Summer dresses

Summer dressesAs it is summer, we are all on holiday. We all have little time to visit blogs. I decided to take a bit of a break too and do what lots of bloggers do: rerun older pictures. However with an appropriate theme: summer dresses. As it turned out, I haven’t got that many dresses. What you see in this post is what I have. All of my summer dresses. Apparently I am more of a trousers girl. Never knew that. Pity really, as I like dresses.

Above: the above dress with purple dots I have had for many years (my hair is still brown in this picture) and I love wearing it, even though it is a bit tight across the bosom.

Below: bought last year in the Max Mara outlet, a lightweight blue dress. I love the pattern, but it is just a little bit too short at the sides. Last week I finally found the perfect little blue stretchy pencil skirt to put underneath it to avoid the “short look”.Blue Max Mara dress

Below: here you can see why I think it is too short. I am very pleased that this is solved Max Mara summer dress

Below: this summer dress was a gift from husband Ron. It isn’t me anymore. I find it a bit girly, but what to do? It was a present. (Brown hair.) summer dresses

Below: the Filippa K dress I bought with Daniela of The Pretty Cute when she stayed with me in 2014. It is a size larger than I would normally buy (sale) which makes it very good for dinners. summer dresses

Below: unusual draping. Hardly ever wear it. It is either too hot or too cold for this thick linen dress. I also think it overwhelmes me.Black summer dress linen

Below: this dress is custom made. I even had it redone as the first edition had a great big flower smack on my ample bosom. Not a clever thing to do. The seamstress put in another piece with a smaller flower. Summer dresses

Below: this really is a spring dress but I love it for its clean lines. A little bit on the short side but I am willing to overlook that. You too? summer dress yellow black and white

Below: another fib as this is also a spring dress. From the Max Mara outlet. I love this little number. Always makes me feel the part. black and white striped summer dress

Below: two pictures of the white sleeveless dress which I do not own anymore. I had to give it away as it was really bursting at the seams. I am sad over that. It was a dress you could wear in a hundred ways. The summer equivalent of a little black dress. Oh and I gave the jacket away too.White summer dress with grey boyfriend jacket

Below: see what I mean? Totally different look.white summer dress

I searched high and low to find a picture of my mint green dress. An oldie from… I don’t know… 2011? Finally found it. What do you think? Keep of give away? See below.Summer dress

So all in all, I find something wrong with most of my summer dresses. I will be on the look-out in the Max Mara outlet next year for some new ones (expect me to arrive in April Dan). Enjoy summer fooks.


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  1. 7 August 2016 / 19:43

    I’m just going to say, Greetje, that I think you’re being too over critical of yourself in these dresses!!
    I look at them and think “oh, how nice” or “ooohhh, I like that one!” And then I read your comment, and think “hmmm….I wouldn’t have thought that”
    But you know me…I have a fix for everything.
    So for the polka dot dress….you could wear a tank or t-shirt under it and leave it unbuttoned to the waist!
    The yellow one looks like it buttons all the way down, so it could be a duster?
    And the mint dress is gorgeous—of course I’d add a pop of color with those yellow shoes from the first picture!!
    Needless to say, I think dresses are an easy way to get dressed and a great option for us women! Dan will talk some sense into you, I’m sure!! Ha ha!!

    • Greetje
      7 August 2016 / 21:37

      I know. I am over-critical. Thanks for the idea of the yellow shoes with the mintgreen dress. I will wear it like that.

  2. Riley
    7 August 2016 / 19:53

    Always am happy when you show up in my blogger feed!

    I especially like the yellowish-green dress (the one that you find too girly), and specifically like it paired with the magenta shoes. I do not find it too girly. What does it look like without the sweater/jacket?

    I’m so happy to see that you are not afraid to wear your skirts at just-above-the-knee length. It’s so stylish on you and you wear it very well.

