Dressed like Charlie Chaplin

Dressed like Charlie ChaplinAfter a few more ladylike posts, I am “treating” you to this casual outfit. My husband Ron said when he saw it: “You are dressed like Charlie Chaplin”. Thank you darling. Fortunately he added: “But I like it”. I know this outfit will not appeal to everyone (anyone?). You don’t have to say you like it in your comments. I know a lot of you will not and that is OK. You can say that as well. I won’t be offended. The outfit came about when I had bought the extremely comfortable shoes. I suddenly remembered a Street Style photo I took of a woman which I thought looked different and very good. I will show you.

Below: this is the woman I am talking about.Street style

Pretty good copy work eh?

When I got home from the office (yes I went to work, dressed like this), I asked Ron to take pictures as I needed them for this blogpost and there was little time left (I am on holiday in Spain). Ron got up, grabbed the camera and we went to the Haarlemmerhout, the oldest public park of The Netherlands.

Below: great houses surrounding the park (of course). Dressed like Charlie Chaplin

Below: Charlie was very pleased with yet another hour of fun in a park.Dressed like Charlie Chaplin

Below: it was lovely weather and everything was sooooo green.Charlie Chaplin (76)_LRBelow: thinking of Pat’s advice to try and avoid head-to-toe boring pictures, Ron took this picture by my request. But I found out that a landscape picture at the top is not cutting it… Have to work on that.Dressed like Charlie ChaplinBelow: we arrived at the monument of Laurens Jansz Coster, the inventor of the printing press who lived in Haarlem. (There is another person claiming this. Let’s say that great minds think alike.)

I thought it was rather a sad monument. Looked more like a tombstone.monument for Laurens Jansz Coster

Below: I tried to climb over the fence but old age kept me from really doing so.Dressed like Charlie Chaplin

Below: heading towards another monument..Dressed like Charlie Chaplin

Below: this is the Hildebrand monument.Hildebrand monumentThe explanation on the sign is only in Dutch. Which is a bit of a shame. Small explanation from me: Nicolaas Beets is a writer (1814-1903) who used an alias: Hildebrand. The sculptures around the fountain represent figures from his books.Charlie Chaplin (60)_LR

Below: a few examples of the sculptures up close.Hildebrand monument

Hildebrand monument

Below: arty picture. Can you see the lovely mansion in the background?Hildebrand monument

Below: close-up of the pin on my tie.Charlie Chaplin (62)_LR

Below: close-up of the shoes. Brand: Maruti.Charlie Chaplin (67)_LRBelow: in order to get such a close-up, I have to bend my body in awkward positions… My hair had died and gone to heaven by then. My appointment with the hairdresser was the next day. A week later than is advisable, but she insisted on going on vacation.Charlie Chaplin (73)_LR

Below: heading back.Dressed like Charlie Chaplin

Below: beautiful chestnut leaf (Hah! Ron asked me whether I knew from which tree this leaf was, thinking I was such a city girl I would never know. I surprised him. We had to gather these leaves in the first grade of secundary school, in a thing called herbarium. It was September…. I still remember all those spiders while collecting these leaves. Horror for a person with spider phobia.chestnut leavesBelow: we passed this weird looking tree and Ron thought it would make a smashing photo if I sat on it. Again fat chance. I know I could have pulled it off if I had tried it in a different way, but the tree was way too dirty. The outfit may look scruffy, but isn’t.Dressed like Charlie ChaplinBelow: I will leave you with this last photo of a stump with lots of mushrooms/fungus on it. Looks like art.treesA few details: jacket (old): Tiger of Sweden, shirt: Anne Fontainejeans: G-Star, shoes: Maruti.


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  1. Mel Reardon
    19 June 2016 / 17:21

    As always, I love your posts and your outfit too. I wonder though if you might also do something artsy with your hair to give it that free-spirit vibe as in the photo of the original outfit? No matter tho, it looks great as is. Love the climbing pics – you always give it a go!

