Piazza Sempione trousers with a print top

Piazza Sempione trousersThis outfit caused my bankruptcy (well sort of, not really). You know, the stuff I bought in Maastricht? These Piazza Sempione trousers are part of a suit with a double breasted jacket. I haven’t figured out yet whether that was a smart move. Why buy it? you may ask. Because I am a sucker for matching gear. In my youth I could never buy really nice clothes. Matching clothes like a suit or a bag in the same colour as your shoes, were things we would dream about.

And something totally different: at the end of this post you will see me in a little video (one and a half minute), speaking Dutch but with English subtitles. A colleague from the bank where I work, interviewed me about our house and how we made it sustainable. It has been on Facebook so you might have already seen it.

We took the pictures on a Sunday with 40 minutes before the rain was going to pour down again. (This country is very green for a reason.) Which makes a very boring blog post. Neither Ron nor I were very pleased with the outcome. We are getting critical. The photos do however, show the clothes pretty well.

Below: We first did a few try-outs with my coat still on as it was very cold.

Piazza Sempione trousers

Below: Don’t think these trousers touch the ground haha. They don’t when I walk. But they do when I lean on one leg.

Piazza Sempione trousers

Below: Close-up of the trousers (told you it would be a boring post; I have to make the most of what I’ve got). The white line at the side is just as intentional as the horizontal crease 20 inches above the ground. That was specifically pointed out to me. I wonder what the dry cleaners are going to do with that.

Piazza Sempione trousers

Below: It is a perfect fit for an inverted triangle body shape like mine. It creates an A-line which is very good for my figure.

Piazza Sempione trousers

Below: Over to the close-ups. Here is the top. Brand is AR.RT, an Italian brand. I had never heard of it. It is well-made and cheerful.

Piazza Sempione trousers

Below: Want to see the sleeve? Here you go.

Piazza Sempione trousers

Below: The black ankle boots I showed you three weeks ago, were to accommodate these trousers (brand: Kendall & Kylie). I wanted high heeled boots on which I could walk for a long time (as in shopping). I thought that was impossible but they turn out to be ever so good.

Black ankle boots Kendall & Kylie


Black ankle boots Kendall & Kylie

Below: This bag was from the Design & Craft Fair in 2015. I hardly use it as it draws a lot of attention, usually too much for an outfit. The colours in this photo aren’t exactly right as the pink/orange of the top is about the same as the pink/orange in the bag. You have seen me wear the bag before with a black sweater, jeans and a scarf. The brand is Marck & Mo.

Bag Marck&Mo

Below: And that is all I have this time.

Piazza Sempione trousers

Why did I buy the suit? Because I have had a black Piazza Sempione trouser suit before and it lasted me forever. You could see the quality from miles away. Was it a sensible thing to do? Only time will tell. You will see it featured regularly though. Have to get enough mileage out of it.


Here is the promised video of our house and how we made it sustainable. I seem very calm, cool and collected in this video. That is because they’ve edited all the laughter and giggles and funny faces out of it. A shame, don’t you think  😆 ?


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  1. 26 November 2017 / 19:26

    Dear Greetje. What a fantastic outfit. I absolutely love each item of it and all the details in trousers, bag and top. Maastricht has done you well (maybe not so much your bank account, but hey, the end of the month is near…). You look super, super stylish! Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      26 November 2017 / 19:37

      Lieske, the damage is bigger. I don’t need to reach the end of this month, but the end of March or even April before I have paid back everything to my savings account. I have been really bad. I made a vow to better myself. But I am very pleased with your raving reviews. At least I succeeded in my goal to look elegant.

  2. Paula
    26 November 2017 / 21:17

    Love, love, 💕 your outfit Greetje; especially the colorful top. The ankle boots (pointy toe bit) look fabulous with the pants. You’re spot on with the handbag colors being a bit off color-wise with the top. Lovely bag though.
    It was interesting watching your video and hearing your voice. Paula

    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 17:47

      Thanks Paula. Glad you liked the outfit. Just know that I was speaking very seriously. Usually I am not that calm and collected. More with jokes, laughter and giggles every five seconds.

