Would You Wear It- Stripes with Plaid

Would You Wear It- Stripes with Plaid

Happy Saturday and welcome to the weekend. It’s time for would you wear it with my friend Pam. Each Saturday we post a picture of a mannequin and ask our readers if they would wear what it’s wearing and why. We hope you will share why this would or would not work for your body shape, coloring and lifestyle and how you might style it differently. I love to hear your styling ideas because some of us love these looks.

Here is a side view of the duster.

Please tell me why you would or would not wear this look.

Is it a good shape for your body?

Would the colors flatter you?

Does this work for your lifestyle?


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

Thanks for reading and be sure you dress with confidence.

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  1. Penelope
    September 14, 2019 / 3:42 am

    While I’m not wild about the sweater colors , I like the style and scale of the stripes. This is nice with the small scale and neutral color of the duster. That all works. But the duster is too shapeless and too long for my body. (I do like the side detail) I would need to belt it but it looks like there is just too much fullness, even belted. It would end up looking lumpy and puffy in bad places. Also, my lifestyle at the moment does not require this kind of winter attire. I liked Friday’s outfit far better.

  2. Cindy
    September 14, 2019 / 3:46 am

    I wouldn’t typically mix stripes with plaid. But this duster almost looks like a neutral, due to the color & size of the pattern. So I might give this combo a try.

  3. September 14, 2019 / 4:04 am

    As someone earlier mentioned, the duster works as it appears as a neutral. I like it, but as I am only 5 4in., some toppers are way too long, and make me appear even shorter. I’d need to try it on.
    The stripes on the sweater? Not certain as Im a but busty, and again, need to try on anything with horizontal stripes. The colors are fine for me, as they appear.
    I actually really like this outfit on the mannequin.
    Trying things on is my new mantra!

  4. Gail Schwartz
    September 14, 2019 / 4:16 am

    I really like this look. The sweater has good fall colors and the duster elevates the outfit.

  5. BethW
    September 14, 2019 / 4:39 am

    I normally do not mix patterns but the dusters is muted enough to work well with the sweater. It looks good on the mannequin but I am only 5’2” and that long duster would only make me look shorter than I already am. I love the look of the long dusters but when I put them on I tend to look like a child putting on their parents clothing.

  6. Ellen
    September 14, 2019 / 4:48 am

    Theoretically this is a great look. The stripes and small plaid are good together. I think a finer knit on the sweater would be better, though, the ribs are a distraction .
    The practical problem for me is the whole “duster” concept.
    Too dramatic for me to be swanning around in in my little town where dusters are for, well, dusting. If the coat were a regular coat, with a little more structure, and the boots weren’t white, I’d actually wear this!
    Thanks for the display!

    • jude
      September 14, 2019 / 5:08 am

      I’m always amused at what other people see. White boots?

  7. Linda
    September 14, 2019 / 4:51 am

    I would wear the duster, if it comes in petites. The sweater is nice, but I don’t have the neck for this type.

  8. Lea
    September 14, 2019 / 4:52 am

    I love the outfit except for the neckline on the sweater. And I live in my dusters, having trouble wearing my blazers this fall. I would give this a second look for sure!

  9. MP
    September 14, 2019 / 5:06 am

    This outfit is so boring! The wide stripes on the sweater are not for me. I don’t like the colors either. The duster fabric would make great tailored pants.

  10. PatB
    September 14, 2019 / 5:18 am

    I generally love sweater coat styles, adjusted to my petite length. I actually made a long vest in this same check and this coat style also appears to be a knit and not enough weight to hang well. I am still trying to style mine and for me the large stripe sweater doesn’t work.

    • Ellen
      September 14, 2019 / 7:34 am

      👍. You make a brilliant point about fabric weight. I think that is the crux of the matter for me on this relatively unstructured look in a long sweater coat. Heavier weight is more important than structure, I think hear you saying?
      Thanks for the benefit of your experience. Hope you can get your latest project styled to your liking. I am really learning from everyone who comments here and look forward to would you wear it?Saturday.

  11. Linda P
    September 14, 2019 / 5:20 am

    While the colors are wrong for me, the combo works because (as others have said) the duster reads as a solid/neutral. Also, the duster would overwhelm my 5’4” frame, so I would not wear this outfit.

  12. Sue G
    September 14, 2019 / 5:40 am

    I love the sweater colors but the width and direction of the stripes would create a very boxy shape on me so I would not wear it. However the mannequin would inspire me to mix prints which I wouldn’t have considered doing.

