Midweek Mannequin

Happy Wednesday ladies. I hope you’re staying well and doing all you can to keep your spirits up and your stress levels down. I know I could use a diversion so I thought it would be fun to talk about a mannequin today. I spotted this display last week and was intrigued. I took several pictures then I moved in to examine it more closely.

I’d love to hear your views on this look.

The collar is very neatly edged with pearls.

Then I got nosey and started “frisking” this “gal” to examine what I was really seeing. I know from experience that merchandise displays are often put together with disparate pieces that are manipulated to get the look they’re going for. I’ve often discovered that the blouse I was admiring is actually a dress.

I’d love to know if you’d wear this look as is and what parts of it you might need to change to make it work for your shape and lifestyle.

I discovered this is the blouse under the sweater. It has elbow-length sleeves with a slight gather and button cuff.

So what do you think? Is this a look you would wear?

Please share your stying ideas so we can all get inspired.

Midweek sales

Merchants are having more and more midweek sales so here are a few I’ve perused:

Ulta is having their Love Your Skin Event with 50% off must-haves with special beauty steals each day. Beauty steals are 50% off for one day and one day only so you need to find what you love, then pounce on the right day.

Talbots is giving 50% off all markdowns and special promotions each day. Here’s what caught my eye on the sale. This vest is virtually identical to the one I bought last year.

It has just enough warmth for chilly days and is perfect for walks because it keeps my chest and neck warm but I don’t overheat! It comes in a slew of other colors in petite, misses, plus, and petite plus. I wore it Saturday to play Bocce on a very cold day and it kept me toasty warm.

Loft is having a sale that I have been hovering over. This classic Camel Coat finally got marked down 50% off with the code FUN and I pounced. I’ve tried it on in the store and know it runs large so I ordered the regular small which I know fits me. Camel may not be my most flattering color but I know I can make it work for me. Stay tuned to see how I wear it.

Don’t forget to share your styling ideas for this mannequin so we can all get inspired.

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


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  1. Janet
    January 14, 2021 / 6:19 pm

    I would definitely wear this outfit but with longer pants. The pearly collar makes a plain white blouse more interesting and the sleeves are not so puffy that you couldn’t wear anything over them. The style of the sweater is a nice contrast to the blouse. Some dangling earrings and a long necklace would finish it all off for me.

  2. Karen
    January 13, 2021 / 6:00 pm

    I think the blouse with its skirt look very professional but perhaps not warm enough for an office. I’d put a woven vest over it probably, because I like that length sleeve.
    No one else mentioned how easily a sweater with that stitch–shaker, I think– gets a pull in it from coming in unexpected contact with velcro or rubbing against anything rough. That’s the first thing that would happen to me, so I’m not drawn to the sweater.

  3. Nancy Nesbitt
    January 13, 2021 / 2:46 pm

    As you stated above, Jennifer, the fabric of the blouse and sweater are an interesting juxtaposition. I would go farther and say all 3 pieces are juxtaposed. The blouse is feminine/dressy, the sweater is heavy and dark, and the pants create a more summer-like vibe in their length and weight.
    I love the color of the sweater and used to wear this style when younger and much slimmer. I like the pants for warm weather. I just don’t think I would wear the blouse due to the large, puritan collar and saggy sleeves. As someone mentioned, it reeks of the 80’s. I can imagine Princess Di wearing it well, though – in the 80’s.

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 8:38 pm

      Interesting observation about the vibe each piece gives off

  4. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    January 13, 2021 / 2:30 pm

    The blouse is a definite no. White washes me out and it reminds me of what I wore as a young child. In fact, I’m sure I have a school photo of me wearing one just like that, but without the pearls. I love the sweater though and would wear it a lot! It looks great with the grey pants, but ankle length doesn’t work for me in the winter.

    • Peggy A Foster
      January 13, 2021 / 4:09 pm

      I think the blouse is really pretty in a “school girl’s sort of way. If I were really thin with long limbs, I would definitely wear it. I can see the blouse worn with high-waisted pants or a pencil skirt. It would look great with a black leather pencil skirt. Unfortunately, I’m a petite, pear-shaped grandma. It wouldn’t look right.

