Four colours in one outfit

It might be easy for some people to use four colours in one outfit, but not for me. As a matter of fact, this is the first time I have pulled it off. Three colours in one outfit was the best I could do up till now and no, a multicoloured piece of clothing doesn’t count. The above photo is taken in my friend Anja’s (Curly Traveller) garden in front of her shed, with Sylvia of 40+Style standing next to me. 

It was Anja’s birthday and we started with blog photos “to get that out of the way” haha.

Below: Two pictures of Anja. She is very boho/Ibiza and was wearing this white see-through dress.

Below: She had cleverly put on a pair of shorts underneath the dress which did the trick very well.


Below: Here I am in four colours: white, yellow, fuchsia and blue. The brand of the white top with a bow at the bottom (half tucked in the trousers) is Pieszak, bought at Levv in Haarlem (read more about Levv in my previous post). The lemon yellow trousers are Sportmax. As I mentioned last week, bought at LAB Women’s Clothing in Haarlem.

Four colours in one outfit

Below: Oh there is the bracelet. It was hiding again, like it was in the post with my wide blue trousers. The bracelet is a gift from Klára Földi (Facebook account Strawberry and her Instagram account Strawberrybags). I wear it a lot, just like the bag (a gift from my friend Marianne). You can see the bow on the bottom of the top better in this picture. I hate the ballerinas. This outfit would look so much better with a bit of a heel. For instance with my blue espadrilles (further in this post). What I do like with these trousers are my new white sneakers (very special), also bought at LAB Women’s Clothing, but they were too hot for this day with high temperatures.

Four colours in one outfit

Below: And here are my blue earrings (bookending the blue of the shoes). They are ADOR by Ayesha. I found them because Lisa (The Sequinist) was showing us her statement earrings in this post. And down the rabbit hole I went.. Resulting in these gold plated lapis lazuli drop earrings. Love them.

Lapis lazuli earrings: Adore by Ayesha

Below: Sylvia prefers her top tucked in the way you see it in the top photo, but I like it equally in the photo below.

Sylvia of 40PlusStyle

Below: The birthday of Anja was on a Saturday and Sylvia and I met again the following Wednesday. Yes indeed, for lunch again haha. Again a lovely sunny day with some clouds in the afternoon which is perfect for taking photos.

Sylvia of 40PlusStyle

Below: View from the restaurant terrace.

Haarlem Spaarne

Below: Loved this sign outside the restaurant.

Haarlem Spaarne

Below: The top Sylvia is wearing is actually a dress.

Sylvia of 40PlusStyle

Below: Close-up of the shoes. She is so pleased with them; wears them all the time.

Below: Sylvia suggested posing on the rail. As in “sitting on the rail”. She lost her balance but fortunately fell to the right side. The dry side. Was I laughing? No… you are imagining that.

Sylvia of 40PlusStyle

Below: This was much safer.

Sylvia of 40PlusStyle

Below: We liked the background and used it for my outfit of that day as well. Again four colours in one outfit: white shirt and grey trousers (bought in Spain 2 years ago. Styled with different shoes and bag here). The third colour is the yellow (two bags) and the fourth is blue: bag, shoes, belt, bracelet and earrings.

Four colours in one outfit

Below: Close-up of the accessories. The yellow bag I have styled before with a blue sequined top and the blue espadrilles are the ones you saw on Anke when wearing the overall.

Four colours in one outfit

Below: Close-up of the bracelet: broken pieces of cups and saucers set in silver. They were a purchase for a good cause many years ago.

Silver and blue bracelet

Below: Just another shot with the bridge as background. If I were a bit better in photoshopping, all these people would have become lovely green bushes.

Four colours in one outfit

Below: And the blue earrings again: ADOR by Ayesha.

Four colours in one outfit

Below: This canal in Haarlem is called Spaarne. The sun was hiding by this time but it was nice and warm.

Haarlem Spaarne

Below: Why not me on that bench as well? Or is this too much?