    • Greetje
      20 June 2016 / 17:19

      That might prove to be a new challenge Mel, doing my hair differently. I have this haircut as I have thin hair and little of it. Don’t think I can do much else but who knows. Thanks for the nice compliments.

  2. 19 June 2016 / 17:24

    Greetje—you’re like a little kid trying to climb on everything!! Hilarious.
    As for the outfit…I’m a fan! I actually have a couple ties in my closet and one that is even beaded!!
    I definitely feel like your outfit is more clean & neat (than the inspiration), and it’s a perfect example of variety!!
    Happy vacationing!!

    • Greetje
      20 June 2016 / 17:22

      It is also a perfect example of how my style is all over the place. I will have to live with that I guess ??. Glad I could entertain you.

  3. Roberta
    19 June 2016 / 18:40

    Your beautiful posts are inspiring me to come to the Netherlands. I am tempted to travel this fall, but I look at the weather and perhaps I should wait until May 2017. You look charming in this outdit!

    • Greetje
      20 June 2016 / 17:23

      June to August are the months with the best chance of good weather. But never a guaratee. It is a green country and for that you need rain haha.

  4. 19 June 2016 / 19:40

    Hahaha!! Greetje – I LOVE this outfit. Your probably knew I would. It has character and not in a costume way, probably because of the shoes and tie pin…? For me it says you’re a person who likes to get things done, enjoys comfort, who does what you want to do, and laughs with life. Really love it.

    Brilliant shots. I love the tree-climbing one. Hahaha. I count on you for style and laughs.
    I’m so impressed that you posted while you are on holiday. I hope you are having a blast!

    • Greetje
      20 June 2016 / 17:26

      It is easy to post while on holiday. Just make it in advance and schedule it. Easy peasy. I am very glad you like the outfit. I know it is not everybody’s taste but certainly yours. So yes I knew. Your compliments touched me.

  5. 19 June 2016 / 21:31

    Cute outfit. I guess you did not really climb over the fence because you did not. LOL. It looks like you could have made it easily.

    • Greetje
      20 June 2016 / 17:28

      No it would not have been easy to climb over the fence but if I had to, I could have.??

  6. Barbara
    19 June 2016 / 22:25

    Apart from the shoes, I like your outfit very much. You styled it much better than your Inspiration!

    • Greetje
      20 June 2016 / 17:29

      Thanks. The shoes inspired me to create this scruffy outfit haha.

      • Barbara
        21 June 2016 / 16:09

        I know, it where the shoes 🙂

  7. 19 June 2016 / 22:52

    As I scrolled down reading your post, my heart was in my mouth… I was thinking “She’s going to jump in the fountain with her clothes on and pretend she’s one of those statues, isn’t she?” Hahaha! I’m pleased to see you exited the park dry, but I wouldn’t put anything past you. This was such a great read, and you look just as adorable and lighthearted in this outfit as you genuinely are. It really works on you. I love those shoes too, really funky. xxx

    • Greetje
      20 June 2016 / 17:33

      It is a good thing you weren’t there to suggest the fountain jump… I don’t know whether I could have resisted the joke. Of course I would have taken my shoes and jacket off, but the rest could handle it and I was going to the hairdresser the following day anyway. Haha … missed a great opportunity.

    • Greetje
      20 June 2016 / 17:35

      That is my main goal… to make my readers laugh. Glad I succeeded.

  8. 20 June 2016 / 06:02

    I actually really like the outfit! I can only wear flats, and I’m always on the lookout for cute, comfortable, flat shoes! Yours look great! Would love to own them. And I like the rest of the outfit, too. I love that you took an inspiration photo – you really nailed it. But I think your outfit is just a bit more put together, and I really like that. Great park, too! Your shenanigans are too funny!

    I hope you are enjoying a wonderful, relaxing vacation!

    • Greetje
      20 June 2016 / 17:42

      Yes the holiday is full of laughs and friendship and sunshine. Fun that you like this “acquired taste”- outfit.

