Cream dress by Sportmax

Cream dress by SportmaxA cream dress by Sportmax. Yes, it is cream and not beige. There is a difference. I like this chic colour if there is a warm “undertone” in the cream, because then it is not too bad near my skin. Of course fuchsia is a far better colour for me, but when I see a beauty like this I cannot help myself. One BIG problem…. the dress is really too short. At least to my taste. The proportions aren’t right. 

This was the dress for which I bought the over the knee boots. Ron didn’t like that combination. He does like the dress and doesn’t think it is too short for me. And certainly not with the thick tights. All my colleagues who I asked this question said the same: “It is not too short. Don’t wear a pencil skirt underneath it. That would be a shame.”

Then I saw these photos and decided once and for all: NO, this is not what I want.

Below: the dress with thick herringbone polka dot tights (from Stemm Voetiek Haarlem) and black suede high heels (shoes seen before here). The cuffs of the dress are really long. The owner of the shop where I bought the dress (LAB Women’s Clothing), thought that was really nice. I agree but find it very impractical, so usually I wear them turned up.

Cream dress by Sportmax

Below: another photo against the wall. The rusted background was nicer, but only one photo turned out well. The cute little leather bag is vintage and was a steal at € 35.

Cream dress by Sportmax

Before we started with the dress I had a coat on. Yes indeed. It was a beautiful sunny day with no wind, but cold!

Below: purple coat by Max Mara, seen before here and here .

Purple coat by Max Mara

Ron was not in a very good mood as just before we started the shoot, he saw that he had lost the licence plate of his new car. Not nice, not a good start.

Below: this picture did not meet Ron’s approval: too touristy, too obvious, not creative etc.. I was cold and tiptoeing around him because of his mood. Let’s say it didn’t end well…..

Cream dress by Sportmax

Now, we are not the kind of people who fight for a long time. We have a good shout for a minute and then we talk about it immediately, rather than have it hanging and nagging us the whole time. And… very important… we honour our agreement.

So the next day when I told him I had the solution for the dress, he kindly went out with me to take another photo. You all think he secretly likes taking my pictures. No he doesn’t. He hates it, but he is so sweet, he wants to help me and that is more important to him. I am now in the process of looking at a camera which is easier to handle. That might improve the mood on our photo shoots quite a bit.

Below: this is how I am going to wear the dress from now on. With green skinny trousers by Marlene Birger and leopard pumps by Panara (seen before in spring version here). I will look into other trousers and shoes to go with this dress, but for now I am good.

Cream dress by Sportmax

Cream dress by Sportmax with green trousers

Below: close-up of the shoes. Very comfortable heel.

:eopard pumps Panara

Below: close-up of the bag. By Longchamps. At least 6 years old.

Brown leather bag Longchamps

A short post this time. Nothing really eventful happened. No jokes. But …. again a dress.

I could have had terrific photos of three events which were going on the past two weekends: Jewellery fair (a really good one with international designers), Design & Applied arts, and the Designer Vintage Sale at the prestigious Amstel Hotel. However, I didn’t trust myself. With so many beautiful things for sale, I am bound to come home with something. My discipline in this field is nonexistent. The only discipline I had was to keep myself at home. Nothing to lead me into temptation.


PS Linking up with:

Judith, the Style Crone, who is hosting Hat Attack. Judith is the queen of hats, nobody surpasses her. Finally I could join the other bloggers with a hat of my own.

Patti, Not Dead Yet Style, hosting Visible Monday. To keep women over 40 in view.

Catherine, Not dressed as Lamb, hosting the I will wear what I like. Honouring that title, she styled a pyjama shirt for Christmas lounge wear.





