Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirtThis leopard print top is exactly right for the fall weather. Not too warm and not too cold. Usually in the Netherlands, this in-between-weather lasts for about a week, almost 2 weeks. Then we plunge into the cold. There are many in-between-clothes in my wardrobe and I never get the chance to wear them. Last Sunday when these pictures were taken was a horrible day; wind and rain and hail storms. My new photographer Kitty didn’t have time until a week later, my photographer Loes is on holiday and my husband Ron as photographer is out of the question. What to do?

Ron suggested to ask his friend Georg (pronounced as George) as he has a new camera. If that camera was to take better pictures, I could buy one too and our troubles would be over. Over dinner Friday night at our house (sea mussels with garlic sauce), Georg agreed to do a shoot in the lovely Teyler’s Museum at my request so we would be protected from wind and rain.

As I was driving to his house that Sunday, I realised it was madness. Why drag this poor man from his warm home into the cold, with the big risk of the photos being too dark (museum and dark weather) and/or bad hair photos due to the rain. I cancelled at the last minute. We had however also arranged to eat at their house with the “left-overs” from Friday and some more delicious fish. As I was already on my way and had all the food with me, I drove on, dropped the goods off and headed back home. Later when we arrived for dinner it was still early and Georg took some shots anyway despite all the bad circumstances. They turned out pretty good. A little bit grainy which is to be expected.

Below: Of course this is not a photo I would normally show as it failed. But Marla (Georg’s wife) and I laughed so loud when we saw it, I hope it makes you laugh as well. Dopey.

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Below: To make up for the strange face above, here is a better one. Marla kept saying: “eyes open!” and I kept replying: “can’t do that when I am laughing”.

Leopard print top

Below: Now, what was I doing in the above pictures? I pretended to wind this old clock. With emphasis on the pretend. (I also crudely photoshopped a stack of magazines from the photo. We didn’t shove them aside enough.)

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Below: Python print shoes. By Fred de la Bretonniere. A Dutch shoe and bag designer. The strange thing is, Knee is fine with these heels, even though Knee is far from healed. Odd.

Python print pumps

Below: Marla suggested a photo with the mirror. Nice! A free stylist as well. The skirt is from the Max Mara outlet and you saw it before with a brown top and brown boots. The top is by Marc Cain, which is, despite the name, a German brand.

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Below: Close-up of the belt. Bought this beautiful belt second hand, never worn, at Today’s Vintage. Remember I told you I got away with a couple of belts in my post a few weeks back? The hem of my top was turning up a bit. It does that all the time with this skirt. Annoying.

Cream belt

Below: Our friends have a lovely home and the fire was too good to pass up as a photo opportunity.

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Below: I was drinking Baileys Irish Cream. And not because it coordinated nicely with my outfit. The diamond ring is antique and a present from Ron.

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Below: I had to cut off the shoes in this picture as the soles were very much in sight. Kitty had taught me only the other week, never to show the soles of your shoes. Of course, dog Charlie was with us. She is a good dog who knows how to behave. That is, when she doesn’t let one fly (excuse me… too much information?).

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Below: Picking wine from the wine cabinet. Just for the photo as I don’t know the first thing about wines. Neither do I drink wine. Sometimes a bit of champagne but no red or white wine. Just don’t like it. Coffee liqueur is my thing.

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Wide tops are not that fashionable anymore, but they do cover a multitude of sins. Nevertheless I am longing for more fitted tops again and the fashion runways agree. This leopard print top is not the best colour near my face, but rules are to be broken. I really like it and it is very much on trend. I think the skirt had to be midi or maxi. Tough luck, this will have to do.

What happened in my life this week?

The weekend was filled with 2 dinners with friends Georg and Marla as you read above. On the Saturday I met Selina, “my” editor, for a coffee. She was over from London for the wedding of a (Dutch) friend. Such a lovely girl (Selina I mean). Rushed off as that afternoon we went boating with our friends Maurits and Marcel. I wasn’t too keen as the weather wasn’t nice. Nevertheless, we had a jolly good day. What can go wrong when you are with friends, right?

Below: The houses in Amsterdam were leaning on each other as if they were drunk. Grey weather.

Below: Lovely food for lunch on the boat, courtesy of our friends. Strange looking (red) house across the canal.

Let me see, what happened next? Oh, I wore the leopard print top outfit at the beginning of the week to the office and saw two colleagues with leopard print.

Below: “Did you also get the memo?”

