Would You Wear It – Blank Slate Sweater Dress

Would You Wear It – Blank Slate Sweater Dress

Happy Saturday ladies and welcome to the weekend. It’s time for would you wear it. Each Saturday my friend Pam and I share a random mannequin we have photographed and ask if you would wear what it’s modeling. I love to have you share how you would style pieces to work for your shape and lifestyle.

Please keep your comments personal to you and constructive. We all love to be inspired by your ideas.

So tell me, ladies. Would you wear this sweater dress?

How would you wear it?


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J.Jill – 30 % off your entire purchase with the code NOV30. This velvet relaxed jacket looked more like a long shirt to me and is a perfect look for dressed down, holiday wear. I loved this draped neck cashmere sweater and at 30% off, it’s a beauty. If you’re looking for soft, it doesn’t get much better than chenille and this tunic comes in two beautiful colors.

J. Crew – 50% off dressy-ish styles, and 25% off almost everything else with code DRESSYISH.

Ann Taylor – 50% off sweaters, pants and denim, $75 dresses and $50 off jackets and outerwear.

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Soma – select bras 3 for $99, select sleep shirts are 2 for $60, PJ sets starting at $49, Vanishing Panties are buy 3 get 2 free, select panties are 6 for $28, and select beauty is 2 for $15, 3 for $20 or 4 for $25.


Now let’s go see what Pam’s mannequin is modeling at Over 50 Feeling 40


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  1. cindy
    November 10, 2020 / 5:13 pm

    I totally would if I had some place to go. Love a sweater dress with boots, and a scarf, or an interesting jacket….a resounding yes!!!

  2. susie
    November 9, 2020 / 4:56 pm

    I would wear the dress, but to me, the scarves looked too heavy for wearing with a dress. They would be smotheringly hot indoors, they look like scarves that would go with a coat. I would wear a more medium weight scarf, without so much wrap around the neck, with the dresses. I also think a statement type necklace would be pretty with the dresses, even though I know we seem to be heading back to smaller more delicate jewelry, and then no scarf necessary.

    Unless it is snowing outside I do not like scarves that look like swaddling for the neck.

    November 8, 2020 / 10:40 am

    I wouldn’t wear this dress because I like my dresses longer since I no longer can wear hills. Also I no longer buy black to be against my face. Just not flattering anymore for me as I’ve gotten older.

  4. Kathleen
    November 8, 2020 / 5:21 am

    Like the one on the left. Just got two sweater type dresses for this season. The scarf is fun although for me, that’s a lot of stuff going on up top! It’s fun to see the length of these dresses and where they hit individuals. Makes the choice of footwear challenging for me as a tall person! I am wearing tall boots so far! The options are definitely creative but the one on the right is a lot of layers!

  5. Lin
    November 7, 2020 / 4:17 pm

    Love the look.
    Would wear it many years ago when I was 40lbs lighter with the scarf and high heel boots.

  6. Becky
    November 7, 2020 / 11:47 am

    While I love the idea of a simple sweater dress, my short full figure would not look good in it. The dress would definitely lend itself to great accessories.

  7. Kathleen OBrien
    November 7, 2020 / 11:13 am

    Yes! I would wear it ! Upon seeing it in your post, I immediately went and bought the dress. I love a nice sweater dress and know I’ll wear the heck out of it. My only thing, wish they had a couple more colors – I’d have bought them too! Especially at that price, so inexpensive! Hurrah!

  8. Lana
    November 7, 2020 / 10:58 am

    Love, love, love this look too! Especially with opaque black tights and either knee high boots or trendy booties. Living in Alberta, Canada it would be a warm and cozy yet stylish outfit. Jennifer, are you back in Cali? Hope so…. Its -2C here and we are expecting 12 cm of snow this week. Ugh……

    • Carol
      November 7, 2020 / 7:18 pm

      If I had less lumps and bumps, it would be perfect ! Also in AB, sitting listening to the wind howl and not looking forwards to shoveling snow!

  9. Cyndi
    November 7, 2020 / 10:47 am

    This is an awesome dress; I would definitely wear – so versatile, so easy to accessorize! It would be a great piece to pack because you could style it differently, would be perfect for a work-to evening dress. We could do a challenge of 100 ways to wear the same dress…Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  10. Janet
    November 7, 2020 / 10:36 am

    Accessories would be needed for me. I am 66, 5’2″ and silver white hair.
    I love scarves, jackets, and vests.

