Would You Wear It- Pleat Front Dress

Would You Wear It- Pleat Front Dress

Happy Saturday and welcome to the weekend. Today is our moving day and I’m almost ready. We’ve moved fewer times than many of you so I remember many vividly. This one was so emotionally painful, my body gave up and my son stepped in to help.

The funniest on…to me – was back in 1981. I was 8 months pregnant and weighing in at close to 200 pounds because I had maternal diabetes. The temperature was over 90 degrees, I hadn’t seen my feet in months and I had zero energy. I’d packed a few things, but basically ignored everything behind a door.

I welcomed the movers to the old house then scooted over to the new house to await our belongings. Hours passed with no truck. When it finally arrived, my husband was exhausted and incredulous. Did I know I hadn’t packed? In all honesty, no and I didn’t have the energy to care. This time I do care and I’m better prepared so it should go much smoother.

It’s time for would you wear it. Each week my friend Pam and I share a mannequin and ask if you would wear what it’s wearing. We want you to explain why or why not.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear this dress and why.

If you wouldn’t wear it please explain why not. Does it fit your shape? Your lifestyle?


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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. Mary
    June 29, 2019 / 4:16 am

    Wow that is a retro look! I like this dress enough to try it on. The sleeves are a bit full but maybe? Love the shoes with the dress but they are too much for me. I’m sure I own cute black dress sandals or kitten heels to wear this this dress. IHappy moving day!

  2. Linda Todd
    June 29, 2019 / 4:19 am

    No sorry this one isn’t for me. It’s a terrible length for me and as a top heavy girl, all that fabric in the sleeves would just add to my already strong shouldered appearance.

    It would be good on a pear shaped girl balancing out her figure.

  3. Wendy Dunbar
    June 29, 2019 / 4:20 am

    Love this dress, and yes, I would wear it. The print is lovely, deep v-neck is flattering on my body type, as is the parade of button detailing down the skirt. Also love the flow of the skirt- full without adding too much bulk. When I was younger & working, this dress would have been part of my regular rotation. Throw on some black wedge sandals and a black bangle bracelet or a cool necklace and you’ve got a great look! PS We helped friends move that same year (1981) and when we showed up to help, nothing had been packed either (She was pregnant also & did not want to move)!! 😁

  4. Joan
    June 29, 2019 / 4:26 am

    Not for me. It doesn’t even look good on the mannequin! And the top half of the dress looks more like a bathrobe.

    • Ellen
      June 29, 2019 / 10:05 am

      I agree with Joan. The dress is not even flattering on a perfectly shaped mannequin! I would never try this on because it is not a good look for my straight body shape. It would look even worse on me!

  5. Eileen
    June 29, 2019 / 4:27 am

    Yes, I would try it on, But the top part needs a closure at the bust, sleeves need to be narrowed, and maybe a hemming, so maybe to much work..

  6. beth byrd
    June 29, 2019 / 4:32 am

    I like everything about this dress, especially the print, but those sleeves are not appealing to me. As Joan mentioned above, they make the dress look like a bathrobe.

    • Jane
      June 29, 2019 / 8:12 am

      I would wear it, but most likely it would need an invisible button or snap to keep the top in place. The sleeves would be cool and airy the skirt looks wide enough for the buttons not to pull, I like the matching belt but a wide leather cummerbund or obi would intensify the kimono feeling. If I had somewhere to wear it, I would wear it.

      • Eileen
        June 29, 2019 / 12:19 pm

        Jennifer, I would wear the dress if I were tall and thin— and younger.
        Mostly, I just want to wish you the best in your move. Please rest, maybe do some online shopping, have a glass of wine. The boxes can wait to be unpacked..

  7. Laura H
    June 29, 2019 / 4:33 am

    I would definitely wear this dress! I love the colors, and I think the style would be flattering on my curvy size 8. (If you have a bigger chest, I think v-necks look best). I love the drape of the fabric. Really, really pretty!

  8. Joanna
    June 29, 2019 / 4:46 am

    I would wear it if I was taller (5’2″) and slender. I think it is pretty.

  9. Gail Schwartz
    June 29, 2019 / 4:58 am

    I like the dress, but I don’t find many occasions when a dress is needed so I probably would not buy it. If I did, I would wear a simple shoe.