Four colours in one outfit

Next week’s post will show Anja, Sylvia, Misja and myself… having lunch… 😆


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  1. Jodie
    10 June 2018 / 17:47

    Bravo, Greetje!!! I love that you went out of your comfort zone and pushed back the matchy matchy!!
    It looks so modern and fresh!!!
    And I’m sure you weren’t laughing at Sylvia!! Let’s just be so relieved that she toppled onto the land!!

    • Greetje
      10 June 2018 / 21:12

      When I saw she was falling the right way, I did laugh. I am mean haha.
      Thanks for the compliments. Trying a bit harder can make an outfit look better.

  2. 10 June 2018 / 18:48

    Are those Yellow trousers I see Greetje!
    I like it!!!

    • Greetje
      10 June 2018 / 21:12

      Oh yes those are yellow trousers. Like you, I am not afraid of a bit of colour.

  3. 10 June 2018 / 20:28

    Hi Greetje. I love the details of the first white top a lot, making something special out of something ordinary. As for the 4 colours: I prefer the second outfit. I am a matchy matchy person and like the fact that the colours come back in your big bag enormously. To be honest, I think I love the outfit as well with just the yellow bag. Maybe I can step out of my matchy matchy comfort zone as well one day! As for toppling Sylvia: I am sure you first checked if everything was OK and that the two of you had a long and loud laugh about it. Have a good start in the new week. Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      10 June 2018 / 21:16

      Yes, when Sylvia fell, I immediately saw she was falling the right way and could have a laugh.
      As for 4 colours in one outfit.. it is hard for me, but I like the result. Makes things more interesting. And as I said, this is the first time I succeeded. And the outfit with the yellow trousers is much nicer with other shoes. But I get that it is not everybody’s taste. I am glad with your honest feedback. You don’t have to like everything I show, right?

  4. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    10 June 2018 / 21:38

    Oh, so nice to see Sylvia again! You all look lovely – good work on the 4 colours in two outfits, Greetje! I love the ballerina flats on you, but I understand the aesthetic appeal of the wedges for some height. Love those yellow trousers!

    • Greetje
      11 June 2018 / 17:57

      The flat shoes resentment has a lot to do with having flat feet and a low instep. Yes you wouldn’t mind those yellow trousers yourself I bet. In two weeks time I will show those trousers with out of this world sneakers.

  5. 10 June 2018 / 21:57

    Ah…I miss all of you!

    Looks like a great time with great outfits.

    I especially like the shot where either you or Sylvia is perched on the bench with the canal in the background. Lovely!

    Anja does boho so very well.


    • Greetje
      11 June 2018 / 18:25

      Just last week we were all shopping second hand (I am sure you will approve 😊) and I took a white tunic dress from the rack. Anja immediately said: “No, hang it back, that is boho so not for you” 😂
      And she was right.
      Haarlem provides perfect backgrounds for blog photos. As you know. We miss you too.

    • 17 June 2018 / 17:32

      Yes, I DO miss you too!

  6. Marilee Gramith
    10 June 2018 / 23:26

    Some of the buildings you featured in this post look just like gingerbread houses! It’s really wonderful seeing so many of the beautiful sites in and around Amsterdam and then you add the warmth of you and your lovely girlfriends eating and shopping and laughing and I’m totally smitten!
    Your yellow pants with the bright pink purse makes me happy and I don’t even care that you bate your blue ballet flats because I know they’re allowing you to enjoy a longer day of fun with your friends. Even a near miss with Sylvia almost falling into the canal kept a smile on your faces. I also love Sylvia’s striped/ print top and Anja’s pretty white dress. Lunch and shopping are clearly universally perfect ways to enjoy a summer day with girlfriends so I’m already looking forward to seeing you all again next week!

    • Greetje
      11 June 2018 / 18:29

      And to think there are women who hate shopping haha. I know a few of them. They cannot imagine what the fun of it is for me. But no woman I know dislikes girlfriend talks. With or without lunch.
      I am glad you and so many readers love the concept. I suppose it is what attracted you to my blog, just like people attract like-minded people to be friends with.