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Wednesday was a busy day with another photo shoot by Georg (poor soul). I told him I wouldn’t bother him with more sessions, because like Ron, he is not that keen on this type of photography. But he is very kind. Photos of that session will be on the blog next week. Went to the mesologist for my headache problem. She is solving it bit by bit. And I bought pretty flowers.

Rest of the week, work, work, work.

I am talking about my week from Saturday up to and including Friday. That way Selina has some time to edit my post. Which means that Marijke’s 60th birthday party on Saturday will be in my next week’s blog post.


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  1. 30 September 2018 / 17:47

    Wow Greetje, what a stylish outfit. It goes so well with your friend’s gorgeous classy house too. I love the belt you’re wearing, especially because of the surprising detail of the silver coloured ring. All in all an outfit that is super fitting for this in-between season as well as for more classy venues. It’s great how you can wear so many different styles, from casual jeans to ravishing red roaring suits to today’s classy skirt in a neutral colour scheme. No wonder you like shopping so much! Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      30 September 2018 / 17:59

      I often wanted to answer the question: what is your signature style. The only answer I have been able to give is: “all over the place”. Indeed shopping is my favourite pastime. I know, I am a simple person whahaha.

  2. jodie filogomo
    30 September 2018 / 18:20

    I love that all three of you had on animal prints—-talk about great minds thinking alike!!
    And I have a ton of these tops too with pretty much the same problem. It’s not the weather as much as the problem is me. I’m ALWAYS cold, so I’m constantly layering once the temperature gets below 70…..now that’s a problem I’d love to solve.

    • Greetje
      30 September 2018 / 21:26

      I tried to solve it with layering underneath. Very thin but warm fitted shirts with 3/4 sleeves. It helps a lot.

    • Greetje
      30 September 2018 / 21:27

      Because I can wear anything to work, I never think in terms of work outfit or party outfit or casual outfit. I just wear according to my mood.

  3. 30 September 2018 / 20:39

    The neckline of your top is very 1950’s, I like that and I love the leopard. Isn’t it incredible how many second hand items are unworn? I think people just buy too many clothes and then forget about them or something. I don’t know, it’s crazy really but hey ho we benefit 😉
    You shot of the beige Amsterdam houses is just so stunning I’d hang it!

    • Greetje
      30 September 2018 / 21:28

      There are very rich women who put their stuff into second hand stores. It is just hard to find those particular stores in the Netherlands. Fortunately Today’s Vintage is such a store. If you want the shot of the Amsterdam houses in high resolution, just let me know.

    • Greetje
      30 September 2018 / 21:30

      Oh wait a minute, I shot those Amsterdam houses with my iPhone. It is only 1.6 MB.

  4. 30 September 2018 / 22:41

    OH Greetje you look so darling in this outfit, and what a week you’ve had! I think my favourite photo is the one of you at work with all three of you in leopard print… fabulous. Also, did I know that you didn’t drink wine???? Did I actually read that correctly, because I’m struggling to believe it.

    I wish you a lovely week, and I hope you are headache free.

    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 14:12

      So far I am headache free. Even after “sinning” a lot with food and alcohol this weekend. My weight has gone up again… back to lettuce and water.
      And yes I do not drink wine. Champagne yes, red and white no. Don’t like it at all. It always surprised me but people usually think I drink and smoke. And I bet they think I cheat on my husband as well haha. Rock and roll image. None of it is true. Nowadays haha.

  5. Jeanette Juraschka
    30 September 2018 / 23:25

    I love your outfit of the day. I think the top is very flattering to your face and hair. I noticed the top has slits on the side. If you took out some of the stitching and made the slits a bit longer, the hem might lay flatter and not roll on you, just an idea. I always enjoy seeing the photos of Amsterdam, one of my favorite cities.

    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 14:14

      Thanks Jeanette. Your idea of altering the slits is very good, but I am always scared to do anything with knitted things. I often wound up with a ruined piece of clothing. Perhaps on other skirts or trousers it will not ride up. I will test it.

  6. 30 September 2018 / 23:31

    LOOOVE This outfit! All of the animal print is gorgeous. I’ve been falling for pleated skirts for a while now (so vintage!) and thrifted a great one recently.

    Your top has a boat neckline, also very vintage inspired. I adore that kind of neckline.


    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 14:15

      It was the fitted shape and the neckline that sold me on this top. Leopard print isn’t hard to find. But the neck … so fifties.

  7. Sharon Daly
    30 September 2018 / 23:42

    What a wonderful post! You look adorable, and the photos of the house, your friends, and the boating party all made me smile.

