Would You Wear It?

Would You Wear It?

Happy Saturday and welcome to the weekend. I’ve been missing in action a lot this week for several reasons. I’ve been having technical struggles disasters on my website that has made me want to just toss in the towel. I’m sure my blood pressure is through the roof! The nuts and bolts behind a website are not my strong suit – #Iknownothing – and when the pro’s throw up their hands, I’m really in trouble.

We’ve also been preoccupied making an offer on a home…which I’m already second and third guessing. I think Mr. AWSL is too. There’re a few things missing in this home that we didn’t notice before we wrote the offer. I’ll keep you posted.

I did get to the mall for dressing room diaries and had a total blast! Bags came home 😉 I love seeing the new stuff and will share it with you here on Sunday.

Today, it’s would you wear it with my friend Pam. Each week we share a mannequin we’ve found and ask if you would wear what it’s wearing. We want to know why you would or would not wear it based on your lifestyle and body shape.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear this dress and why or why not. Please explain so we all learn.

Here are the weekend sale updates:

J.Crew – up to 50% off select styles with the code SPRING

J.Jill – 30% off your entire purchase and free shipping on orders over $125 with the code BEGIN30

Ann Taylor – 40% off dresses, skirts, and shoes plus free shipping over $125 with the code DRESS40

Loft – 40% off your purchase and free shipping over $125 with the code HELLO

Talbots – 40% off your highest regular- priced item and 30% off all tops

Banana Republic – 20% off regular priced styles including up to 40% off must-have styles. Extra 40% off sale with the code BRSALE40

Lord and Taylor – up to 40% off storewide with the code PARTY

Bloomingdales – take an extra 25% off sale

Christopher and Banks – 25% off full-priced dresses – buy one get one for $10 on all bottoms

Neiman Marcus – 25% off select styles with the code SPRING


Now let’s pop over to see what Pam’s mannequin is wearing here.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


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  1. March 30, 2019 / 3:48 am

    I think this dress would age me. It just looks sad to me…the design would make me look larger and this floral would make me feel older. I would not wear it!

  2. Laurel
    March 30, 2019 / 3:56 am

    My first impression was dressing gown/ robe, so no. A little too floral and busy for my taste.

  3. Betty sc
    March 30, 2019 / 4:00 am

    This dress to me looks like something I wore thirty years ago….not saying it would look good on a younger woman….but stating this poor dress looks very out of style/current fashion to me. The flowered print is too large, and the background color is a little bland. I’d pass on this dress for many reasons, including the sleeve style and belt sash. Too much trouble to buy this and try to update the look with accessories. 👎

  4. Yvonne
    March 30, 2019 / 4:07 am

    My first reaction was no due to the floral print (too busy and small – the only floral I like is a large sparse print). Even if this dress was another print or solid colour, it still doesn’t fit into my lifestyle. The only dresses I own now are the LBD’s for evening wear or funerals.

  5. Penelope
    March 30, 2019 / 4:10 am

    If I had to wear this I’d have to have some beautiful pink heels and a big garden hat.

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 7:56 am

      I’m guessing by you saying “had to wear it” that this isn’t your style?

  6. Sue
    March 30, 2019 / 4:19 am

    No!! I ‘d look like “a sack of potatoes tied in the middle”, as my grandma used to say. This looks like something she’d wear over her nightgown.

  7. March 30, 2019 / 4:21 am

    It’s pretty and Spring-like but not for me! I prefer shorter skirts, to knee. I also prefer more tailored, classic lines in clothes. It does remind me of a time long ago, as someone earlier mentions.

  8. Candace
    March 30, 2019 / 4:27 am

    I would not wear this dress for many reasons, it is for a tall woman and I am short. It would swallow me and fall over my feet. The neckline may not be flattering depending on how low the V falls. I tend to stay away from low or questionably low necklines at this point in my life. Finally, the print is too busy, too big, too much.

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 7:58 am

      Thanks for sharing why Candace.

  9. Also Jennifer
    March 30, 2019 / 4:33 am

    It looks like a dress I might have worn in the 1980s to a wedding or something. I’m guessing it’s aimed at a younger woman than I am now as a retro style.

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 7:59 am

      I wondered that myself. It does have a vintage vibe to me too.

  10. Anne
    March 30, 2019 / 4:34 am

    Sorry for your difficult week. Retail therapy helps 😁
    As others have said, I would have loved wearing this 30 years ago…with the pink heels and garden hat! Perfect for my daughter, though.

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 8:00 am

      Thanks Anne. It’s been a doozy.

