Would You Wear It: Snakeskin and Cables

Would You Wear It: Snakeskin and Cables

Welcome to the weekend and would you wear it. Each week my friend Pam and I share a mannequin we have seen and ask our readers if they would wear what it’s wearing. We do this to better understand your styling needs and fashion challenges.

pink jacket with snakeskin skirt from Notrdstrom

single-breasted blazer // turtleneck sweater (worn backward)/ pleated skirt

So tell me ladies, would you wear this outfit?

How would you style these pieces to make the look work for you?

Do the colors work? The texture and pattern?


Please share in the comments.


Here are some the weekend sale updates:

Nordstrom – their sale section is filled with great pieces up to 40% off. This classic 100% cashmere sweater is available in 13 colors and is just $65.90! I just bought this sweater and now they are price matching it to $59.63. Did you know that Nordstrom will price match every item that’s on sale elsewhere? It’s one of my favorite things about Nordstrom. These waterproof booties are perfect for this winter. These classic Tory Burch “Minnie” Flats are on sale with select colors up to 50% off. I’ve shared this fuzzy sweater with you before, and now it’s marked down to $35.40.

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Talbots – Mix and Mingle sale with 30% off party favorites, skirts, dresses, shoes, and accessories

J.Crew – 30% off winter picks with the code BRRR

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

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  1. November 24, 2019 / 3:32 pm

    I look at mannequins for inspiration for ideas I may not have thought of on my own. This is exactly the case here. I would never have thought to put snakeskin with soft pink, but I quite like it. I have a new snakeskin blouse and soft pink sweater jacket I’m going to try together! It’s nice to see combinations with colors other than black.

  2. Cyndi
    November 23, 2019 / 1:14 pm

    The blazer (color and style) appeals to me but I would put it over a more fitted top. I’m not a fan of turtlenecks although the color and pattern f the sweater is nice. The skirt is a no (snakeskin pattern and tiny pleats) I think it would look okay on some people but it’s a ‘no, thanks’ for me

  3. Linda
    November 23, 2019 / 12:57 pm

    I really like everything about this look but it doesn’t suit my lifestyle.

    • November 23, 2019 / 5:35 pm

      Thanks Linda! I love knowing what works for my readers so I can share more of what they want.

  4. MP
    November 23, 2019 / 12:14 pm

    The blazer no. The color is way too pale for me and I just don’t like it. The skirt no – I avoid pleats. I wore them all through grammer and high school. Yuck! I do like snake print way more than animal print. I recently bought a blue snake print sleeveless top. It’s really cute. The sweater is not bad. I like the pattern. I would prefer it in navy or charcoal with straight jeans and booties.

  5. Linda
    November 23, 2019 / 11:59 am

    I might wear the skirt when I was able to wear normal shoes but I can’t wear that sweater/jacket combo because it’s too warm to wear items like that where I live. I look for lightweight breathable fabrics and usually short sleeves for me.

  6. beth byrd
    November 23, 2019 / 11:37 am

    I’ve really enjoyed the variety of comments on this post today!!!

    I have to say that this outfit (as is) is a great big NO! The sweater is too bulky under the jacket and there is absolutely no body definition.

    However … I like the color mix. The snakeskin skirt is lovely, but I would pair it with a form-fitting blouse in that gorgeous pink/blush color.

    I like the sweater and would pair it with a skinny jeans and boots.

    • November 23, 2019 / 12:10 pm

      I love all the styling ideas being shared too, Beth!

  7. Becky
    November 23, 2019 / 10:57 am

    I like the outfit, but the only thing I would wear is the blazer. The neck on the sweater is too high for my short neck, & the pleated skirt would not be flattering to my body shape. I would definitely notice it on someone else (in a good way).

  8. Holly Luciano
    November 23, 2019 / 10:35 am

    As many have already commented, I like all three pieces just not together.

  9. Cathy Cunningham
    November 23, 2019 / 10:03 am

    Love the soft pink blazer.

