Would You Wear It – Turtleneck Dress

Happy Saturday ladies and welcome to the weekend! We are in for another rainy one here so I’m going to catch up on some work, do laundry, and hope to get out for a walk. Grab another cup of your favorite coffee or tea and let’s get to would you wear it. Each week my friend Pam and I share a random mannequin we’ve photographed and ask if you would wear what it’s modeling.

I also ask you to share your styling ideas. It’s fun to get inspired with new ways to wear things.

I ran across this in the local Nordstrom and wondered what you would think. I do not have links for these items.

Please keep your comments personal to you and be constructive. If you hate it, hate it for you and try not to generalize:)

I’m running across more and more, turtle, mock or scrunch neck sweater dresses these days. They’re the ultimate, easy one-and-done dressing and need not be reserved for dressier occasions. Here are a few wearable ones I found.

Weekend sale highlights:

Nordstrom – Do you keep an eye on their price matching? I love that they match the sale price from other retailers so I can buy at the lowest price possible from Nordstrom, and get free shipping both ways plus all of Nordstrom’s fabulous customer service!

Talbots – 40% off your entire purchase and free shipping over $150

Chico’s – 40% off select, already reduced styles – free standard shipping over $125

Loft – 50% your purchase and 20% off Lou and Grey with the code FESTIVE

Banana Republic – up tp 60% off must-have styles and extra 69% off sale, online only

J. Jill – 40% off select full-priced styles

J. Crew – Early Black Friday with 50% off full-price styles and an extra 60% off sale styles with code FRIDAY

Now let’s go see what Pam’s mannequin is wearing on Over 50 Feeling 40

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  1. cindy
    October 26, 2020 / 3:39 pm

    These posts are always such fun! I might wear the dress if I lost a few pounds! But no to the jacket!

  2. Angela Pea
    October 26, 2020 / 9:23 am

    I love the way turtleneck pieces look – but I absolutely can NOT stand the feel of them around my neck! I used to try to wear them but by mid day I was convinced I was choking to death. So no…I would not wear this particular look.

    However, I love the color combination and the style…I’d just substitute a scoop or vee necked dress in the same color.

  3. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    October 25, 2020 / 8:45 am

    I would wear the dress after hemming it to middle of the knee (and with a better looking hem than it comes with), but I wouldn’t feel comfortable in the print jacket and would rather have a black jacket.

  4. Jane Johnson
    October 24, 2020 / 6:47 pm

    Totally would wear! Living in southwestern USA the dress would be so comfortable with sandals, sneakers or boots. A pashima and hat to complete. 💕🌵

  5. beth byrd
    October 24, 2020 / 11:26 am

    I love this dress and blouse combo, but I’m not crazy about the bodice. A different neckline would be preferable to me.

    This is such a sharp-looking outfit — I really love the color mix. However, I would not be able to carry this look off right now. If I were 20 pounds lighter, I’d definitely try it!

  6. Patricia
    October 24, 2020 / 9:24 am

    I love love love this look. Turtleneck sweaters are a staple in my wardrobe. I live in Alberta Canada so with winter here, they are wonderful. I really like this blouse over the dress. The caramel colour is not good on me but the touch of grey is, so if the caramel was changed to a rose or burgundy colour, I would definitely buy this blouse. I’m thin and 5’2” so the length of the dress would be too long but if it was at the knee or a bit above, it would be fine. I’m in my 70’s so I wouldn’t like if the dress was too clingy…..I don’t have lumps or bumps, but at my age, I like a more relaxed fit….even buying this dress a size bigger so it would fit a bit looser. Overall, I think it is an elegant look.

  7. Cyndi
    October 24, 2020 / 9:05 am

    Lovely! I would be tempted to try it on but suspect it wouldn’t be so flattering to my lower half. Also wondering…what happens to the obi sash in the back?

  8. Sarah
    October 24, 2020 / 8:56 am

    The look is lovely, and I think it looks terrific on the mannequin, but it’s not quite right for me. I do better with knit dresses that are cut in a less fitted-at-the-waist, more drapey “swing” style. I’m a medium build, pretty happy with my figure, but I can no longer wear knits that are cut for dancers & fitness instructors! Using the blouse as a jacket makes me wonder how a moderately fitted short jacket would look with the dress.

