Would You Wear It: Pale In The Winter

Happy Saturday ladies and welcome to the weekend! It’s just three weeks until Christmas and I need to get myself in gear! I’ve been so busy doing other things we haven’t even gotten our decorations out. We hope to do it this weekend. It’s time for would you wear it. Each week my friend Pam and I find a mannequin to share with ask if our readers would wear it. We do this to better understand your fashion ideas and style goals.

I love to hear your styling ideas, how you would style these to make them work for you.

Are they the right shape for your body? Do you wear these colors? Does the style fit your lifestyle?

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

Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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  1. Susan Gowan
    December 8, 2019 / 2:27 pm

    I have previously stated my views of white in general. For me, very hard to keep clean but I now do have a white lightweight cotton sweater I pair with a lot of my jeans and pants in winter. Don’t think white on top and bottom would be flattering for me. As for the outfit on the right I might wear the floral in spring and summer but would prefer darker colours in florals for the winter.

  2. Cathy wright
    December 8, 2019 / 12:16 pm

    I would definitely wear the all white outfit and the velvet leggings. The colorful top is pretty but those sleeves just don’t work for me.

    Jennifer, I know you are extremely busy, but I would love to know the brand and color of your favorite lipstick.

  3. Cyndi
    December 8, 2019 / 9:53 am

    I think winter whites are lovely (alone or paired with a bright color) but they’re not practical in my area where pant hems tend to be stained by winter ‘slush’, so I’d pass on these. The floral top looks spring-like to my eyes when paired with the lighter pants. And the white sweater looks ‘boxy’ ; I wouldn’t tempted to try it on. And those pants? What is going on with those gathered lines at the mid-seam in the crotch area? Is it a fit issue? Not flattering!

  4. Marceline Miller
    December 8, 2019 / 8:57 am

    I love the icy colors all year round! But those tops are too short for me – a longer hemline is more flattering and comfortable. I sure hope this doesn’t mean the designers are moving back to shorter, cropped, and boxy tops!! I ‘m hoping the “tunic trend” goes on and on! 🙂

  5. Eve
    December 8, 2019 / 7:12 am

    I love the ivory sweater but prefer a v neck. I would love the pants in those colors but probably skip because I usually wear high rise. Straight leg pants. The bell sleeves don’t appeal to me because you can’t put a jacket over them and florals I only wear in scarves. I would walk past.

  6. Griselle
    December 8, 2019 / 7:10 am

    I like the pants, I wouldn’t wear the tops.

  7. Liz
    December 8, 2019 / 5:15 am

    Yes to both! I like the idea of brightening up your look during the winter months, particularly in the Midwest. Although there are definitely days here where white clothing would be a non-starter, there are a number of days where it’s dry and maybe even sunny (like both yesterday and today)!

    What color of boots/ shoes? Light ones I would assume?

    • December 8, 2019 / 7:08 am

      Pale neutrals like taupe, beige or light metallic would be nice with these outfits.

      • Liz
        December 8, 2019 / 3:25 pm

        Great—thank you!

        • Liz
          December 8, 2019 / 3:27 pm

          Great—thanks for confirming!

  8. Elaine
    December 8, 2019 / 5:13 am

    Hi, I would wear the white top with black pants or jeans, not with white pants. I live in the Chicago area where black seems “in” for every season.
    I enjoyed your post about skin care products. I would like to see a post about what skincare and makeup a mature woman should wear to look good on camera. How do very mature women like Nancy Pelosi and Dolly Parton have skin that looks youthful and vibrant on TV and on the computer screen? Is it plastic surgery or are there skin care and makeup products that are best for on-camera work? Even though I use quality skin care and makeup, the camera seems to accentuate every line, sag, and wrinkle. Thanks for considering this suggestion.

  9. Karen
    December 8, 2019 / 4:16 am

    I am drawn to the all white outfit but would need a V-neck for my bust size. I definitely wear white jeans in winter paired with a chunky sweater and I would have avoided this a few years ago.
    Love all of your posts Jennifer.

  10. Lee Wilkinson
    December 7, 2019 / 7:56 pm

    I’d wear the textured sweater and trousers if they weren’t so stark white. Love that sweater, though for me it would be better with a v neck. I like the idea of the velvet trousers, but the colour is a bit beige. The top is quite a pretty print, but the flowers are too large for me. The sleeves gathering into a flounce would widen the widest part of me – my stomach, so no to them.

