Would You Wear It? Why?

Would You Wear It? Why?

Happy Saturday and welcome to the weekend. It’s time for would you wear it with my friend Pam. Each week we share a mannequin and ask our readers if they would wear what is modeled and why or why not. To be perfectly honest, I’m not always thrilled with the comments and often wonder if I should continue doing these posts…and here’s why.

The mannequins we choose are picked at random. Some are our taste and some are not. But here’s the thing. They are all some woman’s taste. If a reader comments that the outfit or item looks disgusting and no woman looks good in it, that commenter is:

  • wrong
  • being unfair
  • being unkind to the women who do like it

I’d like to ask you to please keep this in mind as you comment on our mannequins because I hate to have any women’s feelings hurt by sweeping generalizations.

I would really love to read how you would style the look to make it your own because your styling ideas are often genius!

Feel free to comment on one or both of these looks.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear this?


Why not?

How would you change it to make it work for you?


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J. Jill – 30% off all pants and free shipping over $125 with the code FS0919 

Loft – 30% – 50% off jeans, tops, pants,  and sweaters.

Nordstrom – their summer sale is on with up to 40% off. I own 2 pair of these Eileen Fisher sandals and can highly recommend them. I bought my first pair 5 years ago and my second pair this summer. They keep making them in new colors for a good reason..comfort. This EF skirt is the go-to dress-up option that I toss in my suitcase for every trip. I’ve worn it with a jacket to formal affairs and a flip flops and a tee for uber casual times.


Now let’s pop over to see what Pam’s mannequin is wearing here.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


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  1. September 7, 2019 / 3:46 am

    Interesting outfits. The slip dress on left (if it fit me) I would wear without the under-blouse. For my liking, the footwear would change; I’d wear it with a low heeled delicate sandal type shoe, not as shown. I do believe there are women who might wear this exactly as shown, but it’s not my preference.

    Although the outfit on the right is color compatible, I see it working for a younger, more fashionista type person than I am. I love the blouse and might style it with black jeans. The jacket I might wear with camel pants or black again. The pant in this visual does not interest me, though Im sure there are many women who might select these for their wardrobes.

  2. Cindy
    September 7, 2019 / 3:50 am

    I think the dress is cute but I don’t like it at all with the blouse underneath. I’d wear the dress alone & the blouse with something else.
    I think the outfit on the right is cute & it’s fun to mix patterns sometimes. Although I wouldn’t wear it personally, as patterned pants emphasize the largest parts of me that I’m trying not to call attention to!

  3. Martha
    September 7, 2019 / 4:26 am

    I would totally wear the slip dress with something different underneath. The pants outfit would not fit my shape. I don’t like the belt/purse deal although I know it’s popular right now. I think with a different jacket the pants and shirt would look better. Not a fan of the mixed patterns, again I know it’s popular right now.

  4. MP
    September 7, 2019 / 4:36 am

    I don’t understand the outfit on the left — a sundress with a shirt underneath and knee socks?
    I like the plaid cropped pants with the booties. I would wear those with a long black fitted blazer and black tshirt. The jacket, fanny pack and blazer as shown are not for me. The animal print shirt is too loud. Happy Saturday!

  5. Laurie
    September 7, 2019 / 5:07 am

    I don’t think I could pull off either outfit but I am inspired by the pattern mix of leopard blouse and plaid pants. I like the “would you wear it” posts.; the mannequins are styled by pros and I feel that forces me to consider and think about what they have presented. Thanks!

  6. Glenda
    September 7, 2019 / 5:17 am

    I like the idea of the slip dress, even with something underneath, it just wouldn’t fit my shape. I love the animal print blouse of course, and even the pants on the second mannequin; I would wear them independent of each other. This look is just too “mod” for my personal taste. But as another commenter said, I’m sure a “fashionista” type would love it!

  7. Delores
    September 7, 2019 / 5:28 am

    Love the slip dress on the left but I would wear without the
    blouse underneath and I would wear straps sandals with it.
    Love the jacket and pants on the right but would change up
    the shirt to a solid color. I don’t care for different patterns

  8. Norma
    September 7, 2019 / 5:30 am

    I like the dress,maybe with the jacket.

