Cream dress by Sportmax

Cream dress by SportmaxStill on flat shoes. As this cream dress by Sportmax is too short (always was a “problem”) I added trousers. I don’t mind flat boots with trousers.

My friend Misja (MisjaB) came over for a cup of coffee/tea in my lonely hours at home and I asked her very kindly whether she would take a few outfit shots for today’s post. She agreed and we took these in the street behind my house. It was done in a couple of minutes but when you have a professional photographer like Misja, all shots are good.

Not much variety of course, as my options to create a post showing different areas or different backgrounds are limited. It will have to do dear readers. Until the knee is better.

Below: Here is the dress in a previous post, with heels, although not that high. Same trousers, no top and different bag. Original post where I struggled to wear it like a dress (and failed) here.

Cream dress by Sportmax

Anyway.. back to today and the flat boots.

Below: Nice head to toe shot. The bag (Ellen Verbeek, Dutch designer) is nearly the same colour as the boots and I heard that matching your bag with your footwear is popular again. YAY.

Cream dress by Sportmax

Below: The walking “pose”. The green/teal trousers (Marlene Birger) are matched by a top in nearly the same colour by Bellamy Gallery. I like this as the V-neck of the dress is quite deep and so are the wrinkles in my neck. The scarf neckline of the dress doesn’t always cover these wrinkles so a top is lovely.

Cream dress by Sportmax

Below: See what I mean? Any necklace is wrong as it would fight for attention with the shawl part. And a bit of colour near my face is much appreciated.

Cream dress by Sportmax

Below: Wearing my peridot (=green) earrings to add some more colour. And of course bright red lipstick.

Green peridote earrings

Below: Perfect bokeh shot. That Misja knows her trade.

Cream dress by Sportmax

Below: Ah.. nearly spring that day. We’re slowly getting there.

Cream dress by Sportmax

Below: Last week I wore these boots as well. This time I polished them  😆 . Just have to ask the cobbler to redo the black of the sole rim. The riding “buckle/strap” is detachable.

Tan riding boot

Below: These are mushrooms turned to stone. Nature has so much beauty.

Cream dress by Sportmax

Below: And back home for coffee (me) and tea (Misja). The bike is our neighbours.

Cream dress by Sportmax

That’s all folks. Next week’s post is a bit more lively.


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  1. 8 April 2018 / 17:47

    That’s a really cute look, though! I love the dress-over-pants and the boots are great. You look stylish and comfortable.

    • Greetje
      8 April 2018 / 18:33

      Just proves how deceiving looks can be. I was anything but comfortable haha.

  2. Karen
    8 April 2018 / 18:06

    Hi Greetje, I like that dress & trouser look very much, it suits you and the top underneath is a useful layer without the bulk. I’ve never heard about the matching bag and shoes coming in again ? Agree its not a bad thing as sometimes there are other colours/patterns going on when we wear an outfit without your bag and footwear having their own personal fight ha ha !! I am so looking forward to spring too, worked out we have had a 5 month winter this year.

    • Greetje
      8 April 2018 / 18:39

      The tops by Bellamy Gallery are great. Smooth, not too hot, not too cold, with longer sleeves, 3/4 sleeves etc. Perfect for underneath a dress or shirt. And their pencil skirts are equally good, both for wearing as a skirt, or for wearing underneath a dress which is a little too short. This dress is way too short.
      Temperatures in The Netherlands are high this weekend: 18-21 C or 64 to 70F. So nice.

      • Karen
        9 April 2018 / 11:28

        Wish we had Bellamy in the UK, though guess I could probably find similar if I hunted about. Enjoy the spring weather, hope it reaches the North East of England soon !!!

  3. Lise
    8 April 2018 / 19:43

    I really like this dress as a top. You look very stylish! I also read that matching bags and shoes are going to be in style again. Those stone mushrooms are fascinating. Thanks for sharing. Lise

    • Greetje
      9 April 2018 / 07:29

      I had no idea that mushrooms could turn into stone. But I am not much of a nature child 😂. Perhaps it isn’t stone and just feels like it. Couldn’t find any information about it. And thank you for the compliments. Much appreciated.

  4. Marianne
    8 April 2018 / 20:01

    That does please me to hear matching bags and shoes are “in again” Greetje. I’m a little like Annette – from ladyofstyle, I cannot cope with too many colours going on. Three is the maximum for me.
    I love the colour of your matching bag and confer?, tan?, boots, that finish your outfit perfectly.

    • Greetje
      9 April 2018 / 07:34

      I like matching bag and shoes as well. When I grew up, it was a real sighn of wealth and class. The finishing touch. That idea never left my brain, although nowadays I can use a different colour bag as an accent

  5. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    9 April 2018 / 02:20

    I adore this lovely cream tunic/dress on you, Greetje! What a great outfit -I would wear every single piece, as is. The boots are fabulous. Ha, I’ve never stopped matching – I guess now fashion is catching up to us!

    • Greetje
      9 April 2018 / 07:36

      After a long time, I got used to wearing a bag that was not necessarily the same colour as my shoes. And it gives lovely opportunities. But in my heart I still love a matching set.

