An ochre dress with burgundy

Ochre dress with burgundyThe old station of a little village near Haarlem, called Vogelenzang, is the background for this ochre dress with burgundy. The dress is the last of my August finds in the Max Mara outlet. It is nice and warm, but I still added a little layer underneath as the temperatures were around freezing point. The boots are still much loved by me. You saw them last year here and here. It took me a while to style the dress as I didn’t have anything burgundy or ochre. Then I decided that dark brown was almost burgundy and by matching the boots with the belt… styling “problem” solved. (We need not overthink everything, right?)

Below: details of the station.

Below: again we started with the coat still on…. See me holding the post?

Black coat Max Mara

Below: this is my face after Ron told me off for holding a post AGAIN. “That is so boring; you always do that.” I quickly removed my hand and smirked.

Ochre dress with burgundy

Below: the green door is a very good background for blond hair. Blond hair against a yellow background is terrible. Backgrounds were much easier when my hair was still brown.

Ochre dress with burgundy

Below: a bokeh photo. Very kind of the shop in the station to put pots with flowers on the table. Makes a nice picture. As it was Sunday, everything was closed. And apparently nobody steals these pots. Safe community.

Ochre dress with burgundy

Below: to the left was the door for 2nd class passengers and to the right for 3rd class passengers. Haven’t seen a sign for 1st class passengers.

Ochre dress with burgundy

Below: perhaps the 1st class passengers went in through the front door?

Ochre dress with burgundy

Below: close-up of the bag (Longchamps), although you have seen it many times before. Perhaps a bit matchy/matchy, but there is enough going on in this outfit. No need to add more “noise”.

Brown bag Longchamps

Below: I have to work on my poses. No idea what to do with those hands. Perhaps Google can provide some answers. (I just searched it and yes Google provides answers. Doesn’t look very natural though.)

Ochre dress with burgundy


Also linking up with Patti (Not Dead Yet Style) at Visible Monday.

And with Catherine (Not Dressed as Lamb) at I will wear what I like.

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  1. 5 February 2017 / 17:39

    Greetje, you are too funny! My friend Sandy was just telling me about “Ru Paul hands,” which I have to look up. Those colors are fabulous, and suit you very well!!

    • Greetje
      5 February 2017 / 20:13

      It was such a no-brainer when I found it. It is warm (but not uncomfortably warm), it isn’t wool (itch!), it is fitted and it didn’t show a belly etc etc. And it was a steal (at the outlet). Just pop it over your head and you are done.

  2. 5 February 2017 / 17:42

    Funny you say this about burgundy & brown, because I was just thinking about this the other day!! I have a burgundy dress and this brown & mint beaded belt looked great with it!
    What a great dress, Greetje!! It fits perfectly and has such visual interest without having to add in a ton of accessories!!
    I know what you mean about the color of hair and background color. It’s especially hard with my mom (the 70’s model on my blog) & Nancy (the 60’s model) whose grey hair can get lost in a photo!!
    As for the hands (definitely an advantage of holding a purse)—Nancy’s decided to play around more in some of our pictures and she puts them out to the sides and makes funny poses!! Why not?

    • Greetje
      5 February 2017 / 20:15

      You are always so quick in commenting on my posts. Do you set a timer haha?
      I will head over to your blog and have a look at Nancy’s poses. Fun is always good. I saw how your mother looked with dark hair, before she decided to let it go gray. I wonder whether she found that difficult.

  3. 5 February 2017 / 18:45

    Very pretty! Love the dress. Smart to pair it with these boots.

    • Greetje
      5 February 2017 / 20:17

      These boots were first worn by Daniela, my Italian blogger friend (The Pretty Cute). When I saw her with them the first time, I wasn’t sure whether I liked that half calf boot. But the more she wore them, the more my love grew. And I realized these boots make any skirt or dress outfit modern. So I copied her (shame on me haha, but I call it inspiration).