    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 21:50

      Ah.. you used the magic words: I made you smile. That is why I blog. To make you smile or even laugh. My reason for being. So thank you very much for telling me this.

  8. Wendy
    30 September 2018 / 23:51

    Thank you for sharing. I love that you show all photos ….”strange face” is great. I love the photo of the houses as well, it does look like a picture you could frame.

    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 21:49

      The pleasure is all mine. Really it is. Thank you for reading and commenting. I am quite pleased with this outfit myself, even though it isn’t bright in colour. Which usually is better for me. But I think it doesn’t really drain me.
      I shared the “strange face photo” because in my book a laugh will always rank higher than vanity.

  9. Laurie Nelson
    30 September 2018 / 23:59

    Dear Greetje,

    This outfit is beautiful – I wish I were tall enough to wear it! Thank you for your posts!

    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 21:44

      Ah.. we always wish for the things we don’t have. Like I want thick and long curly hair. Instead of thin, straight hair (and little of it). But it is better to emphasize the good points YOU have and try and hide the bad points a bit. Knowing my strength is in my legs, I put the spot on them.

  10. Kristine
    1 October 2018 / 01:07

    Love your outfit! LOVE your Korthals Griffon!❤️

    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 21:43

      Thank Kristine. You know what kind of dog it is. Well done. Not many know this. She is such a sweetheart. Always has been as well. And Ron trained her very well.

  11. Lucretia Roletta
    1 October 2018 / 02:46

    You look great! See, you can wear light colors!!!
    Love your photos of Amsterdam.

    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 21:41

      Well, I am pretty happy with this outfit, but as a rule these are not my colours. Bright colours like yellow, green, orange, navy blue, fuchsia and red are much better.
      Amsterdam never fails.

  12. Marilee J. Gramith
    1 October 2018 / 06:24

    I love the fact that your posts are unpredictable in that you always find ways to incorporate your friends, entertaining gatherings and even the search for a post photographer into your blog. There’s such charm in the pictures you laugh about with friends and the dog who’s wind was fortunately NOT in the photo! There’s this wonderful authenticity in what and how you share your life and what you wore to live it!:-)

    Your outfit is really classy. Those creamy neutral colors have a sophistication that lasts through the trends and you look just lovely here Greetje. That darn knee is taking it’s time in healing but I know you’ll continue to be cautious with your footwear choices…while gritting your teeth 🙂

    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 21:40

      I have to say Jude, that I wouldn’t know how to write or make a blog post any other way. This is me and I tell it how I talk. People who know me, often say they can hear me speak when they read it.
      Nothing easier than writing about your every day life. At least you always have material. Making things up, creating a book for instance seems much more difficult to me.
      The outfit represents a side of me which I do not show enough I think. It is usually jeans or trousers, but I really do love skirts and dresses as well.

  13. 1 October 2018 / 09:25

    Love this sleek look on you Greetje. The top is a great shape and one that I’d wear too – so flattering for your shape to emphasise the bust. It’s a very elegant outfit in total and isn’t it grand that all of these animal prints have become so accepted as normal now instead of the racy connotations they used to have. Also love the “memo” shot with your friends – right up my street. Well done with your latest new photographer – how many are you employing currently? hahaha!

    Have a super week!
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 21:36

      Usually I do not emphasize the bust. I was so focussed on a fitted shape and that lovely collar that I had overlooked the fact it enlarges your bosom. Never mind.
      We used to have a famous Dutch TV programme about three women in one family who always wore animal print clothes, head to toe, every day. They were pretty common, especially the mother. Ron still has them in his mind when he sees leopard print.
      I don’t care. Told him animal print has been a female preference for as long as we can remember.
      My photographers? Two in steady employment and one back-up haha. All non paid. And I have an editor now. Also non-paid. I cannot believe my luck with such lovely people.

  14. Selina
    1 October 2018 / 11:08

    You’re making me rethink leopard print. Once upon a time I had a leopard print dress. It was very daring for me at age 23. I may revisit this idea. The outfit is so elegant on you and once again, am envious of your legs

    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 21:31

      I am always very careful how much animal print I use in an outfit. Usually not more than one, and 2 in exceptions. This was clearly an exception haha. Couldn’t resist the python pumps.
      My legs… yes I am very lucky to have them. I don’t have a good skin (the opposite), but I do have nicely shaped legs. So I put the emphasis on them. Figures, right?

