Red tunic sweater at the Foodhalls in Amsterdam

long red tunic sweater with white skinnies, little red bag and leopard pumps at FoodhallsThe Foodhallen (Foodhalls) in Amsterdam West. The place which Ron (husband) chose to photograph my red tunic sweater. For a long time not the best area of Amsterdam. As it often happens, this area is now up and coming. Which is why a daring project developer decided to transform the old City Tram Depot into a highbrow place where you can shop, eat, go to the cinema etc. All indoors. Like a small mall with a lot of style. 

The atmosphere is terrific. As everything is indoors, there is no sheltering from the rain, no distressed faces… a holiday atmosphere in a historic village. They kept many features of the original building. The place is light thanks to the (partially) glass roofs. It reminds me of Granville Island, Public Market Courtyard in Vancouver. You can see a little bit of it in this post about the blogger meet-up in Vancouver.

Below: high ceilings, lots of industrial features… loads of people. Man, is that place popular. Foodhalls high ceilingBelow: we are in the main food halls, off the “street”, where there are many foodstalls with very good food. This is a highbrow place. FoodhallsBelow: Christmas decorations were still up (January 10) which added to the atmosphere.Foodhalls nice and busyBelow: it was very busy so I dumped my coat on a chair and asked the guys at that table to guard it while we were taking photos. Which they consented to, cracking a few jokes (it is Amsterdam… everybody cracks jokes here).long red tunic sweater with white skinnies, little red bag and leopard pumpsBelow: let’s talk outfit. I am wearing a very long tunic? sweater? By hoisting it up at one side, it looks better than just totally hanging down. I didn’t think of that myself, the shop assistent did. Mind you, you have to be careful with this hoisting. If you do it too much it looks ridiculous. As if you went to the toilet and accidently tucked your sweater in your trousers when pulling up your briefs.

The white skinnies (nearly leggings) make the outfit brighter. The leopard (shoe) clips at the top bookend the leopard pumps (seen before here and here). This I thought up myself. I wasn’t sure at first about the little red bag (seen before here), but it worked out fine. This is a super comfy outfit. Nothing pinches.long red tunic sweater with white skinnies, little red bag and leopard pumpsBelow: while photographing, I spotted this girl with the hat. She was very beautiful. Foodhalls girl with green hat I couldn’t get a good shot at her as people kept walking past me, blocking my view. As I was standing “in the street”, blocking them, I couldn’t very well shout: “WHY DON’T YOU ALL GO HOME?” That is not polite. But similar things (and worse) crossed my mind.

Below: a shot of the girl’s face. Beautiful, don’t you agree?Foodhalls in red long tunic sweater (4 van 25)Below: then these two lovebirds approached. They were oozing their budding love. So I sent the girls this photo. Nice reminder.happy lesbian couple at the FoodhallsBelow: as we walked out, I ran into this gentleman in black and I told him I really liked his cap. In return he paid me a compliment about my sweater.