  7. 11 June 2018 / 02:55

    Hello my beautiful, stylish friend. Your take on the four colors in one outfit is absolutely fabulous and so very chic and stylish. You make it appear effortless which makes it that much more attractive. GODD JOB!!!
    And this yellow trouser . . . I LOVE those.
    Can we just talk for a second about Anja’s shed, best she-shed ever!!! Did she paint it herself?
    Can’t imagine the fun you were having while Sylvia posed on the railing (lol). Love the entire energy here, as you said, friends are the salt of the earth and you are showing it well.

    • Greetje
      11 June 2018 / 18:33

      Yes, Anja designed the image for her shed herself, painted it and made the mosaic. She is quite the artist in a “more is more” kind of way.
      Glad you like my 4 colours in 1 outfit. Believe me, it was not effortless haha. Don’t know how many times I can pull this off, but I will focus on it.

  8. 11 June 2018 / 03:15

    LOVE the four colour outfit. I am realizing that I want more solids in my wardrobe. The mixing of a selection of solid colours really does have high impact in the end look and I love that!

    Nothing better than lunch with friends…especially on a nice day!

    Okay…I’m curious. Do people fall into the canals very often in the Netherlands? Are the canals very deep? Do they have strong currents?

    • Greetje
      11 June 2018 / 18:38

      It was Sylvia years ago who taught me that two colours in one outfit can be boring and that adding a third colour lifts it to another level. And because she opened my eyes, I saw more possibilities, especially by Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb.
      Canals: do people fall into canals very often? No I don’t think so, never heard of such an occasion, but I am sure it will happen once in a while. Probably when they are drunk. The canals are about 2 1/2 meters deep. No currents at all, but often high quaysides.

  9. Dorothy
    11 June 2018 / 03:51

    I love your four colors approach! It works so well with the lovely colors you’ve chosen. And I LOVE the bracelet made from broken plates/cups! How clever.

    • Greetje
      11 June 2018 / 18:41

      It is really difficult for me to come up with four colours in one outfit, but I now know that a belt, a glimpse of a tanktop etc can be enough. So I know better what to try.
      The bracelet is indeed lovely, but I didn’t wear it for years as I am a woman who wears gold a lot and I didn’t think that gold and silver would go together. Now I don’t care for that any ore and just wear it.

  10. 11 June 2018 / 07:23

    Loving all the photos ad looking forward to seeing more. Missing the sunshine here in France in the Loire Valley 🙄

    • Greetje
      11 June 2018 / 18:43

      Well, there are certainly more to come.
      I have been hearing cold reports from Italy as well. It is an upside down world as usually we have low temperatures. We thoroughly enjoy it. Such a nice change.

  11. 11 June 2018 / 09:10

    What beautiful pants, what a beautiful color, and how good the yellow looks on you! I love the simplicity of your white shirt and I also love the boldness of mixing those four colors in the same outfit. My friend Greetje in all its chromatic strength! The second look is calmer, softer. I like it a lot, but the first one has also moved me.

    • Greetje
      11 June 2018 / 18:46

      In two weeks, Josep-Maria, you will see these trousers on my blog again in a different combination. Most people like that outfit but the sneakers which I am wearing with them are, what they call, an acquired taste haha. You either love them or hate them. I wonder what you will think of them.

  12. 11 June 2018 / 11:40

    Loved your outfit that day Greetje and well done you for adding 4 colors in one look in such a stylish way. The Netherlands is so much fun when the sun shines and good friends are near to enjoy it. I’m happy I could provide the ‘laugh’ for this article by almost falling in the canal 🙂

    • Greetje
      11 June 2018 / 18:47

      And I am most grateful for your consent to use the “ falling down picture “. Made up for it with all the other nice photos of you.

