Would You Wear It? – Neutral Everything

Would You Wear It? – Neutral Everything

Happy Saturday ladies and welcome to the weekend. If all goes as planned Mr. AWSL and I are on an insanely early flight to Mexico this morning. We’re spending two weeks visiting my brother at his winter home in Loreto Bay, and I can’t wait! I’m looking forward to lots of time talking and laughing with him, in the warm sunny weather.

It’s time for would you wear it. Each week, my friend Pam and I share a mannequin we’ve run across and ask if you would wear what she’s wearing. We encourage you to share your reasons why or why not so it fosters conversation and understanding of what works for your body and lifestyle.

Belt Bags

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

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Nordstrom Rack – an extra 25% off clearance

Anthropologie – extra 30% off sale this weekend only


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


Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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  1. Nicki
    March 10, 2019 / 1:12 pm

    No way, would I wear either of these outfits. I’ll rate them as ridiculously boring. The fanny pack belt looks ridiculous with the boring checked suit. The frumpy boring black dress and white pants look awful together. The purse looks like a ridiculously expensive water pouch donated by the Kardashians.

  2. Lori Stewart
    March 10, 2019 / 6:47 am

    I wish the glen paid suit fit the model better. I do love a glen plaid. I wish I had a place to wear it. My office is casual and I just don’t wear suits any longer. The dress in the right I would wear, but probably not with the white skinny jeans. I think the fabric of the dress looks clingy and would show the bumps and the waistband of the pants.

  3. Susan Gowan
    March 9, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    I do not care for eitger outfit. They both look lacklustre and drab. I sure need a pick me up at this time of year. The bag is cute but I need more space though I am trying to downsize . Have a great time in Mexico!

  4. March 9, 2019 / 5:17 pm

    I wouldn’t/couldn’t wear either outfit. I really don’t care for the suit…too masculine for my taste and my body! I love a black dress, but not this one. It’s cut much too low for me and I just don’t like the overall look. I definitely do not like the “fanny pack” style purse!!!! Sure wish I could find a pretty black dress to fit this petite body but they are like finding hen’s teeth!!!

    • March 9, 2019 / 10:29 pm

      That’s a great way to describe the hunt for a flattering dress.

  5. Patsy
    March 9, 2019 / 2:34 pm

    I love everything about the pantsuit including the length of the slacks and the shoes. I like the belted purse, but not for me. I’m too old and people would think I was wearing an old fanny pack. Maybe once everyone else starts wearing them I’ll feel more inclined to follow suit. I find the dress is too long to wear over the pants and the V neck too low. It’s a good look for the mannequin, but not a 60 year old woman with a mature figure. As for the shoes on the mannequin with the dress: How do you keep your foot from sliding through the front? I have even noticed that celebrities on TV often have toe overhang with this style of shoe.

  6. Cathy justice
    March 9, 2019 / 2:18 pm

    There is absolutely nothing attractive about either outfit. Since embracing my natural hair color salt n pepper, I find I need color in my clothing or I look completely washed out. While I love a khaki or white slack or Capri in the spring and summer this neutral trend won’t work for me.

  7. Susan
    March 9, 2019 / 1:15 pm

    I’d take the suit jacket and put the white pants and a colorful solid top under it. Then ditch the belt bag/fanny pack. Where exactly is that supposed to be worn to flatter anyone who is not very thin? Sticking out from the stomach? Sticking out from the rear? Belting a jacket with it? No thanks. The dress is fine alone, needs a colorful necklace with it, probably not a scarf as the sleeves are voluminous. The circle purse is cute though trendy.

  8. March 9, 2019 / 12:34 pm

    I hear Fanny Packs are back, my high school granddaughters are all about them! LOL That said, I definitely would wear the outfit on the left sans belt bag (I don’t need anything calling attention to my hips). I love the subtle plaid and the cut of both jacket and pants are great for me. I think these pieces would be great worn separately as well.

