Would You Wear It?

Would You Wear It?

Happy Saturday and welcome to the weekend! Each Saturday my friend Pam and I share a mannequin we’ve seen and ask our readers if they would wear what she’s wearing. We want to know why it would flatter you or why it would not fit your style.

Stores hire merchandisers to dress their mannequins to show us what’s new and inspire us to buy. Some hit the mark and some miss it by a country mile.

Case in point… this look. I did a double and triple take on this one.

I show you this simply to illustrate the variety of mannequins we run across. Please give your opinion on the mannequin below.

long jacket over jeans and a sweater on A Well Styled Life

So tell us, ladies, would you or wouldn’t you wear this look and why? Are there parts you would wear and other’s you’d skip?

Here are the weekend sale updates-

Banana Republic – 50% off tees & pants, 40% off dresses & button-downs, 30% off denim & sweaters plus an extra 40% off sale

Macy’s – 30% off sitewide with the code VIP plus 15% off cosmetics and fragrance

Chico’s – Buy one, get one 50% off full priced jewelry

Madewell – 25% off with the code HEYBUDS

Ann Taylor – 40% off full priced pants and denim with code PERFECTFIT

Loft – 40% off tops, sweaters, and dresses

Talbots – 25% off must have styles


Now let’s go see what Pam’s mannequin is wearing here.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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  1. March 23, 2019 / 3:37 am

    The first mannequin is just unbelievable! What a mess! The only piece I would wear on the second one is the coat. Love it, but for me the neckline on the sweater is a no go, the super casual jean is a no go, and absolutely not with this boot.

    • Jennifer
      March 23, 2019 / 9:06 am

      Thanks Pam. I could not resist sharing that first mannequin. The top left me speechless.

    • Kris
      March 24, 2019 / 4:57 am

      I totally agree. Add a longer top, sharper jeans (maybe black), and a small heel pump and I’m in. I love the duster.

  2. Beth M.
    March 23, 2019 / 4:15 am

    Thanks for that first picture! (Don’t you kind of wonder how many of that top they sold?) I agree with Pam, especially about the jeans/boot combination. I like the sweater with the coat, but probably wouldn’t personally wear this outfit.

    • Jennifer
      March 23, 2019 / 7:36 pm

      I do wonder if they sold any of that first top and wonder why Nordstrom purchased them.

  3. Carole
    March 23, 2019 / 4:22 am

    One word for the first mannequin…Ridiculous!
    My younger self would wear the 2nd outfit but I would switch out the sweater for a white blouse and do a half tuck

    • Jennifer
      March 23, 2019 / 7:36 pm

      I do love a half-tuck 🙂

  4. March 23, 2019 / 4:23 am

    Oh my. What a disaster that first mannequin is! The top is awful, and I have never gotten behind the unfinished hem pants. I think they look awful. The second look ditto. Don’t like pointelle either, reminds me of Little old ladies (no offence to anyone, I am on my way to little old lady status myself), and again the unfinished pants. NO!

  5. Linda
    March 23, 2019 / 4:30 am

    Nope! All of the proportions are off for me. Also, I will NEVER wear distressed or frayed-hem jeans. I would look like I was trying too hard to be young. Yikes! on the first mannequin.

  6. Also Jennifer
    March 23, 2019 / 4:37 am

    I probably wouldn’t wear anything but the sweater, which I like. I don’t like wearing long coats or cardigans as they don’t work well on me.

  7. Sandy
    March 23, 2019 / 4:51 am

    WRT that first mannequin. Really? Just awful…on someone old/young/big/little. WRT to the second mannequin, I would wear those boots. That’s it. No to the cropped sweater. No to the cropped, flared, unfinished hem jeans. No to the long jacket which appears as if it’s trying too hard with the menswear look.

  8. March 23, 2019 / 4:58 am

    Oh my! My first question is on the lead off mannequin. Are those two tops folded over and pinned together? Or, is that a single top? If so, yikes! Not for me. Jeans are okay with me……Overall, not a fan of that first outfit, except the jeans….which work for my body type.
    On the second mannequin I would LOSE that long dowdy coat, and yes I would wear the jeans and sweater around town, errands locally, or around the house. I’d like the sweater better if scoop or V Neck, however.

    • Jennifer
      March 23, 2019 / 7:38 pm

      The first one is a single top. hards to believe but true.

