Fashion in Turin – part 1

Fashion in TurinYes dear readers, another trip to Italy for only one reason: to show you the fashion in Turin… Right.. I knew you were not going to believe that haha. Of course the main reason is seeing Dan, whom I met through her blog The Pretty Cute. And she discovered my blog at the same time. We both have an extreme love for Max Mara and its sub brands, so a visit to Dan, means a visit to the outlet of Max Mara. Which is in Turin.

Visiting this outlet is such a pleasure. We both enjoy it very much and I just go wild there. I save up for it. Yes I do, don’t start laughing. I really did. Because, as soon as I enter that building I am like a kid in a toy shop, going berserk. Daniela dragged me away after 4 hours, kicking and screaming “but I haven’t seen everything!!! I have not finished yet!!” She showed no mercy.

Photo above: after Dan picked me up from the airport we went for a drink in one of her favourite places. In the shade. Of course Dan is in a dress and I am in trousers. Typical.

I will show you some pictures I took of the Max Mara outlet. Just to let you understand why I go berserk. Everything in this place is at least 1/3rd or 1/4th of the original price.

Below: part of the shoe and boots department

Max Mara outlet

Max Mara outlet

Below: dresses, coats, bags, gloves.

Max Mara outlet

Below: more coats and bags. Plus cardigans and tops.

Max Mara outlet

There is a lot more, but you get my point. We went to the outlet the second day I was there. In the morning, we took Grillo, Dan’s dog, to her mum and dad, who were “dog sitting”. I expected to go to her parent’s house, but no, they were having breakfast in a new restaurant / bookstore / bar etc. So we met them there. Now this is something so different to the Dutch. Dutch people have breakfast at home (apart from a few yuppies. Are they still called yuppies? Anyway, you know what I mean). Dutch people are infamous for their stinginess, not spending a penny more than they have to. And of course the weather isn’t as nice as in Italy. Therefore: why eat outdoors? But mainly it is a mentality. Whether that mentality has anything to do with the climate I don’t know. I loved her parents for going out for breakfast. Mum all dressed up in a beautiful dress. This is what Italy is for me: elegance, joi de vivre, talent to enjoy. Oh.. and design/creativity. Also very Italian to me.

Below: not only did her parents look terrific, they were also endearing and very kind to me. Love that dress of mum. Wouldn’t have minded it myself.

Fashion in Turin

Below: and I wouldn’t have minded this dress either. Daniela just outside the Max Mara outlet. Armani shopper in her hands.

Daniela of The Pretty Cute

Below: again I was wearing trousers with flat shoes. The same ballerinas I wore to Apeldoorn.

Fashion in Turin

Below: the top is a gift from another blogger friend, dear Melanie (Bag and a beret). She gave it to me last year when we had the blogger meet up in Vancouver. Because I had commented on her blog I loved it so much. It is a vintage top by the fabulous 70ies designer: Bob Mackie.

Fashion in Turin

As I said, Dan dragged me from the outlet to go into Turin. We could leave my bags (…) with purchases at the shop to pick them up later. I focussed on dresses as I have more than enough trousers with tops. I needed dresses and found 4. Last year I bought 4 skirts which I could hardly wear because of my sprained ankle. (What that has got to do with skirts? High heels necessicity! (You know me by now… no heels, no skirts.)

Below: some pictures of the beauty of Turin. Really, this town is better than Milan.



Below: oops, turned round and photographed Daniela, photographing the same. She is better in shooting with a creative edge. I just shoot point-blank.

Fashion in Turin


Below: time for cappuccino in a galleria.


Below: where we spotted this girl in a fabulous jumpsuit. Of course we saw more fashion in Turin. However I was always too late. Fighting with my camera. If you want to see how Turin women dress, you have to make do with last year’s Turin Street Style post.

Fashion in Turin

Below: second cappuccino we drank in this restaurant in another galleria. So nice.



Below: while I was wrestling with my camera, Dan did some social media things…

Fashion in Turin

Below: one last building and you will get to see the rest of our weekend together next week.


If you want to see our previous get-togethers in Turin and Amsterdam, here are the links: Turin visit September 2014 and Turin visit November 2015. And here are the posts when Daniela visited me in The Netherlands: Amsterdam, July 17, 2014 plus Amsterdam and Haarlem August 3, 2014.


PS Linking up with Not Dead Yet Style’s Visible Monday, showing women over 40 interested in fashion.

PS2 Also linking up with Not dressed as Lamb, showing 12 awesome examples of fashionable women in: I will wear what I like.