    The sheath dresses look fab on you! Although I am shorter than you (with the resulting shorter legs, dang it all anyway), sheaths looks surprisingly good on me. I always feel fab when I wear them, almost as fab as you actually look!

    • Greetje
      7 August 2016 / 21:40

      I don’t “do” bare arms anymore, mine are old and “thready”. But the dress looks better without the cardigan. And yellow plus fuchsia/purple is a lovely combination which I use often.

  3. 7 August 2016 / 21:36

    I don’t recall seeing the polka dot dress so I’m glad you reran it. How perfectly adorable you look in it, Greetje 🙂

  4. Trish
    7 August 2016 / 21:56

    Definitely love the polka dot dress and the sheaths. I’m not so keen on the mint one, and I think you will have to track down another white one as that is a terrific all purpose dress. The flowery one you had made is lovely for special events. Enjoy your summer break. ?

    • Greetje
      8 August 2016 / 06:06

      Indeed I have to find another white sheath dress. The strange thing is I never see one or am I not paying enough attention? The flower one which I had made I wear to the office as I don’t have special occasions to save it for. Unfortunately it is not really my taste anymore either.

  5. Lucretia
    7 August 2016 / 23:28

    I agree with Jodie, I think you are super critical but that’s why you are a good dresser!! You have the greatest taste in footwear, love most of them!

    • Greetje
      8 August 2016 / 06:09

      I know I am very critical (most women are), but I have a lot of outfits I really like too. Of these dresses, there are onlly 4 which I really like. Never mind, I will wear them. As for the shoes thank you, I used to have a terrible taste in shoes. Even my mother said that when I was younger. Apparantly I have become better.

  6. 8 August 2016 / 03:46

    I think you own some fabulous dresses! The white/black/yellow one and the black/white/striped/dots (Max Mara) one are my favorites (but I guess you labeled them spring dresses…). I love that you have already planned a shopping trip with Dan to remedy the shortage of summer dresses. I think you two may be dangerous together… 😉

    Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    • Greetje
      8 August 2016 / 06:10

      Haha, I don’t think I have a dangerous effect on Dan, but Italy and the Max Mara outlet does have that effect on me.

  7. 8 August 2016 / 08:28

    I do believe that the polka dot dress looks so good on you! I think it is a gorgious dress. So feminine and summery! I even like the color of your hair! But all the other dresses are very nice too, I am more of a dresses and skirts girl.

    • Greetje
      8 August 2016 / 17:33

      I fear I am more of a trousers girl but I am trying to get my dress and skirt sides back. Because I miss them.

  8. 8 August 2016 / 17:47

    Dye that yellow dress in a more you color so it doesn’t look so girlie. Nice new look of your blog.

    • Greetje
      8 August 2016 / 20:04

      It is not the colour I think, which makes it girlie. It is the shape, the buttons, the pockets. Just not me anymore. I want clean lines now. But thanks for thinking with me.

  9. 8 August 2016 / 20:32

    You are more of a dress lady than you think! To wit, the above pictures= proof! Love the purple dot, floral and color blocked, heck I love them all. Don’t give up on the lime dress,
    add some strappy shoes, or booties, and a denim or leather moto, maybe. Or an embroidered sweater, or lovely scarf.
    Oh and I would love the lime coat under a denim trench coat!

    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      8 August 2016 / 20:58

      Hmmm you are giving me good ideas. Will look into this. Thank you so much.

  10. Robyn
    9 August 2016 / 12:27

    I think you look great in dresses and I realise we all get tired of an item for some reason, I love the Flippa K dress on you, the black, white and yellow is also great, the fit and flare styles you seem to dislike so move on if they make you feel unhappy. the floral dress that you now wear with a skirt I slso like on you a lot. Great shoes you have, I wish I could wear this height shoe, my fussy feet reject most shoes sadly. Does the dog belong to you? He’s so cute.

