{What do you think of this look?}

Does this FOF achieve summer splendor….or white fright? Read what our style experts think, then tell us if you agree.

Sherrie Mathieson: “‘Sheer madness’ seems like the appropriate phrase for this inappropriate skirt. Too much information! This FOF is trying to look light and breezy, but her outfit is just not flattering. Also, instead of yellow shoes, she should have picked a neutral color to match the rest of her clothing.

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

Lovey Dash: “I don’t see much wrong with this look. She looks cool, chic, casual and comfy on a warm day. Her bag and shoes are fine. What’s missing is some bronzer and a few bangles. Would she have been better off with a bit of color?…Maybe.”

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

Donna Perone: “The white dress (I believe it’s a dress–not a skirt) would look lovely with a softer cover-up than the polo — a lightweight shrug, a boat-beck or scoop-neck tee would all work. If she really wants to wear the white polo, she should wear it with khaki shorts for a better silhouette.”

Donna Perone is the founder of Living Fit with Style, a New York-based personal training and styling company.

Susan Grant: The monochromatic look–with just a touch of color in the shoes–works well. The big “however” is that the sheerness and length of the skirt leaves too much leg exposed. Any garment this sheer is meant to be worn with some sort of liner. A longer length or slacks would serve to conceal what are not this woman’s best feature.

Susan Grant is merchandise manager for Muse, a full-service jewelry showroom.

Sandra Soich: Her look is not age appropriate. Every element of the outfit is good–the bag, the shoes, the blouse and skirt–but they don’t work
together. If she wore a pair of white linen pants instead of the skirt, this could work.

Sandra Soich is wardrobe stylist to the stars and founder of YourFashionTherapist.com.

Gail Garramone: I like the idea of a monochromatic look with a tailored top and a flowy skirt, but this needs help. Perhaps a thin gold belt, to focus the eye and bring a sense of order to the outfit.

Gail Garramone is a veteran V.P. of Liz Claiborne Inc. where she traveled around the country with Tim Gunn producing fashion workshops.

Susan Hersh: Pure white during the summer can be beautiful and elegant, but, this woman looks restricted. I’d prefer a shirt that has more intricate lace or ruffle detailing to continue the soft femininity of the skirt. The yellow flat is fun, but the shoulder bag is heavy-looking for such a feminine outfit.  A scaled down the bag in cobalt or turquoise would be a better choice.

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

0 Responses to “{What do you think of this look?}”

  1. Vickie says:

    I liked it till I got to the skirt! Too sheer and bad length for her age.

  2. Boni says:

    I don’t care for such a tailored shirt with such a feminine soft skirt.

  3. Lisbeth says:

    When you are as pale as this woman, better to go with all of one COLOR, not white. She looks like a ghost, however I can see wearing all of those pieces together in a more interesting color scheme, maybe coral or aqua with a bright, colorful purse. And if you are going to wear the polo,which I personally don’t think was a fashion crime for a casual look, please unbutton a button or two!!!!!

  4. Carol Hanson says:

    We Americans are such prudes! I think the flowy see- thru skirt is feminine, flirty and fashionable. Come on, people ! She looks sexy. I feel some color here would help – like red summer sandals, a smaller red bag and her blouse should be looser with a bit of ruffle to add femininity. Also a blue and white flowy scarf would tie it altogether. I too wish she would use some bronzer on her legs but I think older women can wear younger fashions and look great. I love the skirt.

  5. amanda6 says:

    This woman is really being raked over the coals! I’d cut her a little slack- it’s questionable whether the panties are visible, the lighting is so horrible and harsh I think we all could look terrible phtographed like this. I do hate the top, polos are only for those in excellant shape (males included) and far too harsh and butch on an older woman. Shoes, bag, skirt- cute.

  6. GinaParker says:

    I think she should’ve gone a little shorter or a little longer with the skirt, get rid of the polo, and wear a slip.

  7. Marcia says:

    I don’t see anything working in this outfit. Skirt is way too sheer (don’t want to see anyone’s underpants, regardless of age) and doesn’t go with the polo shirt, which should be worn with a more tailored skirt, slacks or capris. The size of her handbag seems overpowering as well. And, as so many others have mentioned, her pale bare legs really cry out for bronzer.

  8. kathyire50 says:

    I am not a wear white person anyway and this is certainly over the top white. Maybe it was the only clean thing she had to wear. She certainly completed the outfit with her pale skin YIKES !!!

