What to Wear Wednesday #6 – Mannequins (2020 Countdown 5 of 31)

FOR Day 5 of 31 for the countdown to 2020 – I have another What to Wear post.

Previous What to Wear Posts 

  • #1 – Pajamas here 
  • #2 – Disney here
  • # 3- Red Dresses and Sean McConnell’s Devil’s Ball song here
  • #4 – Jeans Post –here
  • #5: Evening Dresses here

Upcoming What to Wear post: “Woodstock-Inspired Clothes”  (later this month)

Here is today’s post – with the overall theme of mannequins: 

Let’s start with a few window shots with men’s outfits.

 

1) Men’s Wear: I know these skinny pants with tapered legs are in. But I am not liking the look – saw a few nicely-dressed men this fall and some of them look like they are wearing “floods” – see it all the time!

2) Men’s Wear: the pants here are a bit longer – but I dod wonder when this tapered skinny leg will be out of fashion (until it comes round again) – and do you like the mixed prints with the jacket, tie and shirt?
3) I laughed when I saw this set up – well I like the looks just fine – a cuff on the jean – classic sweater – and dress not bad – but chuckled because of the way someone added the hat to the mannequin with the dress. Hey – it is winter after all… ( I have seen those hats sell for $8 and $42).

 

 

7) RED DRESSES: This is my favorite photo from today’s “what to wear” post. I like all the dresses – but the one I would wear is on the hanger to the right – see it?  I can’t and don’t wear red dresses (not my color for a few reasons, but I do have some red jackets – see the next photo). Oh – And notice the mannequins here? Heels and hairstyles included seamlessly- they sure have come a long way. 🙂 
Hubs and I do not really “love” this recent photo of us -taken when we went to a wedding. A few folks were set up taking photos as people walked in the door to the ceremony – and the instant photos went right into a scrapbook. Great idea and not much work to be done later for the bride and groom. No need to file and sort. All done and ready for them. Anyhow, I am growing out my hair a little bit (not too long) and I have had some pretty good hair days – but the two times we had an event last month – had bad hair days for both. Not fair – Now a part of me really does not care at all (really) – but it is a society thing to look your best – or decent – right? And on this day – it was raining – that impacted the hair. Then, I grabbed an old hair gel (and I have a good variety  – so ugh – why did I even have that old one around?  and I did not have time to rewash the do) – I tossed the in the trash – put the hair in a French twist – which worked ok with hair limp and flat. But there was just a bad-hair feel the whole time.

 

8) From the Kate Spade line – The modified  “little black dress” has simulated pearl waist and ruffled neck line. I think it is so-so.
9) So many Black Dress options (thought of Ana with the many black dresses)

 

10a) Check out the left vintage dress (really old) and the brand new one on right. Reminds me that many styles don’t really change that much. A lot of fashion has a timeless vibe to it – don’t ya think? (And I would not wear either of these sequin dresses – not even on NewYear’s Eve – et tu?)
10B) The newer dress from a distance – and some of my favorite door handles. 🙂

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Some of these mannequins reminded me of the 1987 movie “Mannequin” – remember that?

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11) Window Displays are also a bit timeless. As noted earlier this year, I watched the the Mr. Selfridge series (masterpiece Theatre here) and appreciated window displays a lot more. Over on Firefly (here) they noted: “Back in the 1920s, window displays were new, and were treated as a sort of front shelf or storehouse for wares. Today, front window displays are essential for retailers who want to draw in customers who might not be familiar with their store.” And the window display can also provide ideas….and a bit of ART!

 

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Because this is a countdown post to clean out some folders…

I am going to end by adding in the remaining photos I had for this series. 

CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE THE LARGER VERSION:

CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE THE LARGER VERSION:

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Another one from Florida (January 2019). This was taken after that “pick-up” yoga class we had – and In this photo, I liked the way the dress on the right coordinated with the lady on the left – her sneakers and clothes seem to match the black dress with that Latiny design.

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With all this chat about formal wear – need to end with this SCREEN SHOT of the actor from the Capital One Commercial, which aired a lot this year. 