      • Jennifer
        January 13, 2021 / 8:37 pm

        Thanks for sharing Peggy

  5. Kay
    January 13, 2021 / 1:05 pm

    I love the blouse. Yes, it’s kind of girly, but that’s the point. It’s just like one I had years ago (without the peals.)

  6. Penelope
    January 13, 2021 / 11:50 am

    It’s all a “ no” for me. I don’t like ribbed sweaters or raglan sleeves which I feel makes me upper chest look pinched in. Just doesn’t flatter me as I like a wider structure to balance my hips. The blouse is only ok, the sleeves look a bit childish to me. I wore a lot of that style in the 80’s when Laura Ashley was popular I lean towards a more tailored style now.
    The slacks are just too short and make my short legs look even shorter. I only wear cropped pants with very casual flats and sandals. Not dressier outfits.

  7. Kathy
    January 13, 2021 / 11:25 am

    The navy sweater with the grey pants is a very nice color combo. I would not wear this blouse as it reminds me of my catholic school uniforms. I would just wear a conventional blouse/ shirt under the sweater. I like the pant length in warmer weather. Not quite yet.

    • Dianne
      January 13, 2021 / 12:40 pm

      Just thinking the exact same thing about the blouse. Catholic grade school and high school uniform . Grade school pointy collar and high school button down Oxford preppy shirt those were the days 😂😂😂

      • Kathy
        January 17, 2021 / 8:31 am

        Saddle shoes!

  8. Katrina
    January 13, 2021 / 11:06 am

    This looks like something I wore in grade school!! I love the sweater, but the long collar is too much. Perhaps a quieter Peter Pan collar without pearls would match the lines of the sweater better. The sweater looks like it would be great with jeans and a pretty scarf. Let’s skip the fussy collar. I have noticed recently that puffed sleeves seem to be returning also. I had enough of that in the 80’s!

  9. Janece
    January 13, 2021 / 10:55 am

    I like the color combination, because I love blue! I would wear the sweater, but nothing else. Not a fan of long collars or short pants in winter. Thanks for posting mannequins so we can all evaluate. Your and others’ insights are helpful and instructive. I seldom pay close attention to mannequins; I’ll start when I can leisurely window – soon I hope!

  10. Marci
    January 13, 2021 / 10:48 am

    Interesting that the answers are all over the place – vive la différence! I don’t care for the blouse, not the collar, not the sleeves, not the pearls, not the fabric. But I really like the sweater and pants, and only wish the pants were ankle length. The blue colors are very nice and would be flattering for me. I am looking forward to shopping in stores again, as shopping online for clothing has proved a tricky business.

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 8:35 pm

      It is interesting. That’s why I enjoy doing these.

  11. Debbie
    January 13, 2021 / 10:32 am

    I love this blouse. I think it is feminine and beautiful, classic without being “menswear”. I don’t like it with the sweater, however. I agree with another commenter that the sweater emphasizes the length of the collar points and I also think it is too casual for the blouse. I would wear this blouse for a nice dinner out with solid slacks and boots with a slight heel, and a cashmere cardigan if there was a chill (that is, if I could eat out right now. Haha).

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 8:34 pm

      We will be able to eventually 🙂

  12. Francesca B.
    January 13, 2021 / 9:38 am

    I really like the blouse but I think t would suit someone with a small chest best! Not me!

  13. mrsben
    January 13, 2021 / 9:38 am

    A definite ‘no’ to the blouse with the main reason being; puritan collars are my least favourite and with this one being elongated and accented with pearls it appeals to me even less (though IMO the latter on or worn with a blouse they can be otherwise). With that said; to each their own. Do love the ink blue color of the shaker sweater and color of the dress pants and feel their shades do work together; however a ‘no’ to both as what sweaters I have in said style I generally wear them for outdoor tasks around the home as are hand-me-downs that actually my son owned. (In other words, SS are not high on my list for purchase.) As to the pants and as others have commented; would prefer them longer (unless they came in ‘tall’ these would be very cropped on me) BUT do like their cut. -Brenda-

  14. Heather
    January 13, 2021 / 9:12 am

    I really like this look! My only concern would be cleaning the blouse with the row of pearls on the collar. I think dry clean only, as the pearls would probably come off in the wash?

