Would You Wear It: Ivory Shift

Would You Wear It: Ivory Shift

Happy Saturday and welcome to the weekend. It’s time for would you wear it. Each week my friend Pam and I share a mannequin and ask if you’d wear what it is modeling. We love to hear you explain why the look would work for you or not. Please explain your answers so others can weigh in.

ivory sleeveless dress on mannequin on A Well Styled Life

So tell me, ladies, would you wear this and why or why not?

How would you style this dress?


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

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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  1. Lisa
    July 27, 2019 / 4:14 am

    Definitely! With turquoise jewelry and a beaded sandal. Very elegant.

    • Jackie
      July 27, 2019 / 11:42 am

      Perfect accessorizing!

  2. Shari
    July 27, 2019 / 4:18 am

    No, it is tooo sweet fro my style. Looks like it needs a young tan body! Which I don’t have! Ha!
    I feel it is too juvenile with the riffle collar. I need color to disguise some pounds in front.
    Thanks, Jennifer hope you are doing ok?❤️

    • Dottie
      July 27, 2019 / 6:04 am

      Nope. That length is too old lady for me! I am short …like knee length…but cute.

  3. Pamela
    July 27, 2019 / 4:21 am

    If it were a different color, yes. I spent too many years as a nurse wearing white! Totally love the hat and would wear it in a heartbeat.

  4. July 27, 2019 / 4:23 am

    No, I just don’t lean toward all white, unless it’s a white tee or white jeans or jean skirt. I see my bulges and other body issues showing through this dress, and who wants that? Not me! Too hot for spanx in summer, sooooo. I decline

  5. Lauryn
    July 27, 2019 / 4:29 am

    I agree that this dress is too cutesy for me. It would look good on someone very young and slim.
    Please accept my condolences on the passing of your sweet furry loved one. It’s so hard to say good-bye. Dogs touch your soul and your make your heart bigger with their loyalty and unconditional love. Thinking of you at this time and sending you hugs.

  6. Corrie Zacharias
    July 27, 2019 / 4:36 am

    Not for me. I don’t do sleeveless any more, and I’m 5’4″, so a dress that hits me mid-calf just makes me look like I’m wearing my grandmother’s house dress. Plus, I’m a dirt-and-stain magnet, so this would be the height of impracticality for me!

    • Cimmie S
      July 28, 2019 / 12:03 am

      Oh Corrie, DITTO ditto, ditto, ditto…

  7. Mary
    July 27, 2019 / 4:40 am

    Cute. I like the looseness of the dress and the small ruffle. I would wear this dress on a hot day in the city but not in white. I’m as pale as the mannequin so I wear blues, greens, purple. The necklace is too heavy looking for the dress. I would add bracelets and I would wear the hat.

  8. BethW
    July 27, 2019 / 4:43 am

    That dress would look great on a slim, tall and tan woman and that woman is not me. I also don’t think I would wear that necklace with the dress. It competes with the ruffles so there is all this stuff going on at the neckline and then absolutely nothing going on with the rest of the dress. Just doesn’t work for me.

  9. Sandy
    July 27, 2019 / 4:53 am

    I really like the style of this dress….flowy, loose. I’d rather have it in another color. I’d hem it to above my knee because I’m 5′ tall and I don’t wear the longer length well. I love the hat! The necklace? Not so much. I’d add some color with bracelets. Ugh. All these changes. I guess my answer is….I wouldn’t wear this look exactly the way the mannequin is showing it. Here’s a question – could you wear it to a wedding or is the old rule of “the bride should be the only one wearing white” still apply?

    • Julie Anne
      July 27, 2019 / 8:36 am

      Yes. It’s simple but the collar dresses it up. I’m very short so would have it shortened.

      I’d only buy this if could be machine washed.