  9. Lea
    September 7, 2019 / 5:50 am

    You really push out of my fashion box with these mannequins, Jennifer. I adore the one on the right, I’d have to try it on as is knowing that it would fit right into my wardrobe and I could style it in so many ways. The slip dress is not a style I own but maybe it is time to try one on. I would wear it with my mesh knits, patterned tights and an edgier bootie. Add a jean jacket and voilà, lunch date! I’ve looked at it again and one can style this dress a ton of ways… change the shoes, top and jacket… fun! Thank you, I enjoyed this.

  10. Kay Havelka
    September 7, 2019 / 6:21 am

    This is a no for me. Color palette is blah! Don’t wear dresses anymore and this combo is a turn-off. The jacket and pants are more my style but the jacket is just too pale for my skin tone. Also don’t care for the leopard blouse with the plaid pants (too much pattern mixing for my taste). No to the fanny pack also!

  11. MRSBEN2
    September 7, 2019 / 6:21 am

    Do like all pieces but would not wear them as styled for myself. As example; the footwear and hosiery (or lack of) for each. With the slip dress I would choose a strappier shoe and like others have suggested with no under blouse which I would prefer to match up with a pair of soft pleated dress trousers perhaps in a wool silk or crepe blend. (Wish I knew what its fabric content was.) As for the other ensemble; although the pieces are so versatile I would not necessarily mix the leopard blouse with the large check pants as would prefer a plain/textured top in an embossed or knitted fabric. Also due to the length of the pants I would opt for some type of hosiery to wear with the low boots or choose longer mid-calf ones. Particularly like the wing-notched peak lapel on the jacket accented with the trim. (As the latter reads as a rust to me I might even wear a similar colored loafer boot.) As for the fanny/waist handbag I do use them on occasion with my preference being in a real leather.

    With much appreciation Jennifer for all the time, effort and expertise you put into your blog. -Brenda-

    • MRSBEN2
      September 7, 2019 / 6:25 am

      Oops … that should have read; ‘similar colored loafer or boot’. -Brenda-

  12. Cathy Cunningham
    September 7, 2019 / 6:44 am

    Love the plaid pants. Would wear it with the blazer unbelted.

  13. maurine
    September 7, 2019 / 7:04 am

    The slip dress is cute however, I would wear it with a different color blouse – even a tee. The color of the blouse selected does not flatter the color of the dress. The second outfit is more pattern than I normally wear and I wonder if the pants were a longer pant and a smaller plaid (similar or smaller in scale to the animal print blouse) I would be tempted to try it on. Even then, I would not wear the belt/purse. It seems to fight with the jacket lines and detailing. I think a cross body would be a better choice with this jacket although the black works with the outfit.

  14. SusanM
    September 7, 2019 / 7:19 am

    I love the plaid pants and the black boots. Since I live in a colder area, I would add patterned tights. The cream jacket is cute but I’d prefer a black jacket – leather would look great. The slip dress isn’t for me – doesn’t pass my litmus test of “would I wear this to work?”

    • Susan Gowan
      September 7, 2019 / 7:34 am

      The slip dress I would wear but not with that blouse. Perhaps a turtleneck as it is getting colder here in Canada. Would also pair it with flattering leggings or tights. I have a pair that would go perfectly. I would also wear the slip dress alone with a shrug or blazer to top it. The right mannequin I admire but it is not for me but I do like the blazer’s cut so might wear that. The plaid pants would not flatter me but instead bring attention to my ample derrière. Wore them in the 70’s so have had the pleasure. See animal prints everywhere but still don’t prefer them. Thanks for your blog, Jenn. I do enjoy it but especially the Saturday one.

  15. Rose Brock
    September 7, 2019 / 7:20 am

    I don’t understand the outfit on the left. Way too much going on there. The dress is cute if styled differently. I like the blouse and jacket outfit but maybe without the pants. Or the pants could be longer.

  16. September 7, 2019 / 7:25 am

    I agree with Cathy above, I would definitely wear the pants and jacket without the purse/belt. Prefer a different top also! Something more subtle without pattern would be my choice! No on the slip dress completely!