  11. Marie-Thérèse
    December 7, 2019 / 5:39 pm

    I love the idea of light colors in winter, even though I think you would need to travel w/a spot remover at the ready when you wear them, especially in Manhattan. Pretty print on the mannequin to the right, but both too boxy. I still have curves (i.e., a waist) for now, even at my age (and you know I am older than you), and I like to accentuate them for as long as I have them.

  12. Lisa Bieri
    December 7, 2019 / 4:50 pm

    I would wear both outfits, although the floral top would be too cold here in Wisconsin in the winter months. Even with cuddle duds underneath, so I would wait until spring to wear that piece.
    I just ordered a pair of boot-cut ivory corduroy jeans. Can’t wait to wear them for the holidays with a red or light blue cashmere turtleneck sweater! I think they will pair well with almost anything.

  13. Penelope
    December 7, 2019 / 2:46 pm

    It seems many women pass on pale colors in winter because our skin tends to go more pale during those cold months.
    Also light pants show dirt more from walking thru wet or muddy areas and getting those dreaded “ heel flick” splatters on the back of the legs.
    I like cream and some pastels in winter. Careful where I wear them. But I think they are elegant.
    The outfits shown do not appeal to me at all. Skinny pants are very unflattering on me unless worn with substantial boots, and neither of the tops would do anything for my petite size. I especially do not like florals. I feel very much every minute of my 68 years and very frumpy in most florals. I prefer more classic design, neutrals .

  14. Leeann
    December 7, 2019 / 2:08 pm

    I would not wear the floral too. But would wear all the rest

  15. mary
    December 7, 2019 / 1:29 pm

    I love white jeans all year long.

  16. Linda
    December 7, 2019 / 1:10 pm

    Both tops are nice and I would wear either one with straight leg pants. The pants on the models look too wrinkly to me and are not for Pennsylvania’s winters.

  17. beth byrd
    December 7, 2019 / 10:32 am

    I actually like both outfits and am a fan of monochromatic outfits. The pale colors are beautiful at this time of the year.

    However I feel like the stylist just threw these outfits onto the mannequins with no attention to fit or detail. In my opinion, accessories would have been helpful here … necklace, scarf, purse, etc.

    • December 7, 2019 / 12:02 pm

      I agree, accessories help every outfit!

  18. Becky
    December 7, 2019 / 10:10 am

    I would wear the all white outfit. The sweater looks warm & cozy, & the pants would be a nice change from the usual black. The weather might prohibit the white pants at times because the slush & snow of a Midwest winter & white pants are not a good combination. I wouldn’t wear the print top & tan pants. The top is a bit too boho for my taste, & the length of the pants is not a good fit for me.

  19. Julia
    December 7, 2019 / 9:47 am

    No, I wouldn’t wear either. I prefer loose tops to cover my hips. This look is too boxy with the skinny trousers. With a more shapely top they would look better. Or maybe with a slight flare leg to give some movement. Individually they are quite nice, just not together.

    Thanks for your blog. I always look forward to reading it.

    • December 7, 2019 / 12:01 pm

      Thanks for reading Julia

  20. Julie Anne
    December 7, 2019 / 9:08 am

    No, because of the winter snow and muck. I need colour for a mood pick-me-up.

    Otherwise they’re very nice outfits.

  21. Joanna
    December 7, 2019 / 9:08 am

    Both are cute. I love the velvet skinnies with the button detail and the floral blouse is a cute design. It looks like it would fit nice with the seaming and flare at bottom. The sweater looks cozy so a win for me. I’m not top heavy so the thickness is not a factor. I’m not sure I would wear white skinnies though. Being in corduroy, the material might be thick enough to not be clingy.

    • Joanna
      December 7, 2019 / 9:17 am

      I just took a closer look. The floral top is not seamed & fitted as the mannequin suggested but falls straight. The floral almost looks like a watercolour. Very pretty! I might have to visit Loft this week. ?

  22. Rose
    December 7, 2019 / 8:41 am

    I like both outfits but would probably wear darker pants for winter.

  23. Elizabeth
    December 7, 2019 / 8:24 am

    Yes to the one with the white sweater & skinny pants. Nice to wear pale colours in winter. No flowered tops for me, regardless of the season.
    Went to Pam’s site, but would not wear this look because it’s too shapeless and bulky for my straight figure.
    PS- saw a link to your blog on your Iceland trip & it brought back so many good memories of our time there. We did the entire loop, 3 weeks, ran into snow storms on the east coast but as hardy Canadians, was not a problem! But I agree with you about the lack of fencing around some dangerous looking areas. Just use common sense said the Icelanders!

