Would You Wear It- Cropped Faux Leather

Would You Wear It- Cropped Faux Leather

Happy Saturday ladies and welcome to the long weekend. Vanessa and I have nothing in particular planned which I’m really looking forward to. We’re in full-on fall mode here in Vancouver which is glorious. Back at home, they’re expecting temps to top 107 which I am thrilled to pass on.

It’s time for would you wear it so grab another cup of tea or coffee and let’s get to it. Each week my friend Pam and I share a mannequin we’ve photographed and ask if you would wear what it’s modeling. Some mannequins are inspiring and some are train wrecks so we choose them at random.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear this outfit?

How could you style it to work for your lifestyle and shape?

Please keep your thoughts personal so no one gets their feeling insulted.

I have some fun styling ideas for this look which I’ll share tomorrow.


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Now lets head over to Over 50 Feeling 40 and see what Pam’s mannequin is wearing today.

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

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  1. Francesca B.
    September 7, 2020 / 12:58 pm

    Just to add to the book suggestions….I am loving this crime fiction set in Australia written by Jane Harper. Just finished The Lost Man and now on The Dry. One of the books is being made into a film as we speak.Enjoy!

  2. Patti Shannon
    September 5, 2020 / 2:17 pm

    I would personally not wear any portion of the outfit. I define my personal style as a classically elegant but simple style, so for me, based on my style, it’s a train wreck. There are certainly those who could wear it but I’m not one. If I’m not comfortable in it, I’m not going to wear it well. There’s no part of it that I would wear and be comfortable in.

  3. Connie
    September 5, 2020 / 1:54 pm

    I wouldn’t wear the leather in slacks much less capris. If it’s cold enough to wear leather, they would need to be long to be useful. The jacket is too short. I prefer the hem to be as long as my sleeves. The lavender-pink is limiting. I do have pants that are “coated” that resemble leather. I also wear faux suede slacks. It’s hard to feel fall when August and September are our hottest months. It will be 110 on Sunday and 111 on labor day here! Where’s a cruise to Alaska when you need it? You did the next best thing–escaping to Canada!

  4. Laura Martens
    September 5, 2020 / 1:15 pm

    Usually I can find something on each mannequin that I would try, but this one is a pass on all counts. I was uncomfortable in the tied bows on blouses in the 80’s, but wore them because it was the style, same thing for for the jacket in the 90’s. All I can think of when I look at the “leather” pants is the episode of friends where Ross wore similar pants to impress a girl and got so sweaty he was stuck in them and couldn’t go to the bathroom. 😂 I am sure there are lots of women who would look lovely in the outfit and could pull it off. My lifestyle now is pretty relaxed and I wouldn’t have an occasion to wear it.

  5. Shelley
    September 5, 2020 / 1:04 pm

    I definitely wouldn’t wear these items together. To me the leather slacks here seem incongruous, not edgy. I like the blouse but not on me. The jacket would be a possibility.

  6. Nancy Walden
    September 5, 2020 / 12:37 pm

    I like the length of the jacket but I don’t care for the multiple pockets. I have a short neck so high-necked blouses with a tie neck are not a good look for me. The cropped “leather” pants are a definite “no.” I don’t care for flared cropped pants in general and I think anything “leather” should be more tailored. I have faux leather pencil skirts in black and in navy that are just my style.

  7. Becky
    September 5, 2020 / 12:10 pm

    This is a no for me. The jacket & blouse are too reminiscent of the 80s for me, been there, done that & not interested in doing it again. I have never been a fan of leather pants, & these faux leather ones are really bad. They look cheap & poorly fitted. I’m not sure what the dresser was thinking when they dressed this mannequin.

  8. beth byrd
    September 5, 2020 / 11:58 am

    Oh my — this outfit definitely has its good and bad points.

    I really like the jacket — minus the pearl buttons. The length is nice, neither too long or short. The colors are beautiful and I like the texture. I imagine I would get a lot of wear out of this jacket since it could be paired with black trousers, a black skirt, a black dress or jeans!