  15. Jane
    January 13, 2021 / 9:10 am

    I would try it on. The long points might mimic a v neck and keep attention on my face, and let’s face it I would rather draw attention above my waist then my tummy. The sweater is easy looking and pretty much what I wear. The pants are a perfect length for spring or really mild days. I like it.

  16. Julie Traxler
    January 13, 2021 / 8:06 am

    I love this look. In northern Wisconsin, where I was raised, this look was popular. At least the sweater and blouse look. Everything about this look appeals to me. I have narrow shoulders so the puffy sleeves are good. The collar is so pretty, and it is lovely under the shaker sweater. I like ankle length pants as they are easy for me to adjust the kinds of footwear… boots for winter and loafers without socks for warmer weather.
    One person said one would look like a pilgrim …that is possible. 😁. It is not an edgy look.

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 8:33 pm

      It’s more classic than edgy, that’s for sure. Thanks Julie.

  17. Sarah
    January 13, 2021 / 8:02 am

    Love it but collar too big. A Peter Pan collar with the pearls would be great.

  18. Alison
    January 13, 2021 / 7:46 am

    I like the details, but actually saw it on a news anchor the other day, with her hair pulled back she looked like a pilgrim. I think it could work, but would need to be carefully styled-not something that I am up to the task to do.

  19. Jackie
    January 13, 2021 / 7:11 am

    But where are the fuzzy slippers and warm socks ? This blouse is one that I find interesting because of the details, but practically speaking would always be pushed to the back of my closet due to the lightweight fabric and not being able to wear the top button unbuttoned.

  20. Carole
    January 13, 2021 / 6:55 am

    I’m not crazy about the blouse. The collar is too big and I don’t like the sleeves or material. I would not wear this outfit.

  21. Nanci
    January 13, 2021 / 6:52 am

    Who makes the sweater? It looks like it might have a nice drape. I don’t see a link for it. I looked around on the Nordys site with no luck.

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 7:02 am

      Sorry, I couldn’t find a link either or I would have shared. It’s bizarre because I just took these pictures. Next time I’ll frisk the mannequin more thoroughly. 🤣

  22. Elaine
    January 13, 2021 / 6:48 am

    I like the sweater. I would might like the pants if they were ankle length, but the length shown is not my style. I don’t think the shown length looks good on very many women.

    I do not like much about the blouse at all. The purl trim on the color is okay, but I do not like the deep pointy collar.

  23. Carol
    January 13, 2021 / 6:40 am

    I ‘m not attracted to any of the pieces of this……the blouse on it’s own with the large collar and puffy/gathered elbow sleeves puts me back in grade school—altho’ I for sure didn’t have pearl edging on my blouses! (Maybe some colored piping was there, however.) And I’ve never been able to like the look of Shaker knit sweaters for some reason. Too masculine without the designer menswear appeal, perhaps? And I think that Shaker texture degrades the look detracting from the blouse and the pants.

  24. Linda
    January 13, 2021 / 6:21 am

    I like this outfit a lot especially the blouse and the sweater. I would prefer a pant that hits lower on the ankle or full length. I would also select either a matched navy or khaki color pants. The pieces could be worn separately. I love little details and the pearls on the blouse and the cute sleeves do it for me. I like to wear navy so I am attracted to the color combo. I do not think this outfit is matronly or too youthful for me at 70. To me it is classic.

  25. Eileen
    January 13, 2021 / 6:19 am

    The styling on the blouse is ok , I would prefer long sleeves, and hopefully not see through. I would wear this with a very high waist belted wide leg full length pant. Pointed heel boots, and a cropped leather jacket. I would add a bow under the collar, red lip, hoop earrings, and a beret. The sweater color I like, the style, is too boxy. The ankle length pants I’ve never liked on myself, I prefer a longer leg look.

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 6:57 am

      Thanks for sharing your styling ideas! Your outfit sounds smashing!

  26. Pat
    January 13, 2021 / 6:07 am

    Love the whole outfit but pants would be too cold right now in the Midwest. Blouse is so pretty on its own with a skirt, pants or even jeans in warmer weather!

