Would Your Wear It- Color Block, Stripes and Pleats

Would Your Wear It- Color Block, Stripes and Pleats

Happy Saturday and welcome to the weekend. It’s time for would you wear it with my friend Pam from Over 50 Feeling 40.

Each Saturday we both share a mannequin we’ve run across and ask our readers if it’s a look you would wear and why or why not. We love to hear your “why” to this question because we all learn from each other. Please know the mannequins we share are random and not an indication of what we like or don’t like.

So tell me, ladies, is this a look you would wear and why or why not.

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

Thanks for reading and have a great day.




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  1. Lily
    February 18, 2019 / 7:59 am

    Whoa! This is a big no for me. I would not buy either piece because of the high contrast prints and colors.

  2. Shirley
    February 18, 2019 / 7:21 am

    That looks like a “Hot Mess” – colors, style, fabrics……nothing goes together. I’ve never worn “gathers” or pleats – wide hips – and the sweater seems too “cold weather” while the skirt seems “warm weather”. Dressing doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy, but those two aren’t even in the same realm of possibles to me. And I swear – what happened to mannequins? They used to at least have hair! 🙂

    • February 18, 2019 / 3:29 pm

      I don’t know when mannequins went bald but I prefer them with hair too:)

  3. Marnell
    February 18, 2019 / 4:15 am

    Oh I would in a hot minute. Dressing isn’t about matchy/matchy but coordination and having fun with mixing patterns and fabrics. Think outside of the box here and there and have fun with style and not worry about rules.

  4. February 16, 2019 / 10:46 pm

    No way really dislike this look, I am small and petite it would never work on me.

  5. Susie
    February 16, 2019 / 9:33 pm

    The sweater could be cute on someone with a much, much slimmer body than mine, but I can’t imagine anyone being able to wear the skirt in real life. IMO it is just too much. I don’t think it would be wearable in the real world. Where would all of that fabric and pleats go when driving or even riding in a car? It looks like all of that pleated fabric would just pouf up all around. One would have to make sure it wasn’t covering the brake and gas pedals, and before driving away, and check to see that the skirt is all inside the car and not hanging out from beneath the closed car door, pleats flapping in the wind. It is a design directly from a designer’s mind onto a mannequin.

  6. Barbara Montalbano
    February 16, 2019 / 6:53 pm

    Definitely not!!! Its not me!

  7. Anita
    February 16, 2019 / 2:26 pm

    I think they do this on purpose. The joke’s on us.

  8. February 16, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    Not for me. My eyes don’t know where to look first, the designs and colors are all competing for attention. My body shape doesn’t look good in pleated skirts, so even if it was a great color/pattern, I would skip over it.

  9. beth byrd
    February 16, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    Oh my!!! No, no, no!!

    That being said — I love the sweater. It would be perfect paired with casual pants or jeans. There are a couple of possibilities but unfortunately (and in my opinion) the skirt is not one of them.

    The skirt is fun. I don’t think I could wear it, but I think it would work with a different top — perhaps an ivory lace blouse or navy shirt. Definitely not this sweater!

  10. Kay
    February 16, 2019 / 11:28 am

    Uh…no. This misses on so many levels for me. Patterns, colors, shapes. I think the floor designer was just wanted to get home and tossed everything left on to this poor mannequin.

  11. Becky
    February 16, 2019 / 10:47 am

    The outfit, as is, would be a definite NO. There is way too much going on with it. The skirt is totally wrong for my figure. The sweater might work with jeans or pants, but I would never wear it tucked in. I’m not sure why anyone would put these pieces together.

  12. Pat
    February 16, 2019 / 10:17 am

    I would not wear this as there is too much going on and too fussy. I do not think it would be flattering.

  13. Merri Fergusson
    February 16, 2019 / 9:41 am

    Not on this 60 something bod’! Wouldn’t flatter me in the least.

  14. Joanna
    February 16, 2019 / 9:40 am

    Again, a mannequin that would not entice me into the store. I don’t like the mixed material of the skirt. The sweater paired with it is a different tone of red. Also, I don’t buy pleated skirts as they add extra bulk when the desire is to look lean.
    Saw Pam’s mannequin. Love the whole outfit. My kind of style -tailored & classic.

  15. February 16, 2019 / 8:41 am

    Absolutely not! Though the sweater might be cute with jeans, it looks too boxy for my liking and the skirt…! Well, what can I say? In my opinion it’s just plain hideous! I’m not a big fan of pleats and this is colour blocking gone wrong. It looks like the skirt was made from assorted fabric scraps.

