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Anthropologie top (in stores only), J.Crew belt, altered ASOS pants (see alteration story here), Ferragamo shoes, Joan Hornig earrings (generously gifted for brother’s wedding)

Every once in a while I see a piece in a store that I have a visceral reaction to. I get giddy and cannot wait to try it on, and am made more excited when I am wearing it, it fits correctly, and is flattering. That was the reaction I had when I saw this top in Anthropologie. I immediately thought of 4-5 ways to wear it, justifying it’s cost and uniqueness in my mind. I brought it home and wore it out to a fancier dinner with my boyfriend. And, that is when the controversy started.

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Cesar’s immediate reaction to this outfit was “wow, babe, I really don’t like that outfit, namely that top.” Now, Cesar is generally incredibly supportive of what I wear and the way I experiment. While not generally effervescent one way or another, his strong reaction made me stop and reconsider.

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While I do agree with him that the shoulder details “look kind of like spaghetti,” I am in love with the architectural details and the balance it brings to my hips. The soft cotton/angora blend of the contrasting knit base is just so comfortable, I can’t get enough.

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So, I ask you. What do you think? Perhaps toned down with basic jeans and a less vampy lip, this will be a winner. Or, perhaps the male species just isn’t destined to love it. Regardless, I do!