Would You Wear It- Cool Blues

Would You Wear It- Cool Blues

Happy weekend ladies. It’s time for would you wear it. It’s been a long week in my real life but short here on the blog. Traveling makes for sketchy internet when you rely on the wifi at campgrounds. I vow to rent a hotspot every year and I always forget until we’re on the road. Hopefully, my connectivity will be better this year.

Each Saturday, my friend Pam and I share a mannequin and ask if you’d wear what it’s wearing. We do this to foster conversation and better understand your fashion and style goals.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear these looks and why or why not. Please explain why or why not based on your body shape, lifestyle and style goals.

The weekend sales are epic because every merchant wants to give Nordstrom some competition during their hugely popular Anniversary Sale.

Here are a few sales at other stores-

J.Jill – 30% off your entire purchase plus free shipping over $125 with the code SUNSTYLE

Macy’s – Black Friday in July sale with the code JULY, plus free shipping at $75

Soft Surroundings – Their summer sale is on with great markdowns

Ann Taylor – 50% off tops, 40% off dresses & pants, 30% off accessories with the code BEATTHEHEAT

Banana Republic – 40% off including sales styles, no code needed

Talbots – 50% off one regular priced item with the coder JULY50, plus an extra 15% off sale

J.Crew – 5 days of surprise sales. Save up top 60% off


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

Have a great weekend.


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  1. Memee
    July 13, 2019 / 3:53 am

    The dress is a definite “Yes” for me. The colors and non-restrictive almost A-line shape work for me. I have so many jjill dresses and wear them often. The chambers shirt is a “nope” for me as I find that fabric too hot for North Carolina heat and humidity, but I really like the classic look of the shirt and jeans. Hope your trip is enjoyable and trouble-free for the rest of the time.

  2. July 13, 2019 / 4:22 am

    The dress is perfect for the HOT humid weather we are currently enduring here in the Northeast! Yes! I would snatch this dress up in a heartbeat. Love blues, love the cut as it flows over the body, and it just looks so cool!
    I do like the shirt, jean, belt and wear my own white jeans quite often in Spring, cooler summer evenings! But tucking that shirt in is NOT me. I have thickish waist, slimmer hips so tucking shirt tails in does NOT flatter……I’d like it on somebody else!

    • July 13, 2019 / 6:35 am

      Thanks for explaining why Paulette. I positively wilt in humidity so you have my condolences.

  3. Dianne
    July 13, 2019 / 4:23 am

    Love the dress ,looks cool to wear and the colour is great . Not fussed on the shirt like the pants.

  4. Cathy justice
    July 13, 2019 / 4:25 am

    Yes to both, I live in the pants and shirt! I mostly wear a tee but this is my summer dressed up uniform. I don’t wear a lot of dresses but I like this blue one.

  5. Mary
    July 13, 2019 / 4:25 am

    I would wear the left outfit if the chambray shirt was untucked and the jeans were uncuffed. My eyes are drawn straight to the cuff which I don’t like. I like this dress for a hot day – the print and the length work for me.

  6. Leslie
    July 13, 2019 / 4:43 am

    Love the dress. Exactly what I would wear in summertime heat. It flows away from the body and the armholes look like they are cut just right, not too big as to show your underpinnings or too small as to feel like they are cutting off circulation! I also love the pattern.
    The pants and shirt are something I would wear but with the shirttail out. I haven’t felt comfortable with my shirt tucked in for a long time.

    • July 13, 2019 / 6:37 am

      That’s a wonderful point about armholes Leslie.

  7. Cindy
    July 13, 2019 / 4:44 am

    The dress is cute & looks cool for the hot weather. So if I was going to wear a dress, this would be a good choice.
    I like the chambray shirt & white jeans. I just don’t like cuffed pants, so I’d want to “uncuff” them.

  8. PatB
    July 13, 2019 / 4:53 am

    Love the dress and it comes in petite. The fabric with small print and ruffle are lovely. I do not wear white pants belted and the shirt would not suit my body type. Enjoy your vacation and the wonderful views.