  9. Linda
    October 24, 2020 / 8:51 am

    I would have worn this 30 years ago! I love the combo!

    I don’t think it would work for me right now though because I tend to run hot anymore and I think I would be too warm in this here in hot ol Texas!

  10. Nicole Reed
    October 24, 2020 / 8:35 am

    I am not a fan of that particular dress. Does it have a blouse over it? Or is the blouse part of the dress? I can’t tell, but don’t care for the look. It does remind me, however, of a fabulous off white sweater knit turtleneck dress I wore back in the early 90s. I was 20 pounds thinner then and felt like a million bucks in that dress. I wore a thin leather belt with it and got so many compliments. So, I guess my feeling is, if the color is flattering, if the fit is good and you can carry off the look, go for it!

  11. Sue H
    October 24, 2020 / 8:29 am

    I love this dress and blouse combination! The knit is warm for winter dressing, while the blouse hides any “lumps-and-bumps” that would normally be visible with a clingy knit. The colours are rich and perfect for fall/winter! I’m going to hunt this down immediately and buy it!

  12. Kathy
    October 24, 2020 / 8:19 am

    I like the printed top, but would not wear over the clingy knit, especially in that particular color. I do have a couple of black dresses the top would look nice with. One is a classic black ponte knit sheath, the other a looser knit dress. I do not own, but can see the top with flowing, wide legged pants.

  13. Patricia Clifford
    October 24, 2020 / 7:45 am

    I have two turtleneck dresses from JCrew…a beautiful purple one and a deep green…love them in cold weather with knee socks and tall boots…easy dressing !

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2020 / 9:38 am

      That sounds like perfect outfits for cool days.

  14. MRSBEN2
    October 24, 2020 / 7:17 am

    Do not wear dresses all that much however for Fall and Winter wear this is my go to style (or in a two piece version) but not necessarily in a jersey knit as this appears to be. (Preference example: the SAKS 5th Avenue yarn woven one, shown in your slide show.) With that said; feel it would look amazing though on someone who is not only slender but one who is toned. (Without a midriff bulge ladies …. ☺….. or another option might be to go up a size to allow a looser fit and little if no need, for constricting undergarments. ( i.e.: Due to its length might try it even in a petite sizing.) As to the overlay, don’t care for its style (gathered sleeve- heads and wrap tie waist) and would be more apt to pair it with a Chanel style Jacket or an above hip single breasted Blazer that would add both pattern and texture to the ensemble. As to wearing it alone; add a statement necklace or broach or creatively tied square or oblong scarf or even a belt and a few arm bangles. Footwear would consist of a pair of pumps or high shaft boots (would opt for booties if wearing leotards/tights) and add a favourite hand-bag/tote for a finishing touch. Oh will also add, if sleeveless could always add a chunky over-sized, tunic length boat-neck or v-neck sweater over it to give the illusion of a midi skirt with a turtle neck co-ordinate. (Apologize for being so long winded.)

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2020 / 9:38 am

      I love your observations! Thanks for sharing your styling ideas.

  15. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    October 24, 2020 / 7:16 am

    I’d like to find a couple of sweater dresses to wear with leggings and boots this winter, but a turtleneck doesn’t work. Because of nerve damage to my neck, they feel too uncomfortable.

  16. Susan McClelland
    October 24, 2020 / 7:16 am

    I would not wear this outfit. Turtlenecks make me feel like I’m being strangled and beige is not a flattering colour on me.

  17. Frances Johnson
    October 24, 2020 / 7:15 am

    No, I’m short and don’t have a long enough neck to carry this look off.

  18. Joan
    October 24, 2020 / 7:13 am

    This outfit is a smart and professional look for a tall lean woman. Alas those days are gone for me. As for turtlenecks, I was a fan of the mock turtleneck in particular up until a few years ago. Now I can’t stand to wear anything near my throat. Funny how our tastes and preferences can change over the years 🙂

  19. Gwen
    October 24, 2020 / 7:10 am

    Shape wearable must! Also stretching out the bum area could be a problem. That being said, I love the color and imagine styling it many ways. It’s a very versatile piece. I would wear it with heels and statement necklace for an evening out or with a blazer or Jean jacket with boots for a lunch date. A sweater coat or vest would be nice too. I rarely wear dresses any more but it is fun to imagine.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2020 / 9:36 am

      It is fun to imagine!

