Kicking Off The Weekend

Kicking Off The Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and I’m more than ready:) We were hoping to get away to the coast with our little trailer but of course, everything is closed so…we plan to do more gardening, (mostly him), read (mostly me), and try to give each other a bit of extra breathing room. Because although we’ve been married for 43 years…I’ve worked from home for the last 15 years and he is retired, we’re not used to this much togetherness;) How are you holding up?

It’s time for would you wear it and halleluiah, I got out to see an actual mannequin:) A few stores near us opened up yesterday and I braved one of them.

If you’re new here, each Saturday my friend Pam and I share a mannequin we have photographed and ask our readers if they would wear what it’s modeling. We do this to better understand your style goals and to share styling ideas in the comment section.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear any, part or all of these and how could you style it to work for your shape and lifestyle?

Please keep it personal to you.

Everything you could ever need or want seems to be on sale this weekend except this one bookcase that I’ve had my eye on for the last 6 weeks! Seriously? What are the odds? I need a very specific (this) height and (this) width to fit into my family room and this one is perfect. Yes, it’s for kids but books are books. It was on sale for a nanosecond in April, which I missed and now it’s full-priced. All. The. Time! I’ll wait and in the meantime, I’m taking advantage of the sales on summer clothes and skincare.

Here are a few sales that caught my eye-

Talbots Summer savings Event is on and it is amazing.

Tops for $19.99

Bottoms for $29.99

Dresses and jackets for $39.99 and 50% off the rest!

I bought these jeans, this denim shirt, another pair of these espadrilles, these flat espadrilles, this little cotton scarf,  and this summer blazer. The prices are so amazing, I may order a few more.

Banana Republic – up to 70% off everything!


Ann Taylor– 60% off your purchase with the code SUMMER.

Loft – 60% off everything with free shipping and returns for loyalty members (which is free to join) or 50% off with the code FRIEND.

Macy’s – 25-60% off select styles.

William’s Sonoma Home – 25% off your order with the code HOME


Now let’s head over to Over 50 Feeling 40 and see what Pam’s mannequin is showing this week.

Be well and remember to wear what makes you happy and feel confident.



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  1. Whaler
    May 24, 2020 / 12:23 pm

    I love the outfit on the right and yes, I would wear it. The green jeans look like they would wear me, and by that I mean I think that is all anyone would see when I entered a room. The top on the left is not a good color for me and I do not care for the pattern.

  2. Cyndi
    May 24, 2020 / 12:20 pm

    I love the outfit on the right – both in color and style. I’m not into many floral prints, but the top combined with the stipes really speaks to me. Being short – I would have to assess whether the pants are a little too wide for me. Probably some sort of heel would pull together this look for me and give me better proportion. Espadrilles with a wedge might be fun, but again, would have to try the whole outfit on.

  3. Barb Boswell
    May 24, 2020 / 6:12 am

    I loved your animal print sweater form J.Crew. Went to purchase, gave size and information of address, credit card stuff . I guess it crashed ! I was not able to get to finish to pay. Very sad. You looked fabulous in that sweater. I wanted one to wear north to New England in the fall.😞

  4. MRSBEN2
    May 24, 2020 / 5:32 am

    Do like the cool ‘n breezy tops but unfortunately not at my age as thanks to Mother Nature my arms are beginning to show signs of crepe. (In other words, they could use a touch up with an iron …. lol!) In respect to colours, meh however feel the one on the right would work exceptionally well with blue denim. As for the pants on the left with their bell bottom design agree with some others; too 70’s for my taste and for those on the right prefer a wide leg style from the waistline down, but do appreciate both their lengths.
    Wishing you a great weekend Jennifer.

  5. Linda R Gaertner
    May 23, 2020 / 3:26 pm

    I’m short, 68 and not into either outfit. The pant are too wide legged and I have too much cleavage for the tops.

  6. Cathy
    May 23, 2020 / 1:58 pm

    I wouldn’t wear either I don’t like colors and both are a little to boho for me.

