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  1. materfamilias
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    7:07 am

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    materfamilias said...

    Fabulous! (the shirt AND the writing!) — and how wonderfully congruent it is with your favourite sweater ever.

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  2. Belle de Ville
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    7:11 am

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    Belle de Ville said...

    Ha…a trophy wife from another culture…imagining you strolling through a piazza in Capri dressed in Valentino saying to a darkly handsome man in the Gianfranco Giannini mold "No Cara, for me it is the Bvlgari or the Buccellati, nothing else will do".

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  3. Miss Muddy Paws
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    7:14 am

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    Miss Muddy Paws said...

    I love your writing style, and that shirt speaks for itself! It truly is extraordinary! I can still remember, and regret, passing on a few extraordinary pieces I've encountered.

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  4. Paula
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    7:17 am

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    Paula said...

    Hi LPC!

    the shirts remind me of the big big bonus consumers have in the US: extra-long sleeves! My father used to buy piles of shirts whenever he visited the US, returning very proud with those long sleeves. In EU all sleeves tend to be too short. Especially the special shirts' ones.

    Maybe you will post a pic one day where we can see you (of course without full face visible) and your shirt.

    greetings, Paula with a BIG ring today. :-)

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  5. lauren
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    7:29 am

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    lauren said...

    it is a marvelous shirt, and – somehow – it reminds me of india. of you in india (and you know how i feel about those stories).

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  6. Anonymous
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    7:43 am

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    Anonymous said...

    I have found when I purchase something for my aspirational life, it never rings true and has a hard time finding it's way out of my closet. Then I revert back to my same safe wardrobe. And that, in it's own way, is dissatisfying too. Still looking for a way to mix the two. Could these shirts be the answer? Stay tuned.

    StacyfrPgh

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  7. hostess of the humble bungalow
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    7:51 am

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    hostess of the humble bungalow said...

    I see that you too have been wooed by prints charming!
    The texture is superb, soft looking yet structured and the collar looks crisp…I can see the collar flipped up and pearls roped around the neck…may we have a photo of you wearing this chic shirt, please.
    BTW did you ever get that sweater made into a pillow or repaired as you were planning?

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  8. DocP
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    7:52 am

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    DocP said...

    When I first saw the picture of the new shirt, I immediately remembered your cashmere sweater. Love the shade of blue.

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  9. Mouse
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    8:12 am

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    Mouse said...

    That shirt is the long-lost twin of your fave sweater. Of course it's perfect.

    This confirms He-Mouse's theory that what we really want to buy is lots of versions of basically the same fab garments.

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  10. Deja Pseu
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    8:19 am

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    Deja Pseu said...

    That really is a fabulous shirt. If I had seen it before this post, I would have thought of you.

    And you've written about it in such a beautiful, evocative way. Poetic, even. Bravo! You're inspiring me to explore the wardrobe for my fantasy life a bit more.

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  11. LPC
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    8:27 am

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    LPC said...

    Thanks guys! And you're making me think that maybe fashion is about finding the working nexus of our fantasy life and our actual life. Kinda like writing. I thought that I was doing the shirt a disservice by not putting myself into it, but that's a step that I may have to contemplate for a while before attempting.

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  12. Anonymous
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    8:30 am

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    Anonymous said...

    So fun! Versace is the last brand I would emulate. I needed Belle de Ville to understand. Still not my cuppa. I guess I am artsy cousin after all. Would love to see a picture of you wearing the shirt. Enjoying your blog immensely.

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  13. Main Line Sportsman
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    8:52 am

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    Main Line Sportsman said...

    Your prose is well crafted…
    As is the shirt I assume…bet you look smashing in it.

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  14. Class factotum
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    9:10 am

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    Class factotum said...

    I have sometimes regretted purchases made, but not as much as purchases not made.

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  15. Vix
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    9:25 am

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    Vix said...

    Ha, I was thinking, "that looks a lot like…" and then there it was, the sweater sibling. [Sweater Aunt?] You'll love it til the next-generation version arrives in your life.

    As for:

    >Do you ever see a piece of clothing and know, on the spot, that you want it badly?

    Yes. If the fit's good, sometimes budget cooperates (or sometimes the item waits for me). Lately it's fabric that I see, and the plus side of that is I can hold onto the fabric til I can budget for it to be made up into something wonderful.

    I never have regrets for buying something extraordinary–just regrets when I'm not able to make the stars align!

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  16. Patsy
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    9:41 am

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    Patsy said...

    oh yes! I did the very same thing at a store I love in south florida, a week ago today! I normally need to stalk any triple digit price item for a while to make sure I rrreealllyy can't live without it, but this shirt screamed, "patsy, buy me NOW and you will never regret it". it was kinda embarrassing…..

