Orange leather skirt in winter

In fall you were all very enthousiastic about this orange leather skirt worn with peeptoe shoes. It is not difficult to combine it with winter clothes. Just throw on a black sweater, black tights and black boots or shoes and Bob’s your uncle. I did that at Christmas, but it was a bit too easy. Together with friend and neighbour Anja (Curly Traveller), we came up with this outfit. 

Just in time. As Saturday morning there was no outfit chosen, no photos shot and no blogpost made. Which is unusually late for me. I like to go over a post at least three times on different dates to edit the text. Which requires me to have a post ready ultimately on the Wednesday before publishing it on Sunday. Luckily husband Ron had found a spot with a lot of interesting graffiti, which would make a nice background. Knowing the background, I opted for an outfit with no prints as there would be many patterns behind me. After all, it is not very likely that a graffiti artist would spray paint a wall in a solid colour, right? He or she would be a house painter.

Below: I looks as if this wall was screaming Aghh when I approached. Which according to the Urban dictionary is “the sound one makes when they see or hear something disgusting or scary”.

Orange coat

Below: But it said something different. Don’t know what exactly, as of course during the shoot I was too preoccupied to pay any attention. This orange coat made its premiere on the blog two years ago. It looked better in that post as it is just a little too short for this longer skirt. As my bosom has to fit in it as well, the front of the coat rises more than the back. Should have looked in the mirror before leaving the house instead of just grabbing this coat.

Orange coat

Below: The graffiti was fun. There were stacks of containers on an industrial site and all of them were spray painted. Even the ones high up. There were artist spraying as we arrived. Ron asked them but they didn’t want to feature in our photos haha. I thought as much when Ron suggested that. “You’d better ask them first…”

Orange coat

Below: Very colourful.

Orange coat

Below: Ahh.. yes. Applies to many things.

Below: On one side of a big building, the whole wall was covered with the work of many graffiti artists.

Below: Nice one.

Below: Graffiti is not really “my thing”, but I can appreciate some of it. Not everything, but then again, not every painting in a museum is my taste either.

The site was pretty crowded (90% youngsters), considering it was a Saturday afternoon in the middle of an industrial area. Graffiti has its own fans.

Orange leather skirt

Below: The background is so colourful, you hardly see me walking past.

Orange leather skirt

Below: More graffiti.

Orange leather skirt

Below: Here is another photo where I almost fade into the background haha. And I should have kept my tummy in. Can you do that? I am forever trying to sit, stand and walk straight and keep my tummy in. I succeeded quite nicely for 6 weeks… well, succeeded.. there were a lot of moments I remembered to do so. But my brain has moved on to other things again. How do you do that? I know there are women who succeed in this. It makes such a huge difference in how you look.

Orange leather skirt

Below: Necklace: bought at an “antique” market, cost next to nothing. Bracelet: bought from a local designer at the beach in Spain, also very inexpensive.

green necklace and bracelet

Below: And the details of the rest of the outfit. Sweater, bought at YDU, seen before in the post of Susan and me in Paris. Orange leather skirt. Brown boots, seen before with cream pleated skirt, with cream A-line skirt and here with a black pencil skirt. The belt is ancient, last worn with a cream pencil skirt and brown top. The bag is Longchamps from years ago.

Orange leather skirt

That was it for today. Not much to laugh about, but at least I am wearing a skirt for a change.


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  1. Moya Ingold
    14 January 2018 / 18:02

    What a lovely outfit Greetje. The zip at the back of the skirt lifts it out of the ordinary, not that an orange leather skirt could ever be ordinary! The belt works really well with it.

    • Greetje
      14 January 2018 / 19:04

      The belt also helps to hide my tummy a bit. The problem with leather is, it moulds itself to your shape. And if that shape is a tummy…. Which makes me think about outfit combinations with big, long sweaters for this skirt 😉.

      • Moya Ingold
        15 January 2018 / 20:16

        The outfit is not for the fainthearted, people will look but they are much more likely to notice your smile and confidence than your tummy! Stride with pride as my daughter would say.

        • Greetje
          15 January 2018 / 21:24

          Stride with pride… that is a good one. I remember that. 80% is attitude indeed.

  2. elizaduckie
    14 January 2018 / 19:46

    Dynamite fit and color on you—both the skirt and the coat. Pure wow!

    • Greetje
      14 January 2018 / 20:24

      Gosh Eliza, I didn’t expect such high praise for this outfit. I am chuffed.

