Would You Wear It? Stripes and Floral

Would You Wear It? Stripes and Floral

Happy Saturday ladies and welcome to the weekend. Thank you for all your kind wishes for our new house. Sadly, it also fell through. I’m actually pretty relieved that it did because the person we were buying it from was a  nutcase. Life is too short to have to put up with a troublemaker so we’ve begun hunting again. There are new ones on the market every week so we’re hopeful the perfect one will come along.

Now on to fashion, it’s time for would you wear it. Each week my friend Pam and I share a mannequin we’ve found and ask if you’d wear what it’s wearing. We do this to foster conversation about why things work and don’t work for your lifestyle.

Please know, we don’t choose our mannequins because we like or recommend the garments. We choose them at random.jeans and white shirt with skirt outfit

So tell me, ladies, would you wear these looks and why or why not as it relates to your body silhouette and lifestyle. Please explain why.

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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. April 6, 2019 / 3:45 am

    There are pieces here I like, but I would not wear either mannequin as is. I like the blazer with the vertical stripe top, but would wear different pant or better fitting jeans. The denim shirt looks a bit sloppy to go with the skirt outfit and the top is not a flattering design. The skirt could be really cute styled differently.

  2. Sharon
    April 6, 2019 / 4:14 am

    Love the look on the left! Where can I get that blazer?

  3. Betty sc
    April 6, 2019 / 4:26 am

    That first jeans look is “me”, but my jeans would have to be longer and have a much looser fit. I’d consider buying the chambray shirt and striped top, but I wouldn’t put a printed skirt on my pear shaped frame. 😄

  4. April 6, 2019 / 4:33 am

    No. The left-side ensemble: I love the jeans but I would style with a lighter weight, slightly oversized white tee with a side tuck. Button down shirts can be cumbersome and as the day goes by, can become wrinkled and sloppy. A tee gives a cleaner line. I also prefer a darker navy blazer. A brightly colored scarf would add that something extra! And the shoes. Either loafers or a nice pointy-toed flat.

    Thé right-side Ensemble is out of proportion, and.. stripes and florals are just too busy, IMHO. The skirt is gorgeous but I would wear a ballet-neck stretch top-perhaps in Yellow or black. If a denim jacket is to Vve worn, a darker-wash denim, more fitted, and is aligned with the waistline of the skirt. Pointy-toed kitten heels would give this a Lady-with-an-edge look!!! Thank you for allowing me to ramble on!

    • April 6, 2019 / 4:36 am

      And that white belt has to go!

      • Jennifer
        April 6, 2019 / 9:32 pm

        Thanks for sharing how you would style these to work for you.

  5. Linda
    April 6, 2019 / 4:38 am

    I would not wear either look, as is. I like the blazer on the left and the tee on the right. I don’t like the skirt (shape or pattern) and button up shirts don’t work unless I wear them open like the chambray one on the right.

  6. Lori Stewart
    April 6, 2019 / 4:40 am

    I love the outfit on the left and if I still had a waistline I would wear it as is 😉 I would need to leave the shirt untucked. I never have liked stripes and florals so that is a no for me.

  7. April 6, 2019 / 4:56 am

    I like the outfit on the left! I only wear vertical stripes and love the blue and white combo. I love jeans and blazers. I would not wear the outfit on the right. I like florals, but not in a skirt and never horizontal stripes. I am old school — I would never wear a combo of stripes and florals together.

  8. Mary
    April 6, 2019 / 5:01 am

    I would wear the blazer, the striped shirt and the cropped sweater with other clothing. I love navy and those would work. NO to the skin tight jeans, skirt, chambray shirt, nude sandals and especially the white belt. The skirt is too full for me and I don’t like the floral print. Looks like a white purse strap? No to that too.

  9. BethW
    April 6, 2019 / 5:01 am

    I like the one on the left and would wear something similar with a few tweaks. The jeans would be a bit looser for sure and I am not sure about the shoes.
    The right side outfit is not something I would wear. I do not care for the skirt at all. Too loud of a print and the gathers at the waist would only make my waist look larger than it is. I still don’t care much for most mixed prints and this outfit is no exception. I could possibly wear the denim shirt over the striped top, maybe with a pair of white jeans.

