Wide khaki trousers by Joline Jolink

Wide khaki trousersJoline Jolink is a Dutch designer. Every new garment she designs, like these wide khaki trousers, has to be versatile. You should be able to combine it with a lot of her other pieces, old and new. That way she creates a sustainable wardrobe for her customers, one you can use for a longer time than just one (fashion) season. In case you missed the first link, her website is www.jolinejolink.com. Dutch readers should really take a peek. 

When a new piece of clothing joins the rest of your wardrobe, it is a good idea to see with what you can combine it. I am quite the opposite. There has been a time when I only wore an outfit the way I bought it. Getting better though. And after I saw the various combinations on the site of Joline Jolink, I had a go at it myself. And came up with so many outfits!! You will see these trousers (and the top) many times.

I was drawn to these khaki trousers because I thougth they were quirky (I like quirky) and  they look especially cute with sneakers. As sneakers and flat shoes will probably be a must for a while, I told myself it was a good investment. Besides, a bit of online shopping consoled me. The top (blue stripe, not black) is from the same designer.

Ron took me to a lovely little village called Spaarndam which has a little harbour with easy access for a car.

Below: One of the little marinas of Spaarndam. Honestly, it was a sunny day. Only when I took this picture it turned grey. Just my luck.


Below: I arrived wearing my python coat which isn’t the best choice but it was a little chilly and I couldn’t think of another coat. These wide trousers clearly need another model coat. Husband Ron says I look like a little gnome in this picture haha. Famous Dutch directness.

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Below: Ahh… a cat. Always nice. Cannot see a cat without wanting to stroke it. Aren’t we nicely colour-coordinated?

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Below: We started taking pictures in front of these houses. Typically Dutch.


Below: Wearing the earrings I got from Nicolene (Stylecuratrix). See this post.

Earrings gift from Nicole Stylecuratrix

Below: Just a few meters further was a house with a very pretty front door.

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Below: Gee, that sun started shining… better take off my jacket.

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Below: The blue and white striped top is also Joline Jolink.

Wide khaki trousers with striped top

Below: Close-up of the vintage bag. You have seen this one before but not many times. What do you think? Is it a nice combination with the rest?

Vintage bag

Below: Oh and this is the back of the trousers. Although I have no hips and no bum, I still think these trousers suit me. At least I do not cringe when I see this photo, which is a good sign as I am my own worst critic. But feel free to disagree with me.

Wide khaki trousers with striped top

Below: I sat down in front of the local hair dresser, looking out on the marina, giving the knee a little rest. No customers on a Sunday. See the reflection of the boats in the window?

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Below: Oh dear … wind… stupid hair… trying to create the illusion of a full head of hair haha. All the photos you see, are scrutinized to see if the hair looks good. Pfff, what a waist of time, right? Who cares? Who sees it? I am the only one who is always fussing over it.

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Below: Buckling up the bag.

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Below: What did I see on the other side of the water? A restaurant with a man in the door way.

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Below: I asked him whether he would mind having his picture taken with me and being featured on the blog.

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Below: Nope, he didn’t mind. What sort of blog do I have? I gave him my card and he thought it was cool. Of course he is not in my target group.

Below: Spaarndam is a lovely old village with lots of historic buildings and pretty old bridges like this.

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Below: Posing in the wind.

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Not too much variation in outfit pictures, but lots to see otherwise. Hope this post was more entertaining than last week’s.


No Fear of Fashion







  1. Gee
    15 April 2018 / 19:26

    Um, would one size smaller have looked a tad neater? Just sayin’, not meaning to be rude. You do seem a we bit swamped in them. I’m thinking more Katherine Hepburn than little girl wearing hand-me-downs. I love the style but think it’s a bit ‘overflowing’.

    Going to shut up now, having shot my poisoned arrow. I mean, what do I know, Queen of the Jeans, and not much else?! You see, I’ll be the lone voice… But you do look well and happy, despite the dodgy knee.

    I might put that little village on my go-to list on my/our way home in a few weeks’ time; haven’t been there and I like new places.
    Pressing Send now and then going to wait to get shouted down. 😱 X

    • Greetje
      15 April 2018 / 21:18

      Hahaha, no darling, on my blog you can always state your honest opinion, I really appreciate it. I get what you are saying and I have had that thought myself. But then I still liked it and decided I would keep the trousers, while singing “you cannot please everyone, so you got to please yourself”. I know, it is a look and not everybody will like it.