    As for the other pieces — no, no, no. I have nothing good to say about those pants. As for the blouse, I wore my share of those types of blouses in the 80s and I can’t say that I miss them.

  9. Kay
    September 5, 2020 / 11:31 am

    I’ll pass on the plastic pants. “Faux leather” is a euphemism for vinyl. Of course, I wouldn’t be wearing those pants even if they were the genuine article. IMO, leather is best left to the shoes a belt.

  10. Paula
    September 5, 2020 / 11:23 am

    OMG, Coco Chanel would turn over in her grave if she saw her tweed jacket and blouse mixed with faux leather crop pants!

  11. Penny Jo
    September 5, 2020 / 11:00 am

    NO on all accounts. However, the zebra stripe arm on the mannequin beside this one looks very appealing.

  12. Lorrie
    September 5, 2020 / 10:59 am

    I like the jacket and would wear it after removing those big fake pearl buttons. The blouse is a bit too Lady Di – 40 years ago, I had many that looked like that and don’t think this one has been updated enough not to look like something I pulled out of my eighties closet.

    I like the idea of the pants, however, they look cheap. In real leather or a good faux, I might try them but think they would be too hot here in the desert SW.

  13. marilyn ackerman
    September 5, 2020 / 10:38 am

    A serious “no” for the entire outfit. Pants don’t have flattering fit and they look cheap even for Faux. Too short for anything I would wear. I am 5 11
    The blouse, although it is lovely elsewhere, doesn’t seem to go with this outfit at all, and the jacket, well what can I say. To say the entire outfit is ugly would be honest, but that is just my opinion.

  14. Lori
    September 5, 2020 / 9:22 am

    It’s a no for me. I may have considered it many years ago, but currently the style wouldn’t work well with my shape or my lifestyle.

  15. Cyndi
    September 5, 2020 / 9:16 am

    This is a lovely outfit and I could wear that jacket and blouse in multiple ways although I wouldn’t have thought to pair them together – that is, when life returns to a new normal. The pants might be okay IF the fit was good (leather, especially faux leather isn’t forgiving or alter-able in my experience), IF they were comfortable and IF they were a longer length. My general rule is “Three IFs and you’re out” though

  16. Julie Traxler
    September 5, 2020 / 8:57 am

    This is a funny mannequin ! I like the pants but for a younger woman. I wouldn’t put the pants with a “bow” blouse and a feminine jacket. It wouldn’t be right for me.

  17. diane
    September 5, 2020 / 8:32 am

    I loved your opening “vignette”, the charming coffee, the stylin’blouse, the rings to match. Then tucked on the other side, a fetching little watch. Plus the placement of your perfect eyewear. Thanks, Jennifer, you are upping my game with your beautiful little touches.

  18. Dianne
    September 5, 2020 / 8:25 am

    a definite NO on the entire outfit, faux leather definitely out as they look cheap, jacket much too busy looking with the fringe and the print makes me dizzy. Blouse….no to the bow, or even untied. I would certainly walk right past this mannequin.

  19. Dawn
    September 5, 2020 / 8:19 am

    No to everything. I already have a similar treed jacket, the shirt is too fussy for me, and the cropped faux leather pants are not my style. Vancouver sounds heavenly! Our temps here in Colorado are expected to go from the mid 90’s today down to 40 degrees on Tuesday. I need to get out my sweaters, boots and jackets this weekend. I’m so ready for cooler temps.

  20. Rose
    September 5, 2020 / 8:04 am

    The only thing I would wear in this outfit is the jacket. Even that I would prefer no fringe. It’s just all over the place!

  21. Sue
    September 5, 2020 / 7:47 am

    Everything about this outfit says “if only” to me. If only the jacket were fringe-less. If only the pants were not faux leather. If only the shirt had a collar instead of a bow. But the way it is, no, I would not wear it.

  22. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    September 5, 2020 / 7:41 am

    I would walk right by this mannequin without giving it a second look. Here in Canada, I would only wear cropped pants in the summer time when faux leather would be too hot. The bow at the neck of the blouse is too fussy for me. The jacket colour wouldn’t suit my colouring and it would likely be too short on me.

