Blue Kenzo jacket dress worn in Amsterdam

Blue Kenzo jacket dressFriend Misja asked me whether I wanted to model for a spring fashion shoot she had to do for a German magazine. Haha.. of course I wanted to. Vain as I am. She had to photograph 14 different women, all over 40, in spring clothes. With Amsterdam as the background because the title of the magazine article is: “What do women wear in ……” …..Amsterdam this time. Oh and no coats and no black clothes. Not such an easy task as spring was still very young two weeks ago. We chose my blue Kenzo jacket dress. Fortunately the sun shone lovely and away we went.

The photos Misja (see her Street Style blog here) took for the magazine are her’s of course. But she gracefully offered to take pictures of me for my blog too.

This Kenzo jacket dress can be worn as I do in this post. As a jacket, but it can also be worn as a dress in two ways: with a wide belt of the same material as the dress, hanging pretty loose only at the front (or the back). Or with a belt emphasizing the waist. I would wear a blue pencil skirt underneath it, as it would otherwise be too short to my taste. Two years ago I saw this beauty in the sale while I was shopping with Sylvia of 40+Style. In her size only. When Sylvia showed me all the different options of this dress/jacket (it would have taken me years to find out all these options; I am thick when it comes to this), I wanted it as well. My husband agreed and started to search the internet (he is such an enabler…). Finally I found it at… for the same sale price. Luckily it fit as well, something I wasn’t so sure of.

I call this happy copying  😆

Below: see the loose belt at the back? Blue Kenzo jacket dressBelow: when we weren’t taking pictures I wore my blue spring coat as the wind interfered with the temperature the sun provided.Long blue spring coatBelow: after shooting the necessary pictures for the magazine we went into a very popular area of Amsterdam, called the Jordaan. In the 17th century this area was built for poor work people. And for immigrants such as the Huguenots (12.000 of them) who fled France as they were forced to become catholic. (More info about the Jordaan.) blue Kenzo jacket dress and houses in the Jordaan AmsterdamBelow: the houses in the Jordaan have been renovated and it is now a very popular part of town to live in.Photographing in Amsterdam (18)Below: Misja photographing me while I was photographing the houses.. Good shot.Photographing in Amsterdam Below: most of the houses are small and narrow, but there are lovely big ones too. Gosh, I would love to live here. Only one downside (apart from not being able to afford it…): there is very, very little parking space.Photographing in Amsterdam (22)Below: strange, colourful house.Photographing in Amsterdam (12)Below: this house was fun. On the left you see the whole house. The left downstairs window with the flowers had a cat sitting in the window; you can see the cat in the bottom right picture. And the window next to it, had a sign saying “gevaarlijke poes” which means: “dangerous cat” haha. He looked like a tea-cosy.Dangerous catBelow: I love that picture in the window of this hairdresser. Photographing in Amsterdam (23)Below: a cosy café at the Noordermarkt (Northern market).Photographing in Amsterdam (8)Below: and a typical Amsterdam street organ. The guy didn’t mind at all posing for me. Big grin. We were at Lindengracht where there is a market every Saturday.Street organ in AmsterdamBelow: Misja and I went into a big shop with design and furniture called Moooi. Honestly… the things you see here… soooo beautiful. Have a look for yourself. It is really worth it.

I wanted that little black and white table below, but our house is finished, I cannot add anything.Photographing in Amsterdam (37)Below: the staff was really helpful and friendly. One of the ladies was dressed so well that she was ideal to be photographed by Misja for the magazine assignment and for Misja’s blog. Therefore I will not show her on my blog. Just her red shoes….by United Nude. A very unusual shoe brand (Dutch) which makes shoes in high, mid and low/flat. Have a look. (No, I am not being paid for this. At all.). The black shoes are Misja’s. The writing on the pavement “hond in de goot” means: “let your dog do his number two in the gutter”….Colourful shoes by United NudeBelow: Misja at work.Misja photographing in AmsterdamBelow: a fun shot on the little steps of one of the houses. My eyebrows look a bit like a clown. Actually my whole face does  🙄 Blue Kenzo jacket dressBelow: last picture is a close up of the bag and the fabric of the tunic dress. Bag is by Marina Rinaldi and featured on my blog often. It is a staple piece.Blue Kenzo tunic dress and blue Marina Rinaldi bagGreetje

Linking to Sylvia’s 40+Style who is showing lots of women in dresses.

