Winter styling of an autumn dress

Winter styling of an autumn dressWhen I bought this dress, it was supposed to be for autumn. Which struck me as strange. It is very lightweight and I get cold very easily. I therefore tried it on in summer (don’t you love wearing your new purchases as soon as possible? I do). It was evidently too warm. So I wore it in September and October with sheer hold-ups plus pumps and with a pair of 3/4 trousers plus sneakers (see this post from Paris). In November I got cold. And I tried my hand at what so many women do: I styled the dress for winter. Not my normal thing as I am a lucky so and so, I have a big wardrobe, with clothes for every season. 

When it was still brand new, I took the dress to my trusted tights shop (for the Dutch: Stemm Voetiek) and the owner found me these tights. She is a gem. Not in a million years would I have thought it was a match, but it is.

Update on the knee

My knee is still a spoilsport, still not OK. The pictures of this post might give you the idea everything is hunky dory but like a lot of things these days, it is fake. My GP gave me medication for another fortnight and perhaps it will be over by then. Compared to a month ago I am like a spring chicken, there is a lot of improvement. Nevertheless, when I tried to function at the office last Monday and Tuesday, my knee got swollen again and the pain returned. So back to working at home again. And I gained weight. Double bummer.

Below: I arrived wearing sneakers. This is at the church right at the back of my mother’s garden. Ron wasn’t too pleased about this very uneventful background, but my possibilities are limited. The current fashion dictates that sneakers underneath a dress is The Look. My old fashioned brain however, thinks otherwise. To me it lacks elegance, although these sneakers with this dress…. not bad really. Am I getting used to it?

Winter styling of an autumn dress

Below: The back of the dress. The outgrow of my grey hair is carefully treated with the L’Oreal Magic Colour Retouche. Wish I had discovered that stuff sooner. See the round heel of these lovely boots? These boots which I have never really worn. Yet. Apart from the 10 minutes for a previous post with my cream skirt and green top.

Sportmax dress yellow black and cream

Below: As you will have noticed by now, I am wearing a pencil skirt underneath the dress. A trick I picked up from my Italian blogger friend Daniela. All these dresses by Sportmax are either for shorter women (Italian women?) or for younger women who wear them higher. If I wear it without the skirt it looks off for some reason. This is a good solution. The very stretchy pencil skirt by Bellamy Gallery is really a bit too large for me. And there is room for hips (which I don’t have, well, not noticeable). Good thing about that is, the skirt does not ride up with wear. (This expression always reminds me of Are you being served? The British sit com avant la lettre.)

Winter styling of an autumn dress

Below: Close-up of boots and tights (no hold-ups/thigh highs this time).

Iro boots

Below: We decided to take a few pictures while walking as they usually turn out good.

Winter styling of an autumn dress

Below: OK, that’s it. KNEE. I want my sneakers.

Winter styling of an autumn dress

Looks can be so deceiving. I am longing for the days I can walk more than one street again. And even more for the days I can put my high heels on again. I am such a whiner. Apologies.


No Fear of Fashion

Linking up to Not Dead Yet Style – Patti’s Visible Monday

And also linking up with Not Dressed as Lamb – Catherine’s I will wear what I like link-up.



  1. jodie filogomo
    18 March 2018 / 17:45

    It’s hard when we are used to good health, and then things change. I read one woman say that maybe it was a sign to take it easy for awhile. I thought that was a great perspective!!!
    As for the dress in every season, I think that’s brilliant. And I absolutely love the idea of a skirt under the dress. My mom has done that before, and it’s on my list to do!!

    • Greetje
      18 March 2018 / 20:06

      I am so grateful for these thin, flexible pencil skirt by Bellamy Gallery. Exactly the right length, flexibility, tapered etc. Ideal. And taking it easy for awhile…well I have been doing that for 4 and a half weeks now. Apparently it is not enough. Or it isn’t inflammation and an operation will be the next thing. Yugh.

