Would You Wear It? Red Suiting

Would You Wear It? Red Suiting

Happy Saturday ladies. It’s time for would you wear it. Each week my friend Pam and I share a mannequin we’ve seen and ask if you would wear what she’s wearing.

This is a popular series and readers like to exchange ideas in the comments so please explain your answer. What about it appeals to you or why would this look awful on you?

red suiting from Nordstrom broken into 2 outfits

This appears to be one red suit, broken up to wear two ways.

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

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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. March 16, 2019 / 3:37 am

    I would not wear these mannequins as styled. I do like red blazers, but I would want one with a better fit and not so boxy. I do not react positively toward either of these looks. Happy Saturday!

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:45 am

      Happy Saturday Pam

  2. March 16, 2019 / 4:15 am

    I like both, but with certain reservations for me. The outfits would fit my body type I Feel, but the one on the right (skirt) might not work for me because of my age.

    The pants and tee with jean shirt could be part of my everyday, hang around wardrobe. The only drawback is the wrinkly effect of the shirt’s sleeves. I think I could create several outfits with these three pieces ….a plus!
    I do like the skirt outfit but a skirt with sweatshirt and jacket might not work for an older woman like me. I see this on my daughter or daughter in law.

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:45 am

      Thank you Paulette. Happy Saturday

  3. Gail Schwartz
    March 16, 2019 / 4:23 am

    No cropped pants for me (too short) and no t-shirts with writing. I wouldn’t wear a sweatshirt under the jacket, but since I love the color, I would wear the jacket but with some other pants

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:46 am

      Thanks for sharing why Gail.

  4. Sondra
    March 16, 2019 / 4:28 am

    I would wear the read pants and blazer but NOT styled in this manner. Wow! WHAT were they thinking??? There are many ways you could style these two pieces as separates but this isn’t one of them! I worked in retail for several years and had TWO window’s to ‘style’ every other day. It was a small shop and was a challenge but I NEVER would have crapped up the merchandise like these people did. That wouldn’t sell me anything!!

    • Maureen
      March 16, 2019 / 5:42 am

      I was thinking the same. Whoever styled these mannequins didn’t display the clothes to their best advantage. I’m sure the clothes themselves are fine but shown like that doesn’t shout buy me. Well not to me anyway

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:47 am

      And mannequins are meant to inspire us to buy!;)

  5. Laurie
    March 16, 2019 / 4:32 am

    I really like the way these outfits are styled. It’s a fun mix of casual and more formal styles. I like the trend of mixing a fitted blazer with jeans or sneakers with a dress. These outfits take it up a notch!

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:48 am

      I love mixing dressy with casual too Laurie.

      • Jen
        March 16, 2019 / 10:01 am

        The mannequins are only there to display the styles
        Only one mannequin dressers’s ideas ( and not very good ones:()
        The choice of clothes are there
        Would I wear them?
        Depends on shape, size, colour and fit
        Together as presented- probably not

  6. Mary
    March 16, 2019 / 5:01 am

    No, no, no. I like the style of the pants. I would wear the pants in black, navy or a subtle print. Red does not work for me. T shirts with wording nope. The hoodie, jacket and skirt no. Just awful.

  7. Lori Stewart
    March 16, 2019 / 5:06 am

    I am so glad they split the suit pieces up. A red top and bottom would be too much. I would wear both the red top and red bottom, but probably switch out the graphic tee and chambray blouse for a little neater look, such as a red and white striped T-shirt or a crisp white shirt. For the other look, I probably would never wear a hoodie with a blazer and skirt. I would wear a top that was a bit blousy and not tucked in because I have entirely lost my waistline as I have aged. There is something about the skirt that I don’t like, but I am not quite sure what it is-maybe the pattern because I do like the style.

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:50 am

      I like your idea of the Chambray Shirt Lori. It’s fun to restyle outfits to fit our own esthetic.

  8. Sandy
    March 16, 2019 / 5:10 am

    It’s almost as though these are styled so people will stop and look and say, “What are they thinking?” I like the red pants and actually own a red pair very similar to this, but I style them with a neutral color top (black or grey). The graphic tee is too casual to go with those pants. The red blazer is just TOO much – too boxy, too big, too swingy. I’d wear a red blazer, but one that was fitted. I would NEVER wear a beautiful tailored blazer with a hoodie. I like the black swingy skirt, but not styled this way.

  9. Linda
    March 16, 2019 / 5:29 am

    The only part I like is the denim shirt. These looks are just a hot mess! I like and wear red, but not styled like this.

