Leopard and Linen

Leopard and Linen

Happy Wednesday ladies. I want to take a moment to welcome my new readers. Here on A Well Styled Life, you will find fashion, some recipes, books, lifestyle, travel (when I can), and style tips… along with inspiration to live your best, most confident life over 50. This is a community of women who come together frequently in the comment section to share ideas, offer support and encouragement to like-minded women. I am so glad you’re here.

Now It’s time for our midweek would you wear it. In case you’re new here, each week my friend Pam and I share a mannequin we have photographed and ask if you would wear what it’s modeling. Stores dress their mannequins to show their newest merchandise but also to give us ideas for styling garments.


So tell me, ladies, would you wear this outfit? How could you style it to work for your shape and lifestyle?

Please keep your comments personal to your body and life. We love the exchange of styling ideas in the comments.

Many of us think of leopard as a cool weather pattern but there is plenty of it all summer long. Here are a few things that caught my eye-

Now let’s go see what Pam’s mannequin is modeling on Over 50 Feeling 40.

Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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  1. Amy McDonald
    July 26, 2020 / 8:03 am

    This mannequin would not tempt me to buy any of these products. She looks wrinkled and the pieces dont look good together to me. I do like the colors though.

  2. Deirdre
    July 16, 2020 / 1:12 pm

    I would love own this!!! I love a leopard jacket!

  3. Diane
    July 16, 2020 / 6:08 am

    I have a rain jacket that is like this. I love it and every time I wear it I get lots of compliments and inquiries as to where I got it. I have had it for years. I would not wear this style of top but I like the colors together.

  4. Martha Edmundson
    July 15, 2020 / 7:31 pm

    I think this is a no for me. There’s too much bulk on top with both the peplum shirt and the leopard jacket with drawstring feature. I am short and also buxom. I’m not wild about the pants either, but might wear them.

  5. Janet
    July 15, 2020 / 4:05 pm

    I’m afraid this is a big no for me. I’m not a fan of animal print, the top is shapeless and the pants look like exercise wear. There is too much bulk around the waist. This might look good on someone with an hourglass figure but it would all hang on me.

  6. Deb
    July 15, 2020 / 2:37 pm

    Have the jacket in olive green and pair with leopard scarf and muted gold t shirt top with black jeans. Definitely a fall outfit!

  7. Eve
    July 15, 2020 / 2:31 pm

    This is perfect for me with my bit of tummy and I love animal print so the only problem I would have is the pants. I like these but I prefer long pants. It looks great though.

  8. beth byrd
    July 15, 2020 / 1:15 pm

    Love the animal print jacket! I am a huge fan of animal prints and this jacket is fabulous.

    I like the color mix here, but I couldn’t wear that style of top as it would make my middle area look larger than I need it to look. The pants would be fine at full length but I don’t wear crops as my legs are short.

  9. Colleen
    July 15, 2020 / 1:14 pm

    I am attracted to the combination but perhaps not the shapes. I am very long between the nape of my neck and waist, always had to add length when I sewed for myself so I am certain the gather in the jacket would not hit the right place on me. And although the colour of the shirt beneath is great, again a peplum would not be a good choice on my thicker torso. As others have said, the warm colours would probably be considered for September and October. We’re in a heatwave here so even the colours I choose mimic the water or the sky.

    • Jennifer
      July 15, 2020 / 9:51 pm

      Water and sky colors always feel cooler to me too. Thanks for pointing that out

  10. Barbara
    July 15, 2020 / 1:09 pm

    I love the jacket and red top… Red goes very nicely with leopard prints. The pants are ok with the top also BUT not all 3 at the same time.
    I think the pants make the jacket and top look sloppy.

  11. AVC
    July 15, 2020 / 12:46 pm


  12. Gloria
    July 15, 2020 / 12:31 pm

    I would wear the top and jacket. Love both but would prefer ankle length pants. Don’t particularly like those in between pant length.