  4. 5 February 2017 / 19:31

    The boots and belt work BEAUTIFULLY with this. This print and colour way is one of my favourite things I’ve seen on you…. the colours and print just SING on you! I really have a hard time wearing yellow as a blonde, but you look fab. xx

    • Greetje
      5 February 2017 / 20:19

      Strange isn’t that? Me and yellow. And this ochre yellow is particularly difficult. Perhaps because of the burgundy? If you want an overview of all the outfits I have posted on this blog (well, from July 2013 onwards), you should have a look at the top of my navigation, at the tab Outfit Gallery. My brother looked at that once and declared me insane.

  5. 5 February 2017 / 19:34

    I love your dress and that train station! Haarlem had got a beautiful station too doesnt it? Gerben airways keeps on saying: and keep on smiling and not like Henny Huisman!

  6. Rebecca
    5 February 2017 / 20:58

    Lovely town. Living in NYC and always surrounded by big city sights and noise, I love to see photos of small, picturesque towns such as this one. I will always love the matchy matchy look so this one is perfect for me. I believe this length boot is trending so, as always, you are in style and looking fabulous!

    • Greetje
      5 February 2017 / 22:12

      It took me a while Rebecca to get used to this length boot. But my Italian friend Daniela (The Pretty Cute) bought them and showed them on her blog several times. That is how I got used to them until I really loved them. And copied her without any shame haha.

  7. 5 February 2017 / 20:59

    I love all your accessories here. The belt, the boots, the watch, the bag. They all match.

    You guys always manage to find such interesting spots for taking photos.


    • Greetje
      5 February 2017 / 22:13

      Now I am curious what your feelings are about the dress haha. And yes, Ron is pretty good in finding backgrounds. Bless him.

  8. Marilee Gramith
    6 February 2017 / 01:37

    That dress is really chique! The combination of colors and the little nod to animal print (?) is really loveable and your boots and belt look perfect with it. Whats more, these colors look just marvelous with your hair color Greetje!!
    I know that Melanie of “Bag and Beret” has some hilarious ideas for facial expressions but maybe she could suggest some hand poses too… How about finding something fun, unusual, odd, sweet, a teddy bear ? to hold??? You know some little item from your home..? =-)
    I love the shot after Ron scolded you for holding the porch post!! Neat backdrops and flowers in February are very unexpected!!!

    • Greetje
      6 February 2017 / 16:13

      Good idea, I will ask Melanie for some posing advice. That will be hilarious haha.
      As for props… I have a knitted mouse. But if I bring him every time, Ron will say: “BORING”.
      The shot after Ron scolded me was the fun bit in this post. I was glad that I had at least that for a laugh.
      As for the hair colour, I am so surprised the dress is good for me, as yellow or ochre used to be good on me when I was a brunette. So I expected it be wrong for me now that I am blond. But it isn’t. Perhaps also because of the burgundy in it?

  9. Linda Henderson
    6 February 2017 / 03:33

    A breath of fresh air–your blog is such fun to read. Love your honest approach to fashion. Your dress and accessories plus the setting–fabulous!

    • Greetje
      6 February 2017 / 16:15

      I have my husband to thank for good photos and settings. For which I am very grateful. I am a very honest person (sometimes more than people can handle haha, especially when they are not Dutch). What you see is what you get. I am glad you like that and took the time to say it. Thank you.

  10. 6 February 2017 / 03:42

    Great dress. I think your hands look great in the photos.

    • Greetje
      6 February 2017 / 16:16

      Thanks Nicole. Not easy though to “handle” the hands haha. I feel one outfit picture is too much like another outfit picture.

  11. 6 February 2017 / 07:38

    Such beautiful photos Greetje – love this dress and the fact it’s so easy to simply pull on. I don’t think the bag is too matchy matchy at all – am posting today about the rule Fashionistas use for colour!

