Black, white and grey flower skirt

Black, white and grey flower skirtAnother post of an outfit with a skirt. I must say I never expected to deliver so well. Ron scouted the place two weeks before and showed me the white tables and red chairs, excellent as background for this black, white and grey flower skirt by Max Mara (or a sub brand). It is the terrace of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. The Tuesday after Christmas while walking the dog at the beach (too windy for my taste to join) he called me up and said: “Shall we do that photo shoot today? As it is nice weather.” I was so pleased and got changed immediately. I never expected such an offer as he already did the session with the sequined top the day before. 

Photo above: darling Ron said I looked like Jennifer Aniston in this picture. Sweet. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

It surprised me he wasn’t bothered about the people in the restaurant and on the terrace who were watching our photo session. I mean, I don’t give a hoot, but Ron is more conscious of his surroundings.

We started with my (old) coat by Annette Görtz and the hat. I think the hat looks better with this flared coat than it did with the one in this post. Only now there were three other things “wrong”: I should 1) have pulled my collar straight, 2) not have pulled the belt so tight and 3) have worn another top underneath it as the collar of the body is competing with the collar of the coat. Where is a stylist when you need one?

Below: Ron waited for the pigeon to be in the picture haha.

Coat by Annette Görtz

Below: Madame is waiting for her coffee…..

Coat by Annette Görtz

Below: later on Ron spotted this mirror wall and made this shot. That man has a creative eye. I wished he would like these photo shoots as much as I do (he doesn’t). I always get the best results with him behind the camera.

Annette Görtz coat

Below: more pictures of the outfit underneath the coat. The skirt is an acquisition from the Max Mara outlet last year and you have seen it before with a baby blue jumper which wasn’t that nice (I thought in hindsight). You can see it here. I lowered the hem of the skirt as before it was a bit too short for my taste.

Black, white and grey flower skirt

Below: the belt (Max Mara) is closed too tight which makes it ride up. I should have let it sit lower. Only found out when I got home…

Black, white and grey flower skirt

Below: shoes (shooties) are by Steffen Schraut and bought at Lab Women in Haarlem. You saw them before here. (Ron’s idea to let me stand on this grating.)

Steffen Schraut shooties

Below: the bag is by VOI and years old. Shown before with a black and white striped dress here.

Red bag by VOI

Below: sideways… The necklace is one I ordered through Etsy from a German artist.

Black, white and grey flower skirt

Below: I would have worn the outfit with a matching bracelet but it broke. So here is a shoddy iPhone photo of it. I am also wearing a large red ring, which I totally forgot about. And I am wearing the sleeves 3/4, which is better.

Black, white and grey flower skirt

Below: another iPhone shot from last year when I replaced the baby blue jumper with a red one. Problem with this red one is, that it is wide, so it flops out at the sides over the belt. Not nice. Maybe I should hang little weights of lead on the hem of the jumper?

Black, white and grey flower skirt

Below: a close-up of the necklace in this last shot of me and the hat haha. The beads are made of cardboard.

We are back to normal days. January and February are long and dreary months. I will do my best to put a smile on your face though.


Linking up to Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country and Jill of Everything Just So, showing women in tall boots in How I wear my… tall boots.

Also linking up to Nancy’s Fashion Style, who hosts a weekly blogger get-together.

And to Patti’s Not Dead Yet Style (love that name link-up: Visible Monday.

and to Catherine’s Not Dressed as Lamb link-up,called I will wear what I like. Pff it is a busy link-up day.

No Fear of Fashion






  1. 15 January 2017 / 16:59

    Now that’s a true photographer that scouts out a backdrop for a certain outfit!!
    No wonder you look so fabulous in your shots, Greetje!!
    First, I don’t think your “bad points” about the coat are valid! Because those are issues that happen to us all, and it’s life! You still look great!!! Especially when we are putting our coat on & off to trudge from here to there!
    And look how great you look in that hat! I’m so glad that Judith has got me wearing hats more and more! I think they can be such a stand out piece!!
    Happy Sunday!!

    • Greetje
      15 January 2017 / 18:58

      Thanks Jodie. Yes that Judith did get me wearing hats too. Now I am off to bed. Feeling ill (flue and such).