  27. Paulette Levy
    January 13, 2021 / 6:00 am

    Hi Jennifer! I agree that it’s a young look and personally like a blouse with shorter collar or classic button-down style. I do wear Talbots colorful plaid shirts with their crew necks in pretty colors with hens ganging lower! This shirt/sweater is just a bit uptight looking for me. Sorry.

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 6:56 am

      I like my shirt tails showing below my sweaters too. It’s taken a while for my eye to become accustomed to the look and now I like it a lot.

  28. Tina R. Olson
    January 13, 2021 / 5:50 am

    I smiled as I read comments and had the same thought. This is another fashion comeback that I’ll more than likely not follow. Please don’t let rainbow shirts come back. I may wear the blouse separately with a denim jacket and pencil skirt. I won’t pay $175 for a blouse especially one that requires care. I liked the sweater and pants. The pants wouldn’t be worn until spring. It’s cold where I live and my feet/ankles get cold easily.

  29. Nancy
    January 13, 2021 / 5:48 am

    Blouse is ok alone. Don’t care for it with the crew neck sweater as it has a private girls school uniform vibe to me. Pants would be nice IF they were full length or at least a little longer. I don’t find this pant length flattering unless it is more of a jegging with booties. In a standard slack like this , I prefer a length at least to the ankles.

  30. Melissa
    January 13, 2021 / 5:38 am

    Not sure I like the big collar comeback, if this is a comeback. It’s a young look, but not one that I would feel comfortable trying. The short puffy sleeves are also a look that is too young for me, and it would probably drive me crazy to have short sleeves on under a sweater. Just me, but I don’t like things that bunch under sweaters. The sweater and pants are nice though!

  31. sheryl
    January 13, 2021 / 5:36 am

    i do really like the outfit, although it isnt actually my style…i really like the blue sweater. wearing the white underneath it, is pretty, but the length of the sleeves under the sweater would bother me the whole time i had it on, i know. the collar is pretty, i can imagine feeling very managerial, or preppy if i had this on. if the pants were longer, i would like them, but not working anymore, so i wouldnt even consider buying them.

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 6:53 am

      Thanks Cheryl. I was curious about the blouse sleeve length under the sweater too.

  32. Sharon
    January 13, 2021 / 5:34 am

    I really like this blouse, without the sweater and with it. I probably would not pay $175.00 for a blouse that has to be hand washed. The pearls are so sweet, but difficult to clean.

  33. MP
    January 13, 2021 / 5:24 am

    The navy sweater is fine. The blouse is not. I don’t like the collar or the puffy sleeves. I like pearls but not on this since they look plastic and cheap. The collar is too big. The blue pants are OK but don’t seem to fit correctly in the hips.

  34. Diane B
    January 13, 2021 / 5:24 am

    On first look, it is interesting and like the colours. I am always up for a great navy sweater, but the raglan sleeves do nothing for my slightly sloped shoulders. The pants are a great colour that I would love to have more of, however that length again is not for me. I am glad you showed us the blouse in detail, so the fact that I cannot wear the collar open at all is a no as well. I guess if I was to style this, it would be with tall boots to cover the pant length and a loosly wrapped scarf to widen the shoulder area and no blouse so I guess that means no, I would not wear this after all. Thanks for frisking the model for us.

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 6:50 am

      Lol, Diane. I love that gray too. It’s not as easy to find as other shades.

  35. Charlotte Miles
    January 13, 2021 / 5:20 am

    You can put this on a overweight woman and she looks like a WATER BUFFALO. I am appalled at the PUSH to sell merchandise by trying to convince someone they look terrific. This is PUTTING KIPSTICK ON A PIG. I am overweight so I can speak to this. This whole idea is nothing more than a marketing method to getting more out of your wallet. You can spend a lot of money and still look like a water buffalo.

    • Diane B
      January 13, 2021 / 5:28 am

      Charlotte, I realize we all have our opinions of a look, but this is just rude. I am not a thin persone either, but there is no need to take it out on Jennifer. also I have many friends who are larger than I am and still look wonderful. Please try to love yourself a bit more.

      • Jennifer
        January 13, 2021 / 6:43 am

        Thanks Diane. Perhaps Charlotte is having a down day, as we all do occasionally.