  17. Laurel
    September 7, 2019 / 7:40 am

    I like the jacket and blouse on the right, although I’m unlikely to wear them together. Pattern matching is not my strong suit – I’m too conservative to wear them together. The pants would emphasize my hips, which I try not to do. But the colors for fall are welcome!

  18. Eve
    September 7, 2019 / 7:40 am

    I might wear each piece but not together as pictured. I think I’d like the jacket over the sundress. The pants with a black sweater. Fanny packs are great for thrift store or garage sale shopping but that’s about it. I don’t like them for my body shape but you got to admitt they are great for keeping hands free.

  19. Linda
    September 7, 2019 / 7:44 am

    I would not wear either of these outfits. The only thing I might try is the jacket. On the left: knee socks, really?! On the right: too many busy/loud prints. If I wear patterned pants, it is a subtle print. Also, I would prefer the pants to be at least ankle length. I would need a cooler animal print.

  20. Elaine Simmons
    September 7, 2019 / 8:01 am

    I like the color combination but it might be a little busy for me. The second option with pants is cute but I would wear it with solid black slacks and red or animal print shoes

  21. Bab
    September 7, 2019 / 8:03 am

    Would wear each item separately except the shoes, socks and waist pack. These are a mess as styles. The pants need to be longer though. My preference is more traditional styling.

  22. Denise BELLERDINE
    September 7, 2019 / 8:19 am

    Both outfits are a bit too fashion-forward for me to wear. I’m not a fan of slipping a blouse under a dress. It feels too contrived for me. I like the plaid pants and might even wear them with the jacket, but the blouse puts the whole thing over the edge for me. The footwear on both mannequins looks good and I’d definitely wear either pair!

  23. September 7, 2019 / 8:43 am

    Good morning, Jennifer. For some reason, the email I received had no photo of the “Would you Wear it ” mannequins. Sorry you are have challenges with the carpet. I need new carpet but dread the process. Thanks.

  24. Laura
    September 7, 2019 / 8:52 am

    Like the jacket and the leopard shirt. Since I’m pretty minimalist and monochrome when it comes to wardrobe, I could see the shirt with black pants, gold hoop earrings and some red ballet flats or loafers. The jacket I’d wear with jeans, a navy shirt or a navy cashmere sweater, a geometric-printed scarf and….red loafers!! Slip dress looks like it’s cut on the bias so definitely not for my body type.

  25. Eleni
    September 7, 2019 / 8:54 am

    I would definitely wear each piece but not as shown. The white jacket with the slip dress, belted or not. pants and boots, definitely. Blouse for sure but with a different pant. Dress for sure, on its own. Seeing different outfits put together is fun. Thank you Jennifer.

    • Carmen Dunlap
      September 7, 2019 / 9:53 am

      Ha – I, too, commented on putting the white jacket with the slip dress! You must have very good taste 🙂

  26. Dianne
    September 7, 2019 / 9:22 am

    Neither outfit would work for me. Mixing prints like these is not fashionable to me, but what do I know😀😀

    • September 7, 2019 / 10:04 am

      You know what you like and that is what counts!:)

  27. Denise
    September 7, 2019 / 9:45 am

    I love the dress on the left but would wear a white t shirt under it and white gym shoes. The plaid pants would look good on someone with thin legs. Not me. Love the blazer. I’d wear it with jeans and a t shirt or tank. The animal print shirt would be a versatile item to have in your closet.

  28. Carmen Dunlap
    September 7, 2019 / 9:50 am

    On the right, LOVE the jacket – sans belted purse – and I would absolutely wear it (the jacket). I’ve recently been able to knock off a few pounds and wouldn’t visually wish to add them back on with a bulky thing at my waist. The entire outfit seems like it would be good for a very tall and slim person – not me. I’d wear the jacket and the blouse – but not together.
    The dress I love – but with a blouse that’s in the same color family. The dress is fun and funky. I’d like to see what the white jacket on the left looks like over the slip dress. That could be fun.

  29. Sue G
    September 7, 2019 / 10:02 am

    I tend to prefer a classic look with a single print and complimentary solids. I like the plaid classic print but would style it with more classic a solid color blazer and blouse with a tote or crossbody bag.

