Green leggings with side stripe. And family.

Green leggings with side stripeThe reason I bought these green leggings with side stripe was their comfort and the great quality. I figured I could use them a lot. As it turned out, styling them was not that easy. Nevertheless I managed to create 4 outfits (quite unique for me) with the outfit above being my favourite. I prefer to wear the kimono jacket open. It looks and feels like silk, but it is not. It is viscose and cupro (never heard of cupro before). Bought it at Levv in Haarlem, which has a very skilful and lovely owner to help you.

As Sylvia of 40+Style was back in The Netherlands for a short week, she photographed it. Twisted her arm.

Below: Sylvia in her house, wearing a relaxed outfit.

Sylvia of 40Plus Style

Below: “Let’s try and make photos outside where the light is better.”

green leggings with side stripe

Outfit details: jacket: LaSalle, necklace Angela Caputi, bag: O bag, high/low top Eileen Fisher and the shoes: EIJK shoes. Of course.

Last Sunday I wore the leggings with my Acne tunic, which you have seen before. Last time in this post. It is nice but not really, really nice. It is my least favourite outfit of the four.

Below: With the Acne tunic.

green leggings with side stripe

The fact I could finally bring out those brogues again, is lovely though. Haven’t worn them since Kings Day 2014 (great post). Which is a shame as they are sooo soft.

Below: Close-up of the brogues.

orange brogues

Anyway, I wore this outfit to the celebration of my sister-in-law’s birthday. We also celebrated the birthday of my mother who had become 89 the week before.

I am going to show you a typical Dutch birthday. Which means we all sit in a circle and talk to each other. Not really a party concept. Fortunately my family is very talkative, almost like an Italian family. Lots of noise, people talk, talk, talk, you can hardly hear yourself and (another lucky thing) changing seats a lot. The beauty of this is that I get to talk to a lot of my relatives who I only see a couple of times a year. So, although I don’t think much of the concept itself, it does work. I really like my family gatherings. Always lots of laughter and warm feelings.

Below: From left to right, from top to bottom: my brother, my mum and nephew, my niece, my sister-in-law, my niece and her husband and baby girl, the wife of my nephew with their daughter (they have two sons too, not in the picture).


Below: A little conversation with my brother (love him; but I love my whole family).

green leggings with side stripe

Below: See? Circle.


Below: Little Janne wasn’t afraid of our dog Charlie. My grand nephew is still assessing the situation.


Below: Back to the outfit. My sister-in-law thought I needed a prop for a relaxed pose and provided the watering can.

green leggings with side stripe

Below: Then they started “grilling” me about the straps on my shoulders. Being the same stripes as on the leggings. How did I achieve this effect?

green leggings with side stripe

Below: “Come on, take that top off. We want to SEE!!” (They are very bossy  😆 )

green leggings with side stripe

Below: My sister-in-law’s sister is giving me a hand.

green leggings with side stripe

Below: See? It is a top from the same brand but it is much too low at the front (wrinkles), so I am wearing another top underneath (also for warmth).

green leggings with side stripe

Below: Lo and behold, they thought the outfit was much better without the Acne tunic and I should wear it just like this. Whahahahaha. NEVER!!!

green leggings with side stripe

I should probably not end a post with a picture like this, but there you go. The other two combinations (with a lime jacket and with a big orange sweater) you will probably see in the near future. Haven’t photographed them yet.

The family gathering was thoroughly enjoyable. Hope you liked this peek into my life as well.


No Fear of Fashion






  1. Mels
    17 September 2017 / 18:35

    I love the cross strap back of that top that had been hidden. Will you accept a challenge? Find a way to wear that with the straps showing in a way you are comfortable? Love those straps.

    • Greetje
      17 September 2017 / 20:31

      You mean, without something big to cover up the rest? I am showing the straps aren’t I? They are a little more visible with my big orange sweater. But that will be as far as I intend to go. Sorry dear Mels.

  2. Ann
    17 September 2017 / 20:00

    Hello Greetje – You are so fun, and this post is the one that finally made me reply to say I hope to one day visit The Netherlands and meet you in person. I bet you are even more fun in person! Many thanks for your Sunday posts.

    • Greetje
      17 September 2017 / 20:33

      I have all these readers who post comments to me in their head? What fun. I am glad this one got out and I can read it. Thank you very much for taking the time. And who knows.. you might indeed come to The Netherlands one day and we’ll have coffee together.

  3. 17 September 2017 / 20:26

    YOU do look GOOD in the BARE BONES but I agree NEVER go outside of the house like THAT!
    I wish you lived closer TO ME!OR I to YOU is a better wish……….
    The white watering CAN was a PERFECT PROP!I noticed THAT FIRST!!!!!!