  3. Cynthia
    26 November 2017 / 21:25

    Amazing outfit, Greetje. Those trousers look so elegant — can’t wait to see the jacket!

    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 17:48

      The jacket will be on the blog next week. Hope it is not going to be a disappointment. The jacket is a bit “severe”.

  4. Jessica
    26 November 2017 / 21:52

    Greetje, wat ontzettend leuk om je stem te horen. Je klinkt anders dan ik had verwacht (serieuzer). En geweldige outfit!

    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 18:08

      Hi Jessica, I hope you don’t mind that I reply in English? I know it is weird as we both speak Dutch, but I have chosen for an English blog and I don’t want to give Google the impression that there are “faults” on my website.
      Now, to your comment. Thank you very much. I have to say that I hardly recogized myself when I saw and heard the result. I am really not that serious AT ALL. I giggle and laugh every five seconds. They edited that out haha. It is a serious theme for the bank.

  5. Bette
    26 November 2017 / 23:58

    Loved the video — so great to hear your voice and see you in action.

    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 18:09

      Just know Bette, that in real life I am a lot less serious. They edited all the laughs and giggles out of the video. Serious subject you know 😉.

  6. 27 November 2017 / 00:18

    You were so professional in the video! Well done.

    I like all the elegant elements in this outfit. It looks as posh and expensive as it is : )


    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 18:11

      That is so NOT me: posh and expensive. Oh, all right then… sometimes it is haha. Didn’t you think I was terribly serious in the video?

  7. 27 November 2017 / 03:06

    It’s definitely a statement outift, Greetje!! I love the pants and all of the details on them. Except I do think they should be a tad shorter. (it’s my mother’s influence really—-growing up with a home economics teacher has spoiled me for the correct fit….not that mine is always perfect, but I usually notice it! In fact, you can say the same thing about my pants in next Wednesday’s post—-I kept meaning to shorten them, but I’ve been too lazy!)
    And what a great video—you’re a pro!!!

    • mieke aangeenbrug
      27 November 2017 / 15:46

      This. just a 2-3cm hem would do it. I worry that if the trousers drag against the ground that they will fray & they are so beautiful on you!

      • Greetje
        27 November 2017 / 18:15

        I have asked the seamstress whether we could put something on the hem which is for preventing the hem from fraying. The legs are now 2 cm above the floor, but perhaps it should be more. I will ask her.

    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 18:13

      Thank you Jodie. My seamstress said it was just right: 2 cm (just under an inch) above the floor. But I am doubting it too, after seeing these photos. I will ask her again. She might even read this post. And thank you for the video compliments. You do realize I hope, that I am not that serious in real life 😂😂.

  8. 27 November 2017 / 03:39

    I think the wide leg pants look fabulous on you! You have the right shape for these. And I loved the video and hearing you speak Dutch. After the kitchen’s done, our next big project is to replace the roof and add solar panels.

    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 18:17

      Our solar panels are old. They are from 1996. The newer ones give much more effect. We might have to replace these. You know, as you have heard me speak, that I am not as serious in real life as I sound in this video, don’t you 😉.
      Glad you liked my trousers.

  9. 27 November 2017 / 05:22

    Those trousers….and the fact that they are part of a suit…..well, I’d have been tempted too, except that I am 5’2″ tall and can’t wear those gorgeous long and flowing trousers. You look very elegant and I think the pieces are worth every Euro!

    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 18:20

      Thank you. You made me feel a lot better about my excessive spending haha.But I will control it in future. We all have to dress according to the pros and cons of our body shape. What always gets me, is a boxy long jacket (boyfriend jacket) that is looking so cute on a petite woman and it makes me look like a man.

  10. Marilee Gramith
    27 November 2017 / 05:27

    Well, the video was such a treat!!! I loved hearing your voice and watching the way you moved around your home going about your business ! You really seemed very calm, cool and collected. I do wish they’d left in a giggle or two. Because I know that you enjoy laughter, I know that the video didn’t capture the full, fun Greetje!
    Your outfit definitely has a certain “couture” edge to it and fits you beautifully. The drape of the pant and subtle interesting details are evident here! I see that you’re not even wearing a necklace… just letting those expensive design features do the shining!
    Elegance achieved Greetje!