  2. Marianne van den Berg
    15 January 2017 / 17:37

    Gosh you are doing so much better in finding combinations, and showing us the different possibilities. It is because it had time to grow and evaluate slowly, that we take it for normal that your photo’s are great, your reports are sublime , your taste of clothes is excellent. That I forget where you began. You always liked nice clotches , but look at you now, your hats and the choice of coats. All the wonderful outfits, shoes, handbags, contemporary jewelry. You so much look like a lady with a ton of humor. Which of course is not done when the lady of the house is speaking. 12 points

    • Greetje
      15 January 2017 / 19:01

      Listen Marianne, if you take this any further I will become so conceited. Please critisize me from time to time. So I stay humble haha. Oh and watch out for that pedestrian… there on the sidewalk.

  3. 15 January 2017 / 19:29

    Og Greetje you are super chic in this!
    Love the skirt, the print and color is just right, as is the length. Love the belt and I adore the necklace, great color and texture. The coat , hat and shoes are perfect. I love the lug soles on the shoes, and the simplicity of the bag and well as that luscious red color. Wow, your husband is a sweetie, offering to do a photoshoot? It must be the Jennifer Anniston thing…
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 08:30

      Haha, thanks Elle. No it wasn’t the Aniston thing why he offered. He is just sweet.

  4. Wendy
    15 January 2017 / 19:33

    Love the photos …. great background for a great looking lady! Love the black and white.

    I remember reading somewhere about 3/4 sleeves being more flattering and find myself wearing my tops more like that now!

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 08:38

      I usually do the 3/4 sleeve thing but totally forgot about it this time. Probably because it was cold.

  5. 15 January 2017 / 19:57

    Ron certainly does have an artist’s eye when taking photos. He sees the things that 99% of us would miss.

    I love your red bag. You look quite regal in your hat! The outfit is lovely but it is the bag that stands out the most for me.

    It looks like the weather is quite good there. My sister and two nieces have a 7.5 hr. layover on their way back from Africa on Monday and were thinking of heading into the city for a bit. I told them to take the train in and then take a canal tour. They aren’t sure as they have a 16 hr plane ride prior so there is still the possibility they will just get a day hotel and sleep.

    I know what you mean about Jan and Feb being awful and here it goes straight into March and April. I’m battling the flu for the second time this year already.


    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 08:42

      I always think it is quite a hassle to go into town on a stop-over. But I am a worrier. Always worrying “will I get back in time?” At the moment I am on sick leave. Like you terrible case of the flu. Everything hurts.

      • 16 January 2017 / 15:31

        Sorry to hear that you too are sick. Get well soon!

  6. 15 January 2017 / 21:29

    Ron deserves a special award for being so good behind the lens. The grating that you are standing on in those shoes is beautiful! AND let’s talk about that mirror photo! AND the fabulous backdrop. Three cheers for Ron. And three cheers for you, who always manages to look chic, makes me smile with your posts, and always tells the story behind the photos. It is such a joy to visit your blog! xx

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 08:44

      I am having a bad case of the flu, but reading your comment makes me feel a little better and smiling. Thank you. Ron read the comments too. Perhaps they will help to make him feel better about the shoots.

      • 16 January 2017 / 12:42

        Oh no, I hope you feel better quickly. Megadoses of vitamin C, rest, and lots of hot fluids for you, lady. xx

  7. 15 January 2017 / 21:41

    What a gorgeous look! You have found the perfect combination for the skirt… I have to lower the rim of most of my clothes too. Why don’t they consider tall women???

    I love you in the last photo… is there anything sweeter than a smiling Lady?

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 08:46

      I agree Dan. It has been said many times (because it is so true): a smile is the best accessory.

  8. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    15 January 2017 / 22:20

    You look beautiful, Greetje, and good job, Ron, scouting such a perfect location for this classic colour combination! I love a good neutral print with red popping off it. That belt grabs me, as does the bag and the shoes – great accessories!

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 08:48

      You are wonderful in putting an outfit together with multiple colours. I found out I seldom have more than three colours in my outfits. Just haven’t got the eye to do that. But I am getting better, so who knows what the future will bring.

