How Would You Style This?

Happy Wednesday ladies. I spent another 3 hours in the dental chair yesterday, which is getting old! Three dentists inside of 3 weeks for the same two teeth! Sheesh. Anywho…I’m back today with a mannequin throw-down. Just kidding. I was able to try on what this gal was modeling and got a surprise so decided we could have fun chatting about it.

Please share how you might style this look for your shape and lifestyle and tell us why or why not.

Some merchandisers get creative when dressing their mannequins which can give us styling ideas, or cause confusion.

Here I am in the same look.

I love crisp poplin and thought this skirt would be fun for summer. The problem is, it’s not a skirt.

It’s a sleeveless dress. I love the black and white combo. I also loved the sweater with the open sleeves that comes in some gorgeous colors. I can see wearing multiple ways, just not over this dress.


WEARING – GINGHAM SHIRT I know the shirt is at Nordstrom but can’t locate the link

If I felt the need to provide arm coverage I’d probably top it with a gingham shirt. There’s a less abrupt color change plus the shirt allows me to pop the collar, and cinch the waist. You also get a longer view of the torso on the dress which helps me look taller.

What about you?

Would you have been confused by this mannequin styling?


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  1. Leslie Greaves Radloff
    June 11, 2021 / 3:14 pm

    I have been thinking about this dress wondering if it could be a wedding dress for the right person, or attendants dresses both of which might be worn again, and might be reasonably priced. Added lace bolero top, other simple embellishments? Might work with a hat and simple veil. Does the dress come in other colors? Could it be dyed?

  2. Ellen
    June 11, 2021 / 4:23 am

    So this actually looks cuter on you than I thought it would, given the length of the dress and your height. I do like the gingham blouse with it. Like one comment already made, it does kind of resemble a night gown! What I think would make it look more fun and less like a night gown would be to vary the length – so maybe on the left side (front & back) bring it to the knee and then let it swoop down to the full length on the right – does that make sense? This was kind of fun – I am a firm believer in trying on everything because it will look different on you than it does on the hangar and you could be pleasantly surprised! Thanks for a fun one and happy Friday.

    • Jennifer
      June 11, 2021 / 7:03 am

      Happy Friday!!

  3. Maribeth Conklin
    June 10, 2021 / 4:44 pm

    I don’t care for the dress. Its just to much fabric. Maybe if it had a v neckline and shorter length and a bit more fitted. I do love the sweater and the white Tee shirt peeking out.

  4. Peggy
    June 10, 2021 / 10:53 am

    I like poplin, too, but this is too much of a good thing. I would whack off the skirt part at the tier. The fullness around the waist and hips may make some shoppers turn and run. Fullness or pleats have to start a few inches below the waistline or they add hugeness and more hugeness. Love the sweater with this and the gingham shirt.

  5. Kathy
    June 10, 2021 / 8:16 am

    I love how you styled the dress. It looks very cute on you.
    For me, I would prefer the dress to hit at mid calf rather than maxi length and I would like a scoop neckline.

  6. Nancy
    June 10, 2021 / 5:50 am

    Wow adding a top to that dress really improves the look. Like both tops with it.

  7. MP
    June 10, 2021 / 5:23 am

    I like the dress with the gingham blouse. The dress alone looks like a nightgown. The navy blue sweater is so cute. I would wear that with straight navy or white jeans or a slimmer cut skirt. It doesn’t go too well with the dress because the skirt part is so full.
    I’ve been dealing with periodontists for years. UGH! I feel your pain.

    • MP
      June 10, 2021 / 5:25 am

      The sweater looks navy on my screen. I clicked on it BLACK! This happens all the time. I like the sweater but would prefer it in navy.

  8. Susan
    June 10, 2021 / 4:29 am

    Sorry about your ongoing dental problems. Hope it is resolved soon.
    I love this look. It reminds me that I can style some dresses as skirts for more versatility. The sweater hits all the right notes for me…V neck, lightweight, some sleeve coverage.
    This post reminds me that I have some great pieces from the Nordstrom brand. It’s their best private label, IMO. I don’t know the suppliers for this label, but the items seem more high end to me.

  9. Elaine
    June 9, 2021 / 3:29 pm

    I like the sweater. I do not like the dress for me. However I think it looks good on you Jennifer.

  10. Kay
    June 9, 2021 / 2:12 pm

    That dress is gorgeous! I like dressing up something like this with sweaters or vests. It’s like a jumpsuit only better. Teeth. Ugh. There was a time this year I threatened to pitch a tent at the dentist’s office because I was there more than I was at home.

  11. Carolyn M
    June 9, 2021 / 1:16 pm

    What about wearing the dress with a wide black and white belt, then blousing the top so the waist seam line is at your waist? Sounds like a nice option for a really warm day or evening. Maybe carry the blouse to use in air conditioning? I might also add a 2” heeled black sandal. And maybe a black and white hoop earring. That would look wonderful on you!

  12. Penny
    June 9, 2021 / 12:26 pm

    Being a fair coloring redhead, I avoid black near my face, so the sweater is a no. I do like the check shirt, would look for a blue or green tho. At first glance the dress was a huge no. However in Mich we are close to 90°, 90% humidity. So the dress is looking better. I would try a smaller size if it fit to cut some volume. I’d style it with a colorful statement type necklace. Big beads, bright color. I might also try a petite if available otherwise I would need a little higher heel. Love these discussions.

  13. pauline.noznick
    June 9, 2021 / 12:08 pm

    I liked the look with the gingham blouse. I liked the blouse, but the dress is not for me.

  14. Dianne🇨🇦
    June 9, 2021 / 9:39 am

    Good post, Jennifer.
    Sorry about your teeth problems,it is so important to keep on top of our dental health.
    The dress is really not for everyone,I also wonder where someone would wear it.
    Your stylish change was great.
    I would really like the little sweater with white capris or a white jean skirt.

  15. Linda
    June 9, 2021 / 8:57 am

    Oh I love this white dress!!!!!! My arms do not however. I like the idea of a black snd white 3/4sleeve very lightweight topper on it similar to what you picked out!

    This would be a great dress for our super hot days here in Dallas.

    I am sorry for all the tooth problems. At our ages, this is a very real problem that most of us may go through sooner or later. I hope that your new Dentist will get this done quickly and painlessly! 🙏

  16. Donna
    June 9, 2021 / 8:42 am

    This would not flatter my figure with all the gathers and yardage. I am 5’ 2” and not super thin. Also white with gathers would make me look like a marshmallow.

    • Christy Hyder
      June 16, 2021 / 12:52 pm

      Exactly my thoughts, I am 5’3″ and not super thin either.

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