  10. Dawn
    November 23, 2019 / 9:16 am

    I love it! The colors are beautiful together, and it’s a classy on trend look!

  11. November 23, 2019 / 7:53 am

    I don’t like pleated skirts and snakeskin is a pattern that I’m not fond of, so the skirt is a definite no. Surgery to my neck left me with nerve damage in that area which makes turtlenecks uncomfortable, so that rules out the sweater. The blazer is a possibility. My overall impression of this outfit is that it looks dowdy, but perhaps that’s simply because not enough care was taken in arranging the display. I badly want to straighten the shoulders on the blazer!

  12. Nancy D
    November 23, 2019 / 7:52 am

    I love the sweater! Curious that it’s worn backward? I wonder what the front looks like. Unfortunately, the link goes to the blazer, so I can’t see the details. Is anyone else having this problem?

    • November 23, 2019 / 9:39 am

      Sorry about the link. I will keep looking for it. I assume they turned it backward because the person styling the mannequin preferred the pattern on the back. I’ve seen skirts I liked on a mannequin, only to find it’s a dress which they covered with a pullover, then added a blazer! How can they expect us to buy that?

  13. Ann
    November 23, 2019 / 7:51 am

    Not only would I wear it, I even ordered it. I love the skirt and jacket combo. I also ordered a snakeskin shell top to create a dress look with the skirt. I passed on the sweater after reading the reviews. But I do like the color of the sweater with the outfit. Thanks for posting this!

    • November 23, 2019 / 9:39 am

      I love the shell idea, Ann. Bravo!

  14. November 23, 2019 / 7:43 am

    Love the jacket and sweater in that color but I would ditch the skirt and heels. Pants and loafers or boots are more my style. I like prints in acessiories. I stick to solids or subtle prints in my clothing.

  15. Rosemary Brock
    November 23, 2019 / 7:32 am

    Yes I would wear this outfit as long as the sweater didn’t feel too heavy with the blazer.

  16. November 23, 2019 / 7:28 am

    I abhor snakeskin, I have a severe phobia to snakes so can hardly look at it. I’m anxious for the snakeskin trend to end. I would definitely wear the sweater and jacket, probably with jeans.

  17. Sue G.
    November 23, 2019 / 7:26 am

    I like the outfit but would prefer a lighter sweater, maybe a lighter cashmere sweater . The bulky shape would make my upper body appear heavier. I like the soft pink jacket – it is not something I would have put with the snakeskin skirt but it works well with the hard print. It softens the look. I’d wear it with tall boots or black tights and short boots, and a statement necklace.

  18. Elizabeth
    November 23, 2019 / 7:24 am

    Love the soft colour of the jacket paired with the cable knit sweater. I would wear that because I live in Canada where it is below freezing right now. This combo is also nice because it is not in black as most winter coats/clothing seem to be. But the skirt-a definite no. I’m your height & build, but have a bit of a poochy tummy which makes this style of pleated skirt make me look like I’m wearing an inner tube! A-line and pencil skirts are much better for me.
    Took a look at Pam’s photo, (sorry!) but I hate flowered tops. The rest of the outfit is fine & love the red bag.

  19. Phyllis Hughes
    November 23, 2019 / 7:05 am

    When I saw the title today I thought, “Well, that will be an easy ‘no.’ I don’t like animal prints and cables make me look even bigger than I am on top.” But, I do like this outfit. The snakeskin didn’t give me the creeps and the cables were small enough and light enough that I don’t think it would make me look extra top heavy. The one thing that I would prefer to change would be the color of the sweater. It would be better for me if the sweater matched the color of the skirt. Then I would have the column of color I prefer to wear.

  20. Susan McClelland
    November 23, 2019 / 7:02 am

    The blazer and sweater are pretty but neither would suit me, individually or together. Too boxey and not the right shade of pink. I’m not generally a fan of snakeskin patterns on clothing but I really like this skirt and would wear it. It would go with lots of different colours and would be a versatile work skirt. I would wear it with patent letter booties or shoes.

