{What do you think of this look?}

We spotted this FOF outside the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. “I’m visiting my daughter so it took me 5 minutes [to get dressed],” she told us. “All I have is one suitcase of clothes.” Given those circumstances, we’d say this teacher from Finland, passes our test. Read what our FOF style experts think, then tell us: What do you think of her look?

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Sherrie Mathieson: “Sorry, but the minute I saw the hairstyle, I balked–very punk 80s and unflattering. It prejudices me against conceding any points for a good overall look. However, I like her Longchamp bag, but it’s sporty, horse-y motif doesn’t jive with the feminine, flower print of her pant. I do like the predominance of navy–so much softer than black–in her outfit. Thankfully, she knew to put the splashy print on her lower half (with high wedges to give her longer legs) and the solid on her well-endowed, upper torso.”

Sherrie Mathieson is a leading style expert and Random House author of Steal this Style and Forever Cool.

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Susan Sommers: “This is a lot of look for anyone, but, particularly if you have show-stopper hair and a full bosom. I simply don’t know where to look first! She has a great face and interesting hair color and cut, so she should make those her focal point. To do so, she would need a smaller floral and different proportions: a looser top and narrower bottom worn with a shorter, less chunky necklace and bright bag.”

Susan Sommers is a personal branding and wardrobing specialist, founder of Dresszing and author of two fashion bibles, French Chic and Italian Chic.

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Sandra Soich: “I give her credit, first of all, for her hair color. It’s definitely a step above average although, not quite sure if it’s age appropriate. The ready to wear pieces were fine, but I think the top could have been a bit looser and I would have not used the necklace which draws attention to her bustline. Shoes and bag were okay. Overall I give it a “C”.

Sandra Soich is wardrobe stylist to the stars and founder of YourFashionTherapist.com.

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Susan Hersh: “Floral prints have been a trend this spring, but this outfit appears outdated. A floral maxi dress would have been better. Also, a padded bra would camouflage an unnecessary distraction from what could be a stellar outfit.”

Susan Hersh is a Ford model and the host and executive producer of Meet The Experts.

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Terry Gibralter: “Flower power! There’s much about this FOF’s look that I like. She looks cool and comfortable and navy feels so modern. The wide-legged, floral pants are great. I like the top she paired it with, although I wish it were a tad less revealing or worn with better underpinnings. The bag is cool and I like the sandals and necklace she’s chosen as well. I really like her funky haircut, although the color is a little much. Come fall she can throw on a cute jacket and add booties and the flower power continues!

Terry Gibralter is the Sr. Vice President and Creative Director at Grey advertising as well as a fashion stylist and the creator of these clever work accessories.

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Deborah Boland and Jojami Tyler (The Glam Gals): “Wouldn’t place our bets on this one. Looks like there’s been too much horseplay with the hair dye! She may think she is off the races with that tailored purse, but her flowered pants make her look more like she’s off to a romantic luau. Also, dressing is in the details. Notice the lace bra? A better choice would have been to smooth things out and wear a minimizer without all the frou frou.”

“Glam Gals” Jojami Tyler and Deborah Boland co-write the brilliant fashion blog, Fabulous After 40.

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Shelley Zurek: This outfit is a whole lot of almost for me. This women has a beautiful body–very womanly. But, that very thin top reveals too much. Her hair is almost cute, but the variation in colors comes off a bit skunkish to me. If it were all one shade it would be just as edgy and not overdone. The bag is the wrong shape.  A half-circle bag would be much cuter. The pants are almost cute–it would be better as a long skirt.  She should add a long-sleeved button down that grazes her hips and covers her her arms over her tank.

Shelley Zurek is the clever FOF behind the blog, Still Blonde after all these YEARS.

Photographer: Statia Grossman

71 Responses to “{What do you think of this look?}”

  1. Diana Martel says:

    Yeah. She should wear a padded bra. Susan, you should blog for the Department of Redundancy Department. Please. The last thing someone who’s that well-endowed wants to wear is a padded bra.

