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Would Your Wear This: Puff Sleeves and Leopard Print

Would Your Wear This: Puff Sleeves and Leopard Print

Happy Saturday ladies. My husband and I had a hoot watching my grandson play in a basketball game yesterday afternoon. I can tell you the only thing funnier than watching 4-year-olds playing T-ball is 5-year-olds playing basketball. They’re all running their little hearts out with their arms in the air, not quite certain who is doing what. Priceless fun.

It’s time for would you wear it. Each Saturday my friend Pam Lutrell of Over 50 Feeling 40 and I share a mannequin we’ve seen and ask if you’d wear what she’s wearing. We do this to better understand your style goals and interests.

mannequin wearing gray puff sleeve sweater and leopard print pants on A Well Styled Life

Crystal Button Merino Sweater // Pants- not available

So tell me, would you wear this and why or why not as it relates to your silhouette, lifestyle, and style goals.

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

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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70 Comments

  1. Jane B.
    January 19, 2019 / 3:42 am

    The sweater is too much with the pants, in my opinion. I would pair the pants with a close fitting black top- turtleneck or v-neck, and some silver jewelry. I go by the slim top/full bottom or slim bottom/full top rule for balance.

  2. January 19, 2019 / 3:54 am

    I do not believe the design of the sweater would be flattering to someone with a larger bust (like me). I love leopard pants but would need to try these on because on me a thinner leg line would be more flattering.

  3. January 19, 2019 / 4:08 am

    I love the sweater, and own one of similar design in dark green. I also love the pants, not too over the top animal print. And, yes I love them together. I could also pair the pants with a my new black silk blouse and necklace. Love these neutrals….

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 4:58 pm

      I’m a huge fan of these colors too.

  4. Cindy
    January 19, 2019 / 4:24 am

    I like the sweater. Having puff sleeves puts some interest on the top of the outfit, where I want it. I think the pants are cute, but I wouldn’t wear them. I don’t like to emphasize my larger bottom half!

  5. Anne
    January 19, 2019 / 4:40 am

    I’m in my Seventies , a size 10. I have a rectangular shape. I love this outfit. I would wear it with my black or gray booties. The animal print pants are not over the top with the black and gray. I like the gray sweater with it also.

  6. Mary
    January 19, 2019 / 4:47 am

    I would not wear the sweater or the pants. Too much everything! Light grey is unwearable for me and those sleeves. I’m hoping the statement sleeve fashion ends soon. I see lots of statement sleeves at Macys on clearance if anyone is interested.

  7. Uli
    January 19, 2019 / 4:53 am

    I like the colour of the outfit, but i am pretty sure i would not wear the sweater. It is the cut that i dont like. I believe its too tight for my belly. The arms are fine for me, but i would also cut off the diamond stones, they are too much.

  8. Lori Stewart
    January 19, 2019 / 4:57 am

    I love this! The sweater is great and an interesting shape, so much nicer than just a pullover. The pants are fun. With the sweater, it is a more casual outfit, but pair the pants with a silky black blouse it elevates to a nice outfit to wear out to dinner or a date.

  9. Linda
    January 19, 2019 / 4:57 am

    At first glance, I thought ‘yes’! But then I looked closer and realized the puff sleeves are too puffy and would emphasize an already full bust. I’m not sure the shape of the pants would work either. What I do like is the cool animal print.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 5:01 pm

      I like that cool toned animal print too!

  10. Laurie
    January 19, 2019 / 5:05 am

    I do like the style and colors of this outfit. I like the puffed sleeves and button detail on the sweater. I don’t often wear printed pants, but if the color is darkish and the pattern subtle, then I can pull it off!

  11. Linde
    January 19, 2019 / 5:10 am

    No to both of these. The sleeves are too puffy and I don’t like the buttons hanging on the top. My bottom half is heavier, so I wouldn’t want to call attention to it with patterned pants.

  12. January 19, 2019 / 5:12 am

    I wouldn’t wear either item. I don’t like puffy sleeves. I am full busted and I think it would look awful on me. I never wear patterned pants. I do not like to draw attention to the lower half of my body. I only wear navy and or black pants.

