Orange leather pencil skirt

orange leather pencil skirtAn orange leather pencil skirt is something out of the ordinary. I like that. The colour orange, which I like as well, made me pull the item from the rack and I was amazed how well it fit me. Usually these skirts have room for hips, which are not on my body. This thing was just straight. The shop provided the very comfortable black shirt to go with it. As I was wearing the orange necklace that day, adding it to this outfit was rather obvious. The peeptoe shoes are for the modern look although I still prefer normal pumps.

The location

Ron and I went to the Orangery on the beautiful estate Elswout where we photographed myย moss green dressย this winter. Hah.. only while typing this I realised: wearing orange at the Orangery ๐Ÿ˜€ . We had really nice weather, all bright and sunny. Which is bad for photography, especially when you are amateurs like us.

Below: The Orangery. I hope they painted it blue because it used to be the original colour. As a colour of choice… it wouldn’t have been my choice. Which is of course just personal taste.

Orangerie Elswout

We went around the building to the back for some spots in the shade. Only to find out it was the place to store the garbage containers. “Not much to see here people… move along..”

Below: All of a sudden there was this great big cloud, blocking the sun. We ran to the front and Ron started to shoot.

orange leather pencil skirt

Below: I like this picture as it has motion in it. Contrary to my usual posing. (Still not improving in this field.) My eyes seem closed, probably because I was looking down to avoid a fall.

orange leather pencil skirt

Below: Ron commented on this shot in terms like “va va voom”. I take that as good ๐Ÿ˜† The zipper can be opened from the bottom and the top. Let’s hope my colleagues won’t play a prank on me by opening the zipper without me noticing.

orange leather pencil skirt

Below: Shot with the lovely building behind me. Ron said: “You are holding the bannister again!” But he did take the shot.

orange leather pencil skirt

Below: Me trying to fold back my waistband (not a pretty face). As I have a very short waist (ribs are very close to the hipbone), that darned waistband folds down all the time. I found a solution by adding a black belt. That also elongates my top part and balances things better. Not in these pictures though. Only learned that afterwards by looking at these photos.

orange leather pencil skirt

Below: OK, waistband adjusted. Happy face.

orange leather pencil skirt

Below: Checking the sun and clouds.

orange leather pencil skirt

Below: Shoes in detail.

black peeptoe shooties

The rest of the location

Below: A last shot of the building before we headed back. The sun is blazing and no clouds in sight.

Orangerie Elswout

Below: The orangery you saw above is on a large estate and I presume this is the house where the family lived.


Below: Lovely deers on the premises.


Below: “A tree house!!” I yelled. “No….” said Ron, “…. this is the stable.”


Below: Nearly leaving the estate through the impressive gate.


Below: Just one last shot on the bench in the shade.

Below: And it is time to go. The whole shoot cost us an hour. We were both not that thrilled about these photos. They could have been more exciting which means we are getting critical. If I look back at the photos of 2012, this is a HUGE improvement.

Some last facts/information.

The bag is Longchamps. It is a proper, beautiful grown-up leather bag, but it hasn’t got my love. Don’t know why.

I am wearing tights without toes (Wolford, colour Gobi). So you see a tiny bit of my toes in the peeptoe shoe, while my legs look more smooth by the tights. At least that was the idea. Only I don’t like the way the tights are woven. They give me “old women’s legs”. Perhaps it was the colour. If you decide this is a good idea, be careful not to reveal too much “toe-bit”. Otherwise the difference between the colour of your toes and the rest of your foot/leg will be too obvious.

Till next week.


No Fear of Fashion



  1. Janet M Higgs
    10 September 2017 / 19:30

    I really like this skirt…and the entire outfit too. Your (and Ron’s) pictures are excellent.

    And your legs look very pretty in those stocking. Not old lady at all!

    • Greetje
      10 September 2017 / 20:35

      Ah, but when you see those tights up close… not that good. Didn’t want to do the shoot again because of that or the missing belt. Time is precious for a hard working woman like me.

      • 10 September 2017 / 21:54

        Hi Janet. I completely agree with your comment, especially the one about the legs. Greetje, they really look stunning. I also adore the back of your skirt. Absolutely stunning outfit. Love, Lieske

        • Greetje
          10 September 2017 / 22:01

          wow, thanks Lieske. I am overwhelmed haha. Nice feeling though

    • Joke Bishop
      10 September 2017 / 21:55

      I agree! Love Greetje’s sense of humor too!

