Swinging yellow skirt with a blue jacket

Yellow skirt with blue jacketStill keeping my promise to show you more skirts and dresses. I wanted to pair this yellow skirt with a blue jacket. A jacket that wasn’t too long, not too short (belly showing), fitted, not too warm, not too cold. Can you believe my luck when I found this versatile jacket in the sale? The skirt was a holiday find in Spain last year. You already saw my reports on that holiday here and here. The skirt was really inexpensive and a bit of a risk. With its dangling strips it reminded me of a Hawaiian skirt. I wasn’t sure whether it would look dead common or quirky. The combination with the classic jacket fixes that. It creates a juxtaposition (I love that word.)

One bright and sunny afternoon Ron took me to an industrial site where he had found this building with the black pipes. The only thing was: there was no shade. Right smack bang in the bright afternoon sun. Never a good position for a photograph. But we take it as it comes. At the end of the post you will see a variation on this outfit. Before that.. lots of the same…

Below: me shouting: “I cannot see…. the sun is in my eyes !!”

Yellow skirt with blue jacket

Below: “Then try sunglasses!!”

Yellow skirt with blue jacket

Below: see the black mat under my feet? Ron took that from the car as my heels were sinking in the grass all the time. Such a thing happened before and caused a row. This time we didn’t argue about it. We are improving. The black leather bag with the red trimming and handles is a present from Sylvia of 40+Style. Again a present. Don’t know why I get so many but I do love it. The red handles pick up the red in the brooch. Subtle but noticable.

Yellow skirt with blue jacket

Below: a closer look at the brooch which you have seen a couple of times before, here and here. You can also see the structure of the jacket: sightly corded.

Spijkers&Spijkers brooch

Below: then my phone rang… oh dear… I am in the middle of a photo shoot… well, I am going to answer it anyway. Now where is the darned thing???

Yellow skirt with blue jacket

Below: Ron didn’t mind. He thought it gave him opportunities to shoot pictures which were less posed. Ah.. it’s the company calling… serious, concentrated face.

Below: see?? all those strips are the same material as the skirt. Blue suede shoes are by Peter Kaiser. And yes, I am wearing tights. To be correct: hold-ups (thigh highs). Brand Oroblu, type: Sun.

swinging yellow skirt

Below: this is what the outfit looks like when it is a bit warmer. I swap the blue longsleeved top for a sleeveless white top and put black and white slingbacks on my feet. I actually think this looks even better. This photo was taken in the office with an iPhone, so the proportions are a bit distorted.

Yellow skirt with blue jacket summer edition

Below: and now for the finish something completely different. I still tried to wear the cream dress (see this post) as a dress rather than a tunic. So I altered a lacy underskirt to the right length underneath the dress and added my modern bulky shoes. Alas, I don’t like it. At all. The clean lines of the dress demand clean lines underneath as well. Never mind, not everything you try is a success.

Cream Sportmax dress

Next week: me and my friends shopping in Zwolle.


No Fear of Fashion

Linking up with Patti and Visible Monday and Catherine with I will wear what I like.




  1. 2 April 2017 / 15:40

    What a fab skirt! Pairing it with the navy jacket looks great – like you say, it creates a juxtaposition between the unusual and the classic. The brooch really stands out and perfectly compliments the skirt. High five to Ron for saving your shoes from sinking 🙂 My husband just barks at me to keep still even when I’m trying not to fall over!

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      2 April 2017 / 17:24

      The last time Ron barked, I barked back and we got into a good row. Which we both didn’t like very much. And guess what? We learned haha. The car was also very close.

  2. Gail
    2 April 2017 / 16:13

    I LOVE the skirt! Perfection. You’re lucky Ron goes with you to take the pictures. I’ve tried all sorts of bribes to try to get John to do it, but so far no luck!

    • Greetje
      2 April 2017 / 17:27

      Ron said to me a couple of years back when he had far more spare time than I have: “I have decided to make your life as comfortable as I can”… I thought: “WOW”. And he actually does: he cooks, does the shopping and volunteered to take the pictures. Because he wants my blog to look good. He does it for me as he doesn’t like this photographing stuff one minute. Now don’t think he is a push-over… far from it haha.