  24. Kathy
    December 7, 2019 / 8:10 am

    Absolutely yes to the floral blouse. I bought it but have not worn. I tried on corduroy jeans at Loft but thought they were a little thin so I ordered a pair of off white ankle skinny jeans from Everlane which I love. I plan to wear the blouse tucked in the off white jeans with a belt as well as blue denim. The white sweater is pretty but since I live in southwest florida I don’t wear many sweaters.

  25. Eileen
    December 7, 2019 / 7:51 am

    I do wear light colors in the winter ( no snow here). I have worn my cream cords ( similar) tucked into tan leather knee high boots, with a cream cashmere turtleneck, scarf, tan leather bag, and a tan trench ( for rain). I’ve worn this for a couple of years now, so I’m switching to wide leg/ high rise pants this year. I also wear cream/ ivory dresses to winter parties, I’m leaving the black and red clothes to those that look great in those colors ( winters !) As a pear, the silhouette in the picture isn’t my best look, better on other shapes.

  26. Lily
    December 7, 2019 / 7:47 am

    I like the all white look on the mannequin, at least in theory. When I wear it I feel like a painter, or orderly, or ice cream vendor. I got rid of all my white pants.

  27. Linda Lennon
    December 7, 2019 / 7:22 am

    I like winter white and beige and they work well in the winter of Southern California. Neither of the tops appeal to me. I would prefer a less bulky knit; maybe one of my cashmere sweaters would suit me better. Very few floral prints appeal to me and I would pass right on by this one.

  28. Susan McClelland
    December 7, 2019 / 7:18 am

    I would wear the white sweater. It looks cozy and I could wear it to work over slim pants. I would wear the velvet pants in another colour. Like other readers, I like in a cold, snowy climate and they would be hard to keep clean. The colours in the other top would not suit me so I would give it a pass.

  29. Dawn
    December 7, 2019 / 7:08 am

    I like the all white outfit, but the sweater is too boxy. The floral print is top is not for me. I like both pants, but not at this time of year, (snow is in the forecast) and I would size up.

  30. MRSBEN2
    December 7, 2019 / 7:00 am

    For myself, a yes to the pants but a no to the tops. Not so much the sweater as would prefer it in a V or turtle neck but do like its cut and knitted pattern so might team it up with a turtle-neck underlay however the floral top is too retro for my liking and I would not choose it for that reason. (i.e.: It’s peasant style sleeve and floral fabric.) As to the jeans; regardless of their description I am wondering if they are actually a velveteen rather than a velvet as their nap does ‘not’ appear all that plush to me. Also for my climate in relation to color; both would be more apt to be worn as early Spring wear. -Brenda-

    • December 7, 2019 / 8:51 am

      I’m guessing closer to velveteen for the pants. Brands are sort of “casual” with their fabric descriptions these days 🙂

  31. sheryl
    December 7, 2019 / 6:36 am

    no, not for me….i dont wear ankle jeans, im never comfortable in them. the winter white I would wear in different style. this sweater is too boxy for me, but longer jeans and lighter sweater perhaps in a V neck and a bit longer would work for me….the other outfit, the top is not one that would stop me and make me look. i do have some pieces in the same fatigue color as those jeans, though.

  32. Carol
    December 7, 2019 / 6:29 am

    I remember as a kid/teen that every year at this time out would come the sweater sets and matching wool skirts in creams, baby blues, baby pinks, light turquoise and sometimes pale yellow. In fact, the year we were engaged my soon to be husband gave me a gorgeous skirt with all of the aformentioned shades except yellow. Winter white was the mixer color or part of the mix/match options. St. Louis is not known for mild winters at all and I remember all of us wearing our beautiful pastel wool outfits (mostly for dress-up) while still keeping the tried and true darker sweaters and skirts which were most of our wardrobes. Personally these days I’m much happier and comfortable in the darker colors–jewel tones and black so the above outfits wouldn’t get to a dressing room with me. However, I could see a dark velvet blazer with the pants, or vice versa a dark pant with either top. Depending on the colors in real life you could do a navy or deep teal or wine with the top on the right.

    • MRSBEN2
      December 7, 2019 / 7:52 am

      @Carol: I recall the pastel outfits you speak of but IMO they were truly wonderful as it was a time when wool was wool and perhaps with the exception of wool crepe; blends were uncommon. No spandex or viscose for example and it was common ground if their garments were imported, they came from Europe.