    • Greetje
      17 September 2017 / 20:36

      Bro and I are both happy. We get along fine. In the old days (when I was 22) he and my sister-in-law lived in The Hague only one street apart. I used to visit them I think, three times a week. And never ever was it awkward, or did they make me feel I was one too many. Seamlessly. Happy days back then as well.
      And yes my sister-in-law took matters in her own hands bossing me into removing the tunic haha. Any chance of you ever coming to live in Italy again?

      • 17 September 2017 / 21:51

        The SONS ARE HERE and hopefully one day will have families so WHY would we be so FAR AWAY!
        But I do have a FRIEND IN BELGIUM who I would LOVE to visit again and YOU are just a HOP ,SKIP and a JUMP away!

        • Greetje
          18 September 2017 / 11:14

          Belgium.. good idea.

        • Greetje
          18 September 2017 / 11:14

          Belgium.. good idea.

  4. 17 September 2017 / 20:42

    Ah…family : ) Looks like a good time. The circle idea is good. That way no one feels left out.

    I love the straps on the top and the pants. Very unique.

    I recognized Sylvia’s house right away.

    You’re both looking fabulous!


    • Greetje
      18 September 2017 / 11:16

      I have to stop buying trousers with a side stripe. They will date in no time. I like them so much, but on to more loose trousers.

  5. 17 September 2017 / 20:59

    I love this “fake” suit with athleisure style meets tuxedo pants pants and the orange jacket. Gray and orange are such a cool color combination. And of course your shoes! Both the white and the orange ones are perfect with the look!

    • Greetje
      18 September 2017 / 11:18

      Doing well in your eyes! Great. As I mostly buy boatneck tops, I thought it would be a good investment to buy the top with the straps. Didn’t do that right away.

    • Greetje
      18 September 2017 / 11:20

      You have involved a large part of your family and I like that. So why not show a bit of mine? I was lucky they gave me permission. With Nancy and Charlotte you made a deal and they are such good sports to go along with the blogging and the outfits. A unique concept.

  6. 17 September 2017 / 21:33

    I’m very sorry, I love your leggings, I like your family, cutest dog….. but your sister in law’s sister is wearing a fabulous dress!!

    • Greetje
      18 September 2017 / 11:21

      Hahaha, I have no problem with that at all. Like what you want. She will be very pleased hearing (reading) this.

    • Christa
      8 November 2017 / 13:09

      Here’s the sister in law’s sister: thank you for liking my dress, Nancy!
      The brand name is Who’s That Girl.

      • Greetje
        8 November 2017 / 14:53

        Hi Christa, what fun. I never even knew you read my blog. Did you see the other two or three comments about your dress further down?

  7. 17 September 2017 / 21:37

    I really like how the orange jacket picks up the orange in the stripes on the leggings. I agree, think that’s the best outfit! That looks like a lovely way to spend a birthday party. I love just sitting and talking when family gets together.

    • Greetje
      18 September 2017 / 11:24

      I love the talking bit as well. That is why I like meeting them. Getting drunk with loud music wouldn’t be my idea of fun. Especially because I don’t get to see them that often.
      I think you might like the other two outfits too. One is with the lime jacket or coat which I wore in Paris when we went to that street on Sunday.

  8. 17 September 2017 / 22:05

    What a sweet post about your family! Only they can make you strip so they can investigate what you are hiding under your clothes, hahaha! I love the trousers and stripes; they’re so cool on you.

    I giggled at the comment about everyone sitting in a circle. When I first started going to parties in Holland I said, “Why do all the women sit in a circle eating cake from plates balanced on their knees, while all the men stand in a circle in another room holding drinks??”

    Those shoes together with that bag in the first photo… perfect. xx

    • Greetje
      18 September 2017 / 11:28

      Fortunately men and women are mixed on birthday celebrations nowadays. I think it would be such a shame if I couldn’t speak to the men. I find that very degrading, patronizing. Everything in me protests against that.

  9. Joke Bishop
    17 September 2017 / 22:21

    Love, love, love this post! I know Dutch birthdays as i am also Dutch but living in America. Alas, birthday celebrations are not the same here.
    Greetje – you are the best in sharing such small, intimate, and silly moments and always bring a smile to my face a even a chuckle now and then. keep up this great blog as it is one of my favorites! Oh- and I love seeing Sylvia again too.

    • Greetje
      18 September 2017 / 14:46

      Oh…. so nice, this comment of yours. Really makes my day. So thank you very much. Mwah.
      And I thought as much that you were Dutch when I read your name. Hope to keep you entertained for many years to come.

  10. Marilee Gramith
    17 September 2017 / 23:48

    I so agree with Joke B. You really have a wonderful way of just revealing your unedited life in such a refreshing way Greetje. Those jeans are really cute ! I think it’s interesting that you wouldn’t dream of wearing the cute straps out and about but you’re just fine with showing all of us exactly what your cute underpinnings are all about without editing. I just love you for your complex openness and enthusiasm!
    The circle of family is a wonderful tradition. It allows people the opportunity to see others and hear the conversation while making participation much more likely! So cool!!!