  9. Joan
    July 13, 2019 / 4:54 am

    The only thing that I would wear are the crop pants. If I wear a button-front shirt, I leave the buttons open and wear a shell underneath. In this particular case, the faded look of the shirt detracts from giving this a polished look. I like this dress because it floats away from the body (hides those pesky bulges) and the mid-knee length is good. However, I do not wear anything sleeveless without a little something to disguise the upper arms flapping in the breeze. LOL

    • July 13, 2019 / 6:44 am

      Thanks for sharing how you’d style it.

  10. annie vanderven
    July 13, 2019 / 5:04 am

    Blue shirt would look better untucked for me and dress would be better with at least 3/4 sleeves to cover my pesky jiggl;y arms !!!!

    • Anne
      July 14, 2019 / 5:29 am

      The shirt definitely would be better for me it the sleeves were longer. I like the fade look of the shirt, but not that it focuses on the boobs! I would prefer an overall faded treatment. But I don’t wear white pants. Ever.
      I like the idea (below) of wearing the shirt over the dress (jiggly arms again….)

  11. July 13, 2019 / 5:06 am

    Cute outfits! To personalize, I’d untuck the shirt and pop a white tank underneath. Not a sleeveless girl, but love the blue print on the dress. If I had both outfits, I’d wear the shirt over the dress 🙂

    • Anon
      July 13, 2019 / 9:01 am

      That’s what I do, too. Long-sleeve shirts unbuttoned as jackets over sleeveless tops in summer, as protection from the intense sun.

      Both outfits here are very wearable.

  12. RoseAG
    July 13, 2019 / 5:18 am

    Absolutely yes!
    I’ve got a shirt similar to that in my closet currently. It is a little heavy for high summer here in the South, but does great Spring/Fall or over a tank. It’s going to New Hampshire with me. I also have one in white denim. I wear them un-tucked. If you tuck it in then it gets wrinkled and when you want to wear it un-tucked later it needs ironing.

    I love the dress as well.

  13. Maryellen
    July 13, 2019 / 5:40 am

    Love no the looks. Would wear the dress with a belt since I’m an hourglass shape and need the definition. But both are items I would use regularly! Great with a Jean jacket, too.

  14. Linda
    July 13, 2019 / 5:49 am

    I love the dress. The v neck and the shift style work for me. I like the ruffle but it makes it difficult to adjust the length. Sometimes the petite size is too long for me. The shirt looks too constructed to me. I think the boxiness created by the short sleeves is not an attractive look. The jeans are cute and the blue and white color combo is pretty. I like belts but have not worn on in years.

  15. Nancy Hopkins
    July 13, 2019 / 6:01 am

    I would wear all of these; I love them. They look comfortable and cool for summer. Good shopping, ladies!

  16. Amy
    July 13, 2019 / 6:06 am

    I would absolutely wear both of these looks for sure. They both are perfect for summer. I just bought a lovely denim/tencel dress from J Jill this week. I’ve been waiting for a shirt style summer weight denim for 2 years that’s not “straight”. The J Jill dress has a bit of swing at the bottom. These items are just classic! Good luck with WiFi.

    • July 13, 2019 / 6:50 am

      I’m a big fan of tencel too. It’s a great option in the warm weather.

  17. July 13, 2019 / 6:21 am

    I like the pants, but that is it. Northing about these two looks are appealing to me unless I needed a dress to wear around the house. The washed out affect on the denim shirt is not in a good place. My chest doesn’t need a spotlight. For me these are definite nos.

  18. Eileen
    July 13, 2019 / 6:23 am

    The dress is a good summer option for a pear shape like myself, but I don’t want sunburnt shoulders, so a sleeve would help. The left outfit is too boxy for my shape, Andy the bust fading is a not a successful deign .

    • July 13, 2019 / 6:55 am

      It’s funny you mentioned the bust fading. I didn’t notice it on the website but it’s certainly visible here.

    • Susan Gowan
      July 13, 2019 / 7:24 am

      Like the dress. Would pair with jean jacket or light blouse. No to white pants. A dirt magnet for me. Don’t like the shirt as it looks shabby. I do love blue!