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  1. 24 April 2016 / 16:42

    It’s funny because when I read the title of tunic and then I saw the first picture…I kept wondering where the tunic was? ha ha—I can be thick too 🙂
    Greetje—you are such a fabulous model—what a fun project!
    And I applaud Misja for the rules of no black!! I have such an aversion to black lately—I hear women say it’s their go-to and so slimming and I just want to be a rebel! I even told my husband I’m banning black at my funeral (of course, I’ll be dead, so it’ll be hard to check…)
    I’d love to see the insides of those houses—such interesting history & architecture!!
    Thanks for the lovely tour (you could add “tour guide” to your resume—ha ha)

    • Greetje
      24 April 2016 / 17:37

      Well dear.. I can accommodate you as far the insides of those houses is concerned.
      Here are some (shortened) links to pictures on Google:
      Although I know there are lots of people using much more colour than I saw in these pictures. There are more unusual styles.
      Misja didn’t come up with the rule of no black: the magazine did. I like black, black and white and colour. With me nearly anything goes. Just no beige or camel. They are not good for me, but a camel skirt.. no problem. As long it is not near my face.
      And you are right… it isn’t a tunic, it is a jacket. Too much hassle though to adjust everything…. pffff.

    • Greetje
      24 April 2016 / 17:55

      I did change everything.. alt tags, url, facebook url etc etc. It is indeed a jacket not a tunic. Darned language problem.

      • 24 April 2016 / 18:26

        Oooh…I didn’t mean to make more work for you—I figured it was my issue, not yours Greetje!!
        Because really, does it matter what we call it? It’s the item itself and not the name! (my mom and I have this argument frequently over colors—I’ll call it blue and she says, no it’s teal—oy!!)
        Thanks for the links to the interior of the houses—super cool!!

        • Greetje
          24 April 2016 / 18:33

          Oy??? Haha.. that sounds familiair. Are you Jewish? (I am not but I use “oy” a lot.)
          For me the difference between blue and teal is… more green in teal.Potato, potato.. nevertheless… a tunic is closed at the front.

  2. 24 April 2016 / 17:13

    Love that Kenzo coat/dress!! Perfect with those blue heels. And such fun to see the Amsterdam photos. It’s such a charming city and I really hope we can get back there again soon.

    • Greetje
      24 April 2016 / 17:37

      Rather sooner than later as far as I am concerned.

    • 25 April 2016 / 07:02

      Get there in the summer when I’m there Susan. That way, I can meet you too 🙂

  3. 24 April 2016 / 17:37

    You look fantastic in this coat! It’s really a dress?
    Thank you for the picture of the red shoe 🙂
    Wish you a good time, Tina

    • Greetje
      24 April 2016 / 18:26

      Yes it really is a dress but I have to admit I haven’t worn it like that. I think.. I don’t really know… isn’t that bad?? I think I tried it in front of the mirror. But I have to wear a blue pencil skirt underneath it. Otherwise it is way too short. Have a look at Sylvia… she is wearing this Kenzo piece in her post about The Style Crone. I have shortened the link:

      • 24 April 2016 / 22:04

        ahh she wear it with trousers.
        Its a perfekt piece. I love your combination as a coat with jeans and heels. Great Idea!

  4. Rebecca
    24 April 2016 / 18:13

    You are a perfect guide to the beauties of Amsterdam – I am dying to go there. Anyway, as to your outfit – it is wonderful as always. I love a great jacket like this and the different ways you have styled it. My taste in clothes is so similar to yours so I get some terrific ideas from your photos.

    • Greetje
      24 April 2016 / 18:28

      Thanks Rebecca, but I have only styled it one way, as a jacket. If I wear it like a dress, I wear a pencil skirt underneath it. Have a look at Sylvia in this post about The Style Crone. If you scroll down you see her wear it like a dress (on trousers). I have shortened the link:

  5. 24 April 2016 / 18:41

    Well, you had me at hello today Greetje! Blue and white and polka dots…be still my heart! I love that this dress/coat is classy but playful at the same time…and it’s versatile.

    Another post that has me ready to hop on a plane to The Netherlands. I could stroll these streets for hours enjoying the architecture and history.

    • Greetje
      24 April 2016 / 20:26

      What’s stopping you Sue?? I would love to see you again. This Kenzo piece has all the makings of a classic. It is modern and I bet it will still be modern in 10 years.

