Would You Wear It- Cool and Soft

Would You Wear It- Cool and Soft

Welcome to the weekend ladies. Our triple-digit weather is supposed to morph into cooler temps and rain by Sunday. Bring it on! I am not a fan of super-hot weather, so that suits me just fine.

It’s time for would you wear it. Each week my friend Pam and I share a mannequin and ask our readers if they would wear what it’s modeling. We do this to better understand your style goals and foster conversation in the comments.

I also love to hear how you would style the look to work for your shape and lifestyle.blue vince dress

I braved the mall yesterday and it was a dreary, disappointment. The few stores that were open haven’t received new merchandise since the sudden closures so the racks and shelves are very bare. I had a hard time even finding a mannequin to photograph.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear this and why or why not. Please explain your answers and keep them personal to you.


Here are a few of the weekend sales and I can tell you from experience, your best selections are online-

Ann Taylor: 65% off styles you can’t miss with code LOVE.

Anthropologie: Extra 25% off sale clothing, shoes and accessories.

Banana Republic: Extra 50% off sale styles, and 40% off women’s styles, no code needed.

Bloomingdales: Take $20 off every $75 you spend on items labeled PRIVATE, and take 30%-60% off select items throughout the site.

Chicos: Up to 50% off select full-price styles.

Gap: 20% off with code DEAL.

Loft: 60% off made for summer styles with code FRESH.

Macy’s: 10%-20% off select departments with code MEMDAY.

Nordstrom: Their sale section is always being updated.

Soft Surroundings: $50 off orders of $200 +, and $5 shipping with code GRACIAS. $25 off orders of $125 +, and $5 shipping with code MERCI.

Talbots: 40% off regular-price styles + 50% off sale styles

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


Remember to wear what you love that makes you feel confident.

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  1. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    June 1, 2020 / 9:22 am

    I know you did the best you could-bless your heart! All you girls out there with Southern mothers know what that means. And it’s surely not because you didn’t try. I am not faulting you in any way.
    I think that dress is so sad we could have a pity party for it. I can’t see it flattering many bodies or complexions. To be charitable, maybe it would be cool to wear, unless it’s polyester(gasp).
    Seriously, that store needs some inspiration for their displays. It is so jumbled- winter/fall looks with a summer tea party dress- why. When all we can do these days is look, give us something to look at that makes us think that we can’t wait to visit that store, safely of course.
    I noticed that few people seemed ready to rush right out and buy any of this. Stores are missing a big opportunity. I should probably say, bless their hearts instead.

  2. Deborah
    May 31, 2020 / 4:02 pm

    Ultimately I’d be looking for more color. The dress is a maybe…if I didn’t have such a thick waistline, but I’d like a different color. I stick to 2 piece skirts and tops normally unless the dress is empire and fitted, not full.

  3. Kay
    May 31, 2020 / 2:06 pm

    You went to the mall! Brave you! I have to say no to all of these because of the drab colors. I do like the comfy look of the brown pants, though.

  4. Sharon Doyle
    May 31, 2020 / 1:39 pm

    Friends and family have instructions to shoot me on sight if I show up wearing pastel floral print anything. The mannequin on the right in tailored black and white is a yes, though.

  5. Juliet
    May 31, 2020 / 8:06 am

    Ummm, no. Nothing about these 3 mannequins grabs my attention. Pretty bland … which sounds like your overall mall experience. On the positive side, we’re taking steps in the right direction with things opening up. xo

  6. Shelley
    May 31, 2020 / 5:32 am

    My initial reaction was “no way” to everything, but on closer inspection I realized I really like the blue jacket. It’s a great color for me and the cut would flatter my body shape. I would wear it to work (on the days I go in) with dark blue linen tapered pants, or maybe white pants for a summer lunch engagement. I’d pass on everything else, though. Too “mumsy”.

  7. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    May 30, 2020 / 7:29 pm

    These are a big NO for me. I would likely walk by this display and hardly notice it. There’s nothing to attract my attention. The dress reminds me of my grandmother’s house dresses; nondescript and unflattering.