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  17. Audi
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    10:34 am

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    Audi said...

    Yes, I can easily see how this shirt has "Proven alignment with personal taste." I love that feeling of finding something so thoroughly me that I know instantly I should buy it.

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  18. Mardel
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    10:45 am

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    Mardel said...

    "proven alignment with personal taste". I can see that. Beautiful shirt. Beautiful post, evocatively written. You capture that whole spectrum of feelings where dreams intersect with reality. Perfect

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  19. Gourmetmom
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    12:16 pm

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    Gourmetmom said...

    Great shirt. It has a fun, 70s feel. Post of photo of yourself wearing it.

    I clicked the NaraCamicie website and wow! Lots of over the top Italian fashions and very emotive models. It looks like you found the only wearable shirt in their collection.

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  20. Duchesse
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    12:24 pm

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    Duchesse said...

    Your gleeful discovery is heartening. They had a shop in my city for awhile, I think one recession or another shut it. When you find your extraordinary piece, you just buy it and rejoice. (In a similar manner I am posting soon on what makes you break the bank- this is a perfect example!)

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  21. Someone
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    1:29 pm

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    Someone said...

    Mangler på ti corazon's content…

    Shades of the 70s, oh my. Versace quoted it almost perfectly, just need more width on those lapels and you seriously couldn't have told the diff.

    And there -was- some seriously great design in the 70s.

    I have a black 1970s (actual vintage) shirt with an allover Asiany print of little white lilypads and lotuses, and it's so. Me. Also fits like crazy. Maybe we all have some dream self that can be expressed precisely with some amazing 70s chemise?

    Enjoy!!

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  22. Princess Freckles
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    1:47 pm

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    Princess Freckles said...

    I loved that Versace campaign! I agree that in another life I'd like to live in that ad! LOL!

    Great shirt! its such a wonderful feeling to find something like that that you LOVE, isn't it?

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  23. Semi Expat
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    2:06 pm

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    Semi Expat said...

    So glad that you and that wonderful shirt are united! I am sure you will be together for a long, long time. What a great post, LPC….

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  24. Sydney Shop Girl
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    2:36 pm

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    Sydney Shop Girl said...

    Great shirt, LPC!! I really enjoyed reading the whole post too.

    Paula – I agree on the long sleeves issue. Mr SSG has to order his shirts from overseas because of his weird neck circumference and arm length ratio. It actually works out cheaper than if he were to try and track the shirts down in Australia.

    SSG xxx

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  25. Maureen@IslandRoar
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    2:41 pm

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    Maureen@IslandRoar said...

    "I regret what I don't do far more than what I have done."
    Words to live by.
    Love the shirt. I've gotten to the point where I seldom pass up anything I think I have the potential to love.
    You wrote this in such a fun way. I want to go shopping with you!

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  26. Preppy 101
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    2:49 pm

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    Preppy 101 said...

    Please let's go to lunch someday. I know we would have fun. :-)

    This is one of my favorite posts ever. You can speak to all of your readers on some level! Always love to find that one "extraordinary" item! xoxo

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  27. LPC
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    4:26 pm

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    LPC said...

    Glad to know that others think the shirt is me:). Maureen, shopping is on! Preppy 101, lunch any time, would be so fun. But I'm going to need to see wedding photos..:)Gourmetmom – the collection is more sedate in store than online.

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  28. Miss Cavendish
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    4:26 pm

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    Miss Cavendish said...

    A lovely find for you!

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  29. julia::ordinarysaturdays
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    5:15 pm

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    julia::ordinarysaturdays said...

    Great shirt. It's very much like that sweater, you seem to have your style pretty well figured out.

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  30. Faux Fuchsia
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    5:20 pm

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    Faux Fuchsia said...

    That was my favourite Versace campaign ever, because of the hair and makeup and 70s luxe look. Can you imagine the level of back combing and spray?? Like your new shirt. I don't own or wear any collared shirts, but I do own a Chloe sheer blouse with a collar and bow thing.

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  31. Faux Fuchsia
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    5:22 pm

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    Faux Fuchsia said...

    And another thing. I wear lots of black eyeliner, big hair, big rings and I match EVERYTHING. You should do it too. These are tough economic times and the world is chock full of ugliness- Glamour is so uplifting and comforting. Go and throw some giant cocktail rings on NOW.

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  32. Elise
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    6:07 pm

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    Elise said...

    Great post LPC! And I agree with your statement that "fashion is about finding the working nexus of our fantasy life and our actual life".

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  33. Preppy 101
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    6:08 pm

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    Preppy 101 said...