  13. Julie
    July 15, 2020 / 12:11 pm

    My first thought was…Why would anyone wear a jacket with the inside showing if the inside was simply the backside of the front material. I turn up my jacket and long-sleeve tops as long as there is a cute backside to the fabric. That seems to make the jacket look cheap. I do love leopard and red together. However, I would wear this combo in transition to fall and winter.
    I like all the pieces separately. I would style the leopard without turning up the sleeves…maybe just scrunching them.
    The top would be cute with white Bermudas or crops. The black linen crops with a black geometric print linen top.
    Of course, that is just my opinion…..I have known to be wrong!

  14. Kay
    July 15, 2020 / 11:27 am

    The top is good. I like the color. However, I remain a non-fan of animal print, so no on that jacket.

  15. Norma G
    July 15, 2020 / 11:20 am

    Since I am a fan of leopard print, the jacket is a yes for me. Not sure I would have a chance to wear it in the summer heat, but on cooler evenings, yes! The red top is not my style, peplum seems to add more bulk to my middle. I prefer a more classic tee style. The dark green linen pants are a maybe. I have several linen pants, but in lighter shades like beige, white and light grey. I even have a pair of linen pants in black, so another dark shade of linen pants might be a good thing. I don’t mind the linen wrinkles.
    I think the color combo of red, dark green and leopard is more fall than summer.

  16. Diana
    July 15, 2020 / 10:31 am

    Not a leopard fan! But I would use it in accessories shoes, purse, belt. I agree with another commentary pants look wrinkled or slept in.

    • Mary Jo
      July 15, 2020 / 10:57 am

      I like the leopard and the pants but I am not a ruffle person so the shirt would have to be different.

  17. Penelope
    July 15, 2020 / 9:51 am

    The jacket seems to be lacking something in style and I think removing the competing red top helps to upgrade the look of the jacket. . It allows the jacket to stand out as the “ star” of the outfit. In my opinion, having simpler combinations gives an outfit a classier, more polished look.

  18. Katrina
    July 15, 2020 / 9:35 am

    I agree with most here – the peplum top accentuates the waist. A plain red or black, or white tee would be more in sync with the jacket. It is a bit much of the leopard with the details on the jacket, it seems a bit busy for me, with the collar, snaps, waist drawstring on the jacket. The leopard is classy if it is smooth & understated.

  19. Dawn
    July 15, 2020 / 9:04 am

    Love the jacket with red but not the peplum style, and not for summer. I would pair the jacket with jeans and a white tee for an early fall look. Maybe add a pop of red in a shoe or purse.

  20. Norma
    July 15, 2020 / 9:01 am

    Love the jacket,definitely a buy! The top is no for me ,the pants a maybe.

  21. Barbara
    July 15, 2020 / 8:58 am

    I love the color combination, but beyond that, the outfit is not for me.
    In general, there is just too much of everything. The pants look baggy and wrinkled. The red top might be more appealing with sleeker looking pants and a more simply cut jacket. The gathered waist jacket in the assertive print, over the ruffled peplum top gives a jumbled impression that is not right for me.

  22. Lily
    July 15, 2020 / 8:29 am

    The peplum top is a no as I tuck in my tops. I prefer slim pants. That much leopard is a little out of my comfort zone, but I love the jacket as styled on the Nordstrom site with a simple grey tee and jeans. I already own 6 utility jackets but if this one turned up at my Goodwill…

    • Camla
      July 15, 2020 / 8:39 am

      I agree with Lily. Thank you for your blog; I enjoy your content.

      • Terry
        July 16, 2020 / 11:45 am

        I like the jacket and would wear it, as it goes well with my warm coloring. I seriously dislike red, so wouldn’t wear the top; it also adds too much fabric across the mid-section. Lastly, I would wear the pants if they were ankle length. No matter how popular they are, most cropped pants are the opposite of flattering and I never wear clothing with the intention of looking worse.🙂

  23. sue
    July 15, 2020 / 7:42 am

    Good morning!
    The very first comment is exactly as I feel about today’s outfit.
    I always enjoy your blog, mostly never comment but am much older, figure type different but I always enjoy your comments and appreciate what you write each day.
    It is finally warming up in western Canada and can hardly wait to wear some of the ideas I have!

    • Susan
      July 16, 2020 / 9:24 pm

      I like the jacket and would pair it with a yellow t shirt and rust colored slacks. I’m a great fan of t shirts in several different colors. I don’t like shirts with the back hem longer than the front and this red shirt adds bulk around the middle which I don’t need.