No Fear of Fashion





  1. 11 September 2016 / 18:37

    Oh, that outlet! I am so envious and I imagine there were wonderful bargains in all the departments. Thanks for letting me enjoy your visit vicariously

    • Greetje
      11 September 2016 / 19:43

      It is indeed fantastic, but you get so greedy. Which is why Dan dragged me away haha,

  2. 11 September 2016 / 18:38

    I remember your visit to Turin in November! I had been reading your blog for a few months at that time, and that’s how I discovered Dan’s blog!

    What a nice visit! I’ve never been to Turin, but I would love to visit it one day.

    I love your top – what a nice gift! I’m looking forward to seeing the dresses you bought! Oh, and didn’t I see on Dan’s blog that you also bought a bag? 🙂

    • Greetje
      11 September 2016 / 19:48

      The bag.. yes indeed. Forgot to mention that, didn’t I? Well, I bought a lot more but didn’t dare publish it. Dan beat me to the bag with her post. Next week you will see it on my blog. And more. The funny thing is, I thought the bag was totally Turin. NOT. I discovered two shops here in Haarlem selling it haha. It is mainstream.
      And Turin is great. I find it much nicer than Milan.

  3. 11 September 2016 / 18:41

    Wow! That store is HUGE! I can see why you go a bit nuts. You shopaholic you.

    So nice you had a chance to get together again. It looks like such a lovely spot.


    • Greetje
      11 September 2016 / 19:49

      Yep, this place is deadly for me. And I so love it. Fortunately Dan dragged me away. Not without protest, but she can be hard you know ?? And the store is even bigger than what I showed.

  4. 11 September 2016 / 18:47

    I can totally understand your love of that outlet store Greetje!! When you love the clothes, and then they are all there in one area and reduced in cost—-that’s like a division of heaven!!
    You are holding out on us about what you bought aren’t you? That’s not really fair—how about a little preview or hint?
    I love that you travel around to see other bloggers…not only are you a clothes lover, but a people lover too!!

    • Greetje
      11 September 2016 / 19:55

      Oh yes. People first. Always. I bet you saw my Obag on Dan’s blog. I will show it next week. And some more. I cannot show the other things I bought as they are all fall/winter. Which is why I went at the end of August. Dan checked whether the winter collection would be in the outlet by then. The winter collection of the previous year of course. If you want the latest fashion, you have to drop outlets. I don’t mind as those clothes of the Max Mara brands are quite timeless. OK, I do have some egg shaped stuff which I don’t know how long they will last. But as you put it so well it is a division of heaven for me. Love this description.

  5. Rebecca
    11 September 2016 / 19:25

    I love these visits with Dan. Lucky you with the Max Mara outlet. Unfortunately most outlets in New York just sell less well made or older clothes made just for the outlets and never sold originally in the stores. Your top is gorgeous – a few years ago there was an exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology about Bob Mackie which was great to see. I also love seeing the elegance and beauty of Turin. Some day I’ll get there!!!!

    • Greetje
      11 September 2016 / 19:58

      And Turin will not disappoint you when you arrive. If I were you, I would follow the blog of Elle ( She knows some great spots in New York with fantastic deals. And she shares them with her readers.

  6. 11 September 2016 / 19:40

    WOW…that’s a North American sized outlet store, LOL!

    And…you wear pants like a boss Greetje! They suit you beautifully!

    The architecture is jaw dropping…really!

    • Greetje
      11 September 2016 / 20:00

      Thanks Sue. Just got word that you are changing your blog look (it was closed for comments haha). Good luck with it.
      PS the outlet is even bigger than what I showed. As Jodie described it: it is a division of heaven.

  7. 11 September 2016 / 20:14

    They have been very nice days! Despite the high temperatures we enjoyed the city!

    Italians love spending a lot of time out. It’s a way to socialize. Of course it is pleasant habit thanks to the mild weather. Do you remember when we went out in the evening? While sitting in the square and Sipping a cappuccino, we chatted and enjoyed the fresh wind . The people were walking in the square and the children were playing…happiness is something really simple!

    • Greetje
      11 September 2016 / 20:50

      I so agree. And happiness always involves people or animals. Warmth and friendship. I was searching for the photos of that evening. Apparently I didn’t think they would come out well and didn’t take any. But it is in my mind as a fond memory. I am glad you are my friend.

