Dressing Room Diaries- Neutrals

Dressing Room Diaries- Neutrals

Happy Saturday ladies which means it’s time for would you wear it. I’m delighted that my last post resonated with so many of you. Many of us are on the same page in our lives which makes it exciting to read your wise comments and hear your stories. Thank you for being honest and supportive of each other. I truly believe that’s what sets this blog apart from many. The camaraderie and connection between readers is a beautiful thing to see.

On to would you wear it. Each week my friend Pam and I show a mannequin we’ve found at random and ask our readers if they would wear what’s being modeled. We do this to better understand your style goals and to exchange ideas in the comment section. Please keep your comments personal to your body and style.

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

Do the fabric and style fit your lifestyle?


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Now let’s go over to Over 50 Feeling 40 and see what Pams mannequin is wearing.


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  1. Nelida
    June 9, 2020 / 5:47 pm

    No…looks like a nurse’s uniform.

  2. Sandy
    June 7, 2020 / 3:25 pm

    I am 64 years old. I don’t wear any dresses that have a defined waist. So, this one with the tie belt is out for me. Also, because it is made of a fabric that would look wrinkled the moment I moved, I wouldn’t wear it.

  3. Barbara Thompson
    June 7, 2020 / 11:33 am

    Although attractive, there are several reasons I wouldn’t wear this. First, the hemline would date it very quickly and it would be “out” before I knew it. Secondly, it looks too sheer for me. Why buy a cool summer dress to then have to turn around and wear another layer under it for modesty sake? Finally, I will not buy something that is guaranteed to require ironing after every wash. This is really too impractical for my life. I won’t even begin with the food or ink I would get down the front, not to say how the style depends on the waist to give it flair. Nope.

  4. Bunny
    June 7, 2020 / 4:37 am

    I usually try to make a white dress every summer but for some reason I haven’t this year. I am blaming it on Covid. I wouldn’t wear this one because I just don’t like the assymetrical hem. I am just sort of tired of that look and the fabric looks a bit too thin to seem quality. What we wear in shirts is not what translates to bottomweights. If this were in a heavier linen I would give it consideration.

  5. Alison
    June 7, 2020 / 2:49 am

    No, it looks like a nurses’ dress from the 1920s. It would take a certain body type and colouring to pull it off and not look like Florence Nightingale. Quite a polarising choice today Jennifer!

  6. Pat
    June 6, 2020 / 4:09 pm

    I would not wear this dress. It looks too sheer and shapeless and blah. I love white but an all white dress seems a bit much. Overall, the look does not inspire me. Interesting, I don’t think I would like it on anyone, something I rarely think about an outfit.

  7. Martha Barnett
    June 6, 2020 / 3:09 pm

    Love the style! It’s a yes! Wish it was in a different color though. I’m dangerous in white! Plus it looks a little sheer.

  8. DIanne🇨🇦
    June 6, 2020 / 1:40 pm

    I do love a shirt waist dress, just too much white.
    A contrast belt is needed for sure.
    Probably a different colour also, too “nurse”

  9. Lorrie
    June 6, 2020 / 1:25 pm

    Love it and would wear it in a different color. I love white linen tops for but this is a bit too much white for me.

  10. Linda in AR
    June 6, 2020 / 1:03 pm

    No for me. I can’t wear this style at my current weight. I don’t mind the high low hem. If I was thinner I would try it on in a different color.

  11. Kay
    June 6, 2020 / 12:45 pm

    Hahaha at the lab coat reference. I used to wear one, and this dress would just give me flashbacks to the bad old days of working for a living!

  12. Linda
    June 6, 2020 / 12:32 pm

    It wouldn’t work for e as I would be too hot in it. I need either sleeveless or short sleeves. The fabric appears to be light enough for me. I am uncomfortable with the length and would prefer a bit shorter due to the heat here in Dallas. So I guess it’s not for e but it’s a nice looking dress on it’s own.

  13. Martha Edmundson
    June 6, 2020 / 12:14 pm

    The dress looks very nice on the mannequin. There’s a lot of white to handle and a high/low hem. I would not wear a dress that is all white. It’s not my best color. I’m short and could not handle this expanse of fabric or the length. Linen is ok but not my favorite fabric, though I do think there are climates and situations that this dress would work very well. Just not on me. So, it’s a no on three counts, color, length and fabric.