  24. Catherine
    July 15, 2020 / 7:40 am

    I love linen. I don’t care that it wrinkles. Like there’s here I don’t like blends because they get too hot. Generally I don’t like leopard because the colours tend to be warm and I have very cool undertones to my skin. However I do like the style and would happily put a similar look together. Peplum tops suit my hourglass figure but again the colour of this one might not be ideal. So all this to say I would copy the basic concept but in my colours. I think it would be great for summer days that start and end cool but get warm/hot in the mid day!

    • Brenda
      July 15, 2020 / 10:29 am

      I agree with Catherine for the same exact reasons. Love your blog, Jennifer. 🙂

  25. Pamela Over 50 Feeling 40
    July 15, 2020 / 7:13 am

    I like the jacket…but not for summer. I would not wear the style of the peplum top because I am top heavy and that would not help. I would walk by the pants because they are so wrinkled and that does not even make me want to try them on. This looks like a display that was in the store right before the pandemic and hasn’t been changed out yet. It doesn’t really go with July.

  26. Pauline
    July 15, 2020 / 7:12 am

    I would not wear this outfit for two reasons. One is that I don’t think, at my age, leopard is an appropriate pattern as it reminds me of the old ladies on TV living in the retirement homes with a big leopard print blouse, tons of beads, chains and bangles and vintage beauty shop hairdos! But, that’s just my opinion. Secondly, I don’t care for linen or linen blends, the former wrinkles too easily and the latter is usually, from what I find a mix with polyester which is too hot in the summer! Of course, this is all just my opinion for my own personal style…..which according to my sisters is rather frumpy, according to me is more classic in the Chanel sense.

  27. Rose
    July 15, 2020 / 7:04 am

    Love the jacket! I’ve been wanting to try on a peplum top. Do you think it hides a stomach or makes it worse? I don’t think I’d wear the pants. Just not a fan of linen.

  28. Shari
    July 15, 2020 / 6:42 am

    Cute but outfit that Id wear…in fall! I’m sure this is what the stores are thinking!
    I like the color combo but think the peplum tee is too much under this jacket. A plain tee would be better and I’m afraid I’d wear black!
    I look for grey tones in animal print since I’m a winter girl…..wishing it were offered in more tones!

  29. Diane B
    July 15, 2020 / 6:42 am

    The top says fall, and the bottom says summer. I do like the style of the jacket with the drawstring waist, but the colour is off for me. I am not ready to look at fall styles as yet while we are in a heat wave and the less covering the better. With the pant style to the left is does look like they are setting up for fall.

    • Diane B
      July 15, 2020 / 6:48 am

      P.S. I like the colour of the pants, but the style of the Carlson in flax is much more to my taste with the fuller leg and full length. They are something I would wear often.

  30. Sheri
    July 15, 2020 / 6:31 am

    Overall, I like the outfit!! Love the jacket, as it seems to nip in at the waist… very flattering! I think the peplum top defeats the purpose of nipping in at the waist… a flat front too would be best, but the bright color is nice! The linen pants look nice and not too full in the leg. 🙂

  31. Meg
    July 15, 2020 / 6:28 am

    Hi Jennifer,
    I was widowed a few years ago & life has been full of challenges and LOTS of change. I’m thankful to have purchased my own small place. The hard part of this is that I have way too many clothes! I almost have 3 different wardrobes…several Ralph Lauren blouses, a Talbots wardrobe from when I worked there, and my practical inexpensive wardrobe mostly from Old Navy & Penney’s. I mostly prefer the classics, but like to stay on trend. I’m thankful to finally have a permanent job even though it’s part time. Dress for this workplace is very casual & anything as stylish as Talbots or Ralph Lauren would be totally out of place. My question is how do I choose what to hold onto and what to donate? Thank you for your help!!!! I enjoy following A Well Styled Life.

    • Jennifer
      July 17, 2020 / 8:32 am

      Hi Meg, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband. I will put a post together with some ideas to help you with your wardrobe transition.