  30. Laura Lambdin
    September 7, 2019 / 10:21 am

    Maybe eventually plaid with animal prints will look fine to me, but I’m just not that hip right now 😉

  31. September 7, 2019 / 10:54 am

    Thanks Jennifer, for doing a correct on comments. I almost stopped reading them as too many were using negative comments that put down the taste of others. I would like to think the real intention was to say some styles and colors weren’t for them. There have been many colors and styles I don’t see myself wearing, but can think of friends that would look great in them!
    What this week’s selections say to me is, a woman who sees herself as powerful, self confident and fashion forward.

  32. Linda L.
    September 7, 2019 / 11:24 am

    I always look at store mannequins from the perspective of the person who did the styling. Having known many stylists I always remember that their intention is to grab your eye! None of these pieces work for me and I prefer a more classic, tailored look. Also, brown is not on my wheel. I don’t do brown leopard but prefer a black/gray animal print instead. After being in the stores this week I’m already tired of brown/gold leopard!

  33. Laura
    September 7, 2019 / 11:35 am

    I’m not drawn to either outfit, although I might wear some items separately. On the left, I’d wear the slip dress with something over it, and the blouse with slacks or a skirt—and only if both pieces were in different colors. And knee socks with a dress seems juvenile to me. As to the outfit on the right, it seems too busy together. I’m top-heavy, so I’d be ok with the plaid pants, but with a dark color (solid) on top. And, although the sweater jacket is cute, it would call too much attention to my top half—no, thank you.

  34. Linda
    September 7, 2019 / 12:12 pm

    I am too classic casual to wear either of these. By the way i wore wool pants like those (a little longer) in the ’70’s. No problem with either look. Just not for me.

  35. Kay
    September 7, 2019 / 12:17 pm

    I call this “Oddball Layering” I won’t be wearing any of it. I sometimes think the stylists in the stores try to create new trends but aren’t always successful. I don’t have anything against mixing prints, but it just doesn’t work for me here.

  36. Mary Ann
    September 7, 2019 / 12:51 pm

    Hmmmm…no to all of it. A little too trendy for me as a “Senior Citizen.” I wish I could see more of the under blouses as I might like them on their own.

  37. September 7, 2019 / 1:22 pm

    I have thought about these for awhile today. I think what I have decided is that I would try on the pant outfit as styled on the mannequin. It might be fun. I also have other pieces in my wardrobe these would look good with. I would not look good in the dress.

  38. Debbie
    September 7, 2019 / 2:14 pm

    No, I would not wear either outfit. I just don’t find that look attractive at all. To me it looks like someone just grabbed the first thing they saw in their closet and put it together, probably in a hurry. Then again, I am not a “fashion-forward” person, I lean more toward classic looks.

  39. beth byrd
    September 7, 2019 / 2:21 pm

    Love the plaid pants with the blouse and the jacket. That belt would have to go (for me). The mix of colors, textures and prints is really striking!

    As for the dress … I think the print is great, but the style isn’t my taste. And, definitely without the blouse underneath.

    Saturdays are always so fun, Jennifer. Thank you!

  40. Linda
    September 7, 2019 / 2:56 pm

    I don’t care for the jumper, or the shirt. I’d wear the blazer on the other mannequin with slacks or jeans.

  41. Sandy
    September 7, 2019 / 5:13 pm

    Some retail manager handed an associate all of these items and said put these on a mannie. Someone should have said, “Stop in the name of love.” Happy Saturday

  42. Eileen
    September 7, 2019 / 5:28 pm

    Most of this is not in my color way. The styles aren’t suited to my pear shape, dress too loose, pants too bold, tops too unstructured, only the jacket comes close. I’m on the petite side, so most of the pattern mixing, and irregular lengths as they are showing may not work. It’s a good time for taller, autumn women!

  43. mary jo tesch
    September 7, 2019 / 7:34 pm

    not a fan of the shirt under the dress. dress would be adorable on someone tall and thin (I am neither). I love all the pieces on the mannequin on the right, but not all together. I am not brave enough to combine all of those patterns but would like to try each one separate.

  44. Dana
    September 7, 2019 / 10:29 pm

    The only thing I find redeeming in the two mannequins is the dark sunglasses and the slipdress. That’s it.

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