Would You Wear It: Tangerine Dreams

Would You Wear It: Tangerine Dreams

Happy Saturday ladies. What a week it’s been:) Apparently, we may be staying inside for longer than we originally thought so we need to make the best of it. The longer this goes on, the more important our self-care becomes.

Luckily, it’s time for would you wear it with my friend Pam. Each week we share a mannequin we’ve found and ask if you would wear what it’s wearing. Please keep your comments personal to you so other women’s feelings don’t get hurt and we can have a fun give and take.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear this dress and if so, how could you style it to work for your shape and lifestyle?

I love to have you share your styling ideas because we can all learn from each other.


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Now let’s go see what the mannequin is wearing at Over 50 feeling 40.

Thanks for reading and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident, no matter who sees you.


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  1. Janet D.
    April 4, 2020 / 10:07 pm

    Love the neckline on the tangerine dress, but have never been a fan of ruffles & bows — I can’t help think it looks like an apron! And while tangerine is one of my favourite decor colours — I almost always have at least one wall in my home that’s tangerine or cantaloup — I’m not sure that shade suits my colouring. If I WERE to wear it in spite of the ruffles, I’d trade the belt for a wide straw cinch belt paired with straw espadrilles & a summery straw bag, plus white drop earrings & bracelet. I love love love the floral dress & would wear it in a minute with lapis earrings & a couple of long strands of lapis beads to draw the eye down from that high round neckline. I’d add lapis-blue sandals & bag — I have all the blue accessories already as lapis is my favorite colour/stone & I wear it a lot. Love the summery colours btw 🙂 The mountains around me had fresh snow this morning & it was raining/snowing down here in the valley a couple of days ago. Our tulips are almost open (the ones the deer haven’t eaten), the fruit trees are starting to bud & I am MORE than ready for spring to really kick into gear.

  2. Lois Williams
    April 4, 2020 / 1:44 pm

    Love the colors but other than beach dresses my retired, more casual lifestyle just doesn’t warrant me purchasing dresses or suits for that matter…my uniform for so Ma y years. I do miss those clothes!
    The tangerine would be perfect for some of my granddaughters.

  3. Cyndi
    April 4, 2020 / 12:44 pm

    I really like both these dresses and would admire them if someone else was wearing – I don’t wear sleeveless (I’m too cold natured) but like the color, style, length, etc. My ‘occasions’ to wear dresses are primarily indoors where the air conditioning is too cool for bare arms (for me)

  4. Eve
    April 4, 2020 / 12:28 pm

    I had a dress like this tangerine one when I was younger. I really liked it then. I wore tee shirts under it because I don’t really like sleeveless. I’m busty.
    The other dress with flowers I do like but I would need to wear a jacket. I have one similar that I wear but it is a maxi. I might pair this with boots and a jacket in early fall. Or pull a long sleeve sweater over it . I live on the coast so some dresses can go three seasons.

  5. Becky
    April 4, 2020 / 12:08 pm

    The dress in the front, no matter the color, reminds of the aprons my grandmother use to wear when I was a kid, so that’s a definite no. The one in the back, while pretty & cheerful, is not my style.

  6. Becky
    April 4, 2020 / 11:42 am

    I think the tangerine dress is cute, and I like the overall shape, but I can’t wear any shade of orange. I also don’t like to have much of my arms showing, so the sleeves wouldn’t work for me.

    • Deborah
      April 4, 2020 / 4:31 pm

      I’m in total agreement with Becky. Really a cute, cute dress tho!

  7. Kay
    April 4, 2020 / 11:38 am

    I like both colors (and the print) but I’m not wearing dresses anymore, except for special occasions. Retired and stuck at home: who needs a dress? LOL

  8. Nancy Walden
    April 4, 2020 / 11:06 am

    I went to the Nordstrum site to look at the details and color-options of both dresses. I like the red print but it’s designed with a deep slit over the left leg. It looks like the slit goes to mid-thigh which is simply too high for me! The tangerine dress buttons at the back and has a cut-out. It’s adorable but, one, I wouldn’t wear that color; two, the cut-out is too youthful for me; three, the ruffles wouldn’t flatter my bustline. I’ll miss “would you wear it.” Returning to my Saturday favorite is one of the many things to look forward to when COVID 19 is in the past.

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:01 pm

      Would you wear it is not going anywhere. Pam and I will figure something out.

  9. Sharon
    April 4, 2020 / 10:57 am

    The red floral for me, however, not a fan of uneven hems – guess I’m a little conservative but I have a great alterations person.

  10. Audrey
    April 4, 2020 / 10:50 am

    Would not wear the tangerine because of ruffles tho I would like to try the color especially as I add skin tone from warmer sunshine. I think the belt is cute. Wouldn’t mind having it knee length as my legs are an asset.