  32. Terri
    July 15, 2020 / 6:27 am

    My first thought was that this outfit is sloppy and uncoordinated, but then I looked at each piece separately and saw that the pants aren’t sloppy on an actual person. In fact, they look very comfortable, so they get a YES from me. I love the jacket but prefer it in olive. I’ve always liked a peplum, but this shirt seems to have a little too much extra fabric and would probably only emphasize the fact that it’s my problem area.

  33. Rhonda Ragain
    July 15, 2020 / 6:18 am

    This outfit, as many have said, is not for hot weather climates like California. The red top along with the jacket just are too bulky together. A simple V neck tee would work with the jacket much better. Not a fan of the bulky pants, prefer a straighter or skinny leg on my body. All said, this outfit would be a no for me, even in cooler weather!

  34. Mary K
    July 15, 2020 / 6:10 am

    Agree with Paulette, looks like a Fall season display! All the colors/hues are too warm toned for my skin type. As said before all the pieces look too bulky. I like leopard and cheeta in small doses but this jacket is overkill for me and again, too warm in hue and for summer season. We are having a 100+ heat wave here in Tx and this outfit woud give me a heat stroke if I were outside too long, ha!

  35. Theresa
    July 15, 2020 / 5:51 am

    A no for me…perhaps would consider either of the tops alone and paired with different pants, but the combination is too fussy and perhaps a bit young for my taste. I did like the look of the bag .

  36. Linda GR
    July 15, 2020 / 5:50 am

    I like the jacket and the linen pants. I don’t care for the top as it puts bulk where I don’t need it. I like the style of the jacket and it would be a nice piece for fall. I’d probably get the pants in a misses so they’d come to my ankles, which is preferred by me.

  37. Debbie
    July 15, 2020 / 5:44 am

    The whole out fit just looks too bulky and way too warm for summer. I do like the peplum top and the crossbody straw purse as they would fit in my wardrobe quite nicely.

  38. Jody
    July 15, 2020 / 5:43 am

    I think the jacket is cute but the rest just wouldn’t work for me. I’m short and the top and pants are just all too much fabric and bulk. I would style this with white skinny jeans and a white tee, both more fitted, this would make it wearable for me in the Deep South where it is so hot and humid. Often I take a sweater or light jacket as the AC is is on high in most places. Love the jacket is linen. I agree the colors scream fall and army green is my avoid at all cost color.

  39. MRSBEN2
    July 15, 2020 / 5:35 am

    A no to all three pieces namely due to their style. i.e: Linen capris too baggy as prefer more fitted through the waist and hip line. As for their color too drab. The top prefer more fitted. As to the jacket even in my climate consider it to be more early Spring or Fall wear, due to its pattern, stand up collar and fabric weight.

    Do love the straw cross body bag though and would be a perfect accessory for my casual khaki pants, off white shirt and/or tee and espadrille wedge sandals. (Often my go to outfit for a cool overcast or rainy day.) All said; funny you would feature leopard as actually just finished making a face mask in a leopard pattern to co-ordinate with said outfit.

    Before closing, so happy to learn that your husband’s surgery was a success and do wish him many years of good health.

  40. Michele
    July 15, 2020 / 5:34 am

    I love the color combination going on, but to lighten it up for summer I would wear cream/khaki colored pants. Then I would pull out the darker pants for fall.

  41. Lidia
    July 15, 2020 / 5:31 am

    I like the versatility of the jacket. It’s a spring into early summer into fall look that works with many colors of pants I also like the coordinating handbag with it. I agree that the jacket is not July/August NY summer. I would wear it at other times. As for the rest of the outfit, I prefer a more tailored look and less overall color. The peplum on the shirt is too “blousy” for me with the “baggy” pants. To me it looks “frumpy”…

  42. Joyce Reardon
    July 15, 2020 / 5:24 am

    This screams fall to me. I agree with most, that a cute tee would elevate this.

  43. Cathy
    July 15, 2020 / 5:24 am

    First impression…sloppy! Love animal print but more as accent. Would prefer a regular t-shirt rather than the peplum..too much fabric in the middle and under cinched jacket. I would reverse the pieces with a simple t-shirt in animal print under a red sweater or jacket with ironed khaki capris could look nice. I do like animal print with red.