  10. Corrie
    June 29, 2019 / 5:06 am

    Sorry – the bathrobe styling, along with the length, makes it look frumpy. It is, however, refreshing to see something with sleeves, even though these are a bit much. Too many designers are oblivious to the fact that “women of a certain age” do not all have flawless arms.

  11. Cathy Cunningham
    June 29, 2019 / 5:08 am

    Love the look of this dress. I would like to see how it looks on me. ❤️

  12. Gloria
    June 29, 2019 / 5:13 am

    No, I would not wear this dress. It looks like a bathrobe. The color is dull. Nothing about this dress or style would flatter me.

  13. Roxanne
    June 29, 2019 / 5:17 am

    I love this dress because it has a 1950s vibe to it. I vividly remember the beautiful, elegant clothes my mother wore back then so that is probably why I’m drawn to it. It’s the kind of dress I would have to try on to see how it worked with my narrow shoulders. Sending up a little prayer that your moving day is quick and painless.

  14. June 29, 2019 / 5:17 am

    I think this dress would look pretty nice on a tall slim gal, maybe shortened a bit? The colors speak more to early Autumn than summer, in my opinion….rather dark. I’m not tall, and more average build, not thin. Therefore, I don’t see me in this dress!
    I’ll be thinking of your move today and hoping it goes smoothly!

  15. Sara
    June 29, 2019 / 5:33 am

    This dress is beautiful. However, because of the V neck, which I know most ladies like, I probably wouldn’t wear it. I think v necks make me look top heavy and I don’t need that.

  16. Hazel
    June 29, 2019 / 5:39 am

    Love the bottom half only. Sleeves are too large, reminds me also of a bathrobe.

  17. Joan
    June 29, 2019 / 5:41 am

    Very cute but I don’t wear dresses. It has a kimono look to the sleeves and I like the unique shape.

  18. Mary K Havelka
    June 29, 2019 / 5:51 am

    I don’t wear dresses anymore but if I did it wouldn’t be this one. For starters it’s dull and blah in color/hue. I like bright colors! It does look like a bathrobe as someone pointed out and would be too voluminous for my figure. Further, the
    neckline is too LOW for my taste even if I did wear dresses!!

  19. June 29, 2019 / 6:17 am

    Pear-shaped moi would wear this dress in a heartbeat! I wish I had it to wear to the wedding I’m going to this weekend. The kimono-style sleeves are graceful and different, and I love the periwinkle pattern against the background and I also like the wrapped belt. The only thing I would change is to delete the buttons as they give it a 50s house dress vibe. Best wishes for a smooth move! If your husband didn’t realize you hadn’t packed he must have also been stressed in his own way. Reminds me of the time my husband and I collapsed into our seats on a plane and he noticed that one of our children had a pretty bad cold. Did you know he’s sick, he asked. Of course! lol In his defense, he’d been working endless hours getting ready to take a few days off.

  20. Dianne
    June 29, 2019 / 6:20 am

    Hi Jenny happy moving. Love the style of the dress it would suit me I am pear shaped , but hate the fabric a bit dowdy not at all summery.

  21. June 29, 2019 / 6:25 am

    I think it is a very pretty dress and would look great on someone. I rarely wear pattern or blue but I think it is great looking.

  22. Holly Rigby
    June 29, 2019 / 6:27 am

    Bless your heart as we say in Texas. After 18 previous moves, and 25 years in the same house, …Yup, like you hoping our worst move is 18 months behind us after our house flooded in Harvey. 2 huge Storage lockers with the salvaged items, huge trash piles, selling our house at a large loss, using flood insurance and retirement savings to buy a new house on higher ground… and.. a car wreck the night we finally moved out. Stress! See, now you feel better! And we’re over 65! Good luck, it will all be worth it to be close to your grandson! You are an inspiration every day!

  23. Freda Witt
    June 29, 2019 / 6:37 am

    Good luck with the move. Just take it slow and easy. I love the material of the dress, but that is all. The top looks like a bathrobe. I do like the shoes.

  24. Glenda
    June 29, 2019 / 6:40 am

    I like this! Very classic. And the sleeves will camo the upper arms which I’m not fond of. Comfortable length for work. I’d wear a different shoe, but I do like this look!

