A shirt dress in Paris

shirt dress in Paris SportmaxA dress! You see me in a dress! Finally. I wore this shirt dress in Paris and it is by Sportmax. (For the Dutch readers: bought it in Haarlem at Lab Women clothing. Great service.)

Why were we in Paris? Because Ron (husband) wanted to go to a huge brocante market just outside Paris. And…. because the ceiling and the walls of our living room were being painted. Ron hates such things. Therefore, as we left Wednesday early morning, we handed the keys to the painters and gave some last instructions. Ron filled a small carry-on suitcase. I needed a large suitcase. Yes, I know, it was only four days, but the weather was going to be really hot and really cold, sunshine and rain. And there was walking involved and nice dinners. 

Paris is of course THE background for blog photos, so I packed all my good stuff. Big advantage: these clothes were perfect to blend in with the elegant Parisian women. (I stumbled upon this blog post by an American guy: what to wear and what not to wear during your stay in Paris).

Above photo: not the ideal photo circumstances but this is how I wore the dress on our way to dinner. We did take a taxi a couple of times, but often travelling by metro was faster. Note that I took a little evening bag with me (details darlings, details). To avoid unwanted revelations, I wore a similar stretchy pencil skirt as you saw with my yellow tunic dress in Turin.

Let’s start the Wednesday.

Below: even when she dresses casually with jeans, the Parisian woman has style. Balancing the jeans with a charming top or fitted jacket, great shoes and a beautiful bag. Plus gorgeous hair, straight posture (very important) and an attitude of confidence.shirt-dress-yellow-black-striped-m-m-in-paris-22

Below: it was beautiful weather and there were still leaves on the trees and some blossom.


Below: this is how I wore the shirt dress during the day. With 7/8 trousers by Marella and my new sneakers by Essentiel. My goodness, those sneakers are comfortable. Wore them bare-footed, walked around town for hours and no blisters. Even support soles weren’t necessary. Then the bag: the O’bag which I bought in Turin  seems to be working with every outfit. The dress is silk and from the Sportmax Fall 2016 collection. If you click through on the link, you will see their Spring/Summer 2017. Nearly everything is now on my pinboard “clothes that I like”. Hopefully I win a large amount of money in the lottery.

shirt dress in Paris Sportmax

Below: two Parisian men, one is a waiter and one a customer. Also well dressed and not your usual sloppy men.


Below: do I look the part or what? And still very comfortable.

shirt dress in Paris Sportmax

After the first coffee (a “noisette” as the French cannot make a decent cappuccino), we went to the Musée de la Magie. Which displays magician tools and very old mechanical toys. It is small and down in a sort of cave-like building. Very quaint, very nice.

Below: if you want to see the mechanical toy move, play the video.

Below: around the corner of Rue Saint Paul is a pastery shop with fantastic cakes. To look at and to eat. While enjoying coffee and cake, this young lady caught my attention because of her trousers and sneakers.


Below: our walks led us to the Sorbonne (university).

Sorbonne Paris

A great background for some blog photos. Ron was patient and creative.

shirt dress in Paris Sportmax

shirt dress in Paris Sportmax

Below: I love this one, balancing, balancing. Don’t know what it says on the stone. Something about not being afraid of ruins…???

Sneakers Essentiel, shirt dress Sportmax

Below: close-up of the shoes. On the front of the shoes there is a little gold metal piece.


Below: nice ballerinas, good jacket and a statement scarf. Voila.


Below: yes, black was the dominating colour.


In the evening before we headed to our restaurant, we met up with Jeanne. She is French and was an international fashion marketing student in London, where she interviewed me in May. Remember I was there for the 3040 blogger meet? Subject of her interview was: the digital influence of women over 60 on the fashion industry. Which I thought was a scream. She graduated and found herself a job in Paris. It was so nice to see her again.

Below: terrible photo of me, but Jeanne looks nice. You cannot see the cute shoes she was wearing. Pity.

