Would You Wear It- Puffy

Happy Saturday ladies and welcome to the last weekend before Thanksgiving. Did you know it’s just 5 weeks until Christmas? Yikes, time is moving fast. It’s time for would you wear it, so grab a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and let’s have some fun. Each week my friend Pam and I share a mannequin we’ve discovered and ask if you’d wear what it’s modeling.

I love the discussions that ensue in the comment section and enjoy reading how you might style the pieces to work for your shape and lifestyle.


So what do you think? Please comment on either or both mannequins and keep your comments constructive so you don’t insult women who love it.

Do the shapes work for you? The colors?

Here’s what’s trending on AWSL this week:

fashion blogger jennifer of a well styled life wearing talbots blue suede boots, navy sweater and navy T Talbots pants

These straight yoga pants which does not surprise me at all! I just ordered them in black and gray!

This phone charger and sanitizer is still going strong.

Here are a few weekend sale updates-

Talbots is 40% off your purchase.

Ann Taylor members get 50% of your purchase, but if you’re not a member you get 50% off select styles with code SOFESTIVE.

J.Crew has 60% off sale styles with code SHOPSALE.

Chico’s has 50% off full price tops and sweaters.


Loft credit card members get 50% off your purchase, if you’re not a cardmember get 40% off your purchase with code GIFTITUP.

Macy’s has some great early Black Friday Specials.

Bloomingdales take $25 off every $125 you spend on items marked TAKE 25 OFF, and take $25 off every $200 you spend on almost all beauty.

Williams Sonoma is doing an early Black Friday sale, where you can get up to 50% off.

Now let’s go over to Over 50 Feeling 40 and see what Pam’s mannequin is modeling.


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  1. Cathy D.
    November 21, 2020 / 11:24 pm

    I like loose and flowing garments, but only when worn with something fitted. That’s not the case here. The sweater on the right would not work for me, mainly because the neck is too big. It looks like it has been stretched out. Even though that look is in, I haven’t seen anyone yet who looks good in it. I sometimes like blue and gray together, but here they just looked washed-out. I do not like camel and light blue together.

    I love vests and have been considering buying the camel Eileen Fisher vest shown here. The way this vest is styled looks odd, with the hood only half up. It should look great folded down, or up over the head. Here, it looks sort of weird. I had just about decided to buy it, but will have to give that decision more thought.

  2. Elaine
    November 21, 2020 / 7:50 pm

    I like the sweater on the right. The color combination is nice. I do not like either slacks.

  3. Anne
    November 21, 2020 / 5:04 pm

    Fairly shapeless clothes in drab colors. Not sure who would look good wearing these outfits.

  4. Julie Traxler
    November 21, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    I would wear the outfit on the right! The one on the left I would have to try on… not sure about the pants!

  5. Janey
    November 21, 2020 / 1:09 pm

    Love those colors and color combinations. I wouldn’t wear the outfit on the left as I have a short neck and that style would not be flattering to me at all.

  6. beth byrd
    November 21, 2020 / 11:06 am

    I agree with Peggy above who mentioned how the lack of footwear really does a disservice to the clothing shown. I’ll take it a step further and say that both outfits here look unfinished as they are lacking footwear and accessories.

    In spite of that, I do like the color mix of grey and camel. It’s fresh and neutral without being boring. I don’t care for the puffy vest — not my style and it would not be flattering on me.

    I do like the sweater and camel pants. Both classic and stylish.

  7. Pam
    November 21, 2020 / 11:01 am

    I think both outfits are darling — great examples of lounge wear that one could wear for a Zoom client meeting and look good but also be super comfy, and that would also look good for running errands. I’d wear both — I certainly wouldn’t look as svelte as the models, with my 5’4″, 145-ish lbs. figure! I could also see the vest worn with something a bit dressier. I recently purchased the Lands End long black puffy vest and have worn it with very casual clothing but also I’ll be able to dress it up with the right pieces and accessories. Very fun looks!

  8. Kay
    November 21, 2020 / 10:20 am

    I guess I don’t like the color combinations though I like them separately. I don’t do puffer vests because it never gets cold enough here for one, but I do have a puffer coat I wear when I travel somewhere (which is never these days.) I am a huge fan of the lantern pants. I think they are so cute. I’m waiting to see of they go “fad” or “trend” before I go nuts buying them, though. The ones for sale at Artful Home are on my wish list.