  44. Debbie Bell
    July 15, 2020 / 5:24 am

    Fun outfit for around town or with the grands and being prepared for some cooler times of day etc.
    My friends would wonder if I was feeling myself with the leopard print as I am a classic dresser most of the time, but it looks fun to wear and wouldn’t show my coffee spills.
    It leaves me wondering, once again, about ‘hiding bulges with bulges’ and what those guidelines are as I have plenty of bulges of my own in the tummy area. Sometimes one can hide under bulges and that’s what makes me like the peplum top.
    As usual, thanks for the reminder to shop my closet and try new combinations.

  45. Jan
    July 15, 2020 / 5:12 am

    No, I would not wear this outfit as displayed. It’s a no to the boxy, jersey top and the wrinkled, baggy pants. The jacket is a linen blend. The draw strong waist and snap closure make it more of an utility jacket. I would just slightly gather the jacket in the back and pair it with jeans and a simple T-shirt. Like others mentioned, this is more of a look for “fall”.
    So many of these store displays due nothing to promote their garments! They are expecting the customer to be creative and recreate a style that they would actually wear.

  46. Judy miller
    July 15, 2020 / 4:59 am

    Animal print will never go out of style!
    It’s classic!
    A straight t shirt would suit me better than the peplum. The drawstring jkt and peplum are too much the same in my opinion!
    And add some great jewelry and I’m ready to go!

  47. Carol Rodhouse
    July 15, 2020 / 4:55 am

    Not for me……….way too much material in torso area, and it does look as though it needs to visit an iron. The print with red goes nicely, but overall, it’s a no.

  48. MP
    July 15, 2020 / 4:44 am

    I hoped the animal print trend was gone by now. The jacket could work in army green or navy with another top and jeans. Peplum tops don’t work on me. The waist never hits in the right spot. I don’t wear the bright red color, and I don’t like the length of the wrinkled pants. This outfit looks sloppy – NO!

  49. jmp
    July 15, 2020 / 4:39 am

    Looks like a cute look for fall. I would change the peplum top to just a tee, probably v- neck for me. Otherwise there’s too much bunching at the waist. I would have to try on the capris. The legs may be too full. The animal print is great.

  50. Linda
    July 15, 2020 / 4:26 am

    I like the mix of color but I would wear this as a fall or winter outfit. It just doesn’t feel like a summer outfit to me.

  51. Lori Stewart
    July 15, 2020 / 4:25 am

    I like the blouse, kind of like the jacket (but not for summer), and I can’t tell what color the capri’s are, but that may be my device :). To me, the outfit looks like it was thrown together without much thought. Of the 3 pieces, I would say yes to the blouse and unless the jacket looked amazing on me, no to the rest.

  52. Beverly Dickes
    July 15, 2020 / 4:23 am

    I wouldn’t wear those colors together any time of year. I love the leopard jacket and think I would style it with light tan or white pants and a black tank for a summer evening out.

  53. Belinda
    July 15, 2020 / 4:19 am

    I agree this is a Fall outfit. Love the pieces individually but not together. Too many gathers going on at waist. I would wear that top( although I have to see the sleeves first), love the color and style. I think the jacket is adorable unfortunately I cannot wear leopard, too much brown/beige must me look ill.

  54. Wendy Dunbar
    July 15, 2020 / 4:19 am

    The color combo is terrific, and the jacket is very cute – even though it is 90 degrees here in PA right now! However, if I were going to choose a top for underneath I’d go for more of a simple tee as I do not need any extra fabric added to my middle section. Love the style & color of the utility pants.

  55. Linda V
    July 15, 2020 / 4:13 am

    I just don’t like the colors for summer! Plus, it is so hot here in Florida that this outfit would be worn here in January!

  56. Paulette Levy
    July 15, 2020 / 3:22 am

    This outfit might be a better display for Fall instead of summer. I think the darker green pant and red top with leopard looks too warm and heavy. Maybe if a white tee were worn instead of red peplum top? But then, the jacket style seems a bit much for this hot humid weather too (and I’m in the northeast)!
    Is this store setting up for cooler months ahead? Too early for this.

    • Jennifer
      July 15, 2020 / 10:37 am

      It’s seems pretty early to me too:)

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