  9. 16 January 2017 / 02:46

    What a beautiful skirt. I love designs like this one. By the way, didn’t you act in the old TV show, “Friends”?

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 08:50

      Haha, no, the Jennifer shot is just a lucky shot. The material of the skirt is quite stiff. Being tall and skinny around hips and bum, that is a good thing for me.

  10. Marilee Gramith
    16 January 2017 / 04:33

    Ron really outdid himself on this photo shoot. Not only are the back drops complimentary to your outfit but the shots themselves are artistic and interesting.
    He also captured some great Greetje smiles! I have to agree with Dan about the last close up shot of you in the hat; it’s my favorite! You look so happy and chique!!
    Your black and red outfit is a winner, I LOVE the belt!! You’re way to hard on yourself regarding any imperfection of a scrunched collar. I don’t even see it Greetje!! I see YOU looking lovely!!

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 09:07

      What a lovely comment. I am in bed with a really bad case of the flu, and this cheers me up. There could not be more contrast between the pictures of this post and how I look now. I don’t think you’d recognise me. I am going to search for my smile. Maybe that will help.
      The belt is a bit of a thing. I have never been able to wear it until recently. It closes with pins through holes. When I just got it and my stomach would expand, the belt came undone and went flying through the room. Couldn’t handle the tension, very unflattering haha. The cobler put velcro on it and now it stays put. But it is still a belt which doesn’t suit every outfit.

  11. josep-maria
    16 January 2017 / 08:54

    How I like this look! And how much I like this skirt! My favorite Greetje, with skirt (with jeans also you enchant me), and with these colors sober and elegant. The print is beautiful and the outfit breathes balance and style. I like your style with the hat, very very chic. The red details give a great strength to the look. Greetje elegant, attractive and with all style.

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 09:09

      Daniela put me back on the right track didn’t she? Although skinny jeans are my favourite, I equally like skirts and dresses. It was just that I didn’t know how to style them in a modern way, which made me abandone them. Dan pushed me out of my comfort zone and I am grateful for that.

  12. 16 January 2017 / 09:06

    I love that skirt! And it looks so good on you, although you ve got great leggs to wear pants, I think dresses and skirts look fabulous on you. I could never pose in a public place, I am not that brave. I wish I was?? I also adore that red bag, I love bags like this. Thank you very much for mentioning my blog!??

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 09:14

      I love structured bags, although I do have a few baggy ones too. This red one annoys me because it is often falling to one side. So I hardly ever choose it with an outfit. Because my matching red bracelet was in repair, I chose the bag this time as I needed a bit more red in another accessory.

  13. 16 January 2017 / 13:51

    I love every single piece in this outfit, but especially the hat…and your smile!!

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 16:04

      Yes, the hat is a new thing. Still searching for my personal style. I have Judith the Style Crone to thank for this new addiction haha.

  14. 16 January 2017 / 15:06

    It’s too bad that Ron doesn’t enjoy your photo shoots more, because he obviously has a photographer’s eye when it comes to backgrounds and details. You are so lucky to have someone who knows what they’re doing to take your blog photos.

    You know I’m a fan of black and grey together, and adding a pop of red to black, white and grey is my idea of a perfect outfit. I didn’t notice any of the “wrong” things you pointed out in your captions, but we are so often much more critical of ourselves than others are. You are looking very stylish and put-together, so as they (whoever “they” are) say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”.

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 16:06

      Haha, I will remember that”Don’t sweat the small stuff”. It is a good one to remember. I find I mention these things to avoid criticism. Which is not good. Thanks for reminding me.

  15. maria pol
    16 January 2017 / 16:08

    Beautiful outfits, Greetje. Love how the red color highlights your face. Love the bag and the whole a ensemble.
    Here in Canada, January and February are cold days too, so we have to cheer ourselves up and dress up!
    Thank you for all your lovely post.

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 17:52

      I am so pleased you are enjoying my posts. They are such fun to make. But if nobody would read them, that would of course take the joy away. So every comment is so welcome.

  16. 16 January 2017 / 16:20

    Perfect spot for your shoot with the POP of RED here and there!

