Midweek Popup-Ombré Tequila Sunrise

Midweek Popup-Ombré Tequila Sunrise

Happy Wednesday ladies. Yesterday’s style challenge post had some interesting responses that got me thinking about shape and proportion. Several readers remarked that they disliked the look because it was not figure-flattering.  It was shapeless and a weird length. True and true.

Caftans are not meant to be figure-flattering, that’s the whole point. They are a variant of a robe or tunic and meant to be loose. The whole point of a caftan is to obscure your body lines and float over your shape.jennifer Connolly wearing emerson fry caftan

This challenge reinforced my preference for shape and soft structure in my garments. I will still wear my caftan around the house and yard on beastly hot days. I’ll also wear it over a bathing suit if I ever get a chance to wear one again:) Some women look amazing in caftans, I am not one of them. Part of the reason is my very broad shoulders and the need for something, anything, that shows I have a shape:)

Now it’s time for our mid-week would you wear it pop-up with my friend Pam. I actually have a real mannequin this time because I had to be inside the mall last weekend. Each week, Pam and I ask our readers to tell us if they would wear what the mannequin is modeling.multicolored stripe dress on mannequin


I also love you to share your styling ideas so we can get inspiration from each other. Some of the best ideas are in the comment section of these posts.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear this ombré dress?

Ombré is the french word for blending one color hue to another. Are you a fan?

How could you style it to work for your shape and lifestyle?


Here some other fun things in ombré

Here’s what’s trending on AWSL this week:

This festive little clutch with embroidered umbrellas is very popular this week on AWSL. I suspect that’s because whimsey and happy items are on many of your minds.

This leopard print Soma Cool Night sleep shirt is on major sale and selling like crazy! Soma is one of my favorite brands for sleepwear because their Cool Nights fabric is a dream to sleep in and super soft. Soma also happens to be having their biggest-ever semi-annual sale so if your lingerie needs refreshing, nows the time. I bought 5 of these, and 5 of these, all in the nude closest to my skin tone. Call me boring but nude panties are the most useful to me… plus they’re on sale for buy 3 get 2 free.

Also *The One Bra You’ll Never Need

Now let’s go to Over 50 Feeling 40 and see what outfit Pam is sharing.


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




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  1. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    June 18, 2020 / 2:06 pm

    Sorry- no to both!
    On a more positive note, I want to thank you for all your hard work on the posts during this very difficult time.It has been a real day brightener to see your posts, read the comments and dream of the day when I can go into a real store and try on clothes and walk out with something I love and can’t wait to wear.
    You are always so upbeat and pleasant- not easy to pull off some days.Thank you!
    I think of you as a never-met long distance friend, and one I am very glad to know .
    Best wishes;

  2. MRSBEN2
    June 18, 2020 / 11:31 am

    I’m often drawn to Ombre (or Color-blocked) designs however I find the colour combination used here not that appealing though do like mauves, yellows and aquas. Also seeing that it is chiffon doubt even I would wear it, being that its style IMO is for more casual wear rather than special occasion.

  3. Katelyn K
    June 18, 2020 / 12:21 am

    Ughhh, this one is a no go for me. Bra straps would show through (sadly, 34 G and this ombre design with see through and belt wouldn’t work on my curvy figure.

    Jennifer, we are both built the same….broad shoulders (ex competitive swimming thank you) , larger bust (ok I’m huge), smaller legs and I am also petite (5’5″ 145lbs and oh my, are we really petite now? We were of average height in the days 🙂 )

    Sadly, this dress would peg me as frumpy and old.

  4. Linda in AR
    June 17, 2020 / 8:38 pm

    My chest is too large for button front shirts. Shirt dresses have never been a style I cared for. It might be ok as a duster if the colors were softer. Not a fan.

  5. Cheri
    June 17, 2020 / 7:56 pm

    That has got to be one of the ugliest dresses I’ve ever seen…JMO!!!!! Definitely would look horrible on this short, curvy body!!!

  6. Linda Simpson
    June 17, 2020 / 6:02 pm

    I would not wear the dress; there is just too much going on. Many of the other ombre items you show later are much more muted, and I might take a chance; however, I am not a fan of ombre. The other outfit is cute, but looks too hot for now.

