. The pattern is nice you just blend in with the surroundings. I like that the material is stiff then it stands out a bit. Which gives it the perfect fit for your body. Don’t you worry about your bosem. It gets bad when your boobs enter the room and then 5 minutes later you appear. ha ha. The trunks look like pineapple. Ron did a perfect job again.

    • Greetje
      10 January 2016 / 18:08

      I always joke that I am trying to teach my breasts to open the door for me. As they always arrive (way) before me. ????

  3. 10 January 2016 / 18:27

    Of course I read to the end of the post, and was rewarded accordingly 🙂

  4. 10 January 2016 / 18:28

    I agree with Marianne that the skirt is not too short. First, you have lovely legs that the skirt length complements. Second, the material of the skirt drapes nicely so all the appropriate torso parts remain covered. Third, on a personal level, as a 61 year old I have discovered that longer length skirts and dresses make me “feel” old – not older, just old.

    And on an unrelated note, I enjoy your posts as much for your style as for your down-home feel and sense of humor!

    • Greetje
      10 January 2016 / 19:16

      Such a comment like yours warms my heart. I do try to make people laugh. Firstly because I love to laugh and to entertain. Secondly because I think if I amuse my readers, they want to return for the next post.

  5. 10 January 2016 / 19:35

    No, the skirt is not too short on you, you have great legs. And it’s always a good idea to emphasise your assets. Speaking of which… Big boobs + a V-neck, that’s the formula.

    • Greetje
      10 January 2016 / 21:24

      I would love a V-neck (I am an extravert haha). But my chest is covered with old lady wrinkels. Perhaps a V-shaped jacket or necklace?

    • Greetje
      10 January 2016 / 21:25

      Now that is a terrific compliment. Thanks very much Gaby.

  6. Isa
    10 January 2016 / 19:54

    Love it, you made me laugh, you are a joy!

    • Greetje
      10 January 2016 / 21:35

      That is my life goal: making people laugh. I just love to entertain. Don’t know whether I am good at it, but as long as you keep laughing, I will continue making jokes. Thanks ever so much for this comment Isa.

  7. 10 January 2016 / 21:20

    Oh how I wish my husband had Ron’s eye for art and design. The photo of the boot perched on the cactus is pretty enough to have as a piece of art on the wall in my bedroom. What a great series of photos that would be…different shoes with different plants.

    As for opinions well in the end, they are just that, personal thoughts about something, given our own experiences, background and life history and are very subjective.

    Like I tell my husband, “When I want your opinion I’ll give it to you.” ; P

    That said, I do not think the skirt is too short. However if you don’t feel comfortable then you won’t wear it, just the same as the boxy sweaters you no longer care for. In the long run, truly, the only opinion that counts is the one we have of ourselves.

    It is funny as women we are so self conscious of our nipples. I’m the same way. We need to get past that. Heck everyone has them!


    • Greetje
      10 January 2016 / 21:31

      I will wear the skirt and think “I dare not to care”” (about other people’s opinion). I even have the T-shirt as you know. And you are right with your outlook on opininions. Still I was curious.
      And I do wear the boxy sweaters, only in a different combination. Solution for the nipples… inlays like the ones mothers have who still breastfeed?

      • 17 January 2016 / 10:37

        There are nipple-covers for that, like e.g. these ones:

        I agree with the other ladies that the skirt is not too short and not too ‘young’.

        Having said that, I don’t like this outfit.

        The sweater is not flattering on you, boobwise.

        Further I don’t like this type of stiff skirt very much. Maybe because of the length. You can wear short skirts just fine, but a stiff skirt like this one, might look better if it’s a bit longer.

        And I don’t like the boots; the mid calf-height seems weird to me. At least in combination with this type of skirt and this length of skirt.
        But hey, I know that you receive many compliments on those boots. I’m quite alone in my opinion;-).

        Many days you look fab; this look is not your best, imo. But feel free to ‘dare not to care’, hahaha!