  8. Patti Shannon
    May 30, 2020 / 7:25 pm

    No to all 3…I no longer buy clothes which don’t give me joy and confidence when wearing them and none of these would do that for me.

  9. Sheryl
    May 30, 2020 / 6:29 pm

    The dress pattern is pretty and I like that finally a dress has sleeves for older women. However, the cut of the sleeves would only make me look bigger on top – which isn’t my goal. The outfit on the left just looks ill-fitting and the one on the right is basic so I might wear it with a scarf or jewelry to jazz it up.

  10. Lisa
    May 30, 2020 / 5:47 pm

    Sorry, but I think all three are awful. Looks as if someone (not into fashion) just threw these outfits together with no thought to style, color or fit. Even my husband could do much better – LOL!

  11. Lily
    May 30, 2020 / 5:36 pm

    The word that instantly comes to my mind is “matronly”.

  12. Donna
    May 30, 2020 / 4:16 pm

    Nope to all three outfits. They seem old and dated to my eye. From the shapes right down to the colours. These outfits would never attract me into the store.

  13. Janey
    May 30, 2020 / 2:32 pm

    I love the jacket, style and color, and I would definitely wear it. But not with those pants

  14. Becky
    May 30, 2020 / 11:46 am

    The dress is a definite no because the pleats would not be flattering to my curvy figure. I might try the blue jacket. The outfit on the right is definitely my style, but, since I already have variations of it in my closet, I likely wouldn’t buy it.

  15. Beverly the Inspired
    May 30, 2020 / 11:41 am

    Would have walked by the display without giving it even a first-look. The ensemble stylings are uninspiring; almost as if the stylist took no joy in her artform that day.

    Perhaps these pieces are uninspiring all the way around… Hmm. They remind me of the very late 1960s, very early 1970s. That unsettled period now looking for relevance as “Retro Fashion”.

  16. Susan
    May 30, 2020 / 11:00 am

    Sorry but these are too drab and dull for me.

  17. beth byrd
    May 30, 2020 / 10:37 am

    This is a really interesting display as I find things I really like and things I really don’t care for at all.

    I don’t care for the outfit on the left. The color mix is more fall/winter and that jacket doesn’t seem like it would be flattering at all. I like the pants, but not for summer.

    As for the dress, I think the print is lovely and it would look super cute with a white denim jacket! The style isn’t right for me, though. I think it’s the sleeves — too much fabric.

    The outfit on the right is a yes! That blouse is so classic and pairs fabulously with those pants! That’s something I would have in my closet for many years!

  18. Nelida
    May 30, 2020 / 9:54 am

    First on left, is a NO, blazer looks cheap, blouse cheap and pants, gathered at the waist, not flattering, on anybody, except maybe a very young woman with an eating disorder.
    Dress in middle, is a NO, I’ve seen my mother in those all my life. They say ‘housewife’ who has too many children to care. Although I have been a proud mother and housewife, I have done other interesting things. Now, the crisp white blouse and black pants on the right, I have worn and really enjoyed when I was navigating the corporate world. It was my uniform! But now, at retirement, I keep a couple of pieces for funerals or somethin’…😉. I now prefer sassy, fun, funky, and Ican’t wait to find a decent blazer to funk it up!!!

  19. Dawn
    May 30, 2020 / 9:49 am

    It’s a NO to everything for me. The colors are drab and dreary and not appealing at all for my coloring. I would walk right by this window without a second look….I’ve heard the stores in my area are understandably not offering much new merchandise. I’ve done pretty well with online purchases so am not tempted to go to the stores yet. Enjoy the cooler weather tomorrow, Jennifer!

  20. Nancy Walden
    May 30, 2020 / 9:21 am

    I love dresses but this one doesn’t appeal to me. The wide-cut sleeve would make my large bust look even larger. The pants on the left are a possibility but not in that color. I’d wear them with an untucked top. I never wear blazers. The outfit on the right is not appealing to me. I look terrible in off-whites. I’ve never cared for pleated pants and even though the pleats look small I feel they’d add unnecessary bulk across my middle.