  10. Sue
    July 27, 2019 / 4:54 am

    To use one of my mother’s expressions, she looks like she’s wearing a potato sack. This is not flattering–too much fabric, not fitted anywhere. Nobody wants to look like a triangle.
    I have worn ivory in the past but not since I saw myself in a photograph and realized how big it made me look.

  11. Laura
    July 27, 2019 / 4:57 am

    It’s a cute dress, but I wouldn’t wear it. I’m in OK shape, but I’d feel self-conscious in an ivory dress without some Spanx, and who wants to wear those in the summer?! It would look lovely on my 28-year-old daughter, though!

  12. Laura Lambdin
    July 27, 2019 / 5:14 am

    No, I wouldn’t wear it because it’s too long, sleeveless, and white. It also might not be lined. The hat and necklace go with other things in my closet, so I’d wear them ( but not together)

    Your dog’s passing reminded me why I shouldn’t get hubby a puppy for Christmas; we haven’t recovered from the loss of three fur babies over the years, and discussed just the other day how awful it was leading up to putting the last one to sleep. Nothing better than that pure love from a dog or cat, but it’s impossible to forget the loss that inevitably will come . I’m so sad for you feeling that freshly.

    • July 27, 2019 / 10:01 pm

      Thank you Laura. It will hurt for a long time.

  13. Ellen
    July 27, 2019 / 5:15 am

    I may be old , but the roaring 20s was even before my time. Nothing about this outfit appeals to me. Wait, is that a cat under that hat? That’s cute.

  14. Jane
    July 27, 2019 / 5:16 am

    I would wear the dress if it was in cotton gauze fabric and in a colour other then ivory, I like an Aline dress on hot summer days if the fabric skims without clinging.

  15. LindaB
    July 27, 2019 / 5:28 am

    No way! I’m Caucasian and don’t tan anymore, so I’d look like a corpse in that much white.

  16. Heather
    July 27, 2019 / 5:46 am

    I am a tall, fair skinned, overweight pear shaped person … I’m sure this would make me look even heavier and more pear-shaped 🤪.

  17. Roxanne
    July 27, 2019 / 5:52 am

    Good morning! No, I would not wear this dress because it looks like a nightgown to me! Ivory also is not a good color on me with my fair skin and blonde hair. I love that hat thought!

    Jennifer, I am so very very sorry about your beloved Lucy. I know she was your constant companion and you must be devastated. You all gave her the greatest, most unselfish gift one can give a pet, not to suffer.

    Every time we have lost a pet, I think “no more”. But sometimes God has different plans…two weeks ago we got a desperate call about a 10 y.o. heartworm positive dog living on very, very borrowed time at the shelter. We went just to have a look but when that very stinky little dog hurled himself onto my lap, we were goners. Oh my, he is the sweetest, most loving cutie pie and how ever many years he has left, we will give him the best life possible.

    • July 27, 2019 / 10:00 pm

      You are an angel Roxanne. I knew I was crazy about you. Thank you. She was my sweetie. Xx

  18. GriselleCC
    July 27, 2019 / 6:10 am

    Ivory is fresh and perfect for summer with the right accessories, I just don’t do sleeveless anymore but I would wear it with a jean jacket over.

  19. July 27, 2019 / 6:29 am

    No I would not even try it on for many of the reasons stated above. It doesn’t appeal to me at all.

  20. Sue G
    July 27, 2019 / 6:34 am

    Maybe with a denim jacket and hemmed to just below the knee. I like the simplicity of the dress but like others have said, as merchandised, it looks too young. Colorful bracelets would be great and espadrilles. It has potential.

  21. Lily
    July 27, 2019 / 6:44 am

    I like the simplicity of this dress. It’s understated, so you could style it anyway you saw fit. It looks cool, floaty, and would look great with a tan and some colorful jewelry. Unfortunately, I suspect it is see-through.

