Would You Wear It? Dropped Shoulder

Would You Wear It? Dropped Shoulder

Happy Saturday ladies! Fashion has not been far from my thoughts this past week as we’ve traveled from Carmel to Lake Tahoe. Many tourists visit these spots and I’ve enjoyed observing how these women dress. The cultural differences are obvious and stimulating. I love the variety and creativity many women take with their appearance which inspires me to stretch my style comfort zone.

Now let’s see what you think. It’s time for Would You Wear It.

Each Saturday Pam from Over 50 Feeling 40 and I share a mannequin we’ve spotted and ask if you would wear what she’s wearing.

I don’t encourage or appreciate women who critique other women’s fashion choices. Women need to support one another. This mannequin has no feelings so she won’t mind if we critique what she’s wearing.Dropped shoulder blouse and ruched skirt on A Well Styled Life

So tell me, ladies. Would you wear this outfit, in total or separately?

Please share why or why not. A close-ended, “no, I hate it” tells me nothing and I would like to know your thoughts.

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

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!

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  1. August 25, 2018 / 3:55 am

    These two pieces I would not wear together…don’t seem to go together. I would have to try the shirt on to know for sure if I would wear it with pants or leggings. But the mannequin as is would be a no.

  2. Deborah boykin
    August 25, 2018 / 4:16 am

    I like both pieces separately, but no, I wouldn’t wear them together. The blue and white striped shirt would be a classic in my closet . I like the touch of subtle stirring in the tan skirt. And the color is neutral, so it too could be worn in so many ways, with so many other basics. Together the two look too school marm’ish for my taste!

    • Jennifer
      August 25, 2018 / 4:51 am

      Thanks for explaining Deborah

  3. Yvonne
    August 25, 2018 / 4:19 am

    I would definitely wear that shirt as I love stripes, especially when there are interesting details. Not sure about that skirt as the material looks a bit flimsy and I don’t like that colour.

  4. Linda
    August 25, 2018 / 4:22 am

    I don’t like this style of shirt. I just ordered one with beautiful pink stripes but when I tried it on, it looked like an oversized pajama top. I don’t think it would be a flattering style to anyone. It also appears sloppy.

  5. August 25, 2018 / 4:30 am

    Hi Jennifer…I love the blouse (shirt) and would purchase and wear often. The skirt, no. I think if I were tall and statuesque I might buy the skirt and pair with a light sweater…would have to experiment a bit. Together? No. They are not at all appealing together.

  6. Susan
    August 25, 2018 / 4:30 am

    I would wear a dropped shoulder, but perhaps not quite as dramatic as the shirt on the mannequin. I am small across the shoulders and it would overwhelm me. The above shirt is fine, but I think it would look better styled in a more casual way, perhaps over jeans, it is very scrunched up tucked inside the shirt

    • Jennifer
      August 25, 2018 / 4:58 am

      Thanks for explaining Susan. Dropped shoulders do add bulk

  7. Elaine Luman
    August 25, 2018 / 4:37 am

    It’s a bit dowdy and drab for my taste and style would not really flatter my petite frame.

  8. August 25, 2018 / 4:52 am

    First of all, I would neve wear these together. I never wear the tan color and certainly would not wear this skirt. The styling seems to be odd on one side of it. The shirt I would wear if it was not too oversized. I am not a small petite woman and I think the very oversized look would make me look even bigger. I cannot tell from the pic if the shirt is grossly oversized or if the mannequin is just too petite for it. I do like the white and blue stripe aspect of it.

    • Jennifer
      August 25, 2018 / 5:00 am

      The photo isn’t very clear, but the skirt has ruching up one side.

  9. Wendy Dunbar
    August 25, 2018 / 5:02 am

    Although I love the crisp look of a blue & white striped shirt, this one would not work for me because I have very broad shoulders- I do not need anything to add to that which I believe this shirt do. I do like the color combo of blue & white with olive. Being a large-sized woman I hesitate wearing tucked in blouses unless it is under a sweater, vest or blazer.

    • Martha K
      August 25, 2018 / 6:31 am

      Me too.

  10. Michele
    August 25, 2018 / 5:08 am

    I wouldn’t wear the two together. I don’t think I would wear the skirt at all. I’m not sure about that side detail. I would wear the shirt although the bottom part of the arms look too narrow for my arms. The top reminds me of a yellow striped shirt I had when I was much younger. It was one of my favorites. I’ve always had broad shoulders even when I was slim so they give structure to the dropped shoulder. I use to cut out the shoulder pads from garments when they were in style so I wouldn’t look like a line-backer. I would probably wear it with a pair of jeans.

