Dots are whimsical things on print: the larger, rounder, and more uniform dots are, the more juvenile (Minnie Mouse) and dated (50s housewives) the print looks. With age, my tolerance for dot size has been eroded. These days, the largest spots I am willing to consider are about the size of a nickel, and I prefer that they be reasonably…

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This Alice + Olivia embellished ruffle blouse (previously seen here) had been one of my favorite fall purchases, and it has now been marked down during department store end-of-year sales. It’s currently 49% off at Saks (sizes still complete), 33% off at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, and 30% off at Bloomingdale’s. I am surprised that the style made it…

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