  21. Susan Byers
    May 30, 2020 / 9:12 am

    I love wearing dresses in the summer. The neckline on this dress works for me and I would throw a great denim jacket on to give it a fun stylish look. Color blue invokes a sense of calm….we need that now.

    • Jennifer
      May 30, 2020 / 12:24 pm

      It would be cute with a denim jacket over it

  22. - Vicki Mikola Dack
    May 30, 2020 / 9:00 am

    Don’t like pleats of any style; skinny, thin, medium, large, or extra-large. My Hips are curvey enough…thank you. Prefer A-line or contour waist bands since my belly button is the smallest area compared to upper & lower hips and thighs. At least for me, the print is way too large for my liking.

  23. Sarah
    May 30, 2020 / 8:40 am

    Talk about dreary. Sad looking.

  24. Karen Young
    May 30, 2020 / 8:05 am

    I have so many summer dresses I seldom wear, so it’s no to more. This style would make my hips look wider, so I don’t wear pleats at all. Too hot where I live to wear layers now, too. My hair is mostly grown out grey from dark brown, so I’m not sure what my colors are now. It has nice natural streaks, though, on the bright side!

  25. Julie
    May 30, 2020 / 7:47 am

    Well since I rarely wear business attire anymore, the two outfits with pants & tucked in shirts would not be for me. Also, these days I’m not tucking in anything! I’ve gained just enough weight that I need looser, stretchy fabrics. The dress would not work for my 5’3” figure belted at the waist. We’re going into triple digits here, so the more comfortable, softer fabrics…the better. Our Nordstrom near me is not reopening, sadly!

  26. Nancy J
    May 30, 2020 / 7:37 am

    Well, my shape is petite, apple. The separates could be adapted if sized properly, but being a spring in color palette, I would need to use warm colors, like in the ivory blouse near my face. The black and brown pants, both certainly could be adapted to my style, with tops and blazers in warm neutrals or a bright spring colors. This being the spring season, I’m surprised more effort wasn’t made to create a spring-time look. The dress is pretty, but how about a white blazer, but much too dull in color. I find certain well known brands, like Eileen Fisher, the Loft, Ann Taylor major in basics that lean toward blacks and grays of the winter and summer palette of colors. Love their basic styles, though.

  27. Janis
    May 30, 2020 / 7:36 am

    Well I’m going to go against the grain. I like the outfits. I’m too short for the dress but love it. As for the outfit with the blazer, I plan to copy that. But I work in an office that is freezing and still slightly old school about dress when we have a client facing meeting

    • Jennifer
      May 30, 2020 / 12:23 pm

      Good for you Janis! Thanks for sharing

  28. Rose
    May 30, 2020 / 7:28 am

    I don’t care for the colors and shapes of the outfits, at least on the mannequins. The dress is cute though. Thanks for venturing out to the mall. I’ve been wanting to go but my friend said not everything is open.

    • Jennifer
      May 30, 2020 / 12:22 pm

      It’s no worth going out right now which is good to know

  29. Phyllis Hughes
    May 30, 2020 / 7:22 am

    I like the fabrics of everything. The colors are perfect for me, a Dusty Summer. I would love to have these fabrics. I could make a beautifully coordinated grouping from them that I would love wearing. However, I don’t like the garments in this display. They all look sloppy and over sized to me. The sleeves on the dress would be very unflattering to my short, top heavy body.

  30. Eileen
    May 30, 2020 / 7:18 am

    As to the display, I was just color typed as muted blue autumn, and was told to wear muted colors, like these blue pieces. My comment would be , it’s too hot here for such covered up pieces.

  31. Eileen
    May 30, 2020 / 7:14 am

    Store displays, right now, could tell a story, of our times, it’s an opportunity to communicate some optimistic feelings. I’m wondering if stores are just following the department managers plan, and don’t have the freedom to “ get creative “, and this could be why some stores are having financial trouble. I would do a window with a woman sitting in sweat clothes and slippers, in front of a Zoom meeting, with dogs and children at her feet, and above her head a pic of vacations to come. Or mannequins wearing silly get ups, of mismatched clothes in front of a washing machine or sink. Or as I saw in Italy last year, a slinky evening dress with a glamorous be jeweled face mask!