  6. 24 April 2016 / 18:50

    I love United nude! It is such an beautiful brand. As a shoe addict, I get the shivers every time a new collection comes out! Have you also been to the nine streets? It’s do lovely there! And how wonderful it is to be a model for Misja! I am a bit jalouse!

    • Greetje
      24 April 2016 / 20:31

      Of course I have been to the Nine Streets. See the tab in the top of my navigation. You will find posts about the Nine Streets there. When I saw the heel of this United Nude pump I thought they were by Eijk Amsterdam.

  7. 24 April 2016 / 20:39

    Liebe Greetje,

    wie schön dass du so hartnäckig warst und Unterstützung von deinem Mann hattest. Die Jacke ist richtig toll. Ganz begeistert bin ich davon, wie wandelbar die Jacke ist. EIn guter Kauf.
    Mein Glückwunsch zu diesen Foto-Shooting. Das war bestimmt aufregend. Ich wünsche dir eine gute Woche.
    Gruß Cla

    • Greetje
      24 April 2016 / 20:51

      Herzlichen Dank Cla, I really like it myself too. I think this will be a classic. Have a nice week yourself too.
      PS I can understand everything you written and I can even pronounce it but writing in German ist zu schwierig for mich.

  8. Katrien
    24 April 2016 / 21:40

    Perfect outfit Greetje, stylish and fun! A typical Greetje one. Great bag too.

    • Greetje
      25 April 2016 / 05:56

      Thank you Katrien. Looking back I think I am more of a jeans girl than a dress girl. Don’t know whether I want that. Time will tell.

  9. 24 April 2016 / 22:28

    Beautiful Kenzo jacket/dress! I love it with the jeans, pumps, & white shirt! I’m glad you were able to find it online!

    And great scenes from Amsterdam. It’s a city I want to visit soon!

    • Greetje
      25 April 2016 / 05:57

      You will let me know when you are in town, won’t you?

      • 25 April 2016 / 16:38

        Absolutely! We were even thinking about a trip to Amsterdam this summer when we are in Europe, but we have already too much on the itinerary… But I don’t want to put it off too long or it may never happen…

  10. 24 April 2016 / 23:03

    I recognize this jacket/dress right away as Sylvia had hers with her in NYC. Of course it looks wonderful on you too.

    You are becoming quite the famous blogger lately! Soon I’ll be able to say…I knew Greetje when…

    Those blue and red shoes are fantastic. They have such unique Dutch brands.


    • Greetje
      25 April 2016 / 06:00

      I am totally anonymous in that German magazine haha. No blogname mentioned. Fame is still very far away. Or around the corner. Actually I don’t think I want fame. Not being able to walk the streets without being recognised all the time…. wouldn’t be my kind of fun.

  11. 25 April 2016 / 07:08

    I was wondering when you were going to feature this dress. It looks amazing on you! You styled it to perfection with those pumps and then the coat as well (fab coat!)

    I have not worn it with blue jeans yet so should try that too. It has been a good purchase for me too. I still love it and wear it.

    How fun that you did the photoshoot with Misja. I can’t wait to see you both again soon!

    • Greetje
      25 April 2016 / 08:54

      From June 22 I will be in Haarlem and free, so we can get together.
      I have tried this Kenzo jacket as a dress with a blue pencil skirt underneath it and that works very well too. Thanks for the compliments.

      • 25 April 2016 / 09:04

        Keep 23 and 24 free for me because I’ll be gone on the 25th (but will be back mid July) (Arrive on the 14th)

        • Greetje
          25 April 2016 / 11:57

          I will. Oh and afternoon 22nd is also an option.

  12. Happiness at Mid Life
    25 April 2016 / 07:12

    You know I already love this great piece and I can’t wait to see more ways for you to wear it on the blog.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Greetje
      25 April 2016 / 08:55

      Temperatures have to get a bit higher before I style/wear it again Alice. At the moment the temperatures are way below normal. Bummer.

  13. 25 April 2016 / 09:33

    A beautiful jacket, and some very nice photos.

    • Greetje
      25 April 2016 / 11:59

      Thank you, my sporty friend. I often think that “climbing mountains” and “women’s fashion” are very opposite matters, but you can combine them very well.

  14. 25 April 2016 / 10:21

    such a fabulous post (as usual!), I love your outfit, so cool and elegant!, and love your amazing city, as I’m another Ámsterdam lover, it’s one of the prettiest cities I’ve ever seen!. It’s pretty enjoyable to see you on this fabulous background!
    Your kenzo jacket/dress is a really versatile piece, love its design and structure, and its interesting print! And that bag is really amazing!