  3. 2 April 2017 / 16:26

    I think that skirt is fabulous Greetje—it add a touch of whimsey. And well, I might be a little biased because yellow is my favorite color and I have a yellow skirt. Not that it’s as fun as yours, but I was tremendously surprised at how much I’ve worn it. Really!! It goes with everything!!
    And let me just tell you that grabbing a mat from the car is brilliant—I’m putting that in my bag of tricks!!
    But will disagree with you on the beige tunic dress. I think the tulle under is is that same juxtaposition that you were talking about earlier! And truly I’m not saying that just to be nice—it’s fabulous!! Maybe you were in more of a serious mood this day—you should try it again—to a party or such!!

    • Greetje
      2 April 2017 / 17:30

      The skirt needs a top which covers my belly and is not tight. The skirt is very elastic and my belly is the opposite of yours. So it is not that easy to combine. However, I did find a few more versions.
      The beige tunic dress… hmm. What do you think of the shoes with it?

  4. 2 April 2017 / 19:27

    Great site for photos, although I know what you mean about being in really bright light. Your sunglasses look fantastic though. You must know I love yellow, and the texture of the skirt with the fitted blazer is really catchy. And thanks for pointing out the reds – great touch. The brooch is a favourite.

    As for the last outfit, I thought, wow, Greetje is pushing her boundaries. Then I read that you don’t like it. Well, for what it’s worth I love it, the surprising contrast, not just to be different but the tulle and the clean line of the tunic dress seem to go together, not forced at all, and I like the shoes with it too. But your comfort level means everything. NEXT! Hahaha.

    • Greetje
      2 April 2017 / 20:08

      You are the second person to like it. Jodie liked that cream dress as well. Strange. I will see what I will do. I am pushing my boundries enough with those socks haha.

      • Kelle
        17 April 2017 / 04:29

        Make that three people who like the cream dress with the tulle. The boots are a little heavy with it maybe? I’m not sure. I’d like to see it styled for warmer weather with pumps or lighter shoes.

        • Greetje
          20 April 2017 / 06:21

          Thanks Kelle. I will try that. Nearly missed your comment.

  5. Paula
    2 April 2017 / 19:54

    Love, love the swinging skirt, navy jacket and fab navy heels Greetje! I’m not usually a fan of yellow, but you nailed it! ?

    • Greetje
      2 April 2017 / 20:09

      I have lots of yellow. It is such a sunny colour. But… if it is not a colour which agrees with your complexion I can understand you are not a fan. Having the colour at the bottom solves this.

  6. Linda Henderson
    2 April 2017 / 20:51

    The blue and yellow look so good on you. Great idea with the skirt and jacket juxtaposed!

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 08:24

      I am actually getting better at styling. After four years of blogging I don’t need the help of friends and or shop assistents that much anymore.

  7. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    2 April 2017 / 21:11

    I love that yellow skirt – the fringe is amazing – I would totally wear that. The brooch is a fun piece! I admire Ron’s assistance on your shoots – he is getting better and better. L would not do this for me. I love your last outfit, but would not do the dark tights and chunky shoes with it – I think the lacy tulle needs a lighter leg and shoe. Lovely outfits overall, Greetje!

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 08:25

      Hmm.. I think you are right with that observation about the cream skirt. I am going to look into that.
      Thanks for all the compliments. Much appreciated.

  8. 2 April 2017 / 21:28

    I love this glamorous yellow skirt and you’re right about the structured jacket giving an upmarket look to the outfit. The perfect juxtaposition as you say Greetje! How clever of you and Ron to come up with the idea of placing a mat for you to stand on. I have the same problem when I wear heels onto the beach for my photo shoots too. And yes, I have to agree about the cream dress/tunic not quite working over the black underskirt – very honest of you to share it with us though!

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 08:50

      Honesty is my middle name. What surprises me is that there are readers who actually like the cream dress in this version. I have to be satisfied with it myself, right?
      And yes, I am learning how to style. It doesn’t come naturally but apparently you can learn.

  9. Bette
    2 April 2017 / 21:30

    Am I the only person who thinks the brooch looks like an eye, and the skirt is therefore an eyelash skirt??! I love the entire outfit!

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 08:53

      Whahaha.. how funny! You are right. The brooch is an eye (I have a shirt with these eyes in more colours than yellow.) But thinking of the fringe skirt as eyelashes is brilliant. Thanks for the laugh.