  22. Eileen
    July 27, 2019 / 7:10 am

    No I wouldn’t wear it, the scale is too big for me. I have bought hats in this store, so I’ve looked around, the clothes run large and flowy, and look to be for a 40+ demographic. It is not a chain store, unusual nowadays. I go in because the fabrics are nice, very little polyester, if any. Sort of a “ south of France” vibe, which I like. The ladies in France wear a lot of loose linen dresses like this, in earthtones, and blue.

    • July 27, 2019 / 9:57 pm

      I go in there often too.

  23. Bonnie
    July 27, 2019 / 7:26 am

    Yes, I would wear it in a different color…maybe black or pastel. I like the ruffle neck line and that the dress isn’t above my knees. You could also wear a thin sweater over it. I guess, as with any dress, you would have to try it on to see how it would look!

  24. Bab
    July 27, 2019 / 7:33 am

    Would wear in a different color and shorter length. Something cooling to wear on a hot summer day. I like the hat!

  25. Melissa
    July 27, 2019 / 7:33 am

    I love it. Nice and simple, could be dressed up or down and accessorize with loads of things already in my closet.

  26. Ray Ann Favata
    July 27, 2019 / 7:42 am

    I would not wear this shift. It is sleeveless. It is limp and looks like it will wrinkle. Cute, but not for an older woman. Perhaps over a bathing suit…

  27. July 27, 2019 / 7:57 am

    I might. It looks like a slip so it needs something. I’m not sure what. It’s too plain by itself. I like the necklace. Maybe what it needs is a long vest and or a belt.

  28. Lea
    July 27, 2019 / 7:58 am

    I would try it on to see if it was opaque. Not with those accessories, I have a hat that would be perfect for it lol, have lots in the closet to wear with it. Badly put together on the mannequin, I think.
    Love the hat!

  29. Eve
    July 27, 2019 / 8:05 am

    I don’t think it fits my lifestyle.. That’s more city than I need, I live on the coast so our clothes tend to be a bit more casual even for dinner dates. The necklace looks a bit heavy. The hat is a possibility but not for dressy wear. I would wear it with jeans and a top. A white dress would never be for me. Too high maintenance. I’m a low maintenance woman.

  30. July 27, 2019 / 8:13 am

    It’s so versatile! Could be a nightgown, a long slip or a shroud or a wedding dress! Great for dieting – you better not eat for fear of getting a spot on it!

  31. July 27, 2019 / 8:23 am

    I’m not a fan of ruffles. It could be cute if it were in a shorter length. I’m under 5′ so it would end up looking like a flour sack on me.

  32. Kim Vardas
    July 27, 2019 / 8:51 am

    Love the detail at the neckline. I would wear it with earrings and a bracelet, not the necklace (why hide the cute collar). I’d shorten it to mid knee length (and a hand stitched hem) and wear it with strappy sandals and a clutch purse.

  33. Freda Witt
    July 27, 2019 / 9:12 am

    It would look adorable. On my 16 year old granddaughter, who is tall and tan.

  34. beth byrd
    July 27, 2019 / 11:04 am

    I love this dress — but I’d definitely have to try it on to see how it looks on me. I think this would be super-stylish with a short denim jacket.

    Because it is plain, this dress has lots of potential — I could see it paired with a jacket, a scarf, a light-weight shrug … the possibilities are many IMHO.

    Perfect for late summer and early fall, too!

  35. Becky
    July 27, 2019 / 11:20 am

    It is just all wrong for me. The shapeless style and length would be most unflattering to my short round body. I also don’t wear sleeveless things anymore except under a jacket.

  36. Auntie T
    July 27, 2019 / 11:31 am

    I think I like this outfit. I’m not tall (5’4″) or slim (150#) or tan ( use self tanner) but I like the dress (would love in another color or black), love the hat and think the necklace is alittle heavy but Ilike the idea of black accessories. This looks like a cool and comfy summer dress to me. If it fits, I’d wear it alot.

