My favourite outfits

favourite outfitsToday I am being featured by the very popular Fabulous After 40 site. Many of my blogger friends have been interviewed before me at this community for women over 40. And of course I am very flattered to join them. This post is an addition to my regular posts on a Sunday. In line with the interview I decided to show some of my favourite outfits. Might be nice for new readers. Those of you who have already seen them, perhaps even commented on them, can sit back, relax and come back Sunday. Or click through to Fabulous After 40. Many of the photos I chose were taken years ago, when my camera skills were …. not that good…But they are still my favourite outfits. I wear each and every one of them. 

Note: if you click on a photo, you will go to the original post and see more.

Below: this silk jacket is a remake of the original one, bought in France 10 years ago. Timeless and always makes me feel good. Purple silk jacket with distressed jeans and white slingbacksBelow: this skirt is one of the best. If you click through to the post you see more combinations with it. Such a versatile piece. It was the sales assistant who came up with this combination with the anchor blouse. My first pattern mixing. I am not good at pattern mixing so I hardly ever do it, but it does make an outfit often much more interesting. Black and white striped pencil skirt with anchor blouseBelow: my thrifted yellow coat (Benetton). I saw it being brought in and before it hit the store, it was mine. Usually I am not that lucky.Yellow coat thirfted (Benetton)Below: these treggings as I think they are called, are a little bit risqué, but I wear them wholeheartedly and feel fabulous. And because of that attitude people perceive it like and white treggings, black sweater and golden necklace.Below: by now you might have guessed I am a great fan of black and white. Here is my tuxedo suit. I wear it to the office, to anything. Not just to parties. Would be such a waste.Tuxedo suitBelow: my yellow ochre trousers. My husband found them and brought them home. Where do you find a man like that? And yes I was a brunette. Now I am a blond.Yellow ochre trousers with green jacket and yellow chain necklaceBelow: my trusted skinny jeans. I love them.Skinny jeans, blue long top and red patent slingbacksBelow: another outfit with these jeans. In the post you can see the very unusual heel of the shoes.Cream booties with skinny jeansI got a few complaints of a fellow blogger that I didn’t wear skirts anymore… And she was right. So I tried to correct that.

Below: my multi coloured dress. Like a T-shirt and to my big surprise it looked good on me. I expected lumps and bumps showing everywhere but no. Sometimes you just have to try something on. Multicoloured dressBelow: oops… black and white again… I usually add  an extra colour. Lime sweater with white pencil skirtBelow: I nearly discarded this outfit but decided to wear it once more…. and got so many compliments that it went right back into my closet.White skirt with leaf vest. Pauw.Below: a white dress with purple dots. My friend Anja styled it with yellow sandals. Would never have come up in my brain.White dress with purple dotsBelow: really…. another black and white number… Am I boring you by now? Oval polka dotsBelow: I give up… I am a black and white girl. With an extra colour. Very confronting, such a walk down memory lane….. Note the polka dot tights.Black leather skirt with cream topBelow: a more recent buy.Cream pleated skirt Max MaraBelow: found another colour!!! My blue Max Mara dress.  Blue Max Mara dressBelow: trying something different than pumps.Pencil skirt with golden bootiesBelow: skirt and top by Marella.Cream skirt and blue silk top MarellaBelow: shopping at the market in Haarlem. That can be done on heels.Black pencil skirt, lime shirt Max MaraAll these outfits are my favourites. And there are more. It is so much that I often am ashamed of myself. Then I say to myself: just be very thankful for being so fortunate and be generous.


No Fear of Fashion



  1. 24 March 2016 / 08:17

    Fabulous outfits, all of them! You so deserve to be featured, the style icon that you are (Yes, you are, just accept it).

    • Greetje
      24 March 2016 / 20:35

      Hahaha, thanks Tiina. Far from it, but I will accept your compliment gracefully.

  2. 24 March 2016 / 11:09

    love them all! but the skirt/dress ensembles most 🙂
    your outfits are like roy-lichtenstein-paintings!

    • Greetje
      24 March 2016 / 20:36

      Wow, that is some compliment. Thanks Beate.

  3. 24 March 2016 / 14:43

    Congrats! Your fashion choices are so smart and beautiful, as amply illustrated by these wonderful pictures, that you deserve attention. I find myself actually learning about looking good from your creations. Where should I send the tuition money?

    • Greetje
      24 March 2016 / 20:41

      I am flabbergasted Ally. I feel like a pupil not a tutor. But no worry. It is totally for free. ??

  4. 24 March 2016 / 16:06

    It’s one show-stopper after another, Greetje!
    What a great lineup of unique looks.
    I would LOVE a rummage through your wardrobe :oD

    • Greetje
      24 March 2016 / 20:43

      Actually Samantha, if I had styling skills I could make sooo many outfits with the ingredients in my closet. Only necessity, like having to walk on flat shoes for 8 weeks, makes me creative.