      • Devena McKay
        March 24, 2019 / 10:31 am

        What!? Ha! I had assumed it was a pinned look in an effort to show how the new cut jeans could be dressed up or down. Oh my!

  9. Mary
    March 23, 2019 / 5:05 am

    I like the long, lean tailored coat. I would wear that and the sweater. I’m short waisted so cropped sweaters fit me. I like this knit sweater and cream is a good color. No to those jeans. I don’t like the length or the unfinished hem. They look uneven. The booties are fine.

    • Mary
      March 23, 2019 / 5:09 am

      The above comment is for the 2nd outfit. The 1st outfit is AWFUL and unwearable including the shoes. I would not wear unfinished hems on jeans of any length.

  10. Cyndi
    March 23, 2019 / 5:08 am

    The first one is a “Bless their lil’ Heart” look (if you’re a Southern-raised woman, you understand) The second outfit would look good on a tall slender young woman, not someone in my season of life. I could see myself wearing the coat with a different pair of slacks and top. The jeans are a no-go (I know it’s current fashion but personally, I’m not paying for frayed clothing). The sweater looks vintage and I’ll go with the old saying “if you’ve worn it once, you might shouldn’t wear it the second time”. Thanks for posting!

  11. Linda B
    March 23, 2019 / 5:30 am

    First is laughable. Second, I like…but, very drab so I would change up the colors. I’d also go with skinny jeans or jeggings which are more flattering for short legs, and a single-breasted jacket which is also a way better choice for shorter and plumper shapes. Love the booties!

  12. Wendy Dunbar
    March 23, 2019 / 5:38 am

    I cannot add much to the above comments. I’d wear pants & shoes of top mannequin but agree that the top is a disaster- looks like a home economics project gone wrong! As for bottom mannequin, I agree with the above comment on pointelle sweater (not a fan!) and I like the coat but think a shorter coat would look better with the length of the pants. I don’t like the boots with the outfit. I wouldn’t wear them regardless as I no longer wear heals.

  13. Lynda
    March 23, 2019 / 5:52 am

    Yikes to the first outfit! I like the second one , especially the coat. I might wear a white blouse instead of the sweater.

  14. March 23, 2019 / 6:06 am

    I agree with most of the ladies here- the first mannequin is a no-go! The second outfit is not horrible- I think it might be cute on a young woman. I quite like the jacket! I’m not a big fan of the unfinished hem look- although I have to confess I bought a pair at Talbots last year! I was in the store and showed the jeans to a sales associate and asked if they were damaged and she laughed and said “No- it looks like Talbots is just trying to be current!” Well…they were on sale and I bought them and hemmed them myself!

  15. Cindy
    March 23, 2019 / 6:11 am

    The first mannequin has almost left me speechless! Hard to imagine anyone would intend to wear that!
    The 2nd mannequin is better, but just not my style. I don’t like messy frayed hems on the jeans, the coat would overwhelm my short stature, and I don’t like the neckline on the sweater.
    So neither of these are “me” but they are interesting!

    • Jennifer
      March 23, 2019 / 7:40 pm

      Thanks for explaining your “why” Cindy.

  16. Betty (SC)
    March 23, 2019 / 6:23 am

    I do like the little sweater… versatile and feminine, but still classic. No to the frayed worn looking jeans…not in my style basket! The coat ? Long sweater? Personally I don’t care for the double breasted look mixed with the herringbone pattern…too much going on for my taste, especially with the casual look going on with the jeans. I’d be looking for a similar topper with tiny gold buttons in a solid navy or black.- BTW, that first look had me hyperventilating, and not in a good way!

    • Jennifer
      March 23, 2019 / 7:41 pm

      It had me take a double look then a photo for you

  17. March 23, 2019 / 6:39 am

    I would wear the black sneakers on the first outfit! The coat would overwhelm me and the rest is just a mess! I see young women wearing the cropped frayed jeans, but I’m not a fan.

  18. Kathy
    March 23, 2019 / 6:45 am

    Mannequin #1 — Nope to the top but I liked the jeans and the shoes– I would wear those. I have a pair of unfinished hem jeans and what I like about the pair here is there already is some hem interest and I like the higher waist, tie and flare/bell bottom look. Also, if I found I did not like the distressed bottom, easy enough to hem up, the lines are there already!