    • Greetje
      18 September 2017 / 16:27

      There is a difference for me to reveal all my underpinnings haha, than to walk around in them and receive all the looks and comments. And I will do a lot for a laugh on my blog… a lot. We have to stop taking ourselves so seriously. Besides, all those picture perfect photos get really boring. I want to engage more than win the beauty price (as if hahaha).
      The circle isn’t such a bad concept, unless everybody stays in the same seat the whole day.

  11. 18 September 2017 / 13:52

    That top outfit is so elegant – the shoes are killing me with envy! I think the high-low top is fantastic underneath, maybe because of the drape? It looks so soft. Love the necklace too! Your family gatherings really look so lively and fun that they could be Italian!

    • Greetje
      18 September 2017 / 16:29

      I really have to adjust my eyes to the Eileen Fisher longer drape of the top at the back. Apparently it is even fashion now, but old pictures in your head die hard. So I am glad you like it. Perhaps it is not that bad haha. Thanks.

  12. 19 September 2017 / 00:07

    LOVE your outfits – and also Sylvias. You both look fantastic, I have to admit I am partial to a brogue or a DM style of shoe – in fact I have a bit of a “thing” for a lace up, really admiring the orange brogues (and Sylvias shoes) in particular. I have VERY bright pink suede brogues that the daughter hates, she hates them almost as much as my blue velvet DMs but not nearly as much as my DMs with cherubs/artwork – I wear them a lot to annoy her (and I love them) mwhahahahahahaaaaaa! Anyway fabulous outfits – so much to enjoy from looking and reading this post

    • Greetje
      19 September 2017 / 06:10

      Thanks for the compliments. Much appreciated. Children never want you to be anything than standard. “Please don’t stand out in a crowd”. You are giving your daughter a good example, showing her the world does not end when you wear what you like. Your shoes sound like a lot of fun. I am not much of a brogues person. Somehow I don’t seem to wear them well. Perhaps my flat feet and low instep have something to do with that. But these orange ones are really nice. And soft.

  13. 19 September 2017 / 01:13

    You picked the perfect backdrop at Sylvia’s house for your outfit – the colours of the painting echo those in the pants and jacket. The orange shoes are so fun – I prefer shoes you can lace up because they tend to fit my feet better.

    I enjoy reading these posts about your family and friends. There is only my mother still alive from my immediate family (I’m an only child), and I am not close with any extended family, so these kind of family gatherings are not something I’m used to.

    • Greetje
      19 September 2017 / 06:15

      The backdrop at Sylvia’s house was sheer coincidence. Sometimes you just get lucky 😊.
      My family isn’t big either. Like you I only have my mother left but also my brother, who has taken care of offspring haha. Which means my family is a little bigger than yours. I am not close to any extended family either. But you can create you own “family gatherings” with friends. Provides the same pleasure.

  14. 19 September 2017 / 19:15

    This may be a duplicate ..?
    Love the leggings Greetje, I loved them on your instagram post. The side stripe adds so much chic athletic appeal . Love the styling too, very much! Loved the orange shoes, the cream booties, that I know so well now, and the necklace you wore, too!
    Sylvie looks very chic!

    I would love to see the striped x back with a tunic with an open back, since I love that detail!

    So glad you enjoyed two birthday celebrations ! Such fun, the photos were joyous!

    • Greetje
      19 September 2017 / 21:10

      Oh thanks for the inspiration. I have a green sweater with a waterfall back!! I will try this top with that sweater.

  15. 19 September 2017 / 22:22

    Your posts are always lively, different and totally entertaining Greetje. Thanks for sharing your family gathering with us, it looked such fun with lots and lots of chatting. I’m pleased we got a chance to see the straps on the top and think you did well to find a top that works so well with the overall look. Your butt is tiny, so cute! Probably not what one grown woman ought to say to another, but hey!

    Anna x

    • Greetje
      20 September 2017 / 08:04

      You can always say anything to me Anna. And who would mind if anyone said you had a cute butt ? haha. Of course I want a bigger butt. People always want what they haven’t got. Thanks for your lovely compliments. I am starting my day with them. 😊

  16. 19 September 2017 / 22:23

    This post is so cute Greetje…I love family gatherings like that. Your Mum looks fabulous, can’t wait till my Mum visits again in December – it will be the first Christmas together here in Switzerland since ever – normally we go down to NZ. So exciting as it means I get to put up my own Christmas tree again… Your outfit is cute and you know what looks best! Love the leggings and the shoes are super cute too!

    xoxo Yvonne

    • Greetje
      20 September 2017 / 08:05

      Oh yes, very special, a real cold Christmas with a tree, celebrating it with your mum. Doing all the hot chocolate drinking etc you do at Christmas. I can imagine you are looking forward to that.