See how straight I am standing? I am wearing a little device called Lumo lift. It vibrates just underneath your collar bone when you slouch. I am still not 100% on good terms with it. It sometimes vibrates all the time and sometimes it doesn’t at all. But it probably just needs a bit of time to figure out how to stand and sit and where exactly to place the device (I know what you’re thinking and I am warning you….).  red tunic sweater talking to man with capBelow: this mural we saw crossing “the street”.Foodhalls in red long tunic sweater (11 van 25)Below: and this lady had on a very nice coat. I warned her that her belt was hanging down at the back. She laughed and said: “I have that covered… I sewed it on the coat.” (You can see it, like a tail between her legs haha.) Clever though and I would have loved to be the owner of that coat.Lady in black and white coatBelow: the place we visited.Foodhalls sign (1 van 1)Below: and they did sell all sorts of tunic sweater with white skinnies, little red bag and leopard pumpsBelow: let’s go upstairs where the clothes are (… comment please… 😆 ).Foodhalls in red long tunic sweater (15 van 25)Below: Ron thought this was a very nice dress. The collar is attached to the dress. As it had short sleeves I didn’t even bother.Foodhalls in red long tunic sweater (16 van 25)Below: he also liked the three dresses you see in this picture. I would never have given them a second look. He apparently has a more modern taste and likes simple lines. I should listen to him more. Gosh my hair was cooperating that day… Thank you Inge (my hairdresser).Foodhalls in red long tunic sweater (17 van 25)Below: hi !! The shoe clips in close-up. Present from my friend Anja (Curly Traveller).Foodhalls in red long tunic sweater (19 van 25)Below: a spat (gaiter) on a black pump.Foodhalls in red long tunic sweater (18 van 25)Below: we went from hall one to hall two. Similar set-up. Indoors with several shops on either side of the “street”.Foodhalls in red long tunic sweater (21 van 25)Below: Ron spotted these bonnets and thought they were terrific. Works of art to display….Sometimes I do not understand this man.Foodhalls in red long tunic sweater (20 van 25)Below: this is at the end of hall number two. That’s me in the black coat.Foodhalls in red long tunic sweater (22 van 25)Below: and back out again, looking in the window of a nice shop on the corner. See the little guy? Cute. My coat is second-hand by a lovely brand called Annette Görtz. It is German, high quality and they not only use young models but also an older one. See their modern collection 2016Annette Görtz coat with little red bag and leopard pumpsBelow: Gemeente Tram means City Tram. Simpel.Foodhalls in red long tunic sweater (24 van 25)Below: back to the parking garage and home.Foodhalls in red long tunic sweater (25 van 25)If you visit Amsterdam, you might like to go there. More information about the Foodhalls and about hot spots in Amsterdam you will find at Your Little Black Book.

I would love to move to that neighbourhood and live there. But it is expensive to buy a house in Amsterdam, like in any capital city. The lottery… our only hope. Well.. my only hope, as Ron doesn’t want to move back to his place of birth. Traitor.


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  1. 17 January 2016 / 17:37

    I agree with Ron and the dresses…all beautiful!
    I would love to have tried them on.

    You look “on point” in this slouchy outfit, the tucking is a great idea BUT I totally agree about it being a fine balance between ‘cool and intentional’ and “oh look, her dress is tucked into her knickers!!”.

    Nice to see you bookending with your accessories :oD I like the touches of leopard .
    Your hair is indeed “behaving” ….perfection!


    • Greetje
      17 January 2016 / 18:47

      Thanks Samantha. Hope you also enjoyed the “sightseeing”. I am far behind in visiting other blogs. Shame on me.

  2. 17 January 2016 / 19:03

    What a fun place…thanks for taking us there as well as sharing your red tunic…a stylish, comfortable piece. I always appreciate when you stop by, Greetje!

    • Greetje
      17 January 2016 / 19:48

      Likewise Pam. Are you recovering well?

      • 17 January 2016 / 20:44

        Yes thank you! I am going to try to go out for work appointments tomorrow and try to gradually get back in the gym. We will see how it goes. Thanks for asking!

        • Greetje
          17 January 2016 / 21:32

          Be careful and good luck.

  3. Katie
    17 January 2016 / 19:06

    Hi Greetje,
    I think you look exceptionally lovely, I never would have put that outfit together! I love everything about it!
    I do wish you had tried those dresses on, I agree with Ron, they are good looking.
    And yes, your hair is fab!
    Thank you for sharing, looks like a fun day indeed!xx

    • Greetje
      17 January 2016 / 19:50

      Thanks Katie. It is always a pleasure to make these posts. But even better to hear somebody enjoyed it. As for the dresses…. short sleeves.. nahh. No go.

  4. 17 January 2016 / 20:25

    I do like Ron’s tastes. But then again…he chose you! : )

    I especially like the dress with oversized collar. In my colours. I have no need though of course. I need to only admire.