  7. Norma G
    May 23, 2020 / 12:18 pm

    Both outfits are a little too 1970’s looking as shown. Been there , done that! The only thing I would consider buying now is the small floral print top with the contrasting print straps. It looks cool and comfortable for a very warm day, but I would not wear it with those mustard pants I would wear that top untucked with some white pants, maybe white jeans.

  8. Eve
    May 23, 2020 / 11:53 am

    I like them all but I wouldn’t wear the wide leg pants. I would wear a jacket or kimono over the tops. If I was young, I would wear them the way they are. I especially like the outfit on the right. Those colors are so warm and friendly. You just know the person wearing that is a lot of fun to talk too.

  9. Pat
    May 23, 2020 / 11:49 am

    I love the two tops and would wear both. While I love solids and neutrals, I like prints sometimes. These would be cool for a hot Vegas summer. I would pair with a white or blue jean jacket, long cardigan, or linen shirt for inside air-conditioned spaces. I would pass on the green pants as I think they would overwhelm me. I love the camel pants and would try them. I like wide leg pants, but proportions have to be right. I have a pair in navy that I love. I do have camel utility pants from Chico’s that are slim and would look fabulous with the tops. I would pair with sneakers or flat sandals or slides with a block heel.

  10. Becky
    May 23, 2020 / 11:44 am

    These are a no for me. They are too reminiscent of my 1970’s style, & that girl is long gone & won’t be coming back.

  11. Rosemarie
    May 23, 2020 / 11:41 am

    Like the tops but not the pants.

    I got a chuckle when you mentioned what you bought and may buy more!

    I’m not buying anything new for summer. Had gotten a few things last year and they will last me for a few years. Can you read between the lines and read/know that I don’t like to shop!

    Enjoy the weekend.

  12. Cyndi
    May 23, 2020 / 11:01 am

    The shoulders are a little too bare (but would work with a third piece) and the legs are a little too wide for me. Younger Me might have loved them. I like the colors and pattern though. And while I might be tempted to tie a knit cardigan or sweatshirt around my waist (in a verrry casual look) I don’t think a denim jacket is ever going to be flattering in that position on the body – guessing that was just a suggestion that a third piece could be added. Have a great weekend everyone!

  13. Kathy
    May 23, 2020 / 10:57 am

    The colors of the pants remind me of fall. Like others, I am not a fan of the wide leg pants. I am not crazy about my arms so even though, I like both tops, I’d have to wear a jacket or sweater.

  14. Pam Over 50 Feeling 40
    May 23, 2020 / 10:43 am

    This is the first time I do not think I would wear anything here. Would not flatter me and doesn’t meet my style adjectives and I would need a third piece over the tops.

  15. Sharon
    May 23, 2020 / 10:34 am

    Hi Jennifer, Thanks for checking out the stores and sending us these two looks. I like them both! I love the wide legs and the colors. I just ordered a pair of wide leg pants in the gold color…hope they fit! Since my arms need a little coverage, I would add a jean jacket or a button down cardigan to the gold outfit, throw on a long necklace, slip into a pair of tennis shoes or a cute sandal and I would be ready to go. The new styles are so fun and why not give them a try. We have been stuck at home long enough – let’s change up our look and have some fun!!

    • Jennifer
      May 25, 2020 / 8:41 pm

      I’m more than ready to shake things up too

  16. beth byrd
    May 23, 2020 / 10:12 am

    The color mix here doesn’t work for me. The dark forest green doesn’t seem to fit in with the color palette.

    However, I do like the yelllow/gold pants on the right with the yellow/gold print top on the left. I could see pairing those pieces together!! It would be a wonderfully cool and stylish ensemble!

  17. Peggy
    May 23, 2020 / 10:10 am

    There’s that dark green color I see everywhere. I like that color although not for work. I don’t like the flare on the pants. I would wear the jean jacket. Pretty much the same comments for the other mannequin too. Also, I use a wheelchair when I go out and too much fabric (flared pants) is a hazard. Fabric gets caught in the wheels.

