Orange trouser suit

Orange trouser suitI bet you said “WOW, my goodness” when you opened this post. An orange trouser suit is not for the faint-hearted, especially not in such a bright shade. Readers who have been following my blog for a while, know it is definitely something for me. I don’t mind standing out in the crowd. If somebody doesn’t like it, well tough, we are all different, we all have a different taste. You don’t have to like it for me to feel good. Of course if everybody was to tell me I look aweful in an outfit, it would make me doubt. But I do have a mirror and I am not blind.

My dear neighbour from across the road, Loes, took my pictures again on a sunny Saturday. Ron was thrilled and went off to his allotment garden.

Below: We went to a café/restaurant called The coat of arms of Kennemer land (Het Wapen van Kennemerland). On the outskirts of Haarlem, overlooking the meadows. I have been here before in 2013 to shoot 3 outfits. (Still with brown hair and less wrinkles back then.) I now know why they used to call this pub The Stinking Bucket. In the old days the fishermen’s wifes took fish from Zandvoort (by the sea) to the market in Haarlem which is quite a few miles. On their way back they stopped for a rest (and a drink) at the pub, leaving their buckets outside.

Het Wapen van Kennemerland

Below: They have two terraces, so no matter what time of day, you can sit in the shade or in the sun.

Het Wapen van Kennemerland

Below: The lovely waiter above, immediately offered to take a picture of the both of us. See what I mean with overlooking the meadows?

Below: What a peace and quiet. Ideal for walks and cycling tours.

View from Het Wapen van Kennemerland

Below: We started to shoot photos and I took a picture of Loes first who was wearing a nice jeans blue dress. Coincidentally she colour-coordinated with me.


Below: Me against the same white fence. Ron definitely does not like this suit, mainly because of the (length of the) trousers. I have to say, I am not sure about them either. I know it is fashion, but I still have to adjust to that. The brand of this suit is LaSalle Amsterdam. I bought it in Haarlem at Levv Haarlem. Jacky, the owner of the shop always gives good and honest advice. She sells brands you don’t see often. Reasonably priced, often more daring stuff, more colourful than in other shops and still enough basic clothes to let the more daring clothes shine. Really nice shop.

Orange trouser suit

Below: Loes was taking “over the shoulder shots” by my request and hurray, the cows were let into the field.

Orange trouser suit

Below: The Netherlands at its best.

Orange trouser suit

Below: We returned to the restaurant for some more outfit photos.

Orange trouser suit

Below: As you can imagine, the suit is ever so comfortable.

Orange trouser suit

Below: Head to toe shot. The blue patent leather slingbacks are handmade from Turin. Bought them in the sale on one of my shopping sprees with Daniela (The Pretty Cute). For those who know her: Daniela has resumed blogging.

Orange trouser suit

Below: A head to toe shot from the side.

Orange trouser suit

Below: What a sweet doggie this is. I sent the owner the shots I took of him (her?). Thought this photo was particularly nice because of the reflection in the mirror.

Sweet doggie

Below: A close-up of the rings I was wearing, both gifts from Ron. On the left an antique ring with diamonds cut in an old way. On the left the ring he bought me last Christmas, made by Joyce Stouten:


Hope you enjoyed this week’s post. Next week another edition of the “Shopping Saturday girls”. I use the term “girls” loosely, especially as I am one of the three.


No Fear of Fashion



  1. Lise
    20 May 2018 / 17:42

    Love this suit and the length is great! Lise

    • Greetje
      20 May 2018 / 18:51

      Oh thanks Lise. You made me feel more confident about the trousers.

  2. 20 May 2018 / 17:59

    I love the colour of this suit! I’m also kind of digging the length. You’ve got the long legs to pull off this look. Super chic.

    What a glorious spot for a cafe. Looks like the perfect day.


    • Greetje
      20 May 2018 / 18:48

      We have spots like this all over the place. Tiny country, great cafés. I am glad you kind of like the length of the trousers haha. I am still getting used to them.