  9. Cindi
    March 9, 2019 / 12:10 pm

    I usually would say no to pants under a dress, but recently I was in a hurry shopping and wanted to try on a dress. I had grey jeans and riding boots on. I didn’t want to take the time to take everything off, so I tried the dress on over my jeans and riding boots. It actually looked better than I thought it would and was better than when I tried the dress alone. I think it hid some of my bumps. So, it would be a maybe. I like the dress itself. I also would wear the suit on the left. I would wear the pieces together or separately. I like to be adventuresome and the plaid pants would be great with a solid sweater or top. I actually have a pair of plaid pants that will have to be put away soon since they are heavier than I would wear for summer. The jacket would be good with solid pants. I like the ideas for footwear.

  10. March 9, 2019 / 11:56 am

    I am thrilled with the return of pantsuits. Wonderful.
    Not crazy about the belt bag. I had one long ago but it was much smaller. Like a long wallet with a little zipper pocket barely big enough for keys. Just enough if one is minimalist.
    The outfit on the right would look dreadful on me but reminds me of a trend from the late ’90s/early ’00s in Brussels, and to a lesser extent Paris, at least among the tango crowd. Knee-length dress worn with pants, except that then the pants were flared, to give dramatic motion while dancing. I didn’t go for it then and I wouldn’t wear it now.

  11. Kay
    March 9, 2019 / 11:26 am

    I would wear all neutrals, but not these. That dress is awful (IMO) and made worse by pairing it with pants. The pants outfit is just too much menswear for me. I kind of like the idea of the belt bag for the convenience, but I’m not there yet for actually wearing one.

  12. Becky
    March 9, 2019 / 11:15 am

    I would not wear either outfit. The suit is too much plaid & the pants are the wrong length for me. The long dress over the white jeans is just too much of everything. As someone else observed the belt bag with the suit looks like a fanny pack. The black & white bag is impractical & has too much strap.

  13. Janet
    March 9, 2019 / 10:16 am

    I would wear the dress with a light coloured scarf or shawl as too much black overwhelms me. I would probably lose the white pants too. I like the suit as I wear a lot of neutrals and it would be great for work.The belt bag also would be convenient for travel. Don’t like the shoes or boots though.

  14. Brenda Doherty
    March 9, 2019 / 9:20 am

    Like others have said the dress is too long to be worn over pants or even leggings so that is a No for me. The dress on its own is also a No because I am short and full-figured, it would be a Maxi Dress on me and I learn very early on that that style just makes me look dumpy. If the oversized handle on the cross body bag is removable than Yes it is quite cute, if not it just makes the purse look cumbersome. Love the shoes but I would have to look for a similar style that comes in an extra wide width to accommodate my arthritic toes (isn’t aging grand!) thankfully more and more shoe companies are making stylish shoes for problem feet! I never was a fan of suits but wore them when I was in corporate jobs now that I am not I avoid them. The pants though could be matched with a cute top or sweater which would make them a Yes since they could be worn multiple seasons. Love the boots but the same goes for them as the shoes for my feet. Belt bags are just a giant fanny pack and fanny packs are only suitable for amusement parks when you want to ride the roller coasters. I love this feature of your blog but have never written in with my thoughts.

    • March 9, 2019 / 10:33 pm

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts here Brenda.!

  15. Joanna
    March 9, 2019 / 8:32 am

    I love those black shoes on the right! If I could wear heels they would be coming home.
    I don’t like belt bags for two reasons – fanny pack (say no more) and they cut the outfit in half.
    I’m not sure about the plaid suit. It looks like a big windowpane and that makes my thighs look bigger. I would try on the jacket though. I don’t like the oversized look, so I would size down to have a slimmer fit.
    The black dress over white pants is a big NO! First off, I don’t like the dress. The dress is too long to be worn over straight leg pants. But, I’ll take her purse and shoes and run. Start the car!!!

    Have a wonderful time in Mexico! I’m so envious! To feel that warm sun on my face, to dip my bare toes in the water, sip margaritas…

    • March 9, 2019 / 10:36 pm

      I agree about the bag and shoes!! Really cute. Thanks Joanna.

  16. Debbie Davis
    March 9, 2019 / 7:56 am

    Belt Bag – no…too uncomfortable and like others have said – feels like a fanny pack. I love the plaid suit but would wear the pieces separately with other neutrals. The dress – no – feels like the shape wouldn’t be too flattering! Enjoy Mexico Jennifer and the time with family!!