  11. Eileen
    March 30, 2019 / 5:03 am

    The print looks limp and faded, and 80’s. This is an example of over designing, pointed hem, buttons, belt, and floral print, to much going on, not for me.

  12. Linda
    March 30, 2019 / 5:03 am

    This style is not the best for my figure (besides the fact that I don’t like the print). I need motor structure in the waist area. Also, I rarely wear dresses, even to church.

    • Linda
      March 30, 2019 / 5:04 am

      ‘More’ structure

      • March 30, 2019 / 8:01 am

        Ha ha! I wondered what “motor structure” was and why I didn’t know the term!

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks for explaining why, Linda, this is very unstructured.

  13. Laurie
    March 30, 2019 / 5:15 am

    Hope all works out with the house and the website. I would totally wear this dress! I like the length, floral and design lines. But I would probably need a special occasion to purchase it. I have an adequate number of dresses but not a lot of reasons to wear them.

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 8:03 am

      Thanks Laurie. Dresses are so easy to wear yet most women don’t wear them. I wish they put more sleeves in them.

  14. Sheila
    March 30, 2019 / 5:16 am

    No, definitely no. This floral print & the color seem aging. Also, style reminds me of a bag that is cinched. I feel that I would wear this & fade into the walls surrounding me.

  15. Sarah Clark
    March 30, 2019 / 5:19 am

    No, I would not wear it. For me, the neckline is not flattering….the “V” is too wide. It’s just flat and not pretty on me at all. Over all it just looks dated.

  16. Sandy
    March 30, 2019 / 5:24 am

    I wouldn’t wear this. I need more substantial fabric in the waist area – something that sucks me in instead of a flimsy belted tie. I don’t like the floral print. It looks like something my grandmother might have worn. I have to tell you, when I see your email subject line of “Would you wear it,” my first thought (even before I see the picture) is PROBABLY NOT.

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 4:20 pm

      My mannequins are chosen randomly. Some I love, others I don’t, but so it’s always interesting to read why ladies like or don’t like the garments

  17. Donna Lukens
    March 30, 2019 / 5:28 am

    The dress says “Happy Easter! ” to me! I would style with a different belt, perhaps wear with jade color accessories, and probably even out, shorten the hemline. Neutral shoes,bag and off I would go!

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 4:21 pm

      I love your styling ideas Donna. Those would be great additions to this dress.

  18. March 30, 2019 / 5:29 am

    I would not wear this. I hate dresses! I think the material would make a nice blouse, I just don’t like wearing so much floral all at once.

  19. March 30, 2019 / 5:36 am

    Jennifer- I hope everything works out with your new home. Also- good luck with your website- technology is wonderful yet so frustrating!
    I just have to say I love this blog because I do sometimes need advice on dressing age appropriately. My first reaction to this dress is “How pretty!” I would love to wear something pretty and feminine like this for Easter. It is indeed something I would have worn thirty years ago, and being a modest dress I wouldn’t automatically think it not appropriate for my 55 year old body. I really need to hear feedback from my peers- the lovely smart ladies who comment here!
    Thank you for your thoughtful and fun website!

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 8:08 am

      Thanks Laura. We just made another offer last night! It’s such s stressful time.

  20. Susan
    March 30, 2019 / 5:40 am

    I would not wear this dress as the florals are too busy, length too long and the tie waist too great granny. Also, the pattern looks like curtains from the very distant past.

  21. Annie vanderven
    March 30, 2019 / 5:46 am

    First wishing you all the best with the offer on the house.

    No I would not wear this dress ,yes flowers are all the rage now but this reminds me too much of my grandmother’s couch…

  22. Isabella
    March 30, 2019 / 5:48 am

    No I wouldn’ wear it, which store is it from TAlbots?

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 4:22 pm

      It is from the J.Jill window.

  23. March 30, 2019 / 5:50 am

    No way would I wear this dress. I’d look like an overstuffed sofa in it. I think that at “our age,” few of us have the reed-slim builds we might have had when we were younger. (Menopause completely changes women’s bodies, and not for the better!). This would be lovely on a slim, tall woman, and while I was 5’-10” at one time, I’m now just 5’-7.5”. So I’m neither slim nor tall any longer so I’d take a hard pass on flowery dresses.

  24. Susan M.
    March 30, 2019 / 5:57 am

    I’m a petite, and at first I thought “absolutely not” to this dress which would probably overwhelm my small frame. But the more I looked, I do like the small floral print (so fresh!), the flowy lines of the dress and the belted waist. I went to the JJill site and this dress is offered in a petite size which made me reconsider my first reaction. I think that this is a dress that I would have to actually try on to make a final decision–and I might be pleasantly surprised..

