Jeans dress and the power of accessorizing

Jeans dress SportmaxThis jeans dress is by Sportmax and I bought it at full price (ouch). I fell in love with it even though jeans blue near my face is on the negative side of my “colour card”. So far it promises to be worth every penny. I will show you in this post two ways how I styled it, but there are more possibilities (for another post). The difference in style is achieved purely by changing the accessories: shoes, belt, bag and necklace.

What I have done is not very spectacular. There is a lot more to learn about the effect of accessories as Sylvia shows on her site 40+Style. She gives such good examples. You know the saying: one picture tells you more than a thousand words.

Now over to my own accessorizing.

Husband Ron took me to restaurant Veerkwartier, situated by “lake” Veerplas in Haarlem. It is one of these restaurants which looks like a shed or a greenhouse and is put there in no time. A formula which is doing very well in The Netherlands. I know several of these restaurants. Usually by the water. See how Veerkwartier built theirs. In summer it must be a terrific place.

Below: view from the restaurant (through the window… it is winter fooks).View from Restaurant Veerkwartier HaarlemIt is also a nice place in winter. Very cosy with a wood burner and a perfect cappuccino. We left before lunch, so cannot say anything about that, but the reviews are very good.

Below: another view from the restaurant and my back (see the mill in the background? There aren’t many left but we kept a few for the tourists haha).Jeans dress Sportmax-4Below: OK, this is a proper view of my jeans dress, dressed down with a tough belt and tough golden boots. (Seen before here and here.) The blue legging was my purchase at Young Designers United (see at the end of this post). I also bought the belt at Young Designers United, but a couple of years back.jeans dress with tough belt and golden bootsBelow: collage of some fun photos Ron took of the details at the restaurant.Scenes of restaurant Veerkwartier HaarlemBelow: I really liked this shot he took of the “ceiling”. There are little paper garlands everywhere.Ceiling Restaurant Veerkwartier HaarlemBelow: me looking at another garland.jeans dress, Sportmax, tough belt and golden bootsBelow: then I changed the belt for the one which came with the dress. Changed the boots for high heels and added a gold necklace. Dressing up. Ron ordered me to sit like this. Silly man. jeans dress Sportmax with gold necklace and blue suede high heelsBelow: full view, silly face.jeans dress, Sportmax, gold necklace and high heelsBelow: details of the necklace, and I also added a yellow bag which is a really nice colour with blue. As it is a monochrome outfit, it can do with a pop of colour. (I think I should have tied the belt a bit tighter).Jeans dress with gold necklace and yellow Coach bag

Now… if you want to learn more about accessorizing and dressing to your style, how about signing up to Sylvia’s course at 40+ Style?

Below: here are a few examples she already gave. She doesn’t only talk about accessories but also about the importance of proportions… NOT GOOD at the left to VERY GOOD at the right.Sylvia about proportionsBelow: Sylvia doesn’t only show herself in the video’s and the course. A lot of friends/bloggers join in. Here are 4 good examples to give you an idea.Sylvia examples how to accessorize2I will follow the course Accessorizing for sure. And yes, Sylvia is a friend of mine. But no, I would never, ever promote anything on my blog if I didn’t think it was good quality. My obligation to you readers together with my honest nature, wouldn’t allow me to feed you rubbish. And no, I do not get paid for this promotion.



No Fear of Fashion



    • Greetje
      6 February 2016 / 16:09

      Wait until you see me in red. Even better.

  1. 6 February 2016 / 15:43

    No wonder you had to have this dress (even at full price) it is a beauty!
    You look stunning in it too…it gives you hips, and looks modern and fresh.
    I love it with the studded belt and the gold boots. A modern look. Brilliant styling!
    I must check out the accessories video. Thank you for the “heads up”.

    • Greetje
      6 February 2016 / 16:18

      I know a thing or two about accessorizing but Sylvia is able to teach me new things. Also about proportions in clothes (I am terrible at that). I do hope this dress has multiple use, as it should count for three haha.

  2. 6 February 2016 / 15:51

    As you know, I think this denim dress/coat is worth every penny! It looks great on you, as do the leggings.
    Fab looks, dear!

    • Greetje
      6 February 2016 / 16:19

      I am so smiling here.

  3. 6 February 2016 / 16:20

    Great dress! It’s worth it to pay full price for fabulous clothes you’ll get a lot of wear out and love wearing! I love how you changed the look by switching up accessories! I love the yellow bag, too! I think I want to add a yellow bag for spring. Yellow is very popular right now (and I like it a lot), but I don’t look good in most shades of yellow (at least not near my face), so a bag is perfect!

    I’m signed up for Sylvia’s webinar and am really looking forward to it! Luckily, it’s at 6 pm my time… 🙂

    • Greetje
      6 February 2016 / 16:23

      I will have to do with Sylvia’s afterwards video, I am afraid. And yellow near my face used to be great. Then I went blond… Not so easy anymore. I just chose to ignore it haha.