      • Greetje
        10 September 2017 / 22:01

        Thank you Joke. My motto: a day without a laugh is a waisted day.

  2. 10 September 2017 / 19:31

    First, I have to comment on the toeless tights, Greetje. My mom has a pair and has been looking for more. So I sent her your post. Because I think they look fabulous on you. I went back to every photo and could not find any evidence of “old women legs”!
    I consider this outfit truly an ageless one, as it would look incredible on women of any age!!
    And your photography is wonderful!!

    • Greetje
      10 September 2017 / 20:37

      I will pass the photo compliments on to Ron. As for the tights, I think I am spoiled with the Oroblu suntime tights. They are really good. You cannot see them until you are touching them with your nose. It is the way they are woven which makes the big difference.

  3. Mels
    10 September 2017 / 19:34

    Well. I will say that before I read the last comment I was wondering if you were wearing stockings with the peep toes. I decided you weren’t, which means for me they looked very natural – and that is the way I like my stockings to be, just enough to look ‘better’ but not enough to clearly look like stockings.

  4. 10 September 2017 / 21:10

    This skirt is perfect for a Dutch Lady. Your national color! The skirts back is awesome. I want one like this in lime or forest green.

    • Greetje
      10 September 2017 / 21:26

      I wouldn’t mind those colours either. Although they are better near my face. Just as orange is. But the necklace helps.

  5. 10 September 2017 / 21:34

    Tights without toes?? Those are perfect for me as I love to wear peeptoes as long as possible. Never heard of it. And I love, what, adore leather pencil skirts. What a wonderful exceptional colour! And those shoes….I’ve said it before, they are perfection too the top for me!

    • Greetje
      10 September 2017 / 21:40

      I am doing all right with you today, aren’t I?? ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜˜

      • 10 September 2017 / 22:15

        Oh yes Greetje!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  6. 10 September 2017 / 21:49

    What a classy sophisticated outfit! Perfect right down to the shoes and photos.

    No signs of old lady legs at all. As usual I’m very envious of your gams.

    LOVE that skirt.

    I have quite a collection of vintage leather skirts that I have yet to post or add to my Etsy store. I adore them. I have them in all colours but I don’t have orange!


    • Greetje
      10 September 2017 / 22:02

      And I bet you are selling off far too many and will regret that. As they look stellar on you.

  7. 10 September 2017 / 21:55

    SUCH a cute outfit on you – and a beautiful setting!

    • Greetje
      10 September 2017 / 22:03

      Doing well with this post, aren’t I? And Ron and I weren’t even that pleased with the photos in the beginning. Thanks Anne for this lovely comment.

  8. 10 September 2017 / 22:27

    Splendid location, splendid skirt and splendid shoes.

    • Greetje
      11 September 2017 / 20:45

      Wow, what a compliments! I am very pleased and flattered. Thank you very much.

  9. Jules 4a
    10 September 2017 / 22:33

    Never commented before, but I love love love this post. I think this is my favourite outfit on you, and your legs look terrific. It seems I’m not the only one who thinks so. Enjoy the compliments x

    • Greetje
      11 September 2017 / 20:49

      I am actually getting a bit giggly and shy. I like the compliments but do realize that people who disagree probably won’t comment.

  10. 10 September 2017 / 22:34

    I love this skirt Greetje and long for one just like it. Polly has an orange leather skirt also, so I feel I am lagging well behind with this trend. Yours has that wonderful back detail by way of that full length zip, but yes, I’d worry that someone would play a trick on me too and reveal my huge knickers!Ron continues to excel in his photography and dodging the bright sunlight is one of the best tricks to reveal the true colours.
    Now that my summer exhibitions are over I hope to keep up to speed with all of my favourite bloggers of which you are one. I would have worn this very same outfit which is not a word of a lie!