  15. josep-maria
    1 October 2018 / 11:36

    How I like to see you with these classic and elegant looks! How much I like to see you with your pleated skirt, so feminine and pretty! How beautiful and balanced is this outfit with your skirt and the animal print on the shirt and on the shoes! The entire outfit, the whole look and the whole post conveys a sense of serenity, beauty, balance, class and elegance. All that, along with your beautiful hairstyle, your pretty figure, your beauty and your kindness make a super attractive proposal, despite the unfocused photo! LOL

    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 16:27

      Too much honour. Really. I cannot handle this haha. You make me vain Josep-Maria. Oh all right… keep them coming.

  16. 1 October 2018 / 12:28

    Very elegant look! You achieved your mission in life too as that dopey picture did make me laugh out loud. You’re too funny to show it to us!

    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 16:00

      So glad I made you laugh.. Always very pleased when you comment.

  17. 1 October 2018 / 15:55

    You look fabulous. I think the leopard top suits you and your colouring. Great picture of you and the girls at work all wearing animal print. Nice to hear your knee is improving, I can sympathise as I am also suffering and it is now affecting my attendance at the gym. Please keep the local photos of the houses and canals coming. I just love the Netherlands.

    • Greetje
      1 October 2018 / 16:26

      Actually I think bright colours suit me better, but I couldn’t resist this collar and the fit. In two weeks you will have a treat with Haarlem pictures. Next week garden pictures.

  18. 1 October 2018 / 23:56

    I really like the leopard print top with the skirt, belt, and shoes and I am not one to wear animal prints. Looks good.

    • Greetje
      2 October 2018 / 08:16

      I know what you mean. I quite like animal prints but a I am careful how I wear them. Usually just one item per outfit with such a print. When I tried the python pumps I thought they would be too much, but no, it was all right. The classy skirt might have steered the outfit away from being tacky.

  19. 2 October 2018 / 18:21

    Your husband‘s friend did a wonderful job with these photos. I love your leopard shoes. How funny that everyone dressed in this fabulous print at the office. LOL. It does look as though those buildings were a bit drunk! The photographs of you and that lovely house is spectacular and my favorites are the ones of you by the fireplace .

    • Greetje
      2 October 2018 / 20:53

      Me and the fireplace… I couldn’t resist the setting haha. Yes Georg did a good job indeed. I am very grateful. Very much fall pictures don’t you think?

  20. 3 October 2018 / 04:12

    The indoor photos came out really well! I love the leopard top (but you know me and leopard…always good in my book!). I’ll have to remember about the coffee liqueur for the next time we get together. 😉

    • Greetje
      3 October 2018 / 16:58

      I was not sure on how the indoor photos would turn out, but you are right, they turned out well. So happy with that. You are still planning to come to Paris in December, right? Knee is improving but I am not convinced yet that I can book a trip and be any fun in Paris.

  21. 7 October 2018 / 02:14

    This is surprising to see you in an outfit without many colors. You pull off this neutral pallet very beautifully. What you lack in color, you more than make up for in texture and prints.
    How funny that you three dressed so similarly…animal prints galore. I also got the memo. I wore leopard print pumps today. I hope your headache has gone and left you alone for good.
    Rich cream skirt too, very beautiful!

    • Greetje
      7 October 2018 / 15:16

      Thanks Elle. Animal print is THE trend this year and I think a lot of women like that. Hence the memo scored.

  22. 8 October 2018 / 18:25

    The third photo is such a great capture! This is such a classy outfit by which I mean that the shapes are flattering and you could go anywhere in this and look put-together and very chic. You look lovely Greetje!

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 20:44

      Thanks Shelley, it sounds rather conceited to say this, but I agree with you haha.

  23. 8 October 2018 / 19:56

    I cracked up at the goofy photo. And I sighed at the beauty of the photo of you with the wine. I always want to lighten my photos but this one proves how some darkness really creates a wonderful, quiet mood. Very nice. Georg and Marla have a beautiful home and Georg got some great shots.

    I see animal prints everywhere right now. Too fun that your colleagues were wearing animal print too. Hahaha! And what a relief to find heels that don’t bother your knee. I have heels that feel like flats and then heels that feel like mountain-climbing (not worn much at all). Great post again, Greetje.

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 20:48

      I find it a strange phenomenon, some flat shoes aren’t comfortable for my knee and others are. And it is the same with high heels. The fact that those high heels don’t really bother the knee baffles me. But three orthopaedists told me so. I agree with you that Georg and Marla have a beautiful home.

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