  18. Eileen
    May 23, 2020 / 9:38 am

    The colors, don’t work with my coloring. Interestingly, the right color combination of blue and ochre, was shown a lot in France when I visited about a year ago. The square neck I like as I have small shoulders and chest, but would prefer more sun coverage with sleeves. High waisted pants I like , but the green looks really stiff, so no. I just hope avocado appliances just don’t come back.. what am I thinking… everything comes back! Duh.

  19. Dianne🇨🇦
    May 23, 2020 / 9:34 am

    I love both tops! I think if it was very warm I would wear either of them. I hate bra straps showing so that would be interesting.
    I’m not a fan of the wide leg pants, the colours are a very nice change.

  20. Nancy Walden
    May 23, 2020 / 9:10 am

    I don’t care for either pair of pants. I don’t like the colors or the flared leg. The tanks are cute but I wouldn’t buy them because they wouldn’t hide my bra straps. My tank-style tops all have straps wide enough to allow me to wear a regular bra.

  21. Dawn
    May 23, 2020 / 9:07 am

    I like the outfit on the right, but would wear it with a little cardigan for coverage. It definitely has a 70’s vibe.

  22. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    May 23, 2020 / 8:59 am

    I don’t think I’d wear any of the items shown here, but that said, I like the print in the top on the right and I love the colour of the pants.

  23. Lori
    May 23, 2020 / 8:25 am

    I love everything about the outfit on the right – except for that square neckline! Never works for me! But the lightness, color combo, fabrics, styles, everything else is a yes.

  24. jmp
    May 23, 2020 / 8:16 am

    Looks like the wide flared pants are coming back. (Not sure I like it all that well.). I like the outfit on the right, but the colors are all wrong for me. I’d have to pass on these outfits.

    • Jennifer
      May 23, 2020 / 9:28 am

      Wide legs are back:)

  25. Joan
    May 23, 2020 / 8:08 am

    Both outfits are a definite NO for me. But I do like the color combination on the right. And I agree with you: this is not a typical Memorial Day weekend! Feels really strange. Many of our stores here in FL are slowly opening up but I have mixed feelings about going. Shopping was one of my favorite hobbies before Covid-19. How safe did you feel?

    • Jennifer
      May 23, 2020 / 9:29 am

      I felt pretty safe but I did stay away from folks.

  26. MPP
    May 23, 2020 / 7:53 am

    I would walk past all of this except the jean jacket. The tops are too young for me and the left pant legs too wide. The gold pants might work in another color. Happy Saturday!

  27. Cindy
    May 23, 2020 / 7:49 am

    I love both outfits. How can I find out where I can purchase them?

  28. Juliet
    May 23, 2020 / 7:34 am

    I hear you on the too much togetherness. I hope to get through a backed up stack of magazines and a good book over the next few days. Both ensembles are nice. I’d wear the one on the right, in a different color scheme. Flattering silhouette. Hope we’re inching closer to our lunch and your beach getaway. xo

  29. Elizabeth
    May 23, 2020 / 7:05 am

    Again they are both winners for me..love the cropped pants and the longer wider leg green ones.. I would more than likely wear an open front longer tunic style sweater with both..just to camouflage some extra rolls etc. But both great choices today..Happy Memorial weekend to all..We had our first long weekend of the season last weekend…

  30. Janet
    May 23, 2020 / 6:56 am

    I like the outfit on the left. I like that the pants are full length and the color would go with many items I already own. The top is cute but I would have to wear a jacket or light cardigan to cover my back and shoulders. I’m not sure about the other top so I would have to try it on, but the color and length of the orange pants would not suit me at all.

  31. Karen
    May 23, 2020 / 6:51 am

    I have been following that bookcase in a 3 shelf, as well as a dresser for a couple weeks and absolutely no sales! No coupons in the mail and the shipping code does not apply to furniture. I’m a frequent shopper with them and it’s disappointing.

    • Jennifer
      May 23, 2020 / 9:30 am

      It is disappointing but I’m waiting

  32. Susan Kelley
    May 23, 2020 / 6:45 am

    I will take a pass on both. As someone ha already said-too teenybopper for me!
    But I do like some of the items in the slide show! Thanks for posting!