    You do look wonderful in red. The leopard touches are fabulous. The sweater looks like it is long enough to be worn as a dress, although I do like your choice of the white jeans.

    The next time I come for a visit I want to go to this place! It looks lovely.


    • Greetje
      17 January 2016 / 21:34

      Ohhh visit? Is that likely to happen? I have a spare bed for you. Oh and a cat and a dog.. Bummer.

    • 18 January 2016 / 03:52

      Why don’t you come in the summer Suzanne at a time when I’m there as well! You are very welcome to stay again.

      • 18 January 2016 / 04:00

        You are very kind Sylvia!

        I’m just *thinking* out loud at this point, but I had so much fun the last time I don’t want to leave it too long before I head out that way again.

        This year we’re tentatively planning a rather expensive trip to Africa for my 50th.

        It’d be great to start planning for next year though : )

        • 18 January 2016 / 04:09

          Oh that should be great! We are planning for South America… We should really get together for our 50ths! (mine is in July, yours?) Well, of course in 2017 I’m planning to come to New York again so keep that in mind. For this year, I’m thinking of going to Milan, London and Paris for fashion week. Just for fun and to take photos (I don’t expect many show invitations!) These are at the end of September. Perhaps we can persuade Greetje and / or Anja and some of the other European ladies to come as well!

  5. 17 January 2016 / 21:27

    I love this outfit and I want your pumps in my size! Did you get these beautiful green booties?

    • Greetje
      17 January 2016 / 21:37

      No I didn’t and they are not booties. They are pumps with spats or gaiter. In German Gamasche.

      • Greetje
        18 January 2016 / 08:20

        Oh by the way. I bought the leopard pumps last year. Brand name is Panara.

  6. 17 January 2016 / 23:20

    You look stunning in red Greetje. And I like the insouciant way you’ve tucked the sweater in. Yes, I’m so with you about the ‘tucked in your knickers’ look – not good! Ha, ha.
    Ron has great taste – yes to the dresses!
    What a great tour you’ve given us – that fantastic coat that lady wore, the lovebirds, the hat girl – lovely. It’s been years since I’ve been to Amsterdam. Makes me want to hope on a plane and drag TallBrownFox back to his country of birth!

    • Greetje
      18 January 2016 / 08:05

      Thank you for so many compliments. I wasn’t that sure about the outfit, but it gets raving reviews haha. I presume that TallBrownFox is your husband? Is he Dutch? Or just born here and leaving before he could speak a word?
      Speaking of words, thanks for teaching me a new one: insouciant. I now know what it is, pronunciation is the next thing.

      • 18 January 2016 / 10:26

        Yes, TallBrownFox is my husband and he is Dutch and can still speak the lingo. He was born in Leiden. His family moved to the UK when he was 15, as the company his Dad worked for had offices over here. Apart from immediate family, all his cousins, aunts, uncles etc… still live in The Netherlands.

        Insouciant – it’s a great word, isn’t it?

  7. 18 January 2016 / 00:09

    Thanks for taking us on a tour of the Foodhalls – looks & sounds like a fantastic place!

    And I really like the red tunic; you tucked it perfectly! And your hair is perfect, too! I often fight with my hair, so I know how much one appreciates a “good hair day!”

    And did I understand right that you didn’t buy anything? Looks like there were some great clothes and shoes…

    • Greetje
      18 January 2016 / 08:09

      Well, I had really, really overspent the weeks before. As in taking money out of my savings. I was therefore not in the mood to be tempted. Besides, the camera wasn’t doing what we wanted it to do. So further aggravating the photographer’s mood by trying on clothes….. not a good idea.

  8. Carol
    18 January 2016 / 00:55

    Oh, thank you so much for giving us a little glimpse of your town. Since I will never get to Europe, this was a delightful treat. You look stunning in your outfit.

