Leather, pearls and polka dots

Leather, pearls and polka dotsFinally another skirt post. Because finally I can wear my beloved Max Mara boots again. Stupid sprained ankle. Still a bit painful on high heels, but hey… I am back! This post is going to be without beautiful houses, neighbourhoods and quirky pictures. Just a plain and simple outfit post. About leather, pearls and polka dots. In my book a perfect match. Polka dots and pearls… well .. that figures. I throw in  the leather to steer away from a classic look. Not that I have anything against classic, nothing at all, but it isn’t me.

This pearl thing was brought on by Adrienne (The Rich Life on a budget) and Jill (Everything Just So) who are both host to posts called “How I wear my…… ” This month (as from May 4): pearls.

I love my pearls but I don’t want to style them the classic way because my taste has changed these past three (blogging) years. Which means I hardly wear them anymore, which is A) a shame as they are beautiful and B) very bad for pearls, as they need wearing to keep their luster. If I do wear them, it is together with something tough, like a jacket with a bit of metal, a studded belt or as in this post, with a leather jacket.

I wore this outfit to work and brought my camera with me. I am cunning, as I planned to lure somebody in helping me with blog photos. And indeed, my colleague Jan was kind enough to take some pictures on the first floor of our office building. He is a keen photographer. I do know who to ask… 😆

Below: the handkerchief skirt is a wrap. Black and white with little polka dots. And yes, I should have pulled it down a bit so the lines would continue better… Leather, pearls and polka dotsBelow: as you can see here, the polka dots give the skirt a bit of a brown colour. My ring has two pearls held between two gold “bamboo” twigs.polka dot skirt by Pauw

Below: close-up of the pearl ring. The ring is a present from my lovely friend Marianne.pearl ringBelow: the brown leather jacket has no collar which doesn’t really suit me. I don’t know why. It is because I have a long neck? Or a tiny head? No idea. I just know I need a collar. Most of my jackets and shirts have that but I have ventured into “bare neck”-items lately. Still not feeling too comfortable in them.

I bought the jacket a size bigger than usual because I wanted to be able to zip it up for outdoor wear. Which makes the sleeves too long (solved that by scrunching them up) and the shoulders a bit too wide. As it happens I never use the jacket outdoors. And indoors I never zip up. Lesson learned: if you use a jacket indoors, you probably wear it open and you should judge the size you need accordingly. A bit tighter looks more vivaciously. brown leather jacket Kyra & CoBelow: I can wear this skirt with flat boots as well. I will admit I rather like these brown boots which are ancient. (See them here worn on brown trousers.) The orange tassle necklace is a gift from colleague Nandy for my birthday last year. She is a very attentive woman. Quite the opposite from me. I never remember birthdays.Leather, pearls and polka dotsBelow: the orange bag is a present from neighbour and good friend Anja (Curly Traveller). It is a cute bag which always gets me compliments. Together with the scarf and necklace it gives some colour to this otherwise brown/black outfit. I do get lots of presents, don’t I? 😀   😀   😎 .  Leather, pearls and polka dotsBelow: close-up of my black tights with polka dots, my beloved brown boots and the bag. Leather, pearls and polka dotsBelow: one last shot of all the pearl items I am wearing: bracelet, ring, earrings, short necklace (freshwater pearls) with gold tassle and long necklace. See the earrings? They were my mother’s and I had them altered. Why and how you can read in this post (if you are interested).  All my pearls

Hope you liked this detailed outfit post for a change. Next week another report on Amsterdam and the ring I got from Ron for my birthday.


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    • Greetje
      1 May 2016 / 18:39

      Thanks Pam. I had it altered a bit. Had the waist made a bit wider, which made the length a bit better as it dropped an inch. It was rather short before.

  1. 1 May 2016 / 15:14

    Wonderful mix of feminine and masculine items, creating a beautiful ensemble. Love the tights. And a girl can never go wrong with a moto-inspired leather jacket. I like your idea for finding a photographer — maybe I’ll go to work tomorrow in a skirt… 🙂

    • Greetje
      1 May 2016 / 18:49

      Oh gosh Ally.. that would be a shock to your colleagues.. They might just need that. ?

  2. 1 May 2016 / 17:27

    I really enjoyed this detailed outfit post, Greetje.
    I like reading your thought processes and often have similar problems, which need solutions.
    You look smart but with an edge of fun, which is a perfect note to strike.

    • Greetje
      1 May 2016 / 18:50

      It still is a bit of a classic outfit I think, despite the “adjustments”. I like it, but it will not be a winner in my wardrobe. There are better ones.