  25. Linda
    June 29, 2019 / 6:44 am

    Yes I would wear it! I love everything about this dress from the color to style to length!

    • Norma
      June 30, 2019 / 5:00 pm

      I would like to try on this dress, so maybe! Good luck on the move, remember slow and steady.

  26. Sue
    June 29, 2019 / 6:55 am

    I can’t wait to see the new house and follow your move in—rearrange—nope over here, guys—maybe over there—oh, just put it in the garage for now—shenanigans. I love this dress so much. Tall and slim as I am, I could wear it and would feel like a lady! It’s cut a bit low in the front so would have to do something about that. Love the colors and print and wide cuff of the sleeves, a design element appearing again on the banded belt and facing on the vee front. I love skirts that are a bit long because for us tall gals they end up being just right. So many dresses are just too short for us.

  27. Mary
    June 29, 2019 / 6:57 am

    Yes I would wear it. Love the colors and it reminds me of a kimono rather than bathrobe. Love the side tie and would love the length to be right below knee. I have an Oct. wedding that it may work for.

  28. Kathy
    June 29, 2019 / 7:00 am

    I love this dress for year around! The retro style still looks classic! The colors are perfect with my skin tone and eye color. I would need to wear a cami underneath because the neckline is lower than I’m comfortable with.

  29. Terri
    June 29, 2019 / 7:08 am

    It’s a pretty dress. I like the color and the kimono styling on top. I’d wear it.

  30. Ellie
    June 29, 2019 / 7:16 am

    I would have to lose about fifty pound and increase my height to 5 foot nine.

  31. June 29, 2019 / 7:17 am

    I like the colour and the fabric seems to drape nicely. I agree with those who have already said that the top looks like a bathrobe though, so I would pass on this one.

  32. Holly Rigby
    June 29, 2019 / 7:20 am

    P.S. oops, the dress! Yes, I would wear it, great shape, color, but I don’t wear dresses much…like the length though, so maybe…covers the legs…I like lowly this time of the year and it looks it!

  33. June 29, 2019 / 7:26 am

    I think I should try it on. It might be one of those things I don’t believe would work on my shape, but might surprise me. I would at least try it on. Drink lots of water today, my friend. It is almost over.

  34. Bab
    June 29, 2019 / 7:34 am

    The top portion has too much extra material. If the sleeves were more fitted I would try it on. Can’t say I would purchase it as long dresses over power me.

  35. Sandy
    June 29, 2019 / 7:50 am

    At 5’ y’all this dress would not be for me. It is way too low cut for my figure. I like the dress but not for my body type.

  36. Shelly
    June 29, 2019 / 8:04 am

    Would not try it on. Sleeves would not flatter a big shouldered, top-heavy female such as I. Like the black & blue print & love the shoes (own something very similar).

  37. Anon
    June 29, 2019 / 8:18 am

    Wrap dresses don’t work on my pear shape, but this is a beautiful dress.

  38. Joanna
    June 29, 2019 / 8:24 am

    It’s a no for me. The deep V would show too much cleavage.
    If you’re coming to the Comox Valley, when on the island, perhaps we could meet for a quick coffee. I recommend you check out Mercedes Lane boutique in Comox. She has lovely clothing.

  39. June 29, 2019 / 8:30 am

    I think the dress is pretty, but I would not wear it. Too long for one thing, and the sleeves come down too far on the waist. Would look good on a petite person

  40. Rose
    June 29, 2019 / 8:50 am

    This reminds me of a dress I wore in the 70’s. So no I wouldn’t wear it now. Would look great on the right person. I don’t wear dresses very often anymore. Good luck today!

  41. Lois DeTraglia
    June 29, 2019 / 9:14 am

    Yes – I would wear the dress. Love that the sleeves cover up a multitude of sins. (Upper arm issues).

  42. Beth M.
    June 29, 2019 / 9:24 am

    I’d wear it in a heartbeat; it’s fun and retro and not run-of-the-mill. Have a great move, and I hope you find some great treasures when you finally get to those boxes you’d had packed away for so long! 🙂

  43. Sharon S.
    June 29, 2019 / 10:25 am

    The more I look at it, the more I like it. At 1st glace, almost look matronly. But on 3rd glance, I see a rocking kimono top, I can see this in late fall with a great pair of boots, a button or 2 undone at bottom, thick bracelet.