  14. Alice
    June 6, 2020 / 12:11 pm

    Oh yes. I love this shirt style dress. I wear a lot of white year round. In the spring/summer I would wear it with a straw hat with a band of color. Flat sandals of the same color or just white would be nice.
    Unfortunately, it is not floor length to hide the varicose veins around my ankles. I may just have to go to a vein clinic and get them taken care of so I could wear it.
    I love your blogs, thank you.

  15. Nancy
    June 6, 2020 / 11:43 am

    I love dresses, especially in spring and summer, but this is not one that I would purchase. I’m 5’7” and 115 lbs. and it would not flatter me, especially with the uneven hem.

  16. Becky
    June 6, 2020 / 11:40 am

    I wouldn’t wear this. I don’t think the style would be flattering to my shape, & I’m not a fan of high low hemlines. Also, something about it reminds me a bit of a lab coat.

  17. Nancy Walden
    June 6, 2020 / 11:10 am

    The shape of this dress would not flatter my curvy body. I like maxi length dresses//skirts but I’m not fond of high/low hemlines. My waist is not as small as it used to be, so tie belts aren’t something I wear. I agree that this dress is better suited for a tall, willowy woman!

  18. Vickie
    June 6, 2020 / 10:08 am

    It looks awfully sheer! In order to make it work for me- I would shorten it to all one length & make sure that it was tailored to a fit & flare on my body! I would use colorful accessories to give it some pizazz

  19. Susan K Wilson
    June 6, 2020 / 9:55 am

    To matronly looking for me an I’m 73. It needs a camel colored belt, some chunky jewelry, camel colored sandals and a straw purse.

  20. Kim Vardas
    June 6, 2020 / 9:51 am

    I love the dress (and linen), so I’d definitely wear it! I love a high-lo hem and the tie at the waist (to highlight my waist). The only thing I’d do differently is how I’d accessorize. All white would make me feel like a nurse or Good Humor man. I’d choose black, red or tan accessories!

  21. Susan
    June 6, 2020 / 9:49 am

    This is a pretty dress and I believe I could wear it.I just feel it needs a little nurses cap to top it off!

  22. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    June 6, 2020 / 9:37 am

    Absolutely not! First of all, the vast expanse of white would completely wash me out and I’d look like a ghost. I do like shirt dresses and high-low hemlines, but I’m not a fan of linen. In no time at all, this dress would look like a wrinkled mess. I also wonder why in the world it has a seam line running across the back of the skirt just below the butt (more obvious if you click on the link and look at the back view). I don’t know of many women who would want to add emphasis to that part of their anatomy. It reminds me of how important it is to always look in a three way mirror when trying something on.

  23. Dawn
    June 6, 2020 / 9:29 am

    I love the dress, but I don’t like high low hem lines anymore. However I would try it on. I would wear it with a brown woven belt, jute Wedge espadrilles, and chunky wooden jewelry. I think it Would be a smashing summer look!

    • Susan
      June 6, 2020 / 10:41 am

      Needs color to offset all that white. I’d look so washed out. Plus fabric seems very sheer.

  24. Diana
    June 6, 2020 / 9:26 am

    I love jJill but unfortunately they don’t hold up for me. I wear a lot of jeans and I guess the snap on the jeans wears holes in the front of the t-shirts.

  25. Pamela Over 50 Feeling 40
    June 6, 2020 / 9:12 am

    It Is a pretty dress on the mannequin. It would not work for me because it would make me look larger with the tie belt and high/low hem (which always makes my tushy look bigger). It is also a bit sheer. it looks cool and summery and if I was thinner, I would at least try It on.

  26. Lydia
    June 6, 2020 / 9:01 am

    This sure does need some smart accessories. Start w/a belt, try some coral earrings, then…chop off that aggravating hi-lo hem; roll the sleeves, a pair of sandals, basket purse – and you are good to go. If I may vent…..what is it with the hi-lo hems. These always appear to me like someone missed the boat when marking a hem!

