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January 30, 2015


Haute in hurry: Class up casual wear with little time and money

My small private elementary school’s rule that “skirts must never hit above the fingertips” left zero room for a young lady to give her crush, who wore his neon headgear loud and proud, even a hint of skin. Which was just as well since white cotton socks, folded at the ankle, and drab loafers left much to be desired in the shapely limb department.

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