Would I Wear This? The Long And Short Of It

Happy Sunday ladies. Yesterday’s mannequins were very unique and I loved to read your take on them. I thought I’d share my thoughts today, including how and if I would wear any of them.

Here’s what I see…white splotches caused by the reflection on the window:)

This is a fun combination of pieces in a pretty spring palette  that could be styled in many ways.
close up view of pleated shorts and skirt

White Shirt

The gal on the left appears to be wearing a puffy white shirt. It’s hard to tell if the shirt has dolman sleeves, is poet style or is just an oversized boyfriend shirt. Pushing the sleeves up like this makes the shoulders poof up and look wider. This would add balance for wider hips and be great for women with narrow shoulders.



The high low skirt is shaped and slim through the hips so it would be flattering on a woman with an hourglass shape. The bottom flounce draws the eye away from the hip so it would help balance a wider hip. The flounce would also give the illusion of curves for straight figures and slim hips. The higher than average waistband makes the legs look longer so the mannequin appears taller.


The jacket has extended, exaggerated shoulders with padding which is flattering on a woman with narrow or sloping shoulders. The lapels also point outward making this a great look for women with a triangle figure as it provides balance for wider hips. The front hemline is a cutaway shape that adds curves. The long darts in front are meant to slim the torso but the jacket is too large on the mannequin so it doesn’t show. The belt adds shaping.


The shorts appear to have a pleated front which is a tough shape for most women. Pleats add bulk through the tummy which few women like to intentionally add. The most flattering length for these shorts is the same as for your skirts. They should be hemmed at a place where your leg narrows, either above or below your knee.


So, would I wear any of these items?

Although I adore a crisp white shirt, this look is out of the question for me because it would accentuate my wide shoulders. I do have several white boyfriend shirts on order and will share when I find the great ones.

I love the waistline and hip slimming shape of the skirt for me. I have a long torso and short legs so this proportion would be flattering on me. The coral  is too warm for my coloring but I could wear it with a flattering colored top near my face. I probably wouldn’t wear this skirt because I’m not a fan of high low hems. There’s just something about seeing the inside back of a skirt that bothers my eye.

The jacket is a great color for me and I love the cutaway front hem. I wouldn’t wear it because it would enlarge the width of my shoulders which I never intentionally do.

The shorts are out because I don’t wear pleated pants or shorts.

I would wear the belt in a cooler beige and the scarf is perfect:)

Sometimes I break all these proportion suggestions and wear large over narrow because it’s so easy to do with my shape. It may not be my best look but in the end, we need to wear what makes us feel happy and confident.

Did you notice these things too?

If you liked this post, I’d love for you to pin this image. why skirt, jacket and shirt proportion matters

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


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  1. Janet D.
    February 16, 2020 / 1:14 pm

    I really enjoy your commentary & discussion even though at my age (61) I have a pretty good handle on what works on me & what doesn’t (I won’t admit how many years or shopping disasters it took, btw). I’d wear the blouse with jeans in a minute, but that skirt would do nothing for me but make me look like I’m all boobs. I find it an ugly look, like those old men you see with their pants pulled up under their arm pits. Not to mention I never wear ruffles & that uneven hemline just looks messy to my eye (which is probably a function of age, if I’m honest). I like the shorts & they’d look really good on me, albeit belted with a blouse or camisole tucked in & the jacket open. I’d want them a bit shorter (top of knee) & in a plain fabric. I also like the cut & length of the jacket but never wear them belted (& rarely even buttoned) because it adds bulk where I don’t want it. I’m not hugely busty but I do have to be careful about how jackets look closed so they don’t gape or pooch out unattractively or make me look like I’m wearing a drawstring bag 🙂 The more I look at that jacket, in fact, the cuter I think it would be worn open & unbelted over a plain white tee & blue jeans & either low boot or sandals. Love seeing everyone’s take on it!

  2. Lucretia Roletta
    February 16, 2020 / 12:42 pm

    I really like these posts, they pack in a lot of useful info. I am learning a lot for myself. Proportional issues are difficult for me to figure out!


    • Jennifer
      February 16, 2020 / 5:56 pm

      I’m so glad they’re helpful.

  3. Suzanne
    February 16, 2020 / 11:19 am

    What a helpful analysis of the clothes, proportions, colors, and cut. I am learning so much from you thank you for the helpful and informative post. Though I am an hourglass shape, my upper arms are very large so any puffy sleeves just make it worse. I would steer clear of the blouse but I have a couple skirts in this shape and it always feels flattering. The blazer cut and color are beautiful and I think would suit me to a T – I am presently looking for something in this color and I love the idea of a belt around it.

    • Jennifer
      February 16, 2020 / 5:55 pm

      I’m loving the look of belted blazers too.

  4. Eve
    February 16, 2020 / 9:47 am

    I have absolutely no midriff to speak of so that is my main consideration when I buy but I do have long legs so that is something I can work with. I never realized that a flounce was good for slim hips but I’ve alway leaned toward that style. I guess even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once Ina while. : ) That said, I wouldn’t wear the rest of the pieces for the reasons you stated for you. I’m 5’4″ at 130 and other than my midriff problem, we have a similar body shape.

    • Jennifer
      February 16, 2020 / 5:54 pm

      Lol, we usually have pretty good intuition.

  5. Adrienne C Kushner
    February 16, 2020 / 8:22 am

    As long as I could wear a long top or jacket with the shorts, I think it would work for me. On the rare occasion I wear a skirt, I always hem it to hit just below my knees. After the age of 30, there are very few attractive knees. I tend to just wear long slacks for everything because I am able to wear comfortable shoes and don’t need to fuss with tights or pantyhose. It sometimes feels a little boring, but I can dress up or dress down my black, grey, or navy slacks and feel comfortable for any occasion.

    • Jennifer
      February 16, 2020 / 5:53 pm

      I tend to agree about knees;)

  6. Teresa
    February 16, 2020 / 6:32 am

    I would wear everything except the hideous shorts!

  7. Rose
    February 16, 2020 / 6:09 am

    Somehow I missed this post yesterday. Everything looks too large on these mannequins. Neither outfit would fit me right even with right proportions. I do like the colors though.

  8. Michele
    February 16, 2020 / 5:10 am

    I appreciate all of your insight. I now realize I am too quick to criticize before I give myself a chance to really study an article of clothing. I do all of my shopping online which makes it difficult to examine and determine if it will be a good purchase for me. I guess I need to get myself to a mall and spend the day really looking and trying things on for my body type. I’ve recently lost weight and need to find clothing that flatters instead of hides. Thanks for your helpful commentary.

  9. Joy cormier
    February 16, 2020 / 4:09 am

    I like the skirt and the blazer, but not the white top or the shorts. I would probably wear the skirt with a black blouse. I would wear the blazer with a blue pencil skirt and a black turtle neck in the winter and a black v neck t shirt in the spring or summer.,

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