As I’m in The Netherlands for part of the summer I’m surrounded by Dutch style.

What is Dutch style exactly?

It tends to be comfortable, relaxed, a little bit Euro chic and lots of denim.

It’s practical too as the climate can change several times in a day and you always need to be prepared for rain.

I always wear more jeans and skinnies when I’m in The Netherlands. It happens quite naturally as it’s just practical and you get influenced by all the other stylish ladies wearing jeans.

Here are a few impressions of Dutch style from both myself and my friends.

A day with Greetje from No Fear of Fashion |

Greetje from No Fear of Fashion. Loving this simple chic outfit where accessories are key.

Women over 40's style idea: Asymmetric hair style and chic all white outfit |

I met this lady in a shop and I love her unique look. Also note her fabulous asymmetric haircut!


Greetje again who rocks skinnies like no other.

What I wore today: stylish low-cut boot |

No outfit picture from me of that day but I do have a photo of my fabulous new shoes from Papucei!

Outfit idea Anja of Curly Traveller styling a floral top with jeans |

My friend Anja who loves to combine her jeans with prints.

Outfit idea: Asymmetric dress with heels |

My new asymmetric dress that you glimpsed at in my South America article. Looks even better with heels.

Travel outfit: Silk top and In Good Company necklace |

Enjoying hot chocolate and cream at a terrace in Haarlem wearing my silk thrifted blouse and In Good Company necklace.

Travel outifit in the Netherlands: Layering with jackets and white comfy shoes |

Layers are key in The Netherlands so I often wear jackets. Note another pair of new comfy shoes from Papucei!

Unique harlem drape pants |

A little more unusual style, but I though these pants were so unique and she wore them well.

What I wore: modern 70's inspired outfit |

The image is not so clear but you get a good idea of the outfit. It gives a hint to the 70s and these pants have a similar style to my Paige Jeans. These ones are by Lois.

My travel outfit: styling a bright scarf in the Netherlands |

Here is another image of that look with bright scarf.

Travel diary outfits: Greetje's chic green coat and denim skinnies |

Greetje is looking so good with this lime green coat and denim skinnies.

My travel outfit: White pants and a crop top |

Relaxing on a lovely summer day with white 7/8 pants and my Stella Carakasi tunic and cropped top.

Paige jeans with flower patterned blazer |

My Paige jeans with a thrifted flower patterned blazer and Antelope booties.

Travel diary outfits: Anja in full blue denim and blue booties |

Finally, Anja goes for full denim and blue booties (she changed them to proper tango shoes later) for a night of tango.

What do you think of the relaxed and comfortable Dutch style and which of these outfits is your favorite?


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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