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:04 pm

      You are lucky your knees are an asset:)

  11. beth byrd
    April 4, 2020 / 10:47 am

    I like both dresses and it is wonderful to see bright colors during this difficult time.
    However, I don’t wear brights so I’d have to pass on both.

    I definitely prefer the style of the floral dress and would consider it if it were in a pastel print. The ruffles on the tangerine dress are a bit too ‘cutesy’ for my style but otherwise it would be quite flattering!

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:01 pm

      It is wonderful to see bright happy colors.

  12. Pat
    April 4, 2020 / 10:23 am

    I would not wear the tangerine dress as orange and tangerine are not colors I am drawn to and I do not look good in them. I also think the ruffles and self belt make it look a tad frumpy. I do like the red floral dress and would wear this for casual outings and for travel. I would pair it with a white belt and denim jacket and flat sandals for a day of sightseeing. Heels, a bold statement necklace, and a metallic belt would dress it up a bit for dinner. This was a bright spot in my week. Thank you!

  13. Claudette
    April 4, 2020 / 9:57 am

    On this dull gray day the dresses were a bright spot. I really liked the floral dress and think it would be fun and comfortable on a sunny Saturday outing. I would not wear the tangerine dress but think it would look nice on a younger person. Have a nice Saturday.

  14. Ellen
    April 4, 2020 / 9:31 am

    Love the dress but not the color. Tangerine is not for me. I’m too pink toned. But the dress I like. The ruffles would balance my hips without being too sweet or over the top. and the belt gives it a nice shape. Almost a go anywhere dress for summer. But may I have it in different color?

  15. Cathy Balser
    April 4, 2020 / 9:28 am

    Surprised at all the negative responses to the orange dress. I love it. I have narrow shoulders so the ruffles would help me. I think it is overall slimming.
    Also surprised at the positive responses to the red dress. I think it is borderline “grandma/frumpy”. Also, see too many variations of it out in stores.

    • Gale
      April 4, 2020 / 2:57 pm

      Love the floral print dress and I would wear it, although I would need to cover my upper arms with a cardigan or wrap.

      • Jennifer
        April 4, 2020 / 8:10 pm

        I like to cover my arms now too

  16. Deb
    April 4, 2020 / 9:28 am

    If the floral dress was tangerine I would wear with white denim Jacket for summer!

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:12 pm

      Thanks for the fun idea

  17. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    April 4, 2020 / 9:19 am

    I definitely would not wear the tangerine dress. The ruffles and self belt do not appeal to me and the fabric looks stiff. Though the second dress is much more colourful than I usually choose, I’d be tempted to try it on especially if I was planning a resort holiday.

  18. Susan McClelland
    April 4, 2020 / 9:18 am

    The style of the tangerine dress is cute. I would wear it in black or bright pink. The red floral dress is much more my style. I’m not wearing anything but jeans and t-shirts these days, but thinking toward warmer days when I can go out with friends and wear a cute outfit.

  19. Norma
    April 4, 2020 / 9:00 am

    I love both,all the colors are awesome! I don’t have the greatest legs so the length is perfect for me! I would definitely try both of these.

  20. Lisa C.
    April 4, 2020 / 8:58 am

    Cute dresses. I’m in a conservative sector of the workforce so I wouldn’t wear either to work, but they’re my kind of dress for a summer barbecue, a day out antiquing and dinner with my husband or going someplace with my kids and grandkids. I call them “Nana dresses” but not the frumpy dresses our grandmothers wore (we still loved our grandmothers no matter what anyway!)

  21. Dianne🇨🇦
    April 4, 2020 / 8:46 am

    Good morning! Such a delightful post to open with those colours!
    I would not wear the tangerine dress with the belt & ruffles.
    I love the red dress & the idea of wearing it with a cute short jean jacket is good.
    Spring is such a good time to get brighter clothes out.

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 11:22 am

      I’m loving brighter colors too. Happy Saturday Dianne

  22. Mollie M.
    April 4, 2020 / 8:36 am

    Neither dress appeals to me! The colours plus the frills are not my style. I also am not a fan of the longer length.

  23. patricia a gale
    April 4, 2020 / 8:35 am

    Color orange /tangerine is a difficult color to wear for most people. Over 50 I dont wear sleeveless so if tried wearing some sort of jacket defeat purpose of ruffles.
    I would wear the dress behind which looks more contemporary. Cute with a jean jacket-dress down- or even a short linen blazer with long strand of pearls-dress up-.

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:43 am

      Thanks for sharing your styling ideas, Patricia. Happy Saturday

  24. Pam Over 50 Feeling 40
    April 4, 2020 / 8:31 am

    I would walk past these. Only because they do not communicate what I want to say with my style messages, and they would not flatter my curves.