  1. 4 December 2016 / 17:38

    I have to agree with you Greetje—I’d consider that more of a tunic on you, not a dress. Not that you look bad in it with the tights, but in my personal opinion, it is short. Now on me, it’d be fine since I have no legs to speak of—ha ha!
    But look at how you solved the problem so beautifully!! The combination with those jeans & shoes makes it va va va voom!!
    I bet you could come up with more solutions, if you go through your closet. I had the same issue with this tunic: . And I was going to layer it over a pencil skirt, but I liked it even better over a swingy skirt—who would’ve thunk??
    And possibly wearing it over a longer dress would work too!!
    It’s just so gorgeous that I’m sure you’ll beam every time you wear it!
    And I’d sew those cuffs back on the sleeves—that would bug the heck out of me!! If you lived closer, I’d do it for you!

    • Greetje
      4 December 2016 / 18:22

      No need to sew the cuffs back on the sleeves. When I turn them up, they sit nicely and don’t bother me at all. I saw your solutions with the same “problem”. That is a great solution to wear it with a wide skirt or dress which follows the flow of the dress. It is going to be difficult with mine though as it is a high/low dress. But I will have a look through my closet. You never know what you might dig up haha.

  2. Sabine
    4 December 2016 / 17:43

    I like your new logo!

    • Greetje
      4 December 2016 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Sabine. No comment on the dress?? (Just kidding.)

  3. Marianne van den Berg
    4 December 2016 / 17:51

    I agree with you, it is a wonderful dress. I can totally understand that you bought it. And I agree with you about the way to wear it. With the green pants and high heels it is the perfect combination. I so much like your new hats. The ones you had, were just to keep warm ears in winter, but these are really fashionable. Thumbs up.

    • Greetje
      4 December 2016 / 18:26

      Glad you agree Marianne. I am going to think of a few other ways of wearing this dress, but the solutions will have to be either with a skirt or dress underneath or with trousers underneath.
      And the hats are fun aren’t they? I have another one for you in store.

  4. Jessica
    4 December 2016 / 18:19

    I adore it with the green skinny. It looks so chic and sophisticated. BTW, you have killer legs!

    • Greetje
      4 December 2016 / 18:31

      Thank you Jessica. My legs are my assets. Which is exactly why I put so much emphasis on them haha. Downplay the bad parts and emphasize the better features.. it is a trick that works for everybody. You just have to find out once what your better features are. One look in the mirror should tell. But we often only see our “bad parts” and overlook the good ones.

  5. Elke
    4 December 2016 / 18:29

    Hi Greetje, I like the dress with the trousers very much. That looks great and the shoes are beautiful.
    Very elegant!
    Have a nice Sunday evening, Elke (it is the first time that I reply to one of your posts, I like your blog very much).

    • Greetje
      4 December 2016 / 18:36

      Oh that is lovely Elke, thanks for the compliments. It is always so nice to receive comments. And I don’t mean I just want compliments. You can say anything you like (as long as you are not start calling me names haha). So far everybody only comments with nice things. Probably because of the saying “If you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. Which is not the way of the Dutch. We say it as we see it. Which can be painful, I admit. I have learned to consider what I am saying before I say it. But I can take a comment of dislike quite well. And I will do my utmost to keep you entertained for a long time.

      • Elke
        5 December 2016 / 19:56

        I totally agree that the Dutch way of saying it directly can be painful:) I am German and I work with a lot of international people so I have some experience. Har har … Germans also tend to be quite direct.
        I think nice compliments can be very insipiring. And you feel so good …
        I saw your blog for the first time by chance. You presented a long jacket with yellow flowers from Sylver. I have the same jacket with blue flowers. Saw it, loved it, bought it and then never wore it. But after having seen your picture I decided, now it is time for me. And what can I say, got a lot of nice compliments! Have a nice evening Elke

        • Greetje
          5 December 2016 / 20:02

          I am so glad my yellow jacket inspired you to wear yours. I never knew they they had it in blue too. I did see it in blue and white but with a different pattern, more like Dutch china. I wouldn’t have minded to have that one too (it was hard to choose) but that jacket was the only thing in the shop not in the sale. And to buy two of these jackets full price…no.
          Next spring we can get our beautiful coats out of the closet again.

