Embroidered jeans and Romanian ethnic t-shirt? I told you Dutch people live in jeans. I, on the other hand, only like jeans when they tell me a story. High waist, perfect blue and colorful quirky patches, all designed by Gigi Hadid for Tommy Hilfiger. The story of a former American teenager turned famous who plays with numbers, icons and food patches. Combined with the story of a not so famous Romanian mândra. Mândra is a Romanian word which can either refer to the woman you love or a handsome woman, but also to a proud woman. The first two meanings are usually found in folklore, poetry and songs. The ethnic printed t-shirt was a present from a dear Romanian friend. It plays with words in a slogan which basically says: ‘I am a handsome woman from Maramures’, the county in Romania where I was born. Who, moi?
Last Sunday when I visited the Openluchtmuseum (Open-Air Museum) in Arhnem, I could not think about a better outfit. Openluchtmuseum offers an interactive meeting with the history of the Netherlands. The concept is similar with that of the Muzeul Satului (Village’s Museum) in Bucharest. The Dutch people do not have the best weather, but they sure have a beautiful architecture. And windmills to spice up the gingerbread houses. From riding an old bike, an old tram to assisting the cotton paper making process and visiting several windmills brought from different regions of the Netherlands, there is an impressive offer for both children and adults.
I was not particularly handy in riding the penny-farthing. I mean, really, how do you keep your balance? Apparently this was the first model to be called a bicycle in 1891. Its weird name comes from the British penny and farthing coins, one much larger than the other, so that the side view resembles a penny leading a farthing. So the Dutch did not invent the bicycle? But they sure behave as they did. Take the example of the teenager who rode it right after me. The moment she touched those tiny pedals, she nailed it. Seeing that I went straight for some poffertjes (Dutch sweets looking like small pancakes served with a lot of butter and even more sugar powder (?)) hopping it might curtail my penny-farthing shame. Keep it colorful!
Jeans: Tommy Hilfiger Gigi Hadid; Jacket: Massimo Dutti (old but you can find velvet affordable blazers here); T-shirt: Mandra Chic ; Shoes: Fred de la Bretonniere (old, but similar here and also here); Clutch: Essential Antwerp