  21. November 23, 2019 / 6:58 am

    I like the color combination and if the skirt was a pencil skirt then I might wear this. I think it almost works and again with a different skirt shape, I would try it on.

  22. Pamela
    November 23, 2019 / 6:50 am

    No. I do love the sweater and blazer but not together. My personal thermostat runs too high these days! ha

  23. Nancy
    November 23, 2019 / 6:41 am

    The pink blazer and the sweater are very nice. Like other commenters, I would rather a lighter weight sweater or heavier jacket. I avert my eyes when I see snake print, so, I am not sure what the skirt is like.

    What I DO LOVE! is the Birch Wreath from Pottery Barn in your Latest Finds, and it’s sold out! Booo to that.

  24. Julie
    November 23, 2019 / 6:06 am

    Nope, wouldn’t wear it. The only piece I like is the cable knit sweater. I like blazers, but that color, as a fair skinned, blue eyed blonde, would wash me out. I also like the snakeskin look that’s so popular right now, but rather as an accent piece than an article of clothing; loafers, booties, belt, or purse. Lastly, I prefer styling a fitted piece with a loose or blousy piece, so, the chunky sweater with black skinny jeans and snakeskin booties. But that’s just me!

  25. MRSBEN2
    November 23, 2019 / 6:00 am

    Both the sweater and jacket appeal to me both in colour and style however not so much the skirt because of its overall snakeskin print which I prefer in small doses. That said; as to pairing the three pieces together as an outfit, a definite no for myself as feel there may even be too much of a contrast in fabric weights. -Brenda-
    P.S.: The Nordstrom Cashmere sweater is such a fantastic bargain but unfortunately here in Canada its sale price is listed at $91.78 (due the US/CA exchange rate) plus an additional 14% Provincial ‘n Federal sales tax on top of that …. (sad face).

  26. Karen
    November 23, 2019 / 5:55 am

    Yes, would wear it as is unless the combo felt too bulky on, or the skirt made my hips look too wide. Lovely color and pattern combination.

  27. Teri
    November 23, 2019 / 5:52 am

    FYI, the sweater link takes you to the blazer ??‍♀️

    • November 23, 2019 / 9:29 am

      Oop’s, now I can’t find that darn sweater

  28. LINDA
    November 23, 2019 / 5:51 am

    I can not wear that sort of bulk, on my upper body – I end up looking like a linebacker. The blazer is attractive and very on trend. I could see that with the skirt and a lighter weight sweater, using the jacket as a coat on a warmer day. Not sure what shoes or boots I would finish the outfit off with. Thinking charcoal tights and a dark grey boot or bootie.

    • November 23, 2019 / 9:30 am

      Charcoal tights and boots would be gorgeous!

  29. Teri
    November 23, 2019 / 5:47 am

    Not being a fan of snakeskin, I’m surprised that I actually like this outfit. I would nix the jacket. I like the different textures together, it makes the outfit more interesting. I think tall boots would finish the outfit off nicely.

    • November 23, 2019 / 9:31 am

      I love the tall boot idea.

  30. Linda
    November 23, 2019 / 5:47 am

    I’d wear the swe as Terry and blazer, but not together. It looks like it would add bulk that I don’t need. I would not wear the skirt because I have a “thing” about snackskin prints. Snakes, ?.

  31. Sue
    November 23, 2019 / 5:39 am

    This outfit is a no for me. The colors are not in my wheelhouse, for starters. I like leopard more than snakeskin prints. I like the idea of lightweight pleated skirts, but have yet to find one that didn’t emphasize my pear shape. I gave all my bulky knit sweaters away and now I stick with finer gauge knits after examining some past photos! Fortunately fashion has evolved and there are many silhouettes available each season so we can all hit our personal sweet spot.