    Anna x

    • Greetje
      11 September 2017 / 20:58

      My dear Anna, you are too kind. And you will make me feel guilty as I still have no time (due to work) to visit all my favourite blogs. Your comment is very endearing for me.
      I will be very careful with my collegues haha. I hope you will find an orange leather skirt too. Mine is from a brand I don’t know: transmission

      • 14 September 2017 / 23:37

        Greetje, don’t worry or feel guilty about visiting everyone. Instagram helps us all keep in touch at least. I’ve just added a list of my favourite blogs to my page and can now understand why I can’t keep up either as my list is so long!
        Have a lovely weekend x

  11. 10 September 2017 / 23:29

    The location is gorgeous, the skirt is MAGNIFICENT on you (damn you and your perfect legs!), and I know you aren’t crazy about those shoes, but gosh, I sure am! They are hot. And they really really work with the skirt. Your accessories are always on point, and this necklace is no exception. It is divine, and so totally your style.

    You and Ron ARE getting too critical; these photos are lovely. xx

    • Greetje
      11 September 2017 / 21:04

      You make me conceited woman! Too much honour. I will accept it as a fact that the shoes are hot. Michelle (RCM) said the same. And I will pass the compliments on to Ron.

  12. anne
    10 September 2017 / 23:44

    Wow Greetje, I think this must be my no 1 pick of all your outfits! Just stunning!

    • Greetje
      11 September 2017 / 21:14

      I think Daniela (The Pretty Cute) was right. I do better in skirts and dresses haha. Too bad I am a jeans girl at heart. And I have to keep on working…. Also after retirement. Otherwise where would I wear my high heels? Around the house?

  13. Wendy
    11 September 2017 / 02:06

    Love the zipper detail on the skirt and alsoadore those shoes.

    • Greetje
      11 September 2017 / 21:15

      I liked the shoes a lot. Then I didn’t. Then I liked them again. Then I didn’t. It is like picking a daisy: I love them, I love them not. From now on I will accept them as terrific haha.

  14. 11 September 2017 / 03:51

    Now that you have told your colleagues not to pull up your zipper, guess what’s going to happen next time you wear this to work? Hahaha!! I adore this outfit, the orange is great, and the way you’ve styled it is so sophisticated. The motion shot is great too. Good job by Ron.

    I heard about another pose this week – hold your hands in front of you like you are picking at your fingers. ???!!! Rrrright. I haven’t tried it but it’s supposed to look good. ???

    I’ve seen Longchamps bags on several blogs lately. I even had a look at the store, just to check them out, not to buy. Too bad this one doesn’t speak to you. I guess you’ll need a new one. Hahaha!

    • Greetje
      11 September 2017 / 21:20

      I don’t think a lot of colleagues read my blog, so I will be safe I think. Just to be sure, I will put an underskirt on. I haven’t been able to replace my Longchamps bag. It doesn’t deserve that. It is a good bag. I haven’t been able to say goodbye to ANY of my bags. Oh yes, wait a minute, I gave away a blue bag called Baguette, by Hester van Eeghen, a Dutch bag designer. And I still regret that.

  15. 11 September 2017 / 05:19

    I saw this look on Instagram Greetje, and to use your word, was gobsmacked ! The orange pencil skirt is fabulous in that supple leather, and I love the back zip detail.
    Well styled with the black blouse and linked necklace and I love the peep toes. Loved your bit of info about the tights, and your facial expression made me laugh out loud. This after such an elegant post. You did look regal sitting in the other photos!

    The orangery, estate and grounds are fantastic. A perfect background to this shoot. Loved the deer on the lawns. The turquoise and white panels behind you with the orange and black… brilliant!

    Sorry the bag does not speak to you. I woukd advise giving it away and getting one that does. You can make two people very happy this way.

    • Greetje
      11 September 2017 / 21:23

      Your advice about giving away the bag and buying a new one, is sound advice. But….I just told Melanie that I have only been able to give away one of my bags. A blue bag called Baguette by a Dutch bag designer Hesther van Eeghen. And I deeply regret that.
      This Longchamps bag deserves to be loved. It is a good bag.
      Thank you for all your lovely compliments. I am getting a little shy.

      • 12 September 2017 / 00:30

        You know yourself best. If you do not want to give up the bag then make it works somehow, add a scarf or charm, or make sure it is not overfilled or under filled..
        Sometimes that helps.
        Now some sisterly advice, I hope I can presume this closeness, I have known you for a while….
        they are sincere .