  25. Lily
    April 4, 2020 / 8:29 am

    Love this display! It would grab my attention. The solid dress is too ruffly for my frame. I would buy the print dress, shorten it to knee length and wear with a black leather or jeans jacket. Are these “my” colors, no. Is the print too large, yes. Who cares! This dress is fun and makes me happy!

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:42 am

      That is sort of how I am feeling about clothes these days too. I am looking for things that lift my spirits

  26. Barb
    April 4, 2020 / 8:14 am

    I would wear this dress except not in that color. Not a fan of color orange in anything, so different color would be great. I am a petite hourglass/pear and this would look great, I think, with a denim jacket or blazer depending on the occasion. Love the wider shoulders!

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:41 am

      Thanks for sharing Barb. Happy Saturday

  27. Ann
    April 4, 2020 / 7:56 am

    The bright floral dress is fun and I’d wear it. Even though the tangerine color is pretty on the other dress, it is way outside my preferred palette and the ruffles are a real non-starter. Cheers for looking to spring color!

  28. Linda
    April 4, 2020 / 6:53 am

    I have never been fond of the color orange. I have always avoided it. No idea why other than I have disliked it firm infancy. So no, I won’t be wearing it.

  29. Judy
    April 4, 2020 / 6:45 am

    Love both. Not sure how they would look on me. All of your responses were great. Exactly how I feel about the dresses. No wonder I buy stuff and don’t like it when at home. Such insight. Thanks will try harder to analyze before purchasing. 69 yrs but must see 49 when shopping 😉

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:39 am

      I think many of us have that visual challenge:) Happy Saturday Judy

  30. Rose
    April 4, 2020 / 6:43 am

    I like the floral dress. It looks really fun. I wouldn’t wear the tangerine dress however, ruffles and belts are not for me.

  31. MP
    April 4, 2020 / 6:40 am

    Tangerine? It looks gold here. EIther way no, the color, the ruffle sleeves the belt all no.
    The red dress is better but the print is so big. If the fabric was a solid color or a small geometric print It might work with a jean jacket.
    Happy Saturday Jennifer.

  32. jmp
    April 4, 2020 / 6:38 am

    I think the colors are vibrant, so cheerful! The styles wouldn’t work on me, but I think both dresses are really cute. I’d need some sleeves and different colors for them to work for me. But they certainly say SPRING!

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:38 am

      They do! Happy Saturday

  33. Lizette
    April 4, 2020 / 6:37 am

    I have a dress like the red print on the left. When my husband first saw it on me in the store, he said, “THAT’S friendly!”. So I bought it. Living in a cold climate, I don’t wear it a lot but it’s a great summer dress.
    The orange ruffled apron dress? Not so much. The color is great but the style is either too juvenile for me or too old fashioned, apron looking for me.

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:38 am

      I love his description! It will be very pretty when things warm up.

  34. Linda GR
    April 4, 2020 / 6:20 am

    I really like both dresses. I’d be wearing the print one, if I had it. It makes me smile. I like the solid color dress, but it would need a couple of tweaks. The ruffled sleeve caps would have to go, and I’d replace the self-belt with a leather belt (self-belts and I don’t play well together). The colors are wonderful, so cheery.

  35. Carla Mahaney
    April 4, 2020 / 6:14 am

    I actually love both fabrics, but I couldn’t wear either dress. I find as i am aging I seem to be becoming a bit short waisted (or perhaps what is accumulating around my hips and tummy is just moving upwards! 🙂 ) so wearing a belted dress just seems to accentuate this. And I have narrow shoulders so capped sleeves such as this seem to make me look more droopy.
    I do love a v-neck! And (so many issues I have) I cannot wear any type of heel anymore and it seems to make it very challenging to find the right hem length in a dress.
    Dreaming of being able to afford a personal stylist and of course the ability to actually GO to work instead of working remotely at the kitchen table!

  36. Pat
    April 4, 2020 / 5:45 am

    I went through a period in college and for many years after where I mostly wore black (crazy to think how old we “punks” are now!). Now that I am a working professional and mom in the later half of my life, I find myself going for lots of orange/coral. I like the versatility of the dress – I could really see a chunky wood necklace and bracelets, sandals, even a scarf – but I have broad shoulders and don’t like ruffled or puff shoulders on me.

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:44 am

      Thanks for sharing Pat. Happy Saturday

  37. - Vicki Mikola Dack
    April 4, 2020 / 5:34 am

    Oh, Heavens; NO! Orange & that Bright of Yellow just doesn’t go with my skin tone. — I am a Blue, Green, Purple shade woman. Not impressed with the display of the two styles. Both fabrics need ironing for my taste. And I don’t do ruffles at my age.

  38. Sue
    April 4, 2020 / 5:20 am

    No- love the color but I’m not a ruffle person.