  9. Donna says:

    A light pink would be much more flattering on such a fair skinned woman, and please…do wear something under the skirt! A little lacy something would look so much more attractive.

  10. Sherry Smyth says:

    Yes on the idea of all white and a pop of color on the shoes…but the outfit — top and bottom are all wrong for each other…she’s sort of saying “business” or “tennis” on the top and beach party on the bottom.

  11. Constance says:

    This look is wrong in a couple of areas. First, the bag does not go with the look. Period. The shoes are not working either (especially with no other yellow in the clothing). Last but not least and the MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE is the skirt… Entirely too sheer BUT not inappropriate. If she was to wear it then something that sheer must have a black slip. Actually she should have worn a black bra with her top as well. Black conceals some of the sheerness.

  12. Cécile Wheatley says:

    Oh, I think it depends ion where she is… I agree with the FOF that said she could use some color. Indeed.. and the bangles as well…. if she is here inMiami where the temp is close to 100 degrees, I think she would be a perfect fit!!! lol


  13. MLD says:

    I see Paris I see France…sorry it just popped into my head after seeing this photo. The dress is too sheer and the polo shirt is an awful addition. So wrong!

  14. Andy says:

    Well, it might be OK if you’re in the hospital (as a patient), but out in public and on the streets? Not!

  15. Andy says:

    Oh, please. I wouldn’t put this on unless the Dr. made me! And out in public? Never!

  16. dmnyes says:

    GOOD GRIEF! Didn’t her mother ever teach her to always wear a slip or tap pants etc? Did she NOT look in the mirror before leaving home? I know of beach cover ups that hide more than this get-up! I wonder if she was mistaken for a Working Girl. Not to be rude, but if you wore it THEN, you shouldn’t wear it Now, as a rule of thumb.

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  18. Venus says:

    Inappropriate for street wear. This look just isn’t attractive.

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  20. Carol Segal says:

    In this season of very hot weather, I am sure she feels cool, but I, honestly, can’t say that she looks cool!

  21. Susan Miller says:

    Can we see through her skirt?!!In the South that is for sure a big NO! I wear this look many times to work but I will add a splash of color with a scarf or piece of jewelry. It has to be put together carefully or I feel it looks sorta in a hurry look. But with the heat we have here anything this sheer and white is so welcome.

  22. Ruth says:

    The skirt is too sheer for the casual shirt. DO NOT want to see panties visible underthe skirt, ugh. The shoes and bag DO NOT help this poor lady’s look.

  23. marla_j98 says:

    It’s basically odd. It’s not just too sheer, it’s almost like every single piece of this outfit (top, purse, skirt etc.) don’t go with each other. The eye searches for balance in this oufit, but I just got confused. I think the skirt would not work with anything, unless it had a slip under it–even one short than to the hem–but something. Also, even if the skirt weren’t sheer, it doesn’t go with the top. 🙂

  24. sharon910 says:

    I thinks white is great especially in summer but the shoes have to go and maybe a little more fancy top for the skirt. The shoes need to be toned down a bit maye a lighter tone

  25. Laura Borud says:

    Aside from the sheerness, I’m finding that any ruffles above the hem is too girlish for FOF’s. We need to be VERY careful with ruffles, the volume, placement, as these can highlight things better left disguised. Or just look ridiculous. Linen pants with the top or a calf or ankle length dress would look better on this lady, lined or with a slip of course. Give the skirt to her granddaughter or Goodwill.

  26. Corky says:

    We all need a full length mirror to check ourselves before leaving the house. It would have solved this person’s problems unless she likes the see-through, unbalanced look. I’m guessing here but I think she’s wearing a tank dress with a pullover top that may or may not have been sold as an outfit. Perhaps she thought the top would cover her all-too-obvious underwear. As I said, all we need is a full length mirror….

  27. BlueBear says:

    Like this lady, I am also white as sheet. When wearing white, you have to have some color contrast with it and just putting on yellow shoes doesn’t cut it! Also, what’s with that blouse hanging out over that skirt? Nothing in this outfit works! It’s age-inappropriate and is hideous!

  28. Barbara-b says:

    Why is she wearing this? It probably looked fabulous on the mannequin but the mirror in the dressing room failed her. However, the outfit is so beautiful I want to hang it on my wall…maybe that is where it belongs.



