Beauty Uncensored: When Good Fashion Goes Bad

I have this fabulous Ralph Lauren military style jacket that I got back in college. I'll have to take a picture of it some time so that you can view its awesomeness for yourself. I've never seen anything quite like it.

It's the kind of jacket that deserves to be worn every day until it's faded and torn. But the truth is, I hardly ever wear it, and that's not because I don't absolutely love it.


It's because strangers can't seem to keep from commenting about it.

I remember back in college, I'd be walking to class in my jacket and people would stop on the sidewalk and stand at attention. A carload of boys once screeched to a halt on the road beside me and the boys all shouted, "Sa-LUTE!"

If there had been a hole nearby, I would have crawled into it.

Even tamer reactions to the coat are annoying. The jacket looks vintage-y (and it is, now). But more than that, it looks... authentic. People always have questions when they see it. "Wow! What country is that coat from?" "Which war?" And then the inevitable, "What does R.L. stand for?"

"Ralph. Lauren." I have to tell them. Not 'regiment level.' Or 'royal line.' Nope. Ralph. Lauren. The news never goes over very well. No one likes finding out they've been duped, even if it was unintentional.

Suffice it to say I don't wear the jacket very often, even though it was a great buy. And though I have a somewhat theatrical personality, I've been careful to keep that from extending too far into my clothing.

Or at least, I thought I had.

In this week's Beauty Uncensored column
, I'll tell you about another clothing purchase I made recently, one that's totally stylish right now but unintentionally inspired a lot of unwanted attention.

At Kroger.

Read about it over at Her Nashville and then tell me what's in your closet that you're too embarrassed to wear. Come on, you can tell me. I won't tell anybody!

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