  13. Susan
    January 19, 2019 / 5:26 am

    Ditto with the above comments regarding bigger boobs and the jumper (sweater), but after having seen quite a few of these articles,’would you wear it’, I am beginning to think that the people styling those outfits on the mannequins think they are either being sartorially creative, or simply ‘having a lend’ (taking the mickey) out of female customers.

    • Mimi
      January 19, 2019 / 8:53 am

      I love that you explained ‘having a lend’ with ‘taking the mickey’. But what does that mean? I am guessing something about teasing?

      • Susan
        January 19, 2019 / 3:13 pm

        ‘Taking the mickey’, ‘having a lend’ – Means teasing and or joking.

        • Jennifer
          Author
          January 19, 2019 / 5:04 pm

          It does seem that way sometimes. That’s why merchandise display people make poor stylists for real people;)

  14. Kerry
    January 19, 2019 / 5:30 am

    Love the pants! And with a dark top, I think they could be lovely. The color of the sweater is not for me. It kinda looks like a train wreck with too much going on!! Those buttons don’t fit the design and the skeeve look extremely long. I don’t think it’s a flattering design for anyone!

  15. Mary K Haelka
    January 19, 2019 / 5:42 am

    I like the pants but not the sweater (too pale for me). I can see the pants with a black velvet jacket or black cardigan. And definitely silver jewelry. To punch up the look maybe a red tank top or even hot pink!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks for sharing your styling ideas.

  16. January 19, 2019 / 6:00 am

    When I read “puff sleeves” I thought of Imelda Marcos and Cory Aquino. These are quite different, with the puff around the elbow. Interesting. What puts me off, instead, are the big rhinestone buttons. Evening gowns aside, shiny or sparkly clothes are rarely classy or elegant.
    The pants are great. The print is subtle–black on gray.

  17. Carrie
    January 19, 2019 / 6:03 am

    This is a complete outfit that would look good on tall thin people. The wider pants are too overwhelming on a petite person, and anyone who is heavier around the middle might not look good in the sweater, but I do love them both! Remember…it’s all about interesting sleeve detail in sweaters and tops right now.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 5:08 pm

      It’s funny but I am petite and love the shape of these pants because I am narrower on the bottom. I couldn’t wear the sweater because it would emphasis my top half.

  18. Susan Gowan
    January 19, 2019 / 6:07 am

    No to both top and bottom for me. When I hear “puffed sleeves” I can’t help thinking of our national treasure in Canada, Anne of Green Gables and her longing for puffed sleeves around 1910 when my dear Dad was born. Outdated. Never cared for animal prints but these are attractive just not my taste.

  19. Sharon
    January 19, 2019 / 6:18 am

    I like the outfit on the mannequin but am too large on top and bottom to wear either piece. So no, I would not wear it. Would work on someone who is tall and thin.

  20. Stacy Lucas
    January 19, 2019 / 6:21 am

    I like this outfit. I think it’s interesting and classy for a daytime engagement. Love the pants.

  21. L H Carter
    January 19, 2019 / 6:38 am

    Yes to the pants and no to the sweater. As for the pants—leopard! Com’on now! I like the fullness of the leg. I see the pants partnering with many colors and styles of tops, just not the drained out gray and the over inflated sleeves of the sweater it is enduring at the moment.

  22. Marilyn McDonald
    January 19, 2019 / 6:40 am

    I like the pants fabric, and would wear it in a closer-fitting style. I, too, dislike the statement-sleeve tops–too fussy, get in the way, and look too youthful unless dialed way back. But I like the color of the sweater, and would wear it in a simpler style.

  23. Diane
    January 19, 2019 / 6:40 am

    I think it would take a slim figure, like the mannequin’s, to be able to pull this outfit off. I do like it and I would probably give it a try in the dressing room just to see if it would work for me (not sure if I’m slim enough!). It has a fun feeling to it and kind of old school too. I feel it requires a certain place to wear it too. One would probably get noticed in this outfit and at times I like that!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks for explaining Diane! I’d try it on too.

  24. Mibs
    January 19, 2019 / 6:50 am

    No to the sweater, maybe to the pants.
    The sleeves on the sweater would overwhelm my petite figure. If the cut of the pants looked attractive I could see myself wearing them.