  17. 20 September 2017 / 05:55

    That outfit with the orange jacket looked even better in person! Those orange brogues are so fab too! So lovely to catch up with you Greetje. Until we meet again….

    • Greetje
      20 September 2017 / 08:09

      I hear Ver Lynn singing in the background: 🎵 We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know whéénn, but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.🎵
      Actually we will probably meet again here in Haarlem 😎 and hopefully it will be sunny. Looking forward to that.

  18. 20 September 2017 / 16:28

    Hi Greetje. Orange is your colour, so it seems. I like many of your outfits and accessories in that colour that you have recently posted. They look fantastic on you. I loved reading about the birthday party too. For all the non-Dutch readers of your blog: this description is so spot-on! That’s the way to do it in Holland. Thanks for that cultural glimpse. Have a great week. Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      21 September 2017 / 18:48

      A big grin appeared on my face when I read your comment. Thanks!!!

  19. 22 September 2017 / 13:00

    I am loving orange this year! Those shoes and jacket Rock! The leggins are also cute. You look great! Fashionista!

    • Greetje
      22 September 2017 / 13:22

      Hahaha .. “fashionista”, me. Don’t think so. But I am glad you like it. Thank you very much for the compliments.

  20. 23 September 2017 / 07:37

    Happy belated birthday to both your sister-in-law and your Mum. Our family is small and the circle happens unintentionally. People are reluctant to give up ‘their’ seats though, LOL.

    Okay. My favourite look is with the acne tunic! I love it and I love it with the track pants and your fabulous orange brogues! LOVE the whole easy look!

    And. I love that watering can!!! Is is plastic? Or metal? It’s fantastic!!!

    • Greetje
      23 September 2017 / 09:25

      My favourite is with the orange jacket and with the outfits you haven’t seen yet. I think the tunic is too big a chunk of “white”. But hey, if you like it, I am happy.
      The watering can? No idea whether it is metal or plastic. It was heavy but that could have been because of the water in it.

  21. 24 September 2017 / 23:35

    Great all around styling…Love your inventive straps; in fact, I am sure I will “borrow” the idea!! Just the right accessory to punch up the styling!

    • Greetje
      25 September 2017 / 08:43

      I saw the top the second time I was in the shop and thought it would add a punch.

  22. 25 September 2017 / 03:07

    Hahaha, the watering can. Only a family member would suggest something like that, with a mischievous eye. But you hold it well. And I like the back straps showing a bit at the top – they add intrigue.

    These pants should last you a long time. I can’t see them going out of style any time soon. The stripe down seems like it would be timeless.

    And so good to see Sylvia here too. I’m glad you had a chance to catch up with each other during her stopover.

    Finally, the circle tradition makes lots of sense. Thanks for sharing these photos. Your mum looks fantastic! And I like your sister-in-law sister’s dress.

    • Greetje
      25 September 2017 / 08:46

      That red and white dress is doing well on the blog. I think those leggings are NOT going to last me a long time. I suspect that side stripes will define a period and will go out of style. As if you would care haha.

  23. Sue
    25 September 2017 / 20:23

    The leggings are great and so are all the outfits here but I love the tunic and the orange shoes with the leggings best. Very cute. Sylvia looks so nice too. I have never seen her wear black or pants too often. It looks very nice on her.

    • Greetje
      25 September 2017 / 21:04

      When Sylvia is in The Netherlands, trousers are the sensible thing to wear. Usually pretty cold and a jeans culture. The tunic outfit is not my favourite but it is nice to hear that others like it.

  24. Kathy
    9 October 2017 / 19:39

    My husband and I are taking a transatlantic cruise in the spring. We are excited that we’ll be stopping in Amsterdam because we have never been there. Based on your posts, I think I’d better add a pop of color to my usual black European travel wardrobe. I love your writing “voice”. Your personality shines through.

    • Greetje
      9 October 2017 / 21:09

      Hahaha, Amsterdam is very casual. Lot of jeans and such. Today I published a post about Maastricht (in the deep south of our country). Much more elegant. Black is always good. The Italians wear it 9 out of 10 times. But a pop of colour usually adds some interest to an outfit and it is so easy to do. With a bag, a scarf, a belt, a necklace or shoes. I hope you will have a lovely time in Amsterdam. In my top navigation you will find a tab saying Amsterdam. All posts with an Amsterdam link you can find there.

  25. Monte Gene
    5 November 2017 / 05:40

    Your sister-in-law’s sister’s red checkered dress is very nice.

    • Greetje
      5 November 2017 / 17:21

      Thank you very much. I will tell her next week when I see her. I think it is rather funny… here I am slaving away to show you interesting outfits and everybody says “what a wonderful dress that red and white checkered dress”. Lesson in humbleness haha.

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