    Mannequin #2– I like this outfit. It is not something I would probably go out to purchase on my own but given as an option, if I had all the pieces, I could do it. I never thought of pairing the crop jeans (frayed at bottom) with heeled booties before, It does dress them up a little, along with the coat and seems like a good outfit for meeting friends at lunch or the salon. It looks like it would transition easily to sneakers sans coat at home, curl up with a good book or watch a movie with my husband while doing laundry.

  19. Susan
    March 23, 2019 / 6:47 am

    Nope to all- the coat color is wrong for me and it’s almost too long. No frayed edge pants , been there in my hippie days! Boots are ok but that’s it for this outfit. What are merchandisers thinking about?

  20. Terri
    March 23, 2019 / 7:06 am

    I like how the first outfit shows at a glance that the pants look equally good with either a sweatshirt or a dressy blouse. Clearly it’s an either/or look, not both at the same time.

  21. RoseAG
    March 23, 2019 / 7:28 am

    Actually, I like the jeans in the first photo. High waist ed jeans are my thing. If I get something with a hem like that I always take the unfinished edge and turn it under, leaving the faded part showing. I’m short and can usually spare the 1/4 inch, and I don’t like things with strings dripping down.

    The top is odd and I’d have to see it, but I bet if I saw it on someone on the street or at a party with it on I’d think it was cute. So it might be worth a try-on. You never know, sometimes a statement top is cute, and sometimes the mark-down will make it even cuter. It’s so distinctive you wouldn’t wear it enough to pay a lot for it.

    • Jennifer
      March 23, 2019 / 7:42 pm

      Thanks for thinking this through

  22. Eileen
    March 23, 2019 / 7:50 am

    As a pear shape, the sweater length is ok, but the extra fabric at the waist area doesn’t work, denim pants look thick, so again, to much fabric around hip area for me, the coat is too straight for curves, and too long, boots if vinyl, no, too hot. The two piece top, questionable taste of the buyer, looks like Forever 21…..as to Pam’s, skirt to busy, for a pear shape.

  23. March 23, 2019 / 8:00 am

    No, this sloppy looking outfit is not for me. Though I like the colour of the sweater, it’s too short for me and I don’t care for the neckline. I don’t like cropped, frayed jeans and particularly not with the shiny boots. The only piece that I might consider trying on would be the long coat, but I don’t think I’d like the odd looking pointy lapels.

  24. lillypie
    March 23, 2019 / 8:02 am

    Ha ha ha to the first mannequin. Love the coat on the second mannequin. I avoid clothes that scream “focus your attention on my problem area” so I don’t do cropped sweaters. Also, whenever I see unfinished hem jeans, I just see clothing manufacturers rubbing their hands gleefully as they save money in production while promoting a trend. I do love the cut of the jeans–not too skinny, not too loose. The addition of black patent boots to this outfit creates a visual surprise I kind of like.

    • Jennifer
      March 23, 2019 / 7:43 pm

      I love how you describe the proportion problems. Just perfect

  25. Susan McClelland
    March 23, 2019 / 8:06 am

    I like the jeans and the shoes on the first mannequin. Agree the top is a hot mess. Would not wear the second outfit, except for the boots (I have a pair like these)

  26. Anon
    March 23, 2019 / 8:06 am

    I would wear the jeans on each, but leave the rest. Cropped flares are a surprisingly good look for my body shape. The second look is typical of young style bloggers, but it is not for me.

  27. Linda
    March 23, 2019 / 8:14 am

    Neither style would work for me. Both jeans are too short first off. I personally dislike that two shirts cut in half and sowed together look!

    While there are “older” ladies who could pull off either look, they would have to be incredibly thin and have immaculately groomed hair to pull these looks off.

    People like me attempting this would probably be laughed at behind their backs and find themselves on Instagram without permission!

    So no, I would not wear either look.

  28. Julie
    March 23, 2019 / 8:43 am

    No on both! Ive been raised that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all! Lol

  29. March 23, 2019 / 8:45 am

    I’d wear the espadrilles and wish I could wear the boots. I have very long arms and legs and can’t wear anything cropped. Cropped flare pants look bad on anyone. I wear a similar white shirt (a whole one) with my Renn Faire costume. I think the stylist was trying to show 2 looks but it’s not compelling.