  3. 20 May 2018 / 18:46

    You look FANTASTIC in that color, Greetje!! Just amazing. I think the length of the trousers looks fresh and fun. The restaurant looks lovely too, like a place you could hang out all afternoon…

    • Greetje
      20 May 2018 / 18:50

      Hanging out at that café/restaurant/pub all afternoon, wouldn’t be a problem but there is so much to see and do!
      Thanks for the compliments. I know orange is a good colour for me (any red really) but the length of the trousers is difficult for me. The more people say they like it, the more confident I will get. Of course I only want honest opinions. Do you get that being a blogger?

  4. Jodie
    20 May 2018 / 19:30

    I think this is so modern and fabulous, Greetje!! We just wore suits on my blog (together and then broken up) and I totally know what you mean. When I was trying on the mint suit, my hubby wasn’t so sure. Especially when I tried on the pants that went with the blazer (you can see that I ended up with the skirt instead). However, I always love the look on others, so I think it’s something we need to get used to in our own mirror!!

    • Greetje
      20 May 2018 / 21:50

      I think you are very right. I am not, what you call, an early adopter. I am going to hop over to your blog and look at your suits.

  5. Marianne
    20 May 2018 / 21:10

    Again Greetje you seem really comfortable and not ‘trussed’ up in this week’s outfit. It looks both stylish and a lovely colour on you.

    Do you have cake on these jaunts to different cafes and restaurants because if you do, how do you remain so slim?

    • Greetje
      20 May 2018 / 22:17

      No, hahaha, I do not eat cakes on these jaunts. I stay slim by going to fitness class twice a week and by eating very little. Of course I “sin” occasionally, but I always make sure I work it off again. I have all these clothes in the same size. I cannot afford to change size.
      Had to look up “trussed up”. I hope I don’t look like that in other posts… 😂

  6. Susan Dunlop
    20 May 2018 / 21:17

    Love this outfit and post. It’s great the way you show us different spots in the Netherlands. The orange is so bold, really fantastic! And the length of the trousers is good – gives me courage to try!

    • Greetje
      20 May 2018 / 22:20

      It took me a long time to build up the courage to buy and wear these cropped wide trousers. I am not an early adopter, but I am trying to be a bit quicker than a used to be. The eyes have to adjust I suppose.

  7. Katrien Heere
    20 May 2018 / 21:18

    With your long legs, that length works perfectly. Orange is my favorite colour, actually bought an orange sweater today, so great outfit. Also looks very comfy. It must be our bad SA internet connection but since a while I only get to see the first few pictures, the ones with the text ‘Below: …’ don’t open:(

    • Greetje
      20 May 2018 / 22:50

      Ho.. this is important information Katrien. The last two or three post I have been using larger sized photos. Could that be the reason? Could you research 4 to 5 of my recent posts and see whether it happens with every post or just with the last ones? I think I still used the smaller sized photos in the King’s Day post.

  8. 20 May 2018 / 21:28

    The length is ideal! Great outfit. Love your rings too!

    • Greetje
      20 May 2018 / 22:51

      I am a lucky woman to have such a generous husband and so many clothes. And I am very, very grateful. Glad you like the length of the trousers as well.

  9. elizaduckie
    20 May 2018 / 22:35

    I think this is one of your most attractive outfits. You look wonderful in that color and the pant length is perfect. I might have gone a tad shorter with the jacket, but it still looks great on you. You wear it so well! It also seems as if it can be casual or, with the addition of some shiny things, go on to a dressy evening without any issue! I find that length of pant, especially with the wider pant widths, very practical and comfortable to wear!

    • Greetje
      20 May 2018 / 22:56

      The jacket might be shirter when you belt it. As it is supposed to. I chose not to belt it, but I will give that another go. Who knows?
      Cropped wide trousers have always been something I hated. I am still not much of a fan, but I am giving it a go. Because I like this suit so much. I can indeed make it party-like or combine it with jeans. I have already combined the jacket with green leggings which was sort of in between casual and chic.