  32. Joan
    May 30, 2020 / 6:15 am

    Nope. Kimono sleeves don’t work and colors are way too dull. Looks frumpy to me.

  33. Barb
    May 30, 2020 / 6:13 am

    None of these outfits suit my “winter” coloring or my petite apple body shape. I would not be tempted to try them on. Thank you for venturing out to the mall for us, though. I have no desire to do that yet!

  34. jmp
    May 30, 2020 / 5:51 am

    Sorry, I would not wear any of the this today’s styles. I’m not a fan of the colors, they just seem dreary and washed out to me. The outfits look a little too big for the mannequins and thus have no shape to them -they just hang.

  35. Memee
    May 30, 2020 / 5:46 am

    My first thought when seeing the dress was that I would immediately remove the sleeves to make this dress more fashionable and suited for summer. I agree with others about the blah display.

  36. Joan
    May 30, 2020 / 5:45 am

    First impression was yes to the outfit on the right. To that outfit, I would add the blazer but in a color that would better coordinate with the top and pants on the right. But then I remembered that I retired a few months ago and no longer need to dress for business. LOL

  37. Jan
    May 30, 2020 / 5:39 am

    Have to agree with many of the comments… the colors are dull and there is nothing appealing about the fit of the blazer or pants. I would not wear the dress as it looks very matronly and not a fan of pleats. The only thing I might wear is the cream colored blouse which has a nice fit to it…

  38. Linda GR
    May 30, 2020 / 5:35 am

    These outfits are not very pleasing. I’d try the print dress, if it were separates, and the black trousers have potential, but the brown and blue outfit just looks frumpy to me.

  39. Pamela Over 50 Feeling 40
    May 30, 2020 / 5:34 am

    I hope retailers and mall managers will get with it and understand that their displays are critical for attracting consumers back and for sales. This is so disappointing to see at a time when businesses need to bring people back. The overall display is drab and sad. There is nothing here that I would want to try on or purchase. Would I Wear It? Maybe the jacket, black pants or white blouse styled differently. The dress would just look frumpy and aging on me and not flattering on the curves. What were they thinking when they put this together?

  40. Linda
    May 30, 2020 / 5:31 am

    None of the outfits suit me.

  41. Barb
    May 30, 2020 / 5:30 am

    I agree with most, and say way too drab and lifeless. We need color and fun right now, and this doesn’t make it. Too bad for the stores that they’re not attracting people with their displays. Hopefully soon!

  42. Connie Haines
    May 30, 2020 / 5:28 am

    First impression is that either outfit to the side is very blah. The dress looks like something I might have worn back in the eighties or nineties, but not now. I do like the subtle print to the fabric though, and would consider it in a skirt or blouse.

  43. Jan
    May 30, 2020 / 5:24 am

    This display could make me turn around and exit that store! Who is shopping for dark brown pants and a full cut blue blazer for their summer wardrobe? Not me! And the dress with the small pleated skirt, it couldn’t be a worse choice for me. The pleats lay flat at the waist and as the skirt drapes over the hips, the pleats all open up. Yikes! That is not an attractive look for me at all!! This is a display of “what not to wear” for me! Lol
    Happy Saturday ladies!

    • Jennifer
      May 30, 2020 / 12:11 pm

      Happy Saturday Jan

  44. RoseAG
    May 30, 2020 / 5:16 am

    We have an open air mall near us that has a lot of food places so we’ve been over there for take-out and the shops haven’t changed their windows since this all started. Maybe they’re prohibited from entering, but since they all have online sites I think it would have been smart to have had the windows updated during this time, so all those take out customers could window shop while picking up their orders.
    We’re going into a limited re-open period, the next time I’m over there I’ll have to look again.
    I was surprised to find that Michaels’ is open. I’ve done pretty well drawing down my substantial stash of craft supplies, but I am tempted to go in and see if they have thread in a color I would like to use.