  27. Cyndi
    June 6, 2020 / 9:00 am

    I would say YES to this dress in a different color. While I admire it on others, white just doesn’t fit my lifestyle (and I don’t ‘feel good’ in that color)

  28. Anon
    June 6, 2020 / 8:54 am

    I love shirtdresses and high-low hems, as long as they fall below the knee in front. This one is lined in the skirtand has sleeves, with an A-line shape. Winner!

    To all the reviewers on the website who took it out of the package and did not iron it, I would like to say that nothing looks good straight out of the package. You ordered linen, and linen does wrinkle, so what did you expect? It is not polyester. Sometimes I wonder if people read what they’re buying at all.

  29. Joni Ian Rydholm
    June 6, 2020 / 8:28 am

    I would definately wear this dress. I have white short, spikey hair and white usually works well for me. I am 5’10” so the style would fit me. I would probably add a scarf to add a little color or wear turquoise jewery with it. Depending on how the self belt looks once on I might just take it off and let it flow. This is a dress I could wear to work or for a casual outing.

  30. Joan
    June 6, 2020 / 7:55 am

    Based on how it looks on the mannequin, I would say no for me. However, when I clicked on the link and went to the Chico’s website, it looked so much better on a real life model. So I would say yes. I like almost everything about this dress especially that it has its own slip and that the skirt is A line. But I would not style it with the white necklace shown on the model. Since the dress is white, almost any color will go perfectly with it. It could be such fun to change the look of the outfit by changing the color of the accessories, shoes, jacket, etc. The only downside for me is that it’s linen and I do not iron. Alas I do not like the wrinkled look in any outfit.

  31. Janet`
    June 6, 2020 / 7:40 am

    I like linen but I suspect an all white dress would make me look like a ghost. Also the collar and belt add bulk which I don’t like in a summer dress. This dress would be nice for a resort vacation or for someone who lives on a southern beach, but wouldn’t work for me.

  32. Eileen
    June 6, 2020 / 7:32 am

    Yes, I would wear this dress, I like the classic style and natural fabric, for the heat ( 100+) Linen is easy to bleach out any stains, so the white wouldn’t bother me. I would have to try it on, to see about fit, and length. I would hem it for sure, to knee length which is my preference, provided the silhouette worked with the seam across the hip, as shown in the picture. I must say, cotton poplin is the coolest fabric for me, where I live, linen is a little bit warmer, though lovely.
    P.S. I like the green tee in your instagram pic, I wonder how it would look with a pink linen jacket / sweater over it? The green does appear to match your eyes.

  33. Cyndi
    June 6, 2020 / 7:07 am

    I love everything about this dress – the high low hem, the detailing on the skirt, the shirtwaist style and linen. One thing I would change, however, is the self belt – I tend to think they look frumpy. I would add a contrasting belt and jewelry.

  34. Kelly H
    June 6, 2020 / 7:05 am

    Beautiful dress — on a stationary mannequin. Unfortunately, for me, within five minutes of putting it on, it would be a wrinkled mess due to the linen fabric. I swore off linen about 10 years ago because of the wrinkles and haven’t looked back since. (Crinkled gauze, however, is OK since that seems to be the intended look!) Also, I am very fair-skinned with blonde hair and would be washed out by the broad swath of white.

  35. Lizette
    June 6, 2020 / 7:03 am

    I bought a light, cool, shirt dress and I like the look. I’m having trouble with the waist and belting it though. Too bunchy. Not flattering. I’ll try some of the suggestions above.

  36. Kathy
    June 6, 2020 / 7:02 am

    This dress is not a style that would flatter me. I just have never cared for a buttoned up look. There are so many beautiful printed sundresses and wrap style dresses available that I would prefer to wear. All that white would wash me out, too.

    • Holly
      June 6, 2020 / 8:44 am

      I concur with Kathy

  37. Donna
    June 6, 2020 / 6:44 am

    I love this dress! I love the white linen I love the classic style.
    I’d wear it with a woven leather belt, roll up the sleeves and I would alter the hem to make it even. I just can’t understand that high low look. I’d throw on some strappy wedge sandals and a floppy brimmed straw hat With a flowing scarf added to the hat for a bit of colour and a bit of nostalgia and I be off for lunch with the girls on a patio sipping chilled white wine.