  10. 20 May 2018 / 22:46

    I know what you mean about the trousers. I don’t wear cropped trousers very much because I feel a bit weird in them but I ADORE them on other people. I think these look great on you. I love the colour, I love the exact length of the trousers (they’re not TOOOO short) and I like the drapey shape and fabric. This outfit screams Greetje to me. Don’t think I haven’t noticed you are wearing some proper heels here. This bodes well for London 🙂 xx

    • Greetje
      20 May 2018 / 22:59

      Thank you for the compliments. Funny how people can pinpoint clothes being so me while I always say that my style is all over the place. I fully believe you are right though. I might not be such a mystery after all haha.
      High heels? For 15 minutes my dear. Getting a second opinion on the knee next Wednesday. Sooo fed up with it.

  11. 20 May 2018 / 23:37

    This suit looks fabulous on you Greetje! I like the navy with it, super chic look.

    • Greetje
      21 May 2018 / 09:25

      I am flattered, thank you. I bought the jacket last year in the sale but thought a suit would be a bit much so I left the trousers in the shop. This April I regretted that and they were still there! And I got them for the sale price as well. Good shop.

  12. Jeanette Juraschka
    21 May 2018 / 00:12

    I like your orange suit and the pant length looks good on you. With that bright of a color, I think you have to go all in. I’d like to see you wear it with a lighter colored shirt (yellow, cream, or bright pink maybe?). An interesting necklace could pull it all together. Just think, what colors would Van Gogh put together? Love your blog, Amsterdam, and visits with your lovely friends.

    • Greetje
      21 May 2018 / 09:28

      You just gave me some very interesting styling suggestions. The options are now jumping through my brain. Thank you so much. I am not that goodin variations (in spite of what everybody thinks), so this is good. I will try it out next week. Just the shoes are still a problem with the knee (sigh).

  13. Angela Stewart
    21 May 2018 / 01:39

    I love the orange with the navy blue top. Perfect for a lovely lady from the Netherlands isn’t it?

    • Greetje
      21 May 2018 / 09:29

      That is exactly the reason why the Dutch shy away from wearing orange. I don’t. If the colour suits you, wear it. Who cares that everybody in The Netherlands wears silly orange clothes on King’s Day?

  14. Ann
    21 May 2018 / 01:41

    The suit looks great! I’m not an orange gal myself, but I do love red😄 I too haven’t been totally convinced on the wide legged pants, but I love the length. I have a pair and I always feel particularly chic when I wear them…so go figure!
    Love the pastoral setting and covet that antique ring.

    • Greetje
      21 May 2018 / 09:32

      I might just get used to wide cropped trousers haha. Chic hah? That will do. I like chic.
      The antique ring is a bit of a “worry”. I have to make sure my outfit is modern, current otherwise an antique ring ages you haha.

  15. Kathy
    21 May 2018 / 02:10

    I just returned, Monday, from a cruise that stopped in Amsterdam for a day. We had glorious weather. I think we were there the day before a national holiday. My husband and I enjoyed the Van Gogh museum and learned we say his name incorrectly. We didn’t have much time, but I did explore the “Nine Little Streets”. Since I do not have your height and long legs, I bought perfume. It always fits! I pointed out the colorful clothes in the store windows and explained to my husband that I was prepared for the colors from reading your blog. Can’t wait to go back and spend more time.

    • Greetje
      21 May 2018 / 09:36

      A day would have too little time for trying on clothes, I agree. But evenif you are not tall, there are enough options. Not everybody is tall in this country haha. I am so glad you had nice weather in Amsterdam. Our weather is fickle. You probably were there April 26. Had you come the next day you would not have been able to shop but you would have walked around with open mouth from amazement haha. King’s Day in Amsterdam is crazy.

  16. 21 May 2018 / 02:30

    I think the orange suit looks good on you. Love the shoes and the length of the pants. Adorable dog!