        • Greetje
          12 September 2017 / 12:32

          You are right in your presumption of our closeness. You can say anything to me. But getting used to the compliments…. OK from you I will accept they are sincere. So please if you don’t like something, say that too. I can take it haha. And I cannot please you all the time. There will be times we differ in taste.

  16. Marilee Gramith
    11 September 2017 / 05:27

    Oh my!!! You look HOT Greetje!!!!
    The color orange is typically one that many people shy away from but I love its vibrancy and excitement. You are looking splendid and so darn svelte!! That shot of the cute zipper and your cute derriere…I totally get Ron’s va va va voom!
    You two are far too critical of your photos. Ron is doing a great job. I love the shots on that interesting white bench with the extra-large backrest! I feel like Ron hasn’t contributed to the photography for awhile and he continues to improve. Great collaboration post you two!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Greetje
      11 September 2017 / 21:28

      Yes I gave Ron a little break as it is still not his favourite hobby, making photos of me. But he does his utmost. For me. The sweetheart.
      I love the word svelte. I had heard of the word, but had to look it up. Very nice. I like being svelte. Thank you very much. As for the colour orange… you know I never shy away from any bright colour. (Thanks for calling me hot haha.)

  17. 11 September 2017 / 10:16

    What a stunning location for your photoshoot, that huge bench is fabulous. I have no idea why you say your legs are ‘old lady’, they look terrific and I heard about those tights from a friend only last week. She suggested them as I was going to a wedding in sandals but as my dress was almost a maxi I went bare legged. What a great shade of orange your skirt is, perfect for autumn too with a sweater on top perhaps and boots? The necklace couldn’t be better if it tried and I love those shoes!

    • Greetje
      11 September 2017 / 21:30

      Thank you very much Fiona for all the lovely compliments. And I will try the sweater and boots with this skirt. Would transition nicely into fall/winter. I got a lovely BIG brooch from an artist in the colours pink and orange…. ohhh that will go very well on the black sweater. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. 11 September 2017 / 18:35

    Every detail is perfect with this outfit! I believe the skirt was made for you, perfect fit indeed. And the color, as you said is a bit out of the ordinary which is always a good thing. The blouse is a perfect match both with the color and the fit and style, and those shoes are just down right awesome!!!
    I also like the motion picture, well done Ron!

    • Greetje
      11 September 2017 / 21:31

      Sometimes things all come together. I have the feeling that happened with this outfit. As soon as I put it on in the shop I knew it was perfect. And as a matter of fact, it wasn’t even expensive either. And it is leather. I will pass the compliments on to Ron.

  19. Rebecca
    11 September 2017 / 19:10

    The photos are gorgeous – as are you! I love this sassy outfit on you. You have the perfect figure to highlight the beautiful orange skirt. As always, your posts put a smile on my face with your wonderful sense of humor.

    • Greetje
      11 September 2017 / 21:33

      To make you laugh I had put in that photo of me with the strange face. When I saw it, I had to laugh myself. Anything for a good laugh. And actually, pencil skirts are quite dangerous for me as I have no bum and no hips, but I do have a tummy. Some skirts however are exactly right. I feel this one is.

  20. 11 September 2017 / 21:35

    You are absolutely rocking this outfit. The orange skirt is such a standout piece. Every woman needs one or two of these in her wardrobe to throw on with classics for an easy, pulled together look. Love it!

    Deborah @fabulousafter40

    • Greetje
      12 September 2017 / 12:33

      Thanks Deborah, a lovely compliment. I am such a fortunate person, I have more than one standout piece. Yay. But this orange skirt is my new favourite.

  21. 11 September 2017 / 22:02

    Vava Voom indeed! Very sexy and flattering outfit. Love the shoes too!

    • Greetje
      12 September 2017 / 12:34

      I knew when I put it on, it was coming home with me (big grin). Shoes I bought at Foof in Kleine Houtstraat Haarlem. Brand: Toraf (Spanish).