  5. Sheela Goh
    24 March 2016 / 18:43

    Yes, you’re a B&W woman and your style is very classic BUT there are so many infusions of whimsy and charm and even a dose of rock n roll, Greetje 🙂 I can understand why Eve wants to be you when she grows, so do I!!! I do think you have one of the most eclectic and cool collection of pants I’ve ever seen. I’d happily steal, I mean, borrow them from you xoxo

    • Greetje
      24 March 2016 / 20:48

      Today I bought a pair of peach/red leather shorts. I have never been a shorts girl. Only wore one pair when I was 27. Now at 61 I might wear them again because you keep saying there are no rules. How do I keep away from making a fool of myself haha?

      • Sheela Goh
        24 March 2016 / 21:00

        Woah, Greetje, you go!! There are indeed no rules GRIN

        • Greetje
          25 March 2016 / 07:18

          I am going to wear it once. Today at the hairdressers. Just to get a laugh and take pictures. But I don’t think this is me really. Temporary blindness.

  6. 24 March 2016 / 20:22

    Congrats! You’re a schtar baby!


    • Greetje
      24 March 2016 / 20:52

      I have no idea what that means. Cannot find it on Google either. But thanks for the congrats. ?

      • 31 March 2016 / 04:24

        Schtar is simply star, as in movie star, spelled funny to make it more dramatic.

  7. 24 March 2016 / 22:27

    I really enjoyed your interview with Deborah. {For some reason my comments never show on her blog, so I’m glad you posted this today.}

    And this is such a great roundup of photos. Your style is definitely not ‘one note’. You wear a variety of looks and I really like that!

    • Greetje
      25 March 2016 / 07:29

      My comments never show on Deborah’s blog either, neither do my replies. I will ask her. Did you tick the box on her site that you are not a spammer?
      Anyway thanks for commenting, even though you probably seen most or all of these outfits.

      • 25 March 2016 / 14:07

        Hi Greetje, Sue..It’s a funny thing, both of your comments end up in my spam folder. I’m not techie but I will try and find out why. In the meantime, Greetje, I found yours and have posted. Sue go ahead and comment if you like and I will look out for it. Thanks to both of you Styleblazers!! Cheers, Deb..

    • 25 March 2016 / 13:48

      Greetje, So enjoyed my interview with you. Can’t wait to meet up in person some day.
      Cheers! Deborah

      • Greetje
        25 March 2016 / 18:25

        I do hope we will meet one day. Who knows. I have already met bloggers who came to Amsterdam and I went to Vancouver and Turin to meet bloggers. Such fun each time.

    • Greetje
      25 March 2016 / 07:30

      I cannot choose a favourite anymore, there are so many. And there are a few on Fabulous after 40 which are also my favourites. Aren’t I a lucky woman?

  8. Delicatessie
    25 March 2016 / 09:42

    I love your “no fear” attitude to fashion and always enjoy your posts! Congrats!

    • Greetje
      25 March 2016 / 18:20

      Today I walked around in pinkish leather shorts with little polka dots tights. Feeling totally stupid but at the same time totally fabulous haha. I was way out of my comfort zone. I might become eccentric in my old age.

  9. Katrien
    25 March 2016 / 12:35

    Love it Greetje, like a kid in a candy store, hard to say which one to pick as a favorite. And you are so clearly enjoying life which makes you and your outfits stand out even more. X

  10. 25 March 2016 / 19:00

    Greetje so many incredible looks – and lucky you to get to showcase those legs!! I know you said you wear B&W so much but when you wear it that well then why not…?? I have sooooo many favourites but the striped pencil skirt with the blouse is a knockout, and so too is the blue MaxMara dress… That print is to die for!

    Happy Easter my lovely, have a great weekend 🙂

    Catherine x

    • Greetje
      25 March 2016 / 21:14

      Thank you Catherine. I am trying to catch up with your blog this Easter weekend. I am so behind. Also our modem went on the blink…. no internet till after Easter! Aagghh… The neighbours to the rescue. We are now on their internet provider. Thank God for powerful wifi.
      Creating this post, made me realize once again how lucky I am.
      Oh rats, the cat just jumped on my lap.. now I cannot move…

  11. 25 March 2016 / 19:20

    Greetje, I so enjoyed seeing this visual parade of your favourite outfits. Our styles are very different, but I admire your elegant and colourful looks. You always look wonderfully put-together, and the shapes you choose are very flattering.

    • Greetje
      25 March 2016 / 21:16

      Yes, we are very different and you and I love that. It is what makes the world so interesting and fun. Providing you keep an open mind. Which is not for everyone. Alas. Thank you for your kind words.

  12. 26 March 2016 / 03:44

    Fabulous interview and all great outfits. I noticed there are even more of your best outfits in the interview which includes some of my personal favorites.

    • Greetje
      26 March 2016 / 07:45

      Deborah picked my outfits for the interview. But I had plenty other favourites left for my own post haha.