    • Ellen
      April 4, 2020 / 5:43 am

      Hi. I couldn’t ever wear the orange/tangerine dress with ruffles and tie belt. My chest is too big, my waist too short, and my upper arms, well, you know. The color is not quite right for me, either.
      The floral, more tomatoey-color dress with the pattern, I love. I would deal with the cap sleeves by…well, the usual suspects, jean jacket, cardigan. Love that dress.

  39. Audrey
    April 4, 2020 / 5:14 am

    I do not wear sleeveless either but love the colour of bothe dresses although would orefer the one on the left without the pattern or with a smaller scaled pattern as I am only 5 feet tall. As Jo said the link to Pam’s site is not working and keeps coming back to you. Also had problem with you post on April 2 comments came up but not the blog itself – pity because the brief flash I had of the photograph suggested that I would really have liked that dress

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:37 am

      I fixed Pam’s link. I’m not sure what happened on April 2. Happy Saturday

  40. Phyllis Hughes
    April 4, 2020 / 5:14 am

    My immediate response was a very definite, “No” only because of the color. I don’t wear orange/tangerine. The ruffles makes my chest look larger, and I don’t need that. However, if it was a different color and without ruffles, it could be very flattering. I don’t think the neckline is particularly low; I like a scoop neck or a V-neck. I like the dress behind it, except for the hemline. It looks like it is made of rayon and not allowed to hang for 24 hours before being hemmed; thus the side have stretched.

  41. Donna
    April 4, 2020 / 5:09 am

    Happy Saturday!

    I love the tangerine colour and I would definitely try the dress on. I’d swap out the self belt for a woven light coloured belt. I like the v neck, which is flattering on me but I worry that the ruffles would add too much visual weight to my larger chest.

    I love the floral red material but the high neckline and shapeless fit of this dress would look like a big red bag on me.

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:34 am

      Happy Saturday Donna. Thanks for sharing your ideas

  42. Michele
    April 4, 2020 / 4:51 am

    I dress very discretely and the tangerine dress has a neckline that is too low for my comfort zone. I also do not care for the ruffles. If this dress had a higher neckline and was simply sleeveless, I would consider it along with a cardigan to cover my aging arms. The floral dress is designed more to my liking, but I tend to shy away from florals and patterns. Again, I would need a cardigan since I no longer wear sleeveless. Just the picture is bright and cheery, and who doesn’t need some cheer right now!! I would love to hear your comments on these items. You always bring a perspective I haven’t thought of.

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:34 am

      Thanks for sharing your styling ideas, Michele. I will share mine tomorrow.

  43. Susan Kelley
    April 4, 2020 / 4:42 am

    Love the print of the left. The dress on the right looks like the pinafores my mother used to make me when I was 4 or5. So a pass on that one.

    • Debbie Bell
      April 4, 2020 / 6:09 am

      That’s what the memory is- so true!
      A cheery dress for a slight little thing who is tall.
      Makes me also think of summer,though!

  44. Cathy Holloway
    April 4, 2020 / 4:33 am

    Don’t love either. Tangerine wouldn’t be a good color for me & the ruffled shoulder is s no go. I don’t wear flowered dresses, but would like the print, or similar, in a top of some sort.

  45. Maxie Absell
    April 4, 2020 / 4:30 am

    I love the style of the dress on the left and patten and colours very pretty, though too bright for me now possibly – the one on right style is not me at all – frill on sleeves and belt round waist – no waist these days even though a petite build and size 12 to 14 everywhere else …one strong reason why dresses don’t really appeal to me nowadays, though I love and still wear tunics! Although I adore a soft to medium tangerine this dress seems a bit too strong and acid to my taste. I have white hair, hazel green hair and ivory, lightly freckled skin x

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:33 am

      Tunics are uber comfy too

  46. Jo
    April 4, 2020 / 4:22 am

    The Over 50 Felling 40 link comes back to your site. I love the color of the dress, but much prefer a sheath style. No ruffles for me!

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:32 am

      opps, I just fixed it.

  47. Linda V
    April 4, 2020 / 4:19 am

    I would not wear either dress. I don’t wear those colors, and I do not like the ruffled cap sleeve on the dress on the right.

  48. Susan
    April 4, 2020 / 4:12 am

    I wouldn’t wear either dress as I don’t care for the styles, high neck (floral dress) and ruffled sleeves on the tangerine. Yet, I did buy myself an organge/tangerine coloured linen dress intended for a summer holiday (now cancelled). Normally , I stick to neutrals, but the dress flattered my olive complexion, slightly (accidently) tanned skin and dark hair, it also had sleeves – so I bought it. As it is a casual style, I would style it with flat, tan sandals.

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2020 / 8:28 am

      Picturing your tangerine linen makes me long for summer:)

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