    • Greetje
      9 August 2016 / 19:30

      I had to scroll back to see the dog. I thought “dog? dog? what dog?” Charlie is the name of the dog and she is a girl. Usually photobombing. She is really more my husband’s dog. I think he loves her even more than me. And yes she is the best, very sweet. Just other female dogs have to watch it (jealous?).
      You are right I have to move on from flare style to sheath. That suits me better, just as with skirts. Although I have a pleated skirt… really good. Anyway, careful with the flare/girly thing. I will bear it in mind.
      As for high heels, yes I do love being able to wear them. Not for long stretches, not for long walks, but I can keep them on my feet for 9 hours in the office where the surface is mostly carpet and flat.

    • Greetje
      10 August 2016 / 11:14

      Now, the only thing I need to do, is get rid of my feelings of guilt…

  11. 11 August 2016 / 08:00

    Your yellow, black and white dress is one of my favourites Greetje. As for the mint one, well I think it’s a bit too conservative for you now. You’re a fashion blogger after all and as such are a source of inspiration to many and I just don’t think this particular dress does you justice. You probably know this already otherwise you wouldn’t be asking us, eh?
    Hope you’re enjoying your break from blogging x

    • Greetje
      11 August 2016 / 09:55

      Oh yes, this is what I want, an honest opinion. I agree. My Scottish friend Pat said it more direct: “you look matronly in that mintgreen one” haha. Bless you both. I am going to give it away. And I am not really having a break from bogging. Just don’t have enough time to do lots of photo shooting as I am away on weekends.

  12. 11 August 2016 / 12:48

    As you can guess, I find you look delightful in those dresses!! They are so pretty, though probably, a cardigan on a dress makes the look a bit too classic for your personality!.A dress is what I always prefer wearing, especially with hIght temperatures…

    • Greetje
      11 August 2016 / 19:05

      I need to focus more on dresses. It is because I have no clue how to style them, that I pick trousers all the time. Also trousers I can wear with flat shoes, dresses and skirts I cannot.

  13. 11 August 2016 / 15:25

    Wow you have a huge collection of pretty dresses Greet!!!

    I’m excited to start a two-peat collaboration with Los Angeles-based brand TOBI this week at the blog via a sexy outfit – come check it out & lemme know what you think!

    Happy Thursday!


    • Greetje
      11 August 2016 / 19:06

      I don’t think it is a huge collection Rebecca. I bet you have far more dresses haha.

  14. 16 August 2016 / 19:52

    Hello Greetje, I’ve just discovered your blog via Dan’s. I’m from Belgium! Looking at your outfit photos, I must say you’ve got an amazing taste in dresses. I’m especially loving the big polka dots. xxx

    • Greetje
      16 August 2016 / 20:18

      Oh what fun Ann. Welcome and thanks for the compliments. Not so sure that I have such an amazing taste in dresses, but if you think so, I am pleased.
      I wanted to wear the polks dots dress today and discovered stains on it. And it came fresh from the dry cleaner. Going back there tomorrow as I don’t want to miss this dress.

  15. 28 August 2016 / 16:59

    Just read this post plus the blooper post with the outfits that didn’t work. So interesting to see how people perceive an outfit. Some I think look great on you but I know it’s also how you feel in an outfit that matters too. Thanks for the post while you’re on holiday. Enjoy!

  16. 6 September 2016 / 16:04

    What a lovely collection of summer dresses Greetje! My favourite is the polka dots, an updated vintage look. You are tall like a model (and there are good reasons that models are tall) which shows off the outfits so beautifully. I would love to be taller – alas! – that is something we cannot choose. We can control our weight but not our height!


    • Greetje
      6 September 2016 / 19:25

      That is funny… I would love to sit and walk as straight and elegant as you do. Your posture (along with your fabulous figure) makes you look so grand, so elegant. And I slough a little. Working on it, but it is difficult to change a lifetime habit. The polka dot dress is still with me. The yellow, black and green dresses I gave to somebody else.

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