Meeting Jeanne Rideau in Paris

Below: Ron sat on the terrace by himself, reading a book, while Jeanne and I were yapping away.


Below: dinner at Le Petit Troquet. Lovely small and pretty restaurant, good food, very friendly waitresses.

shirt dress in Paris Sportmax

Below: as we walked back to the hotel, we heard a group of youngsters singing. Pretty good too. Ron thought it was part of a college initiation or something like that.


Next week: Chatou, the huge brocante market just outside of Paris.


Linking up to Visible Monday again, where Patti survived the hurricane.

And linking up to I will wear what I like by Catherine (Not Dressed as Lamb), who is featuring a white cape.




  1. 9 October 2016 / 18:55

    Now that’s a brilliant way to wear your dress—with trousers for touristing and without for dinner!! I call that a great way to pack light (like I would know what that means—ha ha!)
    Having work done on the house is quite disruptive—so going away for a mini vacation is smart! And to just be able to jump over to Paris—I’m a little jealous! I guess it’s like us flying over to NYC???

    • Greetje
      9 October 2016 / 19:21

      I suppose it is like flying over to NYC but it all depends where from. Europe isn’t that big and a fast train ride from Amsterdam to Paris takes less than 3 1/2 hours. It is even quicker than going by plane (no early arrival and such). And a flight from Schiphol (in the backyard of Amsterdam and Haarlem) to Turin takes 1 hr and 45 minutes (+ early arrival of course).
      The painting of the living room could be planned in the period we would be in Paris. We didn’t say: let’s go to Paris because the house is painted (although… we might have..).
      Light packing?? No not really.

  2. Mels Reardon
    9 October 2016 / 19:58

    Beautifully dressed as always. I would like to master how to dress in a lovely and chic way while also wearing comfortable shoes such as sneakers. Would love more posts such as these!

    • Greetje
      9 October 2016 / 20:12

      Actually Mels, it it rather easy. A lot of dresses, but certainly shirt dresses are begging to be worn over trousers. Slim trousers. I always try trousers which are almost leggings, but not quite. As sometimes leggings can look like tights and then I often find it makes the dress look like a dress and often too short.
      I am buying dresses lately which are just on my knee or a bit above. When they are above my knee I wear a stretchy tapered pencil skirt underneath it to elongate the dress as I did in this post :
      Last winter I wore a dress with leggings which were not looking like tights in this post:
      And if you look at this red shirt dress, you can easily see how it can be worn with trousers as well:
      At the moment it is rather easy to wear dresses with sneakers, flat booties etc. It is a matter of finding out which ones you like. I find that the sneakers in this post work very well with dresses. But I also have flat boots which are a bit wider at the shaft, that suit me. My friend Anja hates that, she wants booties to fit her calves. We are all different. Put a dress on and go to a shoe store and try everything they have. Don’t let your ideas stand in your way. Just try and look in the mirror.
      Good luck.

  3. 9 October 2016 / 21:23

    Oooh! I cannot wait for the flea market. I adore those!

    You do look very Scandinavian chic here.

    I don’t care for all the black French and English women wear. It is far too depressing.


    • Greetje
      9 October 2016 / 21:45

      I know, you are a colour girl. I am both. I love colour and I love black and white. I love jeans and I love dresses. I love fish and I love meat. It sounds as if I cannot choose, but that is not the case. And you are going to love the flea market next week. It is big, they even gave the aisles streetnames. But.. as it goes with popular things… very overpriced. I didn’t buy anything.

  4. 9 October 2016 / 23:59

    Those shoes look so comfy and the outfit you chose looks like it was spot on for the place and the weather. Looks like you had a great time.

    • Greetje
      10 October 2016 / 11:48

      Indeed on both: we had a fantastic time and I had the right stuff with me. Actually, I had so much stuff with me, I couldn’t go wrong haha.