    • November 23, 2019 / 9:32 am

      We are lucky things have changed, Sue. Variety is king in fashion options:)

    • Anon
      November 24, 2019 / 12:12 pm

      I found what they call a “released pleat” in this type of skirt. It’s sewn flat on the tummy, then the pleats release gently. A lining helps everything fall correctly. All of us pears do have different degrees of pearyness, and we have more work finding clothes. The place where the hemline hits the calves is so tricky, too. Arrgh. Never easy, but wearing knee-high boots with these skirts can be a game-changer for pears.

  32. Debbie
    November 23, 2019 / 5:37 am

    I would probably not wear this but if I were, the blazer has to go. Forcing a chunky sweater over a fitted blazer looks so uncomfortable.

  33. Janet
    November 23, 2019 / 5:26 am

    The cable jersey would be lovely for winter and I knit my own. The skirt is nice but it looks too thin for winter for myself. I would prefer a summer top in snakeskin or animal print. I prefer slacks for winter than skirts.

  34. Teresa Landers
    November 23, 2019 / 5:11 am

    Generally a nice outfit with versatile pieces, but like several others I find the oversize sweater to be a bit messy and would at least size down to get a neater look.

  35. Cindy
    November 23, 2019 / 5:10 am

    I like the sweater, but it seems too bulky to be worn with the blazer. The blazer would be fine with blouse or less bulky sweater. Pleated skirts don’t look good on me, so I’d pass.

  36. Sue
    November 23, 2019 / 4:59 am

    I don’t like these items together. I like the sweater but would prefer it with a slim skirt, jeans or pants. The length of the skirt isn’t flattering. It needs to be either a bit shorter or longer—-the length, hitting at the wider part of the calf, is frumpy. The blazer isn’t my color, would wash me out, but would be pretty on the right person and with a slim fitting sweater under.

    • Susan Gowan
      November 23, 2019 / 10:02 am

      Not usually a fan of snakeskin, I find this outfit classy and stylish. I do love the soft colours on top but think like another voice that it might be more suitable to a springtime collection. But if adding to it with a jazzy red coat would help I can see it being a Christmas hit at a concert or party. I would then swap out the heavier sweater for a light camisole in either red or black.Thank you, Jennifer, for your style guidance. I enjoy the Saturday feature with Pam very much. Hope you both have a lovely Thanksgiving!

      • November 23, 2019 / 12:07 pm

        Happy Thanksgiving Susan!

  37. Michele
    November 23, 2019 / 4:58 am

    Pink, black and white/cream are a color combination that I like during winter. The long winter months, for me, need some pastel. I personally am not a fan of snake print, so the skirt would not be for me. I also don’t wear skirts which makes this article of clothing a double no. I like the sweater and blazer but I would most likely wear the two with black pants or maybe even a tiny houndstooth patterned pant for some interest. If not a patterned pair of pants, I would add the pattern with a scarf.

  38. Ellen
    November 23, 2019 / 4:47 am

    I love each piece, but not together. The skirt, though, I think needs to be longer, then it would really be great with the sweater. This length as shown, dare I say it, verges on frumpdom, especially with the blazer.

  39. Anon
    November 23, 2019 / 4:46 am

    It’s hard to see with my tiny screen, but I’ve noticed that some python prints have a delicate touch of pastel pink in them. Even if this one doesn’t, pink and gray work together. Remember the 1980s? Well this updated combination is better!

    Python prints are perfect for pears who want to wear pattern on the bottom. This print is not too large or too small — just the kind of print that keeps our eyes moving, instead of fixing in one place. I was skeptical about pleats until I tried these new lightwright pleated skirts. Rather than weigh you down, they flow and swish…very feminine and not bottom-heavy like ye olde pleated wool skirts of yore.

    The cable knit sweater is too heavy for the blazer. It would be better solo. Or, the blazer could be worn with a lightweight blouse. If I chose the latter, I would wear ivory with ivory, or pink with pink. The skirt should be the star here. Too many colors, even light ones, distract.