  10. Merri
    March 16, 2019 / 5:37 am

    I do wear red but neither of these speak to me. I would walk right by these in a store. The combination of pieces I think are turning me off. Sweatshirt with the skirt and the T-shirt with writing and denim with a more tailored crop.

  11. Cindy
    March 16, 2019 / 5:41 am

    I like elements of each of these outfits, but neither appeal to me as they are styled. The red is a bit bold, I’d need it to be muted a bit.

  12. Mary K
    March 16, 2019 / 6:23 am

    First, this is the wrong red for me! Need a cool red and I do like the pants. If the jacket were single breasted and more fitted would maybe wear with pants as a pantsuit with floral tank. As the pieces are assemble this is a complete turnoff for me. Actually would prefer the hue to be a pretty hot pink or fuchsia for the coming seasons.

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:42 am

      That would be fun for Spring Mary. Thanks for sharing

  13. Susan
    March 16, 2019 / 6:39 am

    I actually have and wear an outfit very similar to the left one–I love graphic t shirts-they are edgy and fun, and lend a casual air to outfits. I like the red jacket but would not wear it because it’s double breasted-I do not need the extra bulk in front. I kind of like the hoodie with the skirt, maybe with a pair of sneakers and a crossbody it would be young and fun…

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:38 am

      Thanks for explaining your styling ideas

  14. March 16, 2019 / 7:20 am

    No, sorry- I would not wear either of these outfits. I don’t like tee shirts with printing on them at all, and I don’t like the sweatshirt with the skirt and jacket. Frankly, both outfits look like someone dressed in the dark and just grabbed the closest items at hand. A little disappointed, especially as I respect the style choices generally seen on this blog.

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:33 am

      Would you wear it is not a suggestion of what we like or would wear Laura. It’s a post where readers discuss why they like or dislike a look that was found on a mannequin.

  15. March 16, 2019 / 7:23 am

    I wouldn’t wear these outfits as shown, but there are elements of both that I like. I have a pair of bright red jeans that I enjoy wearing and I can see myself in the red cropped pants. I might also wear a red blazer, but one with a less boxy shape. My favourite piece on these mannequins is definitely the skirt though.

  16. Anon
    March 16, 2019 / 7:34 am

    I don’t like red, and I don’t like hoodies. The skirt is the only thing I’d wear.

  17. Eileen
    March 16, 2019 / 7:57 am

    I don’t care for the portion of the wide jacket and too short pant, the jacket adds width, the pants make legs look too short. The skirt is too boxy. Hoodies add width to the torso. Writing on tee shirts, too juvenile. If any pieces are polyester, not a fan. The denim shirt yes, versatile piece.

  18. Linda
    March 16, 2019 / 8:06 am

    I love wearing red! Red accents, red shoes, red coats etc. it’s all good!

  19. Sarah
    March 16, 2019 / 8:15 am

    I like the red but not the outfits. The one with pants looks like something I would throw on to wear for an errand I wouldn’t have to get out of the car. The one with the hoody looks so uncomfortable.

  20. March 16, 2019 / 8:17 am

    I would never wear a casual sweatshirt with a skirt & blazer, and I don’t think I’d wear a chambray shirt with those pants. I would wear the pants with the graphic tee however. The components of each look are either too casual or too formal, and just look off when mixed together in my opinion. I like all the pieces separately however. It really catches your attention though – maybe that’s the point.

  21. sandra stacey
    March 16, 2019 / 8:17 am

    I would not wear this at all. This color red is not appealing to me at all! In fact, I’m not a fan of red, especially in the spring. The jacket screams “matronly”- I like the hoodie with leggings for after workout wear.

  22. Colleen
    March 16, 2019 / 8:38 am

    I would wear all these pieces! Just not together in these combinations!!! I am not sure what they were trying to do here!

  23. Elizabeth
    March 16, 2019 / 8:51 am

    I love red but I find these shades much too bright..my preference leads more to a shade above wine colour although a pop of bright red in a sweater does it for me.. I am a big fan of cropped pants and hope they are around for many more seasons…I like them slim and wide also..I would love to see you feature jumpsuits as I purchased a couple last summer and have become a big fan of them especially the looser ones..well a fan except when one has to use the powder room!

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:52 am

      That is a big drawback to jumpsuits!

  24. Cindy
    March 16, 2019 / 8:56 am

    I’d wear the look on the left just swap out for a plain tee and not tuck anything in.

  25. Lisa
    March 16, 2019 / 9:14 am

    I would totally wear the outfit on the left to go out for cocktails. However, the denim shirt would be wrinkle-free and not tucked in like I was sloppy coming out of the bathroom!

  26. J Johnson
    March 16, 2019 / 9:50 am

    When I look at these mannequins, all I can think of is how HOT it would be to wear a hoodie with a blazer!! The denim shirt is the piece I would choose from these outfits.