    • Jennifer
      April 6, 2019 / 9:34 pm

      Thanks for sharing how you would style these

  10. Pat
    April 6, 2019 / 5:09 am

    I would wear stripes and a print but only if the season, colors, and style was right for me. This combination, from dark to light, would make me feel bottom heavy, especially as that’s not my style of skirt.

  11. Eileen
    April 6, 2019 / 5:18 am

    I would wear the left look, just change the belt And shoe color to cognac, tuck the shirt all in, and add leather tote. Classy casual. Skirt print TOO large , and I would button up the denim shirt and tuck it in , add a belt, look for smaller print skirt.

  12. Gail Schwartz
    April 6, 2019 / 5:29 am

    I like them both! Good for spring in the northeast. Florals brighten me up

  13. Pamela Morse
    April 6, 2019 / 5:40 am

    I love both of these looks. The jean look is classic with the striped shirt, navy blazer, jeans & a neutral shoe! The second look incorporates patterns well, floral & stripes, with the denim shirt keeping it casual! I have similar looks in my closet!

  14. Susan Gowan
    April 6, 2019 / 5:49 am

    I like the outfit to the left. It has a classy but casual vibe which I like. The floral skirt is pretty but I don’t care for the top. Too bad about your house but you were wise to get out while you can. Good luck in the future.

  15. Sydney85
    April 6, 2019 / 5:55 am

    I like both outfits. The only change I would make is for the white belt to be changed out with a belt matching the color of my shoes.

  16. Anita
    April 6, 2019 / 5:58 am

    Good luck with your house hunting. Would you share your list of what you are looking for in a home? And what size? I think a lot of us are moving as big life changes take place.

    • Jennifer
      April 6, 2019 / 9:41 pm

      We are looking for a house with a private backyard or a view of open space around 1,800 square feet.

  17. Susan
    April 6, 2019 / 6:10 am

    No to both looks. The blazer and shirt on the left are fine but I’d tuck in the blouse and wear a brown or floral belt (the inerest of a scarf but not so fussy on my 5 ft frame!). The jeans are a disaster for anyone over 20! Too tight and the fading gives women thunder thighs! I don’t wear ankle straps because I’m too short and have thick-ish ankles! The second look is too busy. If the print were smaller and the skirt not so full (who wants lots of material around her waist?) , the top a solid colorand lose the chambray shirt completely. So I guess that it would be a no to the outfit on the right. Best thing is her shoes. 😉

  18. RoseAG
    April 6, 2019 / 6:14 am

    I like the right side combination, although I’d prefer the skirt to be straight. My waist doesn’t look good with gathers or pleats attached. 🙂 I would pair it with my jean jacket instead of the shirt.

    I look trimmer with waist definition, even though my waist is pretty round. If I see a belt in a Large, I buy it quick.

  19. Glenda
    April 6, 2019 / 6:53 am

    The left mannequin: yes. The right mannequin: yes, with modifications. I do like pattern mixing, but probably on a more subtle level. It does help to up the interest level in your wardrobe, and I usually get lots of positive comments from other women when I mix patterns. It seems like people like the idea of it but are just too timid to try it for fear of looking silly! 😊

    • Jennifer
      April 6, 2019 / 9:43 pm

      Pattern mixing can add great interest to an outfit but it does take some coordination

  20. April 6, 2019 / 6:54 am

    I would wear the one on the left, but definitely not the right!

  21. Ev
    April 6, 2019 / 7:09 am

    I like the one on the left, but would substitute a simple shell for the button down shirt. On the right, I would not wear that skirt, because it would be too bulky for my size. I think the pattern mixing works, though, because it’s the same color story. The chambray shirt is way out of proportion – it needs a cropped denim jacket.

  22. Cindi
    April 6, 2019 / 7:22 am

    I love both on this one. I have challenged myself that in order to be modern in my clothing, I have to be willing to mix more things like stripes and floral. I like the jeans and shirt look, too. With Spring I am seeing my casual dress going more that way. I like the cleanness of the look.

  23. Kate
    April 6, 2019 / 7:29 am

    I love the look on the left, but I would wear the blazer and shirt with dark wash boot cut jeans as they are better for my pear shape. I’d love to know where you found this! The outfit on the right is a no all the way. I don’t wear skirts, I’m not a fan of mixing florals and stripes, and the denim shirt as “blazer” looks sloppy.