  4. Colleen
    6 February 2016 / 17:01

    I love your style and the blue jeans dress looks fabulous on you. I especially love the first picture of you in profile. I thought it was a professional picture of a fashion model! You are an inspiration to all women, especially to those over sixty like me.

    • Greetje
      6 February 2016 / 18:12

      Oh I will run downstairs and tell my husband he made a photo with such success. We are trying hard to master the camera. Lots of cat fights haha.
      Thank you very much Colleen, for this lovely comment.

  5. Rebecca
    6 February 2016 / 17:05

    Love this dress styled both ways. I am looking forward to Sylvia’s webinar. I participated in both of her style courses and they were terrific.

    • Greetje
      6 February 2016 / 18:13

      Thanks Rebecca, I think I made a good purchase with this dress. And Sylvia’s courses are the best.

  6. 6 February 2016 / 17:56

    What a fresh approach to denim Greetje! I can see why you ‘had to have’ this dress. I agree with Samantha. The silhouette is really flattering!

    The little restaurant looks absolutely charming! I can totally imagine myself cozied up with a coffee and a treat.

    • Greetje
      6 February 2016 / 18:14

      I agree that the silhouette of the dress is very flattering. Especially for a no-hips/no-bum-lady like me. Glad you like it.

  7. nancy
    6 February 2016 / 18:45

    I love jeans dresses! This one is very beautiful. Its so nice to style one item in different ways. We are going to play risk tonight and if I am awake at that time , I will attend the webinair. Have a great weekend!

    • Greetje
      7 February 2016 / 20:49

      Hope you were able to attend the webinar. If not I hope that Sylvia puts a video registration on her site. And I am glad you like the dress.

  8. 6 February 2016 / 20:23

    I absolutely LOVE this denim dress on you – it’s truly a stunner! The gold boots are fantastic with the fun belt – but I love the look with the tie belt as well. Both great looks and I do see how you could wear this so many ways. I do think a piece like this – one that is so unique is worth paying full price for. As always, love your posts and your photos. Ill be sure to check out Sylvias accessory tips as well.


    • Greetje
      7 February 2016 / 20:53

      Although I was attrackted immediately to this jeans dress, I never would have thought it would get so many compliments and would be so versatile. The lovely shopowner of Lab Women in Haarlem, even said just before I bought it: “if you are planning only to wear this dress in one way, then you shouldn’t buy it, because it is too expensive for that. You should wear it in multiple ways to get your money’s worth”. She was right of course, but it doesn’t happen that often that a shop owner jeopardizes her sure sale.

  9. 6 February 2016 / 21:58

    I love this denim dress on you. Worth every penny you paid for it. I’m happy to find your blog!!

    • Greetje
      7 February 2016 / 20:53

      Glad you like the dress Jennifer. I will try and keep you amused and entertained once a week. Thanks for commenting.

  10. 6 February 2016 / 23:39

    What a fun place. I’m always excited to see where you’ll visit next. I think you look fabulous in denim. Well worth the full price. And by the way, your hair is adorable. Beautiful cut, beautiful color.

    • Greetje
      7 February 2016 / 20:55

      My dear husband finds me the spots. He is very good in that. My hair… hmmm it takes a lot of care to get it to look like this. Remember it is a photo haha. I prefer it a little longer, but time will help with that.

    • Greetje
      7 February 2016 / 20:55

      This jeans dress is certainly pretty good for someone without hips or bum, haha.

  11. 6 February 2016 / 23:46

    What a dress! Since it’s quite dark, I really like it with the unmatching belt the best! And those gold boots—who’d have thunk they be so versatile??
    Thanks for reminding me of Sylvia’s course!! jodie

    • Greetje
      7 February 2016 / 20:57

      When I bought the golden boots it was just because I fell in love with them. Indeed, I never thought they would be so versatile. Just goes to show, if you are in need, you get more creative. (My “need” now is to find outfits with flat shoes until this sprained ankle has healed.)

  12. Katie
    7 February 2016 / 00:02

    This is an absolute winner!

    • Greetje
      7 February 2016 / 20:58

      Thank you Katie. I never thought if it being a winner when I bought it, but after all the compliments it is receiving, I think you are right.

  13. 7 February 2016 / 05:13

    How nice! The dress is unusual and that’s appealing. Plus you complement it beautifully with the leggings and boots. Heels are good, too. I like when bloggers showcase unique pieces like this one.

    • Greetje
      7 February 2016 / 20:59

      It just all fell together: the new dress, the leggings I bought two weeks before and the sprained ankle which caused me to search for outfits with flat shoes… tarrah… this outfit.