  9. 20 June 2016 / 08:18

    But it is a cute outfit! And comfy shoes can be fun. At least they make it possible for you to do something fun, climbing etc…

    • Greetje
      20 June 2016 / 19:49

      I didn’t think you would like this outfit so I am (happily) surprised.

  10. Tracey
    20 June 2016 / 09:14

    Love your outfit !!! and those shoes are gorgeous !!!

    • Greetje
      20 June 2016 / 19:50

      And sooo comfortable… What fun that (so far) everybody likes the outfit. Never thought so.

  11. 20 June 2016 / 09:28

    That tree climbing photo is hilarious. I like this kind of casual boyish outfit

    • Greetje
      20 June 2016 / 19:52

      This represents one side of me. I have many sides to my character haha.

  12. Donna
    21 June 2016 / 03:57

    I love this outfit and I think you look a million bucks!
    I am going to try and copy your look now 🙂

    • Greetje
      22 June 2016 / 09:56

      Oh yes, do copy, carry the torch haha. That is what blogs are for: inspiration.
      Funny that you say I look like a million bucks in this “scruffy” outfit.

  13. 21 June 2016 / 05:19

    This is one of my favorite outfit of yours! Those shoes are so fun, I have been wanting a leopard pari of booties but just not brave enough to wear them. I think I prefer your version over the one that copied.



    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Greetje
      22 June 2016 / 09:45

      That is very sweet of you Alice. Thank you. I never thought so many readers would like this outfit. I am quite surprised.

  14. Nethwen
    21 June 2016 / 14:17

    I love this outfit! It may be my favorite one I’ve seen on your blog yet.

    • Greetje
      22 June 2016 / 09:48

      Thank you. It surprises me. I thought this outfit would not be everybody’s taste but so far everybody is really enthousiastic. Like you. Nice!

  15. 21 June 2016 / 17:58

    I love this look, it is a great change up from previous posts, and it is fun to try new things. Love the pin on the tie, and the shoes. I like this outfit better than the one that inspired it. Maybe I would have liked a floral tie better, or a skinny scarrf, but the black tie is nice with the pine.
    Great shoes.
    Loved the photos of the monument!
    If this is the outfit that makes you want to climb tress, then wear it often!
    xx Elle

    • Greetje
      22 June 2016 / 09:50

      Haha no Elle I don’t really ever want to climb trees. And I did have a skinny scarf at first but it was black with red polka dots, which I thought was not that nice with the shoes.

  16. 21 June 2016 / 23:08

    Greetje: All I can say is that I bloody love you, you have absolutely brightened my day…!!!!!! I think “The one where Greetje tried to climb a tree” will go down in blogging history 😉

    (It goes without saying of course that I LOVE the outfit too as I wear that sort of thing myself)

    …Thanks for being YOU

    Catherine x

    • Greetje
      22 June 2016 / 09:52

      Nice, getting compliments for being myself haha. No trouble to continue that.
      I must say, when you leave a comment, it is one to frame. Thank you.

  17. 22 June 2016 / 01:57

    I’m sure you knew I would like this outfit, and I don’t think you look like Charlie Chaplin at all (his pants never fit). This is a funky, casual outfit that looks good on you – I used to wear something very similar in my late 20’s and early 30’s to my job in a record store (although my jackets were very oversize and the pants were really skinny).

    I really like the shoes, which add a fun vibe to the outfit along with the tie. I laughed when I saw you try to climb the tree – anything for a good blog photo!

    Those statues in the pond are really cool!

    • Greetje
      22 June 2016 / 09:55

      It surprises me that eveybody seems to like or even love this outfit. I thought it was an acquired taste. It is very comfortable too and that always is a good thing, right?
      And yes, anything for a good blog photo ?.

  18. 22 June 2016 / 22:47

    The park is a lovely place with an interesting fountain and a good background for a post. You made me laught when trying to climb over the fence!! It’s a funny photo …
    You know that I am not a fan of casual looks, but there is something irresistibly cute in you when are wearing comfortable clothing!!!
    Have a wonderful time in Spain!

