Would Your Wear It? A Gathered Blouse

Would Your Wear It? A Gathered Blouse

I ran across several mannequins this week, all wearing fall clothes which made me yearn for cooler temperatures and shorter days. That’s not happening anytime soon for me so we may need to take a road trip which allows me to break out of my linen!

Welcome to would you wear it. Each Saturday Pam Lutrell of Over50Feeling40 and I share a mannequin we’ve seen and ask if you would wear what she’s wearing.

I don’t encourage or appreciate women who critique other women’s fashion choices. Women should feel confident to wear what they love. This mannequin has no feelings so she won’t mind if we critique what she’s wearing.

Pam and I do this series to better understand what you, our readers, think of certain styles and what styles you might enjoy wearing. If you tell me “that’s horrible” or “that’s great”, I learn nothing. So please explain why you would or would not wear something as it relates to your personal style. If you’re not sure why you wouldn’t wear something, please share that too. Other comments may help make it clearer for you.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear this and why or why not?

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

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  1. September 8, 2018 / 3:54 am

    Good morning Jennifer! I have to say No No No to this for me, and for my figure. Definitely No. I’m a bit busty and do not like the blouse for me, at all. I think this stitching across the top would magnify what does not need enhancement. The sleeves would just bother me. Too much volume. That is less a “body” criticism as it is a personal preference. I like 3/4 sleeves or long sleeves which might be rolled up a bit…..
    The skirt might be nice if I were taller. I’m only 5 ft 4, and legs are probably my best feature so I prefer skirts to knee or a tad above….not below knee EVER.
    I’m curious as to how many women actually like this skirt……

  2. September 8, 2018 / 4:07 am

    I would be very concerned about the fit of this blouse on my curvy body type. I have a larger chest and just feel like it would make me look larger. I do not think I would even try it on, because it does not end the messaging I desire to send with my style. It is always good to look at placement of seams also and where they fall in order to get the most flattering fit. The seams on this one would be a NO on me.

  3. beth byrd
    September 8, 2018 / 4:17 am

    Actually I do like this blouse. I am not busty and I have narrow shoulders, so I think this style would work for me. However, I do not care for it paired with this long skirt — it seems somewhat matronly. I think this blouse would look terrific with tailored pants — in black or camel.

    • PatW
      September 8, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      Now you’re talking! I could see that too. This look is a little mumsy.

  4. Debbie Carr
    September 8, 2018 / 4:23 am

    I would not wear this outfit. I think first of all it is frumpy and fussy.

  5. Cindy
    September 8, 2018 / 4:24 am

    The horizontal seam would probably benefit my narrower shoulders. However, I don’t like gathered sleeves. It just feels messy, like there’s too much fabric. The pleated skirt is too long for me, so overall, this outfit is a no.

  6. Lori Stewart
    September 8, 2018 / 4:30 am

    No. After I turned 50 I lost my waistline so I do not wear skirts very often and especially do not tuck in blouses anymore. I do not like the blouse – too much material. I prefer a sleeker look. The skirt would be OK if paired with a different blouse or sweater and it is the perfect length to wear with boots.

  7. Pat B
    September 8, 2018 / 4:32 am

    The blouse for me would be a no. Too much volume, the tucked in waist and the contrast of black and white on my height and proportions. 5’2”. I do have a pleated skirt and love it. Floral on a black background. I wear it with a short black t-shirt with capped sleeve – not tucked in. I was fortunate the length was right for me as alteration would be tricky.

  8. Sondra
    September 8, 2018 / 4:37 am

    No, I would NOT wear this. Mainly because I’m 5’2” and there is just too much going on, drawing the eye everywhere! My age (77 next month) is another reason I wouldn’t wear it. I think a taller gal could pull it off and not with this skirt. Definitely needs to be worn with pants.

  9. Susan
    September 8, 2018 / 4:38 am

    The blouse resembles a costume that an actress might wear in a period movie circa 1905. I doubt the high neckline and fussy gathering on the ‘leg of mutton’ sleeves would flatter anyone.