    I like the coat but that color might not work for most and it’s not very practical. It’s not really for warmth, it’s hard to move in a narrow coat when closed, hard to get in/out of a car and it looks heavy for an indoor piece unless your office is very cold.

  30. Joanna
    March 23, 2019 / 9:28 am

    The first one is a hot mess! Ok! Onto the second mannequin. I like the whole outfit – sort of. The sweater is a little short for my long torso, but I like it. The jeans would be a keeper if they were hemmed instead of cut. I like the patent leather booties and the long coat. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I like the whole concept but with a few tweaks to the jeans & sweater. I’m tall (5’8”) and relatively slim, so I could wear this outfit. I would pop the collar on the coat and add a scarf with some complementary colour against my face.

    • Jennifer
      March 23, 2019 / 7:45 pm

      Thanks for sharing why, Joanna. It’s not always easy to pin down why a look won’t work on us.

  31. Barbara L
    March 23, 2019 / 9:53 am

    I must shake my head at both mannequins. The first due to that crazy mess of a top and the second’s color scheme is too warm for my coloring and the cropped, ragged jeans do not suit my figure. Although to be honest, cropped anything doesn’t suit my 5’4″ frame (hasn’t stopped me from trying from time to time ????).

  32. Judy
    March 23, 2019 / 9:54 am

    I like the coat and bootleg crop…the rest is ridiculous and really doesn’t deserve a comment

  33. Lea
    March 23, 2019 / 10:04 am

    Everything has already been said about top #1. I prefer the jeans from #2. And I don’t wear espadrilles… but I’ve learned to never say never lol

    The only thing I wouldn’t wear from #2 is the sweater, not a good neckline for me and the pointelle knit is not something I like. The length is ok, though. Absolutely love the rest, exactly my style ????

  34. Lucretia
    March 23, 2019 / 10:28 am

    The first one is a hot mess which I see on display in a lot of stores.
    The second one I really like except for the jean fit, llike my jeans to fit better. I have gotten away from the skinny ones, as they are not my style anymore

  35. March 23, 2019 / 10:38 am

    1st outfit is hot mess! 2nd out fit I liked the boots & coat if it the coat was in grey or blues. I am not a fan of the unhemmed jeans or croped flairs, I am short, I just look shorter.

  36. Nancy D
    March 23, 2019 / 10:57 am

    I’ve been shaking my head at frayed-hem jeans … till I found a pair online at a HUGE reduction. In washed black denim and ankle length, I think they’ll look good in warm weather with flats or sandals. However, I cannot abide the cropped length with booties — my eye just cannot adjust to that.

  37. beth byrd
    March 23, 2019 / 11:06 am

    Oh my is all I can say.

    Definitely NO for the first mannequin — it looks sloppy and disjointed and I can’t imagine this being an outfit anyone would want to wear.

    I love the long jacket on the second mannequin. It looks great with the cream sweater, but I’d have to wear a different style. As for the jeans — no.

    I must say that these cropped pants are so unflattering for many of us. I wish designers would get back to regular length pants.

  38. Penelope
    March 23, 2019 / 11:26 am

    First outfit looks to me like it was fdesigned after a clown costume.
    I don’t like the cropped pants at all unless they’re straight wide legged, narrow legged, cuffed or rolled and paired with flip flops. Short bell bottomed pants are just unflattering and make no sense to me.
    Second pic…. the lace stuff hanging behind the coat hem .. what is that? I like the coat fabric. Sweater maybe..I like ivory but the style is nothing special.
    I have to comment on the mannequins… their non-faces are a bit scary. They would have given me nightmares as a child.
    Once upon a time mannequins had pretty faces and were set in graceful poses. Wearing pretty clothes. Maybe some people like this new look. I personally prefer the pretty ones.

    • Jennifer
      March 23, 2019 / 7:47 pm

      I agree about the mannequins. I remember when they were pretty too. Those days are long gone

  39. Sue
    March 23, 2019 / 11:42 am

    The stylist seemed to be trying for a look I would love—long slouchy coat over relaxed fit pants and pullover sweater, maybe a turtleneck. BUT, every item is slightly, or majorly off. Don’t know why these shops don’t ask for our opinions. Maybe that’s why so many retail establishments are closing their doors.