  37. Linda
    July 27, 2019 / 1:05 pm

    No I wouldn’t wear this because it wouldn’t look appropriate on my body type. A very young girl who is thin could do it though!

  38. Darlene
    July 27, 2019 / 1:51 pm

    My short height and not so slim body would rule this style out for me. Midi lengths are the worst for short women. I like the airy hat paired with the dress, but not the heavy necklace that seems to overwhelm the delicate dress and collar. Instead, I would probably use delicate, but colorful earrings and leave the neck unadorned. I would add an additional pop of color either through shoes and/or bag.

  39. July 27, 2019 / 2:15 pm

    No, never. I hate sleeveless, since I am older and my arms are heavy. Plus the color would do nothing for me. Would look good on a young slim person

  40. Mary
    July 27, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    This is not for me. I have the wrong skin and hair color for ivory, and I don’t like a shapeless dress. The hat adds character but just not my style. I also am short and think I’d probably look like I was playing “dress up” with my mother’s clothing.

  41. Jan Whichard
    July 27, 2019 / 3:51 pm

    Nope for several reasons. First, unless your arms are pretty perfect, cover them. Second, I’m so tired of leopard print…way overdone and color isn’t great on ever one. Third, dress looks cheap but even if you found a good quality dress like that, it looks frumpy. All in all a disaster.

  42. Mary
    July 27, 2019 / 4:17 pm

    No I wouldn’t. Reminds me of surgical scrub dress I wore for years as a nurse

  43. Dawn
    July 27, 2019 / 4:20 pm

    No, too shapeless for me. I hate the necklace…..too heavy for the dress. The dress would be cute on a younger woman in her 20’s. The hat is cute…..a great summer look (minus the necklace ) for a girl.

  44. Dawn
    July 27, 2019 / 5:06 pm

    Too cute and shapeless for me….a great look for a 20 something, minus the necklace which is too heavy for the delicate dress. I would accessorize it with several delicate chains. Like the hat!

  45. Susan McClelland
    July 27, 2019 / 5:51 pm

    Neither the shape nor the colour of this dress would be flattering on me. It could be cute for someone else with a bright scarf and fun sandals. I like both the hat and the necklace but they are too heavy and dark for the dress, particularly in the summer.

  46. Joyce
    July 27, 2019 / 7:53 pm

    Yes, I would wear it. Super cute. Where canni get it?

    • July 27, 2019 / 9:48 pm

      It’s from a small boutique in California. Sorry I can’t link it for you.

  47. Ann
    July 27, 2019 / 8:08 pm

    Cute style, but I’m already that color. Need something with a brighter color.

  48. Eileen
    July 27, 2019 / 8:10 pm

    This dress looks like a slip (remember them) to me. I don’t think I would have worn it even when I was younger.

    Once again, I am sorry about Lucy and hope your visit with your daughter helps you to feel better.

  49. Katrina
    July 27, 2019 / 9:10 pm

    I’d try it on to see if it needs a full (hot) slip. Maybe a pool cover-up? Love the look, but need to see the fabric. Love the turquoise jewelry idea. No on the hat – too much floof going on with the ruffle neckline.

  50. Laura
    July 28, 2019 / 3:13 pm

    This dress is for someone tall and willowy–neither of which describes me! I’m 5’5 1/2″ and overweight, and dresses that fall lower than immediately below my knee just don’t work–they make me look like a walking wall of fabric. On the other hand, I like the fact that it doesn’t have a waist, because I don’t either. IF I were to consider it, I would only buy if it’s made of a natural fabric, and if I can find appropriate shape wear. I avoid polyester–it looks cheap too quickly.

  51. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    July 29, 2019 / 3:57 pm

    Sorry-No go. No ruffles, no sleeveless for me.
    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved companion. Pets are like family members and you will grieve if you had lost a human relative. Give yourself permission to be sad, and the time will come when you will remember only the joy she gave you.
    My daughter had a Shi Tzu named Lucy- also a sweetie.

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