    I wish I could see more of the zebra print top on the mannequin to the left! Zebra print always catches my attention because the zebra is the symbol of neuroendocrine cancer, the little known disease that I’ve been living with for the past seven years.

  23. Pamela Lutrell
    September 5, 2020 / 7:38 am

    This whole look is a no for me…I agree that the pants look cheap. I am 5’8 with a tire in the middle and these would only make me look larger… to me the look just seems wrong…don’t go together.

  24. Eve
    September 5, 2020 / 7:30 am

    I like the outfit for someone else. I’m casual and go for strictly soft things. I don’t like leather not even in a jacket. I just don’t feel right in high neck blouses. I usually wear V neck. But, I do like the jacket. I might wear it open over a tee with jeans”

  25. Carol
    September 5, 2020 / 7:27 am

    Love the pants. Would wear with boots and white turtleneck chunky sweater. I also like the jacket but would wear it with a white pair of dressy jeans.

  26. Linda
    September 5, 2020 / 7:27 am

    No I would not, don’t care for the tie neck blouse and ruffles/fringe on jacket. Too much fluff.

  27. Barbara K.
    September 5, 2020 / 7:21 am

    No to both pants and jacket. The pants look so warm to me. I think I would feel like I was stuffed like a sausage in them! And the jacket – well, I do not care for the fringe detail at all.

  28. Jackie
    September 5, 2020 / 7:14 am

    The pants are not a flattering style for a short person like me, and the whole outfit looks hot and uncomfortable. I’ll pass.

  29. Linda L
    September 5, 2020 / 7:08 am

    The whole outfit looks very uncomfortable and dated to me. Faux leather pants on my 69 year old body seem to scream dominatrix; I would/could never carry them off! I still have two of the short tweed jackets in my wardrobe that I have not worn since retiring 2 years ago. The bow tie blouse doesn’t fit my casual style any longer.

  30. Linda B
    September 5, 2020 / 6:59 am

    I would totally have worn this outfit! I worked in retail for years and loved fun clothes. I am short, so am often told that some things should be off-limits but if I like it, I wear it. I don’t think it is a look that will last, though. Now I rarely buy anything that I expect to only last a season.

  31. MRSBEN2
    September 5, 2020 / 6:56 am

    Would wear the jacket. (Have similar in a blue ‘n off white hounds tooth check that recently to update, changed out the ornate pearl buttons (maybe I shouldn’t have LOL) to pair with my light blue denim jeans) . As for the blouse a ‘no’ , due more to its fabric content than to its style as do like tie necklines for a touch of femininity. In regards to ‘these’ pants a ‘no’ because of two reasons. Firstly because they are such a high crop I would most likely choose a high, tight-calf fitted boot to wear with them; however in the climate I live in since it is a custom when indoors to remove outer footwear it gives reason why I would bypass this style. Secondly I’m not a fan of ‘faux leather’ and if I do wear it, it is kept to a minimum. (i.e.: Accessories only.)

  32. Lin
    September 5, 2020 / 6:54 am

    Sorry girls, this is a “train wreck”.

  33. Jan
    September 5, 2020 / 6:48 am

    It’s a NO to the whole outfit. The jacket reminds me of something I wore when working.( I’m retired)
    I never was a fan of the bow tie blouses.. too stuffy for me.And the pants style are not something I would wear
    anyway…this is the first I’ve seen them in leather…

  34. MP
    September 5, 2020 / 6:37 am

    No, faux leather pants are not my style. The jacket is cute. I would remove the large pearl buttons and wear it with straight dark navy jeans, navy vneck tshirt and suede booties for Fall.

  35. Jmp
    September 5, 2020 / 6:27 am

    This outfit is a “no” for me. The blouse and jacket aren’t my style and I’m just not a fan of faux leather.

  36. Susan McClelland
    September 5, 2020 / 6:09 am

    I would wear the jacket. It reminds me of a pink suit I bought when I started working in an office. Hard no to the blouse and pants – I wouldn’t be comfortable in either.