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:51 am

      That would be a consideration for me too

  27. lillypie
    March 16, 2019 / 9:59 am

    I don’t wear red, so no to that color. I like the juxtaposition of the blazer (in navy maybe) with the hoodie, but I don’t understand using that flowy, mumsy skirt with it. I have a gazillion denim/chambray shirts so I would wear that, and I’d wear it with a print tee, just not that print. And again, no to the red pants.

  28. March 16, 2019 / 10:18 am

    No, I wouldn’t wear either outfit as styled. But I realize these looks are fashioned for a younger audience. That being said, I can see some possibilities with all these items. Don’t you wish you could reach out and mix things up? I’m warming up to the sweatshirt and skirt, but not with the jacket. I would wear the button up shirt or a white tee with the skirt and jacket. I’d wear the sweatshirt with the pants. Maybe even wear the button up shirt under the sweatshirt (if I could stand that much around my neck) with the pants. The only piece I wouldn’t wear would be the graphic tee. I like it, but my girls are a size that don’t need the extra attention.

  29. beth byrd
    March 16, 2019 / 10:30 am

    I keep seeing the hoodie under blazer look but I’m not sure if I like it. In this case definitely not — the blazer is much too boxy and isn’t flattering at all.

    I do like the other outfit — I’m liking the graphic tee with denim shirt and red pants. The only hesitation I have is with cropped pants. I have a long torso and shorter legs, so cropped pants tend to be a no-no for me. But the look on the mannequin is great!

    Thanks, Jennifer! I really enjoy these posts. And it is so interesting and fun to read what others say!!

  30. Patti
    March 16, 2019 / 10:34 am

    I would wear either the red blazer or the gray sweatshirt with jeans, classic black pants or sweatpants. Not both pieces together and none of the other pieces. I really like classic looks, somewhat casual but pulled together to make casual dressy.

  31. Becky
    March 16, 2019 / 11:18 am

    I would not wear either of these looks. The outfit on the left just too messy, & I don’t think the bright red pants would be flattering to my hips. The outfit on the right is a bit perplexing. The red jacket looks a bit bulky for skirt, & the gray hoodie doesn’t seem appropriate for either piece.

  32. March 16, 2019 / 11:39 am

    I like the red blazer. Would wear it with my own clothes, but not as shown. The cropped pants are never a god idea on my body. I have an apple shape with skinny ankles, cropped pants just accentuate how skinny my ankles are. I need full coverage or capris to the knee for balance.

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:25 pm

      Thanks for explaining your styling ideas

  33. Kay
    March 16, 2019 / 11:51 am

    I agree that the biggest problem here is the mannequins. Maybe the stylist was in a hurry to get home and just threw together everything left in the box.

  34. Lily
    March 16, 2019 / 4:19 pm

    I like the outfit on the left. I think it’s “hip”. Is that still a word? I don’t get the outfit on the right at all. Casual hoodie, tailored,professional blazer, floaty, feminine skirt?

  35. Joy
    March 16, 2019 / 4:48 pm

    Actually I think these pieces could also be mixed with the Chicos pieces Pam picked. The jacket buttoned would slim down and more dressy tops would give it an edge. Especially with the striped pants that need something strong to match them. Some heeled booties or sandals in flame red would balance the strong drama of the red jacket and striped pants. They could all be mixed very successfully with other things to create a group of outfits. Judie’s to you and Pam for finding mix and match outfits. Yes, I would wear them, but I like bold and strong effects!!

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks Joy. That’s very creative thinking.

  36. Cyndi
    March 16, 2019 / 7:02 pm

    Love red blazers but this style wouldn’t be one for me. Like the skirt but not styled this way. Think both the gray sweatshirt and T would be cute with denim. But these two outfits are a miss for me. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Elaine Rau
    March 16, 2019 / 7:18 pm

    I like the red jacket, which I would wear with a more styled blouse/top and black pants to work for a professional appearance. I also like the relaxed fit for the jacket. The skirt is pretty but it’s not for me. Also, I would not wear the red pants but I would wear the casual tops with jeans for meeting friends for coffee, etc.

  38. Barb t
    March 17, 2019 / 8:34 am

    I agree with those that say the two red pieces are great but not with those other pieces. I would not ever wear a hooded sweatshirt with that skirt. To me the pants are too dressy for the tee. Also, double breasted blazers make me look like a tank.

  39. March 17, 2019 / 1:46 pm

    There is so much wrong with both outfits I don’t know where to begin. I would not wear any of it. If mannequins are meant to inspire, this store needs to rethink their concept of style.

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