    • Greetje
      21 May 2018 / 09:38

      I am amazed. Everybody seems to like the length of the trousers. Or are the “haters” too shy to comment? Well, in any case, all this positivity over the length makes me more confident.

  17. 21 May 2018 / 03:41

    This suit is stunning. You look great wearing it. It’s exactly what I am looking for since years except that I want it in purple.

    • Greetje
      21 May 2018 / 09:39

      In purple? Oh my.. well the brand is LaSalle. You could have a look at their site?

  18. Marilee Gramith
    21 May 2018 / 07:14

    I love orange and wear it often but I agree that it’s a color that takes some confidence! You look great in this outfit Greetje! I’m noticing some heels! I’m guessing that you didn’t spend a lot of time in them.
    I think this pant style and length take some getting used to as well. You have such slim lovely legs that I’m guessing you can pull off many pant styles. Sometimes a new trend just doesn’t work on some body types. Your jacket has a sort of ” kimono” cut and I’m loving that look! I’ll bet you’ll find other pants that look great with this jacket!!
    I love the country scenes with the cows. I also love seeing the treasures given to you by Ron. Kinda missing his photos of you too! 🙂

    • Greetje
      21 May 2018 / 09:44

      You are so rightin everything. Yes, I only walked in those heels for 15 minutes. Yes I agree, such a new style like cropped wide trousers needs some time to adjust to. And yes, the jacket is so easy to match with jeans, with green leggeings etc. Challenge lies in matching the trousers with something else. Strange that you are missing Ron’s photos as I think Loes did an excellent job. Thanks for al” the compliments.

  19. Elaine Ferguson
    21 May 2018 / 07:45

    The length of the trousers suits you as you have nice slim ankles and you have teamed them up nicely with the blue slingbacks.

    • Greetje
      21 May 2018 / 10:48

      Oh yes Elaine, wearing these trousers with flat shoes would be the death of me (I am good at exaggerating haha). I am slowly getting used to this length.

  20. Marjolein
    21 May 2018 / 09:43

    The bright colours do you best as always! The length of the trouser is perfect for someone with long legs. Nice shot of the dog Greetje.

    • Greetje
      21 May 2018 / 09:46

      Thank you dear. Yes, the years have taught me well what suits me and what not. But keeping an open mind is important because what doesn’t work during one fashion season, might work with another.

  21. Kathy
    21 May 2018 / 15:19

    I love this on you, especially the wide cropped trousers! Looks great. I so enjoy your blog and I really want to go to Haarlem!

    • Greetje
      21 May 2018 / 19:49

      Haarlem is just as cute as Amsterdam, just smaller. More of a little town rather than a big one. It only takes 20 minutes from Amsterdam central station to Haarlem central station. A five minute walk will bring you to the heart of the town. If I am wearing this suit on the day you visit, you will be able to recognise me from miles away haha.

  22. 21 May 2018 / 15:41

    Yes, it’s very bold — but also very beautiful. The shade is one found in nature. You look like a big flower!

    • Greetje
      21 May 2018 / 19:51

      Really any shade is found in nature, isn’t it Ally. That is the beauty of nature. Somehow Mother Nature is always able to combine all sorts of colours as well. A true source of inspiration.
      And thank you for the compliment. I love being a big flower. Just hope the insects and bees think differently…

  23. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    21 May 2018 / 21:56

    I said, “Oh, WOW!” when I saw this spectacular orange suit, Greetje! The colour is wonderful on you, and I love the loose, drapey cut of it. How does it look with the jacket done up with the belt? Also, what kind of fabric is it? I’m guessing a silk blend, or a fine linen blend? Whenever trouser or skirt lengths change, or widths change, with the whims of fashion, it takes our eyes a while to get used to a new silhouette. I love the cropped wider leg – it’s really lovely and shows off your height and your delicate ankles. Brava!

    Gorgeous photos of the countryside – what an enchanting location!