  9. Pat
    November 21, 2020 / 9:50 am

    The color combinations and general feel of these looks do not attract me. As styled, neither would flatter me. I like puffer vests, but the length and look of this one would overwhelm me. I generally wear a puffer over jeans and a sweater. I like the look on the right better. I know gray and camel go together but to my eye they look wrong together. I have a couple of similar sweaters in white and tan. I wear those with slim jeans or leggings either with the sweater alone or with a silk shirt under as I like the collar over the crew neck. I sometimes layer a tee under the sweater.

  10. Peggy
    November 21, 2020 / 9:39 am

    Clothing departments do their clothes and mannequins a disservice by not adding footwear. Without boots, the short pants make no sense. I love the colors. I don’t wear puffy anything. I like how the collar stands up on the vest. The mannequin on the right is the one I like. What kind of coat would be worn with a puffy vest?

  11. Cyndi
    November 21, 2020 / 9:37 am

    Firm no to both of these for me…the visual width, the colors (nothing wrong with the, just not flattering to me), the pant length, the neckline…

  12. Lydia
    November 21, 2020 / 9:12 am

    No to anything “puffy”! I would look like the Michelin Tire Man!…..Lydia

  13. Linda
    November 21, 2020 / 8:30 am

    On a very cold day, I think I could wear the vest but not with those pants. The pants do not attract me . I would instead wear black straight cut pants with it snd a black long sleeved pull over shirt.

    The outfit on the right does appeal to me and I would wear it!

  14. Barbara Kluver
    November 21, 2020 / 7:45 am

    The outfit on the left I would not wear. The vest is too puffy and too warm for me. I’m not sure about the pants – but I would give them a try-on! The outfit on the right I WOULD wear. The sweater is just my style. I love the positive ease, the color, etc. And I like the pants too. That camel color is not my color, but I could wear it as pants since it wouldn’t be close to my face.

    • Jane
      November 21, 2020 / 7:49 am

      Exactly what I was going to say!

  15. Rose
    November 21, 2020 / 7:43 am

    The only thing I would wear would be the grey sweater. Everything would be too baggy on me. I never really understood the point of wearing vests. My arms are always cold.

  16. Linda Simpson
    November 21, 2020 / 7:42 am

    At 5’3″, I cannot see me in either of these outfits. There doesn’t appear to be any structure.

  17. Anne
    November 21, 2020 / 7:37 am

    It’s so funny for me to see that gray sweater on the mannequin. I own that same sweater and the mannequin doesn’t reflect how the sweater actually hangs or looks on a person. It looks so much better on a person. The sweater is very soft, hits higher on the waist, doesn’t stretch out the way it is in the picture. The arms are not too long like in the photo. I am 5’4” and it fits me well. I’ve worn it with black pants, white jeans, and gray sweat pants. I dressed it up and dressed it down. I never realized how much different an item can look on a mannequin. Anyway have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone:)

  18. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    November 21, 2020 / 7:20 am

    The only thing I like about these outfits is the grey, camel, light blue colour combination. The sweater looks comfy, but I don’t care for the batwing sleeves. My first thought when I saw the vest was paper bag! I do like a quilted vest for warmth, but one with more shape. I love my ultra light down vest from Uniqlo. In fact, I’m considering buying a second one in a different colour.

  19. Carolyn
    November 21, 2020 / 7:19 am

    I wouldn’t even glance at this display. Those colors are too drab for me and those pants, just no. The puffer vest with the cliched waist is not a flattering shape for me.

    I am drawn toward brighter colors now. I would fade away in those two outfits. I think we need a touch of brightness now to cheer us up.

  20. Marcie
    November 21, 2020 / 7:09 am

    Love the colors and the color combinations! Wish the pants were straight and ankle length. I have been wearing a fraction of my wardrobe these past months and not needing more, even though I occasionally see some enticing possibilities.