    • Greetje
      25 April 2016 / 12:00

      I grabbed that bag at the very last minute during a crazy shopping spree in the Max Mara outlet and it has been such a good idea haha. The jacket/dress has beautifully made pockets too.

  15. Marianne
    25 April 2016 / 17:42

    I like your dress/coat of Kenzo very much. Although I agree that to wear it just as a dress will be a little bit too sexy. Sylvia wears it as a dress but with pants underneath it. I notice that you had a totally blue day that day, so no third colour, but I must say it is very well put together. It is a kind of chic combination. Great to enjoy the Jordaan. What a great capital city do we have. Thanks to you I can have a short peep once in a while.

    • Greetje
      25 April 2016 / 18:09

      You never reacted but I did offer you a day on the town with me…

  16. 25 April 2016 / 20:04

    Greetje how I love your posts! There’s always something new, novel and fun about them. I love your little observations and although you confess yourself to be vain, you’re also so quick to bring yourself down with a scathing observation (no, you don’t look like a clown just because your eyebrows shoot up in surprise). Well done with your modelling. The jacket works well on you, perfectly paired with jeans for a lovely yet casual look. And that bag is superb x
    Thank you so much for all the compliments on my blog lately. You do have a super figure and you know how I wish I had a pair of legs like yours, or your little derriere! All that cold sea swimming must be what keeps me trim, but a lot of it is just clever photography.

    • Greetje
      26 April 2016 / 11:23

      Thank you Anna. We do know how to emphasize our strong points and pick out the right photos, don’t we haha?
      I am glad you like the jacket/dress. I think it is going to be around for many years. A very well made piece of clothing.

  17. 25 April 2016 / 20:44

    You are a perfect model, Greetje! And your friend took great photos of you!! Lovely coat/dress ! It is a versatile item and the print and colour are delightful …
    Amsterdam is an interesting city full of beautiful corners to discover!
    Very pretty post and you look beautiful …

    • Greetje
      26 April 2016 / 11:24

      Thanks Dan. I feel the need to roam the streets of Turin together with you getting stronger and stronger.??

      • 26 April 2016 / 22:51

        We will meet again and will enjoy nice days together in Turin once more!

  18. 26 April 2016 / 02:51

    Love both coats and your whole “blue” themed look 🙂 Your photos are always so pretty but how can you go wrong when you are taking photos in streets of beautiful Amsterdam. I loved that city so much. You look fabulous my friend.

    • Greetje
      26 April 2016 / 11:25

      I wished I still lived in Amsterdam. It has such a vibe of freedom and city buzz. A bit like the New Yorkers talk about New York.

  19. 26 April 2016 / 21:30

    I Heart your bag. Oh, be still my heart. It’s so pretty! Amsterdam is so pretty. If I had the funds, I would love to visit.

    • Greetje
      27 April 2016 / 09:33

      That bag was a last grab before I paid the bill the first time I was in Turin visiting blogger Daniela. I realized that I didn’t have a blue bag and I really liked this one. Turned out to be a staple piece. You never know in advance.

  20. 26 April 2016 / 21:58

    Great print on the tunic dress, and such a versatile piece! IIt would look good with a longer skirt underneath as you mentioned, but it looks great open as a jacket with your jeans.

    I love Misja’s style – it would be fun to spend a day doing a photo shoot with her. Those houses are so cute – I would enjoy living in a neighbourhood like that.

    The artwork on the Street Organ is beautiful!

    • Greetje
      27 April 2016 / 09:35

      I would enjoy living there as as well. Amsterdam people have lots of humor. Alas… we decided years ago to leave Amsterdam for Haarlem as houses were less expensive here. We live in a terrific street in Haarlem with lots of lovely neighbours in a beautiful house. But I still miss Amsterdam.

  21. 27 April 2016 / 04:15

    Hello Beautiful model! You are so correct, this dress/jacket is a classic and will definitely still be a modern staple in 10 years. Don’t you just love classy items like that? Plus the color and pattern are timeless as well. I love it worn as a jacket (that’s most likely how I would wear it also) but I love the idea of wearing it with a pencil skirt underneath when worn as a dress (hopefully you’ll show us this someday).
    Love the photo Misja caught of you taking the picture! And I agree with Sue everyone you post these I want to hop on a plane.

    • Greetje
      27 April 2016 / 09:36

      I am sure I can tempt you in actually hopping on that plane… I will continue these posts haha.