  29. lfw4000 says:

    I think there’s something missing underneath the skirt — like leggings, or tights. Also the top isn’t very stylish and she would look more hip if she lost a few pounds and was more fit.

  30. jewel mcclean says:

    look very much out of date and style

  31. Trisha says:

    I hope those are not thong panties. I believe they still make chemises or slips.. Certainly not for wearing in public. Talk about “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

  32. Janice says:

    Too sheer!!It looks like she took the sheers from the windows and made a skirt. If this were my best friend,I would tell her what I wrote here and she would thank me for keeping her from wearing that.

  33. Soledad says:

    No, No, No
    I don’t want to see anyone’s underwear, no matter what their age is. If she is going to go without nylons, she needs to put some sunless tanner on her body! The shoes, top and bag are all wrong!
    Other than that I guess it’s fine. he he

  34. morticia7@juno.com says:

    I find this kind of dressing insane…women can’t have it both ways…dressing either bold or not age appropriate in public and then complaining bitterly that men objectify them and don’t respect them…what son or husband or partner, or daughter for that matter, would have any respect for his/her mother or wife or partner who dressed like a “bold and cool” slut…what was this alter cocker thinking when she put on this outfit…this is not tasteful, or “cool”, or bold…it’s an incredible embarrassment to our families, strangers, friends, to women in general…but, then, maybe this “cool” leather granny doesn’t give damn…it ain’t self-esteem baby, it’s a sign of the lack of moral-compass times.

  35. scr says:

    This would not look good on a 20 or 30 year old. It’s a horrible combination.

  36. evensonpaul says:

    I agree with other commentors, way too sheer and the top and skirt do not work well together.
    I have seen all white outfits that look great and this one is not in that list.

  37. kaydee says:

    I agree with the experts, but I also agree showing your underpants is too much. I would be insulted to have to deal with someone dressed this way in any professional capacity…shape up or ship out as they used to say…

  38. Janice says:

    The blouse is too boxy, the skirt/dress too sheer, the bag too large, legs too white for any white skirt. The blouse would be fine with a belt and a pair of linen trousers and the yellow shoes. Sheer skirts like that are great for the beach not the street. Is she carrying a sweater?

  39. Shopsalot says:

    Add an opaque half slip under the skirt to “skirt” the sheerness issue! Otherwise, the look is presentable. Perhaps a cloth belt with yellow & white to accent the shoes would add some zest to the outfit.

  40. tarheel4ever says:

    The see-through skirt is a definite no-no for any age in my opinion. I think the outfit would look nicer with a more feminine, less shirt-looking top, white flat sandals, a smaller white bag and of course, a lined skirt. An alternative would be to have red or black sandals and a red or black small purse. Get rid of the sweater all together – if white, thin material is worn, it’s too hot for a sweater!

  41. Cynthia says:

    I like the outfit. It just needs a beautiful, breezy and flirty scarf. Plus, I’m sure we all have made the gaffe of not realizing a clothing item might be more revealing than we thought when exposed to very bright light. I give her a pass on this all-too-common error.

  42. Patricia says:

    Too, too, too much white! That much see-through is gross no matter what your age!

  43. Tess M. says:

    How did all of the experts miss the fact that this woman’s panties are shining through her skirt?! I don’t have a problem with seeing the outline of someone’s legs through a thin skirt when the sun shines– after all, we do all have legs, and nobody’s shocked by their contours any more– but to see what sort of underpants she prefers, and if they have a pattern?

    Uh, no. That’s way TMI to flash everyone as you stroll down the street!

  44. vclark500 says:

    I think someone already said it, to much info. The skirt or dress is to sheer. For me though, that would be true of any age. Keep it in the bedroom or a bathing suit.

  45. Elise Johnston says:

    Guys: Get a grip, pls. Outfit not flattering on her, washed-out. White makes her look pale, blah, not breezy. Polo “totally” not appropriate. Breezy needs sandals with heels, espadrilles in a contrasting color. To wear all white, bronze is needed. White skirt with print shirt (white backgrnd?). Why not lavender, rose, peach (if she can wear it). Outfit just doesn’t work. Whom are you kidding?

  46. Leona says:

    I think I see her underwear under the skirt/dress and if she was younger I would just think she is bold. At her age it looks tacky. I suspect she did not look in the mirror and if she did she should have thought about what it would look like in the sun. With a swimsuit on under it on the beach without the polo would work too.


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