  2. 18 March 2018 / 18:55

    It seems Sportmax is a brand I need to try out: I am very petite and I love this dress. Somehow you have made me think that can be a brilliant match. As for your health issue: they say healthy people have many wishes and people with health issues often just one. I think we all know this saying and as soon as we do have a health issue, we suddenly realise how very true it is. I really hope you will recover soon. For more reasons than being able to wear those fantastic boots (though that is a bonus too of course). Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      18 March 2018 / 20:08

      I know the health proverb. It is so true. I have always thought it to be unfair that you do not enjoy health as much as you suffer when something is wrong with you. When you try Sportmax, try and wait for the sale or go to an outlet.. they are pricey.

  3. 18 March 2018 / 19:40

    What a bummer about your knee, it can take quite a while before that heels. Fantastic tights!

    • Greetje
      18 March 2018 / 20:11

      If I knew how long the knee would take and moreover if the diagnosis is correct, I wouldn’t really worry. Now I am in the dark and that makes me very worried. Tights are good aren’t they. If you ever are in Haarlem, you should visit that little shop. They have great stock.

  4. 18 March 2018 / 19:49

    I love the look wearing the boots, not too sure about the trainers (but then I am not a trainer person). I can sympathise about the knees though I also suffer these days with this complaint.

    • Greetje
      18 March 2018 / 20:13

      I am the same Jill, not a trainer person. Trying very hard to adjust but so far not much luck.
      As for the knee, I think it is unfair that we do not consciously enjoy our health as much as we suffer when there is something wrong with it. As soon as you are cured, you take health for granted. You have my sympathy.

  5. 18 March 2018 / 20:23

    I love the look wearing the sneakers Greetje, you’ll get used to it as well. I’m very sorry to read your knee isn’t doing quite well yet. Maybe I’ll drop by another time this week to drink a cup of tea together….

    • Greetje
      18 March 2018 / 21:00

      Tea would be lovely. A great break away from work. Which is frantic. Thursday afternoon I will be in the office. Rest of the week on my chair behind my computer.
      Me and sneakers underneath a dress…hmmm I wonder whether I will ever become a fan.

  6. Gee
    18 March 2018 / 21:18

    Proper tights eh? That’s a first! Pehaps you thought your usual legwear wouldn’t ‘hold up’ under the skirt and the dress. It all looks good, though; I like it.

    However – lecture coming up – it looks like you really will have to give up heels until that knee is better. It’s just not worth putting your health at risk even for your lovely fashion pics. Be kind to yourself and take it easy. Do as you’re told!

    • Greetje
      19 March 2018 / 10:34

      Pictures with flat shoes are coming up. But really, I don’t think it makes a blind bit of difference whether I am on heels or not. Just more painful if I keep it up for longer than 10 minutes. But actually it doesn’t really hurt at all for 20 minutes. I just liked putting that comment with that particular photo haha. Wednesday I have a call with the orthopedist. I am afraid it isn’t inflammation after all.
      I wear hold-ups because I find them more comfortable (nothing pulling in your crotch) and they are more sexy.

  7. 18 March 2018 / 21:41

    I’m sorry to hear that your knee is taking a while to get better. Aging bodies require lots of patience, especially when healing. Surrender to it. Fighting it will only make things harder.

    I do think you have the legs to pull off sneakers and a dress no problem. Long legged gals can get away with so much more.

    Love the boots and the tights and your skirt peaking out. Everything looks very chic.

    Sending healing thoughts you way.


    • Greetje
      19 March 2018 / 11:03

      No, I am beginning to think it isn’t inflammation at all. Which means operating. And a long way away from recovery. But thank you for the healing thoughts.
      As far as the legs are concerned.. hmm I think you are right that long shapely legs are a very good asset. But we all have our own assets. You have an hourglass figure with a fab waist. Which creates a very nice silhouette. One which I don’t have. We all have something good.

  8. Marilee Gramith
    18 March 2018 / 21:53

    I loved this great short dress the first time you wore it in Paris and I thought those tassled kiltie shoes were perfect with it. I still do!!! I think you wore these shoes in Paris because of the comfort they would provide and they seem to be doing that job again! Your pain free life is just too important to fret about giving up a high heel for awhile or even forever if it means good emotional well being. This outfit looks DARLING on you Greetje. Your enviable slim figure looks fabulous in ANY shoe and those great tights are also providing that sexy, sophisticated vibe.
    I have four women friends who have undergone knee surgery in the past 2 years. One of them is a fashion blogger and she has been wearing flat shoes for quite sometime. She complains about not being able to wear heels but she is toughing it out. I see that same strength in you Greetje. Be well my friend!! I hope you have that tea with Misja soon too! 🙂

    • Greetje
      19 March 2018 / 11:07

      Ah well… toughing it out… there is no alternative, so I will have to. But I will whine about it all the way. Wish I could be the person who bears it without any complaint. Flaw in my character I am afraid.
      Of course you are right. Good health and being able to walk, even on flat shoes, is much more important than high heels. I have a call with the orthopedist in a couple of days. See what we will do next.