  33. Susan McClelland
    May 23, 2020 / 6:38 am

    I like the outfit on the right and would wear it. The top is summery and would also look great with denim shorts. I would pass on the outfit on the left – the colours in the top would wash me out and as much as I love green, the wide legs would overwhelm me. Gorgeous weekend in my city and I plan to spend most of it outside.

  34. terri
    May 23, 2020 / 6:24 am

    I love both outfits: the colors, patterns, fit. I would wear both of them.

    • Claire Dugoni
      May 25, 2020 / 10:49 am

      I love both outfits! I have been looking for pants that Carmel color on the right. What brand are they and what store are these outfits from, please? I want to buy the one on the right especially. Love your posts. You keep it honest and real.

      • Jennifer
        May 25, 2020 / 12:37 pm

        These are from Anthropologie

  35. Jane
    May 23, 2020 / 6:12 am

    Yes to all❣️ The wide leg, high waisted pant would make my legs look longer while skimming over my “fluffy” figure bits and hold in my tummy. The wide cropped top gives the illusion that I have a waist but choose not to flaunt it. Love any clothing that tames my tummy.

    • Jennifer
      May 23, 2020 / 9:27 am

      I’m with you on the tummy taming:)

  36. Rose
    May 23, 2020 / 6:06 am

    A big no for me on these outfits. The colors look like fall to me and the styles wouldn’t work for me. I really like the bookcase though!

  37. Donna
    May 23, 2020 / 6:02 am

    Like Linda said in an earlier comment, I’m flashing back to the 70’s also. I wouldn’t wear the green pant outfit but I am intrigued about the outfit on the right.
    I love the colours in the top and l love the pants. I definitely would have wore them together in the 70’s And they would have fit fabulous but today I’m thinking those pants need a more fitted top to balance me out, like a fitted t or tank. And the top needs a more fitted bottom Like skinny jeans or a straight cut skirt. I’d definitely try them on for fun.
    Ladies all this talk about not showing your arms!!! Please, your arms are beautiful. Think of all the people they have hugged. Think of all the loads they have carried. So what if they aren’t as tight and svelte as they used to be. Be proud of your body just the way it is. ❤️

    • Jennifer
      May 23, 2020 / 9:18 am

      Thank you Donna❤️❤️❤️

  38. Linda GR
    May 23, 2020 / 5:45 am

    Neither of these outfits appeals to me. The styles and colors don’t work for my coloring or body shape.
    Isn’t it nice to be able to go into stores again?😊

    • Jennifer
      May 23, 2020 / 9:16 am

      It sure is but the place was jammed!!

  39. Marcia
    May 23, 2020 / 5:44 am

    I don’t like to think I dress like an old lady, but I can’t see me wearing these outfits at 70. I like the outfits, colours are very nice, but too youthful for me. Hubby and I are doing fine, thanks to a big garden and a landscaping project. Looking for a few new good books to read. Any suggestions?

  40. Joan
    May 23, 2020 / 5:42 am

    I like the outfit on the right and would wear it if it had a little more coverage for my old arms.

  41. -Vicki Mikola Dack
    May 23, 2020 / 5:38 am

    No, wouldn’t wear either outfits……just don’t like the colours! And too teeny-boppers in style.

  42. Diane
    May 23, 2020 / 5:36 am

    I wouldn’t wear either to walk to the mailbox!!

  43. Bonna Jean Nichols
    May 23, 2020 / 5:24 am

    These outfits are both a little to tenny bopper for me. Not enough coverage in the tops and just a bit too flare legged for me. I’m sure they would look cute on someone younger than 73! LOL!

  44. Linda V
    May 23, 2020 / 5:24 am

    No, I would not wear any of this! I NEVER wear sleeveless tops, and I do not look good in wide legged pants. Also, I do not like florals or these colors!