  17. Annie vanderven
    March 9, 2019 / 7:51 am

    Would wear the dress without the pants and would wear a camisole for the low front

    the pants suit is fine and the belt bag is practical

  18. Susan McClelland
    March 9, 2019 / 7:41 am

    I wouldn’t wear the suit but I like the pattern. However, the belt bag throws the portions off and the shoes are too casual. I would wear the dress (sans pants) with a scarf or big necklace and a short jacket (I have a flowered bomber jacket that would look cute with this). Depending on the season, I would wear ankle boots and textured tights or sandals in a bright colour.

  19. Anon
    March 9, 2019 / 7:23 am

    I like the gray pantsuit, sans the belt bag. Gray is one of my wardrobe basics, and a pantsuit like this makes for easy dressing. It’s not a stuffy formal look, just the right amount of dressy. I’d wear the jacket unbuttoned, with a white shirt or black or white T-shirt. Black booties would be my choice.

    Enjoy the sun!

    • March 9, 2019 / 10:27 pm

      I can see that outfit perfectly!! It sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

  20. March 9, 2019 / 7:12 am

    I would not wear either of these as styled. I might try on the plaid pants…could be cute in a different situation. Have fun on your trip!

  21. Sue
    March 9, 2019 / 7:09 am

    Like the black dress OK but not with those white pants. As someone else said, palazzo pants with a flowing tunic are a classic look, but this is neither classic or trendy just odd. Sometimes I think the stylists are told to add on more garments and accessories to their looks to encourage more sales, not because it adds to the look. Same with the waist bag with the suit. Seriously, where would you ever wear that? A boardroom suit with a tourist reverse fanny pack. Sigh. They should consult first with the women with good taste here.

  22. BeeeBeee
    March 9, 2019 / 6:48 am

    I’m fair skinned with neutral coloring and do primarily wear neutrals with just one color at a time. Too much color overwhelms me to the point that the clothes wear me.

    I can’t wear the black dress, it’s too harsh for me, although I think it might look nice on someone else. I would not ever wear a dress with pants. I like the plaid but would need to try it on. I don’t normally wear cuffed pants because they visually shorten my legs and I generally avoid hip details like patch pockets because I don’t want to draw attention to that area.

    • March 9, 2019 / 10:26 pm

      I love your explanation. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Eileen
    March 9, 2019 / 6:23 am

    I would wear the dress over thin palazzo pants with some changes, shorten the v neckline, and make the slits higher, so I could put my hands in my pockets. I had a outfit like that in crepe a long time ago. The proportions on the suit are wrong for my pear shape, jacket too long, pants too short. I will buy a belt bag if it’s flat, I do wear belts, I think, black on black would work for me.

    • March 9, 2019 / 10:25 pm

      Thanks for sharing Eileen. I prefer flat belt bags too.

  24. Glenda
    March 9, 2019 / 6:21 am

    Outfit left, yes, without the belt bag. Outfit right, no. I just don’t understand the pants under a dress that length; and for most of us non-stick-thin women, the bulk would be horrendous.

  25. Mary K
    March 9, 2019 / 5:54 am

    These outfits are boring and bla in grey and black (neutral tones) and would wash me out completely! I like the plaid pantsuit idea but would have to be in more colorful tones. Don’t like the long dress in black over pants (I’m
    too short to wear this combo). It’s an absolute No for me for both outfits!!!

  26. Connie
    March 9, 2019 / 5:38 am

    I do like subtle plaids. I seldom wear pant suits anymore but I would wear each piece of the suit individually. I would probably add a navy or red tee shirt. I wouldn’t wear the belt purse, (except I am considering getting one for European travel. I prefer cross over bags and I love the round one. The dress is too loose, the v neck too deep and I don’t like pants with dresses, too much stuff.

    • March 9, 2019 / 10:23 pm

      Thanks for sharing how you could wear these Connie.

  27. Merri
    March 9, 2019 / 5:31 am

    Elements from both I would consider individually but the monotone isn’t me.

  28. March 9, 2019 / 5:05 am

    I don’t like plaid. So, no the suit on the left. I would wear the dress but without the pants with it.