  13. Sue
    September 14, 2019 / 5:51 am

    I like the colorway of the sweater–but I gave away all my ribbed sweaters last year. I prefer not to have clothes that cling to my meno-midriff. I love the subtle plaid of the duster, but as others have said, maybe it would work better for my own purposes in a more structured coat.
    As for plaid and stripes, or stripes and florals, or any of the pattern mixing we are seeing lately, I find it is too busy looking on my body and life stage. I really like mostly solids with one pattern–checked pants, OR a floral blouse, OR a striped scarf….not all at once! I leave the bolder mixing to younger women. (I am mid 60s).

  14. Michele
    September 14, 2019 / 6:11 am

    I don’t have a problem with mixing patterns as long as one of the items is more muted (like the duster in this picture). I personally would not wear this duster because it is too long and unstructured, and I am 5’6”, so longer sweaters/jackets normally work for me. I also do not like the overly large pockets. I am 60+ years of age, and ribbed, form-fitting sweaters are not for me, but for a slimmer body, the sweater would be nice for Fall.

  15. MRSBEN2
    September 14, 2019 / 6:20 am

    Though I feel the pieces do work together there are issues that I personally would have for each piece. Beginning with the top; do like the stripes and color but (because of my long neck) prefer a full turtle or a cowl neck rather than a mock one. As for the duster and regardless that I am a fan of glen check and do have the height, I do not care for its long length as I would find it annoying every time I went to sit down as would be concerned about its hemline becoming soiled when in the seated position and/or its creasing property because of its open slit side seam/excess fabric. (Also, it appears that the interfacing could be tacked down.) As for the bottoms, do like the cut of them but (because of my age) am more apt to choose a higher waistline. To conclude; I would not hesitate to put a similar outfit together taking a cue from this one but more tweaked to my personal preferences. As for the long version dusters; a definite to each their own but in defense of my pickiness (☺) to give an example; the jacket I currently have on is 29″ from the floor whereas when seated on a standard chair it is 15″. -Brenda-

    • Ellen
      September 14, 2019 / 7:37 am


  16. maurine
    September 14, 2019 / 6:22 am

    The houndstooth duster is a classic pattern for a over “coat” so could be worn over just about anything. This particular shape is an easy to wear style that I would use as a basic in my wardrobe for three season layering. I would also wear a belt as an alternate look. The sweater is not one I would wear because of the mock turtle neck. The colors and size of the stripe are okay I’d just need to try it with a different neckline.

  17. Elizabeth Clarke
    September 14, 2019 / 6:29 am

    The combo is good in terms of color, however my issue has to do with the matching of plaids. The pocket lines do not line up with the body of the coat. I realize there is a cost issue to match plaids because of the extra fabric required. That said IMHO nothing screams cheap like stripes or plaid/checks that do not line up.

  18. Fiona
    September 14, 2019 / 7:27 am

    This does look trendy, and I do like the mixed patterns, but it would not work for me. First, I don’t like the sweater neckline (just my preference because I don’t like anything that high); the stripes would make my bust look even bigger; the colors of the sweater would not look good with my long, grey hair; the duster is too long, and as noted by someone else, I would worry all the time about the bottom getting dirty while sitting.

  19. Terry
    September 14, 2019 / 8:08 am

    I love everything about this! I would wear the duster and pants and now feel that I must find that duster to own. Sadly I must avoid horizontal stripes because of menopause pooch, but I’d wear the sweater if I could.

  20. susanm
    September 14, 2019 / 8:31 am

    I wouldn’t wear this outfit. The colours in the sweater are dull. I like the plaid pattern in the duster but the fabric looks flimsy and heres too much fabric for me to wear successfully (it would look like a paper bag on my frame).

  21. Eileen
    September 14, 2019 / 8:34 am

    Being a pear with some curves, the cuts are too straight for my shape. It’s a good time for a taller rectangular shapes I would guess.

  22. Rose
    September 14, 2019 / 8:58 am

    I like the outfit on the mannequin. Unfortunately being short might pose a problem with the duster. If it was shorter and came in a petite that would work. I like the mix of stripes and plaid, very subtle.

  23. Deb
    September 14, 2019 / 8:58 am

    Not something I would ever wear!

  24. Eve
    September 14, 2019 / 9:05 am

    I’m just not a fan of dusters. They wrap around my legs. The stripes in the sweater are too wide and the colors with my cool coloring would not work.
    I do like the fabric of the duster and the color. I would wear that in a shorter 3/4 style jacket. I might try the sweater in beautiful blues even though the stripes are wide if they were close together in blue shades.

  25. Cathy Cunningham
    September 14, 2019 / 9:08 am

    I actually like this combination. I think I’m to short for the length of the duster. Does it come in petite sides. A neat look.