  10. Lori
    September 8, 2018 / 4:46 am

    No, I wouldn’t wear this. My first thought was if the skirt was longer, it would look like the schoolmarm on Little House on the Prairie! lol There’s too much fabric for me. I think it would make me look even bigger than I am. I also still experience occasional hot flashes and really don’t like high necklines–they make me feel too hot!

  11. Greta
    September 8, 2018 / 4:47 am

    Yuk! No way!????

  12. Beth M.
    September 8, 2018 / 4:49 am

    This shirt makes me think of the puffy shirt episode of Seinfeld. That alone makes it a no-wear for me!

    • Debbie Davis
      September 10, 2018 / 7:19 am

      That was my first thoughts exactly Beth!! LOL – I agree – definitely a no-wear!!

  13. Linda
    September 8, 2018 / 4:55 am

    This would be a NO for me. I agree with Paulette, Pam and the others who said the blouse would not flatter us busty girls. I also agree with the ‘school marm’ and ‘costume-ish’ comments.

  14. Roxanne
    September 8, 2018 / 5:06 am

    Since the mannequin has no feelings…that is one hot mess! My first thought was the puffy shirt episode on Seinfeld too!! I have narrow shoulders, and it would swallow me. The waistband on the skirt looks unfinished, and the length is awkward.

  15. Erika
    September 8, 2018 / 5:09 am

    No. The sleeves are just too much for me. Not my style. That skirt could be a good basic for a wardrobe, though.

  16. mary
    September 8, 2018 / 5:12 am

    The Blouse has too much going on– too much fabric, too much gathering, just too much. Someone beat me to the Seinfeld puffy shirt comment! I would not wear it. The skirt is ok. I love the color. I usually avoid pleats but those are small enough for me.

  17. Michele
    September 8, 2018 / 5:33 am

    I wouldn’t wear this outfit because I just couldn’t carry it off with my height and body shape (I’m 5’3″). Also, I have broad shoulders and a short to average neck so the blouse would only be flattering on me if I lowered the neckline and calmed the sleeves down a little.

  18. Mary
    September 8, 2018 / 5:36 am

    I feel most comfortable in clothing that has has clean, simple lines (no ruffles, etc.), so I wouldn’t wear this. I’d especially feel self-conscious about the sleeves on this blouse. But that’s just me!

  19. Theresa CAUDILLO
    September 8, 2018 / 5:39 am

    I would have to say no. The neck on the blouse would definitely bother me. I can’t stand anything tight around my neck. It makes me feel like I’m choking. The gathered sleeves would be ok if they were elbow length. I have a jacket that I love that has that type & I love it. The skirt is a big no. Way to long & the pleats make it look old fashioned.

  20. Cheryll
    September 8, 2018 / 5:45 am

    I am a “busty” woman. Too many gathers for me.

  21. Kathy
    September 8, 2018 / 5:46 am

    Nope! The sleeves are just too much puffiness. Seinfeld and all, it’s just too costumely for me.

  22. September 8, 2018 / 5:48 am

    NO AND NO. I am busty and the gathers on the blouse would only make me look even larger. Also, I do not wear skirts at all. I wear orthotics in my shoes and cannot wear 95% of flats and no heels at all. I have not worn heels since 1997. So many dress up outfits look really weird in sneakers

  23. September 8, 2018 / 5:50 am

    me again. speaking of wearing flats, I had to attend a wedding a few years and had to wear a dress. I had to wear Sketchers with it. Yuck!

    • Roxanne
      September 8, 2018 / 12:20 pm

      Hi Linda, I feel your pain literally and emotionally. I shattered my heel 5 years ago and there will never be heels for me again. This summer I did find some cute low platform sandals, one aqua pair from Cork Ease and one blush nude from Clark’s. They were very supportive even without my orthotics and looked cute with my summery dresses. My goal now is to find something for winter. Once in a great while I need something dressy and a dress!