  25. mary jo
    January 19, 2019 / 7:04 am

    pants aren’t bad but I wouldn’t wear them with this top. I think a plain black top would look much better paired with a great necklace or scarf. absolutely no to the top! not only does it make it look like you have Popeye biceps but the snug fitting middle would emphasis my muffin top as well
    making me look like a I have a Sant Claus belly to match

  26. Beth
    January 19, 2019 / 7:20 am

    I love the whole outfit except for one small detail… the cost of the blouse. I love that the animal print is subtle and I’d love to have this outfit plus a dressier black blouse for work! I love the fact that the pants are full length. I don’t like short length pants.

    • Anon
      January 19, 2019 / 8:58 am

      I never check the price when doing the “would you wear it”, because they’re not asking if I would buy it. 😉

  27. January 19, 2019 / 7:44 am

    The fullness in the shoulder & button detailing would be great for me since I have small shoulders (it would balance out my pear shape) but I’m not a fan of the tight lower sleeve. It just looks odd to me.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 5:17 pm

      Thanks for explaining your why and I agree the top would flatter narrower shoulders.

  28. Mary
    January 19, 2019 / 7:53 am

    I like the pants (I’m a leopard fan) but the sweater would be too much for me.- the sleeves. I agree that a loose black top would make it more wearable.

  29. BeeeBeee
    January 19, 2019 / 8:16 am

    One of your better dressed mannequins.

    I like the sweater, but would need to try it on. I don’t know if the color or sleeve style would work for me but given the beautiful fitted waist, I would certainly be interested. I’m not as busty as I used to be so the neckline might work.

    The pants are lovely, I really like the low-contrast print. I don’t normally wear printed pants, but would try these. I have a lot of warm gray tops so this could possibly be a very versatile piece. The legs look like they might be straight cut, if so, I would definitely try them on.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 5:19 pm

      I think the pants are straight. Thanks for explaining your styling ideas

  30. Eleonore Zanette
    January 19, 2019 / 8:25 am

    I love the pants but I would not wear it with the sweater. I would wear the pants with a black sweater or a black jacket. I love leopard!!

  31. Eileen
    January 19, 2019 / 8:30 am

    I bought a cream turtleneck with these sleeves, But less volume. The novelty sleeve needs a different jacket, that could put off buyers, a cape would work I suppose. I like the shorter tops. As a pear shape, no to the bottoms, print too large, and too busy.

  32. Susan
    January 19, 2019 / 8:47 am

    I like the outfit a lot, especially the pants. I would wear them together as shown, but I might swap out the rhinestone buttons for plainer ones. Love the colors — perfect for me! I wish the pants were pull-on style, since the tight-waisted sweater shows the lump of the fly, even on this rail-thin mannequin. It would be much worse on me. Am I the only person who is bugged by the “zipper lump”?

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 5:20 pm

      I hate zipper lump too!!

  33. Anon
    January 19, 2019 / 8:54 am

    Surprised myself: this outfit would suit my pear shape by balancing my hips. It has a seventies vibe, so I approve. One caveat: charcoal gray is better for my complexion.

    BTW, my favorite was watching my son play soccer. A butterfly would go by, and soon all the five-year-olds on both teams were chasing it. Bugs on the ground could distract the whole team, too. Enjoy! I miss those days.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 6:33 pm

      That’s what happened at T-ball. These really are the best times Binky:)

  34. January 19, 2019 / 9:01 am

    I like it, but don’t love it. I would definitely be willing to try it on, but don’t think it would look good on me unless I was much thinner. I do like the leopard pants more than the sweater. I think the buttons on the sweater would be better if slightly smaller. Grey seems to be THE color right now.

  35. Joanna
    January 19, 2019 / 9:02 am

    I think the puff sleeves would be flattering on one with narrow shoulders and small bust. It adds volume were needed. I would have to try it on but at first glance, I would say no. With the seaming, different stitching, big puffy sleeves ending in long skinny, I believe there is too much going on in one garment. It is one I would pass without a glance.
    The pants are a definite no. They look like lounge pants/sleep pants.

  36. Donna
    January 19, 2019 / 9:04 am

    Um, I would have to say no to all of it. Sometimes I wonder about the current clothes that are in the stores.

  37. Susan
    January 19, 2019 / 9:22 am

    I like the outfit! But those cool neutrals would not look good on me, so I’d have to vote no. I like leopard, but can’t wear it on my bottom half, it just seems to be too much –of either me or the leopard!