  11. Julie Traxler
    November 7, 2020 / 10:23 am

    I would wear this dress in a colder climate with books tights and a scarf. It would need to be thinner and sleeveless for me to get wear out of it.. in Northern California. Would love to have one like that in winter white, black and red!

  12. Kathy
    November 7, 2020 / 9:49 am

    I would absolutely wear a good quality black knit dress. A sweater dress like this one would be just too hot for me. I bought a very plain black knit sleeveless pullover dress from Chicos this summer. It has year round wearability. As others have stated, change the shoes/boots, shirts, tees, shawls, jackets, jewelry. Everyone needs this in their wardrobe.

  13. Lily
    November 7, 2020 / 8:38 am

    This way of dressing is very practical. You can wear the dress frequently without anyone realizing it’s the same dress. The J. Crew Factory sweaters I bought online went straight back. The quality was awful.

  14. Kathleen
    November 7, 2020 / 8:01 am

    I have worn sweater dresses in the past, and loved how easy it was to accessorize them. I would wear this with boots, scarf, jacket, or some other layer underneath. However, where I live now, it doesn’t really get cold enough to wear something as warm as this. I would purchase a dress like this in a lighter weight material. Hope it has pockets!

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 2:00 pm

      I’d love to find one in a lighter weight fabric too. But I need to be sure it’s not too think or lumps and bumps show through.

  15. Leslie Lord
    November 7, 2020 / 7:58 am

    Yes I would wear this dress and I have one with a textural detail that I wear with tights and Chelsea boots. Large silver drop earrings and a silver cuff at my wrist. It is a cozy and easy outfit for fall and winter.

  16. Yvonne
    November 7, 2020 / 7:30 am

    I have a similar black sweater dress that I wear with tights and knee high suede boots. For accessories, I just add a pendant necklace, earrings and a cuff bracelet. I would find it too hot to wear if I added a scarf. I actually pulled my dress out the other day with the intention of giving it to my niece as I doubted I would have a chance to wear this fall. Perhaps I’ll change my mind now 🙂

  17. Sue
    November 7, 2020 / 7:26 am

    I absolutely would wear it, if we ever get to go anywhere again—over a shirt, under a jacket, with a cashmere shawl or dramatic scarf, with boots, with leggings and ballet flats—I can see so many possibilities!

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 9:38 am

      Thanks Sue! I love tights and flats for this.

  18. Linda L
    November 7, 2020 / 7:06 am

    I gave away my sweater dresses when I retired and moved to SoCal. They were an easy one & done style on cold NY mornings. Instead of a turtleneck I would often wear them with a tailored shirt underneath. A big scarf like the one shown would be too bulky but if it could be turned into a shawl I would wear that. A good slip is a necessity under a sweater dress. I kept a can of static guard in my desk to fight off clings!

  19. Pamela Lutrell
    November 7, 2020 / 7:02 am

    This is a mannequin that I would look at and think…OH HOW I WISH I COULD WEAR IT. It would take Spanx or something underneath or something on top…and that would make me too uncomfortable and hot. But I love the way it looks on the display …just would not be able to wear.

  20. Nancy
    November 7, 2020 / 6:50 am

    I love it but would need a petite or it would overwhelm me at 5’0”. One of the comments said it ran long on her and she was 5’7” or so. I never think of putting a turtleneck underneath but like the look. I have a sweater dress in an A-line I may have to try that with. Tights and ankle boots to finish. In black, my turquoise jewelry would display well!

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 2:01 pm

      Turquoise would be beautiful on this, Nancy.

  21. Eve
    November 7, 2020 / 6:50 am

    I might but I would need a jacket with it. I can’t wear such body revealing dresses anymore without another layer. I do like it though. Posture is my problem at 78. I think you need a straight back for sweater dresses to look right.

  22. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    November 7, 2020 / 6:49 am

    I’m actually hoping to add a couple of sweater dresses to my wardrobe this winter, but this isn’t one I would choose for three reasons. Black is not a good colour for me. Navy or grey would be much better. I’d choose something a little less form fitting and a little shorter. When I find what I’m looking for, I’ll be wearing them with leggings and boots. I have several long necklaces and many colourful scarves to accessorize with.