  10. 2 April 2017 / 21:58

    I love this skirt, Greetje. It is one of the many items from your wardrobe that I would like to have myself! It is fun, quirky, still elegant, and draws attention to your annoyingly amazing legs. 🙂

    That brooch is super cool, and you’re right, the bag goes so well with it. Well done Ron on location picking; it is a cool backdrop. xx

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 08:54

      I will admit, these pictures do show off my legs (big grin). I prefer the summer version so perhaps I will replace the dark winter top underneath the jacket for a cream one.

  11. Wendy
    2 April 2017 / 22:23

    Not normally a fan of yellow, but do love the the skirt on you!

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 08:55

      I am a huge fan of yellow. It is such a bright sunny colour. If a colour isn’t right for my complextion I would wear it at the bottom, i.e. skirt or trousers. But if a colour isn’t right for you, you often never look for it in any item.

  12. Janet M Higgs
    2 April 2017 / 23:15

    I LOVE this skirt and jacket combo, and your shoes are so beautiful! What a great outfit.

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 08:56

      A great oufit for a ridiculously small price. It doesn’t always have to be expensive, right?

  13. Rebecca
    3 April 2017 / 04:09

    Love the outfit – it shows off your gorgeous figure to perfection. To me it is an edgy elegant look and something I aspire to.

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 08:58

      Believe me Rebecca, I do not have a gorgeous figure. More of an inverted triangle with boobs and a belly. But… I have become a master in disguising that. Putting emphasis on my assets (legs). And then everybody thinks you have a gorgeous figure haha. OK I will admit that my figure flaws are easy to hide.

  14. Marilee Gramith
    3 April 2017 / 04:34

    First of all, what a great backdrop!! The green and the black posts provide perfect enhancement. ( green is the color of the year as well!). Funny how solving the problem of heels sinking into grass can be triumphant moment. Hooray Ron!!
    You look absolutely marvelous and you were thinking so creatively when you conceived the textural dynamic that the skirt would provide. A moment of fashion genius I think Greetje!!! This is a GREAT outfit!!!!
    I also like the look with the two tone shoes (we call them spectators in the US). The brooch fits your modern preference well and looks like an evil eye (to ward off evil spirits).
    I am yet one more person who likes the creme tunic with the black lace slip. Maybe with a less opaque stocking?

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 09:01

      And you are the second person who suggests the cream dress with lighter stockings. I don’t know yet. If I don’t like it myself, I am not going to wear it. But I will give it a try with lighter stockings.
      The skirt and jacket combination is a bit of a triumph for me, as it involved actual styling and I did it all by myself. Getting better all the time haha.

  15. 3 April 2017 / 05:26

    Dear Greetje…
    Too, too cute!!! That skirt is fabulous with that jacket. What a great idea..

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 09:08

      I was quite pleased with myself too haha. I like the summer version best.

  16. 3 April 2017 / 08:53

    Oh Ron is such a nice guy to think with you! Gerben always wants me to stand in the grit, with heels on you sink in it. I love that skirt Greetje and with the blazer and brooche it is so very nice! And about the last dress, doesn t it look good wearing tall boots underneath? Perhaps that will work?

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 09:09

      Boots might work with the cream dress and they might not even have to be tall. I have to further explore this route.
      As for the heels sinking in… we have had that row and progressed haha.

  17. Robyn
    3 April 2017 / 08:57

    The yellow skirt looks great on you and the brooch adds interest to the jacket, which is such a great fit on you

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 09:11

      Yes the jacket was a gem to find. So exactly right, meeting every requirement I had. Unbelievable. And for a bargain price. To quite the A-team (TV programme of way back): “I like it when a plan comes together.”

  18. josep-maria
    3 April 2017 / 13:08

    What can I say that you do not know or imagine? You already know me enough, and you know these looks are my favorites, right? The wonderful yellow pencil skirt, with these fringes so modern and original, next to the gray blazer, with the original detail, the gray-yellow set, your precious bag, the elegant shoes … next to the sun on your face and your smile Permanent, make the outfit and the proposal are great. I love it, you know it! By the way, I like it better with the gray undershirt. Today, the Greetje more chic and more elegant.

