{What Do You Think Of This Look?}

It’s a jungle out there! From her safari hat to her tiger sweater, this FOF’s outfit belongs on the set of an “Out of Africa” movie remake. We appreciate a woman who shows her wild side, but was this one wildly ridiculous? See what our FOFs think, then share your opinion in the comments, below.

Terry Gibralter: “I’m mixed on this one. Her sweater is beautiful and perfectly paired with narrow jeans and bone leather, knee-high boots. Her hat is cute and works well with her curls—she’s super youthful and attractive! Her bag, a gorgeous green YSL shoulder bag and would work with anything. Now the coat….too big, too ruffled, too gray and too wrong. I wish she had chosen a narrow leather topper or even a cool, knit poncho.”

Terry Gibralter is the Sr. Vice President and Creative Director at Grey advertising as well as a fashion stylist and the creator of these clever work accessories.

Shelley Zurek: “Unfortunate pairings. Nothing seems to go together. The boots and coat are dressy. The jeans and sweater are casual, yet don’t look good with each other. The hat could be dressy or casual. It seems to me that the pieces were chosen randomly. Each piece looks nice on its own, but together they say chaos.”

Shelley Zurek is the clever FOF behind the blog, Still Blonde after all these YEARS.

Lovey Dash: “This does not work for me. I love her hat and boots. I like her coat…but not with this outfit. It’s way too much for all of this. The jeans are jeans. The sweater is weird. She should keep her bag and work another outfit around that, instead.”

Lovey Dash is a Beverly Hills-based stylist. She was formerly in VIP sales for Louis Vuitton on Rodeo Drive.

Glenyse Thompson: “It’s a lot going on. Namely, 1981 is calling, it wants that sweater back.”

Glenyse Thompson is a personal home and wardrobe stylist and the creator of Styleosophy.

Sherrie Mathieson: “Interesting–although I dislike her hat, blatant ‘Y’ on her bag, tiger themed sweater and her frilled coat–I still find her inexplicably attractive. Perhaps it’s her naturally pretty face and hair that manages to trump her style?”

Sherrie Mathieson is a leading style expert and Random House author of Steal this Style and Forever Cool.

Susan Sommers: “This outfit is just too much–of everything! Too much volume with too much hair and too many broken lines. Instead of looking long and lean (the way Elle MacPherson, might appear in something similar) our lady seems squat and shapeless with short legs. Love the coat but would like to see it over a body-fitting sweater with jeans and short dark booties so her leg is extended. A long pendant necklace would also appear to lengthen her body. I’d also tie back her hair–since the coat is so big, her hair needs to be smaller–especially if she’s wearing a hat. Like the bag, but with this coat, I’d select a satchel instead.”

Susan Sommers is a personal branding and wardrobing specialist, founder of Dresszing and author of two fashion bibles, French Chic and Italian Chic.

Deborah Boland and Jojami Tyler (The Glam Gals):  “This BoHo babe looks like she is on her way to Africa! Her exotic flowing hair, animal print top, boots and suede bag communicate free spirit, while her floppy hat and ruffly jacket send a girly, romantic message. She needs to trade in the jacket for a more rugged safari one to enjoy her adventures in style!”

“Glam Gals” Jojami Tyler and Deborah Boland co-write the brilliant fashion blog, Fabulous After 40.

Susan Hersh: “The coat is fun and fashionable but the tiger Intarsia sweater is very outdated and adds unnecessary bulkiness. She should swap the sweater with a printed blouse for a more updated look. The light-colored knee high boots shorten her legs. Instead, a black, knee-length boot with skinny jeans would immediately elongate the leg. Lastly, chuck the hat, it looks too Annie Hall.”

Susan Hersh is a Ford model and the host and executive producer of Meet The Experts.

22 Responses to “{What Do You Think Of This Look?}”

  1. Marcia says:

    I like the pieces in this woman’s outfit — just not all at the same time. This is waaaaaay too busy and none of the pieces complement the others.