  24. September 8, 2018 / 6:01 am

    This is going to end up in the sales rack, and even at 90% off I don’t think it will find takers.
    It’s unflattering, even on the mannequin. The neckline is a mess–it looks like a T-shirt with a turtleneck underneath. The yoke around the shoulders is strange and, yes, kind of Little House on the Prairie. Yet something about the whole thing, including the skirt (its length? its shapelessness?) reminds me of the ’70s. And not in a good way.

  25. Carolyn
    September 8, 2018 / 6:12 am

    Reminds me of a ‘schoolmarm’. I’m barely 5’1″ and while I have narrower shoulders, there’s too much going on with the gathers, ruffles, etc. As some have previously mentioned, the blouse looks like part of a costume.

  26. September 8, 2018 / 6:17 am

    No! Other than it looks like it could have been made from the lining of a coffin, it is not good design. If that’s the best retailers can dress their mannequins in, no wonder box store sales are down.

    • Jeanette
      September 8, 2018 / 6:54 am

      ????thanks for a Saturday morning chuckle. Good to not take all of this too seriously. Yet another first world problem.

  27. Phyllis Hughes
    September 8, 2018 / 6:22 am

    Oh, my! Who dressed this poor mannequin? They certainly were not trying to sell anything with this display. I would not wear it. Too many gathers and ruching for this short, busty body. The skirt is too long and not flattering for someone with curves. A definite “NO!”

  28. Mags
    September 8, 2018 / 6:49 am

    NO to the top. Too much going on there and all those gathers would not do much for my middle aged shape. Plus the color would not do much for me either. Might consider the skirt with a simple sweater and tights and boots in the winter, though. I like the color of the skirt.

  29. September 8, 2018 / 7:09 am

    No! This would look frumpy on an older busty woman with no waist.

  30. Marsha
    September 8, 2018 / 7:14 am

    Too trendy for my age. It would make me look like a school marm! For thin millennials, I think it would be cute with jeans.

  31. Linde
    September 8, 2018 / 7:16 am

    This blouse would be absolutely overwhelming on my body! The body of the blouse isn’t too bad, but the sleeves completely ruin the whole thing. However, I would definitely wear the skirt with a sweater and boots, since I’m in a fall mood today.

  32. Susan
    September 8, 2018 / 7:20 am

    No way! It would add volume where I don’t need it. Plus be uncomfortable. Tooo much fabric. On the other hand I kind of like the skirt. With a short fitted jacket and a plain shell it might be ok…

  33. Barbara Crowley
    September 8, 2018 / 7:21 am

    No, I would not look good in the blouse or skirt—-I have too much bust and not tall—would look frumpy!

  34. September 8, 2018 / 7:27 am

    Nope. Not for me. Too ruffly looking (I know it has no ruffles, but it gives that impression). Too Little House on the Prairie meets bohemian…not sure that’s a good description of the feeling, but I’m doing my best here. It’s a thumbs down for me.

  35. Joanna
    September 8, 2018 / 7:30 am

    I know puffy sleeves are trending this year but all over puffy? I’m saying No to this blouse. The detail would help make my bust look bigger and my shoulders wider (a good thing) but I couldn’t get over the fussiness of the blouse. I’m more a tailored, classic shirt type. The skirt looks to be a cheap material but if not, it could be nice worn with a cashmere sweater.

  36. Pamela Mason
    September 8, 2018 / 7:45 am

    Nothing on this mannequin appeals to me nor flatters my figure. Blouse is gathered where I am wide; skirt is too long. I do like the skirt’s style and drape, but not thrilled with the muddy color.

  37. Shari
    September 8, 2018 / 7:49 am

    No! I am to busty for this look! Not for Nana’s!
    But…I love it and would love to see it on my 6’ and skinny grandaughter!

  38. September 8, 2018 / 8:04 am

    I would not find this to be flattering on my busty self. A tall slender younger woman might like this depending on what she pairs it with. I think it could look nice with the black pants next to it and boots for a kind of goucho look.

