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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

My Outfit Monday: The pale find of a lifetime

I had an argument with myself last week, which is probably the best way to argue because you're guaranteed to win. And I did!

I was in Nordstrom Rack in Tampa, trying to unwind a little, not even planning to buy anything. I know some people find shopping to be the most stressful thing they could ever do with their spare time, but I'm the opposite. Browsing through a store with no agenda makes my happy chemicals go up. It's the colors, the fabrics, the soft music. The rhythm of the flip-flip-flip through the racks. This is starting to sound like an episode of some screamy reality show on A&E. Anyway.

There was this thing staring back at me. A soft, buttery top by Diane von Furstenberg, priced originally at a whopping $255. Sale price at Nordstrom Rack?

$19.90. A savings of 92 percent.

You'd think my first reaction would be to run straight to the register like my pants were doused in vodka and lit on fire. But I've been outfitting myself so long by now that I default to a certain set of rules when making choices. This shirt was a color called "apricot," which could alternately be called "the color of Steph's skin." I go on about responsible use of nudes all the time. I rant about it on Oscar night, when the starlets come out in nude dresses looking all wan and pale. Alternately, I preach about the benefits of a nude shoe when you want your leg to look long and, well, nude. Nude has a place, and it is not on my torso, near my face, near my pale hair (and yes, I know it's time to address those Romy and Michelle roots).

I put it back.

But then, in a moment of YOLO clarity, I was like, "DON'T BE STUPID, YOU OVERTHINKING STICK IN THE MUD, BUY THIS DVF SHIRT FOR 92 PERCENT OFF. SO WHAT IF YOU LOOK NAKED? JUST PRETEND TO BE EUROPEAN AND FANCY, AM I RIGHT?"

And so I did. I must say, I'm thrilled to have such a fine piece in my closet. It is COMFORTABLE and soft and luxurious. Do I think it's a good color for me? No, I still don't. But will I wear it anyway? Yes, I will. Probably all the time. Rebellion!

Flip through the slideshow above for the rest of the pieces. Today I paired it with a trusty black pencil skirt from Kohl's. I have two shoe choices on hand (reporters always need a pair of flats around for all variety of weird situations). Both shoes are Mossimo from Target, to balance out the designer action happening on top. My bracelet was purchased on vacation, down a back alley in South Korea full of cats. It has held up amazingly well.

One more note about this paleness. I made a strategic choice today to go with a red lip, because my face desperately needed a jolt of color. My new favorite is MAC Russian Red, a true red in a matte finish, which I think looks less fragile than something with a ton of gloss. It's $15 and worth every penny.

Tell me. Would you have snatched this up or put it back for someone more tan to enjoy?

[Last modified: Monday, May 6, 2013 11:29am]

    

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