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 4:26 pm

      I intend to try it on this week:)

  25. March 30, 2019 / 6:03 am

    Sorry to hear about your website issues Jennifer, I can definitely relate and you feel so helpless trying to fix it. I do like this floral print but feel like the sleeves on this dress and the length could be a bit too much. I might like it better if it was just the top or a skirt, but not the long dress style.

    Hope you’re doing well and fingers crossed on the house – if it’s meant to be.

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 4:28 pm

      Thanks Dale. I agree…if it’s meant to be, we will get it.

  26. C
    March 30, 2019 / 6:25 am

    No, I wouldn’t wear this. I rarely wear a dress, so that ‘s the first reason why not. But I’m also not a fan of the overall floral print – I think it would make me look much older.

  27. Theresa
    March 30, 2019 / 6:29 am

    I love the colors in it. However the print is to large so it would over power my frame. I also would prefer a shorter hem. I think the length dates it. Another thing I don’t care for are all the buttons down the front. It would be better as a pull on in a soft jersey or have a zipper in the back.

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 4:29 pm

      Thanks for explaining why Theresa

  28. Amy
    March 30, 2019 / 6:31 am

    I saw this the J Jill catalog and wondered how it would look. I’d love to try it on! I might wear it, I love dresses, but mine tend to be more neutral and I can wear a jacket or cardigan to make it Business casual. So imnit sure I guess. 😉.

    Good luck on the technical issues, that’s one good thing about working at a large multinational company I guess.

  29. Leslie Brodbeck
    March 30, 2019 / 6:44 am

    This dress is too long for me for one thing. I never rule anything out until I try it on, however, because sometimes things look totally different on an actual body than on a mannequin.

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 4:31 pm

      I totally agree, Leslie.

  30. Nicki
    March 30, 2019 / 6:44 am

    I love the look of this dress but a definite no for me. At 5’2′ and curvy it would really make me look matronly. I think it would be beautiful on someone tall and slender. Good luck with your house offer!

  31. Griselle Camacho-Claudio
    March 30, 2019 / 7:02 am

    No, it is too busy for me. I am not very fun of that type of print.

  32. Bonna
    March 30, 2019 / 7:14 am

    Possibly this would be a dress that I would wear to a Garden party but I would have to try it on before making the final judgment. I don’t think it looks old but maybe just predictable for spring.

  33. Elizabeth
    March 30, 2019 / 7:29 am

    Actually the dress is very much in style if you follow the European fashion. I would wear this dress but only if I was slimmer and taller…We, this side of the Atlantic are always a couple of years behind fashion. I think it is a good pick but not to everyone’s taste..

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 4:34 pm

      Thank you, Elizabeth! Sometimes its all a matter of how you style it.

  34. March 30, 2019 / 7:40 am

    I rarely wear dresses and I do not do floral prints so count me out on this one! Always love to see what you come up with here!

  35. Anon
    March 30, 2019 / 7:55 am

    This style actually works for me. There’s nothing cooler in the summer than a long, flowy dress that has sleeves for sun protection. It’s the print I’m not terribly fond of.

  36. Joanna
    March 30, 2019 / 7:58 am

    There are many pretty floral dresses available but this is not one. The print is old fashion and I don’t like the sides dipping down. All in all, I think this dress would make me look frumpy and heavier. Pass!

    Buying a home should be exciting, not “ oh what have we done!” Perhaps, you should stop bidding and back out. I know you’re tired of looking. It can be stressful & exhausting. But, this is your retirement home, your forever home. You should be beyond excited, Jennifer.

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 4:36 pm

      We backed out of that one and made an offer on a better one we hope to renovate.

      • Joanna
        March 31, 2019 / 10:04 am

        I’ve had 17 homes so I know the pain of house hunting. Good luck!

  37. Gayle VanOrder
    March 30, 2019 / 8:01 am

    The floral dress reminds me of a by-gone era. Personally, I look better in more fitted, classic styles. Tall, willowy and young might like this:)

  38. Nicki Cormier
    March 30, 2019 / 8:08 am

    I would only wear this dress if I was 90 years old. Everything about it says, “ Hello Grannie.”

  39. Alynn Laurin
    March 30, 2019 / 8:10 am

    This dress would not work for me on many levels. First, I am very short so I look shorter and dumpy in a long dress. I am not a fan of prints either. The style of this particular dress adds volume at the waist and the sleeves are too voluminous also. This is a decisive no for me.