  6. Marilee Gramith
    9 April 2018 / 04:29

    That white tunic/ dress is such a stunner. The neckline gives it a very classy, high fashion look. I think you added a nice touch by putting another top beneath to fill up the neckline a bit. I also like the way you’ve shown us dressy and casual versions of your stylung with this dress. It REALLY suits you Greetje! Misja photographs you beautifully and I love the mushroom shot!! 🙂
    I know you are trying to avoid to much “knee talk” but I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to know if you’re making any progress at all…? Has the pain subsided some at least?

    • Greetje
      9 April 2018 / 07:41

      The classy look is what drew me to this dress. I still find it a pity I cannot wear it as a dress, but it is really too short. The knee? No, no progress. I have a whole series of appointments lined up, and am desperate to find out what is wrong with the knee. There are days when I think I am getting there, only to be disappointed the next day when knives seem to cut through my knee. Still confident I will heal.

  7. 9 April 2018 / 08:13

    I love this mini dress, I love the color and the originality of the design. The color of your boots and your bag is beautiful, the combination with the dress is very elegant and beautiful.

    • Greetje
      9 April 2018 / 16:59

      Thank you Josep-Maria, but you do know about my love with high heels, don’t you? I am so longing for them.

  8. 9 April 2018 / 16:17

    I think you meant to write folks ; P instead of fooks which sounds very Dutch indeed.

    You look very happy here and your friend took some wonderful photos. The outfit is casual chic.

    Hope the knee heals. It seems as we get older things don’t heal as quickly as they once did.


    • Greetje
      9 April 2018 / 16:58

      OH you are so right. I immediately changed it into folks. The pronunciation in Dutch of a double “o” is like your single “o”.
      Actually, I have a body which heals extremely quickly which was very fortunate with all the plastic surgery I had haha. The damned knee isn’t age and it isn’t the process of healing. I think it is the fact the diagnosis is wrong. I have a whole lot of appointments lined up, including a second opinion. What is it that is causing me this pain?

  9. 10 April 2018 / 19:35

    Indeed every photo is very good. I adore your cream tunic and how you styled it with the denim! Your boots are beautiful and sort of a classic riding style. I wish I could wear fllat boots, or flats in general, but my back feels better when I wear a little bit of a heel. I’m glad it’s warming up a bit there. I hope your knee is better, I am taking a supplement called quercetin wiht bromelain, and also super bio curcumin… all good for inflammation of any kind.

    • Greetje
      11 April 2018 / 17:37

      I am not wearing denim darling Elle. Just teal/green haha. And no the knee is not better yet. I have all sorts of appointments with various doctors. We will see.

  10. 11 April 2018 / 11:19

    I think this is a fabulous outfit Greetje! What a bummer that your knee is still so bad. My husband wants to know if your pain concentrates in the inner part of your knee. If yes, then perhaps he can give you some tips of what helped him. He’s been struggling with his knees quite a bit but now is playing tennis again. Wishing you strength and a speedy recovery!

    • Greetje
      11 April 2018 / 17:43

      Give me tips in an email. But the pain is not inside my knee. It is on the outside of my inner leg. Does that make sense? (Aan de rechterkant van mijn linkerknie.) What bugs me most is that I am not 100% sure it is bursitis/inflammation. It probably is, but it could also be a splinter. And I refuse to wait half a year only to find out it isn’t bursitis after all. If I definitely know it is that, then I can live with it. Now I am really restless and rather angry. I have a whole lot of specialist appointments and second opinions lined up. As I need to be in the driver’s seat and not be at the whim of my orthopeed.
      As for the outfit, I still prefer it with the leopard pumps, but you gathered that haha.

  11. 11 April 2018 / 13:08

    lovely outfit, comfy and cool, and pretty elegant too. I think that your flat boots are a fab piece and they look perfect with your dress and pants, really perfect!, the proportions work nicely!
    Get well soon!

    • Greetje
      11 April 2018 / 17:44

      You are certainly right with the proportions. That is always a difficult area for me. But when you see the post where I was trying to wear this dress as a dress, you can clearly see the proportions were off.

  12. 15 April 2018 / 20:50

    I would consider that more of a tunic top than a dress, and that it is meant to be layered over a longer skirt, pants, etc. The neckline is very attractive, and I think it looks lovely with the jeans and flat boots (I know you can’t wait to be back in your heels again!).

    • Greetje
      15 April 2018 / 20:54

      Imagine… I did buy it as a dress, fully prepared to wear it like that haha. You are right, it is more a tunic. Since three days my knee is getting a little better. Too soon to cry Eureka but I am very optimistic.

  13. 16 April 2018 / 18:43

    I really should check out dresses by Sportmax. You keep talking about them being too short, which would be just perfect for petite me. On top of that, they look ever so comfortable and stylish. Isn’t that scarf detail just great? No need for a necklace at all (very practical when teaching). Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      29 April 2018 / 09:51

      I do feel the need to warn you Lieke. Sportmax is really expensive. Around € 495 for a dress. If you are near a Max Mara outlet, I would recommend you visit them. I only know two of them, one in Milan and one in Torino (Turin). You can pich up lovely items for 1/3 of the price.

  14. 26 April 2018 / 22:51

    YOU make me SMILE!
    I found you in my SPAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Greetje
      29 April 2018 / 09:52

      I am a rogue 😂.

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