Dutch Style Inspiration from Oma

I decided that it is finally time for me to write a review of Oma for our Beautiful Bicycles series. She and I have been together for nearly a year! For the occasion I put together an outfit and hairstyle inspired by her roots. Granted, I know very little about Holland – this is my interpretation of a vintage Dutch look, pulled out of my imagination.

9-4 outfit

9-4 dress

9-4 vintage dress

9-4 shoes

9-4 locket

Dress: vintage
Shoes: vintage
Cardigan: Cynthia Steffe
Bag: Chloe
Bicycle Locket: Makool
Earrings: made for me by bff Melissa
Helmet: Nutcase Starburst
Bicycle: Azor Oma

Of course, I don’t just dress up and pose in front of Oma, I actually ride her dressed like this (well, with my helmet on)!

9-4 ride

Finally, I had to get a picture with my sweet kitty Chloe, a Norwegian Forrest Cat.  Norway is close to Holland, right?  ;)  She cracks me up.

9-4 Chloe

Cat: P.A.W.S. Chicago

These pictures became a post of their own, so the Beautiful Bicycles Azor Oma review is forthcoming :)

Happy Labor Day weekend!

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34 thoughts on “Dutch Style Inspiration from Oma

  1. Elisa M says:

    you are adorable!

  2. Xtra says:

    Greg is one lucky dude.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Awesome photos! Like the cat too. Have a good long weekend… :)

  4. Holland is one of my favorite countries. I used to think of moving there and spent a month in Amsterdam. I don’t know if that’s the typical Dutch look (I think the Dutch both men and women like wearing loose pants), but if I saw you there, I would probably assume you were a native.

  5. Sarah says:

    Lovely! How do you always manage to look like a model in the photos you post?

    • dottie says:

      Ha, I take a crap load of pics and then discard all the ones where I have a double chin, squinty eyes, or a sour facial expression – which is almost all of them.

  6. Steven Vance says:

    You’re an ideal Omafiets spokesperson.

  7. calitexican says:

    love the following:
    bag…swoon worthy.
    shoes…i have a weakeness for mary janes w/ heels.
    bangs (!!!)
    bike locket

    :)

  8. Anu says:

    Hey thanks for dropping by.

    Your website is totally cool, love it and am going to bookmark it!!

    I see you are wearing the bicycle locket (isn’t it lovely and goes with the Dutch theme).

  9. Beany says:

    You do look adorable! As does Chloe. Happy long weekend!

  10. meligrosa says:

    love the outfit!!! you’re so gorgeous and that kitty AWWW <3
    xo/meli

  11. Lorenza says:

    Lovely!! Adore the shoes ;) how did you do the hair, looks lovely too :D look forward to reading review on Oma! xxx

  12. What a nice de-lawyering! That is a very good look for you, from hair to cut of the clothing to colour-scheme. Looking forward to the Oma review. Oh, and you should invest in some wooden clogs!

  13. Mamavee says:

    I can’t get over how different you look. You looked great before, but as Lovely Bicycle says it’s a lovely de- lawyering.

    And you are a tease! can’t wait for the review!!

  14. Zweiradler says:

    Lovely photos. Unfortunately I’m allergic to kitties :cry:

    Nico

  15. Frits B says:

    Joining the queue of “lovely & adorable” but definitely un-Dutch: none of us have your sense of style. We’re notorious for that.

    As for Norway: it’s close to Holland if you first travel part of Germany, then the length of Denmark and a good portion of Sweden, at least if you don’t swim the Kattegat. All quiet well-organised cycling country, flat too. Planes do it in an hour, so yes, seen through American eyes it’s close.

  16. Dean Peddle says:

    Ironically the only Dutch style you have is riding without your helmet which you don’t typically do. The Dutch like to wear tight jeans, BIG high heeled boots that go up to their knee caps and black leather coats when riding. That’s not to say you don’t look lovely….just not Dutch.

  17. Milo Hurley says:

    Would you consider raising your saddle about an inch? I know sitting lower brings the ground nearer, and for some that’s convenient but your body and stroke/cycle would work better if you raised the saddle a bit.

    What’s the Oma weigh? Is it a three-speed or something else?

    The whole thing looks profoundly sane! Bravo!

    Milo.

    • dottie says:

      Thanks, Milo.

      You’re right. The saddle is lower than usual because it was undergoing some work and not totally fitted to me again. I’m a big proponent of high saddles and straight knees :)

      My Oma is about 45 pounds. She is an eight speed, though I generally keep her in 5th gear.

  18. miss sarah says:

    So pretty! Both you, and the bike. Do you want to borrow Dougal for your basket?

    S*

  19. Sarah says:

    I love this look! Especially the shoes!

  20. Yvette says:

    Lovely! Your hair reminds me (don’t take that the wrong way) of a series of photos taken of Sylvia Plath with her children–love it! See what I mean here: http://www.emory.edu/EMORY_MAGAZINE/autumn_2005/assets/Daffodils.jpg

    I too ride in skirts but have one little problem: keeping the hems down–not flying up or riding up my thigh. Not very modest! Any tips?

    • dottie says:

      Hi Yvette,

      I knew exactly which picture you were talking about before I clicked the link. I actually had that picture in my head when I was thinking about my hair with my new bangs. Sylvia Plath is my favorite poet, so this is fun to hear!

      Tips for keeping hems down: my favorite trick is to clip a binder clip (like the ones used in offices) on the bottom inside hem of my skirt. This acts as a weight to keep the skirt down between my legs. Depending on how light the skirt is, this doesn’t always work. Then I either ride one-handed while the other hand holds down my skirt or plan to wear bike shorts underneath :) Another trick is to wear a garter belt and then stick a safety pin from your hem to your garter belt. Let us know how it goes!

    • dottie says:

      More re: skirts. Here is a post we did a little while back that may be further help.

  21. An adorable look I would say. Its a mixture of style and simplicity.

    I liked it :)

  22. Terrill says:

    Here are a few clips that should give you a nice idea of what cycling is like in the Netherlands. A trip there is definitely worth it. There is a nice Dutch breakfast resturant on Western just south of Lawrence if you are seeking more Dutch flavor.

  23. Terrill says:

    Here is another nice videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTWOZ9eM-q4&feature=related

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