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 17:53

      As entertaining is what I live for, your comment is precious to me. I put a smile on your face.. YAY.

  17. Lucy
    16 January 2017 / 18:04

    A thick fog is covering central Illinois, but your cheerful post is sunshine in itself! Thank you for being such an inspiration; I’m always pleased to see your blog notice appear. (Hope you are feeling better soon.)

    • Greetje
      16 January 2017 / 18:23

      Such comments always cheer me up. Although I have to say I am still really really ill. Haven’t felt like this for years. I made a selfie thinking I might share it with you, but no it is really too much. I literally look like death warmed up. Anyway.. I am glad I could cheer you up. Entertaining is what I live for.

  18. 16 January 2017 / 21:50

    Greetje, you look stunning in this ensemble, Ron has captured you wonderfully ‘on location’ looking like a supermodel. Truly, your confidence shines through along with that delightful smile of yours. I love this black, white and red outfit and honestly didn’t notice any ‘bad points’ but we are always our worst critics aren’t we? That last shot of you in the striking hat is FAB U LOUS! More photoshoots please Ron! And by the way Greetje, stay in bed and get well soon. x

    • Greetje
      17 January 2017 / 08:28

      Oh, sweet comment Fiona, thank you. You are right, we are our worst critics and I have been pointed out before I should not do that. Hard to shake this habit. (And I am still in bed.. gosh, this is the worst flu I have ever had.)

  19. 16 January 2017 / 23:23

    And again, the accessories are the topping of the cake. Last year I followed the accessory course of Sylvia and I learned that not only bracelets and necklaces are accessories but also hats and shoes. This is a perfect example of the effect of wellchosen, colourfull and naughty accessories. Chapeau!

    • Greetje
      17 January 2017 / 08:30

      I am very interested to hear what was the naughty accessory? As I am not aware of any naughtiness haha. I am doing the accessory course of Sylvia again now that I am down with the flu. Very helpful.

      • 17 January 2017 / 13:21

        I think your shoes are naughty! High heels + studs. Sex and Rock, daring. The Dutch way of fashion. I like that. Get Well!

        • Greetje
          17 January 2017 / 14:04

          Big grin. Who would have thought? Me at my age Sex and Rock haha. Thank you. I like it.

  20. 16 January 2017 / 23:41

    Ron really has developed a photographer’s eye! He’s scouted some great locations and really made the most of them and I love the way he positions you and I love the touch of the pigeon in that photo!
    Wow what a fabulous necklace and your outfit is the perfect showcase for it.
    Yes, January and February are dreary months. I console myself with the thought that we’re at least past the shortest day. Days will slowly slowly get longer, more daylight coming, snowdrops, early Spring flowers and poof! before you know it Spring. We shall smile together to get through it all.

    • Greetje
      17 January 2017 / 08:32

      Yes, Ron sure makes the pictures on this blog better. And I am looking forward to spring as well. At the moment I am down with the flu and it is a bad one. But that will pass as well. Take care of yourself dear.

  21. Rebecca
    17 January 2017 / 02:58

    I am so sorry to hear that you are down with the flu. Let’s hope that you will be feeling much better soon.
    As always, you look stunning in these photos (artfully taken by Ron!) I always get inspiration and ideas on how to put together a flattering and fun outfit.

    • Greetje
      17 January 2017 / 08:35

      Often it takes quite a bit of time to get an outfit right. And I don’t like getting all my stuff out the closets and then having to put everything back again. There are people who can just say: “Oh that needs such a jumper and these shoes. Done.” I am not one of them.

  22. 17 January 2017 / 17:08

    Where to begin? First off, you do not need a stylist any longer, that’s a given! You could be a stylist! You’re the first to notice a problem when I wouldn’t have noticed at all, especially with the collar issue.
    Second, this skirt is fabulous, and I love how you styled it with the black top, it just appears more stylish with the black. Third, lovely hat! I’m wanting to take it right off that pretty little head of yours and put it on mine, it’s fabulous! And, it’s so fun seeing you wear it.
    And then there’s the fun part about your amazing photographer (good ole, Ron), he truly does have a great eye. I love the spot he chose but the glass one is quite stunning.
    (Just curious, does the skirt come with the belt attached? I want to see how it looks without the belt entirely) but that’s just my curiosity.