  39. Cathy
    September 8, 2018 / 8:19 am

    Definitely a no for me. Its just too fussy and ingenue looking for my taste. I would look like a soft dipped swirled ice cream cone in that white fluff.

  40. September 8, 2018 / 8:32 am

    The outfit is not appealing at all. The blouse is too frilly and there is so much going on. The skirt is unflattering and too long for me. I don’t know where you would wear it.

  41. September 8, 2018 / 8:42 am

    A big NO! For one thing I have large ….so anything that protrudes out makes me look like I am that size all the way down. And…it looks like something a teacher from Little House on the Prairie might wear. Will you be around on Monday…still need to connect!!

  42. Eileen
    September 8, 2018 / 8:43 am

    No, too much fabric and white color would make the person look wider, designer went too far, Black would have toned it down a notch. Again, and again, better for taller person, skirt length also. The average American woman is 5’4”, so I’m thinking it’s a tall gal year in retail.

  43. Debbie
    September 8, 2018 / 8:51 am

    No, no, not ever. Even if I were very tall and very thin and young (which I’m not), I would not wear it. And no to pleated skirts, for the same reason. This outfit looks kind of like a costume, if you wore it you would definitely be noticed, but not in a good way.

  44. Pat Englund
    September 8, 2018 / 9:24 am

    I wouldn’t even hang this as a billowy curtain, which it reminds me of. No, I would never even try it on. May be flattering on a very thin figure.

  45. Pat
    September 8, 2018 / 9:24 am

    No. This is a bit fussy for me. I do like the idea of a white blouse with a pleated skirt, but I would go for a more simple top.

  46. September 8, 2018 / 9:26 am

    No. The overall look is too formal for my liking. My style is more classy casual. The blouse would definitely be out for me because of the close fitting neckline. I had major neck surgery a few years ago to remove a cancerous growth and there’s some nerve damage to that area. A confining neckline just doesn’t work.

  47. Patty
    September 8, 2018 / 9:48 am

    It’s a NO for me as well for several reasons. I get too hot if I wear anything around my neck. I’m a petite gal and the blouse would overwhelm my body and there’s no doubt those sleeves would be too long. It’s just too fussy & precious for me.

  48. Vickie
    September 8, 2018 / 10:08 am

    No way! Ain’t going to happen!

  49. Eleni
    September 8, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Not for me. My arms are way too short for those large cuffs. A bit overpowering for a short person. Someone tall and slim might suit this blouse…..

  50. Barbara Thompson
    September 8, 2018 / 11:05 am

    I attended a catholic school at the time when nuns were moving away from habits and wearing regular clothing. This looks like something the nuns would wear. It is exceptionally modest and matronly. Really not my thing. I want to look modern and stylish, and this doesn’t give me that feeling. Long sleeves are also too warm for me. The skirt is pretty blah and I don’t wear a lot of skirts anymore.

  51. Becky Sharp
    September 8, 2018 / 11:07 am

    No I wouldn’t wear it. I am too busty for it to complement me.

  52. Dianne
    September 8, 2018 / 11:23 am

    No to the blouse for all the reasons above. I like the skirt but would not wear it because it would not complement my style.

  53. Wendy
    September 8, 2018 / 11:24 am

    Anyone remember the Seinfeld episode of the ‘puffy shirt’? Reminded me of that…nope, can’t do puffy at my age. Need to streamline my body…

  54. Suzanne
    September 8, 2018 / 11:46 am

    I’m sorry, but I think I wore this as a college student in the 80s….when I was trying to look ‘adult’. NO WAY would I wear it now. It just seems too stuffy….

  55. Janet
    September 8, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    Another NO from me but on the flip side, I would really like to see it on someone who could syle it well.

  56. Judy
    September 8, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    I think the blouse would be pretty on someone with a very slender body. The blouse has too many gatherings and would make me look much larger then I am. With the pleats on the skirt I don’t think it would hang nicely on me with some curves. This looks like a skirt my mother had many years ago. She had a very slender frame and it looked nice on her but would not on me. I enjoy looking at all the different styles and ideas you have. Thank you..