        • Greetje
          17 January 2016 / 12:39

          I agree with you on the sweater. I disagree on the stiffness of the skirt, I still have my doubts about the length. And I totally disagree on the boots haha. You and I have opposite opinions about the look of boots. Differences is what makes this worldcso colourful and interesting. I do agree with you about the kind of top that would be better on skirts. Now it is a matter of finding that.

    • Lorraine
      25 January 2016 / 00:39

      I only had one……but thanks to my breast cancer surgeon I had a reconstruction last year so now have one real, one formed from a flap of skin. You would miss them if they weren’t there Greetje!

  8. 10 January 2016 / 23:16

    🙂 Hahaha, love the last pictures of you “freezing” 😀
    All others are very nice, but not half as funny and the Hortus Bontanicus is a wonderful location.
    Have a very HAPPY week.
    Groetjes uit Veenen 🙂

    • Greetje
      11 January 2016 / 07:28

      Glad I could amuse you. ? That is my first goal: entertaining.

  9. 10 January 2016 / 23:37

    Skirt too short – absolutely not. Too girly – are you kidding? Heck no. It’s very stylish on you. The only thing I would say is that I agree with you – belt could be worn lower but minor, minor detail.
    As one woman with boobage I know how it feels! But in this, Ron is wrong. I really didn’t notice the boobage – I was looking at the print of the skirt and thinking oh – very pretty – Greetje’s legs look great – fabulous location, must visit that glasshouse if we ever return to Amsterdam – ha, ha, at the boot on the cactus etc….. I’m with Suzanne. We need to get past the nips!
    And you definitely made me laugh with the bloopers!

    • Greetje
      11 January 2016 / 07:29

      So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks very much for all the feedback. I was wondering.

  10. 11 January 2016 / 04:02

    Ha! Love your humor. The “girls” are seeking attention on their own. 🙂 This was a great place to take pictures.

    • Greetje
      11 January 2016 / 07:32

      Well Ally, there are bigger problems in the world (no pun intended). But if I can use it to get some laughs… then it serves a very good purpose.

  11. Happiness at Mid Life
    11 January 2016 / 06:43

    Greetje – you always put a smile on my face! That’s why I enjoy reading your post (plus your stylish ways). I think this outfit looks great on you and not too young at all. I think as long as you feel good in it then who cares.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Greetje
      11 January 2016 / 07:32

      You are very right. Dare not to care!

  12. 11 January 2016 / 06:47

    I think you did a great job putting together your outfit. I like the color combo and the balance of the proportions is excellent. My eyes were not drawn specifically to your chest because the print in the skirt grabbed my attention first. There is an art to de-emphasis in dressing and you did a marvelous job of it. I, too, am blessed with more than my fair share in the bosom (and have been since my teens) and I fully understand your concern about ‘nippleage’. Don’t need a target on them, they create attention very well on their own.

    With the floral pattern in your skirt, would you consider adding your post to my Powers the Flower link up?

    • Greetje
      11 January 2016 / 08:18

      Thanks very much for your comment. As I gather the “problem” is well-known. I had a look at your blog and linked up as you will see. Good luck with your 2016 goals.

  13. 11 January 2016 / 19:56

    I told GI, and now say again, the skirt is cute, and the look is perfect. The pictures are very beautiful and are taken on a magnificent place.

    • Greetje
      11 January 2016 / 20:53

      Oh thank you. That is kind to give such a nice comment on two devices. My husband took the pictures. Indoor photography is still difficult for us though.

  14. 11 January 2016 / 21:14

    The skirt looks fine, but as Suzanne said, you just have to feel comfortable enough to continue wearing it – which you said you would, so well done. I have to laugh about the nipples problem as I always wear a moulded bra to fill me out and you do the opposite – women always seem to hanker after the opposite of what they have! My hair always curls and does crazy stuff and I long for straight, sleek locks too. Great photos from Ron again today with a brilliant backdrop, oh and what a good eye he has – the boot shot was inspired x
    Anna’s Island Style

    • Greetje
      11 January 2016 / 21:42

      Oh yes, Ron has a good eye. The camera doesn’t always cooperate unfortunately. It is like a little computer… too many possibilities. As we both are amateurs in photography anyway, doesn’t help. And yes I prayed for a larger bosom when I was younger (until I was 34). And yes I want curly hair. You are right, you always want to have what you cannot get. Typical.
      I will pass the compliments on to Ron.