Have you heard of Capital One’s cafe? Well in the upper photo is a part of the cafe sign at the Short Pump mall in Richmond, VA. I have not had a chance to go inside – but seeing it last month reminded of one of their commercials for the cafe. The man in the photo to the right is the actor in the commercial. The line is on the image because this man’s outfit has come up in conversations with “Intro to Business” students.  We discussed this man’s outfit and talked about how intentional it was to not have a tie – but to still have the jacket and a bit of formality. Okay – some people are “anti” ties – ((and I was a tiny bit upset when Tom Brady did not wear a tie to the 50th Super Bowl event a few years ago – but I digress)) – anyhow, some folks just do NOT do ties. We also have a generation where millionaires and billionaires where jeans and hoodies to work. Just how it is – eh? But for some people – a formal look is still in (and Marcus Lemonis wears his jackets like they are a natural extension). Students and I discussed how the marketers probably thought long and hard about how to have someone dressy enough to appeal to the tie-wearing folks – but also had “no tie” for those who see it as “the man” or as yesterday’s attire.  I think they nailed it. I like the look they came up with. Do you? The shirt is just barely open so we have formality – no chest hair or gold necklace (ha) – and the stiffness of the shirt has another touch of formal appeal – but still a bit informal without the actual tie (and side note – I am glad my boys enjoy throwing on a tie every now and then – I do NOT think the tie is yesterday’s attire – just think we have more options today – and that is a good thing. Anyhow, this photo also reminded me a little of Judah and the Lion’s “Suit and Jacket” song here. So let’s close with that. 

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See you again soon with the next post for the 2020 Countdown. 

2020 COUNTDOWN POSTS

  • Day 1: Beach Photos here 

  • Day 2: Water, A View from Japan  here (part 1 from 2018 is here)

  • Day 3: Visual Dialogue Book here

  • Day 4: Evening Dresses/Vintage Outfits here

 

 

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34 thoughts on “What to Wear Wednesday #6 – Mannequins (2020 Countdown 5 of 31)

  1. Another really enjoyable post! I am with you in not being a fan of the tapered legs for menswear. It even sort of bothers me to see the jogger athletic wear and it does not seem very becoming for dress-wear unless the gentleman wants to showcase his socks and shoes. I also do not really care for mixing patterns in dress wear. Luckily, my career does not really require me to dress up often.
    Lovely mannequin observations and I enjoyed your clip from Kim Cattrall’s movie.
    You look lovely in the picture with your husband.

    ❤ Alana

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    1. thanks for your nice comment, Alana. And yeah, your career doe snot require a lot of dressy clothes right now – the beach weather baby!

      and the mixing patterns in dress ware is a delicate matter indeed – not for everyone –

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      1. What’s funny is I have started to enjoy mixing patterns with my workout wear. I used to only wear black leggings, but I have slowly started getting more leggings with fun designs.

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      2. That is really cool – and ties into that beautifully-you theme you have going on. And not sure about you but I’ll be glad when the tops with “ten straps” in the back go out of style – do u know those?

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  2. Love the red dress mannequins. Such expression.
    So funny, I used to wear a tie to work all the time much to the “what” as it is quite hot here in Summer. Never do the tie all the way up though. Classy casual lol. I have a tie collection. Mainly add now-a-days paisley designs of the sixties and seventies from op-shops but are harder to find.
    I don’t mind skinny jeans but don’t like baggy pants. Nice to see you as well Yvette

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  3. Delightful photos – I’m with you on the skinny jeans for guys, I’m not sure about them, but some guys look quite handsome in them. LOL on the shoes all-inclusive in the mannequin mold. Wow! The photo of you and your hubby represents the classic look – updos are my go-to too when the weather creates hair with attitude. I love red too – but have little of it in my closet for some odd reason? I see I need to catch up on your posts! See you soon – your plan for the count-down to the end of the year is so fun! I’ll stop by when I can to see what you’re up to!