  2. Simplychic says:

    To make the look work, you need to decide on a focal point – the hat, the ruffles or the print top and go from there. Together it just looks like she is playing dress up. The hat can work with a sleek look below – a toned down trench, skinny jeans, ballerina flats and simple tee would say “modern and assured”. In any event, I don’t get the top – the print is a good lesson in why not to wear a print. Unless it’s artsy and abstract, ditch it – you can do better. She has a pretty face, but looks like she is hiding behind the hair. The overall look is busy with fussy details fighting for attention.

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  4. Heln says:

    Love the bag. The rest…ugh!

  5. thelma0909 says:

    I laughed so that I spit on my screen.

  6. NoirinB says:

    I agree that the coat here seems really out of place. And the sweater does seem to have a banded bottom that makes it bunch up in an unflattering way. (ALthough I do get that she is trying to colormatch the boots and bag) However, I LOVE the hat and boots, and yes, the hair. She looks artsy and creative, and way more HAPPY than most models sporting more bizarre looks on the runway. This looks like a real woman to me who is expressing herself. Different coat and sweater and I think this would be a winner. Of course, this may be her only cold weather coat. Not all of us can have a closet full. In that case maybe she could have gone with something more classic.

  7. mmont55 says:

    I’m sorry but this is a fashion disaster from the get go. It got up and left the moment she put it on.

  8. mmont55 says:

    I’m sorry but this is a fashion disaster from the get go. It got up and left the moment she but it on.

  9. A. Reese says:

    I love when someone mixes it up and makes a look their own but this is not flattering. Your look should enhance your best features – what was the point of this?

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  11. Nancy Jachcik says:

    Yikes is all I can say! The boots and jeans are ok everything else would probably be fine if worn with other things

  12. Soledad says:

    The only thing I like is the purse. Everything else does not go together and is sloppy. Her hair can look better with the right cut and products. I know whereof I speak because I have dry, curly hair. She’s a pretty lady but she’s hiding herself.

  13. Sue says:

    A very attractive lady, wearing some individually good pieces, but though she looks lovely the overall effect isn’t flattering. She looks short and dumpy, though I’m sure she isn’t! Darker boots might have improved the look.

  14. tksinclair says:

    Although the individual pieces are okay…together it’s a “no go.” It’s almost as it these are favorites and she’s desperate to wear them all…but they just do not go together. Style wise …. not working!

  15. Faye says:

    Wow, way too overdone! Why can’t women of a certain age (and weight) understand that simplicity is key? Well, OK, a statement piece for fun, but donning only stand-out items is over-kill. Granted this comes from a 70 year old who dresses like a funeral director!

  16. Diana Tenes says:

    Everything is too big and overwhelming on this woman. It could possibly work with a classic fitted charcoal, navy or camel sweater/turtleneck and a lighter toned legging instead of a jean.
    The sweater is a disaster.
    But she still looks carefree, happy and is very pretty!

  17. Debra S. says:

    Well, my first impression is SHE looks good in it! And it DOES look just like MOST of the over the top outfits that we see on the high fashion runways!! LOL I mean I LAUGH at most of those.. who would wear it? This outfit is not close to some of those I’ve seen. I could not wear it, but I like it on her.

  18. Ann says:

    I’ll start with something her mother has probably said to her a thousand times…why do you cover such a pretty face with all that hair? As for the outfit…well, I like the coat, bag and shoes but since they’re all different color tones I really don’t think they go together (well, ok maybe the shoes and bag). Sorry but that hat does nothing for that hair and the jeans and top look like something a 15 year old should be wearing. I love animal prints but ladies of a certain age should probably stick with the classics….she better be careful or people will be asking her, Dr Livingston I presume????

  19. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I’d say, a sleeker, more streamlined coat, maybe a pencil skirt, darker boots, and a smaller hat would work better. She got some of the right ideas, it’s just the execution that’s a problem!

  20. bclaxton says:

    Totally yuck. I agree with whoever said the green bag looked good and she should work around that. The rest of the outfit is awful. The big hair (can we say eighties here?) and the frilly coat do not work together. She should go home and start over.

  21. avonlady says:

    It’s way too much going on and overwhelming really.

  22. Diane says:

    This lovely lady must have gotten dressed in the closet, in the dark. Each piece on it’s own is nice. All together it is a disaster. But I always say………..to each his/her own, and if she’s happy with it, I’m happy for her. I personally would never be seen in it.


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