  24. Griselle
    April 6, 2019 / 7:29 am

    I will definitively wear the left side outfit with the jeans except the white belt. The right side outfit, I like the tops but won’t wear anything with that type of pattern plus I avoid anything that will accentuate my non existing waist.

  25. Bonna
    April 6, 2019 / 7:34 am

    The one on the left is a look that anyone could pull off with a few adjustments to fit your body type. The one on the right has elements that are outrageously fun and I would have fun tweaking it for my style. I think that is what this is all about, making it your own!

    • Jennifer
      April 6, 2019 / 9:47 pm

      It sure is Bonna. We tweak things to make them work for our body and style.

  26. Rose Brock
    April 6, 2019 / 7:39 am

    I like the outfit on the left but wouldn’t wear the belt or shoes. They are cute for someone younger. I wouldn’t think to put the striped top and shirt with the skirt but it’s cute.

  27. Sarah
    April 6, 2019 / 7:57 am

    To me, there’s nothing better than traditional button down shirts, long sweater/jacket and jeans. I like the denim shirt in the skirt outfit but not the rest. And for many I know buying jeans is a process….yes to jeans but not sure of this skin tight number. Try on a must.

  28. April 6, 2019 / 8:02 am

    I love the outfit on the left and would wear it exactly as shown except the shoes. I would choose shoes or sandals with little or no heel that would provide better support, probably in navy. I would not wear the skirt on the right. I’m not a fan of florals. I seldom wear skirts, but when I do I prefer a more fitted style. Though I like the chambray shirt over the striped top, the top looks too short for me.

  29. Joanna
    April 6, 2019 / 8:08 am

    The outfit on the left is one I would wear. I like the jeans with a striped shirt and blazer. It’s dressed up casual and always looks smart. I’m not sure about the shoes though. I think I would wear a navy flat or even a white runner. White runners are having a major moment. I’m seeing them all over blogland, Bloglovin & Instagram.
    The floral skirt would be a pass. The full skirt and busy pattern would make my bottom half look big. Plus, I don’t like the length. I would wear the striped top and the chambray shirt but pair them with dark wash jeans.
    I’m a slight pear shape so I don’t wear patterned bottoms. I like to keep my pants/capris/skirts solid and add pattern on top.
    Sorry to hear another sale fell through. You must be getting a little frustrated with the whole process. I hope you find the perfect home soon. Perhaps, Vancover Island is calling you back. Jennifer! 😀

    • Jennifer
      April 6, 2019 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks Joanna. Trust me, we are keeping all our options open. I miss Vancouver Island

  30. Linda
    April 6, 2019 / 8:18 am

    The tops all appeal to me as they look comfortable yet classic. I would not attempt the jeans shown here on my pear shape, lol. I like the skirt length and style. I would try the skirt on to see how the print looked. I would put a different top with the skirt. I do like pattern mixing but in smaller doses on me.

  31. Ines
    April 6, 2019 / 8:47 am

    The look with the blazer is perfect , but I’ d wear straight jeans. I think the mixed pattern idea is for a young woman. I’m sure that at 62 I would look strange with that look. The look will appeal to me just by using a top with no pattern.

  32. Katrina
    April 6, 2019 / 9:06 am

    Nix on the white belt!!! Mother always said, “Your bag, your shoes, your gloves & your hat should match!!” I still subscribe to that in theory. So her belt, shoes, & purse should match. #oldschoolme

  33. April 6, 2019 / 10:43 am

    The look on the left captures ME perfectly, and yes I would wear it. Absolutely! I have this outfit in my closet! I like comfort yet classic simple looks.
    Now the skirt outfit on right (for me) is a no. I do have a friend whose personality and love of prints would take this on, no problem…..it’s not horrible, but I don’t like the print skirt look for my age, or body.
    I wish you better luck next week……sorry about that house offer going bad. You don’t need a nutcase in your life……none of us do!