  7. Anon
    June 17, 2020 / 2:33 pm

    Ombre can cleverly disguise figure flaws, if done right. I prefer ombre in tone on tone, or analogous colors. Maybe this look is just a little wild for most of us?

  8. sue koren
    June 17, 2020 / 2:25 pm

    Do you have any info on the cute blouse that is on the mannequin next to the dress?

    • Jennifer
      June 18, 2020 / 10:16 am

      I’m so I could not find any

  9. Kay
    June 17, 2020 / 1:44 pm

    No. It’s not the ombre. It’s the colors. In my opinion, the dress is truly ugly.

    • Cheryl
      June 18, 2020 / 6:56 am

      I totally agree!

  10. Eve
    June 17, 2020 / 1:22 pm

    I have long gauzy full skirts that graduate in color from dark to light. I like those with a neutral tee for summer. A dress like that is just too much. I would wear any pant in denim but cropped or low rise, I would wear these and I like the top. I think I would like the top better with a jacket and the pants better with a fitted sweater.

  11. Nancy Walden
    June 17, 2020 / 11:51 am

    My daughter or granddaughter would look good in this dress. I won’t work for me, because my waist is not as defined as it used to be. I also don’t like chest pockets because they call attention to my DD bustline.

  12. Trish
    June 17, 2020 / 11:43 am

    Love the vignettes you are placing on the beginning of your post each day.
    Beautiful and very artistic.

  13. Becky H
    June 17, 2020 / 11:37 am

    I wouldn’t wear this as there is nothing about it that would flatter my figure or coloring.

  14. Patti
    June 17, 2020 / 11:36 am

    The ombre dress is definitely a big no-no for me! Not my style, not my colors . . . I am more of a traditional/classic/subdued kind of gal. However, the violet ombre mock neck pullover sweater did appeal to me, but that’s about as daring as I would get! Ombre would be more acceptable if it was subtle in color and blending/fading, and certainly would be fine as an accessory, such as a scarf. I don’t like to have a spotlight focused on myself, and I feel that’s exactly what would happen if I wore that dress. Yikes!!

  15. Francesca B.
    June 17, 2020 / 10:58 am

    I must admit I am not a fan of the dress; I don’t know many people who can wear that kind of yellow. And I am small and petite and both items would swap me. Thank you for the Soma recommendations, really useful love their stuff!
    Happy week Jennifer!

  16. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    June 17, 2020 / 9:41 am

    Sadly, I can’t think of anything positive to say about the dress. The shirt on the second mannequin is the only item in this display that I might consider trying on.

  17. Deborah
    June 17, 2020 / 8:20 am

    I love the jeans and floral shirt and would definitely wear them, but it would be more of an early fall outfit for me – I can’t imagine wearing denim in the summer! The dress is a no for me on so many levels – I can’t wear shirt-dresses because of gapping issues; I really dislike those colors, probably because they wouldn’t suit my coloring at all; and the small gathers along the seams make the material look cheap to me.

  18. Sheryl
    June 17, 2020 / 8:04 am

    The shade of yellow in this dress is not flattering for my skin tone. The dress itself would not be a flattering length on me. I thought, like others, it could be suited for a bathing suit cover up but when I clicked on the link I realized $625 for a cover up is not feasible for me.

  19. Rose
    June 17, 2020 / 7:54 am

    I just don’t wear many dresses but at least this has sleeves, so maybe. I like the blouse on the other mannequin though. I don’t wear flared jeans anymore. Seems like been there done that. It’s a nice look with skinny jeans for me.

  20. beth byrd
    June 17, 2020 / 7:37 am

    Oh dear. I wish I had something positive to say about this dress, but I can’t come up with anything. The color mix is not appealing to me at all and the style does not help. I think if this were a thin strapped dress it might be okay. There is just too much fabric and it seems heavy instead of a light, summery look.

    The outfit in the back is cute — I like the top and the flared jeans are cute!