    • Greetje
      18 January 2016 / 07:59

      I often show towns in my country. If you type Haarlem, Utrecht or The Hague in the search box, you will find posts of those towns and if you click the button Amsterdam at the top navigation of my blog, there are quite a few posts on our capital. And thanks for the compliment.

  9. 18 January 2016 / 02:13

    Seeing how I love Granville Island in Vancouver, I would love to check out Foodhalls in Amsterdam. As for your outfit … wow do you ever wear red well … suits you completely!

    • Greetje
      18 January 2016 / 08:13

      I loved Granville Island and was so surprised to find a bit of that atmosphere here. Mind you, the Foodhalls are smaller (less shops) than the market courtyard of Granville. And yes red is my colour. You’d think, knowing that, I would wear it more often wouldn’t you?

  10. 18 January 2016 / 03:49

    What a great place. I have never been so I hope you can show me some time. As you can imagine I really like this outfit. I love the asymmetrical element and that color looks so good on you! I think it’s another great example of how your styling and creativity have improved so much. That idea with the shoe clips is genius. You accessorized this whole outfit to perfection ( I guess you don’t need to take my new course, haha). In fact I’m going to use this look as an example for one of the units! Great photography work from Ron!

    • Greetje
      18 January 2016 / 08:17

      Go right ahead. You know you can always use anything from my blog. And I am pleased with all your compliments. However, the idea to use shoe clips for other purposes than shoes, is Anja’s. She uses them as shoe clip, side clip, on her belt, in her hair. I only came up with the placement near the shoulder. Credits where credits are due.

  11. 18 January 2016 / 08:12

    What a beautiful place Greetje. Yes that girl is beautiful and I love the other girl’s coat as well. Haha re the vibrating posture thingy. You look fabulous in that tunic and jeans. xo

    • Greetje
      18 January 2016 / 08:19

      Thanks Elsie. This was actually my “sloppy but reasonable outfit around the house”. Never thought it would fetch so much approval. The vibrating thinghy is still working fine. I suppose I will have to give it half a year at least before I might not need it anymore.

  12. 18 January 2016 / 11:25

    The Foodhalls has a warm, cozy atmosphere and it is one of those places also perfect for snapping in winter!
    I think I would love it …

    The red tunic is very nice on you, but not too easy to fix probably. I have some problems with my poncho which has got a similar shape…sometimes I wear it with a belt, but I am not sure it looks nice on me!


    • Greetje
      18 January 2016 / 20:35

      I wasn’t that sure about this outfit either. But all readers like it. A lot. So what do I know? It is very comfortable.

  13. Selina
    18 January 2016 / 12:13

    I love this little tour and the candid photos of the shoppers are lovely to include. I’m a 5ft titch so that jumper would have been a dress on me but it does look cosy

    • Greetje
      18 January 2016 / 20:42

      Glad you like the post. I always try writing something which readers will enjoy. I am 5ft74 and even on me this is a long dress. Only if you don’t hoist it up, it looks a bit silly.

  14. Rebecca
    18 January 2016 / 17:23

    You look absolutely stunning – I love the red on you and the way you accessorized the outfit. Thanks for the wonderful photos of Foodhalls. It looks like so much fun to visit.

    • Greetje
      18 January 2016 / 20:45

      The Foodhalls were a surprise to me too. I had never been there. Man, I would love to live around the corner and have coffee there every Sunday.

  15. 18 January 2016 / 18:59

    First, I really like the red tunic. The perfect outfit for enjoying a day which includes good eats. Like you, I also enjoy getting out and exploring all my state has to offer. I’m always amazed at the creativity of developers – the way they take old buildings and neighborhoods and give them a complete over-haul. I love going to happening places like this. Great post! And yes, the woman in the hat is very pretty.

    • Greetje
      18 January 2016 / 20:50

      This post and this outfit scored a lot better than I anticipated. Which is nice. Thanks for the appreciation.