  6. 4 December 2016 / 19:13

    LOVE this with the skinny trousers. So chic!

    I really like the details on the dress. Even though I’m also not a fan of lots of neutrals I have to agree this doesn’t wash you out. I’m kind of the same with cream.

    I also prefer the cuffs turned up. I don’t “get” the whole oversized thing.

    Ron is a good sport for getting out with you and taking photos again. You can tell you looked tense in the first couple of photos.


    • Greetje
      4 December 2016 / 20:56

      Oh yes I was tense alright haha. Not the usual happy atmosphere. Never mind, all’s well that ends well. And I totally agree with you on neutrals. This year I bought a white dress, a lavender dress and this cream one thinking “What am I doing? This is the first fashion year with heaps of colour in clothes and you buy white, lavender and cream???” Anyway, these caught my attention and I still like them. Melanie suggested red tights with the lavender dress. Let’s see what other crazy ideas she has haha.

  7. 4 December 2016 / 19:17

    I love how you solved your problem. I think this looks fantastic with the skinny trousers. Usually too short is not an issue from my eyes, but I see how you felt uncomfortable. When a dress is full around the hemline it also makes it feel even shorter than it is, any puff of wind can create a show. Hahaha.

    Ron is the best husband in the way he helps out taking your photos to make you happy. He certainly has an eye for locations, and when you work together your expressions are so genuine. That said, it will be nice if you have a backup option.

    • Greetje
      4 December 2016 / 20:59

      I try to get help from others too, but I agree that Ron’s photos are always the best because he has the creative eye.
      The puff of wind wouldn’t have been a real problem as I was wearing a very tight short pencil skirt underneath the dress. Just for wind puff occasions and for reaching on top of a high cupboard (in the office). I will tell Ron you said he is the best.

  8. 4 December 2016 / 19:45

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! I could barely scroll down fast enough to the comments! I LOVE the dress styled with the green skinnies and heels! You knocked it out of the park {A very complimentary phrase, LOL}Greetje!

    Extra long sleeves is a ‘thing’ right now. It’s a bit ironic for me, because I usually find ready to wear sleeves too long as it is. Being a 3/4 length girl, I can’t imagine being comfortable with sleeves below my wrist. Having said that, they look so great showing under your coat! The silhouette of this cream dress is truly lovely!

    • Greetje
      4 December 2016 / 21:04

      Yep I know the phrase “knocked out of the park”(baseball / homerun). Thank you very much.
      I did use the sleeves to show under the coat on purpose. To repeat the cream in the V-neck. Glad you noticed.
      Now my challenge is to find more ways to wear this dress. Jodie suggested a wide skirt/dress underneath it (slightly longer of course) which follows the A-line of the dress. I will go through my wardrobe to check for such items.

      • 4 December 2016 / 21:28

        You are tall enough to pull off a skirt underneath. A cream pleated skirt might be lovely too.

        • Greetje
          5 December 2016 / 12:17

          I have a cream/camel pleated skirt. Good idea, I am going to check it.

  9. 4 December 2016 / 22:29

    As I was reading the post, I didn’t think jeans would work with that lovely dress. But whoosh, when I saw the shots with the fabulous MB bottoms and gorgeous shoes. I was totally sold. Lovely.

    • Greetje
      5 December 2016 / 12:18

      Ah.. but those trousers aren’t jeans. They are lovely soft green (teal) trousers. Now that I look at the pictures there is no question anymore of wearing it as a dress.