    Have a brilliant start to the week!
    xx Yvonne

    • Greetje
      6 February 2017 / 16:17

      I will be over to your blog this week as I saw your colourful outfit. Great. See what kind of rules you come up with haha.

      • 6 February 2017 / 18:09

        Cool – you will laugh 😉

  12. josep-maria
    6 February 2017 / 09:00

    It’s hard to comment when you already know what I’m going to say, when you know my tastes so well. But I refuse not to tell you how much I like the dress. The beautiful pattern, the beautiful design and how beautiful it looks on you. I like the detail of the belt highlighting your figure and the beautiful boots, so simple to combine wonderfully with the dress. The bag is cute. Dear Greetje, I see you very beautiful in this post.

    • Greetje
      6 February 2017 / 16:19

      You know you hold a special place in my heart and I appreciate your praise very much. You have the eye for elegant women as your blog used to prove.
      As you know, we have Daniela to thank for my return to dresses and skirts.

  13. 6 February 2017 / 10:12

    What a charming station and a charming you! Love this outfit, the frock is the perfect antidote for the winter blues and the belt, bag and boots are perfect… I rarely have anything that matches and consequently feel a bit of a mess. Your hair looks lovely, it looks like it’s just been ‘done’. I’m going to google ‘photo poses’ I’m so crap at it, but I draw the line at holding a teddy bear. Lol!

    • Greetje
      6 February 2017 / 16:20

      Hahaha. I wouldn’t draw the line at holding a teddy bear. Oh no. But my husband will. I know that.
      I love that this dress has some colour in an otherwise black period (winter). Thanks for your kind comment.

  14. 6 February 2017 / 13:34

    such fabulous pictures! and you look really gorgeous and elegant!, lovely dress and really beautiful bag!
    And I love your poses holding a post, your smile is the best ever, mwahaha, sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do with those hands!

    • Greetje
      6 February 2017 / 16:24

      I am going to find out about what to do with my hands. It will probably help if I sit more, or walk, or try to climb up a buiding (haha) or something else but standing. Only, I always want one shot in a post featuring the outfit from head to toe. As fashion magazines got up my nose with showing only an inch of an outfit and then saying things like “jacket by Dries van Noten”. I want to see such a jacket.

  15. Marianne van den Berg
    6 February 2017 / 17:21

    I love your dress. The beauty is in the simplicity of the model. The pattern gives it that extra. Sometimes matchy, matchy things are nice to go back to, as long as they are not boring, and they aren’t. Very nice this train station, wouldn’t it be nice to make a house out of it. Some old trainstations are converted already. Take some Balinese dancing lessons, they do know what to do with there

    • Greetje
      6 February 2017 / 21:09

      Hahaha, Balinese dancing lessons.. MOI? I have no sense of coordination. Wouldn’t work I am afraid. But I am glad tou like the dress. Mwah.

  16. 6 February 2017 / 17:26

    LOVELY…………………I do not think WE follow each other on INSTAGRAM I MUST CHANGE THAT……….

    • Greetje
      6 February 2017 / 21:09

      I do follow you my dear.

      • 6 February 2017 / 21:20

        THANK GOD!!!!!!!!

        • 6 February 2017 / 21:20

          ANTIQUEGODDESS…………if you want to PEEK!

  17. Fran
    6 February 2017 / 17:34

    You wear these colors so well! I especially like the belt, the watch, and the lipstick with the dress 🙂

    • Greetje
      6 February 2017 / 21:11

      Once I thought of dark brown being a sort of burgundy, I knew how to style it. I was quite pleased with myself. (Oops… I can hear some people saying : “You are always pleased with yourself”. Rotters. ???.)

  18. 7 February 2017 / 08:48

    What a great dress! And the boots look perfect with it. BTW, I have the same bag, almost, with a longer handle…

    • Greetje
      7 February 2017 / 18:12

      Thank you Tiina. I agree, it is a good dress. And warm and comfortable. Great assets for a winter dress. Never knew this bag came with a longer handle. I might prefer that.