  33. Cyndi
    December 7, 2019 / 6:28 am

    I love the all white, it looks so cozy & warm, and as you say, column dressing makes you look taller. It is also an unexpected color for winter. I also,Ike the velvet pants, the buttons are a great style point., but I’m not a floral person – so no to the top.

  34. Susan
    December 7, 2019 / 6:13 am

    It’s too wet and cold here for light color pants-you can absolutely ruin those quickly. That being said, I do own a pair, but am careful about when I wear them. Neither top appeals-the textured one would make my full chest look even bigger, and I’m afraid the floral print is a little much for me-I prefer geometric or stripes, and never feel comfortable wearing big flower prints.

  35. Pamela Lutrell
    December 7, 2019 / 6:06 am

    I would walk past this one for several reasons. I love darker colors and rarely do I go light in the colder months. The shapes are not flattering for a curvy lady like me! I think on me the floral top would be aging. I prefer V necks.

  36. Linda
    December 7, 2019 / 5:53 am

    The textured white sweater on white pants wouldn’t work for me. Change the pants to a brown cord and boot length. Also not skin tight!

    The other outfit seems to me to be a spring or summer wear, so out if place in the winter. Maybe put a sweater on over it.

  37. Linda
    December 7, 2019 / 5:44 am

    I like both outfits. I have to try the trousers in a larger size as I don’t like cat whiskers at the crotch.

  38. Melissa
    December 7, 2019 / 5:43 am

    I Like the shapes of these items but honestly would not buy them. I already own an ivory sweater (the Everlane one you have as well!) and I find I do not wear it enough to need two. Ivory pants do not work in my climate where dirty snow can quickly make those pants look like you must have just moved to the Midwest from California! I do not care for the floral print–I think it would look very frumpy on me given my age (58) and my coloring. Agree with others who do not like the buttons on the pants–harder to tuck into tall boots too.

  39. Sue G
    December 7, 2019 / 5:39 am

    I like the pants on both mannequins but as someone else’s said the white sweater would accentuate my large bust and the pastel print is too pale for a Indiana winter. Maybe switching out the pastel print top for a jewel tone or warmer putty tunic would be a nice accent to the velvet pants and a nice change from an all dark colors.

  40. MP
    December 7, 2019 / 5:00 am

    I do like dressing in one color but not the way it is shown here. I like the sweater on the left. I would wear it if it fit a bit better with a colorful scarf. I like the corduroy pants but not in this color. The outfit on the right is a NO. I don’t like floral or buttons on the pant legs.

  41. Linda
    December 7, 2019 / 4:56 am

    I love the monochromatic look, but the sweater is too boxy for my large chest. I’m not crazy about the floral sweater, and ivory is not my best color. I could wear the ivory pants with a different color sweater.

  42. Pam
    December 7, 2019 / 4:48 am

    I would not wear either of these tops, only because I am very short-waisted and prefer tops that hit below the hip to make my torso look longer.

  43. Carolyn Cook Ewell
    December 7, 2019 / 4:33 am

    Sometimes I feel like taking a picture of what I have decided to wear and send it to you and ask “ should I wear this outfit” ! Some days are just that way!

  44. Michele
    December 7, 2019 / 4:33 am

    I actually like both of the outfits, but I would not wear such light colored clothing in Indiana during the winter. The outfits would definitely lift your spirits during the dark dreary months of the long winter season. But dark and dreary usually means cold and wet around here, and those clothes would be hard to keep clean. I especially love the velvet jeans and might be able to wear those with a sweater and some booties. Otherwise, those colors and patterns are better suited for Spring.

    • December 7, 2019 / 5:33 am

      I agree, Michele. Color can be such a great pick me up during the dreary months.

  45. Paulette Levy
    December 7, 2019 / 4:27 am

    I do like the all white …pale..outfit here, on the mannequin. The sweater, however would amplify my chest with its crew neck and heavy nubby texture, I feel. I’d prefer V neck, a slightly less heavy fabric, though the pants would work just fine. Now, the floral top does not appeal to me at all. Pants ok. I’d pair them with a cashmere
    sweater in complementing color.

  46. Gail Schwartz
    December 7, 2019 / 4:24 am

    I like both outfits today. They would be easy to put on for a casual evening or lunch with friends. The light colored velvet pants are a pretty option instead of the usual dark ones. In Florida they would be a nice choice for the holidays

    • December 7, 2019 / 5:31 am

      That’s what I was thinking too! A great holiday look when you don’t want o wear dark colors.

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