    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 18:22

      Yes I thought a necklace would really spoil it (is that me saying that? 😂😂). Glad you like the outfit.
      And I wished they had left some giggles and laughter in the video too. I was amazed when I saw the result. “Is that calm, serious person really me?”

  11. 27 November 2017 / 07:11

    OH…I so enjoyed watching the video Greetje. It’s so interesting to learn that your home is energy efficient to the point that you can give back to your utilities company. The front exterior looks so posh too!

    I just read that pleated trousers are making a comeback and yours are killer! SO, SO sophisticated! And of course you wear them beautifully. This silhouette really does flatter you!

    The only thing that gives me pause is the horizontal pleat in the trousers. I don’t dislike it…but as somehow who sews a lot, my mind is naturally inclined to think it’s unintentional and should be ironed out. I just need to change my ingrained thought. Can’t wait to hear what the dry cleaner thinks. 🙂

    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 18:24

      I bet you the crease will be totally gone after the dry cleaner. Don’t you think? And they might be just a tad too long. Don’t know yet. They are 2 cm above the floor, but when I look at the photos I am hesitating.
      The video: as you know I am not half that serious as in the video haha.

  12. 27 November 2017 / 08:46

    As I already told you, I love the video and how you come across in it. Perfect for the goal of the video! The outfit…not 100% sure. I think the trousers are a bit too long. Not much, but a bit…. But maybe its different in person and when you walk.
    I guess I simply prefer skinnies on you.
    The details on the booties are nice and that they are comfortable is fantastic.
    The bag is not loud at all!

    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 18:26

      The bag isn’t loud, but draws quite a bit of attention. And I usually wear something which also draws attention. As for the length, you might be right. I am contemplating. Will ask my seamstress.

  13. 27 November 2017 / 09:03

    I think those chique trousers look fantastic on you! And the colors of the blouse are beautiful! Would love to see the hole suit!

    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 18:28

      You will see the whole suit next week but I am not sure whether you will like it. The jacket is quite severe. I am not that sure myself. You can be honest in your comment next week. If you don’t like it, just tell me. I know you mean well and I won’t be offended.

  14. 27 November 2017 / 14:51

    The suit is very smart. Enjoyed the video.

    • Greetje
      27 November 2017 / 18:28

      That is a short but sweet comment. Thank you very much.

  15. 27 November 2017 / 23:24

    Love it all! You always look so put together. Great job with the video!

    • Greetje
      28 November 2017 / 06:19

      Haha, thanks Sherry. You know as well as I do, that looking put together, takes time and effort. And nobody looks like that all the time. For a blogpost you do your utmost.

  16. Babette
    28 November 2017 / 11:00

    Greetje, I admire your style so much. This, however, is my favorite outfit on you. You look stunning. The lines/structure are perfect. Looking forward to seeing how you style your new pants and jacket in the months ahead.

    • Greetje
      29 November 2017 / 07:45

      Actually, I don’t know whether I have a style. I always think my style is all over the place haha. But thank you very much for the compliments. Perhaps it wasn’t money wasted after all. Next week I will show you the whole suit. Not that sure about it anymore either. Didn’t get many compliments at the office so I fear the “worst”. And please be honest and say what you think. I can handle the truth very well. 😎

  17. 29 November 2017 / 22:08

    I love that video of you! I’ve watched it about 10 times, and I’ve forwarded it to several people as well. It is funny to see you so serious, when I know what a joker you are in real life… always with a smile and a giggle and a funny story.

    To the trousers, I’m sorry, but those are a fabulous investment. I love them and I love the shape on you. I can’t wait to see them with a jacket. I’m imagining a jacket, a KILLER statement necklace, and those trousers. Love. I know they cost a lot, but they look it, quite honestly. They remind me of the Madonna Express Yourself video where she wears those wide legged trousers (which I love). xxx

    • Greetje
      30 November 2017 / 06:40

      I started reading “To the trousers, I am sorry….”. that gave my heart a little thump haha. I thought, if Lisa disapproves of them, they are bad. Fortunately the opposite was true. I am less sure about the jacket. You will see it next week. Be honest please. I am expressing my doubts in the post.
      And I am very flattered that you watched my little video so many times. Even more than once is quite something haha. Indeed, the Greetje in the video is far more serious than in real life.