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 6:29 am

      Good morning Charlotte, These mannequins are dressed by merchants to showcase new merchandise and of course, not everything appeals to every woman. I’m sharing it here so we can have a discussion about “why” garments do or don’t work on each of us, individually. This is to analyze what about the look is right or wrong for your individual shape and lifestyle. Generalizations and labeling help no one.

  36. Laura
    January 13, 2021 / 5:18 am

    This is basically my pandemic uniform…shirt, crew neck sweater in merino, cashmere or cotton, and slim pants. I like it and would definitely wear it, although I wouldn’t wear the blouse without a sweater…I left puffed sleeves behind a long time ago!

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 6:39 am

      Thanks Laura. Happy Wednesday.

  37. Talitha
    January 13, 2021 / 4:40 am

    I like this a lot! Normally I wouldn’t do a crew neck but the larger collar over it has the effect of a V-neck. The pearls make it special. I also like the gray dress pants with the black sweater…almost a column of color for a long lean look. Depending on the shoes this could be very dressed up for an evening out or errands. Do we have to wear jeans or joggers if we aren’t going anywhere? I think I’m going to start wearing my dress pants occasionally.

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 6:38 am

      Great observations. Yes, We should absolutely wear what ever we want! Why let our dressier clothes gather dust just because we’re staying home??

  38. Jan
    January 13, 2021 / 4:36 am

    At first glance, I would have to say that the color and style combination of this look is o.k. But, the featured blouse is one of those pieces that yes, it has a beautiful, detailed collar. I fear this collar would bring a matronly look to whatever outfit I may try to create. I do not favor a raglan sleeve. If I remember how popular shoulder pads were years ago, it was because they could help balance out my hips. Also, the bottom of this sweater does not have a noticeable hem that would lay flat and these sweaters tend to stretch out at the bottom . I have trouble making them look right without maybe folding under the front portion. I do love the look of the pants. My issue with ankle pants is the whole shoe issue. I tend to prefer a pant that covers the ankle. Other than that, the color combination does appeal to me.
    What a fun mid week surprise! I appreciate this diversion and look forward to following your 2021 blogs!

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 6:34 am

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment Jan. Raglan shoulders are not the most flattering if you do have narrow shoulders.

      • Jan
        January 13, 2021 / 11:42 am

        I do not feel that I have narrow shoulders as they appear to be in alignment with my hips. When I try on a raglan sleeve top, that look is lost. This is a personal preference of mine from years of trial and error that I look much better with a structured sleeve.
        I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s response to this featured outfit! We are each so very unique in our likes and dislikes. Thankyou for sharing…

  39. Caroline Bunker
    January 13, 2021 / 4:29 am

    I love the pearl detail on the collar but not the shape I’d prefer it with a Peter Pan collar. Like the length and detail of the sleeve too.

  40. Gladys B Flores
    January 13, 2021 / 4:17 am

    I agreed with the above comment. The blouse looks very classy, the pants not my style. A bit more long or maybe with a pencil skirt.

  41. Karen
    January 13, 2021 / 4:16 am

    OMG are big collars on a comeback? Not ready! I like the blouse on its own and like the ankle pants too. Not crazy about the blouse sweater combo; it exaggerates the big collar too much. Also, that’s a lot of fabric in the arms. I wore a silk collared blouse and cashmere sweater yesterday, but left the collar under the sweater. Wore ankle wool slacks too, with purple Ecco sneakers.

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 6:32 am

      Purple Ecco’s!! How fun. Those large collars began their comeback last year, but of course we know everything stalled in 2020.

  42. Susie
    January 13, 2021 / 3:24 am

    I loved the detail of the tiny pearls around the neck and also I like the sleeves. I would have to look at in person to see if the fabric is too see through. I don’t know if I would wear it with a sweater with that much texture, but I liked the blouse with a dark sweater and the slacks they showed, except I prefer a longer length slacks, even though the length shown is more in style.

    • Jennifer
      January 13, 2021 / 6:30 am

      The fabric juxtaposition is interesting. Good point.

    • Caro
      January 13, 2021 / 6:32 am

      Blouse reminds me of my daughters’ elementary school uniform blouses. I might try the sweater but generally don’t like blouses under pullover sweaters as I find it too bulky or confining – same reason I didn’t like to wear jackets in the office. The pearls on the collar is an interesting touch though

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