  10. Marilee Gramith
    4 December 2016 / 22:48

    This cream dress is truly a classic even if it feels short to you at this point in time. I’m actually surprised it has sport in it’s name since I think it has a dressy sophisticated look too! Anyway, I think it’s great with tights, and equally great with the skinny trousers. Since the color works so well for your complexion I suggest that you be really open to a lot of possible shapes, colors , and prints for the bottom. I think that goes for the shoe/boot as well!! Try some good ol fashion brainstorming right in your own closet!
    I also see that you’ve filled in the neckline. Have you experimented with other ways to fill that area? I realize that you don’t want too much detracting from the sleek bow that’s already there.
    Because this IS such a classic basic I think it can stand some Melanie K. kind of thinking. No farking, just creating! =)

    • Greetje
      5 December 2016 / 12:26

      Funny, yes that would be Melanie alright. And yes, I have been experimenting with the filing of the neckline. I think it is much nicer when I don’t fill it up, but my wrinkles in that area are too bad. In the picture with the trousers I am wearing a teal/green top, slightly lower than the black one in the dress pictures. I also have a top in exactly the same colour of the dress (she who keeps things in her closet one day, may yet find a solution another day haha).
      The diving into my closets and find more solutions, needs some deep breaths. As I am the one who has to put everything back in after the chaos. No assistent. I need an assistent…

      • Marilee Gramith
        5 December 2016 / 14:56

        I think having a top in the same color is great and I completely agree with you about keeping what you know you’ll need/use in the future.
        When I was still teaching my basic underpinning during the winter was a light turtleneck in cotton or acrylic. I have a long neck and broad shoulders so a t-neck made chunky sweaters (which I love) look and feel (itchy wool) better and also look more proportioned on my long skinny neck. I’ll bet a had 30 t-necks!
        Basically Greetje your cream tunic/ dress is beautiful and you look beautiful in it. It’s clean, simple, and classic all by itself. The versatile nature of it will evolve as you wear it!

        • Greetje
          5 December 2016 / 16:13

          I have a long neck and broad shoulders too. And I find wool very itchy. (Cashmere is better, I am such high maintenance ?.

  11. Jules Cooke
    5 December 2016 / 00:39

    Hi Greetje,
    I would definitely call that a tunic rather than a dress, but I loved it styled both ways. Thank you to you and Ron for taking the time to keep us entertained x

    • Greetje
      5 December 2016 / 12:29

      I really knew it from the beginning it is a tunic (on me that is). But I thought I could solve it with a pencil skirt underneath it. Not really so. I won’t wear it without trousers anymore, but I will try some more solutions. Like a wide, pleated skirt underneath it which is slightly longer. I tried it with a black lace (under)skirt but the two materials clashed too much. And I am very happy to entertain you. Ron is happy to help me.

  12. Wendy
    5 December 2016 / 01:00

    I agree …. the dress does look great on you. With skinny pants is my favorite look on you!
    I will confess at first quick glance I thought you were wearing a tunic with black/dark leggings in the first photo.

    • Greetje
      5 December 2016 / 12:33

      Thanks Wendy. I wouldn’t wear this dress anymore without proper leg cover and most leggings are like tights, so no. Although… I do have a blue legging which is nearly a pair of trousers. I could do that. Thanks for the inspiration word.

  13. Christine
    5 December 2016 / 06:04

    Wow! What a difference good styling makes. Worn as a tunic, the dress is stunning on you. Whereas as a dress, it is not interesting. As a tunic, I love that the dark pants, bare ankles and then patterned pumps break up your long legs. This look is superb on you.

    • Greetje
      5 December 2016 / 12:35

      Yes, you are right Christine. I never knew how a bit of bare skin could make such a difference, but it does. And I agree, I find the outfit with the trousers much better. I held on so long to wearing it as a dress as I was really seeking dresses. And I bought it in that quest. Never mind, with trousers it looks much more sophisticated.

  14. Melissa
    5 December 2016 / 09:59

    Hoi Greetje,

    I love this dress on you, and I love it both ways. I wouldn’t have put it with the green pants but then once combind with the shoes fantastic.

    The first combination I would have done solid thick black hose instead, but that is just a matter of preference, I am very into sleek elegant one line looks and this would have been a very elegant winter option I think, especially with those black suede shoes. Normally yes I would say too short also, but with the dark thick stockings no way! You look absolutely fabulous!!!!