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2020 / 7:32 pm

      I can picture it beautifully 👏🏻👏🏻

  38. Pat w.
    June 6, 2020 / 6:28 am

    I would wear this but would need to add color around my face. I bought the deep emerald green linen dress and cardigan from J.Jill, btw! Love it!

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2020 / 7:32 pm

      I want that too!!! So pretty.

  39. Rose
    June 6, 2020 / 6:20 am

    At this stage in my life probably not. When I was younger I would have worn it in a different color and a shorter hem. Maybe even with a belt.

  40. MRSBEN2
    June 6, 2020 / 6:11 am

    Normally I do like shirt dresses, however not with a high-low hem as just not a fan of them particularly at this length namely due to aesthetics but do appreciate that it is lined. With that said though; if I were to wear it I would cinch the waistline with a different belt and add some bangles to my arm to jazz it up a tad.
    P.S.: Prefer their textured linen yellow stripe (maxi) dress both in style and length as know I would get more mileage out of it. i.e.: Add a long or short sleeved ‘T’ under it and wear it as a jumper or over it to give the illusion of a long skirt, wear it as a swimsuit cover up etc. Pair it with flats or heels and choose additional accessories accordingly.

  41. Linda GR
    June 6, 2020 / 6:09 am

    I like the dress, so I hope it comes in petites. I’d cuff the sleeves to elbow length, and I’d switch to a more rigid style belt. I really like linen, and I’d like it in other colors if available.

  42. Linda Wiggins
    June 6, 2020 / 5:55 am

    This is a little too “Donna Reed” for me. It looks like dresses my mother wore to church in the 50s. Maybe another color would up the appeal for me but probably not.

  43. Vicki Mikola Dack
    June 6, 2020 / 5:52 am

    Would prefer a shade of medium green, blue, or purple. White is way to hard to keep clean… and what to wear under it (lingerie’) for me. Not fond of fabric linen [too stiff and scratchy] for my taste and needs way too much ironing…liked the flippy hem line just wished it were a tad longer in the front — don’t like to show my thighs.

  44. Susan McClelland
    June 6, 2020 / 5:49 am

    I wouldn’t wear this dress. For one thing, I’m messy and would get a stain on it within five minutes. As well, the cut and style would not be flattering on my.

  45. Cindy
    June 6, 2020 / 5:46 am

    I do love neutrals! I wouldn’t wear the dress, as others have commented, it looks too much like a nurse’s uniform. I would wear the neutral sweater on the mannequin behind it!

  46. Cheryl Blanck
    June 6, 2020 / 5:46 am

    Love the style but would prefer it in a different color. Black would be good, too bad they did not have it in a blue or peach tone. Like most of the other women who commented, I would swap out a belt for the fabric self tie. Add a big summer hat and sandals and you are ready to go!

  47. Cathy Holloway
    June 6, 2020 / 5:45 am

    I love linen and like this dress, I think. Would need to try on the high low hemline but like it enough overall that I would take the time , though. Agree with other comments, it needs some color in accessories to add interest.

  48. MP
    June 6, 2020 / 5:34 am

    I like this dress. I like the collar, the sleeves, the self belt and the high/low since it is minimal and not exaggerated. I would not wear it in white — I’m super pale. I looked at the website — I like it better in black. Nice summer dress for work or out to dinner.
    Happy Saturday.

  49. jmp
    June 6, 2020 / 5:30 am

    I might wear this in another color. A nice bright blue would be great. I am short so I’d have to try it on to see how the hi/low hem looked. I have worn lots of Chicos’ linen in the past and have always loved it.

    Just a thought – I think the dress would show better on a mannequin that wasn’t the same color as the dress.

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2020 / 7:28 pm

      I think you’re right about the dress and the color of the mannequin;)

  50. Cynthia Brown
    June 6, 2020 / 5:26 am

    Love this dress. I like the length of sleeve and the sliming seam detail 3/4 down. Also, linen….all day every day down here in Texas! Would definitely want to put a cool belt and or jewelry with it and shoes. It’s a great canvas to style up!

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2020 / 7:27 pm

      I see it as a canvas too:)

  51. Pamela
    June 6, 2020 / 5:23 am

    Love the style and would definitely wear it in another color. Wearing all white would make me feel las if I am wearing my old nurse’s uniform again!