  3. 1 May 2016 / 17:43

    I must say I really like the scarf and the bag. All the little accessories really make this outfit sing.

    I also have pearls and never wear them except sometimes when I attend a wedding which is…once every 15 years! LOL


    • Greetje
      1 May 2016 / 18:53

      I find little scarves also often to be classic, so I hardly wear them. I have a leopard print one which is perfect. The rest is just in a draw, waiting…
      The bag is cute, no doubt about that.
      But even though I really tried to make this outfit work, I don’t think I am ever going to wear it anymore. Still a bit too classic and I don’t like the size of the jacket.

  4. Nancy
    1 May 2016 / 18:39

    The ring given to you by a friend is GORGEOUS!!!

    • Greetje
      1 May 2016 / 18:54

      Isn’t it just? Pearl rings can be a bit dowdy, but this one isn’t. It is really a good design.

  5. 1 May 2016 / 19:28

    Happy Belated Birthday Greetje!

    Gosh…you have put together a great look! There is that push/pull edgy/soft play! So well done!!! And then the pops of colour! Brilliant!

    • Greetje
      1 May 2016 / 20:20

      Ha.. that is funny…. I quite like the outfit but it is still too classic for me and I don’t like the fact the jacket is too big. Maybe I am too tough on myself.

  6. 1 May 2016 / 22:37

    Well, I really like classic outfits with just a few fun elements, so this outfit is a total winner in my book! Oh, and if you ever find you really don’t want your little scarves anymore, I’m sure we could work out a deal! 😉

    • Greetje
      2 May 2016 / 21:03

      I will put a little red dot (for “sold”) on my little scarves haha.

  7. 2 May 2016 / 08:06

    I love this fun mix today Greetje. Pearls and leather are a great combination, and much younger than the classic (British) twin-set and pearls. The neckerchief is a great distraction from the lack of collar on the jacket, as well as being a good splash of colour. And I love that orange bag – it’s funky!
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      2 May 2016 / 21:04

      Glad you like it Anna. But it is a bit on the safe side. Even for me ha ha.

  8. 2 May 2016 / 09:09

    My elegant and wonderful friend who prettiest outfit, love it! The skirt is cute, I love the design and color scheme. I like the combination of pearls, leather, small polka dots, color in the scarf and bag. My dear Greetje, this proposal seems to me great.

    • Greetje
      2 May 2016 / 21:05

      I never expected so much praise, but I will gladly accept it. It is not really my favourite outfit, but I am proud I thought of this outfit myself.

  9. 2 May 2016 / 13:09

    Pearls and a leather jacket, in my book that’s perfection itself. In fact, I wore something like that just yesterday… And you look fab, and very modern. And the pearls are lovely. You can tell I love pearls, right?

    • Greetje
      2 May 2016 / 21:07

      I have a very contemporary pearl necklace with lapis lazuli balls which I like a lot (I like pearls too). I have had it on my blog in a previous post, but the photos were sooo bad. I will have to feature them again. Oh and a short string of fresh water black pearls (with matching earrings and ring whoopy).

    2 May 2016 / 14:49

    Love how you added those colorful touches to this edgy look Greet – Check out my latest collab with CHICWISH – Have a wonderful week!


    • Greetje
      2 May 2016 / 21:08

      I will Rebecca. A visit to your blog is long overdue.

  11. 2 May 2016 / 17:29

    Now look at you print mixing Greetje!!! See….just like I said: practice makes perfect!!
    I adore the leather & pearls—of course my first response when I think pearls is the classic adaptation—but I’m learning to mix it up too!!
    I just bought a small scarf like yours—-and I love the idea of layering it with necklaces—you give me such good ideas!!

    • Greetje
      2 May 2016 / 21:12

      OK …your comment gave me a good laugh again. I am always so surprised when I read things like “you give me such good ideas”. My brain is going: “Who? Who is she talking about? What?? Me??? Go on!!” Hahaha
      This kind of print mixing I learned from Alice (Happiness at Mid-Life). She is goooddd.
      And the layering I got from Trina (Teatime with Trina). You do pick up things when you are dedicated.

  12. Marianne
    2 May 2016 / 17:32

    It’s fun to see you in a skirt again. And you did a great job combining it with color, classic jewelry like pearls and then a fun bag, and don’t forget your cool leather jacket. This is the way you used to dress yourself without the leather jacket and funky handbag. But I prefer the Greetje of today. Daring and thinking out of the box.

    • Greetje
      2 May 2016 / 21:13

      Thanks Marianne. Do you like the photo of your ring? Isn’t it beautiful??

  13. 3 May 2016 / 03:27

    This is a lovely outfit, and I like that the dots on your stockings echo the shape and colour of the pearls.