  2. Marianne
    15 April 2018 / 19:54


    You do quirky well.

    I like how you care about the background to your photos and take care to visit
    new locations for us. Has a home owner ever come out of any of the doors that you
    use for your background shots and wondered what you were up to?

    • Greetje
      15 April 2018 / 21:25

      Hahaha.. I did expect the owner of this house to come out of the pretty door with this question. But no, nobody. I just never think about these things. Besides, I am not doing anything wrong, am I?

  3. jodie filogomo
    15 April 2018 / 20:03

    I love this waist front tie style, and just bought a pair myself. I’m also a huge fan of versatile and trying different silhouettes….I think we get too crazy about everything being form fitted!!!
    How fun to venture out for the photos, Greetje!! It makes taking the pictures way more fun, don’t you think??

    • Greetje
      15 April 2018 / 21:35

      I totally agree Jodie. Such photo shoots are so much nicer to make than the outfit shoot of last week. Although I was very grateful to Misja for taking the pictures of the cream tunic dress. They are also nicer to read I imagine. I will keep an eye out for your version of a pair of front tie trousers.

  4. 15 April 2018 / 20:06

    The python coat does make you look tiny, I think it is proportion, cuts you right in the middle. The darker coat is a better proportion. Gee may be right, a size smaller may be better. We’ve been wearing snug pants and leggings so long now anything loose seems odd but as fashion does, it comes and goes.

    Thank you for the tour of Spaarndam. Next month we are going to the Amersfoort Jazz Festival and spending a few days in Haarlem. Spaarndam is not far from there, I’ll keep it in mind, we like harbor towns.

    • Greetje
      15 April 2018 / 21:40

      Well, the size is right, it fits like a glove. So it must be that we are used to a much tighter look. A look which I am not abandoning yet. But I like this style as well. Perhaps I was ready for something new. I bet there is a bus going to Spaarndam from the Haarlem station (I think it is line 14).

  5. Sabine
    15 April 2018 / 21:04

    I like your outfit, the location and your Photos. I enjoy reading your texts every week.
    Thank you!

    • Greetje
      16 April 2018 / 20:52

      I am flattered and honoured. Thank you very much for your kind words. I live in a country with lots of old little towns and villages. Enough good backgrounds.

  6. Pauline
    15 April 2018 / 21:10

    Just love the brown coat and the handbag.

    • Greetje
      15 April 2018 / 22:12

      Well, it were the trousers I meant to show you haha, but feel free to like the bag and coat. Any compliment is nice.

      • Pauline
        16 April 2018 / 17:08

        Oh trust me to be difficult!!

        • Greetje
          16 April 2018 / 20:51

          Hahaha… that gave me a laugh.

  7. 15 April 2018 / 21:21

    I like the back of the pants better than the front.

    That said, I do think this look is very casual chic and contemporary. I love that you have added in the vintage bag.


    • Greetje
      16 April 2018 / 20:53

      The vintage bag is a different colour than the trousers, but I just say “ton sur ton”.
      I had to adjust my eye to these trousers. They are very different from what I am used to, but I like to be in something that seems too big for me. Never had that before.

  8. Karen B
    15 April 2018 / 22:36

    Hi Greetje, enjoyed this post as I love seeing your ‘landscape’ I worked in travel for over 30 years and never got round to your country. Reading your blogs makes me feel I’ve done a little trip !!! I love stripes, though I am a little overweight – I wear Breton tops both plain and dressed up with scarves and necklaces ( though not together ha ha !) I find the direct approach that Dutch people have can be refreshing as I prefer honesty and being true to yourself !!

    • Greetje
      16 April 2018 / 20:56

      Well Karen, you would love a trip to this country then. Did you ever read this blog?
      It is hilarious and gives you a good insight in the Dutch. Don’t read the comments, they are usually aweful.
      Especially “The Complete SDPL list” is good.

  9. Wendy
    15 April 2018 / 22:37

    I like the pants on you ….. it is fun to try something different. I bought myself something similar but it black, of course. Something new for me to try as I usually wear skinney jeans. I figure with a more form fitting top my bottom should not look too big ….. I hope!

    • Greetje
      16 April 2018 / 20:57

      We all have to adjust clothes to our personal shape. These trousers are a little risky for me, but I love them and that is all that matters, right?

    • Greetje
      16 April 2018 / 20:58

      I will tell photographer Ron. And I will skin the cat to make a bag out of it.. (JOKE, JOKE).