  19. Rose
    July 13, 2019 / 6:27 am

    I love the pants and shirt but probably without the belt. Those type of pants are my summer uniform. I also like the dress if it had sleeves, love the colors.

  20. Sue G
    July 13, 2019 / 7:11 am

    Love both outfits! Clean and classic looks are perfect for me. The dress silhouette is similar to another one I already own and with a jean jacket or lightweight sweater is perfect for the office in summer. The pants and denim shirt would be a good look for casual dress in spring and fall but I am short with a fuller figure so I would wear the shirt untucked or unbuttoned with a t shirt underneath. Enjoy your vacation!

  21. Sherrye
    July 13, 2019 / 7:16 am

    I would wear both outfits. The shirt I would wear untucked, maybe tied at the front to shorten it, but still cover the tummy area. If it’s a lighter fabric…not all chambray look shirts are the heavy weight of old…maybe a white camisole or tank under it. The dress would be cute & cool as is wit some cute wedge shoes. I could also unbutton it and wear over legging style pants & tank…probably white or pale blue pants.

  22. Freda Witt
    July 13, 2019 / 7:20 am

    Love the dress. I like the small print and swing skirt. It would be cool and perfect for summer parties. I wouldn’t wear the belt with the Jean’s, and would wear the shirt open with a shell. Just too restrictive.

  23. Wendy
    July 13, 2019 / 7:37 am

    Whew! When I opened your email this morning I couldn’t believe what I saw. I just purchased the dress two days ago and wore it all day yesterday. I was a little nervous to read what you all thought. Thankfully most of you said it was a “yes” for you! I will verify that it is very cool and comfortable, flattering as it flows away from the body and the armholes are cut just right. Another reason I like the dress is because of the collar, which is more flattering for me than a simple jewel neckline. I also like the small print as opposed to some of the larger floral prints that are out there right now. It’s a wonderful alternative to shorts in hot weather. I think I can dress it up for church with a cardigan and wedges, too.

  24. July 13, 2019 / 7:40 am

    I like everything about these two outfits except the belt in the one on the left. The belt itself is fine, but here it seems to draw too much attention to the waist which is not an area that I want to showcase.

  25. Jeri Ray
    July 13, 2019 / 7:51 am

    Blue is my favorite color and both outfits are attractive. I can see them in my closet.

  26. Eve
    July 13, 2019 / 8:05 am

    I like both looks but I would prefer the dress in a maxi length. I agree it would be great with denim jacket. I don’t tuck because even when I’m skinny I have a tummy. I would maybe put a slouch belt with it. I’m not a fan of shirt over tank unless the shirt is a dark color. I saw a pic of me with a white shirt over a tank with the blouse billowing in the breeze. I looked twice as big.

  27. Pat B
    July 13, 2019 / 8:23 am

    Yes! To both the dress and capri outfit (with tweaks). A classic summer look. I would have to have the cuffs removed from the capris because of my thick legs but, that would be an easy alteration. And looking at it more, why the shading at the busts on the chambray shirt? I would pick another shirt with a more solid look and not accentuate the busts. Add a cardigan to either outfit and you have just doubled your outfits!

  28. Cathy Cunningham
    July 13, 2019 / 8:24 am

    Yes, I love the little dress as well as the shirt and pants. Great colours.

  29. Barb
    July 13, 2019 / 8:43 am

    As a petite hourglass I would wear the dress. Love the fabric and print, it is small enough to not overwhelm. I would wear the jeans also but only not cuffed and if the shirt was a lighter blue and a little more fitted. I would also wear it over a t-shirt or camisole.

  30. Suzi
    July 13, 2019 / 8:50 am

    Hotspot comment. A year ago we switched our cell service to T-Mobile. Their 55 plus plan includes free hotspot. After 25 plus years with Verizon we were nervous but we are over the moon happy with service in Southern California.

  31. Lily
    July 13, 2019 / 9:20 am

    The mannequin on the left looks too man-ish for my taste. I like the dress on the right – the color, print, cut, everything but the fabric content. I prefer natural fibers.