  23. Linda
    November 7, 2020 / 6:47 am

    My body runs too hot to wear it here in Texas except under the coldest of temperatures. I like how it looks though! You can do anything with it!

  24. Penelope
    November 7, 2020 / 6:43 am

    Depends on quality of the fabric. If it’s not high quality knit it would stretch out in the back after a few hours of sitting. It’s a nice classic style so I can see it being functional and versatile. The perfect background for some statement belts or necklaces. A pretty shawl would look nice. Also, I would love to see vests return.
    I would wear a tailored button down one or a loose drapey one belted over this.

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 9:36 am

      I’m a huge fan of long vests too. Great idea.

  25. Paulette Levy
    November 7, 2020 / 6:43 am

    I line the idea of a Navy blue/black (?) sweater dress as there is a great deal of flexibility in how you accessorize. The heavy scarves look interesting and add that pop of color near the face. It would have to be pretty chilly out, however, or be visiting in a cool home for this to work! Maybe silk scarves would be better. I think a chunky necklace or tiered necklaces ( one or two) would also complement the simple dress style. Yes to boots and tights as footwear.

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 9:35 am

      Agreed, Paulette. Silk would be nice.

  26. Deb
    November 7, 2020 / 6:41 am

    Love love – i have several sweater dresses and usually wear them with booties and tights or high boots and vary the accessories depending on the occasion. Was thinking about consigning a couple of them this year because of everything going on and no one going out but decided to keep. It’s a classic and a dress is a one step/one stop ideal outfit that works every time

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 9:34 am

      Depending on the dress, I think they work well for dressing down too.

  27. Sue H
    November 7, 2020 / 6:38 am

    Another way to style this dress (and hide any body concerns) is to take a large square scarf, fold it into a triangle, and drape the wide portion over one shoulder, tying it at the opposite hip. Like a faux poncho.

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 9:33 am

      I love doing that with large scarves!! Thanks for reminding us all, Sue.

  28. Rose
    November 7, 2020 / 6:34 am

    I would wear this dress with a statement necklace and black tights with boots. Can’t really tell how the material is so that might be an issue. Wouldn’t want it to be too clingy.

  29. MRSBEN2
    November 7, 2020 / 6:30 am

    Agree with many of the other comments as to ‘[how to wear’; however re the style of the dress itself prefer something not quite as form fitting through the waistline. Secondly, in its description it states ‘hits below the knee’ yet appears on the model to be above and at my age I do prefer the former.

    P.S.: Do like the side tie dress shown in your Talbot’s slide show.

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 9:32 am

      It was hard to tell, but I suspect this mannequin is very tall!

      • MRSBEN2
        November 7, 2020 / 1:41 pm

        Actually Jennifer I’m was looking at the dress on their website; not saying the model could be very tall … ☺.

  30. Jackie
    November 7, 2020 / 6:24 am

    This would be a fun dress to accessorize, unfortunately I’m getting overheated just looking at it. We’re still in short sleeves here.

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 9:31 am

      Lol, our weather has been all over the map too

  31. Melissa
    November 7, 2020 / 6:05 am

    This sweater dress would have been a definite yes for 2018 or 2019 because I could easily dress it up or down with some fun accessories (and I like the scarves and long necklaces styled with it) , but for 2020 or 2021? Not anticipating going to a restaurant or returning to an office anytime soon. I think my comfort dressing is going to be the norm for some time, but that is fine. Not having to wear Spanx is ok by me! (and I do think most women would have to wear some kind of Spanx with this dress).

  32. Phyllis
    November 7, 2020 / 5:54 am

    Both the sweater dress and the scarf would be too much for even the coldest Georgia days. Plus, I have a short neck so the big bulky scarves just don’t work for me.

  33. Patricia Clifford
    November 7, 2020 / 5:34 am

    I have in my closet, 5 sweater dresses accumulated over the years…I love wearing them with various scarves and necklaces, blazers, ponchos or coats…they are “one and done” dressing, comfortable and chic. I wear with tall boots, no need for tights or stockings…love them !