  21. Leslie Lord
    November 21, 2020 / 7:02 am

    I have an Eileen Fisher puffy vest from a few seasons ago in black which I wear with skinny yoga pants and often jeans. It’s a much needed layer of warmth up here in the PNW. I am aware that it adds extra bulk but comfort is key with the chills of winter around!

  22. Nancy
    November 21, 2020 / 6:59 am

    Not a fan of either one. Just too drab and loosey-goosey for me.

  23. Shari
    November 21, 2020 / 6:51 am

    I always enjoy reading your e-mails and especially love Talbots. I realize and believe that you, personally can get some extra deals, BUT, I frequently wonder WHERE you wear and put all the clothes you purchase! You must be constantly purging. Just some thoughts. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🦃

    • Jennifer
      November 21, 2020 / 9:59 pm

      I do not get any special pricing that other customers get:) I shop the sales when I can. Not all garments make the cut so are returned and I do donate often.

  24. Sue H
    November 21, 2020 / 6:39 am

    I do like the puffy vest, and I like the grey sweater on the other mannequin. I am not of fan of how these are styled, however. My rule of thumb is that if I’m wearing something loose, I pair it with something fitted. This is to avoid looking like a sloppy blob. So, individually, I like the pieces, but I would style them differently.

    November 21, 2020 / 6:36 am

    thanks for posting the cell phone recharger & sanitizer…figured out Christmas present for offspring. Never knew such a gizmo existed. Your non clothing suggestions that ladies may use is much appreciated. I hate shopping, so stay out of stores until I’m wearing rags.

  26. Kami
    November 21, 2020 / 6:27 am

    There is nothing about these mannequins that would make me look twice. I think the combination of camel and gray can look very sophisticated, but in this case, it just looks drab. All the pieces in these outfits are oversized and shapeless. Whatever happened to the old principle “loose on the top and fitted on the bottom” or vice versa? It is hard to imagine these pieces in combination would be flattering on anyone.

  27. Eileen
    November 21, 2020 / 6:15 am

    I like the colors, as a “summer”, these are the soft dusty colors that suit my coloring. The shapes are not my favorite, too boxy, but I know the fabric quality is very good. The puffer, is too puffy, the packable down outerwear is much slimmer in silhouette and more to my liking. I do like the non shiny versions better, as matte is more in keeping with summer coloring. As to the Macy’s cashmere $39 sweaters, they do pill, so be ready to exfoliate them, the Halogen cashmere at Nordstrom was better, and the Vince cashmere holds up really well. Since everything goes “ on sale” I’m wondering if the “ original price” is even a reality.

  28. Diane B
    November 21, 2020 / 6:14 am

    If I needed the warmth of a puffy anything, it would have to be a coat, since my arms get just as cold as the rest of me in the winter. I have never been able to wear a vest over a sweater and keep warm. As for the pants that are mid calf or above the ankle, why, in the winter or cold weather again why, with a warm top layer. I might like the grey sweater for lounging around the house with slim jeans, or adding a fabulous coloured scarf for running out for groceries. The person styling these could have added some fun with boots and scarves or jewellery to get your attention, maybe a fun hat with the vest look.

  29. cynthia willis
    November 21, 2020 / 6:08 am

    I think if a woman is taller, she may be able to wear a lantern pant. On me I would look as though I have been cut in half. I am a fan of Eileen Fisher but the color combination is very uninspiring and dour in my opinion. I think if the sweater were more of a pumpkin or persimmon color it would be lovely.

    • Jennifer
      November 21, 2020 / 8:13 am

      Thanks, Cynthia. Happy Saturday

  30. Pamela Over 50 Feeling 40
    November 21, 2020 / 6:07 am

    Looks Like both of us were at the same store! For my curvy figure, I would only try on the gray sweater and consider wearing it. The vest and both pants would not be flattering to my figure. I usually wear slim fit pants …and though I like some puffy vests, this one cinched at a curvy waistline would only make me look larger. Happy Saturday!

    • Jennifer
      November 21, 2020 / 8:12 am

      Happy Saturday Pam

  31. Susan McClelland
    November 21, 2020 / 6:03 am

    I might wear the vest but with leggings or jeans. The balloon- shaped pants would not suit me and not at all practical for winter (snow in the forecast for the next few days). I really like the grey cotton sweater but agree with others that it’s expensive – more than I would ever pay for a sweater.