    • Greetje
      23 May 2018 / 21:52

      Thanks Sheila, these are very nice compliments. I thought it was silk as well but it isn’t. Something synthetic I believe. But it feels like silk. I tried the jacket with the belt on e and decided against it. But I haven’t tried it with the trousers yet. I am a bit affraid it might look like PJ’s. But I will try it.
      I have delicate ankles? Haha.. OK, I’ll gracefully accept this compliment.

  24. 21 May 2018 / 22:34

    I like your suit and the colour is lovely on you. of course it’s a very bright shade but there are days in which you are in the mood for brightness. Cropped trousers are not very easy to be matched and I always have many doubts when wearing mine ! !

    I don’t remember those shoes, but they are beautiful and not too high which means comfortable! ( but not for cobblestones of course )
    Great photo of the black dog, it reminds me my beloved mr. Bangio…

    thanks for quoting my blog

    • Greetje
      23 May 2018 / 21:56

      It is so nice your comments again Dan. Really it is. Like you I will probably keep my doubts about these kind of trousers, but I will fake it until I make it.
      The blue patent leather shoes were from a little shop in Turin that went out of business. They made shoes by hand I believe. A really small shop. Like the grey peeptoe shoes which I bought in another shop in Turin, these blue ones are very comfortable.

  25. Pat W
    22 May 2018 / 01:16

    WOW! You look fabulous. I love cropped pants on other people, but not on myself. I just don’t think they suit me. But they definitely suit you. You’ve persuaded me to give them a try. Vibrant color suits you, too. And your hair looks amazing.

    • Greetje
      23 May 2018 / 22:00

      I had the same opinion as you have. Wide cropped trousers… great on other people (well some, not on everybody) but definitely not for me. And like I are about to, I gave it a try. And yes, vibrant, bright colours are my friends. Put me in pastel pink and I look like death warmed up.
      I am very pleased with my hair myself. Whether it was the cut by the hair dresser, the fact I had highlights or the fact I found a powder to put in my hair, I don’t know, but I love it.

  26. 22 May 2018 / 10:39

    I love your orange suit, so lovely color and also lovely fabric, it looks really comfortable!. And I think that this lenght of trousers could be tricky but you look fab in it!, cool and chic!
    And a fabulous background too!

    • Greetje
      23 May 2018 / 22:01

      I would be miserable in these trousers if I had to wear flat shoes with them. As the knee is still on the mend, I haven’t really worn this outfit other than for the shoot. Pity.

  27. 22 May 2018 / 14:21

    How incredibly chic with those pants! My goodness I love this look so much and the scenery is wonderful- love how you show us all the places!

    • Greetje
      23 May 2018 / 22:04

      I am so happy you say that Lauren. That means I can continue these kind of posts. Feedback from readers (honest feedback) is so important. I bought the jacket in September last year and left the trouser in the shop. Didn’t dare wearing it as a suit. Then in April I regretted it and went back. The trousers were still there. And still in the sale. Yay.

  28. Susan Devere
    22 May 2018 / 18:10

    Thank you for the heads up on Daniela resuming blogging. I really missed her. I don’t normally comment, but do love your blog – you are cheer me up and make me feel happy. Thank you.
    Susan D

    • Greetje
      23 May 2018 / 22:06

      If there if ever a reason for blogging, this would be it: I cheer you up and make you feel happy. My goodness, that is so much more than I could ever have imagined. Thank you very much for commenting. I will do my utmost to keep cheering you up.

  29. 22 May 2018 / 21:37

    As usual you are most correct. My impression of this fabulous orange suit is wow! Your wonderful taste level and your mirror served you well. I absolutely love this outfit. Your friend took excellent photos and the view of the meadow behind you is so beautiful. I love it when friends accidentally coordinate their outfits with mine. I think it speaks to a sort of kinship.
    I especially love the closing shot of you with your two beautiful rings and that pretty teacup.