    This is a fresh, modern look for us pear-shaped women, and I’d wear it. This skeptic now owns two of this kind of skirt, one plain black and one patterned. Try one on, fellow pears. You just might like it.

    • Anon
      November 23, 2019 / 4:50 am

      P.S. I would need a shorter sweater. This one lands at my widest point.

      • November 23, 2019 / 9:35 am

        Never a flattering spot to have a garment end:)

  40. Rebecca Sharp
    November 23, 2019 / 4:34 am

    I think the turtleneck of the sweater is too wide for the blazer as it causes both to bunch. I do like the idea of the outfit and would really like it, if the sweater was a crew neck rather than a turtleneck.

  41. Lori
    November 23, 2019 / 4:31 am

    I wouldn’t wear this outfit. I like the sweater and the blazer and would wear both of them in another color. I need some color around my face. I don’t care for pleated skirts and they aren’t flattering on me. I would substitute jeans or pants. I might wear the snakeskin in boots or a bag but wouldn’t wear it as a main print.

  42. Roseanne Bumpass
    November 23, 2019 / 4:31 am

    Just not for me and my body type. I love all the colors together but too much bulk.

  43. Sorndra
    November 23, 2019 / 4:31 am

    I would never wear this for many reasons…..it would overwhelm my small frame, it looks thrown together without ANY thought given to the outfit as a whole and I do not like big bulky sweaters worn with a skirt like that. It should be either a pencil skirt or pants or jeans. Oh, and NO blazer!

  44. November 23, 2019 / 4:28 am

    Not really. All the pieces are nice alone, but together (for me) it’s a dumpy look!

  45. Mary Beth
    November 23, 2019 / 4:23 am

    I like the outfit! The only thing that would keep me from buying it would be the pleated skirt. The sweater over the pleats would put way to much emphasis on my hips. I think it would great on someone that is on the slender side.

  46. Lori Stewart
    November 23, 2019 / 4:17 am

    Not loving it. It looks slouchy and thrown together. I would pair the sweater with some jeans or leggings wear the blazer with a button down shirt. The blazer bunches around the shoulders so there may be issues with fit or cut. I wouldn’t wear the skirt. I don’t care for snake skin prints.

  47. November 23, 2019 / 4:17 am

    A really great look! I love it. Yes it would definitely work for my body type. Yet I wound add tall pointed toe boots in a color from the skirt most likely

    Very nice!

    • November 23, 2019 / 9:24 am

      I love the idea of tall pointed toe boots!

  48. Lynn
    November 23, 2019 / 4:08 am

    That is a gorgeous outfit and one I can see myself wearing over and over. I love the pink blazer and how it adds a soft touch of color to the outfit. Cable sweaters make me feel too big and bulky but this one looks like the pattern is subtle enough. Absolutely beautiful.

  49. Susan
    November 23, 2019 / 4:07 am

    No, I not wear this outfit. The cable knit looks too heavy for the skirt. Also, I don’t care for pleats or snakeskin. The 3 articles of clothing look to have been randomly thrown together without any aesthetic appeal whatsoever.

    • Deborah
      November 23, 2019 / 5:21 am

      I have never worn a snakeskin print, but seeing it with the soft neutral jacket and sweater I can imagine it working for me. I am really drawn to the color combination. Turtlenecks swallow up my short neck and the bulk of a sweater and jacket would not be flattering, so I would prefer a lighter weight blouse or sweater.

      • November 23, 2019 / 9:33 am

        I think a lighter sweater would work better for me too.

    • Diane
      November 23, 2019 / 12:50 pm

      I agree

  50. RoseAG
    November 23, 2019 / 4:00 am

    I like a big sweater over a skirt, it’s a comfortable outfit. If it’s washable it’s the kind of thing I might wear for a holiday afternoon with family/friends. I’m sure I’d be warm enough in the sweater without the jacket, so no to the jacket for now. I like a pink jacket in February/March when I’ beginning to wish for warmer days. So I might give it a try-on if it makes it’s way to the clearance rack 🙂

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