  11. Mary
    August 25, 2018 / 5:15 am

    I would wear the top if it was fitted. Maybe the skirt with a different top in another color. If you take a full length photo, we could see the cute booties!

  12. Merri
    August 25, 2018 / 5:17 am

    There is nothing that would grab my attention other than I don’t care for these colours together. The silhouette would not work on my short frame (and no heels). I love blue & white stripes but prefer something a bit more tailored – mannequin pass by for me.

  13. Sophia
    August 25, 2018 / 5:38 am

    The display does a disservice to both items!!
    Would not tuck in blouse but wear outside with a wide hip slung belt.

  14. Dorian
    August 25, 2018 / 5:51 am

    No, I would not wear the blouse since I tend to be a bit heavier on the top and this would just add more “weight”. If I could wear it, I would wear it with jeans. The skirt is okay but I would pair it with a different color top.

  15. Lori Stewart
    August 25, 2018 / 6:05 am

    I love the blouse. I would wear it often. I am not fond of the color of the skirt. It is a little too taupe-y for me, but I like the style, drape, and fabric.

  16. Janet
    August 25, 2018 / 6:24 am

    This would be a good work outfit for me. I think the skirt is a bit too long but I like the color.

  17. Cheryll
    August 25, 2018 / 6:24 am

    Together the pieces are just frumpy looking. Perhaps separately with other items would be ok but would not buy for myself.

  18. Gina
    August 25, 2018 / 6:26 am

    The shirt and skirt seem rather mismatched. The lumps and bumps from the tucked in shirt were the first thing I noticed. Maybe if the skirt was paired with a more tailored top and the shirt was paired with casual trousers or jeans the items would appeal to me more but I would not feel inclined to try either of them if I saw the mannequin as it is now.

  19. Connie
    August 25, 2018 / 6:27 am

    I don’t think I’d even notice this outfit if you hadn’t pointed it out. I would have walked right by it. I love tailored stripes but I have wide shoulders (my mother claimed she went thru the 40’s without the shoulder pads and no one noticed). I don’t think I’d be intrigued enough to even try it on. The skirt is pedestrian…blah…

    • Jennifer
      August 25, 2018 / 7:37 pm

      I’m glad I pointed it out to you;)

  20. Karen
    August 25, 2018 / 6:27 am

    I’d wear these except I wouldn’t want to spend the money on something very trendy that wouldn’t last more than a season. How long will dropped shoulders stick around? That said, I have a feeling some of my tops are dropped shoulder! I think the color combo is classic – tan and blue and white stripe! The tan skirt lightens the whole look and appears less corporate than back in the 80s when I wore perfect navy or grey suits in Dallas. I don’t wear skirts very often any more, so I’d pair the top with skinny jeans and booties. That is one of my mainstay outfits as a high school math teacher in Vermont now. But I rarely send anything to the cleaners anymore, so many of my crisp shirts wait in my closet for me to iron them.

  21. Diana
    August 25, 2018 / 6:47 am

    The top doesn’t have enough structure in the body for my body type, although it is kind of interesting. On a different body shape, it could be cute. The skirt is a no for me, the length looks dowdy, the color is drab and I don’t wear anything that tucks in at the waste. I could see it on someone tall and slender, though.

  22. August 25, 2018 / 6:55 am

    I agree with my namesake above, the overall look is drab and dowdy. I would have to try the shirt on to see how it fit as it looks so bunched up on the mannequin. I could picture myself wearing it with jeans if it fit well. I like a slim skirt with a bit of interesting detail, but definitely not in that colour. If it was black, navy, or perhaps even grey I might try it on.

  23. Heather
    August 25, 2018 / 6:55 am

    I like the skirt but would need a top a little more fitted and not with a drop shoulder to go with it (though blue pin stripes and sleeve cuffs are nice). These two together wouldn’t work on me since my smaller shoulders and wider hips need some waist definition showing and more structure at the shoulder.

  24. Catherine
    August 25, 2018 / 7:01 am

    Tucking into a light weight skirt! Oh my no no no the lumps is all I can see. I would wear the skirt in a different colour but not with the tucking. I have heavy arms so that type of sleeve would not work for me, personally. However I do like it separate from the skirt for someone else.