  9. 18 March 2018 / 23:09

    Yes, Your friend is a gem indeed. These fabulous tights are the very first thing I noticed. I love the way you styled this outfit and think this color combination is perfect for you. The boots are stunning too! Well done!

    • Greetje
      19 March 2018 / 11:08

      Well… the only styling I did was the pencil skirt and the boots. The biggest styling effect is made by the tights, which was not my idea. Fortunately I can recognise a good idea when I see one haha.

  10. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    18 March 2018 / 23:26

    I love this look on you, Greete, but I’ll add my chastising to the other commenters! Start wearing more flats and baby that knee until you can wear more comfy heels!

    • Greetje
      19 March 2018 / 11:10

      Unfortunately it isn’t as easy as that. I think the diagnosis (inflammation) was wrong and I am back at square one. Wearing nothing but flat shoes for months now. But that doesn’t make it better. The Fluevog store hasn’t opened yet in The Netherlands, so I still have time haha.

  11. Mieke aangeenbrug
    19 March 2018 / 01:25

    Of course, I love the boots, but the trainers look good too. The stockings are fabulous! I am sorry about the knee, but as someone who has had 2 ACL surgeries after skiing mishaps (& I still ski-very slowly-so there!), if it comes to surgery for you, hit me up for how with getting through rehab/physical therapy.

    • Greetje
      19 March 2018 / 11:21

      It is the disappointment that it is getting more and more likely the cause is not inflammation. So instead of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, I am back where I started. But, I can whine as much as I want, it is not going to help.
      A look with sneakers is still something I am not used to.

  12. 19 March 2018 / 03:47

    I am sorry your knee is so painful. Like you, I love to walk and explore so I hope you are better very soon and back to your usual. You look very chic in black and white. Always fun to read your blog.

    • Greetje
      19 March 2018 / 11:25

      Thanks Linda. There is some yellow in the dress next to the black and white too. And camel. I am rather pleased with this styling. The knee will probably linger on for months I am afraid (I foresee an operation) but then you will have to do with flat shoes styling.

  13. 19 March 2018 / 09:00

    Loving the reference to are you being served?

    • Greetje
      19 March 2018 / 11:26

      I loved that programme Are you being served. I can still watch it even though it is really dated now.

  14. 19 March 2018 / 13:46

    Sorry about the knee, these things are so annoying when we’ve got life to live! Wonderful dress and tights, and thanks for the tip of the pencil skirt, xox


    • Greetje
      19 March 2018 / 19:19

      The tip of the pencil skirt should be shared world over haha. I like mine tapered.

  15. Karen Ball
    19 March 2018 / 17:41

    Sorry to hear about your knee, please take it easy……you will get used to the flat shoes and they can look stylish and you suit them.
    I like your dress and I loved the way you styled it with the 7/8 trousers in Paris. Last September I decided to experiment with a dress and skinny jeans, I am just under 5’7” and find lots of dresses too short ( having knees like a football player !!!) It felt odd at first a wearing a dress with trousers…..alien stuff ! Then one day I caught sight of myself in a shop mirror and thought ‘hey ho’ that looks sort of cool and different !! The way forward is to experiment and have fun with clothes – like you do and as your blog header says ” No fear of fashion” Thank you Greetje you are a continual inspiration !