  19. 7 February 2017 / 21:12

    I love this color combo and the fit of the dress! The boots and belt are perfect! I also love the simple and elegant coat and leopard scarf.
    Oh, that train station is divine, the woodworking is so lovely.
    I also adore the Longchamps bag! Great color and texture there too!

    Loveeeee this look!

    hmmm. the non visible first class section? !
    My favorite photo is of you sitting on the table , boots up on the wood bench! Super!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      7 February 2017 / 22:05

      The pose on the table is a good one. I must remember that one. And add some more poses.

  20. 8 February 2017 / 07:57

    What to do with hands while posing is a puzzle for me too! I have hundreds of ( not published )bad photos of me …
    You are wearing a lovely look…I am wearing the same boots today! Great bag as well…I like how dark brown goes with everything!

    • Greetje
      9 February 2017 / 16:16

      You taught me that dark brown goes with everything. Since I have “our” brown boots I have finally got rid of the rule that brown cannot go with black or blue. What nonsensence. Says who? I am very grateful for that.
      If I know some poses and know what to do with my hands, I will email it to you.

  21. 9 February 2017 / 01:52

    I like the unusual colour combination in this dress, and the shape is simple and very flattering. I laughed when you said about Ron pointing out that you always grab a post or something when you pose. I have standard poses that I automatically fall into when getting an outfit photo taken – it is hard to know what to do with your hands which is why I often put them in my pockets!

    • Greetje
      9 February 2017 / 16:19

      It is like presenting before a big audience.. the things you should not do.. like put your hands together before your body (which would be before your crotch haha). Or hold on so tight to the high table (pulpit?) on stage that is seems you will never let go of it. I am going to dig into this. Google should provide the answers. Right?

  22. 10 February 2017 / 16:14

    Perfect Greetje!
    This dress looks flattering and easy to wear….cosy and not itchy is a bonus too.
    I love the colour combination and that beautiful belt.
    The fact you are trying not to “overthink” is my kind of thinking…as it were!
    I dress first then think later (only when writing about it).
    Overthinking usually end up looking over-done….or (worse) frumpy.
    A great buy and the perfect stylish winter look.

    • Greetje
      10 February 2017 / 21:36

      Oh hello Samantha. Thank you for the praise. As a matter of fact, styling usually does take a while with me. The red dress worn as a jacket on IG took me an hour. An hour! To come up with such a simple outfit. Well, blood, sweat and tears will get you there too haha.

  23. 11 February 2017 / 06:05

    And the entertaining Greetje does it again! Your posts are the best at getting your readers attention and keeping them highly entertained. And you’re a natural at it.
    Lovely dress and the way you styled it with your burgandy boots was perfection! Oh and the matchy purse, I love it!
    But you, not over thinking, haha right??? Now if it were me, yes, I never over think. And who would think of googling what to do with your hands in a photo? I’m still laughing. . . You’re the best!

    • Greetje
      11 February 2017 / 20:21

      I love that I can make people laugh over things I do which were never meant to be funny haha. Apparently I do strange things. I think ai google everything.

  24. 11 February 2017 / 17:30

    Brown works perfectly with this colourway Greetje. Yes, we can overthink these things, but often the camera doesn’t really show up these differences in colours that we see with the human eye. I love the simple shape of the dress which allows the pattern to be the focal point. And yes, the bag doesn’t introduce more noise. You’re a natural at this.
    I tend to stand and pose in the same ways too, time after time. What to do with your hands and still have them look normal? Let me know if there’s something good to do. I tend to hold onto my necklace while trying to show off my rings…
    Have a great week x

    • Greetje
      11 February 2017 / 20:23

      Funny… tomorrow I will be nearly holding my necklace while showing my ring haha. I haven’t done any research on poses yet, but if I find them I’ll let you know.
      The styling of the dress wasn’t just for the photos of course. I have to walk around in this in normal life as well, so it better be good.

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