  8. 11 September 2016 / 20:31

    Oh I can see why you’re in love with that outlet! Much more selection than in other outlets I’ve seen – amazing! And your photos of Turin are fabulous – LOVE that city and sure want to return SOON! Preferably with you, shopping queen 😉

    • Greetje
      11 September 2016 / 20:52

      If we are going, we have to take Daniela with us. She is a very good stylist and such a lovely person to be with. I usually visit her either in April or end of August. The outlet is even bigger than the pictures I showed.

  9. Marilee
    11 September 2016 / 20:54

    This posting was a joy to read!! A shopping spree at a designer outlet in Turin, Italy is the stuff of which fantasies are made!! Thank you for sharing the scenes, delights and moments of laughter from your splendid adventure Greetje.
    Your top is darling. Bob Mackie is a master of beautiful embellishment . You not know that he regularly appears on QVC here in the U.S. and features beautiful clothing at very reasonable prices. They (QVC) also sell on-line and I know they have a U.K. market as well.
    I’ll be checking out Daniela’s blog!

    • Greetje
      11 September 2016 / 21:25

      No I didn’t know that! I thought Bob Mackie was a thing from the past and the top is something of the seventies. But that is not necessarily so? The cut of the top is perfect. Finally a top which fits to my bosom.
      It is always my pleasure to make these posts. It is my ultimate hobby. I finally found one. Thank you for commenting. Much appreciated.

      • Marilee
        11 September 2016 / 21:38

        Not only will you see fashions that you love from Mr. Mackie but you’ll be delighted to discover what a charming man he is!! He’s also quite handsome and seems very approachable.
        I hope you find a way to check him out!

        • Greetje
          11 September 2016 / 22:00

          I will check him out. Already went over the UK site haha. Thank you very much.

  10. 11 September 2016 / 21:00

    The outlet looks amazing! And Turin looks amazing. WHY have I never been? I’ve been nearly everywhere else in Italy. Well, something to add to the list now! Thank you for sharing your amazing photos. I wish you had stolen that girl’s jumpsuit for me though. xx

    • Greetje
      11 September 2016 / 21:29

      She was tiny Lisa. Size -1. But the jumpsuit was stunning, I agree. Before I met Dan I had been to Turin once before and was already impressed then. Only it rained that day. Like everything, a city is much nicer in sunshine. Daniela being there is a big draw as we get on so well together. The outlet is the icing of the cake. Dan took me to Serravalle once too: a whole outlet town:
      Unfortunately we went at the very end of the summer sale and I didn’t find anything. I could have found bags though. Anyway, tickets from The Netherlands to Turin are also very cheap… What can I say???

  11. 11 September 2016 / 21:06

    Wow, that outlet is amazing! I’ve never seen one like it. I would have been slavering over everything in it, especially the shoes! I love that Mackie top – I remember seeing it in person! What a lovely little holiday here, Greetje! Thank you for the pictures!

    • Greetje
      11 September 2016 / 21:31

      And that outlet is even bigger than I showed. I am glad you can understand why I go mad there. It is impossible for me to leave with nothing. I love the clothes of that brand and all it daughter brands (like Sportmax, Weekend Max, Marella, Marina Rinaldi, Penny Black.. and I bet they have more.)

  12. 12 September 2016 / 00:19

    I love that girl’s jumpsuit! Kudos to you for getting a picture of it. I’m too shy to ask people for pictures and I believe it’s rude to shoot without permission.

    • Greetje
      12 September 2016 / 05:50

      I agree with you. I always ask permission, although sometimes when I am in Italy, I shoot as they pass by. It is more difficult to explain in Italy what I want to do with the photo. But if I ask them to pose and certainly in The Netherlands, I will ask permission. Often they say yes, but i have had my share of refusals too. My method is simple: I pay somebody a compliment (which is sincere), give them my calling card of the blog, explain what I do and why and that is it really.

      • 12 September 2016 / 21:58

        Thanks for describing your approach. I imagine most strangers you face will see your good intentions. I have a harder time because, in addition to my shyness, I anticipate a negative reaction to my explaining “Well, you see, I have this blog where I wear women’s clothing…”. 🙂

        • Greetje
          13 September 2016 / 05:57

          Oh yes, I can so imagine this. Your life is certainly not easy. And that is the understatement of the year.

  13. 12 September 2016 / 08:39

    Wow! All those shoes! I can feel your exitement about shopping here! Dan joined my linkup, I hope she does this week with a nice picture from the two of you!?

    • Greetje
      12 September 2016 / 15:57

      Hahaha, no idea. I am havjng priblems in keeping up with blogging stuff like commenting on other blogs and link-ups. Real life gets in the way….