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 3:49 pm

      Thanks for explaining your styling thoughts with us Alynn.

  40. Diane B
    March 30, 2019 / 8:16 am

    I would try this on. I like the flowing nature of it for vacation or hot summers. I am always looking for longer sleeves in summer dresses, and the light weight fabric should work. I would open up a few buttons on the bottom and definitely add summer jewelry to the neckline. I am not tall and skinny (5′ 6 ) but have gotten to the place where I dress in what makes me happy and not necessarily to look skinny. I would change out the self belt for a more structured one in a matching colour. Thanks for your time when you are so stressed.

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 5:09 pm

      Thanks for sharing your styling ideas with us Diane. I have never been a fan of self-belts myself.

  41. Glenda
    March 30, 2019 / 8:23 am

    I may be the “odd ball,” but I’d wear it! I’m just the floral type, and I think I could make it look current and younger with some cute sandals and the right jewelry. Call me odd! 😂🌺😂

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 5:10 pm

      I call you an individual and a woman who dresses to please herself!! Bravo Glenda. xox

  42. Terri
    March 30, 2019 / 8:44 am

    I’d wear it! It would be perfect for a summer wedding. I wear florals all summer, and I’m tall and thin, so this style would work for me.

  43. beth byrd
    March 30, 2019 / 10:14 am

    I think this print would work as either a top or a bottom — but definitely not both. I adore floral prints, but doing the entire dress in this print looks really dated (sorry to say that it reminds me of 80s floral wallpaper).

    It would be so trendy as a top, or a cute skirt, or even an accessory piece (scarf, handbag, etc.).

  44. Sonya Booty
    March 30, 2019 / 10:15 am

    Please date your post. Maybe you do and I’m just not seeing it. Is this current or a year old?

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 3:48 pm

      I do not date my posts, but this is today.

  45. Jill
    March 30, 2019 / 10:22 am

    I am an old woman and this dress reminds me of something my grandmother might wear to a garden party. It is way beyond retro and would be good in an Agatha Christie play.

  46. Cindy
    March 30, 2019 / 11:01 am

    No, I wouldn’t wear it. I’m afraid it would make me look bulky and I don’t need any help. It seems a bit frumpy.

  47. Mary Beth Traxler
    March 30, 2019 / 11:02 am

    Oh my word, no, I would not wear this dress. I need more structure in my dresses and clothing in general. It seems more women are wearing casual clothing like jeans and tee shirts in my area rather than something like this. OK, maybe for an Easter or Mother’s Day outfit, but I would opt for a bright sweater, cotton blouse and a tailored pant with beautiful jewelry. I don’t think that dress can be worn by many figures, as it wouldn’t hide or flatter bellies, butts and waists.

  48. Becky
    March 30, 2019 / 11:04 am

    No, I wouldn’t. The length is wrong for me, & I don’t like the hemline. The print looks a bit faded & dull.

  49. Lori Stewart
    March 30, 2019 / 12:36 pm

    I love the print, but maybe in a wrap or handbag. The dress just looks frumpy. I am not sure it would look good on anybody.

  50. Rosie
    March 30, 2019 / 2:01 pm

    YIKES !

  51. Julie
    March 30, 2019 / 3:40 pm

    no, no, no – so sorry – are you specifically looking for mannequins for things most of us would not wear for all the reasons everyone says above and in all the other posts on this topic. I’d like to see some possibles vs not even thinkable. Thank you!

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 3:54 pm

      Our mannequins are chosen randomly. Some women love what the mannequins are wearing each week and some do not. I don’t judge or choose based on how I feel about it. I show wearable options for women throughout the week.

  52. Cyndi
    March 30, 2019 / 4:29 pm

    Thanks for persevering with the technology! This is a beautiful dress and I would be tempted to try it on. I’m tall, the V neck flatters, and I prefer a small floral print to a large one. I can think of occasions in my life when this might be the perfect dress!

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 5:12 pm

      I’m pretty sure that’s why the brand carries it. Women come in all shapes and sizes with varying aesthetics and style goals. Bravo

  53. Linda
    March 30, 2019 / 5:05 pm

    Someone could wear this dress well. Not me. I learned my lesson! My Millennial daughter helped me edit my wardrobe. Then, I emailed Jennifer for help (in the midst of her house hunting and all). Thank you Jennifer!! Hope everything improves soon. Okay, back to the dress – – As a “winter” who needs high contrast colors, I would run past this mannequin. Also, an all-over print doesn’t work for me. My lifestyle calls for a new dress occasionally, mostly in the spring and summer. They are so much cooler! I like the idea of one garment so I don’t have to deal with proportions. I pass on most florals and all pastels but enjoy seeing them on others.