  21. Linda
    June 17, 2020 / 7:15 am

    The sample you showed on the manikin looks unfinished to me because of the hemline. I lke the concept but not this particular outfit.

    I would not wear it.

  22. Lisa
    June 17, 2020 / 7:15 am

    I really like the colors. I’m a bright spring and both pink and yellow look good next to my face. I generally get compliments when wearing those colors. However, as a petite I’d have to hem it – ugh! And with a fluffy tummy I couldnt wear the belt. I also like the idea of wearing it open.

  23. Cyndi
    June 17, 2020 / 7:04 am

    I don’t wear many dresses – I have a couple swing dresses & a long linen dressI wear on beastly hot days, but that’s it. I like the suggestion of opening it and wearing it as a duster over white jeans and a tank.

  24. jmp
    June 17, 2020 / 7:02 am

    I think the dress would work for me it were shorter, and the ombre was made with shades of one color. It does look summery! The blouse in the outfit behind the dress might work for me. I’d have to try it on first. I do not like the flared jeans….been there, done that.

  25. Eileen
    June 17, 2020 / 6:29 am

    The colors are wrong for me, so no. It would make a great beach cover-up for someone else. The good part is it’s silk.

  26. Sue
    June 17, 2020 / 6:22 am

    I like shirt dresses but couldn’t wear these colors and don’t think the colors are a very flattering combination. A self tie belt doesn’t seem to match the drama of the print. Maybe as an over-shirt tunic like another reader mentioned but it is still a very memorable garment. I like the style of the v neck top but wear very few prints these days, I’d be willing to try it on. The jeans are too bulky and it definitely seems like an autumn look. I suppose mannequins are meant to catch our eye, but in such perilous retail times I would think shops would try to style outfits that they know will be “winners.” Or don’t they know their customers?

  27. Pamela Over 50 Feeling 40
    June 17, 2020 / 6:21 am

    I am not drawn to these colors at all. The block of yellow in the middle is off in my eye. This is the second fashion display I have seen recently that made me wonder about those putting these together. Don’t they want to survive? The display does not cause me to want to spend money or even take the time to look through the department. These retailers have got to step up their game. I am going to the mall of the first time this week…hope to see better than I have seen in a couple of smaller stores.

  28. Terri
    June 17, 2020 / 6:14 am

    I’m not a fan of the colors in the dress, but I love the outfit on the left. I’m 5’ 8” and still fairly thin, so I think it would look good. With the v-neck top, the whole outfit says long and lean. It would be perfect for around September.

  29. Diane B
    June 17, 2020 / 6:10 am

    I do like the style of the dress, however that large yellow section in the middle would have to be another colour as I really don’t like yellow on myself. I would roll the sleeves a couple times and add a fun necklace and fun sandals and perhaps a hat and go. I also like the style of the jeans but would prefer in a looser softer fabric for summer, maybe chambray or linen. The top with the jeans would need to be tried on to see how it fits on a real body.

  30. Donna
    June 17, 2020 / 6:09 am

    While I Like the style of the dress the colour is definitely not me too bright. I do like the suggestion of wearing it open or throwing it on as a beach cover up. The bright colours would work then just not as a dress for me.

    As someone else mentioned the Jean and floral top had me also flashing back to the 70’s. 😆. Now I would never wear flow-y top and flow-y pants together I would look sloppy and blobby.

  31. sheryl beil
    June 17, 2020 / 5:59 am

    i like the idea one reader had to open the dress and wear it over an outfit. i like the ombre, i had a bathing suit that was a blue purple navy ombre, i wore for ages, it was so flattering. i also like the jeans but the top is a bit dull.

  32. - Vicki Mikola Dack
    June 17, 2020 / 5:44 am

    NooooooooooooooooooooWAY! The colours are terrible.

  33. Jan
    June 17, 2020 / 5:40 am

    I found this display to be an odd combo of styles. I feel they could have taken this beautiful, silk dress and showed it’s versatility in several ways. They could have anchored it with white, slim pants and a white tank. By leaving the dress open like a long duster it would appeal to more shoppers.
    The top and jeans are both a no for me. I am not thinking “fall” at all!!
    I do like the ombré colors and just added an ombré T-shirt from Macy’s to my closet. I will wear it with my white linen shirt.