  57. Janet
    September 8, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    I really like the blouse, except for the strange seams on the sleeves. I am slim so the gathering would enhance my figure. I never watched Seinfeld haha and I love poofy tops and clothes that are reminiscent of an earlier age. It’s one way of standing out in the crowd. I would pair it with black velvet skinny pants and maybe a plaid or floral shawl although maybe I would have to use Jennifer’s consulting service to get it right!

  58. Becky
    September 8, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    This looks frumpy and old fashi9ned to me. I would feel silly in it, I’m afraid.

  59. Anne
    September 8, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    This one is a big fat NO!!!!
    I am not especially busty as some other commenters, but I am definitely “soft”, so all that ruching and gathering would make me look like the Pillsbury Doughboy!

    And I agree with the comment that it would look better (not on me!) with tailored trousers instead of the gathered skirt.

  60. annie vanderven
    September 8, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Does anyone remember austrian shades? Here they are again in the form of a blouse!!!

  61. Karen McB
    September 8, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    I had a similar blouse back in my teens, in the late ‘50s or early ‘60s — though not quite as much poofiness to the sleeves — and hated it then. It’s no better now. I had an average-size bust (36-B) but that seam made me feel way too chesty and it was scratchy — the seams and high neck and tight cuffs just seem to constrain movement. Ugh. Basically, a matronly look that I wouldn’t find attractive for even a younger, slimmer woman than I am!

  62. Pat
    September 8, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    This would be a big NO for me. I’m a very youthful looking 60 year old. 5’8 150 lbs., but too busty to wear so much fabric up top. Quite frankly people would think I pulled this out of the back of my closet from the 1980’s. That might work for a 30 year old but it would just look frumpy on an older woman.

  63. Becky
    September 8, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    This outfit would not be flattering for my short round figure. The blouse would also be something that I would be fussing with all the time. Pleats are not a friend to my wide hips.

  64. Patti Shannon
    September 8, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    I wouldn’t wear it….I find that the older I get, the less tolerant I am of “fussy” clothes. Anything other than comfortable, classic style is not something I will enjoy wearing and it will show in my bearing.

  65. Cyndi
    September 8, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    Sorry to say this blouse would be a no for me…the neckline seems odd, there’s too many gathers on the yoke (or maybe just the distribution of the gathers?), the high puff at the top of the arm, the fact that the gathered seam down the sleeve doesn’t match at the corner of the yoke or go along the outside of the arm, the tight wide cuff …just too many focal points! I think the skirt could be cute with another blouse. I don’t mind a blouse that tucks in and am seeing that style a lot more in the stores. Recently the trend has been long (tunic-type?) tops so I guess that’s changing.

  66. Lucretia Roletta
    September 8, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Not for me. Beside the fact I think the garment is unattractive, it would not look good on my larger bust figure. There is far too much going on with this top. I do love the skirt.

  67. Diana
    September 8, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    I like the pieces separately, (but not on my body shape). The gathered blouse paired with the gathered/pleated skirt, is too much gathering all put together. The top would look great with sleek pants and the pleated skirt would look good with a tailored blouse.

  68. Beth B.
    September 9, 2018 / 4:00 am

    No. Just no.

  69. Elizabeth
    September 9, 2018 / 11:22 am

    No to the top! Too high necked and frilly, I am tall and not busty …would feel very over done and school marmish.

  70. Emilie
    September 9, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    Then my answer would need to be NO! The blouse looks as if it had been designed by a committee – each trying to out-do one another. Now I ask you, how does a blouse stay tucked in made of that silky fabric ( of low quality fiber) when a waist band on a pleated skirt can never be tight enough to do the job? I can’t think of anyone body type that could carry that outfit and show confidence wearing it.

  71. Kay
    September 9, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    I like blouses with yokes because the shoulder can be a bit narrower while still allowing some room for an ample bust with gathering under the yoke. I do not, however, like this blouse. The ruching down the puffy sleeve is over kill, I think. That neckline is also mighty busy.

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