  25. Sue G
    August 25, 2018 / 7:11 am

    I like both pieces but would not wear them together as they are displayed. The tucked in shirt and stripes would appear boxy in my frame. I would prefer leggings or the shirt untucked with a narrow belt. I like the shirted skirt but might prefer a navy skirt to extend the line with this top or a top in the same color family.

  26. August 25, 2018 / 7:18 am

    Very interesting! Not sure if I would wear this blouse or not – I would have to try it on and see…but I can tell you that I love pullover knitted sweaters with a drop shoulder! I knitted one last winter that I have worn so many times. I am knitting another one right now. Love them both!

  27. Susan
    August 25, 2018 / 7:25 am

    I think it looks drab. I’m a touch busty and my shoulders aren’t real square, so the top would not do a thing for me. Extra volume up top is not needed! I probably wouldn’t even try the skirt- if I wear an outfit like this it would be a dress- much easier and no worries about ‘will this top go with this bottom?’
    The booties are cute!

  28. Joanna
    August 25, 2018 / 8:03 am

    While I like a striped shirt this one is too oversized and the drop shoulder would make my small busted frame look flat. Not a look I strive for any given day. I don’t like the colour of the skirt but it might be interesting on one’s person. If it was black, navy, or grey, I might try it on with a cashmere sweater.
    We awoke to rain today! I’ve never been so happy to see rain. I hope it helps tamp down the wild fires burning in B.C.

  29. Anon
    August 25, 2018 / 8:16 am

    I do not like jersey bottoms with woven tops. The photo shows why: the top is strangly bunched up. If the skirt were a woven material, and the top a jersey, it would work better together.

    I never tire of the blue and white stripes which have been such a big thing this year. This shirt has the advantage of broadening shoulders, which is always a good thing for a triangle figure. It’s crying out to be worn untucked, with slim pants.

    The skirt is nice for someone who is not a triangle, and with a different top.

    If the top had been untucked and belted, this display would have been better.

  30. Ann
    August 25, 2018 / 8:26 am

    I don’t like the color combination — rather drab and I like a bit of color in my life. I am short and hippy so I wouldn’t wear that skirt with side detail which adds width. And I have narrow shoulders and lately have been trying on dolman sleeve tops and find they really look awful on me … no doubt about it. I need a little definition on my shoulders.

  31. Kathleen O'Brien
    August 25, 2018 / 8:52 am

    I like the top and would probably wear it with jeans. But the bottom is a no – just really not my style or color. Certainly wouldn’t wear it together as shown, just doesn’t look good together, in my eyes.

  32. Miriam
    August 25, 2018 / 9:14 am

    Hi Jennifer. I would not wear the skirt because I don’t like the color and because the length would not be right for me (I’m 5’4″ and I look best in skirts that hit above the knee or ankle length). The shirt would most likely overwhelm my frame, and I’m not a big fan of anything that requires ironing, so it would be a no as well.

  33. Kim Akey
    August 25, 2018 / 9:37 am

    I’m wearing a similar shirt today so YES, i like the shirt. I don’t care for the color of this skirt at all so wouldn’t wear it but i do like the idea of wearing a pencil skirt with it!

  34. Carol
    August 25, 2018 / 10:34 am

    It almost has an Ewardian/safari look to it for me and that is one look that always always gets my attention. That said, it is a really relaxed take on that idea. It has definite possibilities…..such as using a wide belt as someone suggested. I wonder if the ruching can be relaxed….. If so I could see tall boots with it……It would be fun to work with the pieces, but in the end I probably wouldn’t wear it. In the end, as much as admire the aforementioned Ewardian/safari look, I really can’t pull that off either 🙂

  35. beth byrd
    August 25, 2018 / 10:34 am

    I must agree with Catherine (above) who mentioned about seeing all the lumps of the blouse under the skirt — no, no no!! This outfit is so drab looking and boring to me. Either piece might be okay paired differently, but as is, no thank you. Accessories would have been nice and might have made this ensemble more interesting. This outfit has no appeal.

  36. Kay
    August 25, 2018 / 11:25 am

    The shirt does not look attractive on the mannequin, but I find that dropped shoulders and boxy cuts need movement to work. By that I mean some clothes just need to be on a living, moving human being to look right. With all the anti-EF sentiment cropping up lately, I have been trying to figure out why I am a fan of the boxy look and others aren’t. My friend suggested it’s because I have shoulders like a hanger (square, she meant) and the boxy things have more definition on me than on her with her narrow, slopping shoulders. I am also busty, so there is more definition in the top than there would be if it just hung straight down. Frankly, I look rather silly in a tailored shirt with gaping front buttons and pulling across the back. Yes, I might wear the blouse on the mannequin, but I’m not crazy about the long “cuffs” on the sleeves, and the skirt with it was a bad choice, IMO.