  10. 16 April 2018 / 05:59

    I think you look really cute and comfortable. The pants and striped top are winners. The sneakers are perfect.

    • Greetje
      16 April 2018 / 20:59

      That is what I am aiming for, a cute and comfortable look and my favourite sneakers. Glad you like it.

  11. Lise
    16 April 2018 / 16:32

    I like the pants and get that they fit and that is how they are supposed to look. Interesting and bold to try different styles. Your coat also looks cute. Lise

    • Greetje
      16 April 2018 / 21:00

      I really need a different coat with these trousers. This python one makes my legs look very short. My grey kimono shaped coat is much better. The trousers are ever so comfortable.

  12. 16 April 2018 / 16:51

    I think the trousers are great… love the deep cuff at the hem, love the paper bag style waist, and the zipper and pockets are cute. They serve their purpose of being able to work well with flat sneakers while your knee gets sorted. I don’t mind the generous cut of the trousers, but I think I’d like to see you style them with a fitted top instead of a loose one like this striped one. When your knee is better, I’d love them with pointy boots and a tight (not super tight, you know what I mean) shirt or jumper.

    • Greetje
      16 April 2018 / 21:04

      Madam, your wish is my command. I have tried it with a boatneck black tight top. That looked very good, but as I have developed a stomach (old age.. aagghh) I need something not super tight. As you suggest. Have to go through my wardrobe.
      Let’s say.. it is a look, haha.

  13. 16 April 2018 / 17:10

    The pants look great on you and I love them with the sneakers. You have such pretty towns in the Netherlands!

    • Greetje
      16 April 2018 / 21:05

      Oh yes, indeed, we have many many lovely towns and villages in The Netherlands. The trousers are a bit of an acquired taste, but I acquired it haha. Glad you like them too.

  14. 16 April 2018 / 18:40

    Hello Greetje. I love this classic colour combination on you. It totally fits the pretty houses in Spaarndam. Lovely details on the bag and the trousers too. It is all very thoughtful and versatile, just like you stated. Really hoping that that knee of yours gets better soon. It has been a nuisance far too long now, hasn’t it?!? Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      16 April 2018 / 21:07

      The knee is finally getting better. I will post on it next time.
      I hadn’t thought of it, but you are right, this is a classic colour combination. Camel and black. Classic with a twist. My eye needed a bit of time to adjust to this style, but as I was always tall growing up, many things were too short or too small on me. So I love something which seems a bit big haha.

  15. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    16 April 2018 / 18:47

    I’m a fan of these wonderful baggy paper-bag waist pants! They look wonderful on you, and look like they have lots of movement when they walk. Sometimes loose cuts like this don’t show up as well in pictures, because they are meant to be seen when you’re moving and your cuffs are swooshing about majestically! I love the shoes and just found a similar pair by Camper that I’m in love with.

    Your pictures always make me smile – lovely locations (I get a kick out of the slightly awe-struck gent with your card!), and even the little things in the backgrounds. Of course, kitty! Thanks for the fun post, Greetje!

    • Greetje
      16 April 2018 / 21:09

      If I have the chance, I try to “offer” more than just the outfit. You do the same with all your stories. I love them to bits. English not being my native language makes writing a bit harder for me. But I want to develop that a bit more. The sneakers were the base from which I worked upwards. They are fantastic.

  16. 17 April 2018 / 01:55

    What a fabulous look Greetje, you have outdone yourself! I adore the wide leg trousers and the striped T-shirt. I also love that python coat. My favorite photos are of you in front of that arched red door . Love when you leaned over…you had a funny but lovely expression on your face.
    Your hair looks fabulous..I get that we can be vain..
    When I have a bad hair day, I just do the ponytail or top knot…saviors.
    Great post, willl check out the designer.

    • Greetje
      17 April 2018 / 20:30

      My grey kimono coat is much nicer on these trousers than the python coat. But the python coat itself is indeed nice. As for hair.. a ponytail and a top knot are not flattering on me. I will send you a photo one of these days of what my hair can look like. By direct mail and never to be shared with anyone haha.

      • 21 April 2018 / 22:29

        So we agree on the beauty of the python coat. Yes please send those photos to me. I will never share them ! I love your hair as you wear it, it is a perfect hairstyle for you, soft with the layers, and casual- but also with an elegant vibe, too.
        ❤️ Elle

  17. 17 April 2018 / 02:30

    I like this look. The trousers look very polished and comfy and will definitely go with so many other colors. I love the way you styled it with the striped top and black jacket. Lovely! – Amy

    • Greetje
      17 April 2018 / 20:36

      Glad you like the trousers. They also look nice with a tight(er) top and with the colour green. You will see them in the near future.