  32. Debbie
    November 21, 2020 / 6:01 am

    The vest on the left resembles a life vest to me, and the pants are unflattering, plus it’s getting too cold for crops. So that’s a no. The sweater on the right is ok, would be fine for lounging around the house. But $348! Uh, no.

  33. Lisa
    November 21, 2020 / 6:01 am

    Love the combination of grey and camel, and the touch of blue accent. Eileen Fisher pieces are often timeless and great for many occasions – but I’m afraid this collection misses the mark. The neckline on the grey sweater has never worked for me and the style of the new pants – oh my! As much as I’d like this to work based on the colors, its a no for the style of the individual pieces. Maybe I’ll shop my closet and use this post as an inspiration piece.

  34. Debbie
    November 21, 2020 / 5:54 am

    No, I’m already puffy enough! I must admit puffer vests are great for outdoor work and I wear a fur one I was given at the horse barns where I volunteer.
    The reminder that one can wear grey and camel together and baby blue is a tie in is appreciated. Grey doesn’t suit me, but if I’m given something grey, I will warm it up with these colours, if not red or denim.
    Also, should we not wear the breathable, better quality fabrics for clothing we choose most days? Sometimes I think we have it backwards when choosing dress clothing and being more fussy to have silk or good cotton, wool , linen etc. The drape is better, for sure, but let’s have less clothing and more quality as long as it’s washable.
    Thank You!

    • Jennifer
      November 21, 2020 / 8:10 am

      Interesting thoughts! Thanks Debbie

  35. Laurie
    November 21, 2020 / 5:45 am

    These outfits look very comfy. I do wear puffer vests. I like them for keeping warm in the winter. These outfits don’t have the fitted shape that I prefer. I am tall and thin with a waist. I would be swamped in these styles. I really want to love EF because of their commitment to sustainability and ethical practices, but these oversized outfits don’t really work for me.

  36. MRSBEN2
    November 21, 2020 / 5:44 am

    Regardless that all the fabrics may be quality; an emphatic ‘no’ to all these pieces namely because none of them would be flattering to my body type (being that of slender). Secondly; though the color of the pants are neutral and I do like vintage jewelry, I feel the style of pants date back to my Grandmother’s time that I’ve seen her wearing in many photos, whom would be one hundred and twenty-one years old if she were still alive. In other words, a little too outdated for my personal liking.

  37. Paulette Levy
    November 21, 2020 / 5:26 am

    Yikes. Christmas is only 5 weeks away? Got to file that quickly!
    On the mannequins. It’s a firm no to the outfit on the left with the puffer vest. It’s all wrong somehow…the pants? The vest with those particular pants? No.
    The sweater on right paired with pale blue-grey tee would work, but again the pants? They seem just wrong here. Id wear this duo with skinny jeans.

    • Jennifer
      November 21, 2020 / 8:09 am

      Happy Saturday!

  38. Belinda
    November 21, 2020 / 5:21 am

    The color combo of these outfits is so drab and sorta feels like 2020!
    I like the vest but probably would not fit my shape. I don’t get the the pants paired with it, all bundled up warm up top and then short pants??
    I do like the style of other outfit just need brighter colors.

  39. Jan
    November 21, 2020 / 5:16 am

    Yes, I do wear a puffy vest but not the one featured today. Just picture the outfit on the left styled on a more condensed frame. That’s me and that’s a huge “yikes”! The sweater on the right got a second look from me but then I saw the price. Another “yikes”!
    It’s just crazy that this was a serious display. Maybe I’m not missing anything by not going into any retail shops other than the drug and grocery stores.
    Stay well everyone!

  40. MP
    November 21, 2020 / 4:49 am

    Macy’s Charter Club cashmere sweaters $39.99 ($100 off)! Can anyone comment on the quality before I hit the purchase button??

    • Nancy
      November 21, 2020 / 6:30 am

      I have always been sorry when I purchased Macy’s cashmere. They ball up and pill after just a few wearings. I have never seen them at $39.00 before, I wonder about that quality.