  22. 27 April 2016 / 14:46

    Fabulous tunic! And this little city looks so charming, the houses beautifully restored. You and your friends also looking delightful in these great photos. xox


    • Greetje
      27 April 2016 / 15:07

      Thank you Patti. As I always post on a Sunday, I really have to be quick on the Monday to catch your Visible Monday. If I add a link now… it will be useless as most of my readers have already been. I will link up next Sunday OK?
      Hope you will visit Amsterdam one day.

  23. 27 April 2016 / 20:44

    I don’t quite know where to begin, Greetje, because the coat. It is a Kenzo, after all. And the bag with its fuzzy calf hair sides. And your cuffed jeans. Hold on, I need to breathe. And drool. And wipe that damn drool off my keyboard GRIN I’ve seen and loved so many of your outfits in the past, my friend, but this one here, for some reason, speaks to me on all levels. It’s so easy, comfy, simple but immensely stylish. I heart. A lot.

    p/s that colourful house!!!

    pp/s the one and only time I was in The Netherlands was for work and for a mere 72 hours. Never did I get the opportunity to see all these lovely sights!!

    • Greetje
      27 April 2016 / 22:07

      When are you returning? A visit to Europe, seeing Rome, Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam… now wouldn’t that be a lovely holiday??? Am I tempting you??? I do think this Kenzo thing is a stroke of luck. A classic which will be in my closet for a long time.

      • 27 April 2016 / 22:19

        We spent a month in Italy two years ago and that isn’t going to recur anytime soon with one in university, a second going in Fall, and Eve going next Fall. Wallets are already cringing in anticipation HA!!! Barcelona, ahhh, Barcelona, and Madrid. I did manage to spend a week there years ago, to attend a workshop for a client, Loewe. That was in the early 2000s. Sigh. Once the children have finished their studies, perhaps then Pierluigi and I will be able to travel again 🙂 so yeah. Until then … xoxo

        • Greetje
          29 April 2016 / 09:41

          Three children…. wow. Didn’t know that. I can understand that money has to be spent on them. Perhaps try to find a client with Dutch connections?? haha.
          Pierluigi.. what a beautiful name. And I know how to pronounce it too.

  24. 29 April 2016 / 09:00

    That really looks like a fun summer coat… I’d love ro see it as a dress. Although I really love it as a coat. Ah, versatile clothes, that’s so wonderful! And you, modelling like a pro! That’s what we need: more fabulous women of all shapes, sizes and ages in magazines!

    • Greetje
      29 April 2016 / 09:46

      Do you remember Sylvia wearing this jacket/dress in Vancouver? If you scroll down in this post of 40+Style, you will see Sylvia wearing it like a dress (on trousers):
      And I fully agree with you: more women of all shapes, sizes and ages in magazines.

  25. 30 April 2016 / 12:18

    I LOOOOVE the Jordaan. I used to spend a lot of my weekends there when I lived in Amsterdam . Your outfit is super; the deep cuff on those jeans and the heels keep you looking super chic. I’m looking for a coat with big polkadots like yours, only I need it in black and white. Really lovely post, I love seeing the photos of the Jordaan.

    • Greetje
      30 April 2016 / 13:59

      May 16 you have to tell me all about your days in Amsterdam, the why, how etc. As I have booked flight and hotel. Will arrive Sunday afternoon, so if you want to meet earlier… I have no plans haha.

  26. 30 April 2016 / 14:55

    Will do! Let’s meet up! xx, Lisa Rockefeller hahaha

  27. Trish
    6 May 2016 / 09:29

    At the bottom again! 😉 I love the coat. Such a versatile piece, and good for you tall girls. But I am a shorty sadly, so I can only appreciate. Thanks for the shoe photos. What an interesting brand. Tell your friend, Misja, I like her shoes too, especially with the lovely trousers. Oh and thanks too, for all the lovely photos of Amsterdam and Haarlem, you are really opening my eyes up to the beauties of the Netherlands.

    • Greetje
      6 May 2016 / 12:34

      Being last makes you stand out haha. Misja’s trousers are by H&M, can you believe it? She is a “shorty” as you say you are. So this style wil suit you too. She wears a very modern, solid dark blue top with it.
      The Netherlands has many old town, not only Amsterdam and Haarlem but also The Hague, Delft, Breda, Den Bosch … just to name a few. It is a very flat country. Below sea level. Sounds scary but we Dutch are very good with (fighting) water, dunes and dikes.

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