Dressing in black and white for colourful Amsterdam

by Sylvia

Dressing in a black and white animal print dress

As you may have read, I was celebrating my birthday this week as well as catch up with friends. I did both on a recent trip to Amsterdam. It has become a yearly ritual to shop the “9 straatjes” or 9 little streets, which are nine exquisite streets in the heart of Amsterdam, which host the most delightful little shops. It takes us a whole day to cover them all, as well as some other favorite shops which I visit on a yearly basis.

animal print dress

I was told that this was one of the warmest days Holland has experienced the whole year and Amsterdam looked amazing in the sunshine. As for dressing, there are always a few challenges when it comes to days like this. Especially as I was going to meet up with some friends for diner in the evening to celebrate my birthday. The red dress that I had initially planned to wear for the occassion (as my birthday diner was first planned for another day) was too chic for a whole day of shopping. Instead I opted for this alternative, which is a dress I picked up in the Singapore sales. This dress can be dressed up or down. More casual for day time as worn here, and dressed up if you add a fancy clutch and some heels.

Since I would be walking the whole day, heels were not an option, so I opted for these comfortable sandals instead. I actually paired the dress with a casual white jacket, but did not need it in the end as the weather was so good. I also took my comfortable backpack so I would be able to carry my (heavy) camera all day!

wearing leggings

My friend Saskia was rocking leggings with ankle booties and a draped top. As you can see she can rock leggings like a pro, highlighting her sky high legs. From what I saw in the Dutch shops ankle boots are going to be really big this coming season as I saw many in all kinds of variations.


Her bag was very nice too! The plastic bag contained a new purchase from Cora Kemperman, a Dutch designer, where I was also successful in buying a printed skirt!

amsterdam cleaning brigade

And this is what happens when you are attempting a ‘photo shoot’ in Amsterdam. All of a sudden the cleaning brigade appears. The whole street got blocked, cars were parked in front of us and street cleaning cars were doing their work. It’s a busy road….

Amsterdam Style

I had an absolute blast this day in Amsterdam. The weather was gorgeous, I was successful with my shopping and bought some fabulous things. My diner party in the evening  was so much fun, that I forgot to take pictures, which is a  real shame…

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Wow! LOVE the dress and sandals! Happy belated birthday!


Thank you Brenda!


Belated Happy Birthday!!



Thanks Kim!


Very nice dress. Good buy. The nifty necklace adds the colour and works well with this dress. Works well with anything it seems.
Like those sandals on you as well. Wish I could wear them.


Thanks Greetje. I think so too. If I get tired of the longer length, I can easily make it shorter. These sandals are my favorite. One of the best buys ever!

Heather Fonseca

You look great! Can’t wait for the rest of your posts. We’re not going far this year and I need to live vicariously through my blogging friends.


Thanks Heather. Will do my best to try and get some good images from nice locations!


Gorgeous dress! Love your sandals,they seem to be really comfortable.. Glad to see your having a great time and fabulous weather.


Thank you Robert. Yes they are and very versatile as well. These sandals look good with almost anything!


Both you and Saskia looked nice that day and it was gorgeous weather and a lovely girlfriend-dinner indeed. Isn’t Amsterdam just great??!!!


And so did you Tanja in your very casual look. Pity I forgot to take photographs….


Who is Tanja, hahaha?!


Ha ha funny. Did you not always want to be called that :)

Red Tag Chic Los Angeles

Looks like you had a fun birthday Sylvia…..you look great in that dress dear!



Thanks Rebecca!

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

What a wonderful day – even the weather was in on the party! Love your sunny dress and sandals, and the cool necklace for accent. Happy birthday!


Thanks Patti. I was very lucky indeed. It’s cold and drizzling today again!


Happy Birthday! And great birthday outfit too – the animal print dress is fabulous!


Thank you Veshoevius and thanks for your first comment on my site!


What a great way to celebrate a birthday!! You look fabulous, and I especially like how you included that pop of red in the pendant for zing. Saskia is gorgeous. I’m like you – I’ll lug my camera around to a special event and then don’t use it being caught up in the spirit of the occasion. Oh well, as long as our memories hold out…


Thanks Melanie. At least I have the photos above! I’m sure that the memory will last. It’s not often that I have several of my Dutch girlfriends in one room….


Everyone above just said it all. You both look brilliant! Love the dress, sandals and leggings too.
Happy Birthday 2 U!


Thank you Aileen!

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