  16. Annie vanderven
    February 16, 2019 / 8:37 am

    Not for me. It looks like the designer could not make up his mind or had too many leftover fabrics!!!

  17. Kathy
    February 16, 2019 / 7:40 am

    I think the outfit as a whole is a hot mess! Maybe separately but together is not a good look.

  18. Donna
    February 16, 2019 / 7:40 am

    Being short and on the fluffy side, I would not wear a skirt like that. The whole outfit is not my style at all. I wonder about the folks who chose the clothes for the mannequins.

  19. Pal
    February 16, 2019 / 7:19 am

    Someone already posted: The outfit is trying to hard
    I would absolutely wear the sweater…I might wear it with a 1/2 and 1/2 skirt but not such a “fluffy” one
    I don’t think I would wear the skirt…Just to fluffy for me…

  20. Susan Gowan
    February 16, 2019 / 7:18 am

    Nope. Never. Far too busy. A bit of an assault on the visual senses, eh? Too much going on and eye-catching in a bad way!

  21. Karen
    February 16, 2019 / 7:02 am

    Too many angles going on for me.

  22. Rose Brock
    February 16, 2019 / 7:01 am

    I like both the sweater and the skirt just not together. I love Pam’s outfit and would definitely wear it.

  23. Eileen
    February 16, 2019 / 6:42 am

    Too much fabric for me. I don’t mind the idea of a sweater and pleated skirt, but it’s interesting to me that knee length items are so under represented.

  24. Donna J Spremulli
    February 16, 2019 / 6:34 am

    Wow, looks to me like they need to hire some new stylists for their mannequins, I really don’t know what they were thinking. I don’t like the skirt at all, especially with a pricetag of $391. But, the sweater could be cute with jeans.

  25. Brenda Hinz
    February 16, 2019 / 6:05 am

    Those two garments are the tackiest things I’ve ever seen! What happened to style, taste, pretty, etc?

  26. Mary K
    February 16, 2019 / 6:01 am

    My first thought was “hot mess” as someone already mentioned! Horizontal stripes on white across my top section is a no for me plus the one red sleeve making it appear “Quality Control” was asleep on the job, lol. The skirt is too voluminous plus color blocking is atrocious. This is a Big NO for me!!!

  27. February 16, 2019 / 5:40 am

    Sorry, would not wear either the sweater or the skirt. I am too full busted to wear the sweater, and I don’t like pleated skirts.

  28. Pauline
    February 16, 2019 / 5:39 am

    Other than the colors are the same, I would love to know the inspiration for pairing these two pieces. It reminds me of my daughter’s choices when she was 6……”Well, there’s pink in both of them!” Do the mannequin dressers really think the consumers are silly enough to think this is even stylish? Well, maybe for the trendy kids but, definitely not for me!

  29. Adrienne Kushner
    February 16, 2019 / 5:39 am

    It might be nice on a thin, young woman, but not for me. I do not wear horizontal stripes and the cut of the skirt is not friendly to hips.

  30. BethW
    February 16, 2019 / 5:29 am

    The outfit is a hot mess and the two pieces don’t go together. Nothing goes together from the fabrics to the colors to the patterns.

    • Linda
      February 16, 2019 / 7:13 am

      This was exactly my thoughts. I don’t know who employs these ‘fashion consultants,’ but they are getting ripped off!

  31. Roxanne
    February 16, 2019 / 5:27 am

    I love the sweater and would pair it with dark wash jeans. The skirt looks like they picked up random scraps of fabric off the cutting room floor and said “let’s make a skirt”. On top of that, the fabric looks very cheap. I couldn’t help but notice the outfit in the background…again, very cheap fabrics, poorly finished hem, and the jacket is way too big. In my Marie Kondo-ing this winter, I’ve donated nicer clothes than those pictured.

  32. February 16, 2019 / 5:22 am

    Not for me! Yikes. The skirt is just too busy, for starters. Even if I were 5 ft 9 and model-like, (I’m not), I do not care for the skirt at all. The sweater? I might wear this sweater, though horizontals across my bustline is something I try to avoid. I much prefer solid v-neck sweaters as there is enough bulk in sweater materials. ( I do have a few striped tee shirts tho). The sweater, maybe. The skirt never, therefore, this ensemble us not for me!