    As to these outfits, they’re not too exciting.

  45. Joyce Reardon
    May 30, 2020 / 5:12 am

    Sorry, but these make me sad. Lifeless and drab.

  46. Bonita
    May 30, 2020 / 5:04 am

    No to all of these sadly. The dress has no shape and is hemmed unevenly. The blazer is ok but I would not pair it with that color of brown slacks, and the blouse and dark slacks is just too blah. For now, I’m going to throw on my crummy work in the yard clothes and go mow the darned yard. AGAIN!

  47. sheryl beil
    May 30, 2020 / 4:43 am

    the pleated dress is not for me, i do like the beige blouse, it looks soft and flowy. i do not like the pants, doesnt look like they have much structure for me, i do like the blazer, the cut and the color, i could make that work with existing items in my closet…the blouse under the blazer is a little too light patterned for me, if im going to wear a pattern, oh you will see it…lol
    with the beige blouse it would be a good time for a statement necklace, some shoe boots, and a pair of bootcut jeans, either dark wash or black. i would like to pair the blazer with some cream slacks and either a cream tank or a printed blouse with the color of the blazer in it.

  48. Linda
    May 30, 2020 / 4:42 am

    No I would not wear this. I have quite narrow shoulders so a dropped sleeve does nothing for me, and neither does a slightly high waist, which with a pleated skirt I think you would have to be stick thin to carry off without looking like a sack tied up in the middle! Also the print is a bit wishy washy. Sorry to be negative and sorry the long awaited trip to the mall was a disappointment. Here in the UK we still have a bit longer to wait! At least the sun is shining though.

  49. Cindy
    May 30, 2020 / 4:33 am

    These mannequins need accessories! 😄

    I’d definitely wear the dress. I’d add a different belt and dainty silver jewelry. It might not be my best color but I love the neckline and the cool summery look.

  50. Lisa
    May 30, 2020 / 4:32 am

    I wondered if we’d see “old” merchandise when the stores finally reopen…..These outfits all seem very dull and drab to me; I prefer more color, especially now. I’m working at home indefinitely, so colors aside, all are too “dressy” for my life right now.

    • Jennifer
      May 30, 2020 / 12:09 pm

      That’s all I saw at the mall

  51. MRSBEN2
    May 30, 2020 / 4:05 am

    Regarding the dress; though do like its breeziness and feel depending upon your accessories it could be one for several occasions the answer for me is a no namely because of its sleeve design (too open) and I would question its fabric maintenance as not a fan of ironing. In other words, it would be pretty well have to be ‘wash ‘n wear’.

  52. Susan McClelland
    May 30, 2020 / 3:58 am

    All of these outfits are a bit blah for me, particularly for summer. I prefer bright colours. We’ve had a week of very high heat and humidity but temp has dropped, so good day to be outside. Happy weekend.

  53. Martha
    May 30, 2020 / 3:39 am

    The dress is okay. A tad bit boring and too pastel for me. The other two outfits are a bit dull to me. The colors are drab and the pants and blouses look sloppy in fit. The pants are too wide in the leg for me. Black and white is classic but this needs an accessory or two to jazz it up.

  54. Paulette Levy
    May 30, 2020 / 3:39 am

    Here in the northeast we are experiencing heat and very high humidity…my hair is in ringlets and looks frizzy and frazzled. (Humidity does that to my three season straight hair). Who knew?
    I look like those cartoons that show a tiny critter suffering electrocution…zap! I can blow dry it straight then pop its in curls all over. 😖😖
    . Right now I cannot even look at these March Weather clothes without feeling HOT. Even the dress length makes me feel hot. So I must pass on today’s choices….sorry.

    • Anon
      May 30, 2020 / 6:22 am

      The dress style would work, but the color is too faded and drab. The pant outfit on the right would work for my tallish frame.

      No mall for me, but a women’s box store had lots of stock and was super tidy. Dressing rooms were closed, so still a no for me.

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