    • Greetje
      23 June 2016 / 09:08

      I knew you would not be a fan of this outfit. But I am very pleased with “irresistibly cute”. Apparently I am more of a jeans woman than a dress and skirt woman. Although I do think I need the balance as I also like skirts and dresses.

  19. 23 June 2016 / 08:55

    I love this post so much. You look and are absolutely fabulous. Thank you for sharing your day, your style and your humour. Lots of love, Lizzy xxx (www.whatlizzyloves.com) xxxxxx

    • Greetje
      23 June 2016 / 09:54

      Blogging always gives me surprises. I thought I would get a lot of comments like “not my taste, this Charlie Chaplin look” or “your legs look really short in this outfit”. Things like that. Instead everybody is really enthousiastic. Thank you for your sweet words Lizzy. I feel flattered.

  20. 23 June 2016 / 14:59

    Oh Greetje you do make me laugh! It’s no joke when you can’t get your leg over eh? 😉 I think your outfit is much better than the woman’s in the photo with the baggy jeans – they make her legs look stumpy. I love your shoes, and the tie is genius! Hope you have a wonderful holiday 🙂

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      23 June 2016 / 17:49

      Hahaha Emma, my English is good enough to understand this word joke. Very funny. Thank you for making me laugh too.
      I thought everybody would disapprove of this outfit. But quite the contrary. So you either are all flattering me and are bloody liars (grin) or I got the taste of my readers all wrong.

  21. 23 June 2016 / 22:25

    Ha, I actually wear something like this but my tie has cats on it!

    • Greetje
      24 June 2016 / 10:37

      I also tried this outfit with a long small scarf. It looked even better but the scarf had red polka dots on it and I didn’t like that with the shoes. And I love cats even though mine bites me haha.

  22. 23 June 2016 / 22:51

    Lovely fun and funky look Greetje! You look fabulous, I love the playfulness of this look, very cool 🙂 warmest hugs Beata x

    • Greetje
      24 June 2016 / 10:39

      Thank you Beata, I like it a lot too. But I am still waiting for comments of readers who think the outfit is terrible. Perhaps they don’t want to comment that?

  23. 24 June 2016 / 15:22

    What a brilliant post! You look freaking amazing, Greetje and I love that you’re willing to climb trees and over fences for your post lol!
    Wonderful 😀
    Suzy xx

    • Greetje
      24 June 2016 / 19:19

      Thank you very much for this lovely comment Suzy. I am so pleased with it.
      This outfit was one that I thought wouldn’t go down very well. Too scruffy. But it is quite the opposite: I get so many compliments… Strange.
      For the blog and for keeping you entertained I will go a long way haha.

  24. 26 June 2016 / 09:01

    Greetje it’s refreshing to see you in something different and I for one, love the look. Sometimes it’s good to be less than predictable. I would wear the shoes like a shot too. Great photography from Ron as usual. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend x

    • Greetje
      26 June 2016 / 12:26

      I grinned when I read your comment. I knew you would like this outfit. Strangely enough a lot of people seem to like it and I didn’t think it would be everybody’s cup of tea.

  25. 27 June 2016 / 14:40

    Greetje, I absolutely adore this outfit! The shoes are fab and the menswear look is uber cute on you! And the photos are spectacular! Especially your silly ones! I, too, have been experimenting with different poses and I look absolutely ridiculous in most of them! Although I do have a ton of laughs when taking photos…either my husband or my friend act as photographer…and with me not being a model and they not being photographers…the silliness and awkwardness that results are priceless!


    • Greetje
      27 June 2016 / 20:15

      All aspects of blogging are fun. At least to me they are. From coming up with an outfit, taking photos, selecting them, making the light better or cropping them and then putting together the story, I love it all.

  26. 2 July 2016 / 13:41

    Ah Greetje you bloody made my day with this. I was feeling a bit down (hungover if truth be told) but this made me laugh out loud.

    Love the post, love the outfit and love your sense of humour.

    Don’t stop being so wonderful 🙂

    Michelle xx

    • Greetje
      3 July 2016 / 18:35

      Your comment put a great big smile on my face. So thank you in return.

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