  29. Mary
    March 9, 2019 / 4:54 am

    I like the dress on the right without the pants. The sleeves are somewhat voluminous but overall ok. Good length, belted waist, side slits. I like those shoes! The suit on the left is so boring so nope. Fanny packs again? Excuse me, belt bag. Still nope. It looks bad over the jacket.

  30. March 9, 2019 / 4:51 am

    I would walk right by these outfits. The material quality looks cheap and the fabric is very unappealing.

  31. Susan
    March 9, 2019 / 4:43 am

    I wouldn’t wear either outfit. The plaid pattern isn’t very attractive and too overwhelming for a shorter person such as me (and suits are a bit dowdy on older women). As for the black dress over white jeans, that is just plain odd. The dress would look better if worn on its own, the white jeans with a top. I never understood that whole wearing a dress over trouser look and thought that trend had passed.

    • March 9, 2019 / 10:21 pm

      I’m not sure if that trend is gone or not.

  32. March 9, 2019 / 4:41 am

    Hi! Just signed up for your blog and really enjoying it! Love Black and White but not this one! Don’t put dresses this long with pants! Don’t like the plaid either. Maybe if separates with solids. Maybe if it fit!

    • March 9, 2019 / 5:30 am

      Welcome Sally. Fit is critical. Would this be too long for you?

  33. Roberta
    March 9, 2019 / 4:41 am

    Neither one of these outfits look very fashionable to me. The jacket on the left – maybe. It looks like it is rather boxy, which I like, but I don’t like it with matching pants which makes sit look outdated. I would wear it open with the sleeves rolled up with jeans or dark pants. As for the belt bag, I might wear one in the right circumstances to keep my hands free IF I had a waist (mine got lost). I never wear bests. I like the top on the dress on the right but the hem looks rather cheap. I think it’s too long to wear over jeans. I might wear it over patterned legging or bare legs and sandals. Overall, I think both outfits are boring.

    • March 9, 2019 / 10:19 pm

      I love your styling ideas Roberta. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  34. beth byrd
    March 9, 2019 / 4:36 am

    I like the plaid fabric on the pant suit. Other than that, I don’t like either outfit.

    The belt bags are unflattering and would be annoying.
    Both outfits are baggy and not figure friendly at all.

  35. Cindy
    March 9, 2019 / 4:32 am

    I wouldn’t wear either of these. I don’t like the bulky look of a belt bag & I don’t wear patterned pants, so the left outfit is out. As for the outfit on the right, that much black is too severe for me & the dress is just too long for my height (or lack of height!).

    • March 9, 2019 / 10:18 pm

      Thanks for sharing why Cindy

  36. March 9, 2019 / 4:30 am

    No. Too much plaid in the suit. Don’t like the dress over the pants. Love both shoes and boots.

  37. March 9, 2019 / 4:27 am

    Hi Jennifer…..first off, have a wonderful time in Mexico! Sunny and warm sounds about right just now ….especially here in the Northeast US.

    On the mannequins now, I do love the plaid pant/blazer but would definitely have to try this on….especially the jacket. And what shoe would I need? I’ve been in wintery boots the past few weeks, and feel I’ve lost touch with shoes. Crazy? The outfit on the right doesn’t appeal to me at all. It reminds me of something my own granny would wear on a cold day, back in the 50s.. I’m 72 so if she were living she’d be way into her hundreds and probably hop right into this ensemble.
    I cannot imagine anyone in my family: daughter, daughter in law, their friends et wearing such an outfit. Long black dress of thus design over clumsy looking white pant? Even if these were white leggings, I just don’t see this wearable in my world!

    • March 9, 2019 / 10:17 pm

      The pantsuit could be worn with flats, a low heel or shoe boot.I’d probably opt for a flat, more structured than a ballet flat or low booties.

  38. Linda
    March 9, 2019 / 4:20 am

    Belt bags? No—reminds me of a fanny pack. I might wear the outfit on the left. I would have to make sure the jacket was not too over-sized. I’m not sure I would wear the dress over white jeans. I have a much shorter dress in a brighter color that I do wear over white jeans. This dress would be better over leggings.

    • March 9, 2019 / 10:15 pm

      Belt bags are the new interpretation of fanny packs.

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