  14. 12 September 2016 / 09:51

    Italy is just so gorgeous and every time I see pictures of you being there I want to jump on a plane and visit too. Truly one of the best countries!

    • Greetje
      12 September 2016 / 15:58

      I so agree. Wouldn’t mind a second house there. And one in England… Haha. Need to win the lottery.

  15. 12 September 2016 / 16:42

    That dress also calls my name! LOL. I love the white denim with turquoise tunic look. So simple and stunning.

    • Greetje
      12 September 2016 / 17:10

      I know Dan’s dress was perfect for hot weather. Breezy and cute. The tunic is going to be an evergreen.

  16. Marianne van den Berg
    12 September 2016 / 17:32

    Oh dear they have temptation island on television, in which the opposite sex is the temptation. But not us, we get totally excited on outlets, especially this one in Turin. It is like being on a diet and you are walking through the food section of Harrods. I am so glad you didn’t disappoint me and bought some nice dresses and a handbag. You did some sightseeing too, I didn’t know that Turin was so pretty, I thought it was an industrial city. And last but certainly not least , that you visited Dan again.

    • Greetje
      13 September 2016 / 18:01

      Turin is industrial (hometown of Fiat, Alfa Romeo etc) but also a town where emperors and kings lived. It is rich with history. Beautiful. And yes, this outlet excited me haha. So rare, a good outlet with great stuff. And I wouldn’t dream of disappointing you.

    • Greetje
      12 September 2016 / 21:16

      oh yes, it satisfies all senses. It was a lovely visit. As usual.

  17. 12 September 2016 / 20:13

    Looks like a fabulous day all round. What a lovely city. And Max Mara…whew….I could do some major damage to my bank account there!

    • Greetje
      12 September 2016 / 21:17

      And I am doing some major damage to mine. It is such good quality and there is so much to choose from at such low prices. Have you got the picture of a kid in a toy shop on a sugar rush?? That’s me at Max Mara

  18. 12 September 2016 / 20:38

    Dan is positively tanned! Her mother looks so relaxed and elegant. Greetje, you have such a free and spontaneous life. I envy you. I see why you enjoy Max Mara, the items look classic and just lovely in quality and structure. The young lady in the pajama inspired outfit made me want to hunt for such an outfit. Great post!

    • Greetje
      12 September 2016 / 21:20

      Yes the young lady stopped me right in my track. She was stunning to look at. I love Max Mara for its quality and timeless pieces. At the same time you can pick items which are not dowdy. There are pieces which are too classic to my taste. But trust me… in this vast warehouse, I can find enough haha.
      And I know you are not serious when you say you envy me. As your life is pretty good too. True or not? But I am not complaining either. Living a very happy life. No idea why I am so lucky.

  19. Trish
    13 September 2016 / 11:16

    I enjoyed joining you and Dan on your Turin shopping expedition ? Looked like such fun! Turin is beautiful. I do love your Bob Mackie top, what a classic! Is it silk? Just a beautiful thing. I look forward to your Autumn fashions….. Pity Autumn is on its way but it seems like we have had an extra Summer here to what we normally get, so I won’t complain. Enjoy the last of the sunshine.

    • Greetje
      13 September 2016 / 14:30

      I don’t mind the fall and winter starting later this year. Means I won’t get bored with my winter clothes that quickly.
      The Bob Mackie top isn’t silk. I thought so too and had it dry cleaned. Came back with lots of stains, which weren’t there before. Then I washed and ironed it… all the stains dissapeared. Did you know he still sells? In the UK and USA online. Some things are dowdy, some are perfect.

  20. 13 September 2016 / 22:20

    Turin looks like a wonderful place to visit. And yes, I totally understand why you love the outlet Max Mara shop. Oh dear, I’d have to save up for a very long time before I could be let loose there! It’s all too tempting. I l think you look totally fabulous in this top as it really enhances your complexion and hair colour. What a different you to the revealing shots from last week. The whole outfit is really glam, and I’d wear it without any changes myself. Have a great week, Greetje x
    Ps Dan is indeed Pretty Cute isn’t she?

    • Greetje
      14 September 2016 / 20:45

      That outlet and me have a love affair haha. I am glad Daniela understands it so well. She knows that she is the main reason why I come to Turin, but it is too much fun to skip it. And it is indeed very tempting. Which is why she dragged me away haha. She knows I could spend the whole day there.
      The top is by Bob Mackie and I found out through a reader that he is still selling online in the UK. Some of his clothes are a bit dowdy, but some is spectacularly good. And very reasonably priced.
      And yes Dan is cute. A very elegant woman and great fun to be with.

