How Would You Style This Outfit?

I am constantly amazed by the way I see mannequins styled. Large brands usually send display directions to their stores so you will see the same outfit in every one of their stores’ windows but there are some that use their own creativity.

Which begs the question, who is styling these outfits?


I ran across this one yesterday and was curious what you would think. For me, styling is everything. You can take a grain sack and make it look chic by how you style it. You can also take incredibly expensive clothes and style them to look awful. Great style has no price tag, and you’re only limited by your creativity.

This outfit was giving off an Anne Of Green Gables vibe on top with the pin tucking, smocked cuffs, and ruffles buttoned to the neck. From the waist down, I was getting a Hee Haw vibe from the loose legs and hole in the knee. They were just unpacking their fall clothes so my options were limited to restyle this. Here’s what I tried.

I could have unbuttoned the top buttons and kept the same jeans but I am not curvy and these just didn’t fit me so I changed into these skinny jeans in a dark wash. I tried the blouse tied in front, then long over the skinny jeans. I pushed the sleeves up and bloused them over the elastic which downplayed the ruffled cuff.

What are your thoughts on what the mannequin is wearing?

How would you style this blouse and jeans?

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





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  1. Melissa
    September 14, 2021 / 10:53 am

    I’m a little late on my comment but I like this blouse and how you have it styled in picture number 3. I would add a shiny flat shoe and maybe a shorter length jacket/sweater for me. The first pic is just awful with those jeans. Haha sorry but my truth. I like the darker jeans. And with my age and frumpy midsection I could never tie the blouse, it looks too classy to tie anyway. I love your emails especially “How would you style it”.

  2. Claire Gerrard
    September 13, 2021 / 1:13 pm

    I think the mannequin has good proportions. It must be quite tall and it looks quite slender in the photo. I love how the blouse looks buttoned up to the chin on the mannequin but it looked a lot better unbuttoned on a real petite woman.

  3. Sarah
    September 12, 2021 / 5:39 am

    I see all these fashion posts with cute jeans, and I just think a belt finishes/polishes the look. Maybe I am old fashioned. I don’t think you always need to tuck in a shirt. I think look #1 needs a belt and the cuffs rolled/folded up. I don’t like the collar buttoned. The open collar looks best. I am partial to the open front with a lace tank or regular tank underneath. Look #2, needs a belt! Not a big one, just a thin belt with a small buckle. I do like look #3, as well. Love your blog, love to participate!

    • Jennifer
      September 12, 2021 / 9:43 am

      Thanks for being here, Sarah

  4. Vicky
    September 11, 2021 / 10:57 am

    Number three for me. Maybe two, but definitely not one. I am having a hard time embracing the ruffles at my age. But, since it seems to be the in thing right now maybe it will grow on me.

  5. Janey
    September 8, 2021 / 11:19 pm

    Most styling is geared towards a younger market, and their styling is on trend for the 20 somethings.
    I prefer your styling, but I am in my 60’s.

  6. Mary Wray
    September 8, 2021 / 9:35 pm

    From frozen…Let it go, let it go…not worth styling IMAO…

  7. Lisa
    September 8, 2021 / 5:11 pm

    I really like the third option. Casual but stylish and comfortable with nothing tucked in that needs re-adjusting.

  8. Cathy
    September 8, 2021 / 5:09 pm

    I like the blouse on # 1, and the jeans on #2 together. I don’t like the #3 at all.

  9. Sharon
    September 8, 2021 / 4:41 pm

    It looks like I’m odd man out on this one. I prefer your 2nd choice. I think it’s exceptionally slimming and very modern. But I could never see myself in ruffles at this stage of my life.

  10. Debra Calhoun
    September 8, 2021 / 2:55 pm

    I like the way you styled the middle picture.

  11. Pam
    September 8, 2021 / 1:21 pm

    I am old school and cannot see the point in spending money – especially a lot of money on clothes that are worn and ripped. I prefer my jeans intact. I like this blouse and like the elegant style with the modern print. I would wear it tucked in with a narrow, dark skirt or trousers – I can’t see the colors well enough to see if black, navy or some other dark would work best. Since I am short, leaving it untucked just looks sloppy and makes my legs look shorter. I live in the northern US and would pair this with a dark blazer or cardigan as it will be getting cold here soon. For those times when I wear a suit, this would be a nice addition.

  12. Nancy
    September 8, 2021 / 12:43 pm

    I like your third, casual look the best.
    I would probably style it with the open collar, then tuck it in and wear a black belt. I think that would make it look polished. Of course at the moment I don’t tuck anything in. I also don’t wear blouses tied because it emphasizes the stomach!
    Now, I’m going to read what other people said, because styling isn’t my forte!

  13. Bonnie
    September 8, 2021 / 12:12 pm

    I love the 3rd version maybe because I like skinny dark jeans. Unbuttoning the blouse and pushing up the sleeves gives it less structured look and it plays with the small print in the blouse. Kline your variations and reading this gives me permission to play with my clithes

    • Jennifer
      September 8, 2021 / 2:41 pm

      Yes! mix it up and wear things in ways that make you feel great!

  14. Judy
    September 8, 2021 / 11:54 am

    your styling far better than the mannequin, but neither are my
    style or color preference.

  15. Kay
    September 8, 2021 / 11:22 am

    A friend of mine, sadly passed, was a store window dresser for a large department store in San Francisco. That store is also gone in the cannibalization Macy’s did of that city’s shopping district. She had free reign of the store to dress her mannequins, and she produced some beautiful creations. She had an art degree, a real professional. I don’t think stores do that anymore. Of course, there are fewer windows to dress, but the concept extended to in-store displays. I don’t know who does the window dressing anymore, but it’s another sad end to a more elegant era.

    • Jennifer
      September 8, 2021 / 2:41 pm

      I’m sorry to hear about your friend. Having free reign to dress a mannequin is fun!!

  16. Penelope
    September 8, 2021 / 10:38 am

    Maybe it’s just me, but I find the mannequins styling are almost always kind of “ off” in some element. It’s takes skill to mix styles well, in one outfit, and I’m not seeing much skill lately. I’ve worn jeans with holes made by work and wear & tear all my adult life and new jeans with deliberately made holes just look pretentious to me.
    The trend of “ prairie “ or old fashioned styles are nice but I wore them in my 20’s and they feel silly on me now. Classic, & un fussy is best for me these days.

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