  18. 30 November 2017 / 17:44

    BEAUTIFUL…………you look older in this video than you do in PHOTOS!!!!!
    DON’t take that a BAD WAY!
    YOU did a GREAT JOB.
    Not use to seeing YOU so SERIOUS!!!!!!!
    I MUST VISIT!!!!!!!

    • Greetje
      30 November 2017 / 18:11

      I am not used to seeing myself so serious either 😊. That was the first thing I thought when I saw the video.
      You see my wrinkles more in the video than on the photos. I don’t photoshop the photos but I can make a selection showing the less wrinkly ones haha. Thanks for the compliments and I will await your visit 👍.

  19. 1 December 2017 / 23:15

    Whoa, I LOVE this outfit Greetje! The well cut trousers are sensational, and the blouse with the sleeve treatment is very pretty. You can imagine I am crazy about that bag, too !
    I will watch the video soon, right now everyone in my house is asleep and I want to watch it with the sound – high-since I am hearing impaired…
    excellent outfit!

    • Greetje
      2 December 2017 / 10:52

      Thank you so much Elle. When I saw the trousers in the shop window I had the idea they would suit my inverted triangle body shape and the do! Hope you will like the video. I am far more serious in it than I am in real life 😊.

  20. Gayle
    3 December 2017 / 21:32

    You’re outfit is wonderful as usual. I am inspired by your style.

    Thank you for sharing your video. It adds so much to hear the voice behind the blogging. I hope next time I hear the giggles.

    • Greetje
      4 December 2017 / 21:00

      It is very nice for me to read you were inspired by my outfit. Like I was inspired by the style of the women in Maastricht. So much more elegant than in Amsterdam where it is all jeans. On my Instagram account you will find three videos I did with giggles. Short ones. It might take you a bit to find them, but there are not a lot of videos on it. My Instagram name is no_fear_of_fashion

  21. 3 December 2017 / 23:48

    You are so professional and articulate in the video, and I think that is so admirable that you have created such a sustainable home.

    I’m a fan of wide-leg trousers, although I tend to wear mine either cropped or somewhat shorter than yours as I usually don’t wear heels. I wish I could, because I really like the heeled ankle boots that you find. Like Sue (A Colourful Canvas), I find the horizontal fold in the trousers to be a bit distracting, and I wonder how easy that will be to maintain when they’re cleaned?

    • Greetje
      4 December 2017 / 21:04

      I bet that horizontal crease will disappear with the first dry cleaning job. No problem, I like them without the crease as well. And I am not really the driving force behind our sustainable house; it is my husband who comes up with all these measurements and I just follow. i am a very docile woman (haha.. not). The high heels… yep, I am lucky being able to still wear them.

  22. Sue
    4 December 2017 / 17:34

    I love those pants they are so much like a skirt but have the advantage of being pants. But this whole outfit is so amazing. I love the colors in the top (cute sleeves, flattering neckline) and the purse is beautiful and goes so well with this outfit. The booties are cute too. But you always look fantastic. I love the top, jeans and boots you wear in the video. You inspire me to try to look better. Thank you. I love your blog.

    • Greetje
      4 December 2017 / 20:42

      Oh you are so sweet. Thank you so much for these compliments. It is not that I just try to look better, I am a mental case, an addict. And I am quite serious about it. I have had a long hard talk with myself and I have to get a grip on my spendings. The fall stuff which I bought, cost me a lot, so much that I have to stay out of any shop for a long long time, like months, maybe even half a year. Until I have paid back the money I took out of my saving account. That is bad and insane. Fortunately I still have a lot in the wardrobe haha.

  23. Sue
    4 December 2017 / 17:36

    I just need to add that I love your hair too. I had my hair cut similar to that a while back and every time I see your pictures I think “I should go back to that flattering style.”

    • Greetje
      4 December 2017 / 20:13

      Actually, I am letting it grow two inches or so longer. Like a bridge between my head and my shoulders. I have rather a long neck. But thanks for the compliment.

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