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 21:52

      And all this thanks to Daniela. Otherwise I might never have noticed my shift from dresses to trousers. Thanks for your comment. Always much appreciated.

      • 4 April 2017 / 09:31

        Many thanks darling!

        By the way…still in the mood for a visit??

  19. Marianne van den Berg
    3 April 2017 / 13:34

    Your outfit is one with a story. First to find the skirt in a shop which did’nt have many special items. But it is one of a kind. I never saw anything like it. Then the jacket, bought after going to court , to complain about a traffic ticket . And we won, yeh. So this outfit is a combination of greatness and laughter. Then about the cream dress. I do like the lace underskirt, but I would wear different shoes and not such a thick tights. Mind you in the color black.

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 21:54

      Well you are number three with the suggestion for different shoes and tights with the cream dress, so I am going to give that a try.
      And yes, this outfit is indeed one with a story. Turned out pretty good, right?

  20. 3 April 2017 / 22:37

    You and Ron have a good communication- I think you’ve found a keeper. Love, love this skirt – so unusual but not crazy, if you know what I mean. It really looks terrific with the tailored jacket. Thanks for linking up, xo


    • Greetje
      4 April 2017 / 06:31

      Thanks Patti. I wasn’t sure when I bought the skirt, whether it wasn’t too crazy. But the classic jacket saved it from that faith. Glad you like it.

  21. 3 April 2017 / 22:51

    LOVE the quirky skirt! What a great buy. A statement piece without being overwhelming. Texture is always fun and great to photograph.

    Kudos to Ron for putting that mat for you to step on. You diva you. ; P


    • Greetje
      4 April 2017 / 06:35

      Oh yes I am a diva. And Ron doesn’t care for divas. But I am no longer getting angry and consequently Ron doesn’t get irritated. Works much better. ?

  22. 4 April 2017 / 08:57

    What a perfect combo, and it all comes together with that lovely brooch. Oh, and I might steal that car mat trick from you. What a great idea! xxx

    • Greetje
      5 April 2017 / 09:48

      That brooch is so useful. With many outfits it pulls things together.
      The car mat is indeed a clever idea of Ron. Again.

  23. 4 April 2017 / 09:28

    Really cute skirt! It’s modern and funny,in a beautiful bright colour … it’s the updated version of a classic pencil skirt!
    Everything suits you nicely …
    That mat was a simple but smart way to solve a biiiiiig problem …hurray for Ron! 🙂

    • Greetje
      5 April 2017 / 09:51

      I am very pleased with this outfit. It was inexpensive, very comfortable (like PJ’s), my own styling (so proud of myself) and I think I look good in it. Luckily most people agree with the latter ?.

  24. Trish (was treecycler)
    5 April 2017 / 10:41

    I don’t often disagree with you, but this time I will! ? I think the beige dress and tulle underskirt look brilliant! I would definitely wear it this way! It’s fun but not too pushy. I like the black ankle boots too. Re the yellow skirt, well you know that looks great, and the various things you have paired it with are all perfect. Win- win on all outfits, I say!

    • Greetje
      5 April 2017 / 15:03

      Thanks Trish, quite a few compliments! And you can disagree with me as much as you want. Also when you don’t like something. I very much appreciate honesty and I know I cannot please everybody all of the time so I do not get upset when readers don’t like an outfit.
      The cream dress and this styling … hmm I still don’t like it much. Have to give it more thought.

  25. 8 April 2017 / 10:44

    Fun skirt Greetje and you styled it well. Great to see you got some use out of the bag I gave you!

    Kudos to Ron for the excellent photography. That top photo is brilliant.

    Still. I tend to agree with Mel that I really like the second look. It’s different, a bit hipper and edgier. I actually wouldn’t change too much about the shoes and tights. If you lighten those and change the shoes it becomes more classic again and for me the look would then probably not work.

    I’m sure you love the conflicting advice you are getting! As always, only YOU can decide what you like to wear and what looks best…..

    • Greetje
      8 April 2017 / 13:30

      I know Sylvia but even if the advice is conflicting, it still sharpens my thoughts. And I am pigheaded enough to decide for myself. After all “You cannot please everybody, so you gotta please yourself” (hear the music?). And yes your bag is a handly little thing.

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