  3. 14 January 2018 / 21:01

    Hi Greetje. I remember the skirt from a previous post and do remember I liked it a lot at the time. I still do. You rock in it. I love the back of it, the colour and the way you have combined it with the more “quiet” colour green. The combination with the graffiti background is awesome. You and Ron know what you are doing! Have a great week. Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      14 January 2018 / 22:04

      I will tell Ron haha. As for creating outfits, it is still hit and miss with the occasional “I got it right”. And with a lot of help from my friends.

  4. Karen Ball
    14 January 2018 / 21:29

    You are such an ‘ edgy ‘ dresser ….love your style and you really inspire me to try and be brave with clothes ….you always look fabulous and everything seems to work together in your outfits x

    • Greetje
      14 January 2018 / 22:07

      Oh you haven’t seen all the outfit trials haha. Lots of trials before I hit a good outfit. But thank you for your sweet comment.

  5. 14 January 2018 / 21:43

    I love the graffiti Greetje! POP!
    I agree black is a way too easy option & the green (would you call it khaki?) Is much better. Although the skirt is definitely the star of this show, great styling x

    • Greetje
      14 January 2018 / 22:11

      I am still not that sure about this outfit. But I am not an expert. And Ron doesn’t like the sweater. In the absence of money I had to combine what I already have. Something you will applaud no doubt haha. And yes I would call it green (a bit grey green).

  6. 14 January 2018 / 21:43

    P.S Have you gone slightly darker with your hair?

    • Greetje
      14 January 2018 / 22:12

      No not really. Blond as always. Probably the foggy light.

  7. LisaP
    14 January 2018 / 21:49

    I agree–this outfit is a winner! Love your posts!

    • Greetje
      14 January 2018 / 22:13

      Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. And comment so nicely! 😉😘

  8. Laura
    14 January 2018 / 22:07

    WOW.Sexy in leather Greetje, loving it.

    • Greetje
      14 January 2018 / 22:13

      Leather and form fitting… does it every time 😊😇.

  9. 14 January 2018 / 22:21

    Looks like your weather is quite nice there.

    The location Ron found is fantastic! Your colour blocked outfit fits in perfectly.

    In the future they will have an app for our brains that will automatically suck in our bellies while straightening out our backs and pushing back our shoulders and “popping” our booties. Sadly I won’t live long enough to have it work for me. I just concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other.

    That orange coat is a winner. No one noticed the difference in the length till you pointed it out.


    • Greetje
      15 January 2018 / 06:51

      I know I shouldn’t point it out (the orange coat), it is the honest streak in my character.
      If you don’t live long enough to experience the tummy sucking, walking straight app, neither will I then. Had to laugh over your “I just concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other”. Funny!
      And yes, the weather here is cold and grey, but not too much rain or wind and no snow. Around 5 degrees C.

  10. Marilee Gramith
    14 January 2018 / 22:47

    Got to agree with Suzanne on the coat and skirt lengths. They’re just not a big issue. Goodness sakes Greetje! The fact that you have an orange coat that coordinates so nicely with your outfit is already too cool!!
    I love this new location that Ron found. Talk about coordination! You would never clash with these wonderful murals! He needs a pat on the back for finding such a fun backdrop.
    Your outfit is really great Greetje! Orange is a color that speaks of fashion courage! I think it takes self confidence to wear it. Would your big orange sweater work with the skirt for a monochromatic look? I think your eye shirt and dotted tights would work too and the dots would be cool with that great belt. Another thought occurs to me in replicating our Scottish friend Samantha and combining this skirt with your cobalt blue blazer!!( She often combines blue and orange) Is the green top you’re wearing made of a velvet fabric? It looks so soft. The orange and green give a toasty warm vibe that I love.
    How is your mom doing Greetje? It was just before the holiday that you talked about her slow recovery fro surgery… I hope that she is continuing her steady progress!

    • Greetje
      15 January 2018 / 06:57

      I do try and buy colourful coats to spice up the grey winters. Your suggestion of the orange sweater with the skirt is a great one. Never thought about that. I will try it. Dotted tights is something I tried with the eyes shirt and that worked out beautifully. Could work with this belt as well (now that I am over the idea that black and brown cannot go together).
      The top is indeed of a velvety fabric. Not really velvet, but it feels soft like it.
      Mum is stil in pain every day. She can function quite well and her face looks normal but she has to take pain killers every day. You cannot tell when this will be over, poor thing.