    • Greetje
      18 January 2017 / 13:00

      The skirt just ends with half an inch waistband, that is all. I wanted more definition, which is why I wear a belt with it. But it looks better with the belt just a little lower. Well, can’t have it all, right? The shoot was done. And thank you for all your compliments. I am still not entirely convinced myself but I am believing now that I have learned over the past four years.

  23. 19 January 2017 / 06:23

    You and Ron are so cute 🙂 I think your coat is uber cool. I love the shape and the waist with the belting. You wear it well. Is your belt an Alaia? It looks like a belt Michelle Obama wears frequently.

    • Greetje
      19 January 2017 / 19:19

      No the belt is a Max Mara from their last year’s collection. It was hot over coats, but I always find that very unhandy. It means you cannot take off your coat. Where would you leave that belt?

  24. Jeanne
    19 January 2017 / 13:27

    Greetje, you always put a smile on my face when I read your blog. Beautiful ensembles!

    • Greetje
      19 January 2017 / 19:21

      I am very glad I was able to put a smile on your face Jeanne. I live for that. But it isn’t every week I can provide that haha. Never mind, there will always be an outfit in a post.

  25. 19 January 2017 / 19:23

    I this outfit and how you show several different ways to style this skirt. Once again Ron’s photography is a standout. Someone should hire him to shoot shoes. The photo on the grate was fantastic! The red bag really appealed to me as well.

    • Greetje
      20 January 2017 / 11:17

      I read your comment out loud to Ron. I hope the more compliments he receives, the more he will start liking these shoots. I know it won’t be his favourite job ever, but it does sweeten the job, right? So thank you for your nice comment. The red bag doesn’t get enough love from me.

  26. 20 January 2017 / 06:38

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I can’t believe that the red bag is years old. It looks brand new. Did you never use it! I love that bag! Be lucky that I’m not your step daughter. LOL. I would try to talk you out of it!

    • Greetje
      20 January 2017 / 11:14

      You wouldn’t have much trouble talking me out of this bag. It looks brandnew because indeed, I hardly ever use it. It is a structured bag, which I love. But… it starts sagging and falling to one side and I hate that. It is either a soft bag or a structured bag. But sagging structured bags… no not my game. When I look at it in these photos I have to admit that I should love it a bit more. I have made a few mistakes with bags. Unfortunately. Like the yellow tote bag from Coach which I didn’t order. I thought it would be too large so I ordered a yellow satchel bag. And I don’t love that. I should have ordered the tote.. Sigh. Oh well, that is the price for learning what you really love and avoid mistakes in the future.

  27. 25 January 2017 / 20:22

    The classic black and white combination is always made better with red – looking sharp lady! #TopoftheWorldLinkup

    • Greetje
      25 January 2017 / 20:36

      Thank you very much. This is one of my better outfits (at least to me).

  28. 31 January 2017 / 15:38

    I just saw this and have to say that the black and white with the belt just reminds me of something Michelle Obama would wear-and I mean that as a great compliment.

  29. 2 February 2017 / 08:53

    Popping by from Lancashire UK. I like the splash of red in the pic with your coat and the mirror image is a great shot to. Well done Ron.
    Super outfit

    • Greetje
      2 February 2017 / 21:38

      Just happen to wear this outfit today. I like it very much. Only found out that I haven’t broken in the shoes yet. As my right foot is bigger than my left foot, I got two blisters. Had to walk a lot today. Oh well, it will pass. At least I looked good haha. Thanks for stopping by.

  30. 3 February 2017 / 18:24

    I am so slow to comment these days, as I have many projects going on at the same time. Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging!

    I am very excited to see you wearing a hat and seeming to enjoy every minute! Your red cardboard beads are the perfect addition to complete the frame of your face and your beautiful smile. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

    • Greetje
      4 February 2017 / 08:40

      Yes, life does get in the way of blogging haha. I totally understand. I am never going to be a hat wearer like you are. My house is too small to house them all and I haven’t got your perfect face or hairstyle. But… I am wearing hats. Thanks to you.

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