  20. Lola
    October 24, 2020 / 7:08 am

    I am short and large busted, so I never wear turtlenecks. This would be a no for me

  21. Barbara K.
    October 24, 2020 / 7:04 am

    No, I wouldn’t wear it. I can’t wear turtleneck anything because I run just too warm! And that color is definitely not MY color. I don’t wear yellows, oranges or golds. Also, I just don’t wear dresses anymore!

  22. Suzanne Kerr
    October 24, 2020 / 6:59 am

    Lovely dress! The colors wouldn’t look well on me. Plus, I think it might be a little too form fitting for my current shape. But, it would look wonderful on a tall, willowy woman.

  23. Sue
    October 24, 2020 / 6:41 am

    I have nowhere to go to wear this dress and the color is not good for me, but I find it interesting. At first I said NO but the more I look at it the more I am intrigued. It would require a full line of supportive, enhancing and smoothing undergarments, no matter whether a size 2 or 18. Static cling could definitely be an issue as Roseag mentioned. I am long waisted and I fear the waistline on the blouse, which already seems to ride high, would bind me in the wrong place and my broad shoulders don’t need the slight poof of the sleeve at the shoulder. Separated the two pieces could be worn in many ways which is an advantage.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2020 / 9:34 am

      Great observations, Sue

  24. Ann M
    October 24, 2020 / 6:18 am

    A turtleneck feels good in cold weather and I like a slim fit dress as long as I wear shapewear (Talbots has a pretty pointelle sweater dress I’ve had my eye on), but this one appears to be a fabric that is already pilling in the upper thigh area and the hem is a little lumpy. The print of the 80s style over-blouse reminds me of a fading bruise. Sincere apologies to those of you who like the outfit.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2020 / 9:34 am

      I noticed that about the hem too.

  25. Rose
    October 24, 2020 / 6:15 am

    This dress would be flattering on so many women, just not me. I’m just too short and even though I’m thin it would be overwhelming. Plus I think my turtleneck days are over!

  26. Diane B
    October 24, 2020 / 6:12 am

    My shapewear is staying in the drawer lately, and this dress would need all of it to look good on me now. I used to wear this type of sweater dress in the 80s and loved them. I like the styling for this and of course we need to consider the younger ladies with the outfits as well, so think it would be fun for someone who has not been through this style. For a similar look, I just got a midcalf steel grey sweater that can be spiced up with accessories, so that could be a similar idea for my style and look.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2020 / 8:31 am

      It’s interesting you mention shapewear. Mine isn’t been worn for several years. I think I will only wear them for dresses.

  27. Dianne
    October 24, 2020 / 6:09 am

    Beautiful dress, love turtlenecks period. Sadly I live in Florida now and with the constant hot weather , they are out for me😌 have a great weekend!

  28. Eileen
    October 24, 2020 / 5:52 am

    I bought three sweater dresses last year. As a pear shape I found a line and fit and flare worked better for me. I love the one and done idea, and the lengthening effect of all one color. I wear mine with tights and boots. I wear them knee length.

    • Linda Simpson
      October 24, 2020 / 9:19 am

      Eileen, would you mind sharing the line? I love sweater dresses, but since I’m not as thin as I used to be, the above dress would show all the things I don’t want to enhance. It is lovely for a very thin woman.

  29. Nancy Stoops
    October 24, 2020 / 5:49 am

    I just purchased a turtle neck dress, rust colored to wear for Thanksgiving. It’s long and flares slightly so it’s not clingy. Purchased from Soft Surroundings. It is great for me cause it is a rich color and keeps me warm, I will wear a beautiful piece of jewelry with.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2020 / 2:40 pm

      I think I know the dress you mean, very pretty.

  30. RoseAG
    October 24, 2020 / 5:39 am

    I like the styling but the colors aren’t good for me. If it was a scooped neck dress in a different color I would be ordering it.
    I see plenty of plus sized gals around town in dresses like this, usually with a short jean jacket, and while they’ll never look like Twiggy, it makes a good outfit. So I don’t think size is a reason not to consider this style. The dress is one color, the blouse adds interest, defines a waistline (you don’t actually need to have a waistline to define it!), and covers up your muffin top. It would require wearing a supportive bra. I would skip the Spandx and wear granny panties tht came to my waist to avoid an underwear line, and a full length slip – probably sprayed heavily with static guard so it didn’t cling. BTW – if I douse a slip with static guard I wear it several times before washing. Since I mostly wear half slips they aren’t getting a lot of sweat, and the static stuff stays active until it’s washed out.
    Overall it’s probably a good look for someone who video conferences all day – dressy on top, comfy on the bottom.