    • Greetje
      19 March 2018 / 19:25

      I admit, the autumn styling of this dress with the 7/8 trousers and the sneakers is one of my favourites as well. But this winter version with the fun tights comes as a very close second. I laughed when I read you had knees like a football player, I am sure it is not as bad as that. The “alien stuff” I can relate to. Like with boots which are cut short at the ankle underneath a dress. I do it, but indeed alien stuff. I am not sure whether I want to see myself unexpectedly in the mirror. Happened to me once when I was in my twenties. At the end of a corridor in a theatre entrance, the whole wall was a mirror. I remember thinking “What a strange woman is that!” (in the sense of “weird”). Only to find out it is was my own reflection…

  16. 20 March 2018 / 02:46

    I’d much rather hear you whining about your knee than ‘accepting it as part of getting older.’ I know people that take injuries like this as a sign that they are simply slowing down with age. I’m confident that with your determination you will get that dang knee back to health! One step at a time!

    • Greetje
      20 March 2018 / 19:21

      Hopefully tomorrow I will hear from my orthopedist what the next steps are going to be. I see an operation ahead. And I am sure my knee injury has nothing to do with age.

  17. 20 March 2018 / 04:07

    This dress is a great find. You can styling for all seasons. Add pink shoes, and a pastel bag and it works for spring. Go with red and that cool red bag that you have and you are perfect for the office in summer.

    • Greetje
      20 March 2018 / 19:25

      I would wear pink shoes and a pastel bag to the office as well. As a matter of fact, I wear anything to the office. From (nearly) ball gowns to sneakers. Very relaxed atmosphere. But thanks for the styling tips. I will bear them in mind.

  18. Savage
    20 March 2018 / 22:38

    Please consider your knees and feet and consider wearing flat shoes more often. They can look cheeky and most certainly are more comfy. When did we start wearing high heels anyway?

    • Greetje
      23 March 2018 / 18:34

      I know and I am really careful. It is not so much a matter of wearing high heels less in future as I always alternate them with flat shoes (including support soles). But it is a matter of “when is this knee better again?”No idea.
      Oh and we started wearing high heels to impress men. And even now that we don’t bother with that anymore, it is so firmly stuck in our brain (at least in mine) that this looks nice, that we continue this nonsense.

  19. 22 March 2018 / 00:25

    Fabulous dress Greetje! I love it with both the flat shoes and the boots. You can wear flats or sneakers with a dress because you have long legs, but I just look dumpy! My feet cannot tolerate heels for long lately, what with the bunions and now a probable stress fracture. The nurse said an x-ray was pointless because they can’t do anything for it anyway. I’m still running though, I would go crazy otherwise! I hope your knee is soon on the mend.

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      23 March 2018 / 18:38

      Ai.. sounds you get your fair share of health problems as well. I have always found running to be rather risky for knees, but is it also risky for feet? And what is a stress fracture?
      The fact they cannot do anything for it, doesn’t mean you don’t want to get a prope diagnosis, don’t you? There might be something wrong which needs another treatment than the one you are giving it now. It pisses me off with my knee as well: I get treated but the diagnosis is “maybe it is this”. Why not make sure first?

  20. 22 March 2018 / 00:49

    I’m sorry to hear your knee is still giving you trouble. Anything that hinders our mobility is frustrating.
    I am a fan of wearing narrow skirts under dresses that are a bit too short. I think those thick soled black and white shoes (you call them sneakers) look good with the dress as the echo the black and white stripes.

    • Greetje
      23 March 2018 / 18:44

      I agree with you, it is in the white platform sole that these sneakers look good. Also because of the way the top of the shoe is shaped. Makes a huge difference with my feet. I have rather flat feet, with a low instep and they are narrow. Upside of it is that I fit all shoes and boots. Downside is (apart from the obvious financial crash because I never have to turndown any shoes because they don’t fit) that this type of foot looks very long and stupid in flat shoes. Think Olive (Popey’s wife).

  21. 26 March 2018 / 03:13

    The dress is really seasonless. It doesn’t read as autumn OR spring, which is great…you can wear it anytime you like! I love those boots but I get that sometimes our bodies don’t cooperate with the heels. I find I’m less and less able to wear heels over any period of time (unless I’m sitting). The sneakers are really cute too!

    • Greetje
      26 March 2018 / 22:29

      I prefer sneakers with trousers. With this dress they are not bad really. Just giving a sporty vibe when I am going for elegant. Time will tell whether I will ever be able to wear heels again, if not, some friend of mine is going to be very lucky.

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