  52. Joyce Reardon
    June 6, 2020 / 5:17 am

    I do love my linen as I live on the Cape and it’s gets quite humid here in the summer. I’d like it in a different color and I’m not a fan of the high low hem

  53. Beth B
    June 6, 2020 / 4:58 am

    No. I would look like I was wearing a nurse’s uniform

  54. Susan
    June 6, 2020 / 4:49 am

    No, I wouldn’t remember it. It reminds me too much of when I became a ‘Sister’ (as Registered Nurses were called back then). All that is missing is the red cape.

  55. Jan
    June 6, 2020 / 4:48 am

    My first thought was “vintage nurses uniform “. I love white linen for summer. The reviews are mixed on this dress. A common complaint was that it wrinkles easily and that it’s a stiffer fabric. I am not tall enough or certainly not thin enough to confidently wear this dress. Add a few simple accessories and I can see a lot of ladies just looking cool and elegant in this summertime dress!!
    Have a great weekend everyone! 🌼

  56. sheryl beil
    June 6, 2020 / 4:38 am

    today no…but i do love it, i had something similiar in the 80’s and i loved wearing it, swapped out the belt for a color, then matched shoes and bag….this one looks thinner though, it does look like it would require careful choices underneath.

    • Lori Stewart
      June 6, 2020 / 9:28 am

      It looks like it needs to be ironed and I don’t iron, so no, I wouldn’t wear it, at least not after I had to wash it and iron it. LOL. Also, since I am very pale, I think it would wash me out in that color.

  57. Susan Kelley
    June 6, 2020 / 4:35 am

    Agree with all the previous comments.Needs colorful accessories. Too white for me.

  58. COB
    June 6, 2020 / 4:34 am

    I bought this dress and love it! I am 5’10
    and thinnish but not skinny. I think it
    might be too long for shorter women but other
    then that would be flattering to most.
    I took a chance and ordered online and it fit!

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2020 / 7:23 pm

      Yay! Thanks for sharing with us

  59. Wendy
    June 6, 2020 / 4:32 am

    I do like this dress although I would prefer it not white. I would probably roll up the sleeves & switch out the belt for one of my own. Looks very cool & comfortable.

  60. Lisa
    June 6, 2020 / 4:22 am

    This looks like it could be cool in the heat, but not particularly opaque, which would be problematic for me. I do wear white but if I have to wear a camisole or tank underneath, it defeats the cooling effect. I agree this dress definitely needs some accessorizing with color and most likely will look best on someone tall and thin.

  61. RoseAG
    June 6, 2020 / 4:12 am

    I might wear this. It got hot here this week and even though it has long sleeves it looks cool. I would throw it on over my slip-like nightie in the morning or evening.
    I am on the short side for a size 12, and sometimes these dresses are too long though the waist, so the fit would be an issue. With that said, it’s not something I would order online, as the chance of a return/exchange would be high.

  62. Theresa
    June 6, 2020 / 4:12 am

    I love the look and wish I could wear it but I don’t think that I could carry off something that white. If it were light blue, mint green….I would try it.

  63. Karen
    June 6, 2020 / 4:06 am

    It’s really pretty! It looks sheer, but hard to tell. I have white hair and am fairly pale, so I think I’d be too white with this dress. I suppose some black sandals and accessories, or maybe a different color would help.

  64. Robi
    June 6, 2020 / 4:00 am

    Yes, yes, yes! This is one of my favorite dress styles, in a great summer fabric for muggy Texas days, and, with a pop of color in a long scarf or necklace, i ‘d love this look!

  65. Carol Larochelle
    June 6, 2020 / 3:49 am

    Love this dress as I am a taller lady. Would probably put a tan wider belt on with it and maybe even tan sandals for that white/beige cool look for summer!! Also like the sleeves!!

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2020 / 7:22 pm

      I love the idea of a tan belt.

  66. Paulette Levy
    June 6, 2020 / 3:20 am

    I do wear white…tees or white shirts with jeans and a casual cool scarf or leather neckpiece with colorful stones but NEVER something this long and somber looking. Not for me anyway.

    On the plus, it is cool looking…the fabric I mean. However, this dress needs something, a colorful belt in a summery style or long scarf used as a belt, not sure but it needs something to wake it up a bit.
    I can picture this on a tall, willowy woman –that’s not me.

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