  16. 18 January 2016 / 21:19

    I already researched Lumo Lift. Poor posture is so aging and I definitely need to pay attention in this area. For that tip alone, I thank you. I’ll buy one for posture and another one to keep a smile on my face. Bwhaha!! I would like Amsterdam where everyone is always joking.

    This is such an entertaining post, Greetje, in every respect, your fabulous style in that almighty gorgeous tunic, a little street style, a little blooming love, youth & beauty, architecture… The shoe clips from Anja are perfect accents.

    Some of my favourite photos give such a sense of open space. The last photo especially, of you looking so carefree in your red, in that open space, is absolutely wonderful. You and Ron are a great team.

    • Greetje
      18 January 2016 / 22:13

      Thank you so much dear Melanie. I am laughing out loud here. Just before going to bed. I will have happy dreams. You will not be the only one with a smile on your face hahahaha. God you have the same humor.
      And thank you for all your kind and flattering words.

  17. Christine
    19 January 2016 / 07:11

    You look fabulous in this outfit. The proportions are perfect. And what a lovely location for a photo shoot. I would love to visit this market. I fell in love with Vancouver BC and the Granville market when we visited last summer.

    • Greetje
      19 January 2016 / 19:32

      I was quite surprised (pleasantly) to find such a place. Loved the atmosphere. And I was also surprised to hear such raving reviews on the outfit. Just goes to show what I know about styling (not a lot haha).

  18. 19 January 2016 / 08:38

    Such a chic outfit today Greetje. I love the oversized sweater/tunic and red really suits your hair colour. The white skinny jeans look fresh and work so well with these shoes. I had a look at Lumo Lift – what a clever gadget! You’re posture is great and it clearly works well. How on earth did you find it? Did someone recommend it? I really like the black and white coat with the belt “tail” – it’s fab, and the cute girl with the hat. Your weekly updates are so interesting and full of all sorts of little extras, I really enjoy the by-the-ways as much as the main event. Thoroughly entertaining as always x
    Anna’s Island Style

    • Greetje
      19 January 2016 / 19:37

      Such comments like yours make me so happy. I write (blog) to entertain. And if I succeed, my mission is accomplished.

      • Greetje
        19 January 2016 / 23:30

        I forgot to say that a friend told me about the Lumo lift. So far so good. I guess it will take at least half a year to a year before you will adopt a better posture without the help of a device.

  19. Lorraine
    19 January 2016 / 10:47

    Great article and photos. I love your humour!

    • Greetje
      19 January 2016 / 19:39

      So glad you enjoyed it. I love to entertain.

  20. Marianne
    19 January 2016 / 18:09

    This is a typical red sticker item for me. By item I mean the red tunic . Love the foodhalls, didn’t know they exist. I am becoming a hermit. I think you and Ron are “the dynamic duo” I am surprised every time what a great post you make, thank you for sharing. Great accessorising by the way.

    • Greetje
      19 January 2016 / 19:48

      I didn’t know they existed either. Ron is the one who finds these locations. Bless him. And I will put a red sticker on it.

  21. 19 January 2016 / 19:02

    Oh wow this looks so similar to the Victoria Market Food Halls in Melbourne. As in close to identical, Greetje. The atmosphere was bustling, crowds a-plenty and the noise rather deafening but the food was interesting. Loads of options. Loads of different vibes. Did you manage to find a place to sit and eat and people watch? That lady’s B&W coat is most certainly striking, tail included LOL

    • Greetje
      19 January 2016 / 19:52

      We had cappuccinos before we started the photoshoot. And we wanted one afterwards as well, but it was packed. Not a single seat available. Which was a shame. How did you get to Melbourne? Holiday?

      • 19 January 2016 / 19:59

        My brother’s PhD graduation ceremony, at Monash, over Summer 🙂

        • Greetje
          19 January 2016 / 20:19

          Your family is rather spread all over the world….

          • 19 January 2016 / 20:46

            Quite 🙂 vast majority is in Borneo and the UK.