    Tagged you darlin'! xoxo

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  34. Lipstick
    March 24, 2010
    03/24/10
    7:51 pm

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    Lipstick said...

    So glad that you showed the close-up of the fabric…it really is a great shirt.

    Love the Versace pic and the fantasy too. I share that fantasy (except mine always takes place in 1976 and is Studio54ish and I look like Faith Hill in that video…hmmm, "Like we've never loved at all" or something such. I'm sure it's mixed in with all the other country and western music on your iPod).

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  35. Anonymous
    March 25, 2010
    03/25/10
    6:11 am

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    Anonymous said...

    So when you wore the new find (love the detail shot) with jeans, was it with your Seven Gingers? Since you mentioned those a few columns back, I've dragged mine out of the back of my closet and LOVE them. I went through a brief skinny-jean phase last year, but that uncomfortable time ended after a month or two. The Gingers fit far better than any other jeans I've ever worn.

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  36. LPC
    March 25, 2010
    03/25/10
    6:14 am

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    LPC said...

    Julia, or else my style figured me out. Sometimes we don't know who's in charge:). Elise, thank you. Lipstick, Faith Hill + Studio 54? What a combo. Anon, yes, my new dark Seven Gingers:). And what is it about their fit:) I agree with you.

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  37. Jan
    March 25, 2010
    03/25/10
    6:45 am

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    Jan said...

    A properly tailored blouse is a godsend for us short, curvaceous Sturdy Gals. I'm SO going to spend some time on their website now.

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  38. metscan
    March 25, 2010
    03/25/10
    7:15 am

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    metscan said...

    LPC: The blouse is indeed something I´d expect that´s to your liking. The color-sweet! A lovely post, thank you!

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  39. Carmie, the Single Nester
    March 25, 2010
    03/25/10
    12:28 pm

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    Carmie, the Single Nester said...

    I love that shirt! Happy Days wearing it!

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  40. L’age moyen
    March 25, 2010
    03/25/10
    1:21 pm

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    L'age moyen said...

    I so agree with the notion that a must have is somehow reminiscent of a past beloved piece. I have to stop myself from buying variations on a theme I love (blue and brown for example)and which I already have in droves. I actually could use a handler. I loved your find, too. Fabulous on a blond!

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  41. thepreppyprincess
    March 25, 2010
    03/25/10
    2:06 pm

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    thepreppyprincess said...

    Once again, you need to issue a pocketbook warning when you introduce us to these divine new brands! Honestly, the Consort is going to have a stroke! (Heh-heh-heh.) I do love the shirt, the blues are like skies in spring, and your plan for wearing it sounds superb. Flawless. That would be you.

    Smiles and thanks for the new obsession!
    tp

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  42. La Belette Rouge
    March 25, 2010
    03/25/10
    2:50 pm

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    La Belette Rouge said...

    I thought I recognized you, you Versace Trophy wife you!;-) Congrats on your extraordinary buy.

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  43. Anonymous
    March 25, 2010
    03/25/10
    8:31 pm

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    Anonymous said...

    Thank you one and all. I am the owner of the store where the blue shirt comes from Naracamicie. So glad you all find it inspirational! Hope to see you all at the store at 352 Sutter Street anytime. Check out our website at http://www.naracamiciesf.com

    Best,
    Margaret Lawrence, owner, Naracamicie, shirts from Italy

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  44. Barbara
    March 26, 2010
    03/26/10
    4:02 am

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    Barbara said...

    Fits like nobody's business — love it.
    BarG

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  45. LPC
    March 26, 2010
    03/26/10
    7:05 am

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    LPC said...

    Thank you again everyone. The store owner has offered to hear our opinions on what they ought to stock! So if you have an opinion, do share:).

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  46. Amy@Bitchin’WivesClub
    March 30, 2010
    03/30/10
    7:08 am

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    Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub said...

    I adore this post. And I get what you are saying…. there are just some items of clothing that not only look good, they make you feel something. I started trying to only buy things that make me feel that special way and so far it works. I can justify spending a lot more on individual pieces, knowing that the cost per wear ratio will be phenomenal.

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  47. Paula
    April 1, 2010
    04/01/10
    5:52 am

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    Paula said...

    I feel incredible lucky right now: I found out Nara Camicie opened its first store in Vienna only 2 weeks ago:

    "15.03.2010: Modekette Nara Camicie in Wien gestartet"

    I will go there today after work. :-)

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  48. LPC
    April 1, 2010
    04/01/10
    6:22 am

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    LPC said...

    Paula, I would LOVE to hear what you find:).

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  49. LPC
    April 6, 2010
    04/06/10
    11:59 am

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    LPC said...

    And no, nothing yet on the sweater. Something possibly in the works….

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