  34. Eileen
    November 7, 2020 / 5:21 am

    I bought the turtleneck version of this dress last year, but returned it due to the synthetic fabric content, too much static electricity. It is soft, and fit well, but I also felt it would pill. I ended up buying a merino wool dress like it. I wear my favorite fit and flare sweater dress with tights and booties or boots, and a scarf. I wish more sweater dresses had fit and flare shapes, as I’m a pear shape.

  35. Linda V
    November 7, 2020 / 5:20 am

    I would love to wear this, but I am too heavy. I think it would great with a Hermes scarf!

  36. Susan McClelland
    November 7, 2020 / 5:18 am

    This particular dress is probably a bit too body-con for me but I have a long black dress in a heavy jersey that is one of my go-tos. I wear it with a long sweater, a wide leather belt and ankle length patent leather boots with a snake skin pattern. Sometimes I forgo the belt and wear it with a loose open jacket, a scarf and my ankle boots.

  37. Jan
    November 7, 2020 / 5:16 am

    Ok, I’m finding this look very intriguing! Years ago, I had a very similar dress that I wore with some basic “pumps” and a long necklace. I love the display on the right with a turtleneck layered underneath. Could I pair that look with my slim jeans? Maybe… for sure, the price is right on this sweater dress. I don’t have the same shape that I had years ago but why does that always stop me from trying a new look? I can’t recreate the look of my youth but that shouldn’t mean that this dress wouldn’t work for me today.
    Have a great weekend everyone!

  38. Lori Stewart
    November 7, 2020 / 5:04 am

    I love sweater dresses. I have one in a slate blue and just got one in a pretty red. I don’t have a willowy figure, and my sweater dresses aren’t as firm-fitting as the one you show, but there is one for every figure! I style mine with either an infinity scarf or a large statement necklace., tights and boots/booties. I just got a fun leopard-print blazer and I have leopard-print booties, hmmm, that might work with my red sweater dress.

    • Janice
      November 7, 2020 / 6:03 am

      I think that sounds awesome!

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 8:33 am

      That sounds great! Leopard and red are such a great combo❤️

  39. Sue Daugherty
    November 7, 2020 / 5:00 am

    A sweater dress is one of the few purchases I made this fall. I would wear this but in the almond color it is offered in. I would accessorize it with boots and a scarf.

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 8:29 am

      Great ideas, thanks Sue.

  40. Diane B
    November 7, 2020 / 4:57 am

    A gorgeous dress that I would love to wear, however I think there would be laughing in the change room with a few too many lumps and bumps to look good. I have worn this look in the past and do love it and think many women will look fantastic in it. Some sleek leggings to control the creeping up aspect and form a long line to some ankle boots would be great in the cold weather.

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 8:27 am

      Lol, thanks Diane! I often laugh or moan in changing room:)

  41. Alice
    November 7, 2020 / 4:55 am

    I love the style and color of this dress 20 years ago I would not have hesitated to buy this dress. That being said, today I would need to try it on to see how it would fit on my body type with a few extra pounds in all the wrong places LOL. I would put it with some mid calf boots, colorful jewelry or maybe even a colorful vest. If I did a scarf, I would tie it loosely so it was lower on the neckline or the chest area. I am not a big fan of anything so closely wrapped around my neck. I am not a big fan of the plaid scarf with the striped turtleneck. Happy Saturday, ya’all.

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 8:26 am

      Fun styling ideas, Alice. Happy Saturday!!

  42. MP
    November 7, 2020 / 4:52 am

    I would wear this dress with a lightweight scarf, black tights, black booties. Simple, easy cold weather dressing. I would prefer it in navy 🙂

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 8:25 am

      I think if it were navy, I would own it;)

  43. Sarah
    November 7, 2020 / 4:27 am

    I would love to but menopause prevents me. Very envious of ladies who can. The closest I would get would be a cotton/viscose mix and it would be in navy for me now at over 60 years of age. Love the bright accessories. I would probably go for rich coral for autumn/winter.

    • Jennifer
      November 7, 2020 / 8:24 am

      Navy and coral sounds so pretty together.

  44. Cathy
    November 7, 2020 / 4:12 am

    I like the one with the red and black scarf , very pretty.

  45. Beth B
    November 7, 2020 / 3:40 am

    Yes, I would wear it but definitely with an accessory or two – blazer, sweater, scarf.

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