    • Greetje
      3 May 2016 / 19:32

      I was a dotted person when I put this outfit together.

  14. 3 May 2016 / 04:58

    There’s something very cool about wearing sweet pearls with badass leather.

    • Greetje
      3 May 2016 / 22:15

      It is probably cool because of the contradiction (I think…).

  15. Happiness at Mid Life
    3 May 2016 / 06:26

    I love pearls, they always make me feel so ladylike. I love the idea of balancing something so feminine with a leather jacket. I really love this outfit on you.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Greetje
      3 May 2016 / 22:16

      Thank you Alice. It isn’t my favourite outfit, but it seems to go down well.

  16. 3 May 2016 / 10:17

    Thank you dear friend for all your input and wonderful comments
    I am going to find a way that people I reply to will get my reply without having to come back to my blog. See how I get on.
    Much loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    • Greetje
      3 May 2016 / 22:16

      Tou need an IT man specialised in blogs…

  17. 3 May 2016 / 10:17

    At last you are wearing a skirt again!! You know that I love them on you …
    The pearl necklace is beautiful and not too classic on your modern outfit:you look very nice!

    Probably I missed something or read too fastly your posts because I don’t remember of a sprained ankle!! Luckily, as you say, it is ok now … and you can wear the boots again. I have put away mine until next autumn…

    • Greetje
      3 May 2016 / 22:19

      Well the sprained ankle happen January 21 and is still not fully recovered. I cannot walk distances or too lomg on heels. And not for days on end either. Still painful. Oh well, mending though.
      Glad you like the outfit. I bet you opened my posts these lasts months thinking “oh no, not again… trousers”… haha.

  18. 3 May 2016 / 18:03

    Greetje, I think the gorgeous neckerchief has brilliantly solved your no collar dilemma! I absolutely love it and I see no evidence of a too long neck or too small head! You’re so silly, beautiful lady! I can see why the brown boots are your favorite…I am turning green with envy for them! The whole look is fantastic. Thanks for inspiring!


    • Greetje
      3 May 2016 / 22:21

      My friend Daniela of the blog the Pretty Cute, had these boots and I fell in love with them too. Just copied her haha. Thank you for all your sweet words.

  19. 3 May 2016 / 20:30

    I am back again picking your brains ,what system of commenting do you have?
    Did you Install it yourself?

    • Greetje
      3 May 2016 / 22:23

      No, I have guys doing that for me. I can ask the guy who is helping me at rhe moment what his predessor installed, but you will have to wait until next week. He is on holiday this week.

  20. 4 May 2016 / 12:45

    I think you did a great job putting this outfit together Greetje. Combining the classic with more rocker elements is fabulous. The only thing I’m not sold on is the scarf for this look…

    • Greetje
      5 May 2016 / 08:29

      I know what you mean, small scarves are rarely my choice either. Only my leopard one on my lime sweater is good. But I need a scarf with this type of collar. It is safe to conclude I should not have bought the jacket haha.

  21. Trish
    6 May 2016 / 09:44

    I’m up to date at last! Lovely pearls! I like the idea of mixing them all together for a more fun look. Perhaps you could add a pendant in lapis to one or something so that you would wear them more? I love the wrap over skirt too, and I sew! So I may pinch that idea 🙂 as I have some boring grey which would so benefit from a bit of something more. Good call with the spotty tights too, but I’d like to wear them in red? Perhaps not for work though. Kind regards, Trish

  22. Trish
    6 May 2016 / 13:11

    Thanks for all the replies. I would love to see the tartan red tights! We have very boring tights here. I must do a bit more searching for some interesting ones. Re the skirt, hold on! I haven’t made it yet ? But I will certainly be using yours as an inspiration. Maybe a really interesting button fastening too, a bit like a brooch. There aren’t many patterns for this type of skirt but I recently saw one in the Burda magazine! However I am currently onto summer styles, and flowy clothes. As you know, our summers are short like yours, and I’m tapping into my inner Bohemian at the moment, but I have to be a bit careful with too much fabric, as yet again, it doesn’t suit shorties! Thanks for all the links. I will check them out. Bfn Trish

    • Greetje
      6 May 2016 / 17:05

      Flowy is good for you! I will mail you a picture of me eight years ago. With the tartan tights.

  23. 9 May 2016 / 07:49

    Nothing plain or simple about this outfit, Greetje. There are so many tiny, subtle accents which, combined together, make for a very understatement outfit which begs a second, fourth, sixth glance as each reveals something new 🙂

    • Greetje
      9 May 2016 / 21:35

      OK, I will reconsider the merits of this outfit then.

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