  44. RoseAG
    June 29, 2019 / 10:36 am

    I like the dress. I’m pear-shaped and the volume in the top is good. I would almost certainly have a tank on under it as my bony chest would be on display. I’d be looking on the rack for one in the blue of the print. I wouldn’t go with black, and if the blue weren’t find able I”m sure I could find a suitable accent color.

    It would almost certainly be too long so I’d have to shorten it. I would also wear it with low vamped shoes. I’m a short girl and a black horizontal strap at the ankle does me no favors.

  45. Cyndi
    June 29, 2019 / 10:55 am

    Gorgeous! V might be a bit deep for me but I’d happily search for the right cami.

  46. Becky
    June 29, 2019 / 11:23 am

    I would be willing to try it. I like the print, & the fabric looks nice. I would likely have to shorten it but that could be done. I would definitely need different shoes. My aging feet don’t do shoes like that anymore.

  47. Nancy
    June 29, 2019 / 11:59 am

    Absolutely! Such a versatile dress! Great design lines and options for accessorizing.

  48. Karen McB
    June 29, 2019 / 1:27 pm

    I love the dress — for someone else! Someone who wears dresses and “does” blue, unlike me. But I mostly wanted to wish you well on the move and congratulate you on recognizing you’d hit the end of your rope and calling for reinforcements. No wonder, after the months you’ve been through recently. Don’t push it; thanks for keeping up with us; baby yourself.

  49. Kay
    June 29, 2019 / 2:09 pm

    I like the kimono vibe and the button front, but the color is too somber for me, I think. Also–why do they put mannequins in those inappropriate shoes all the time? Seems like almost every one I see has shoes that don’t really compliment the outfit.

  50. Pam
    June 29, 2019 / 2:38 pm

    I think it’s cute, but wouldn’t wear it because I’m short, have narrow shoulders and a short waist, and I think that dress would overwhelm me.

  51. Brenda
    June 29, 2019 / 4:38 pm

    I like the dress – everything about it appeals to me even the sleeves. I would try it on and would be sad if I look awful in it!

    Good luck with the move. I think they are physically tiring so everything else gets out of sorts to say the least. Unpacking can be done slowly especially if you dont have deadlines like visitors.

    Enjoy your Canadian holiday.

  52. Cindy
    June 30, 2019 / 3:29 am

    I would not wear this for many reasons – it looks too much like a bathrobe, color is too dark, sleeves are too voluminous & neckline is too plunging.

  53. Christy
    June 30, 2019 / 10:05 am

    Yes I would wear this dress. It is my style which tends to be feminine and romantic. Dresses are cool in the summer. I might choose a different shoe however as this pair doesn’t cover the heels and toes as much as I would like.

  54. Jane Woodward
    June 30, 2019 / 4:19 pm

    Love the Asian-inspired look and would definitely wear it but not with those shoes! The sleeves are perfect for my less-than perfect upper arms and the wrap belt gives me a waist. How have I lived without this dress!! Plunging necklines don’t daunt me since I stocked up on those bra inserts in every possible colour.

  55. Sandi
    June 30, 2019 / 4:51 pm

    Of course, it’s too long for me. Not my style either.

  56. Teresa
    July 1, 2019 / 5:58 am

    This dress is beautiful; cinches in at the waist, I would wear it

  57. Juliet
    July 1, 2019 / 12:48 pm

    Yes, I’d wear it! I feel the silhouette is flattering on most body types and I appreciate the coverage provided by hemline and sleeves.

    Good luck with the move. What a funny story about forgetting to pack! We’re moving to another temporary location this weekend. Not looking forward to it.

  58. July 4, 2019 / 10:30 pm

    I like the color and the print of the dress, and the belt. It reminds me of a 1930’s style dress, and I like that. I like seeing sleeves on a dress, sleeveless dresses have been everywhere for quite a while, but the type of sleeves on this dress would make me look slump-y. I need something with more structure at the shoulders. It looks like for me, it is so long that I would need to to take it to be hemmed.

    • Jennifer
      July 5, 2019 / 10:20 pm

      I’m 5’4” so it couldn’t be longer without me needing to hem it too. It’s a simple tee shape so you’re right, it doesn’t have much structure.

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