Last week I spent two days in Amsterdam – it was half business, half leisure, and I had the most fabulous time. Friday’s post explains why I was there for business… today I’m talking about the outfit I wore on the second day for the sightseeing part of the trip (and on the plane home)!
I’ve created a little collage of the lovely day I spent with Greetje – scroll down to see the snaps I took. She showed me all the interesting small shops and boutiques (it was nice to avoid all the chain stores) and we ate delicious food in equal measures of healthy and naughty and took several tea and coffee breaks. The weather was predicted to be just about the worst you could possibly imagine: 50mph winds and pouring rain (not a good start). Although it was pretty bad in the morning, by the time met and had had our first cafe stop it actually brightened up and we enjoyed lots of sunshine with just a few short showers in between.
Sunshine on a day you’re not expecting any at all is just the best type, isn’t it…?
So this is the outfit I wore for that second day and then to catch my plane home – it was a 10pm flight so it had to be really, really comfortable to last me the day and not cheese me off (see what I did there – Amsterdam, cheese?! That was a cheesy joke, I’m sorry…)
I photographed the outfit properly at home over the weekend because I just wanted to enjoy my day with Greetje and not worry about having to get outfit photos done. However, those of you that follow her will know that a blog post about our day is bound to pop up on her blog before long – it’s only a matter of time, I can feel it!
Feeling like a 1970s Ralph Lauren advert
If you saw my InstaStories last week you may have seen that in the morning before leaving I did a quick story of the outfit saying how I felt like I’d stepped out of a 1970s Ralph Lauren advert… all vaguely hippyish florals with boots and a hat. Maybe I do look like that, maybe I don’t – either way I don’t mind because I am SO into this kind of look right now:
SHOP THE LOOK:
If I could justify buying several more floral maxi dresses I would – they’re so easy to wear at this time of year. You’re comfortable, you’re warm (just layer up with long sleeve tees or roll necks underneath) and you’re not in need of heels to make the dress work (unlike midi dresses which, on me, benefit from heels).
This floral maxi dress is the hero piece from the JD Williams video I’ve recently appeared in and it’s currently on sale (bonus!) – though judging by the positive reactions I’m getting about it (for example a young chap complimented me on the dress as we were boarding the plane) I think you need to move FAST if you want one. If you miss out on your size don’t fret, I have several more options at the end of the pictures.
The other part of this outfit I love is the footwear: introducing my very cool tan ankle boots. I usually go for knee-high boots but thought I’d try some ankle boots that don’t have high heels for a change. And OMG how I love these tough-looking beauties! Equally perfect with a maxi dress or trousers (skinnies, boyfriend jeans, peg legs), as with pretty much all Lotus shoes they are supremely comfortable. They’re great for walking the dog, doing the shopping, travelling on a plane or having a day out in the city (I’ve done all of the above in them).
YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK LIKE A TOURIST EITHER, BUT DRESS TO PLEASE YOURSELF. ALWAYS.
The finishing touches for the outfit were the tan belt to give the dress some shape and tie in the colour of the boots, a fedora to keep my hair from going scarecrow-like in the galeforce winds and my biker jacket and vintage scarf (I decided not to photograph it with them back home as I didn’t want to cover up the dress).
Not dressing like a local
I think it’s safe to say I wasn’t dressed like the locals – I was a little too colourful (even with a black jacket!) to blend in. But I like that; I don’t think when you go to a city you need to look like a local. I often hear women who say they want to dress like the women in Paris, for example, when they go there to blend in… I always think the opposite. You don’t have to look like a tourist either, but dress to please yourself. Always.
You never know, you too may get a nice young chap come and compliment you on your outfit…! 😉
So do add your outfits to this week’s link up – and if you’ve added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured next week!
WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO OUTFIT FOR A DAY SIGHTSEEING OR PLANE-TRAVELLING? COMMENT BELOW, OR TAKE IT TO TWITTER @NOTLAMB!
Above: All the things we did and saw, from the (utterly fabulous) shops and cafes to the canals and bicycles (of course!) to the food – both healthy and naughty. Greetje is the most fun ever and she kept me laughing ALL day.
Dress: JD Williams c/o (currently on sale!!)
Boots: Lotus c/o
Bag: Hobbs c/o (similar)
Hat: La Redoute (similar save, similar splurge)
Belt: Dorothy Perkins (I love this one)
Earrings: Eternal Collection c/o (I adore these)
Watch: River Island (similar)
OTHER 70S-STYLE FLORAL MAXI DRESSES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
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