  11. 14 January 2018 / 23:09

    That skirt is one of those pieces that really makes a statement, and is absolutely lovely!!
    It’s harder to wear skirts in the cold weather, but I’m trying hard too…..

    • Greetje
      15 January 2018 / 07:00

      I find trousers easier to style, especially when it comes to shoes. As pumps often make a dress or skirt outfit look old fashioned. Well, most of my pumps do. And I am not big on booties with skirts. Trying though.

  12. 15 January 2018 / 08:29

    My dear Greetje, your skirt is simply wonderful! I love the color and I love the basic pencil skirt design, but with the aesthetic daring of the rear zipper so spectacular. Although military green is not my favorite color, I think it is well combined with the orange of the rest of the look, it is a beautiful combination. The coat is beautiful and very elegant, as well as the scarf that surrounds your neck. Boots, purse, belt … all combined with wonder, to obtain an outfit that is, in my particular way of seeing, a beautiful and delicate proposal. Greetje and her orange skirt … is elegance and attractive!

    • Greetje
      15 January 2018 / 21:11

      Josep-Maria, coming from you that is a big compliment. I know you will tell me the cold, hard truth as well if you disagree. Remember the black trousers, tied just under the knee? You didn’t like them at all. And I remember you thought a particular outfit looked medieval haha. I like it when you speak your mind. The comments can make me look at something in another way. And when you do compliment me, I know it is sincere. You also keep me on the path of dresses and skirts, which I should never forget.

  13. 15 January 2018 / 09:34

    I love orange. The coat is my favourite bit of the outfit

    • Greetje
      15 January 2018 / 21:12

      That coat brings some sunshine into these grey days, right? Orange is one of my favourite colours as well, but I have many favourites: green, red, fuchsia, yellow…

  14. 15 January 2018 / 09:46

    Love this vivid skirt of yours…the coat too. I think the wide belt gives the outfit a cool vibe.
    What an amazing location for your photoshoot. Ron did good!

    • Greetje
      15 January 2018 / 21:14

      I have no idea where Ron spends his days that he discovers these spots haha. Probably just googled it, or found it in an article. I don’t see him wandering around half deserted industrial sites for fun. You are right, he is good in finding these places. The belt as an addition was my idea (very proud of that).

    • Greetje
      15 January 2018 / 21:15

      It is Nancy. Just have to make sure the leather doesn’t sculpt its way around my tummy, leaving a permanent bulge at the front haha.

  15. 15 January 2018 / 15:28

    I’m enjoying these “shop your wardrobe” type posts where you’re reworking your existing pieces. I’m trying it myself right now- think lots of us are in similar financial straits right now and having to work with what we have. Besides, I’ve always found I can be more creative within some kind of a constraint! And am baffled by the coat length concern- you look smashing to me!

    • Greetje
      15 January 2018 / 21:18

      I totally agree with you on the fact you can be more creative within some kind of constraint. It pushes the boundries more. But as I am not a natural stylist, I do struggle. A stylist KNOWS proportions and KNOWS what works with what. I have to do that by trial and a lot of error. Plus, putting back all that stuff which I took out of my closets… aahhh. Nevertheless it is a fun challenge and you will see more of it the coming months.
      I am glad you said that about the coat. I was getting doubtful about it.

  16. 15 January 2018 / 19:10

    Great outfit, and great location too! I love orange, and the skirt is just divine. So is the coat in spite of its issues. So, I’m not the only one to go over and edit a post at least three times … What a relief 😉 And I’m also slightly panicking if I leave it too late … xxx

    • Greetje
      15 January 2018 / 21:20

      I think good writing is also good editing. Leaving things out is a big part of a good story. Which is indeed why I slightly panick when I cannot do that. When I am committed to something (and I am to my blog) I want to give it my all.

  17. 16 January 2018 / 10:35

    Wow – you look glorious in orange, I love the photos and that coat is heavenly even if you are concerned about tiny fit issues, it looks amazing. I am so jealous – I look dreadful in orange, really grim and yet it is a colour I like, same with yellow – I have no hope of ever looking good in that either. So I am happy to admire and enjoy these colours on people who can really rock them. The nearest thing I can wear that does suit is bright pink and I have a coat in my wardrobe (tiniest bit snug still) in that colour waiting for me

    • Greetje
      16 January 2018 / 21:59

      You know the solution to that “problem” don’t you? Just use the colours you like but don’t suit you, in stuff that doesn’t reach your face. Like skirts or a bag or shoes. Or put a scarf with the right colours between your face and “the wrong colour”. That is usually my solution with black.

