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The cotton shirt is by Missoni and the silk tie is vintage Fendi. Fancy! Pattern mixing is tricky, because there's such a fine line between doing it wrong and looking like Ugly Betty on a bad day and doing it right and... well, looking like Ugly Betty on a good day. This is the difference between being a fashion victim and making fashion your victim, which is my approach. Don't call it brave, though, because putting on a clashing shirt and tie hardly counts as an act of courage (we've been over this concept before). It's fun! Try it! I guess I'm lucky in that my coworkers have come to expect peculiar clothing choices from me, and even express disappointment when I dress somewhat "normally." That's the trick: build up their resistance over a period of time, and then almost anything goes.
But do you want to know what's upsetting me lately? I went shopping this past weekend and was appalled –appalled!– by the totally uncalled-for return of epaulets on men's shirts. Who ordered this nasty early-80s revival? I made a point to express my disapproval everywhere I saw them, which was everywhere. Also dismaying was the attendant trend of the long-sleeved shirt with those epaulet-like thingees halfway up the sleeves so that you can roll them up and secure them with a button. No, no, no! Do not want! I shunned those things in 1982 and I'm shunning them now. Won't you join me?
Michael Kors, how could you?