  22. 20 January 2016 / 17:31

    I really like enclosed markets like that – it reminds me a bit of Chelsea Market in New York, only with more light. Good move on the part of the shop assistant for suggesting you hoist up one side of the tunic to create a more flattering shape. It’s such a nice bold pop of colour against the white pants.

    I’m curious about the device you mentioned, the “Lumo Lift” – it sounds like a good idea, especially as we tend to slouch as we age, and I find it difficult to tell when I’m slouching. Keep us posted as to whether it works for you.

    • Greetje
      20 January 2016 / 19:31

      That Lumo Lift has some hick-ups as it is not always clear where underneath the collar bone you have to put it. It has to touch your chest. I think. Otherwise it doesn’t notice any change. I think. If it dangles loose on a T-shirt I suppose it doesn’t work. I don’t know yet. Most of the day it works fine and my posture is a lot better. It is as if a little voice is saying “sit straight, sit straight” all the time. Very subdued. I gradually increased the number of hours I wear it as my muscles must adjust. So far, so good but it is still early days. I will keep you posted.

  23. 20 January 2016 / 20:38

    Brilliant sweater, and love how you’ve ruched it on one side. The marketplace looks like the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Thanks for linking,


    • Greetje
      21 January 2016 / 21:19

      Linking to your Visible Monday next Sunday dear. The market place brought on memories.

  24. 20 January 2016 / 23:04

    I still never made it to this place, but it’s on my bucket-list. Thanks for already giving me a sneak peek! It seems like a lovely place.

    I’m not the biggest fan of this huge sweater, but I like the way you combined it and kudos to you for the idea of using the show clips, matching the shoes. Brilliant!

    The bonnets that Ron likes are indeed gorgeous!

    • Greetje
      21 January 2016 / 21:37

      Ron wants to buy the bonnets to display in our cupboard…. I don’t get it, but you know how ignorant I am when it comes to art. And I don’t mind you not being a fan of the tunic. I love you anyhow ?.

  25. 21 January 2016 / 07:55

    Oh, how I love the atmosphere of this indoor market Greetje! There seem to be so many inviting neighbourhoods in Amsterdam. And not just neighbourhoods….thinking of the gardens you recently showcased.

    Seriously, if I saw you across the hall wearing this stunning red tunic, I’d be sure you were a model. You look so fabulous and the white skinnies/leggings are perfect.

    So you are wearing the device under the tunic at your chest? I’m curious and will check out your link. My posture is slipping and I can not afford to lose any inches in height, LOL. One thing I personally find is that my head seems to suffer poor posture as much or more than my back. In a lot of throw-away photos, it’s because my head is hanging forward. ? I know not why.

    It was nice catching up on some posts. I was sporadic over the holiday season. Oh, and also nice to see the decorations up still. I didn’t take my tree down until the middle of this month either. 🙂

    • Greetje
      21 January 2016 / 21:41

      That was a nice and long comment Sue. Thank you for that. And I have the same thing with my head. Leaning forward like as if there is something nice to eat out there.

  26. 21 January 2016 / 13:01

    Hello my dear Greetje, I would look like a sack of potatoes in that top, and here you are with such a chic panache, ahhhhh.
    I love, love the whole post. I felt I was there

    • Greetje
      21 January 2016 / 21:45

      We all have our good sides and our bad sides. You know ever so well how to emphasize your good sides.

  27. 24 January 2016 / 22:35

    This tunic is great, I love it. And I really like the look, with white pants. The photos are beautiful, it looks like a very interesting place. Surely you caused sensation.

    • Greetje
      20 April 2016 / 08:21

      Hi Josep-Maria… I found your comment from January on my long red tunic.I had missed it. Sorry. I don’t think I caused a sensation. That is very hard to do in Amsterdam haha.

    • Greetje
      20 April 2016 / 08:22

      You are right thta it is comfortable. Very comfortable even. And it turned out a lot less slouchy than I had expected.

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