    Have a good work week. I am exhausted, worked on house projects and every one of them was a fail. I bought some metallic paint for one wall a soft silver looked more like brown metallic on the wall and wouldn’t even adhere to the wall. So p***** off, makes me nuts, I wanted to finish it, and hubby got me a gorgeous charcoal velvet chair for Christmas (I found it, show model on sale so couldn’t wait till Christmas was the last one) anyway, it wouldn’t fit in the car…… Removed wallpaper in the bedroom and bought some sand paint hoping it would cover the rough walls, that also didn’t go well. So I will be trying my hand at putting gips board up. I really don’t have as much luck with my designing here as I used to in the states. Houses built different, what I want sometimes gets lost in the translation.
    Now my house is a mess and will have to stay this way all week till the weekend and this means another weekend klussen:(
    Oh well, but like my husband said, it is like every 3 months I am changing something, I said but dear it is because I didn’t have all the money to fix the apartment exactly how I wanted when I bought it. Also, like I said things get lost in translation.

    My vote, both styles a keeper, the dress with stockings is my favorite, cause it is so different than what they do here and is very elegant:)

    • Greetje
      5 December 2016 / 12:41

      I am going to disagree with your here. I will only wear it with proper leg coverage. Perhaps a pair of leggings which nearly look like trousers will work as well. But not thick tights anymore.
      As for the house project…. haha.. I liked your defence to your husband, but I bet it isn’t true. Even if you had changed the house completely to your taste when you bought it, you would still be changing things. Because I bet your husband didn’t think this 3-months thing up.
      I gave up DIY years ago.

      • Melissa
        6 December 2016 / 09:59

        Busted!!!!!!!!!!! Guilty as charged. Wow you figured me out, 7 years and thank goodness my husband hasn’t fully figured it out yet, at least on this point:(

        Honestly my apartment wasn’t exactly like I wanted it fixed and the walls in the bedroom really were the last big project…. Although the floor in the bathroom has marble tiles, I will never do marble floors again. The clean freak in me wants to scrub them better, using just mild dish soap just isn’t getting it clean enough on the marble shower floor for me, so yes that is a do over this year..

        I try to tame my habit, because hubby is not so handy with DIY, drives him insane, not to mention what I must do to the poor man. But thankfully we take very nice vacations for the nerves. My DIY skills are ok, but not nearly as good as my grand design imagination is:(

        I do understand about the dress being to short, and no matter how good we all may think you look, you won’t ever feel you look good in an outfit, if you don’t feel comfortable. An outfit is 80 percent confidence I say.

        But I can still say it looks good on you:) Maybe the jealousy of your long legs, hehehe. But I am not as envious a girl as I used to be when I was younger. I guess with age comes comfort and for me it is realizing, that while I was never a ravaging beauty, I sure as heck am aging like a fine wine, I get better with age:)

        • Greetje
          6 December 2016 / 21:31

          Ha ha Melissa, that is good to hear. You getting more beautiful with age. See, getting older is not all bad. Good luck with your home!

  15. 5 December 2016 / 11:34

    WOW – what can I say Greetje – you are so right that dress looks sooooo much cooler styled with the green skinny trousers.

    You have just inspired me – in Salzburg I bought what I thought was a super cute silky like blue dress – when I tried it on I simply slipped it over jeans and thought it looked cool – now I’ve been wearing it as a dress in it’s own right and think it looks a little staid if you know what I mean – am going to put it over trousers – thank you!!!

    XO Yvonne

    • Greetje
      5 December 2016 / 12:50

      That is what we bloggers do, we inspire haha. My trousers are teal green and very smooth. As in quality trousers. But, depending on the type of dress, jeans could create a nice juxtaposition (I learned that word last year). The look I was after was elegant, sophisticated. And I believe I achieved that. So I am pretty chuffed (UK expression).

  16. 5 December 2016 / 15:23

    I’m sorry you had a rough time with this, both the dress and the photoshoot. The dress is pretty. Adding pants helps with the length-issue. The color and necklace are both appealing. I’ve learned that not everything works in fashion; sometimes we have to tinker until we get it the way we want.