  21. 14 September 2016 / 00:18

    Wow, these photos are gerat and I am super impressed with your Greetje, always out with friends, and going to new places to see them!I admire that, and it looks like fun! I love to see you and Dan together, kindred spirits.
    I see how four hours was not enough in the Max Mara outlet, I could have spent a day there! I also love that brand. Love your outfit with the Bob Mackie top, that is a favorite brand from the past. I also love Dan’s abstract print dress.
    Turin is gorgeous, very sophisticated and beautiful, I would love to go one day! Thanks for sharing this, It was one of the highlights on my day!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      14 September 2016 / 20:49

      I lead a very happy life, I agree. And yes I could have spent the whole day in the outlet too. Dan knows this, which is why she drags me away. To safe me from going bankrupt.
      I also thought the Bob Mackie was from the past, but a reader showed me that he is still selling online in the UK and the USA. Sometimes the clothes are a bit dowdy, but there are also very good items. Ones that I would buy in an instant. And very reasonably priced.
      Thanks for the compliment that my post was one of your highlights of the day. And if you come to Turin one day, let me know!

    16 September 2016 / 15:28

    Wow thanks for sharing snaps from your fab trip – love your turquoise top!

    I’m officially back to the blog world after a 3-week hiatus via the 3rd installment of my collaboration with Los Angeles brand TOBI – come on over at the blog & lemme know what you think!

    Happy Friday!


    • Greetje
      16 September 2016 / 20:28

      Hope you have a swell time with them. And I was glad to share the Turin story.

  23. 18 September 2016 / 19:12

    Europe is fascinating. Just a short trip with a plane and you are at great places. I love your and Dan’s outfits. Don’t worry about being in pants. You are a pants gal and you look to your best when you wear pants. Thus, just wear them.

    • Greetje
      19 September 2016 / 13:42

      Ah well you see, I am not necessarily a pants gal. I have just concentrated on skinnies because they are so much easier for me to style. I do love dresses and skirts and I have bought quite a few again. Plus modern shoes and boots to go with them. I will have a go at that.

  24. 18 September 2016 / 23:33

    That outlet is fantastic. You’d need at least a WHOLE weekend in there! I would probably never leave.
    I love Dan’s dress – so vibrant and colourful and that top you’re wearing is just gorgeous. How sweet of Melanie to give it to you. It has found a wonderful home in your wardrobe.

    • Greetje
      19 September 2016 / 13:43

      Bloggers are so nice to each other. I experience that every time. Sharing information, sending presents etc.

  25. 23 September 2016 / 16:48

    LOVE that YOU were a kid in a candy shop in the OUTLET!SO, is DAN one of YOUR PEOPLE?Or is she ITALIANA?If her parents live there too I am thinking she is ITALIAN?YOU both LOOK FABULOUS…………..I’m off to a sale today 70% off………………I will take OVER YOUR ENTHUSIASM today!
    VA BENE?
    Don’t YOU LOVE the BARS in ITALIA?I caNOT STAND the STARBUCKS and PEETS of AMERICA………….there is ZERO BEAUTY inside or OUT!WE have the REAL ITALIAN BAR coffee machine………which is never turned off so I am THANKFUL I never GO OUT for coffee.The ITALIAN calls AMERICAN coffee DIRTY WATER!!!
    Lucky YOU to skip over the borders……….I NEED TO COME FOR A VISIT!

    • Greetje
      23 September 2016 / 19:07

      Dan is very much Italian. I “met” her through blogging. She visited me in Amsterdam and I have visited her, oh.. I think 5 times now haha. April and August.. starts of the fashion seasons. I so agree with you on coffee. Only the Italians know how to do a decent cup. Laughed over “dirty water” (I agree). There is a petrol station on the highway near Dan’s house which has the best cappuccino. I am ashamed to admit I use Nespresso (the machine, the milk maker and the cups). Lazy bone.
      If you are ever in my neighbourhood, do get in touch.

      • Greetje
        23 September 2016 / 19:08

        By the way, coming Sunday, I will publish a post which will show you some beauty of Amsterdam.

  26. 13 November 2016 / 17:12

    I think I would wet myself with excitement if I set foot in the Max Mara outlet! I can understand why you love it so much. Italy and discount fashion is the dream combination!

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      13 November 2016 / 21:00

      I was like a kid in a candy shop or a toy shop with somebody behind me saying: “go on, you can choose anything you like.”, haha. It is indeed an irresistable combination.

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