  26. Dawn
    September 14, 2019 / 10:09 am

    I like the look for fall. I’m 5’8” so the duster would be fine for me. Like the colors for fall!

  27. Becky
    September 14, 2019 / 11:11 am

    I like the pattern of duster, but it would be way too long for my short frame. I like the sweater except, but the neck is too high for me. I’m not generally a fan of pattern mixing, but this seems to work.

  28. Jill
    September 14, 2019 / 11:26 am

    I would wear the duster if it was shorter and would want a plain sweater or shirt under it.

  29. Denise
    September 14, 2019 / 11:31 am

    I would wear stripes and plaid together but not this particular stripe with this plaid. The duster is way too long for my 5’2” frame. I would shorten it and find a different stripe top with a different neckline. Then the outfit would be perfect.

  30. Cyndi
    September 14, 2019 / 11:50 am

    Colors in the sweater are pretty but I wouldn’t choose horizontal stripes for myself . While I technically think the plaid is a neutral, I’m not sure I’d be comfortable pairing plaids and stripes. And…I do really like the longer duster type jacket/sweater but this one is a bit extreme on the length so not sure how it would look on, I’d try one that length with reservations. So, overall, I probably wouldn’t choose any of the pieces except the pants

  31. Anon
    September 14, 2019 / 11:57 am

    This concept would work for my pear shape, in a cooler sweater color. The emphasis is on the upper body, with the horizontal stripes and collar. I have a long neck and the height to carry this look. I appreciate the side slits on the duster, as I need freedom of movement for my stride.

    Thank you for challenging me to try something new this fall.

  32. September 14, 2019 / 12:18 pm

    Since I own a very similar topper and love it, then I would wear the plaid topper. For someone like me with a large bust and curves, the wide horizontal stripes on the sweater would not work at all. But this jacket does go with just about anything. I got mine at Nordstrom Rack last year.

  33. Linda
    September 14, 2019 / 12:51 pm

    I like the duster but, I wouldn’t wear the combinations.
    I have a question or even an idea for you. Sometimes, we ladies can’t decide what or how to wear something or we have it to wear but, afraid to put it together.
    Perhaps, we could send you an email and you could help us.
    For example:
    I have a new black Chico dress and I bought short boots (camel) and a off (red) pair. I normally wear petites, however, I’m returning it for a regular to get more length in the dress. Since my legs are pale, I think I should wear tights.What color would you suggest with either boot? Also, would you wear a colored t-shirt under it? I’m going back east and it’s turning cooler back there. Thank you.

  34. Linda
    September 14, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    I like the duster but, I wouldn’t wear the combinations.
    I have a question or even an idea for you. Sometimes, we ladies can’t decide what or how to wear something or we have it to wear but, afraid to put it together.
    Perhaps, we could send you an email and you could help us.
    For example:
    I have a new black jean Chico dress and I bought short boots (camel) and a off (red) pair. I normally wear petites, however, I’m returning it for a regular to get more length in the dress. Since my legs are pale, I think I should wear tights. What color would you suggest with either boot?

  35. Linda
    September 14, 2019 / 12:56 pm

    I like the duster but, I wouldn’t wear the combinations.
    I have a question, sometimes, we ladies can’t decide what or how to wear an item. Perhaps, we could send you an email and you could help us.
    For example:
    I have a new black jean dress from Chico’s. I bought short boots (camel) and a off (red) pair. I normally wear petites, however, I’m returning it for a regular to get more length in the dress. Since my legs are pale, I think I should wear tights. What color would you suggest with either boot? Thanks

  36. September 14, 2019 / 1:03 pm

    I love the muted tones in the sweater and would wear it in a heartbeat. I’m too short to wear dusters, but I would wear the small plaid in a jacket,

  37. Marcy Brinkley
    September 14, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    I like the colors of the sweater but not the wide stripes – I’m too short and curvy for them to be flattering. The color of the duster is too blah for me but I might buy something like it in black or navy.

  38. Martha
    September 14, 2019 / 2:43 pm

    I think I would wear this. The duster is so subtle it doesn’t really seem plaid.

  39. Linda
    September 14, 2019 / 5:08 pm

    Yes I like everything about this look. But since I’m short not sure if the duster would work for me.

  40. Nancy
    September 15, 2019 / 7:15 am

    Oh, the reason I brought up that blog is, today, Sunday, she has a lot of Etsy shops listed for pillows and art and lamps and etc.

  41. Roberta
    September 15, 2019 / 3:05 pm

    Yes – would mix prints, wear oversized boyfriend blazer, definitely pair with jeans. Love mixture of feminine and masculine/classic and casual. So very country genteel. Takes a good eye to match hues and textures.

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