    • Jennifer
      March 30, 2019 / 5:14 pm

      Thanks Linda. I like to wear a dress on hot days too!

  54. Linda
    March 30, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    I hope you get your website fixed!

    What is the potential home missing? Would it be things you could fix once you buy it?

    I don’t think this dress would look good on me at this age. It appears to just hang and could show off many figure faults on the typical person.

    • Jennifer
      March 31, 2019 / 5:49 pm

      It’s missing a fireplace and has a tiny bedroom closet 😳

  55. Nancy
    March 30, 2019 / 6:51 pm

    This is adorable, in general, for a certain age group. In my 30s I loved this dress, in my teens my mom loved it. Reading all the different ideas is so cool. Like shorten it, get a big straw hat, different belt. Thanks for fielding these posts, it’s good for us to stretch and use our imagination. I certainly like being stretched.

  56. Cindi
    March 30, 2019 / 8:19 pm

    At first glance I didn’t like this dress. But, as I look at it, I see some possibilities. It wouldn’t be a dress I’d wear a lot, but if I wore dresses for my job, it might be a nice one for Spring and Summer. It might also be nice with a jacket or cardigan.

  57. Lesley Tuckett
    March 30, 2019 / 9:25 pm

    No! No! No! It looks so frumpy. I feel depressed just looking at it. 3/4 length sleeves (in my opinion) are very aging. I’m into block colour – this is more like little olde lady’s bedroom curtain material. I’m a “young” 75!

  58. Mary
    March 30, 2019 / 11:57 pm

    Overall I find the print boring, and the dress drab. Maybe in a solid color if the fabric is cotton knit. I would probably walk past this in a store.

  59. Catherine
    March 31, 2019 / 5:17 am

    It appears I am in the minority. I like this dress. I would have to wear heels to give a bit more height. Our springs are cool so I can see a light weight green or pink cardigan.

  60. Susan McClelland
    March 31, 2019 / 8:36 am

    I like the length and the three-quarter length sleeves. The hem gives it a fun vibe, but still appropriate for work. Unfortunately, the pattern and the colour are totally meh. Looks like my great-aunt’s curtains. Hope your website troubles get resolved quickly.

  61. Lily
    April 1, 2019 / 9:50 am

    I love the print of the fabric. I love muted colors and florals. The cut of the dress is not for me. Now if this was a little sundress with a jeans jacket I would wear it.

  62. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    April 1, 2019 / 12:40 pm

    Not crazy about the colors or print, but I do like the sleeves and hemline. A pale , solid pastel or very soft water-color type print in blues would be more to my liking. I do think it would be a good choice to wear to a summer wedding or graduation party. Add pearls or crystal beads, pretty sandals or pumps, a cardigan or shawl and you would be good to go. Also, it’s not trendy so it should have a good long life

  63. patval
    April 3, 2019 / 5:22 am

    I maybe late to the party but I was in J. Jill’s yesterday and saw a lovely tall thin woman of a certain age in one of these dresses. She looked like a Southern Bell, gorgeous. If I looked like that in the dress I would certainly wear it. patval

  64. Kelli
    April 7, 2019 / 1:26 pm

    I ***LOVE*** J. Jill! However, this Victorian wallpaper lookalike is sooooo unworthy of the company’s offerings any season—most especially on me. Talk about frumpy—I wouldn’t even wear it as a housedress!!! My kind of florals/botanicals generally run medium to large scale, medium to high contrast, and abstract.

    • Kelli
      April 7, 2019 / 1:32 pm

      Also: For those who want/like this dress, make that self-belt wider to be more proportionate with the midi length. Would be better to have a 72”-96” x 27”-30” oblong scarf—perhaps fringed—that could be used as that, a shawl, a belt, or a head wrap!

  65. Barb
    April 13, 2019 / 5:38 am

    I actually went to the store and tried it on in the petite xs, and it was adorable! Just for reference I am 5’2” and late fifties, slim build. I might be in the minority, but I liked the length, sleeves, and the pretty floral. I think it will be perfect for Easter or Mothers Day, and it covered up my winter, white legs. Ha! I ended up buying it and love it. It is very different from anything else I have. Thanks for sharing this : )

    • Jennifer
      April 13, 2019 / 5:57 am

      Yay, thanks Barb. I meant to get in to do just that

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