  40. Anita
    March 23, 2019 / 11:45 am

    I am petite, and don’t think I would wear either outfit. I wonder if you could comment on your views on the Ten Item Wardrobe, and also how much someone should budget for clothing. I am retired and no longer need to buy clothing for work. I would be interested to know what you would consider a good wardrobe for an active retirement. I find I no longer wear many of my work clothes and shoes.

    • Jennifer
      March 23, 2019 / 7:49 pm

      Capsule wardrobes would depend on your lifestyle but I will put a post together on one. Finding ways to incorporate your work items will give you more flexibility.

  41. Linda
    March 23, 2019 / 11:53 am

    The first outfit, well enough said. It’s a mess. The second outfit, I would wear the coat with a soft baggy half tuck blouse but not the sweater. I don’t like the pants, the unhemmed finish is too young and I don’t like the gap between pants and boots (on me anyway.)

  42. Becky
    March 23, 2019 / 12:30 pm

    There is nothing about the first mannequin that would make me want to shop at the store. It is a mess. I wouldn’t wear the second look because the proportions are all wrong for my figure. The coat is too long, The sweater is too short, and the pants are too short & wide. I don’t like the frayed hem of the pants because to me is just looks messy. The strip of bare leg between the pants & the boot would shorten my already short leg.

  43. Elizabeth
    March 23, 2019 / 12:36 pm

    Love the long tailored tartan coat and yes would wear..also the flared Capri jeans,in fact I have a pair..the two fabric top do not like but then some might..just not me.

  44. Angela Panceroff
    March 23, 2019 / 1:13 pm

    Looks like someone shopped at the dump blindfolded!!

  45. Susan
    March 23, 2019 / 1:58 pm

    I wonder if the mannequins are just so skinny that jeans don’t look good on them!

  46. Bonna Jean Nichols
    March 23, 2019 / 2:00 pm


  47. Pat Hawthorne
    March 23, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    I would not wear either. The first one is just a hot mess. I like the concept of the second one. I often wear jeans and a comfortable sweater. And I have a black-and-white plaid coat that hits above the knee. I often wear this look with ankle boots or sneakers.

  48. Kathy
    March 23, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    I don’t like either of those outfits! I would never wear cropped unhemmed jeans that flare out at the bottom as these do. I have very skinny calves, and those styles do me no favors. The way these pieces are styled looks like something thrown together from a thrift store rescue box, and not in a good way! The only thing I would consider wearing is the pair of slip on sneakers as shown in the first mannequin.

  49. March 23, 2019 / 4:54 pm

    Ummmm, Maybe the second pair of pants and sweater. I probably wouldn’t have to shorten them, or if I did, I could just cut them off… the sweater is cute, I’m warming up to the shorter lengths, but it depends on the cut for me. I love the coat, but I couldn’t wear it – it would look great on a tall slim figure.

  50. March 23, 2019 / 7:41 pm

    The first one would be good for April Fools Day. Maybe it was an early April Fools joke. That top looks like a cross between a ruffled restraint jacket, and an old sweater.

    The second one wouldn’t work for me, but might be good on someone else.

  51. BethW
    March 24, 2019 / 5:17 am

    The first outfit is a definite no for obvious reasons and the 2nd one is also a no. I am short and the proportions of the outfit just wouldn’t work on me. The color of the coat is a bit drab but that might work great with a different top under it. I wonder where I would wear something like that because the coat looks to heavy to wear indoors and not especially warm for a cold day. The jeans don’t appeal to me since I don’t wear unfinished hems and the length would be odd on me. The booties are cute but probably not something I would wear, just admire on someone else.

  52. March 24, 2019 / 3:41 pm

    I usually try to think what audience they are trying to speak to. That first blouse is a complete mystery.

  53. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    March 27, 2019 / 1:58 pm

    Who wants to spend that much to look ridiculous? Not this kid! I think designers do this kind of stuff for shock value, because surely it doesn’t sell. Every month, I look at the clothing ads in Vanity Fair and except for the ever- classy Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein most of the clothes look like circus costumes.
    I didn’t read the comment you mentioned recently when you said you had gotten a mean comment, that had hurt you deeply. I am sorry someone would do that to you. You come across as a very kind and open hearted person and as someone I would like to have for a friend. It’s that persons loss. If you are ever in PDX, let’s have a cup of tea or even better, a glass of nice, cold Pinot Gris.

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