  5. Katrien Heere
    10 October 2016 / 01:09

    Brilliant outfit, both ways. One of my favourites!

    • Greetje
      10 October 2016 / 11:50

      As I was walking Anne and Kirk in the direction of the station, I saw the dress in a window from the corner of my eye and thought “Hmm, have to come back”. I just love the style, the pattern, the material. I think it is a classic which will serve me many years.

  6. Marilee Gramith
    10 October 2016 / 01:39

    Oh Greetje I just LOVE your shirt dress!!! The vertical stripes are so cool and the colors very sophisticated. Also, I like it equally well with and without the skinny pant.
    And the SHOES!!!! The kiltie embellishments are just the best! They also look like you could walk in them forever.
    This is one of my favorite Greetje looks! !!

    • Greetje
      10 October 2016 / 11:56

      I have to say Marilee, this is one of my favourites as well. Dresses and skirts have been difficult for me to style; making them modern while I love pumps (= classic). But this dress is modern by itself and doesn’t need much else. Nevertheless… I have bought some new footwear for winter which will modernize all dresses and skirts. I am very pleased with that.

  7. 10 October 2016 / 02:22

    What a pretty dress. You look comfortable and attractive. Perfect for travel.

    • Greetje
      10 October 2016 / 12:04

      And it is a classic Ally. I think I can keep wearing this forever. I have to try it with a belt and a pencil skirt underneath it. But that might not work. As in: if I lift my arm and half the dress bulks over the belt…. not pretty. It is indeed comfortable and I love it.

      • Veronica
        12 October 2016 / 15:10

        You weren’t wearing the pencili skirt under the dress in the Métro photo ?

        • Greetje
          12 October 2016 / 18:23

          Yes I was wearing it, but a) the skirt kept riding up and b) this dress is actually not that short. I am now buying a skirt which does not ride up. Just have to have it tapered at the bottom by the seamstress.

          • Veronica
            12 October 2016 / 20:55

            Very clever idea, thank you ! The dress looks great on you, color and cut — and it never seemed to wrinkle.

            • Greetje
              12 October 2016 / 21:15

              No, it suprised me too, it doesn’t wrinkle much. A little bit on the sleeves but that is because I crunch them up.

  8. Rebecca
    10 October 2016 / 18:48

    You look so elegant and chic in that outfit and I love the shoes. I wouldn’t really call them sneakers because they are so much more flattering and attractive. Love the photos and even when casually dressed, the people look put together and certainly not sloppy. Can’t wait for the next round of pictures!

    • Greetje
      10 October 2016 / 20:17

      The next post will be more sloppy (brocante market) I am afraid. But I have a lot of dress and skirt outfits coming up. “Doing” elegant this year.??

  9. 10 October 2016 / 19:40

    You fit right in with the stylish Parisians in that lovely dress – the perfect travel piece! I would definitely be taking all my best stuff with me to Paris as well. I have visited there, and I loved it; thank you for the mini tour.

    I am trying, without success, to find a pair of casual shoes like the one’s you’re wearing, but most of them don’t have space for my bunions. I really like the thick soles on yours.

    • Greetje
      10 October 2016 / 20:22

      These shoes are reasonably wide, but bunions are difficult. Can’t a pedicure help you get rid of them? Or is it not a case of mere pedicure? Don’t give up, keep on trying them on in the shop. Perseverance will pay off. Flat shoes never looked good on me (flat feet and low instep). Therefore it took me a while too before I found the right pair.

  10. 10 October 2016 / 21:52

    Oh I SO enjoyed reading this! You are a real magician with that dress, it looks superb every single way you wore it. I was slightly distracted by the second photo of you wearing it with the trousers underneath because in the background behind you I can see the pink letters of Le Comptoir, one of my very favourite restaurants in Paris. I wanted to yell at the computer, “TURN AROUND GREETJE! TELL RON TO STOP TAKING PHOTOS AND GO EAT THERE!!!”