    • Joanna
      August 25, 2018 / 2:15 pm

      They look wonderful on those with broader shoulders and a bust. Those of us that don’t have those attributes simply can not wear them, or risk looking gaunt. And, that is why EF does not suit all. Your friend was 100% spot on with her description and reasoning.

    • Jennifer
      August 25, 2018 / 7:40 pm

      I have those same square shoulders Kay! Great observation!

  37. Signe
    August 25, 2018 / 12:10 pm

    I love the shirt — the interesting sleeve and I adore stripes. I would not wear the skirt, but not because it doesn’t “go” with the shirt but because it would not be flattering on me. I WOULD, however, pair the shirt with pants made of the same fabric, color. I think this look is classic and sort of a menswear look for women, because men pair khaki/tan colored pants with navy (and even navy stripes) all the time. Overall, I like it.

  38. Mari
    August 25, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    Would I wear it? In a heartbeat! As an IT, dropped shoulders are my friend, as are slim skirts which draw attention to my narrower hips. The close-fitting sleeves lend structure to the overall look, as does the vertical line on the side of the skirt. I’m also a big fan of neutrals, solids, and stripes.

    I also have to say I find sweeping comments like “this would be terribly unflattering on anyone” or “this combination is so drab and boring” rather disconcerting. Sweeping generalizations like these tend to imply that we all share a similar aesthetic and shape.

    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2018 / 3:30 pm

      These sweeping generalizations are just that one woman’s opinion, nothing more or less and I find them offensive too.

  39. Sue
    August 25, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    Jennifer I have finally learned, thanks to your blog, to dress the body I have. The dropped shoulders in this blouse would emphasize my own broad shoulders. The style looks like the oversized clothing I wore in the 90’s . It wasn’t flattering to me then and would certainly be less so now. If the trend is for a larger fit I will have to ignore the trend and hope it goes away.

  40. Laurel
    August 25, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    I don’t find those drop shoulder styles to be flattering to me. They are usually too boxy and make me look like I’m wearing something that doesn’t fit. The skirt is just a big no for me…I don’t like the color and the fabric telegraphs too much of what’s going on beneath. 🙂

  41. Karen
    August 25, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    Don’t care for the skirt. Like the shirt, and I really like dropped shoulders and somewhat oversized shirts, which I find flattering for my narrow (but not sloping) shoulders. And, since I have a short neck, I’m very careful about collars — if a shirt has a collar I need it small.

  42. Becky
    August 25, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    The shirt reminds me a sewing project gone wrong. I like stripes but prefer a more crisp structured look. The skirt doesn’t really do anything for me.

    • Kay
      August 25, 2018 / 5:52 pm

      “Sewing project gone wrong.” LOL.

  43. Pat
    August 25, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    I would not war these pieces. They would make me look frumpy and sloppy.

  44. Linda
    August 25, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    I like this choice of mannequin because it does make me think. I don’t tuck but I love the top. Maybe I would wear it out but tied. Both pieces are beautiful. My lifestyle is very casual so when I do need something dressier separates are great. I can think of many predictable ways to wear these pieces but this combination made me think outside my usual parings.????

  45. Sandy
    August 26, 2018 / 4:43 am

    I would not wear those pieces together. I would wear the shirt as a jacket or extra layer. Like it. However do not like the skirt and color. I am pretty short, 5’1”, so have to be careful with things overwhelming my smallish frame.

  46. August 26, 2018 / 4:57 pm

    I think this outfit has potential. I love skirt detail along with the color. I love the simplicity of the button down shirt with the stripes not over powering. The outfit is very loose fitting on the mannequin but on a live body I think it would look perfect. Great outfit for the fall

  47. Cyndi
    September 2, 2018 / 6:37 am

    Catching up on your posts after a week (vacation) without internet which has both good and bad side effects. I have narrow shoulders so I wouldn’t be able to wear this shirt (even with a perfect custom-fit, it wouldn’t be flattering) and that skirt length wouldn’t be my most flattering length. Maybe it’s the photograph lighting, but what stands out in the skirt is the ‘lumps’ of the shirttail – fabric seems too thin, clingy, lightweight for this look. But, I do like the colors for a business look

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