  32. Ann
    July 13, 2019 / 10:43 am

    I love the dress — both the color and the style. I’m in Arizona where it’s now 110-115 every day and the monsoons are edging their way in (read that as humidity with the heat!) so anything that is light and non-restrictive is a good thing. The pants with a belt not a good idea for my middle aged body and too hot now anyway.

    • July 13, 2019 / 7:57 pm

      That’s hot Ann! Stay as cool as you can

    • July 13, 2019 / 7:57 pm

      It’s miserable to get dressed in that kind of heat.

  33. July 13, 2019 / 10:49 am

    I like aspects of the dress, the open neck and collar, the loose shape and the color, but not the ruffle so I would not buy it. Yes, to the pants and top. I have several chambray shirts and love them as long as the chambray is very soft. However, I would wear the shirt worn open over a tank. The white pants with the cuff are cute, but I like my cuffed pants longer, closer to ankle length. A cuff at mid calf just adds another horizontal line and width to my already big calves and I don’t need that. I have a very similar belt that I rarely wear because I prefer tops over my waist line.
    Enjoy your trip. I always add a hotspot to my plan when traveling. It makes a huge difference.

    • July 13, 2019 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks for sharing why and how you might be able to wear this Norma

  34. Jan
    July 13, 2019 / 11:01 am

    I love the dress! It is loose and easy to wear with a little feminine ruffle at the hem. I like the cool blue colour for summer as well. Also it looks like a good length for my average height of 5’ 4”. I like the white jeans and blue shirt as well. The only problem with the jeans is I no longer wear low rise jeans. They are uncomfortable for me as they keep falling down and if they don’t fit just right, I get a muffin top which I hate!

  35. Becky
    July 13, 2019 / 11:38 am

    The shirt gets a maybe from me. I like chambray, but I would want to see it in person because the uneven wash, as pictured, looks a bit strange. I like the sleeves & the cut. The rest gets a no. The belt is too wide for my waistline. The pants are too short & wide for my figure. The dress is just too shapeless for my taste.

  36. Sj mcclelland
    July 13, 2019 / 12:46 pm

    The dress is cute but the shape would over whelm my body and make me look like I was wearing a floral tent. The wash on the shirt gives it an odd shading over the bust, plus I’m not sure the colour would be that flattering on me. I like bolder blues and tend to wear t-shirts in the summer, rather than button ups.

  37. Linda
    July 13, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    I would love to own that dress! Perfect in this heat! The shirt isn’t styled in a way that would work on my body. It’s a nice shirt but probably would fit a slim woman better than a full figured woman.

  38. Bab
    July 13, 2019 / 6:16 pm

    Yes to the dress. Looks comfortable and great for a summer day. The denim shirt is too washed out – not complementary for my skin tone. The pants are okay but my preference is full length or more of a capri length.

  39. Pat
    July 14, 2019 / 11:20 am

    Definite yes to both! I love the dress. I have this style dress in a blue chambray and it is so comfortable to wear in the heat and still looks great. I love the classic simplicity of the jean look. It might be a bit much in the hottest weather, but I think it would make a great look. I might wear a sleeveless tank and use the jean shirt as a completer piece. I think the way it is styled would work perfectly for a summer to fall transition look. Great ideas!

  40. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    July 15, 2019 / 3:28 pm

    Love the shirt and pants- no on the belt. Chambray is a classic and looks great with all complexions. The colors are so crisp and fresh.
    I really like the dress, but would not go sleeveless- too bad it doesn’t have short sleeves. Just not comfortable with completely bare arms.

  41. Heidi Davis
    July 16, 2019 / 9:09 am

    Love them both. They look so cool and summery — can just imagine myself wearing either while at a BBQ.

  42. Laura Bratcher-Page
    July 16, 2019 / 12:55 pm

    I’d wear either one, if they’re natural fabrics. I don’t do polyester.

  43. mrsben2
    July 27, 2019 / 9:41 am

    Would consider the dress to be worn as is and/or wear it open as an overlay combined with a camisole/tank or long sleeved top and straight or slim/skinny legged bottoms. As for the shirt; a possible however at my age the low rise waist on the jeans and their rolled up cuff, I feel are more suitable for my teenage grand daughter. (JMO)

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