  38. beth byrd
    January 19, 2019 / 9:29 am

    I am not a fan of puffy sleeves, but I have to say that I really like the sweater. I think it works because it is a neutral color and very understated. I also like the sweater paired with the pants. The pants work for me because they are full length and elongate the legs. A shorter pant length would have been awful!

    A great combo! Proportions are just right and the patterned pants matched well.

  39. January 19, 2019 / 9:43 am

    I love the look of this outfit on the mannequin and would definitely try it on! I think it would be flattering on my tall slim figure and the colour and print fit my personal style well. I could also wear both pieces with a number of other items in my wardrobe which is important to me when I shop for clothes.

  40. Susan
    January 19, 2019 / 9:59 am

    I agree with one of your other customers. Who the heck designs these manaquins anyway! With one exception I wouldn’t wear any of the outfits that have been pictured, and they don’t make the cut concerning your good taste in my opinion. I like your pick an outfit idea, but I think you could choose much better examples. Susan

  41. Karen
    January 19, 2019 / 10:31 am

    I would not because I have a big bust and wider shoulders. But I really like the pants!

  42. Diana
    January 19, 2019 / 10:59 am

    Interesting outfit. I like the look, but could not wear it on myself. The sweater shows off the waist area and that’s a no for me. I like the pants, but would only wear them in the natural colored leopard print.

  43. Kay
    January 19, 2019 / 12:05 pm

    I think I wore this in the 70s. I don’t think I’ll do it again.

  44. Janet
    January 19, 2019 / 1:55 pm

    No to the sweater but only because of the puffy sleeves. Otherwise I like the color and styling.
    No to the pants because I can’t bring myself to wear animal prints. It’s just not me!

  45. Cyndi
    January 19, 2019 / 1:57 pm

    I like this outfit and would try it on. I think it’s a look that won’t stay around long so it’s not one I would want to invest much money in, so part of my decision to purchase or not would be the price tag. The sweater might also look cute with a pencil skirt and the pants are a neutral.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 6:28 pm

      Great pairing ideas Cyndi.

  46. Beth
    January 19, 2019 / 2:39 pm

    No, no, no, yuck! Too trendy.

  47. Pat
    January 19, 2019 / 2:44 pm

    I would definitely try it on as I love the vibe! Given I am short, I would have to see the proportions. I love the look of the print pants which are subtle and in neutral colors. The pants would look great with a black silk blouse or a simple top and black blazer. I like the sweater as I think the details make it look like more than a plain gray sweater. Statement sleeves are tricky – I find I have to try it on to see if it works or overwhelms. Since these are slim on the bottom, I think they would work for me. The sweater would also look great with a print or solid long pleated skirt and boots. I could see both pieces working with other items in my closet. Love this look!!!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 19, 2019 / 6:30 pm

      Thanks for sharing your styling ideas

  48. annie vanderven
    January 19, 2019 / 7:27 pm

    love he outfit unfortunately the sleeves would be a problem with my coat sleeves

  49. Catherine
    January 20, 2019 / 5:19 am

    I would wear this after a quick visit to the tailor for shortening the pants. (At 5’3” that is almost always required). I would prefer more colour in the sweater but monochrome has its appeal. This would be perfect for work

  50. Kristine
    January 20, 2019 / 7:47 am

    Wouldn’t wear the top because I don’t like puffy anything. But the pants would be interesting to style. If I paired it with a thin black top that flowed slightly away from the body, it might work for me.

  51. January 20, 2019 / 10:41 am

    Both items are nice but I would not wear together. The jumper would get lots of wear mainly with jeans but other trousers as well

  52. Robin
    January 21, 2019 / 5:03 am

    I’d wear the pants, but the top is too fussy.

  53. Lily
    January 22, 2019 / 8:17 am

    The sweater’s sleeves are faddish and will look dated. Also, the extra fabric limits ones ability to layer. I like the print of the pants – different, but subtle. -Lily

  54. Lesley
    January 22, 2019 / 4:46 pm

    Wow this outfit is me! Perhaps a different color way ( blue or khaki/warm olive). I am narrow of hip and have skinny legs so the print pants would suit me and broad shoulders so the puff sleeves would help to camouflage those.

  55. NickiC
    January 30, 2019 / 6:01 am

    Yes, I love this outfit. I would wear it for a special occasion, such as the theater.

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