    • Greetje
      5 December 2016 / 16:16

      It did take me a while before I came to this styling. I was so focussed on wanting a dress that I couldn’t see the solution.

  17. 5 December 2016 / 16:42

    I agree that the dress looks much better as a tunic top over the skinny pants. The shape isn’t quite right for it to be worn as a dress but it looks great with the pants and patterned heels. I think the contrast between the cream and the black tights and shoes was a bit too harsh – it looks so much better against the green of the pants. There, that’s my two cents worth!

    I can’t trust myself to go to high end vintage and craft sales because like you, I will always want to bring something home, so it is better to not subject myself to the temptation.

    • Greetje
      5 December 2016 / 18:20

      I thought there was something wrong with the proportions in the dress and tights outfit. I got an explanation of a blogger who said that the trouser version was better because of a bit of skin showing between leg and foot. I think she was right.
      And I think blogging is one big temptation trip.

  18. 5 December 2016 / 20:18

    Love this dress, and I love it most as a tunic over the slim trousers. The heels are out-of-this-world fabulous too. Thanks for linking up, xo


    • Greetje
      6 December 2016 / 14:26

      I presume you mean the leopard heels. Anything leopard has an advantage. I will wear it with trousers or trouser-leggings from now on.

  19. 5 December 2016 / 21:09

    Ohh I do like this dress both of the ways you’ve styled it, but I have to say I over the trousers is my favourite. The colour combination works so well. Nice to link up with you. Jacqui

    • Greetje
      6 December 2016 / 14:27

      The colour combination was an idea of the shop owner. They had lovely green trousers to go with the dress. But as I already had a pair, I didn’t buy theirs.

  20. 5 December 2016 / 21:36

    Okay, as you might think, I do love both looks. What I don’t like is that you look uncountable in the photos, just a bit , while wearing that fabulous cream tunic dress. Love the bow accent. The thick tights makes it a more modest look, adds some nice texture, too. Score, and score again.

    But I know when I wear a tunic with tights underneath, the tunic can get full of satin cling and do naughty things, but if your behaves then I say it s go, even though it is not ,as you have decided against it.
    Love it , of course with the green skinny jeans, and that would be more comfortable to wear , especially on a windy day, and you and skinny jeans, well you know. Perfection,

    ED doesn’t like taking photos of me either, sometimes a stranger will ( many are waiting near me for a bus, and are happy to take a few snaps, glad even, of the diversion.)

    But I do love when my photographer shoots me, he is so good. And I am enjoying taking photos of others, too!

    Have a wonderful week. I bet Ron and you are back to wedded bliss, by now!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      6 December 2016 / 14:31

      The dress is not clingy like satin. But indeed I am not going to wear it like that anymore. Perhaps with trouser-leggings. Ron and I were back to wedded bliss in 5 minutes. No worry. Skinny jeans would be lovely, nice juxtaposition, but I prefer some smart trousers with this smart tunic/dress.

  21. 6 December 2016 / 02:25

    Oh how I can relate to those Not So Pleasant Photo Days. When this happens, nothings seems to feel right…including the outfit. You made the right decision. I felt it was too short. Adding the trousers makes it look more polished. Perhaps on 5 foot tall me the tunic would have been more of a dress.

    • Greetje
      6 December 2016 / 14:34

      It is an Italian dress and the Dutch are the tallest (I think) of all people in the world (too much dairy with hormones probably haha). So yes, on your frame it would be perfect. And it would suit you very well too.

  22. 6 December 2016 / 05:15

    It looks great as a tunic! And what a pretty collar!

    • Greetje
      6 December 2016 / 14:35

      Thank you. I went for the whole elegant vibe I got from this dress. The collar certainly attibutes to that.

  23. Lorraine Matthews
    6 December 2016 / 10:22

    A really classy solution to the problem of a short dress, even though your legs are shapely enough to carry off the dress and tights combination (speaking enviously here as someone with totally shapeless legs!)