    I can’t wait for your next instalment. xx

    • Greetje
      11 October 2016 / 09:24

      Oh dear, we passed Le Comptoir millions of times as our hotel is in the 6th district, very near that restaurant. Never knew. We went everywhere for dinner in Paris, but not in our own neighbourhood. That is typical for us. When we are in a strange town, we always walk in the wrong direction, away from the good places.
      We just have to go back. That is the only solution. The dress is going to be a favourite of mine. I can feel it.

  11. 10 October 2016 / 23:20

    What a wonderful and chic dress, Greetje! Love the stylings, and you look so ready to enjoy your travels. xox


    • Greetje
      11 October 2016 / 09:26

      And I don’t even like traveling Patti. Because of all the lovely people I have met through blogging, like yourself, I travel much more these past two years than I have ever done. Mostly short trips, a week at the most.

  12. 11 October 2016 / 03:26

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the dress! The colors, the stripes & the shape are just perfect! And I love how you styled it for day as well as evening! You fit in Paris so well! You should visit more often! 😉 Oh, and what a fabulous idea to leave the house and country when your house is being painted! So my question is: What did you buy???? I’m sure you’ll show us soon! 🙂

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Greetje
      11 October 2016 / 09:31

      I have gone a bit overboard with clothes etc shopping in September. Always do in this month. First of course in Turin, then a bit more in my home town and in Paris I found a sequined top and a wool kimono jacket with 3/4 sleeves. Now that it is cold, I am starting to question these sleeves. I do have long gloves, but I think I need gloves up to my armpit to keep me warm.
      The idea for leaving the house was born when the rest of the house (indoors) was being painted and Ron was getting really upset. Then they said we couldn’t be in the living room for three days, so Ron and the dog had to sit upstairs. Which was impossible as the dog is not allowed upstairs and the only room to sit in was a mess and also being painted. As we were planning to go to Paris anyway….

  13. 11 October 2016 / 05:07

    How I loved this walking tour of Paris! How smart to go and let the painting be done! Your Sportmax dress is fabulous, it looks great by itself, and also wonderful with those amazing shoes and cropped pants!
    You are right, everyone in Paris looks polished and stylish,
    How nice that you got to see your friend!

    You look quite at home in Paris. Beautiful in fact!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      11 October 2016 / 09:34

      We have been to Paris so many times, I lost count. It is only 3 1/2 hours by train from Amsterdam to Paris. Really easy. And yes, I could live there. But I could also live in New York, London, Turin…. Nevertheless I am firmly rooted in The Netherlands.

  14. 11 October 2016 / 09:36

    Everything is more than fantastic in today’s post !! Your dress is perfect on you also with the trousers which are a good solution . I am wearing them often at the moment both with too short dresses and to avoid wearing tights.
    Paris is a wonderful city…

    • Greetje
      12 October 2016 / 08:17

      And I owe it to you. Thank you for your wake-up call. I am back on track with dresses and skirts again. Feeling wonderful.

  15. 11 October 2016 / 19:15

    There’s something so je ne sais quoi about a woman who takes off her pants for dinner. Hahaha. I love both stylings of your shirt-dress, Greetje. You certainly held your own among the women of Paris. There seems to be a casual flair there and a general sense of refinement – of course being surrounded by such stupendous architecture must have an impact.

    Ron’s photos are spectacular, as always, arty and informative. I’m going to tell O that we should paint our place and just fly over to Paris while they’re doing it. Hahaha. Thanks for the photo tour.

    • Greetje
      12 October 2016 / 08:20

      It is rather decadent, isn’t it, to have your house painted while you are not there. Paris is only around the corner for us. A train ride of 3 1/2 hours. Had a good laugh over your first sentence about removing pants haha.