  34. Joyce Reardon
    June 17, 2020 / 5:12 am

    I usually like ombré but not these colors at all. The jeans legs are too wide for my taste.

  35. Linda GR
    June 17, 2020 / 5:12 am

    I like the style of the dress, but I don’t really like the ombre effect. I feel it is to trendy. I’d wear it is if it were the lavender color all over. I really like the Jean’s and would purchase them, but I’d need to see the top on me. There’s something about the shape if the upper sleeve that makes me think it would add bulk to my large shoulders.

  36. Yvonne
    June 17, 2020 / 4:57 am

    Oh my – the 70’s are back 🙂 I’m certain I had a top and jeans of course, just like those. The style of the top would suit me, but not the colour or pattern. I’ll pass on those jeans even though I do like a wide leg style, those are just a bit too retro for me.
    A shirt style dress has never suited me and I’m not a fan of ombre, unless it’s all tints of one darker colour. However, I do think that could be a cute summer dress worn with espradilles or flat sandals, sleeves pushed up and some cute earrings or even as a topper.

  37. Rukshana Afia
    June 17, 2020 / 4:55 am

    I love the ombré dress because I’ve been wearing long sleeve below knee shirtwaists since my teens whenever I could find them . They are absolutely my thing . I couldn’t wear this one because of the yellow – of which there is enough to make me look ill . However if it were blue it would still shade to mauve and sea green pleasingly…….

  38. Lori Stewart
    June 17, 2020 / 4:52 am

    It is a classic shirt dress and certainly looks better on the mannequin than it does just hanging on the hanger. I would be tempted to try it on because it is unusual and fun. But, I suspect that because there is so much yellow close to the face, it would not look good on me. But, I would give it a whirl.

  39. MP
    June 17, 2020 / 4:47 am

    Maybe with tweaks. I like the top but I don’t wear flowers. I would wear it in a solid color — navy. I’m not a fan of wide leg jeans so no. The dress has potential. I don’t wear yellow ever. I like the purple shade at the top of the dress. If it continued to a medium and then dark purple that would improve the dress for me. I do like ombre but prefer it in one color flowing from light to dark.
    The Old Navy crewneck in the slide show is more my style.
    Thanks for doing this Jennifer.

  40. Beth Crawford
    June 17, 2020 / 4:43 am

    I would not wear the dress. It has too much going on for me, the collar, buttons, pocket and belt. All of that is too distracting for me. I am only 5’6” and I think that would overwhelm me and make me look like I was wearing my moms dress. I do love the colors so if I could find a dress that was more of a sheath or tank I would love it !

  41. Peggy
    June 17, 2020 / 4:42 am

    No on both outfits. I like ombre if it is the same color scheme. There are too many colors in the dress. Plus, you would need to be tall and skinny as a stick to wear that dress. The other outfit just looks too hot for summer. I don’t think the jeans would be flattering on short, curvy women.
    Have a great day.

  42. Linda R Gaertner
    June 17, 2020 / 4:41 am

    No I would not wear either.

  43. Linda V
    June 17, 2020 / 4:31 am

    No, on both outfits. I hate the ombre dress because I hate yellow. And the jeans legs are too wide for me.

  44. Belinda
    June 17, 2020 / 4:27 am

    The dress style is just okay, the colors are not! I also never,ever wear yellow in any shade.
    The outfit behind I would wear in a heartbeat. Love everything about it.

  45. Mar
    June 17, 2020 / 4:23 am

    Ombre feels lie a fad that will fade soon.

    I would wear the blouse on the other mannequin.

  46. Paulette Levy
    June 17, 2020 / 3:52 am

    I love the flare jeans and Vee Neck shirt on left and would definitely wear this on cooler days. Maybe an early fall day? Or early spring? Right now we are heading into an 80’degree stretch of weather with higher humidity, so hard to see myself in this outfit, though I like it.
    The dress is a no. i simply don’t care for those graduated colors. I don’t like longish dresses either. It’s a mismatch to my tastes. I see this dress on a taller, slim model.

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