    • Greetje
      23 May 2018 / 22:08

      It is so nice making these photos and making the post. It is really a big hobby of mine and I love every aspect. Including the shopping for clothes haha. Next week a shopping spree with friends again.

  30. 23 May 2018 / 16:47

    What a fabulous bright suit! I really like the length of the trousers – I’m wearing culottes or cropped trousers a lot lately. You have lots of options for wearing the suit as separates too (of course you don’t need me to tell you that!) It looks such a beautiful, relaxing place, and that dog is just adorable!

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      23 May 2018 / 22:12

      I already have a few options for other combinati9ns with the jacket. I find the trousers trickier as you can imagine. Or perhaps you cannot. These are my only pair of cropped wide trousers.. oh wait a minute, I have that one of the women’s magazine shoot!!! Nearly forgot. Oops.

  31. Trish
    25 May 2018 / 10:07

    It’s a brilliant suit and reflects your positive outlook. Who couldn’t like it! I love the setting of your photos too. It looks so peaceful and pretty. Not sure I would have liked it so much when the fisher- wives were about 😁

    • Greetje
      25 May 2018 / 22:26

      I agree. You can imagine the smell! But it is all rosy now. And orange on a particular day 😎😁.

  32. 27 May 2018 / 08:57

    Dear Greetje. Being Dutch and living abroad, seeing such a bright orange outfit just is so good! I love the colour, the nonchalance style of it and I think the length is perfect for someone taller like you are (the length of the trousers would be an absolute no-go for petite me). I am sure you will find many occasion to wear this outfit and I have the feeling that Ron will come around. Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      27 May 2018 / 10:58

      Well, Ron has come around before on items. Not always, but I remember a light gray Liz Claiborne trouser suit, very Marlene Dietrich, which he thought was hideous. By the time I had to give it away (burst out of it…) he said: “Are you going to give away that beautiful suit?”

      • Lise
        27 May 2018 / 11:44

        Greetje, the comment above just made me laugh out loud, where Ron first thought the suit was hideous, and later beautiful. My husband (who does have good taste) sometimes suggests I should not buy an item, and then I do anyway, and a few months down the line – and it looks good on me – he reminds me he chose it 😉 Lise

        • Greetje
          27 May 2018 / 18:59

          Hahaha.. typical.. “copyright matter”. We have a good Dutch saying for this: “Success knows many fathers, failure is an orphan”.

  33. 28 May 2018 / 03:19

    Orange suit – bring it on! I love the orange. I have a bright orange suit with polka-dots. We should wear them together when we meet next time. Hahaha!! And the cows were a nice touch. It’s great that your neighbour enjoys taking photos with you. Stinking Bucket? Hahaha. Great name!

    • Greetje
      28 May 2018 / 06:10

      Ah… next time we meet… might be a while 😊😎. But if we do let’s indeed both wear our orange suit.

  34. Donna
    30 May 2018 / 02:22

    I’m late to comment on this blog as been away. I love the outfit, especially the colour. As I say we are the same person and orange seems to be a great colour for me as well – lifts the skin or something?
    I couldn’t see the dog photo either (saw that someone said some of the photos didn’t work for them)
    These photos really really make me want to get back there ASAP. But funds not permitting at the moment sighhhhhh

    • Greetje
      30 May 2018 / 20:35

      Ah.. funds.. I know what you are talking about. I still have to make the photos of these post less heavy, but I haven’t had the time yet. This week I am only home this Wednesday evening. So much mail to do, have to make a blogpost etc etc. Times are busy. But I am glad you like my orange suit.

  35. 17 June 2018 / 11:02

    Not many people can get away with both this bright coloured suit as well as the short trousers. But you can. One definitely has to wear high heels when wearing cropped trousers, otherwise they tend to be unflattering, imo. And your length definitely helps. Good job, also by Loes who took the pictures.

    • Greetje
      17 June 2018 / 17:05

      Aha, you decided to read six blogposts all at once haha. Thanks for the compliments. I am still a bit uncertain about this length but I will fake it until I make it.

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