    • Linda Simpson
      November 21, 2020 / 7:39 am

      I bought two of them, and so far, I am pleased with the quality. They appear to be as nice as the ones I’ve purchased from Talbots and Bloomingdale’s.

    • Jennifer
      November 21, 2020 / 8:07 am

      I had a few several years ago. They’re nice and soft but did pill pretty quickly. That said, a sweater shaver takes the pills off easily so that’s what I do!

      • Linda Simpson
        November 21, 2020 / 9:05 am

        That’s good to know! I had never purchased Charter Club before, so at least I know what to look out for.

  41. sheryl
    November 21, 2020 / 4:48 am

    sometimes i wonder if a disgruntled retail employee is trying to make the mannequins as bad as possible….i cant imagine the figure that the pants would look nice on….the light blue sweaters i would like to see by themselves, they are both a maybe. i do love the cableknit grey, it looks nice and comfy cozy for quick errands or visiting.

  42. MP
    November 21, 2020 / 4:47 am

    I like the style of the cotton sweater — not the color or the price. I would wear a cheaper cotton version in navy or cobalt. The color combinations shown are so dreary…not for me. Happy Saturday.

    • Jennifer
      November 21, 2020 / 8:04 am

      Happy Saturday!

    • Susan Gowan
      November 21, 2020 / 8:50 am

      I would like to wear the outfit on the left. As I do a lot of walking and as temps here in Canada are getting colder, the vest would keep me cozy and warm. Not expecting to be fashionable during quarantine but I love the pairing of grey, blue and taupe. The sweater on the right is pretty but. I would prefer it in a bolder colour.

  43. Leslie B
    November 21, 2020 / 4:46 am

    I love the vest and would definitely wear it. The sweater and tapered pants are something I would consider as well. I’m not too sure I would wear the tulip pants but you never know until you try something on. I particularly like the colour of the vest because it is so neutral and could be paired with many things if you felt like brightening it up.

    • Jennifer
      November 21, 2020 / 7:50 am

      Thanks, Leslie. I love my lantern pants! They’re a fun shape and so comfy.

  44. Janice
    November 21, 2020 / 4:45 am

    I think you need to be tall to wear both and I am much too short. Colors also don’t work for me.

    Can you please tell me the brand of the yoga pants, they look great on you.

    Thank you,

  45. Laura
    November 21, 2020 / 4:40 am

    Both outfits are drab and oversized. Color is important to lift the spirts if the wearer, as well as all you encounter in your travels each day. This is been a challenge for me, as black had been my go to during my career days. As far as the fit of each of the outfits, they are shapeless. My fitness routine and eating having are structured to maintain a lean body, not easy at the age of 60. I don’t intend to hide my efforts by wearing baggy clothing. The length of the pants makes legs and body appear shorter. Haven’t adopted the ankle length pant style.

  46. Lori H
    November 21, 2020 / 4:39 am

    I like the look of the vest on the mannequin but unfortunately I am puffy enough right now without adding extra! I would choose different colors for both outfits as they would wash me out. Someone with stronger coloring could carry them off.

  47. Tina Olson
    November 21, 2020 / 4:30 am

    I always like the look of a vest but don’t wear them. My arms get cold easily so I’d need a heavier layer under the vest. I’d wear a different color. I like the look of the gray sweater and no on both pants. They are too light for cold weather living.

  48. Gayle
    November 21, 2020 / 4:15 am

    I like the vest, would wear it with a brighter color turtleneck. I think black would also look great. I really dislike both pair of pants. They look so summery. It’s 30 here I want wooly socks and boots. I agree with another comment, looks drab and sad. Bring on the red!

  49. Deb
    November 21, 2020 / 4:12 am

    Like the vest & sweater but pants with elastic or taper do nothing for the outfit. The color combo is definitely depressing!

  50. Lisa
    November 21, 2020 / 4:02 am

    i like the shape of the vest on the left, and the gray sweater on the right, but overall both outfits look sad to me. I think it’s because the colors appear drab and the garments are a bit shapeless. During these difficult times, especially with winter approaching, I crave more color. While I can appreciate the comfort aspect and Eileen Fisher fabrics, I personally need more structure in my clothing (even loungewear).

    • Jennifer
      November 21, 2020 / 7:48 am

      Color is such a personal thing

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