  15. 11 January 2016 / 23:30

    Greetje, you always make me laugh – such a wonderful talent, plus, I love your fashion choices as well.

    Too short? Nah. No way. You have great legs. It’s not even a mini. I love seeing you roaming the jungle with the stair railings. Ha! Excellent photos. And the boot photo is art. Good call by Ron! (I miss Ann’s blog too.)

    I didn’t even notice the nipples until you pointed (ha!) them out. But yes, I get self-conscious about such things too and I don’t even have big boobs, which seems like a huge (small) injustice. A long light scarf in your purse for a quick coverup would work. And if you have a big necklace that could provide distraction. Of course a large parrot on your head would too. Haha!

    • Greetje
      12 January 2016 / 21:15

      Whahahaha… You made me laugh so loud. I am now gonna tell Ron why. He is asking after it. And I will pass your compliment on.

  16. 12 January 2016 / 03:22

    I think the skirt length is good. You have great legs so why not show them. You are such are card my dear and always making everyone grin. Ah your husband is right, we all have them!

    Thanks for the shout out. Indoor places are helpful during the cold months and we found them fun as a change of pace. Lovely boot and picture. Another stylish and pleasing outfit. Excellent hair too.

    • Greetje
      12 January 2016 / 21:52

      Your photography is still an inspiration. And I will tell Ron about your praise. It will please him, coming from a pro.
      You did type a bit too quick though. I read in your comment: “You are such are card my dear”. I am curious whay you meant. I love compliments and I suspect that is one. ☺️

  17. Christine
    12 January 2016 / 05:01

    You are always lovely, but this outfit doesn’t really suit you, compared with other outfits that you have posted. The print is too fussy. The look is not as bold as your more successful outfits. I think a darker surplice/wrap or v neck (wrinkles be damned) top would look better. Add a jacket in leather or something else that would add some edginess. That said, your hair is perfect and you look great in those boots.

    • Greetje
      12 January 2016 / 21:54

      Hmm.. not a bad idea. The outfit is rather sweet.
      A friend of me also told me that the baby blue was not the best colour for me in winter. I showed her the outfit with a red jumper which she thought was 100% better. But.. still not edgy. Thanks for the tips.

  18. 12 January 2016 / 06:18

    I believe I told you before that I love the boots. Well, I do. And I’m enjoying the many ways you have styled them. This is a nice color combo.

    • Greetje
      12 January 2016 / 22:20

      And the boots being so comfortable is a nice bonus.

  19. 12 January 2016 / 09:53

    I like how you styled the skirt! And find it inspiring… I should wear my wide skirts with tight sweates more often…the combination look so nice on you …
    Sometimes, when I see clothes bought at the MM outlet in your posts, I think it’s a pity I haven’t bought the same for myself!
    Wonderful place! I love botanic gardens…

    • Greetje
      12 January 2016 / 22:23

      Haha, I often have the same feeling when I see your MM outfits, thinking: damned, I would have liked that for myself too. One of my friends pointed out that baby blue is not really a good colour for me, near my face. Especially not in winter. I tried this outfit with a red jumper and that met with her approval.

  20. 12 January 2016 / 19:57

    So my honest opinion….no–the skirt is definitely not too short—it looks great so your age doesn’t mean tiddlywinks!! The color of the shirt is wonderful with the skirt….but somehow, it’s not as flattering—i’m not exactly sure how/why….maybe if it were v-neck?
    And you know, now we want to see the skirt with those boxy sweaters. You could do a post to compare them?
    I would also like to say, that it is so fun how you basically take us on a tour of wherever you go—-thanks!! jodie

    • Greetje
      12 January 2016 / 22:28

      Tiddlywinks… what a lovely word. It has been a long time since I heard that word. A good friend of mine also said that the high neck and the colour of the sweater both weren’t flattering. I showed her a picture of the outfit with a red jumper and she said it was 100% better.
      As for the boxy sweaters… hmm could be good. Just need a photographer as Ron wouldn’t be up for that. I think you gave me a blogpost idea before which I liked… but forgot.. Shame on me.