    • Greetje
      6 December 2016 / 14:37

      I know it is not the shape of my legs that bothers me. I count myself very lucky with my legs and deliberately put the emphasis on them haha. But it were the proportions somehow. Or my older head, I don’t know. I am much more content with the trouser outfit.

  24. 6 December 2016 / 20:59

    Hi Greetje
    Have just discovered your blog and love it…you make me laugh. You have both a great figure and style. The cream frock is really classy, I like it with tights but prefer the way you’ve styled it with trousers. I wish I had a Ron…I have to manage with a tripod and self-timer which explains why there are not many photos of me in posts.

    • Greetje
      6 December 2016 / 21:28

      Hi Fiona, lovely of you to leave a comment. And such a nice one too. Thanks. I often hear I make readers laugh, but really, I cannot see what is funny about this post. Not that I mind you laughing, quite the contrary. I aim at fun. Just don’t get it. But I shall not over-analyze the “how come?”. It might go away. Being unintentionally funny is even better haha.
      I am going to think of some more ways to style this dress, now that I have reconciled myself with the fact I cannot wear it as a dress (I have a dress and skirt quest at the moment).

  25. 7 December 2016 / 08:26

    I actually quite like the version with tights also. I do think you should still try to wear those over-the-knee boots with the dress. In the end Ron’s opinion is only one… (perhaps show me when I’m in The Netherlands?) Of course the dress is perfect over skinnies. Looks good with pumps but I think this would be very nice with booties in the same color of pants too (you could wear all kinds of skinnies with this dress, not just the green ones). Love the bags and shoes you highlighted in this post too 🙂

    • Greetje
      7 December 2016 / 09:03

      I did check the dress in the mirror after Ron said that, but I thought he was right. Rather ostentatiously sexy. Not the kind of vibe I want to give. I was going for bloody elegant. It took me long before I accepted the trouser solution because I was after a dress not a tunic. Not feeling comfortable in the dress with just thick tights, is of course not what I want. I have tried it before with a short pencil skit and the boots I was wearing with the lavender dress. That looked OK. So I will try some more. And you are right: any kind of skinnies will look good with the dress.
      I did try this dress with shooties which you will see next Sunday, but somehow it didn’t feel good. Too chunky with that lovely elegant dress. On the otherhand.. I am all for a juxtaposition of sweet with rough.

  26. Melissa
    8 December 2016 / 10:25

    Have fun in Paris! Didn’t make the connection about your trip til I saw Susan’s trip. Dangerous time to go, all the pretty decorations at Christmas! It is always so hard for me not to get carried away with it all this time of year.

    No need to respond, just wanted you to see the post. Enjoy your blogger girly trip!! Wishing you safe travels!

    Can’t wait till the after posts and more restyling of this outfit, I did happen to do a search for it, is just so elegant. And actually I know you love bright colors, they seem to really fit your fun personality, but I do love the cream on you also, especially with such pretty hair color.

    • Greetje
      8 December 2016 / 17:21

      Such pretty fake colour. I am a brunette by birth ?

  27. 9 December 2016 / 07:38

    Cream colour is lovely in the cold season. I like your short dress ( or long tunic) with trousers, I think that it’s how those dresses are intended to be worn.
    The ( very) long sleeves and the ( Sooooo cute) neckline make the dress special!
    Ohhhhhhh what a nice vintage bag!!!

    • Greetje
      9 December 2016 / 17:49

      Glad you approve of the tunic dress (I knew you would). Probably on less tall women this dress will be just the right length. Not too much bosom helps as well (big grin). I have a few other styling ideas for this dress too.
      The vintage bag is from a tiny shop in Haarlem. The shop owner sells only vintage bags and accessories. It is a treasure trove in which I can spend hours. I always pay very good attention to the smell inside the bag. If it smells moldy I won’t buy it, because that is hard to get rid of (although Suzanne Carillo has a very good trick for that). The lady of the shop is very nice. A case of a hobby gone mad haha.