  18. Marilee Gramith
    17 April 2018 / 04:58

    At one time this type of waist on trousers was called a “paper bag waist”. I like the added feature of the exposed zipper. The little vintage bag is perfect with the pant color and I think the python coat adds to the funk factor!! 🙂
    I think it’s great that you’re slowly getting into the flat shoes Greetje! Those shots in the doorway of the shop with the young man are the best!!

    • Greetje
      18 April 2018 / 17:01

      Glad ypu l8ke so much. But I disagree with you on the python coat. In itself it is a nice coat but not with this outfit. It makes my legs look really disproportional.
      The flat shoes are still not in my “I like zone” but I will deal with it. The knee is progressing though. Yay.

  19. Rebecca
    17 April 2018 / 05:31

    I love this style of trousers on you. As one who has had lots of knee problems, I really sympathize with you and am glad to hear things are improving. As always, I love your jaunts around the beautiful countryside and thank you (and Ron!) for such great photos and descriptions of your adventures.

    • Greetje
      18 April 2018 / 17:03

      I would love to extend my “reports” on my every day adventures, but I lead rather a boring life haha. Reporting is so much nicer than just “Hi, this is my outfit!”

  20. Carol
    17 April 2018 / 17:26

    I love this outfit! I like the black and white sneakers imitating the stripes in your top. And the blazer ties it together so nicely. Well done!

    • Greetje
      18 April 2018 / 22:15

      I love jackets and these wide trousers go so well with a stuctured jacket. I hadn’t really noticed the sneakers imitating the stripes of the top. Ha.. coincidence on my part. And a lucky one.

  21. 18 April 2018 / 10:57

    what a lovely comfy&cool outfit, I think that those pants fit you nicely and enhance your figure! you look fabulous in them. I also love your flats and jacket, and the cute vintage bag, such a lovely ensemble.
    And your pictures are fantastic!

    • Greetje
      18 April 2018 / 22:16

      Well, thank you dear. Those are very flattering words. Maybe life on flat shoes migh not be that bad 😉.

  22. 18 April 2018 / 12:28

    Greetje what an amazingly funny and stylish blog you have, I love it! Not only do you look amazing in the photos and outfit but your writing and commentary really make me laugh, it’s brilliant. I think the solid colour trouser with the striped top is a fantastic combination and like you say, both pieces are very versatile on their own and will be able to be styled with lots of things. I’m going to check the label out!

    • Greetje
      18 April 2018 / 22:21

      I don’t think Joline Jolink ships internationally. At least I couldn’t spot anything like that on their site. Sorry. These things happen to me all the time when I follow American blogs. Although I usually can order, shipping and customs make it far too expensive. I very much appreciate your compliments. Especially the one about me making you laugh. My number one goal with this blog. I would love to write more, but English not being my native language, makes writing harder.

  23. 23 April 2018 / 01:06

    You’ve got the height to carry off wide leg pants like that, but the python coat definitely chops you off in the wrong place. I have no bum or hips, so I know what you mean about pants looking rather “flat” at the back. I think these look good from the back. I have to agree with Suzanne about the front – they seem to have an awful lot going on with the pocket flaps, visible zipper and the tie belt.

    It’s good to experiment with different shapes and we are often surprised at the things you didn’t think you could wear, but with the right pieces and accessories, they come together nicely.

    • Greetje
      23 April 2018 / 08:10

      That is the difficult part, isn’t it Shelley.. combining the right pieces and accessories. At least I still struggle with it. I can see what Suzanne and you mean with a lot going on at the front, but it doesn’t bother me much. And I cannot do anything about it. I tried to switch this belt for a black leather one, but the ring at the top of the zipper ruined that.

  24. Trish
    24 April 2018 / 09:20

    I think the trousers look great and are a favourite style of mine( despite the fact I’m not tall enough for them). I love the sandy colour – and the material looks good, as does the exposed zip. You are definitely tall enough to carry these well. Re the unusual door – I think parts of boats were used in house building in sea-going communities. Perhaps that is what it is.

    • Greetje
      29 April 2018 / 09:57

      Ha, you comment slipped my attention. Thanks for the compliments on the trousers. They are indeed very comfortable. And you might be right about the shape of the door. After all, it is a house in a marina. Never would have thought of this, so thanks.

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