  31. Jan
    October 24, 2020 / 5:36 am

    Once again, my full length mirror would be flashing “error, error, try again” if I attempted to leave the house in this dress. Also, it would not pass my “sit down and stand up” test. If my clothes require too much constant adjustment as I move around then they will not be in my closet for long. There is a certain comfort level that ultimately gives me the confidence to wear my clothing choices.
    And just like that, we are in for our first measurable snow fall this weekend!

  32. Pamela Over 50 Feeling 40
    October 24, 2020 / 5:22 am

    This is a lovely dress but would not flatter me since I carry too much weight in the middle. Would look amazing on a tall, slender woman! Thanks Jennifer!

  33. Judy miller
    October 24, 2020 / 5:16 am

    I luv the look but this fabric is not forgiving😡

  34. sheryl
    October 24, 2020 / 5:14 am

    i do like the print of the top piece. and i do admire the design of the dress, it is pretty…however, the only chick that could carry that off is like the very very young group…even women who have maintained the youthful weights, that top requires everything be where it originally was. frankly i dont think even in my 20s i could have worn it well…but i can remember friends back then who would have looked great in it.

  35. Anne
    October 24, 2020 / 5:13 am

    Sweater dresses are too hot for me, and the turtleneck adds to the heat. I’d be ripping it off in public — very embarrassing all round. : – Also, the high neckline doesn’t flatter a bosomy woman. Looks fine on the slim tall model though.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2020 / 8:20 am

      Lol, that’s a funny visual.

  36. Alice
    October 24, 2020 / 5:11 am

    I love the dress and think you could use a beautiful scarf and mid calf boots for a more casual look but like others the dress would not work for me with my extra pounds. Happy Saturday, we leave Sunday for a few escape days in the North Carolina mountains.

    • Alice
      October 24, 2020 / 5:15 am

      I should have said, minus the jacket, I hope that was understood.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2020 / 8:20 am

      Fun styling ideas! Have fun. It sounds wonderful.

  37. MP
    October 24, 2020 / 5:05 am

    I would like to see the sleeves on this dress. I would wear this dress sleeveless in navy or charcoal grey. The top worn over the dress here looks strange (too much going on, the print, the sleeves, the buttons, possible tie back) and the colors are not for me. A long cardigan or fitted jean jacket would look better.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2020 / 8:19 am

      Thanks for sharing your styling ideas.

  38. Beth
    October 24, 2020 / 4:59 am

    There are no undergarments strong enough to make that dress look good on me at this point in my life. Haha. The dress isn’t bad and if I were as thin as I used to be I might wear it but the blouse over the top doesn’t work for me. If it could be removed, wearing a jacket over the dress would look nice.

  39. Linda H
    October 24, 2020 / 4:54 am

    Back in a time when I did aerobics three times a week and thought 120 pounds was getting “fat” I would have worn this dress. Not any more. I do recall these dresses from a few decades ago. Ahhh, the good old days!

  40. Paulette Levy
    October 24, 2020 / 4:44 am

    Yes I too have seen several knitted turtle neck or mock turtleneck dresses this season. Some I like better than others. This dress is really not for me. It’s just too long and will not flatter my body type…
    To be honest with you, my mom had a dress very similar to this in a wine color back in the 80s? (I’m guessing at the decade) . After a certain age she mostly wore her Alfred Dunner slacks and tops, pant outfits etc. very rarely a dress. She did love her jewelry though! This dress just seems dated to me. Old memories will have that effect.

    • Jane
      October 24, 2020 / 8:12 am

      I love the dress and think it would’ve been on repeat for the office. But that was 20 lbs ago and I couldn’t pull off the dress now unless it was a-line and a heavier fabric that would slide and not cling.

  41. Cindy
    October 24, 2020 / 4:35 am

    I like this outfit, the colors are right for me. If I was thin, I would definitely wear it. But at my current weight, it would be too form-fitting & would not look good.

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