  33. Sue
    February 16, 2019 / 5:18 am

    What were they thinking? To get our attention? I guess they succeeded at that. But not all attention is good attention. A sporty sweater with a skirt of refined style but awkward juxtaposition of fabrics. Primary orange on top, muted rusty tone on the bottom. But there is some white on top and if you look closely white on the bottom too. Oh my! Can anyone tell us why they would do this?

  34. Sandy
    February 16, 2019 / 5:05 am

    I agree with Mary. A big mess together. Would not wear either on my 5’ frame that is slim. It is too overpowering for me.

  35. RoseAG
    February 16, 2019 / 5:05 am

    I like the sweater, with a shorter but boxy shape, which is something I like.
    It does not get warm here until May, when all of a sudden it’ll be 90 degrees, so I could work a primary colored sweater into my lineup for several more months, particular a light cashmere one like that.
    I don’t know why they put that skirt with it. The colors are mismatched. One thing I never ever do is pair cream with white, it looks like you had bad lighting in your closet.

  36. Wendy Dunbar
    February 16, 2019 / 5:03 am

    Although I would describe the sweater as ‘cute’ it is not something I would buy or wear. It might be my age ???? but if I am going to buy a cashmere sweater it must be in a solid color that I can wear over & over without anyone noticing. I do think it is a fun pattern & if you are young(er) with a hefty clothing budget it could be a good purchase. I’m not a fan of the skirt at all. Only very thin women can pull off pleats like that in my humble opinion; plus the design itself with the two distinct fabrics make it appear as though they ran out of enough of the red fabric to finish it so used the white/tan (Reminds me too much of 8th grade Home-Ec skirt project! ????)

    • February 16, 2019 / 8:44 am

      Thanks for explaining Wendy. I’m with you on investing in solid colored cashmere for wearability.

  37. Mary
    February 16, 2019 / 4:52 am

    Both pieces are horrible separately but together one big confusing mess. I would not wear any of it. That skirt is a home ec project gone awry.

  38. Cindy
    February 16, 2019 / 4:29 am

    This outfit is a definite no for me. The sweater & skirt just don’t seem to go together. I rarely wear horizontal stripes, I don’t find them flattering. I do think the skirt is pretty & would look good on someone who is very thin. But it would not work on my pear shape.

    • Cyndi
      February 16, 2019 / 10:43 am

      Same name, different spelling but my comments were a mirror or ditto to yours! This outfit would look like a hot mess on me

  39. Betty SC
    February 16, 2019 / 4:14 am

    Love the sweater! Adorable! I’d wear the sweater with jeans casually, and flats such as penny loafers or white or black thick sole slip on sneaks. Another dressier option for the sweater is pairing with basic black slim leg slacks, accessorized with gold chain necklace, chunky gold bangle and large boyfriend wrist watch. Slip on a pair of gold or red ballet flats, add a pop of my signature red lipstick, and I’m dressed????. PS I’d skip that skirt totally…just not in my style box ????

    • February 16, 2019 / 8:42 am

      Thanks Betty! I really love how you visually styled this for us. I can see it clearly.

  40. February 16, 2019 / 4:08 am

    The outfit is trying too hard. The red sleeve balancing the red block on the opposite side on the skirt. I understand the effect they want to achieve, but it seems labored.
    I like the sweater better than the skirt, which has an uncomfortable juxtaposition of cream and white blocks. And you need some awesome abs to wear a pleated skirt tucked in. Actually, I have awesome abs (seriously, I do advanced Pilates) but the muscles are covered with a layer of insulation. I certainly wouldn’t try to pull off this skirt.
    It’s a good thing the views on this are so different–the world is more interesting when people aren’t all wearing the same thing.

    • February 16, 2019 / 8:40 am

      That’s a great way of explaining what they were attempting to do. It does seem a misfire to me too. Way to go on the abs!!

  41. Amie
    February 16, 2019 / 4:01 am

    Yes to the skirt, but not with the sweater. It looks very unmatched to me, very odd. I would be very uncomfortable in it.
    I don’t think I like the sweater at all, even with something like jeans.
    But, I’m loving the skirt.
    I have several accordion pleated skirts and I love wearing them. This one is unique, and very wearable with many of my tops.

  42. February 16, 2019 / 3:38 am

    The outfit as a whole I would not wear. I really like the skirt, but for my curvy figure it would not be flattering, but look lovely on a small frame…not with that sweater! Do not know why the two of them were paired together.

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