  45. Catherine
    May 23, 2020 / 5:21 am

    I want to like these styles and I am using my imagination to put them in colours I would wear. However I am struggling with the wide leg, my legs are pretty good feature and I hate to hide them. The tops would be great but I need bra friendly straps. I need the support and haven’t found a comfortable strapless for DDD.

    • Jennifer
      May 23, 2020 / 9:15 am

      Thanks for explaining Katherine. I too have good legs but I like wide pants on me to add balance for my broad shoulders

  46. RoseAG
    May 23, 2020 / 5:15 am

    I like the colors on the right. I wouldn’t wear that brassy brown close to my face, but as pants it’s does well, although it is a deep not-so-summery color. If I were to be going to New Hampshire, as we’ve often done in the past, I would take that. It would look good in a woodsy setting.

    I am glad that we are too lazy to have moved out of the house we had when our children were small because it’s nice to have the extra rooms for situations like this. We also have a big dog who needs to be walked and that is a chance for us to be outside.

  47. Jules 4a
    May 23, 2020 / 5:09 am

    Wouldn’t wear either outfit, but husband and I are staying well together in iso, thank goodness.

  48. Jan
    May 23, 2020 / 5:05 am

    The colors on the wide leg pants seem more suited to my fall wardrobe. I prefer the ankle length of the pants on the right. I do see myself wearing both of the tops. I find that a smaller print can camouflage some imperfections that seem to be adding up lately. Lol I would pair them with one of my cool, linen type shirts that when left open, add that comfortable third piece magic. It just seems to give me that added confidence and helps me to pull together a look that works for me. I have several neutral colored crop pants that would work also.
    Hope everyone has a great weekend! 🌸

    • Jennifer
      May 23, 2020 / 9:12 am

      Have a wonderful weekend Jan

  49. Linda
    May 23, 2020 / 4:59 am

    No to it all. It transports me back to the ‘70s. Been there, done that.

    • Donna
      May 23, 2020 / 5:54 am

      Lol I’m flashing back with you Linda!! That was my first thought also!!
      I don’t know if it would still suit me but I would love to try it on, just to see!!

  50. Gloria
    May 23, 2020 / 4:50 am


  51. Laurel
    May 23, 2020 / 4:49 am

    I, too, like the tops. Alas, I need a bra that would be hard to hide under either of them, but they’re both cute. I particularly like the color combo of the outfit on the right.

  52. Fiona
    May 23, 2020 / 4:32 am

    It’s funny how our figure and style informs our response. I would totally wear the wide trousers – lovely colours – but not touch the tops. I am a medium sized rectangle shape, but with a big bust and a few years on me, so prefer higher necklines, covered shoulders and sleeves of some description.

    • Jennifer
      May 23, 2020 / 7:56 am

      That’s one of the reasons I love to read everyone’s comments. Have a great weekend.

  53. Connie Haines
    May 23, 2020 / 4:19 am

    Yes to both tops, and No to both pants for me. The tops are cute. I’d pair them with the lightest weight sweaters and a capri pant. This return to flared and wide leg pants is not very flattering on me, so I’d keep to a bottom that’s more fitted.

  54. Martha
    May 23, 2020 / 4:16 am

    I would wear the tops maybe with a sheer kimono over them to cover up my heavy arms. The pants are too flared for my pear shape. Those never look good on me. I do like the colors though! I never tie anything around my waist. Don’t want to draw the eye there!

    • Jennifer
      May 23, 2020 / 7:55 am

      Thanks Martha, have a great weekend

  55. Paulette Levy
    May 23, 2020 / 3:24 am

    Well, I really am drawn to the two tops….especially if summer is its usual hot and humid. As for the pants, I like the teal -green color but NOT the wide flare styling. I’d prefer the pant style on right, but would try them on for the look on me. Just not sure if the color. In summer I usually stick with shorts and pants in white, khaki, pale madras. Some navy too.
    I’m curious to read what other readers prefer in today’s discussion!
    Enjoy the weekend.

    • Jennifer
      May 23, 2020 / 7:50 am

      Have a great weekend!

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