  13. Riley
    26 March 2016 / 15:30

    B&W is a classic, and it looks so good on you. I especially like your hair in the outfit with the white skirt, lime green sweater, black polka dot scarf at the neck. Was this taken many years ago? You look so young! The outfit is a classic, and no matter how long ago the photo was taken, the outfit is stylish yet today.

    BTW, your mister is an excellent photographer.

    • Greetje
      26 March 2016 / 21:11

      Thank you very much Riley. That photo with the white skirt was taken in April 2013, so three years ago. I was still a brunette. I liked that a lot but the hairdresser suggested it would be easier to hide the grey outgrow in blond hair… And so blond it became. I suppose I look young because my features are not sharp in that photo. Probably because of too much sunshine.

  14. 26 March 2016 / 20:54

    Greetje, You look amazing! I love your blog and all your different looks. I like all the jean photos, you look good in jeans. I hope to start posting “me” in my outfits soon. It’s hard to put yourself out there but once you do I here it gets easier. Keep posting love learning from you and wondering what you will be wearing next.

    • Greetje
      26 March 2016 / 21:28

      Wow Sherry, I didn’t see that coming. What a nice compliments. Thank you. I suppose posting myself in an outfit grew gradually. I first did it every day for a year on Twitter, only sharing this with a small group of my colleagues. Then on a forum of 40+Style for a year. Only after that did I start a blog. And I will admit I am a very extravert person.
      After a while you learn how to pose (which my husband hates) and what to do with your hands. Although I am still no pro, not by a long shot..

  15. Marianne
    27 March 2016 / 16:16

    I am very proud of you that you were interviewed and you really deserve it. How versatile your way of dressing yourself is.But how good you can dress yourself is half as important as having a wonderful and humorful personality. And that is why I love you.

    • Greetje
      27 March 2016 / 22:57

      Besos.. Bisous.. Mwah.. Kisses

  16. Anders Lundis
    29 March 2016 / 08:57

    You are truly 100% Amazing!!! Lovely outfits, Lovely photos and a stunning model!!!

    • Greetje
      30 March 2016 / 08:26

      Wow… too much honour. But thank you nevertheless.?

      • Anders Lundis
        30 March 2016 / 15:46

        My pleasure! Keep up the good work!

  17. 31 March 2016 / 04:31

    I wrote once that you are a “styling” woman, as in stylin’, as in one who knows style. Usually I would put the apostrophe there.

    I love this retrospective of your outfits, Greetje. And I really enjoyed your interview on Fabulous After 40 – so happy to see you with so many over-40 style icons!! When I see this overview I get a strong sense of your sensitivity to bold lines and colours. And then you throw in patterns to make life interesting. I also notice your intuition in choosing accessories, especially amazing footwear. Wow.

    I’m slow to comment here, but better late than never I hope.

    • Greetje
      31 March 2016 / 19:28

      I always enjoy and appreciate your comments very much. So thank you. What struck me when I made this overview, was the amount of bright colours I use. My future style should be more clean lines. Why? because I like that. But my style is a bit all over the place, so I haven’t managed that.

  18. Trish
    31 March 2016 / 09:48

    You look great in them all as always! It was fun to see some of your older outfits I hadn’t seen before. Your outfits are timeless,yet of their time. And you are always so exuberant! Perhaps you’ll be like Iris Apfel, and be advertising cars when you’re 90! Now that is something to look forward to ? You would have to wear the Pink shorts though!

    • Greetje
      31 March 2016 / 19:33

      To be another Iris Apfel… now that is something to strive for!! Or is it presumptious to think I could ever be? Yes it is. She had styling in every inch of her body. For me it is blood, sweat and … no.. no tears.
      How do you know about my pink shorts? Where did I write that?

      • Trish
        31 March 2016 / 19:36

        I’d like to say I’m psychic! But you put it in an answer a couple of comments up – so I’m not! I think the idea is wonderful, but cold……?

        • Trish
          31 March 2016 / 19:40

          Strange, I can’t see it now! Perhaps I am psychic?……. (Queue background spooky music!)

          • Greetje
            1 April 2016 / 06:39

            I probably said it in a comment in another post. I am impressed. You not only comment, but you read other comments too…

            • Trish
              1 April 2016 / 08:54

              Ah, I found it. It was in answer to Delicatessi. Had me worried there a moment.,I do read your other comments. It is always interesting and more like a conversation. Your answers are always so good! And really my memory is dreadful, so it couldn’t be that ?

  19. I can totally see why they have selected you. Should have been earlier 😉 Love all of your ouffits seriously. Great styling Greetje. I was featured and I just congratulate you. Well done and you deserve it. Love, Sabina

    • Greetje
      1 April 2016 / 21:10

      I saw you!! It doesn’t happen to me that much, so I was quite pleased. Thank you for your compliments.

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