  14. 7 February 2016 / 14:37

    Love this dress – it has unusual lines and it suits you beautifully. Sigh, I want Ron to take us places, they’re all so fascinating and picturesque. xox


    • Greetje
      7 February 2016 / 21:01

      Ron is great. When Sylvia and Suzanne were over in 2014, he took them (and Anja and me) in his motor boat through the Amsterdam canals. If you are ever over dear Patti, I am sure I he will do the same for you on my recommendation. Which of course I will give. He is a great asset to my blog.

      • 9 February 2016 / 12:46

        Suzanne is planning to come again Patti. Hopefully at a time when I’m there as well. You should coordinate with all of us and come too. I’m sure we can persuade Ron to take us out again!

        • Greetje
          10 February 2016 / 11:43

          Hela hola this is news to me. As I am planning to go away in June, we will have to set dates soon. I am going to Spain from 14 to 22 and we are thinking about England (again) in the week after. As I haven’t planned anything yet, I can still postpone that, but need to know soon.

          • 10 February 2016 / 11:47

            Well I there aren’t any definite plans Greetje. Suzanne just mentioned that she wants to come again. We still haven’t got our trip sorted so I can’t plan anything yet. You should just go ahead with your plans.

  15. Marianne
    7 February 2016 / 15:29

    Great dress, you never find dresses like that in the sale, so it is good that you bought it. It has a very out of the ordinary shape. Most denim dresses are like long blouses. So to end this long story. Fantastic dress in a one of a kind style. The first styling I like best, why, just because it is my style. Oh and I am glad I see your yellow handbag again. Long time no see.

    • Greetje
      7 February 2016 / 21:02

      I know, I should use my handbags more often. Your’s is very handy.

  16. 7 February 2016 / 19:20

    That is a wonderful dress – love the colour and the length shows off your legs. My favourite of the two styles is the one with the gold boots and “tough belt” but I bet you knew I would say that 😉

    If you’re not sure about the blue near your face, perhaps you could add a scarf loosely wrapped around the neck in a different colour, or a pattern that incorporates blue with other colours. Does the dress open at the front (it looks like it does)? If so, it would work really well as a longer jacket too.

    What a cute little restaurant – I enjoyed Ron’s photos of the decor.

    • Greetje
      7 February 2016 / 21:04

      Yes, I will let the cat out of the bag… the dress does open at the front and I can wear it as a jacket too. I agree that a colourful scarf would be nicer near my face, but scarves, even though I love them, and I are not a good match. I fight with them. Perhaps I have the wrong type of scarves. I think this dress needs a rough, tough one, don’t you think?

  17. 7 February 2016 / 19:54

    I love this dress! It goes back to the theory that fit and flare is wonderful on every body shape.

    I really like the patchwork of different colours of denim on the dress.

    A real winner, especially with the yellow bag.


    • Greetje
      7 February 2016 / 21:06

      I know Suzanne and I agree. Usually I get more compliments with fit and flare than with odd shapes. Although… to my surprise, my long blue sack jacket met with Ron’s approval. And I thought it would be a man repeller.

  18. 7 February 2016 / 22:01

    🙂 The accessories make all the difference!
    The dress looks good on you, whether you like jeans blue or not.
    Have a very HAPPY Sunday evening 🙂

    • Greetje
      7 February 2016 / 22:02

      I am having a very happy Sunday my dear, so better believe it. Thanks for the compliments.

  19. Valyn
    7 February 2016 / 22:49

    You look fabulous. Always do in you’re post. I signed up to Slyvia’s accessory course to learn about dressing to look our best . Can’t wait to start.

    • Greetje
      8 February 2016 / 06:14

      Thanks for your compliments Valyn. Much appreciated you took the time to comment. I will join you in the accessory course by Sylvia.

  20. Katrien
    8 February 2016 / 09:06

    What a winner Greetje! Like it both ways and can immediately picture lots of your other shoes, boots and accessories that will go great with it as well.

    • Greetje
      8 February 2016 / 20:49

      Oh I cannot… please let me know haha. I only know I can wear it as a coat.

  21. 8 February 2016 / 13:00

    Greetje this look is AMAZING. I’ve already pinned it and noted it for my favourite links post at the end of this month…!! The belt is the perfect finishing touch to a fabulous dress-over-trousers look, and although I love both shoes and boots with it I (only) slightly prefer the boots because they’re so funky!

    Hope you have a great week, see you later for #iwillwearwhatilike 🙂

    Catherine x

  22. 8 February 2016 / 14:19

    Fabulous dress! I like both outfits, but especially that yellow bag. I wonder if it could also be worn open as a long jacket?

    • Greetje
      8 February 2016 / 20:52

      Yes Susan, I can also wear it as a long jacket with a long top underneath and with a white shirt and jeans. For instance. This dress is more of a hit than I ever anticipated.