  16. Trish
    12 October 2016 / 11:28

    Thanks for your lovely Paris tour! I’m amazed you trusted your painters with your house over the weekend, but it’s a great way of avoiding the paint fumes! Your clothes are immaculate as always, and the Parisian ladies suitably chic. I’m sure we’re dressing worse and worse in the UK. Maybe to do with our current calamities. I look forward to seeing the flea market. I love a good flea market but my husband hates them 🙁 I love the flying pig too btw. Thanks for the always interesting blog.

    • Greetje
      12 October 2016 / 13:03

      It is getting hard not to become conceited with such high praise ??. I keep telling myself: “you just show them your good side. They don’t know all your bad ones.”
      Trusting the painters is no big deal. I have a very good intuition for sussing out the good guys from the bad guys. So far I only had lovely workers around the house. Of course they have been “screened” by my intuition ?. But plumber, electrician, painters, they are all terrific people with whom I can have a good laugh to. The painters we hired last year to do the outside of the house and they did an excellent job. Plumber and electrician I know for at least 15 years.

  17. Marianne van den Berg
    12 October 2016 / 16:52

    A very nice shirtdress. You can see that the material is silk, it floats around your body. I must copy your legging under a dress . It makes a shorter dress more wearable for me. Most of the time I wear maxi dresses to avoid the peep show. Lovely report of Paris. I think Italian woman are even better dressed than French. They are so petite. Although if you look at the amount of topmodels Holland produces for such a small country we are not doing so bad. Looking forward to the visit to the market. Did Ron buy his horse teeth over there.

    • Greetje
      12 October 2016 / 18:16

      No Ron bought his horse teeth in one big purchase from a guy who had a lot of strange (old) stuff. The idea was to keep the pieces he wanted and sell the rest. He hasn’t sold much…. And I agree the Italian women are even better dressed.

  18. 12 October 2016 / 20:24

    You are such an international woman, and I love it! You’re blog is taking the direction of the Sartorialist. I just love your adventures in travel, Greetje. The images are so striking and real. The young woman with the tie-pants and glitter sneakers made me want to search for a pair of glitter sneaks. I saw a pair at the Gap. I think it’s wonderful how the European countries are so close together…just a hop, skip and a jump away from each other.

    • Greetje
      12 October 2016 / 22:05

      I am very fortunate indeed Glenda. For being so close to all these wonderful cities (I love cities) and to have the money to go there. I am thankful every day as I know this is a rare thing.
      And I love making these posts. I don’t know whether my blog will be always about my travels as I never used to travel. At all. Besides, the money is running out haha.

  19. 13 October 2016 / 16:10

    Such a nice post in so many ways. I do love seeing your travels plus seeing your outfits. Thanks for the tips (in the comments) about how you pull off pants and a shirt dress. I always appreciate real advice for styling new trends and your blog is another way to be an armchair traveller!


    • Greetje
      13 October 2016 / 17:31

      I can only say what I have found out for myself. I dare not presume I can give advice to others. But I love making these posts. Hope to keep you amused and entertained for a long time to come. And thank you very much for the compliments!

  20. 16 October 2016 / 13:19

    Loved this post, Greetje! Your look is fun…and you picked out some excellent outfits to feature…I always like to see where your travels take you!

    • Greetje
      16 October 2016 / 13:21

      And I am not much of a traveler really. These past two years are exceptions to the rule.

  21. 19 October 2016 / 00:02

    Ah, I was just in Paris! It was wonderful I could not get over how efficient the metro was, so easy to get around Paris. Your photos are wonderful as well and you are wearing the perfect look for being out and about when you are doing a lot of walking but still want to look chic. I can’t wait to go back. Thanks for sharing.

    Allie of

    • Greetje
      19 October 2016 / 08:11

      It was entirely my please to create this post. I totally agree with you about Paris being wonderful and the efficient metro. Amsterdam is slowly getting some metro lines, but it is very difficult. Lots of water and soggy soil. Not ideal for such a thing.
      I was grateful for my decision to take good clothes with me. I didn’t feel out of place. Quite the contrary.

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