    • Jennifer
      April 6, 2019 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks, Paulette. It makes us wonder if we even want to stay in this neighborhood. I’m looking for calm not drama

  34. Becky
    April 6, 2019 / 10:45 am

    I would not wear either outfit as styled. I like the blazer & shirt on the left but would prefer different jeans & the shirt tucked in all the way. I like the skirt on the right but not with the striped sweater. The striped sweater would also be too short for my figure. The chambray shirt is just ok. There is nothing special about it, & I wouldn’t wear it with the skirt.

  35. Linda
    April 6, 2019 / 11:09 am

    I would not be able to wear either due to restrictions in my dressing due to damage from Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am stuck in ugly athletic shoes until I can find a specialist to rebuild my left foot and give me back the freedom to wear pretty shoes again.

    • Jennifer
      April 6, 2019 / 9:52 pm

      Hang in there Linda. Foot problems are no fun.

  36. Cathy
    April 6, 2019 / 1:42 pm

    Sadly no, the right side looks like someone could figure out what they wanted to wear. The left would look better with a straight leg dark washed jean and ballet flats or a navy or black wedge.

  37. beth byrd
    April 6, 2019 / 1:55 pm

    Yes, to the outfit on the left, although I might need to wear with a different type of jeans due to my body type.

    I like the floral skirt with the striped top, but the chambray shirt looks sloppy and not very flattering. I think a short denim jacket would be much better.

  38. J Johnson
    April 6, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    I think the outfit on the right would look better with the navy blazer from the outfit on the left. With the rumpled chambray shirt, it looks like someone picked up random clothes from the floor of the closet and put them on. And for the life of me, I cannot understand the partially tucked-in shirt concept. My take on that idea is a shirt with some detail at the hem-a knot, a twist, just not the half-tuck. I rarely wear skirts so would pass on this one. The blazer with jeans dresses them up a bit-a useful and practical idea.

  39. Xarcady
    April 7, 2019 / 3:45 am

    The outfit on the left—I could create a reasonable facsimile of that from my closet right now. Only with straight leg jeans and probably sneakers instead of sandals. So that is something I would wear.

    The outfit on the right—I would change out the chambray shirt for a denim jacket in a similar wash. The shirt just doesn’t seem to fit the vibe of the rest of the outfit. And I’d probably wear shoes of some kind.

    And I don’t really like the broad band of solid navy blue at the bottom of that striped top. I think it gives the outfit awkward proportions that would not be flattering to most people. But the general idea of the outfit is one I might experiment with.

  40. Kelli
    April 7, 2019 / 10:08 am

    Outfit on left: For me, skinnies are the equivalent of leggings. That means a top that grazes the bottom of or even completely covers the crotch. Thus, the blazer would need to be ditched altogether and the button-down worn tucked out—although from looking at the latter, its length would have to be a minimum of 28-1/2”-29” (that’s how long most Foxcroft classic-fit button-downs, size 16, are on me). No belt (that white belt’s hideous). Beads of medium size that pick up the colors of everything. Medium to dark gray, silver, chambray blue, or navy flats (heels look ridiculous with skinnies and leggings).

    Outfit on right: Those stripes with those florals HAVE to go! This isn’t balancing yang and yin; it’s slapping together whatever like colors are seen in the closet and dresser drawers for the sake of trying to pull off this trend that’s recurred every 10-15 years since my early teens in the early ‘70s! (I’ll be 60 in eight weeks.)

    If prints are to be mixed, then polka dots—small to medium, placed close together—on a background of white or the blush/light pink from the skirt, or a small calico/floral print involving at least two of the skirt’s colors. These could be achieved in a ballet-style tee.

    That otherwise wonderful chambray button-down (another classic for me ever since 1973) also needs to be nixed. A medium-wash or even a white jean jacket would fit the bill.

  41. Peggy
    April 14, 2019 / 5:40 pm

    Oh I am so happy to have received your e-mails once again. I was receiving them regularly about two years ago and then, boom nothing. Anyway, I am short and 20 pounds overweight so the mannequin outfits won’t work at all. In fact I chuckled at the mannequin outfit on the right. Oh dear, I would look like a circus clown. Sorry for the late response, and I don’t think it’ll get noticed but I’m so pleased to get your e-mails again. Hugs.

    • Jennifer
      April 18, 2019 / 7:16 am

      It got noticed and I’m pleased to see you back Peggy.

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