  21. Ann
    13 January 2016 / 04:15

    I’m using slang, sorry. A card a someone who is fun, like playing cards. I grew up in a rural area and my parents used this term for having fun. You have a wonderful, well considered style that I appricate and am inspired by, but you are also light hearted at times in your posts. I enjoy this?

    • Greetje
      13 January 2016 / 13:58

      Actually… entertaining and making people laugh is my main goal. The outfits are a big passion too, but would lose in importance from entertaining.

  22. 13 January 2016 / 04:48

    Entertainer, indeed! These photo’s are once again, beautiful. Ron is getting to be quite the artist. I agree with Suzanne, a series of pictures with shoes on plants and other object would make for a wonderful wall collage. Now Ron has his work cut out for him.
    As for the skirt, it’s a perfect length, truly it is! And it looks wonderful on you and your beautiful legs show it off even better. You chose the perfect boots to compliment the length as well, you wonderful fashionista. And the shirt, well it looks great as far as my opinion goes. We’re women, we have breast, period!

    • Greetje
      13 January 2016 / 14:01

      I will tell Ron he has a new career. Actually, he is very busy setting up a business with his boat. Giving navigation lessons while sightseeing, to tourists. When he is ready I will write a post about it.
      The boots are a copy (I am so good at that) because I saw how good they looked on Daniela. Didn’t even spot that right away.
      As for the sweater… I do think I am going to change that. The colour doesn’t do me much good either, as a friend pointed out (rightly).

  23. 13 January 2016 / 15:15

    Gorgeous photos and I adore this skirt – with texture and a pleat and a great length. The sweater is less “Greetje” than I am used to seeing – more conservative, I guess. xox


    • Greetje
      13 January 2016 / 16:52

      Yep, less Greetje 2016, I agree. I have heard that comment more. I find it extremely difficult with my figure (no hips and hardly any waist) to style skirts. With boxy or long sweaters the outfit becomes more modern, but often that looks very ugly on me. Sometimes it works. Usually it doesn’t. Which is why I try to create a waist (a bit of an hourglass shape) and that brings us back to more conservative. At least I changed the pumps for booties haha.

    • Greetje
      13 January 2016 / 16:53

      If I made you laugh Rebecca, then my mission is accomplished. Thanks for stopping by. You are a lot more loyal than I am.. (shame on me).

  24. 13 January 2016 / 16:55

    Yes! I am laughing! Out loud! I love that you publish your bloopers. I don’t have the courage.

    I salute the fact that you never get rid of scarves or belts. I think that’s a great strategy, and I’m of the same opinion.

    You look beautiful, Greetje. I love every piece in this ensemble. I don’t think the skirt is too short on you! You have great legs.

    • Greetje
      13 January 2016 / 19:12

      I got a few comments on the sweater though. As in the colour isn’t that flattering for me. Especially not in winter. Which I agree with. I have a red one too… no problem haha.

  25. Lucy
    18 February 2016 / 17:50

    I think the skirt is a lovely length. Please wear more of this length or perhaps a little shorter even. I adore them.

    • Greetje
      20 February 2016 / 08:17

      Ha Lucy, thank you, but shorter? Ain’t gonna happen. I don’t like that on me. And as much as I want to please my readers, I firstly want to please myself ?.

  26. Nina T
    25 February 2016 / 03:51

    The skirt is fine. I’ve never cared for round necks. They don’t work for my features. However, if that’s all I can find in something that must come home with me, I add some sort of decor around it. Usually a V-neck jacket, or wrap, or a scarf, or a short chunky necklace – something to distract from the roundness of the neck. As in your later post with the red turnic sweater – it has the shoe clips as decor that offsets the round neck. That works.

    • Greetje
      25 February 2016 / 22:09

      Heh… thanks Nina… That is very good advice. Not for this sweater as I already gave it away (the colour is not flattering and the boobs don’t fit. But it is sound advice for other difficult necklines.

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