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  2. Ann says:

    Hot gal….hair a little much for me unless you’re at the Hair Show….at least the top and bottoms coordinate, which the bag does not. A very Northern European look, not to my taste….

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  3. MapSkraps says:

    Put together nicely but, in my book, nips are always a no-no.

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  4. Harish says:

    Looks like I forgot to leave a blog post here! I think I get moivng to fast and my brain needs to catch up!! I enjoy your blog and giveaways – thanks!

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  5. Coco says:

    Please give her a break! 99 % of all tourists in NY are wearing shirts and tee, how do you call it? no style? It doesn’t look like she was going out searching for some “fab pros” reviews…. I think she is doing great! the look is fresh and modern. And the hair is just stylish – its very unusual and its actually a good cut. Just remember, we are not talking about some super start in magazine, she is just one of us. How many of you were ever spotted on a street by some “pro” asking to take a picture of you? especially when you are on vacation? probably never… And just looking at pictures of these “experts” – what do you expect to hear from some of them? They are already from a lost era and if you see a woman looking better than you do doesn’t mean you have to criticize her. Wish we all have at least half of her creativity and confidence!

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  6. Jean-Pierre says:

    I love her!

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  7. Dee says:

    Give the gal a break. It’s summer, and it wasn’t fashion week. She’s playing up her assets. And staying comfortable. I vote we spare her life.

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  8. Candee says:

    I like the hair, the shades, the shoes; the rest is horrible (she’s too heavy for the tight clothing…

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    • Maricha says:

      I love how your kitchen tunred out. It looks wonderful. We are in the process of doing the same here. We started about the time you finished. It is not completed yet because we have torn down some walls to open it up to the dining/living room. It is getting there and I am looking forward to enjoying it when it’s complete. The work has been slow because my brother is doing most of the work on his one day off a week.I have hardly had time to blog and no time to visit with this crazy time.Ruth

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  9. marge says:

    She looks confident and relaxed. I am so glad other posters here are rebelling against the stuffiness of the overpolished prudish “experts”. She looks great and lively and not face-lifted – and may, horror of horrors, also have a sex life! She’s a person I’d like to meet in contrast to all the photoshopped promo pictures of the so-called jury.

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  10. Sheryl says:

    The outfit itself is not a problem, but she needs a lined bra and to change her hair.

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  11. Nancy Mazzochetti says:

    Love the haircut. Not so much the multicolors. Definitely needs better shapewear. A simpler purse would look better. Skirt too long, looks sloppy. But definitely, no nipples showing please!

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  12. Soledad says:

    I like the colors of her outfit but I thought the pants were a long skirt. The top definitely needs to be looser, the pants a little shorter and the necklace also shorter. It looks like she was trying to match her hair to her clothes or vice versa. Hair needs to be one shade.

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  13. Laurakb says:

    I like it! My first thought was wow those are huge, so a top that made the breasts less (much less!) prominent would look better. I would wear this. With the bosoms so out there I didn’t even notice her bag or hair.

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  14. fair_elaine@comcast.net says:

    She needs a better bra as well as a hair colorist. Otherwise, she looks comfortable.

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  15. Sheila MacAvoy says:

    We are giving this girl some slack for being on vacation. But, the skirt/slacks are too long. We’d like to see those wedgies. She does accentuate her headlights with this top. The color is good, but it looks strained and uncomfortable. I confess, I don’t care for spandex in everything, maybe a tad looser. I don’t mind her nipples. That’s what’s on those things! Sorry about the bag. If she is going to use a plastic, bag she would have been better off with a straw tote. I like the hair.

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  16. MaryAnn Pepe says:

    Thumbs up for a grown woman to dress according to her own personal style!

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  17. Sheila says:

    Like the look except for 2 things.Her hair is outdated and her breasts take away from the look b/c thats all you see right away.
    A shrug would be a nice addition.Her hair,make it a natural tone on tone color.
    Love the bag,love maxi’s…….brings me back to yester-year.