  23. Christine
    9 February 2016 / 05:03

    This dress looks great on you, both ways. And I like your shorter hair. It looks fresh and sassy.I can’t wait to see how you style this dress in other ways. Such a versatile piece is worth the higher price. I want this dress. I wonder if it would work on a shorty like me?

    • Greetje
      9 February 2016 / 06:25

      The owner of the shop is not very tall and she wore it as well. And it looked good on her. Worth a try?

  24. 9 February 2016 / 12:50

    Greetje this dress is superb on you. Great design and great fit. One of my favorite looks on you. Thank you so much for posting about my webinar and even going through the effort of posting a day early. What a fabulous friend you are. I’m happy to say that the webinar went well and got good reviews. For those that want to see a replay you can sign up for that at People are signing up for the course too which is great! Thanks so much for your support and keep rocking that fabulous dress!

    • Greetje
      10 February 2016 / 11:45

      I do wear this dress a lot. I got a few comments on Facebook (from my Dutch friends) who think that the dress with the belt in the same material and with heels looks much better than the version with the studded belt and golden boots. What is your opinion? Also looking at it from the 1/3 and 2/3 rule. I am curious to know.

      • 10 February 2016 / 11:53

        I like both looks but yes those boots cut off your legs a bit, which is less flattering then when you wear full length pants with blue pumps. But it’s also an edgier look which I like and because you wear a column of blue on top it’s still flattering enough. I really like the studded belt with it. So for me, probably, the best look would be the special belt with your blue shoes.

        • Greetje
          10 February 2016 / 12:00

          What a fast answer. I am quite glad though that I can wear the dress with flat boots as my sprained ankle this prevents me from wearing heels (I think another 3 weeks aagghh). Blue boots would probably be better (which I haven’t got) but you know I like these kind of boots a lot… And sometimes, as you often say, we choose to look edgy instead of flattering.

  25. 9 February 2016 / 21:17

    What a lovely dress! You styled it in a simple way and the outfit looks delightful…of course, many other accessories are possible, but, sometimes, in fashion less is more!
    Of course the belt which came with the dress is perfect as well.
    I love the dress and can understand why you bought it full price!

    in any case … a glance at the MM outlet shouldn’t hurt …just in case there is something really unmissable!! 🙂

    • Greetje
      10 February 2016 / 11:48

      I would be very curious to see whether this dress does make it to the outlet. Keep a look out for it will you? If it does (and in my size, Italian size 44) I would love to know. Because I bought it thinking it would never make the outlet. Don’t worry if you tell me if it does. I won’t feel sorry as I am enjoying it so much.

  26. 10 February 2016 / 16:11

    I saw this gorgeous jean dress on instagram, and fell in love. It looks fantastic on you! Ron’s photos of you are wonderful!

    • Greetje
      10 February 2016 / 19:08

      Thank you very much. So nice that you fell in love with something I wear. As I constantly fall in love with your stuff.

  27. 15 February 2016 / 03:59

    Why would you ever think denim color doesn’t agree with your coloring? It looks amazing on you. And I would have paid full price for that dress as well (although I have no idea what full price was so I shouldn’t really be saying this). But I can think of so many ways of wearing this that I seriously want to jump right over and take it off your hands. Love the two variations you have chosen so far. It is amazing how a quick change of accessories can alter an entire look. I’m now looking forward to seeing this dress again.

    • Greetje
      15 February 2016 / 22:15

      I wouldn’t dare telling you the price of the dress. By all means let me know all the different ways you would style it. I have only come up with wearing it as a coat or a jacket. With either a long tunic or a white shirt underneath it. I will gladly steal your ideas. You know me. That would not be beneath me haha.

    • Greetje
      25 February 2016 / 22:16

      Thanks Linda. Nice of you to drop off such a pleasant comment. Much appreciated.

  28. 25 February 2016 / 11:11

    I absolutely love dresses with trousers (regular trousers or jeans). I think it’s a match made in heaven and you look absolutely gorgeous. I particularly love the look for an evening out with the heels!
    Suzy x

    • Greetje
      25 February 2016 / 22:21

      I actually am less fond of dresses over trousers. That is because it reminds me of my childhood in a village where wearing trousers was not done by girls so you had to wear a skirt over it. OK, I was 6 and the year after that silly “rule” was gone. But I resented this look ever since. As for the jeans dress… I struck gold with that one.

  29. 14 March 2016 / 03:16

    Look at you go, Greetje, posing like a professional model 🙂 there’s much to be said about a well-cut, well-made denim dress and I have to say that Sportmax does the job beautifully. Full price notwithstanding. I must confess to preferring the higher heels, you know me, and is the belt part of the dress?

    • Greetje
      14 March 2016 / 06:02

      The belt is a loose item with the dress. Oh and I did link back to your blog but in my newest post, so you get more traffic.

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