  18. 16 January 2018 / 11:51

    The orange and dark green look fabulous together. I love your coat too. I wish I could find some cool graffiti walls for blog photos – I would have to go to Manchester for that…maybe I can persuade my husband to have a day out shopping (who am I kidding?!).

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      16 January 2018 / 22:01

      Hahaha.. there might be more graffiti in your town (village?) than you know. Ask one of the kids friends. And thanks for the nice things you said.

  19. 16 January 2018 / 12:40

    I love the orange skirt! I also love the coat and that lovely orange print scarf. You wear this colour so very well, but I suppose being Dutch, you don’t have much of a choice in the matter, do you? I would never in approximately one million trillion years have thought to pair the orange with a dark green like you did, but it is such a great combination. You really chose the perfect outfit for your amazing graffiti walls! xx

    • Greetje
      16 January 2018 / 22:04

      Actually, I started with the sweater and took out all the skirts I thought might work. I chose a cream skirt to begin with, but Anja went straight for the orange skirt when whe joined me for the “styling session”. As red and green are complementary colours, I figured orange would work too. After all, orange is a sort of red.

  20. Katrien
    16 January 2018 / 14:29

    Love your outfit, super ‘stoer’ and It maches the location perfect.

    • Greetje
      16 January 2018 / 22:05

      Thank you my dear. I am very pleased with your view on my outfit.

  21. 16 January 2018 / 23:20

    Orange is my favorite color and you are rocking two pieces here that are Fantastic on You. Enjoy. . .

    • Greetje
      17 January 2018 / 14:34

      Orange is one of my favourite colours too, but I have a lot of favourites: red, fuchsia, green, yellow.. and orange. Thank you for your lovely compliments.

  22. 17 January 2018 / 19:37

    What a perfect and vivid outfit for the graffiti background. I love the orange leather skirt, especially with the back zipper detail. I also love the added textures from the belt. It’s a beautiful focal point.
    Perfect color combination and I actually love the orange coat with this. The length does not bother me at all.

    • Greetje
      18 January 2018 / 07:53

      Thanks Elle. Had to do this post in a hurry as I had a friend staying with me. Lots of lovely time spent with her. No time for virtual things.

  23. 18 January 2018 / 05:38

    Va va voom outfit! The orange and green work really well together and you blend in nicely with all the colorful artwork!

    • Greetje
      18 January 2018 / 19:53

      Thanks Sylvia!! I was rather pleased with result of the joined effort of Anja and me. But I was still not too sure about it. Strangely contradicting but that sometimes happens.

  24. 18 January 2018 / 22:02

    I didn’t notice the different lengths of the coat and skirt either until you mentioned it. The skirt is a real statement piece, especially with the full back zip. Have you tried wearing it under a more loose fitting long sweater or tunic?

    I really enjoy bold and colourful street art like this. It makes a visually interesting background for a shoot, even though occasionally the model can get lost in the background!

    • Greetje
      19 January 2018 / 07:26

      I don’t mind getting lost in the background as long as my readers have fun with the post 😎. I have tried a more loose fitting long sweater (at Christmas visiting my mum) but not to the full extend. I am definitely going to try some more. No tummy worries then.

  25. Marjolein Bruens
    25 January 2018 / 15:59

    Have missed this one, but what a great looking skirt this is and the colour , zipper , sexy lady!
    These are the higher than enkle and lower than knee boots i was talking about earlier (last year)
    Extactly the hight i was looking for. I knew you had them.

    • Greetje
      26 January 2018 / 06:56

      I searched for this kind of ankle boot myself for a long time. And after I bought these I have seen ones that are even nicer than these, with a higher heel. My colleague had them on. Only they were really expensive (like over € 400), so that was out of the question.

  26. 4 February 2018 / 20:08

    This skirt is awesome – the back zipper is so flirty and fun. And your location is amazing. I am a huge fan of graffiti but find that it takes over a whole photo too. Sometimes that’s what I want, but not always. Ron has captured some great shots of you even with these backdrops.

    I don’t usually see people painting graffiti – it just seems to appear overnight, like elves have come on a secret project. It’s great that you could actually see these artists at work.

    • Greetje
      5 February 2018 / 06:00

      The area is now a dedicated area for street artists. My niece (who works one street away from it) told me, that when you take photos, somebody will come up to you and demand money as in copyright. The world upside down. I know that every creative work is owned by the creator and you have to have written consentment to use it. But anything I can see from the street, is free. Well, at least I wasn’t stopped.

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