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  18. jennifer t. schultz says:

    I think the pants should be a little less wild with the print. smaller floral I think. the shirt could be a little looser or maybe a good support underneath the shirt. also, purse is too clunky and she should forgo the necklace. too busy and brings too much attention to her bust. Hair color could be toned down as she is middle aged.

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  19. Mick says:

    I like her outfit – it’s not NYC sophisticated, but it’s fun. She could tone down the ‘exposure’ with silicone concealers or a 3/4 sleeve shirt, but if she’s comfortable for the weather, it works.

    She should save the fierce “out there” haircolors for one night stands. Everyday funky works for 20 somethings, but comes off “crazy old lady” on FOF’s. Paint fingernails orange, which looks fun fashionable instead of freakish.

    A patent leather orange clutch with some orange bracelets on both wrists would have looked cute and drawn attention away from “flying squirrel arm” worries…and both pack small, work big when traveling.

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  20. Kathy Murray says:

    All the comments just go to prove that you cannot please everyone. Motto: wear what you want.

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  21. Jo Heroux says:

    Yep…Shelley, I think it’s almost. I am so not fond of the hair. The cut, I love, one of the colors or smaller streaks, she almost got it. Now the purse, color is spot on and it is much too cumbersome for the flowery and fem outfit. Smaller and less, same with the necklace, Glam girls got that right, too.
    Hit or Miss….almost hit, def miss

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  22. Chloe Jeffreys says:

    Holy Nipples, Batman!!!

    On the good side, she has those puppies up and out there showing off a good waist and long legs.

    Honestly, what’s a big-busted girl to do? I don’t see hiding those girlies without ending up looking frumpty-dumpty.

    I give her a B+ for color and confidence. I like a girl who can carry her girls with pride.

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  23. Michelle says:

    Live and let live. I would absolutely copy this look, if I could pull it off. I can’t wear short hair – which I would love at my age. I think she represents the FOF woman.

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  24. Leslie Bonner says:

    Like the hair but don’t like nipples that show and the pants look like pajamas.

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  25. Tasi says:

    Why is it that well-endowed women bring out the cutting remarks and leave the focus there. Yes, a t-shirt bra hiding the nipples would have been better and I would have preferred a skirt instead of the pants and maybe a change of bags, but love the look overall. Better than many that we see here

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  26. Ellen Christian says:

    I agree. The top is just a tad too small/tight.

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  27. Carla says:

    The whole outfit makes her look like she’s going to fall at any minute. The skirt is clinging between her legs and getting caught on those platforms!! Good definition between her waist and breasts, and she hasn’t gone for the “mono-boob” Spanx/sports bra look which is always a plus. Hey, if you have a large chest, dressing them isn’t easy! The hair is trendy and may appear lighter than it actually is but I wouldn’t wear it that way. Basically, I’d shorten the skirt, put on reasonable shoes, and darken the highlights.

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  28. Grace Hodgin says:

    I do agree with Shelley overall with the hair and outfit. I think an outfit should be like a painting. Your eye should focus first on one thing and then the rest of the objects in the painting should escort your eye all around to appreciate the whole scene. Call me a prude but the first thing I saw was “that very thin top reveals too much” and nothing else was strong enough to bring my eyes around the rest of the ‘painting’ to appreciate the scene that was being painted.

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  29. Jeannette says:

    I agree with Shelly – it’s too much! The hair is too young in my opinion – I’m all for the edgy look but this is just over the top.

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  30. Bre Dale says:

    Shelley made some great points about this look “almost” hitting the mark. I love the pants but the hair, bag and tank just don’t do it for me.

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  31. Elizabeth says:

    I’m all over this except for the nipple show through.