  37. Cathy Cunningham
    September 5, 2020 / 5:48 am

    Love the jacket but would pair it with a dress pant.

  38. sheryl
    September 5, 2020 / 5:37 am

    no, this isnt for me, i picture it on a much classier type woman. i am wistfully envious of your time with your daughter, it reminds me of when my mom was alive, and i would go midway across country to the city i grew up in and visit…we went to all our favorite resturants, got all our favorite fast food drive thrus, went to our favorite thrift stores and treasure hunted. i am happy for both of you, i know its fun!

  39. Deb
    September 5, 2020 / 5:27 am

    I love the jacket but would style with a scoop neck shell or blouse with a pendant necklace . No to the cropped pants would either wear tailored full length pants or pencil skirt.

  40. Eileen
    September 5, 2020 / 5:24 am

    I’m not a fan of the cropped look on me. Leather pants or faux, no, too sweaty for me. Jacket fabric too bulky for me, blouse is ok, but I haven’t the life style for it.

  41. Susan R
    September 5, 2020 / 5:07 am

    I’d definitely wear the jacket…if it comes in petites. It’s a classic style in a pretty color and because it’s short, it would be flattering on my very short self. The blouse with the big high bow is a no. It’s too “done” for me. I’d wear a totally plain silk or silky shell (scoop or v neck) that wouldn’t compete with the jacket. The pants made me laugh! I also thought of Ross in the Friends episode! I wouldn’t wear them because they’re shiny, drawing attention to stomach and bottom. And I only wear a cropped pant with matching high boots so my very short legs don’t look so stumpy. I’d either wear a straight leg gray pant ( not black because there’d be too much contrast) or straight leg jeans. I’m focusing on elongating my look, so my comments usually focus on that.
    Jennifer, I really enjoy these posts. Replying makes me analyze not just if I like an outfit, but all the reasons why. When I start shopping in person again, I will have a more educated eye! Thanks!

  42. Jan
    September 5, 2020 / 4:59 am

    A few decades ago, I might have given a second look at this outfit but today it’s a strong “no”. The acrylic, tweed jacket is very pretty and very overpriced. The tie neck shirt is a flashback to the 60’s. And the ship has sailed for me to even think twice about any faux leather pants. I have got to be real! Our state still has increasing numbers in this pandemic so my social calendar is looking pretty blank right now. I am not planning to add any “special occasion “ clothes to my wardrobe.
    In a 3 day span, we will see a 50 degree temperature swing! Fall is knocking on the door!! 🍁🍁🍁

  43. Joyce Reardon
    September 5, 2020 / 4:56 am

    Like the jacket and blouse. I would leave the bow untied. Don’t like the pants at all. They look cheap to me

  44. Debbie Bell
    September 5, 2020 / 4:45 am

    I ‘d wear it for fun, especially as the pants look just fine not being tight. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a looser fit like this.
    I hope you’ll share alternatives to the bow that elongates.

  45. Brenda
    September 5, 2020 / 4:44 am

    I love the outfit. I would wear it. Maybe not the blouse as it is a bit fussy And being small it might over power me. I would wear the blouse with another outfit though. Enjoy Vancouver.

  46. Gail Schwartz
    September 5, 2020 / 4:28 am

    The jacket looks great. I would pass on the blouse, because I look so much better in a v-neck or scoop. I wouldn’t even try on those pants. I don’t wear cropped pants because i am too short

  47. Sandy
    September 5, 2020 / 4:20 am

    At this stage of my life my clothes have to be cute AND comfortable. Those pants look ridiculously UNcomfortable, so I wouldn’t even bother trying them on. They remind me of the “Friends” episode where Ross was wearing those leather pants and couldn’t get them back on and was trapped in the bathroom.

  48. Adrienne
    September 5, 2020 / 4:20 am

    Those might look good on a very thin, tall model. I doubt they would be flattering on the average woman, and I know I wouldn’t wear them.

    • Susan
      September 5, 2020 / 11:36 am

      I love the jacket paired with the bow tied blouse but a big no on the leather pants. I’m really not into leather at 85 years old.

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