    • Greetje
      11 December 2016 / 21:41

      Thank you very much. And I agree about the dress. I like it a lot myself.

  28. 11 December 2016 / 21:32

    The dress itself is lovely, but I can see why you might feel that it is too short. I think that if the cut was different, you probably would have felt like it is not too short. I’ve noticed the same thing with myself, if the cut is a bit wider, I worry about it being too short even when I wear thick thighs under it….I suppose I’m afraid of those windy moments?

    Anyway, the dress is lovely, it does look a bit like tunic but really the cut is what makes it what it is. It is a unique dress for sure. So basically, I think you can wear it both ways, with pants and with thighs (or leggings). However, you should wear it the way it feels most comfortable for you.

    I must say that the look I like the most is the combination with the pants. Perhaps because you look more confident and relaxed in that one. I think what truly matters is how we feel in clothes- and that gets reflected in how we look. For example, even if I hadn’t read the text, I would get the feeling you prefer the second look yourself so that would be my preference (as a blog reader) as well.

    • Greetje
      11 December 2016 / 21:45

      I totally agree with you. Confidence is so important. I did wear a stretchy pencil skirt underneath it, so I didn’t have to worry about wind or reaching for the top shelf. It just took me a while to let go of the idea of a dress as that was what I was looking for. But I think with the green trousers it looks chic. More than with the tights. It might also have something to to with showing that little bt of skin of my ankle.

  29. Fran
    13 December 2016 / 18:00

    Even though your legs (and the rest of you!) look great in the dress with tights, I can see what you mean about feeling that it’s just a bit too short. I recently tried on a skirt that hit me at about the same spot, and, although it was exactly what I was looking for in every other way, and I love wearing short skirts with tights and boots in winter, this one felt just a bit *too* short — I knew I was not going to ever feel completely comfortable in it, no matter what I did, so I passed it by (a skirt over pants is not so successful on me as a dress over pants). I told the sales associate (at the very youth-oriented store) that I was turning into an old lady, but, really, I don’t think it’s my age, I don’t think I’d have been comfortable in it when I was younger, either!

    I love the dress as a tunic with the green trousers and would want to try it with the “leggings that are almost like pants” in some lighter colors, too. And the way you let the turned-down cuffs of the oversized sleeves peek out of the sleeves of that absolutely gorgeous coat is perfect.

    • Greetje
      13 December 2016 / 21:26

      The sleeves peeking out of the coat sleeves happened by accident. When I saw it, I knew it would match the collar peeking out to.
      I think the length also has something to do with the A-line, the wider silhouette. Perhaps that makes girly? Or the fact that you don’t see any “flesh” at my ankles? I don’t know.
      I am still trying to find out what more to wear the tunic dress with.

      • Fran
        13 December 2016 / 23:40

        I don’t know, the skirt I tried on was pretty narrow. Even though I could bend over in it without my underwear showing, and even though I would have worn it if it was just an inch or two longer, it still just felt too short. I think I would feel comfortable wearing the tunic dress with thick, textured tights or leggings and boots (knee-length and ankle), even though I know you don’t. I would try it with my light grey cable-stitch tights or navy and grey herringbone tights and ankle boots first, I think. Then with my leggings-that-are-thicker-like-pants, but I’m not sure it would work for me, because I have trouble wearing heels like you do.

  30. 16 December 2016 / 00:19

    Yes! you are truly becoming a style icon. When I saw the first photos I immediately fell in love with the dress and was thinking this would look so perfect paired with some skinny jeans or pants and then ‘tada’ you appeared in the next photo in just that style. Bravo!!! I absolutely love it.

    • Greetje
      16 December 2016 / 12:02

      Hi Trina, I was wondering what had happened to you haha. Busy like I bee I presume.
      Yes, it took me a while to get away from the idea that I wanted it to be a dress. Once I abandoned that, I knew what to do (as the shop assistent had already pointed this out to me – big grin).

  31. 20 December 2016 / 15:42

    What a lovely look! That top is just stunning!

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