  22. 11 September 2017 / 23:16

    Gorgeous! You have a stunning figure and I am so envious of your legs – I am a little like a daschund, but never mind I don’t suit orange either – therefore I get to really enjoy and admire orange leather skirts on people who absolutely rock the look ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE the whole outfit and actually the blue of the building really makes the colours pop even more, fabulous

    • Greetje
      12 September 2017 / 12:40

      The blue of the building was a surprise to me. Not to my husband (the photographer), who chose this background. He is gooodd.
      And thank you for the lovely compliments. It took me quite a few years to find out what suits my figure and what doesn’t. Every figure can be dressed in a beautiful way. But you have to know what to do and what not to do. Have you ever been to Sylvia’s site 40plusstyle? She has great articles about different figures. Or have you already found this out for yourself?

  23. 12 September 2017 / 01:18

    WOW Greetje! This skirt fits like a glove! I like the ‘apron’ design lines on the the front…very stylish!

    It’s a lovely setting and yes….the perfect place to show off an orange skirt!

    • Greetje
      12 September 2017 / 12:42

      As a sewing expert, you know that the lines in the skirt are not just design lines, but also to use smaller pieces of leather. The bigger the piece, the more expensive. Right?
      I hope the skirt stays in this shape and will not show my tummy in a while. Or give me a saggy bottom. Time will tell.

      • 12 September 2017 / 18:17

        Funny, I was just thinking this very thought this morning. Much of the beauty of leather clothing and handbags originates from the creativity needed to work with unique sizes and/or features of a hide.

  24. Elaine
    12 September 2017 / 03:08

    What an interesting place! It is a wonderful setting for a shoot. I like the pix and I love the outfit too. It is very polished, balanced and sophisticated. Tres bien!

    • Greetje
      12 September 2017 / 15:26

      Thank you very much for your comment. If I look at all the compliments this post is getting, I know for sure I am not really “getting it” haha. I never expected this blogpost to be so inviting.

  25. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    15 September 2017 / 01:31

    Greetje, that skirt is amazing on you! I love the orange leather skirt, especially that zip in the back (you know I adore anything leather, ha!). The colour is fabulous on you. I think your legs look amazing.

    • Greetje
      15 September 2017 / 06:07

      Oh thank you Sheila, how nice of you to stop by and say so. I haven’t even worn this yet. It was either too hot or too cold. Maybe next week. And of course with a sweater and boots for winter.

  26. Christine
    15 September 2017 / 15:42

    Greetje, you look fabulous in this outfit! And even though you don’t prefer them, the shoes are perfect with this look. I look forward to seeing the other ways in which you style the skirt. Christine

    • Greetje
      15 September 2017 / 17:03

      I have decided to love the shoes haha. And more outfits with this skirt?? Ohh the pressure!! But I guess that a sweater and boots should do the trick, right?

    • Greetje
      17 September 2017 / 20:24

      Thank you darling. Most kind.

  27. Sue
    16 September 2017 / 16:53

    I like the color orange but it makes me look washed out if I wear it near my face. You look great in that skirt and top and the shoe are very different but so nice. What a lovely place to visit. I love walking around places such as that.

    • Greetje
      17 September 2017 / 20:25

      The estate is indeed very beautiful. Some sunshine always helps of course. With me it is the opposite: orange near my face is very good. It is the black that ages me. Hence the orange necklace.

  28. 17 September 2017 / 04:55

    You look absolutely beautiful. That skirt is perfect for your body and the black top, shoes and orange necklace complete the outfit so well. You guys take very nice pictures! – Amy

    • Greetje
      17 September 2017 / 20:26

      And we still have so much to learn about photography. I am always grateful if they are sharp with a blurry background. Which hardly ever happens. I just tried the skirt on again and discovered I need to lose 3 kilos. Bummer.

  29. 26 September 2017 / 21:04

    You had me at “orange leather”! I have the same problem with pencil skirts – so many of them have built-in curves for the hips, which I don’t have either. This one fits you perfectly and the fact that it is orange, and leather is just icing on the cake.

    What a lovely location for photos. I found that after shooting photos for my blog for several years you do get more and more critical of your photos. I think there are some lovely ones here, and I can’t tell that you are wearing stockings of any kind. Your legs look great!

    • Greetje
      27 September 2017 / 17:39

      Yes, that is what I thought: “perfect fitting pencil skirt, leather, orange?? OK.. mine!!
      Thanks for your comment on the photos. I do think we are hard on ourselves. On the other hand, there is still a lot room for improvement.

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