I’m in The Netherlands again which means I get to hang out with my friend Greetje. We like to wander around and explore new towns and on this day we ventured out to Alkmaar.

A sunny day in the Netherlands | 40plusstyle.com

Alkmaar is known for its cheese market but is also a quaint town with canals, lots of cute little streets and fun boutiques to match.

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As you can see the sun was out which means everyone goes outdoors so sit on one of the many beautiful outdoor terraces in Alkmaar. It was also a great opportunity to wear my new hat.

Terraces in Alkmaar | 40plusstyle.com
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Chic hat for the daytime and afternoon | 40plusstyle.com

Just by accident Greetje was dressed in the same colors as me: red, white and blue.

Bold colors paired with pants white outfit by Greetje | 40plusstyle.com

You may recognise the top as i bought this in Australia a few years ago. I love it when something old goes perfectly with something new. This striped skirt from Stella Carakasi is right up my alley. The Fly London sandals (similar) are still a favorite for city trips. (for many more great options for good arch support shoes go here)

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Explore the Netherlands in style! | 40plusstyle.com

Of course we did some shopping too. I bought this fabulous dress. It’s a reversible dress that you can wear both ways and I especially love the right version.

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The striped fabric comes in pants too which I wore on another day while visiting a market in Haarlem. It works really well with my asymmetrical knitted top (similar) and paired with my Antelope sandals.

Striped pants with and asymmetrical top make a stylish look! | 40plusstyle.com

Here is another knitted high-low top that I wore paired with my older asymettrical booties from Antelope.

Chic knitted high-low top with asymmetrical shoes | 40plusstyle.com

And finally here is an asymmetrical tunic from Stella Carakasi (another option) worn for another sunny (but windy) day.

Pair a wide brimmed hat with a chic tunic for the perfect sunny day style | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit details:

– Patterned top (old) Dogstar Clothing
– Striped skirt: Stella Carakasi
Black Fly London sandals
– Hats: Capello, Nijmegen
– Colorful dress, Lizzy & Coco (Cruz)
– Asymmetrical knitted sweater: Stella Carakasi
– Striped pants: Stella Carakasi
Antelope sandals 
– High-low knitted tunic: Stella Carakasi
– White skinnies: Stella Carakasi
– Antelope asymmetrical shoes (old) 
– Asymmetrical tunic: Stella Carakasi
– Red skirt, DKNY (old)
– Red sandals, Ganter

What are your go-to looks this summer?



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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