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    1. Hi Shelley – please don’t feel like you have to read all my posts and catch up – I am posting the countdown for those who might be into reading some extra posts this month (and I heard December can be a slow month in the WP blogosphere so my posts will be out there for anyone to sit and explore if time permits).
      and my hubs wears skinny jeans – but not too tight and with a good length. And he just got rid of a pair that were too tight – but it is more the men’s dress pant that is skinny legged and usually a little short. Baffle see why folks think that it looks good? The overly baggy pant can be bad too – hmmmm

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      1. Thank you for the pass – I don’t know how to keep up with things in my ‘part-time I do this for therapy’ mode. I’m intrigued that it is a slow time of the year for bloggers. Is it slow or are they taking breaks?
        My hubs just mentioned to me this week that he wants to go with more fitted jeans – he’s been into the relaxed fit for years. I think a guy who’s confident in the outfit makes whatever they put on look nice. Same for us gals, eh?! 😉 See you again soon!

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  4. I have many opinions about clothing. Having sewn for 50 years (I learned young, and don’t do so much anymore) I tend to pay attention to the details.
    Like “skinny” jeans for women, especially those low riders designed to put a strong horizontal across one’s widest spot, I think there are very, very few who look good in the tapered trou. When we were watching The Late Show for a while I kept feeling like these really rich guys should be able to afford to get pants that fit. My son teaches young children and learned this lesson the embarrassing way: he squatted to get down to eye level with a three-year-old and…had to back out and hit up his sewing kit.
    I’m not very fashion forward, but I think Kate Spade needed to choose either ruffles or pearls (I’d choose pearls). The classiness of a black dress is largely due to its simplicity.
    Love that bow shaped door handle!

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    1. Hi – I like that you have sewn for so long so it does change how you see things. I have never made clothes but I have made curtains – and a hat for a “link” costume – ha!
      and agree so much with “very few who look good in the tapered trou”
      and laughed with this part of your reply:
      “really rich guys should be able to afford to get pants that fit.”
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      and agree that one or the other with the dress – I sorta like ruffles added – but they are not me – for a while I had some “loft” shirts with the ruffle – loved how the basic tee could be enhanced with that look – softened and still casual – but never wore them feeling like me.
      Guess it really is all about how we feel in an item – and look for course – but not labels 🙂

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  5. I do like my black dresses 🙂 You remembered, that’s so sweet ❤ That's an attractive red dress selection as well. Black, red or any other colour, though, I would not match any of my dresses with that sort of hat. That might be a good look for someone, but not for me 😀
    I enjoyed the tie/no tie part. I know someone who almost feels naked without a tie and that's why he's not at all a fan of casual wear. He finds whimsical tie patterns acceptable though (well, once in a while), which makes for some interesting outfits.

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    1. I agree about NOT wearing the hat with the dresses – unless walking in somewhere cold – like Buffalo – and you took it off once inside – but it also could ruin a hairdo – ha

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    1. Hi – I had to look up Winslet to see what you mean – and while Kate Winslett’s nose is a little bigger than the mannequins – I did see one of her with a “sorta bob” and could see exactly what you meant.
      and side note – a while ago, I saw Kate Winslet’s movie “the Dressmaker” and it was “okay” but a little too much of her – with her cigarette and face in too many scenes. IMHO – have you seen the movie?

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      1. I haven’t seen it, and you’ve reminded me that I wanted to. I’ll see if I can find it to stream. I’m more intrigued now that I’ve read your comment. I have enjoyed her performances in some films, and really not liked others.

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      2. I am curious to see if you like it. I recall liking the story just fine – costumes and props were good- but I just remember seeing her face way too much – she smoked – and there were a lot of closeups – the only other time I saw someone’s face that “too much” was was with Julia Roberts role in Homecoming. It was like she hogged the limelight and we suffered (and the story sucked – in my humble opinion) – any time there is too much of one main character – it can be a strain

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  6. I don’t like “waiting for the floods pants” either Yvette, nor the tapered leg and the high waist with ankles showing looks like it belongs to a younger sibling. Not a good look in my opinion. That’s not a bad picture of you two – I have done the growing out bangs and layers over the years … it’s a pain and you are at the mercy of rain and humidity unfortunately. 🙂

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    1. Hi Linda – thanks for filling the the full phrase for me – I called the pants floods – but you are right – they are more “waiting for the floods” – and I agree – do not know why folks think they look good.