  13. 11 June 2018 / 20:16

    OK now I’ve seen you gorgeous wedges I totally agree the ballets aren’t up to snuff. Although I still love ballets 😉 Mind you Greetje your suggestion of a pointed toe is brilliant!
    Phew lucky Sylvia…

    • Greetje
      11 June 2018 / 21:51

      I agree that your Chanel ballerinas are of a different class. But I still maintain my opinion that they don’t look good on someone with flat feet like me. French Sole did a very nice pink pointed toe ballerina. Bought them when I was in London for the 30-40 Blogger meet. Saw these today when I was browsing:

  14. elizaduckie
    12 June 2018 / 02:07

    Fun..and the colors are wonderful on you. What’s not to love about the backgrounds!

    • Greetje
      12 June 2018 / 07:07

      Thank you. I am very lucky to be living in such a beautiful city. Although there is beauty in every country and city, you just have to look for it. My search is easy though.

  15. 12 June 2018 / 21:12

    Anya looks amazing in that beautiful white dress. And I love the way you are wearing four colors at once. It is a beautiful look on you. How stunning are those lapis earrings!
    Sylvia also looks wonderful and all of her outfits. What fun had !

    • Greetje
      13 June 2018 / 13:24

      Yes, I thought you might like all of our outfits. Usually we are quite the trouser women but we do make an effort as well.

      • 14 June 2018 / 18:21

        Ah , you know me well !

  16. 13 June 2018 / 15:59

    I love your earrings that you got from Ador! They work brilliantly with your blue shoes and the blue bag in the second bunch of photos. I love them on you; they suit your haircut really well.

    AND those yellow trousers are just glorious. You’ve added some pretty amazing pieces to your wardrobe lately, lady. I see the credit card is not shivering in the freezer any more 🙂 You ladies look like you’re having such a great time. The outfits come together so well I wouldn’t have noticed the four colours issue if you hadn’t mentioned it. xx

    • Greetje
      13 June 2018 / 19:52

      It was Sylvia who taught me years ago that usually an outfit consisting of two colours benefits from adding a (subtle) third. Catherine, of course, knows how to throw in many more colours and they all blend and combine. I remember Catherine doing a blogpost about it, asking everyone to check their wardrobe. I found out I did not have one single outfit with more than 3 colours. Well, apart from the one with a top in three colours, which doesn’t count.
      So I was very pleased with myself as for me it is not easy to come up with more than three.
      Ironically my credit cards benefits from my bad knee. As I have to cancel trips and claim train and plane tickets, plus I do not spend any money while being away. The cash I had saved for that is now in my savings account. And with Visa as I needed compensation to comfort me. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of Ador.

  17. 15 June 2018 / 18:50

    Love how Anja styled that pretty dress with shorts for a bit of extra coverage. Bravo to you for mixing the colours. It’s easier to do when the bold colours are confined to the accessories, but the yellow pants are wonderful, and you could wear lots of different coloured accessories with them. I really like your bracelet made from the broken china set in silver.

    Nice to see you were able to spend some time with Sylvia. Glad she didn’t tumble into the water!

    • Greetje
      16 June 2018 / 09:38

      Sylvia and I spent quite some time together so I feature her regularly on my blog. I mean, two bloggers together… photo opportunities!
      The bracelet is quite special and I never wore it much because I had the old fashioned idea that you could not mix silver jewellery with gold. Now I have shaken that thought. Why not?
      I am also mixing blue with black and brown with black. Slowly getting there. My last conquest is sneakers with a dress. Oh and wide cropped trousers although I will never be a big fan of the latter.

  18. 17 June 2018 / 10:45

    Nice looks, pictures and ladies, meaning you and Sylvia. The ballerinas are not that bad. But I understand what you’re saying.

    • Greetje
      17 June 2018 / 17:13

      I know you understand my feelings towards ballerinas. I wear them because they are made of cotton instead of leather, so my feet don’t blister. With a pointy toe I can stomach them better.

  19. 24 June 2018 / 06:03

    Hahaha, people into bushes? Great idea! There are some amazing shots here of all of you. That’s what I love, a little bit of everything. And congratulations on expanding your colour range. Perfect look. I’m glad you’re feeling that freedom even if you don’t choose to use it all the time. Thanks for sharing this splendid day!

    • Greetje
      24 June 2018 / 12:08

      I even did it again yesterday (four colours). The sharing joy is entirely mine.

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