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      and yes – at the mercy of weather can sometimes be combatted with the right products – and I forgot I could have used “dry shampoo” – but only had so much time as it was a 70 minute drive

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      1. I actually think more people call them “floods” now so I think my phrase is really archaic but I always thought it was an accurate phrase. I had on some “floods pants” a few weeks ago – I had been wearing them with high boots in the snow, then forgot and ventured out with the glaring gap and the walking shoes … definitely not a good look. 🙂 I don’t like the tapered/short pants and on top of it, I see men’s sports jackets, casual or otherwise, that fit very tight like they are sized wrong. Just my opinion. I have nothing against Nancy Pelosi and am not here to talk politics as I am Canadian and can’t vote, but I don’t like how her suit jacket looked yesterday. It was straining at that one-button closure like it was either a size too small or sized wrong. It detracted from what she was saying in my opinion. Again – no issues with NP, just the buttoned suit jacket which she has done before – it looks awkward.

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    2. I think you made a huge valid point with the word “distracting”
      Because any time a speaker is in front of people that is the biggest issue! How will it come across and interact with the words! Because our hairstyle – glasses – and clothes send a message.
      And I can see why her outfit was distracting –
      Even tho I did not see her and have not been following all that –

      And there is a joke we heard – when you see a man wearing an Uber right shirt you say “hey – your nephew called and wants his shirt back”

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      1. I was following the events of the day on Twitter and saw the jacket gaping right away. She is not heavy by any means, but for some reason she favors closing suit jackets and all I see is that stretched material and button straining and cannot get past it and focus on words … I can’t vote, so what happens in the election will happen or has happened so as an alien/green card holder, I do not believe I have the right to offer an opinion publicly. I never heard that saying re: the Uber. Our governor is pretty big on top and gave her first State of the State address and wore a skin-tight royal blue dress. She is a runner, but is not slim by any means and this dress … oh my. I saw the dress trending on Twitter and looked and had to gasp – what was she thinking? Call me old-fashioned but you lose your credibility dressing in a dress which flaunts an ample b*som … asterisking to avoid SPAM. https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/social-media-focuses-on-whitmers-dress-not-her-address

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  7. Great picture of you and hubby! I definitely saw some dresses that I would much prefer over the last batch! Except for the full sequins. That’s a bit too glitzy! I have enjoyed sequins on party clothes but not from head to toe! As for the current style of the skinny jean, I’m afraid I’m a fan! Since I’ve lot 40 pounds this year, bring ’em on. Bring on anything that’s skinny! LOL! But I do not like the “flood pants.” I’m in the middle of growing out my short layers and I can only say HURRY UP! Happy weekend to you!

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    1. Hi Linda – wow – 40 lbs down – go girl! congrats and enjoy your skinny jeans.
      🙂
      and you are right – there is a difference between skinny and skinny with floods” ha –
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      thanks for coming to check out the dresses part 2 – I wanted to combine the posts when first making the draft – but it was way toooo LONG – and so I broke it up – and must admit I like this dress post way more than the precious one”

      happy weekend to you also my friend

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  8. I DO like mixed prints. They must be done right, but I am a fan.
    Of all the red dresses, I like the one on the right as well. The sleeves look fun. I dig it.
    No woolen caps with cocktail dresses. Firm no.
    Gave up LBDs long ago, along with black anyclothesoraccessories — No more black. All done black. I find color more suitable for me.
    Nice to see you with your husband 🙂 I have unmanageable hair (since puberty) and have many more bad hair days than good hair days. It doesn’t do the same thing twice, unless you count the cowlicks. I have come to accept its wild wayward antics as part of my essence, and when I have a good hair day, it’s like a holiday.

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    1. Hi Joey – like your latest gravatar Image
      I think I knew you liked to wear “color” –
      And your comment reminded me how so
      Many people have different hair experiences and
      Having more bad than good – I bet many folks can relate to that.
      And the funny thing is that all week I liked my hair – I a
      Growing it out this year and so it is fun – not too long – but not the short
      Anyhow – had good hair for watching an episode of MR ROBOT (so good)
      And good hair for errands – but wedding – nah. Lol
      Thanks for chiming in

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