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  32. Kristin says:

    I agree in large part with most of the critiques above, but Shelley Zurek really expressed how I felt. I keep looking at the picture and thinking, so close…just about all her choices are a “so close” choice. I agree with the thin top issue. I am also well-endowed, and I would never wear such a top, because it’s not flattering and it doesn’t enhance her figure. It throws her very large breasts into my face and flaunts them unnecessarily. Trust me, everyone will know she still has large breasts, even if her top is a tad more conservative (not prudish, not like a square, but not as “out there.”). It just doesn’t give a polished appearance. As for her hair…Shelley is also dead on. It’s a sassy and edgy cut — the color is too much. And, well, I thought the bottom was a skirt. When I read it was pants, I had to look back at the picture and was a little disappointed.

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  33. robshee says:

    Once I got past the hair, bravo for being so brave! I fell over the ta-tas. Needs a better bra. The pants are great, she can pull them off. I would have worn a different necklace and longer earrings. Nail polish too dark. The bag is just okay. But I’m not paying her bills so she can wear what she wants.

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  34. Stacie says:

    I think aside from a smoother padded bra, there is nothing wrong with her top. A large chest does not mean that she should wear a billowing top to hide it. Her neckline is at a very respectable height. Overall, I like this look, but I do agree that a different shape or style of bag (and without the horse/jockey) would have matched it better.

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  35. suerae01 says:

    On a whole I like it. The bag is not my style, and as a big boobed women (DDD) I think the top could have been a size larger. On the other hand, my attitude is “This is who I am, deal with it.”

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  36. patatwell says:

    I think she could use a better bra, meaning one that doesn’t let us all know how excited she is. Made a little more lining. Other then that she looks like she is going to have fun. Like her bag the best.

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  37. Susan says:

    The best part of her “look” is that beautiful, happy smile. So I say if she’s happy and having a great vacation and feels good in her outfit than it looks cool to me! xo

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  38. Jenna Wood says:

    I agree with Shelley, I think this outfit almost makes it, but falls short in some key areas that just need a little help. I feel as though this individual is a little confused about her age- She is gorgeous, don’t get me wrong, but some modesty is much more attractive at any age, and the top is just too thin. I thought the ‘pants’ were a skirt, which reads much better as such, and the bag seems to throw the look off, in shape.

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  39. Lori McCluskey says:

    So conservative ladies, sad and surprising! Her hair is great, it isn’t even the first thing I noticed. I am surprised how many of the expert stylists commented on that first. Love the bag, shirt probably needs a bigger size, and the skirt rocks. Overall, the look is lovely. Much better than dowdy “middle-age woman” cliche looks I usually see!

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  40. CJ says:

    I think she looks put together, fun, happy, comfy and pretty. She’s on vacation, for God’s sake – not interviewing for a job She looks just fine. And we all have nipples, get over it.

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  41. Hawklady says:

    The problem with wearing something full on one half is that one needs to wear something fitted on the other. Her body type would lend itself better to a fuller top and more fitted pants. That being said, I want to cut her some slack (no pun intended). The colors are flattering and on trend. Her accessories are well chosen and I like her haircut (I am unsure of the color w/o seeing it in person). She looks happy and comfortable in her own skin which makes her fabulous!

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  42. DeloresKenyon says:

    I can’t get passed the well endowment upper half to enjoy the rest. If I could only have half of what she has…………..it would be too much. Enough said. At least she used a solid color on top?!!!!!!

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    • Lori McCluskey says:

      How is it her fault she has a large chest? You are judging the outfit, not her cup size.

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  43. Mary says:

    I agree with the commenter who said “Look at me!”

    All I notice is the boobs – not a good look.

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  44. klrocks says:

    SHE LOOKS FINE IN THIS LOOK. I WOULD NOT STOP HER ON THE STREET AND ASK HER WHERE SHE PURCHASED THE ITEMS. TO ME, IT IS SO SO.

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  45. Ukidmenot says:

    All I see are the headlights.

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  46. Jill says:

    She looks unbalanced–all bust, no hips. A silky long cardigan top would have balanced out the look.

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  47. Debra Sl says:

    I could NOT rock this look- I’m NOT confident at all! This woman is, obviously. I have spent my whole adult life, trying to COVER up my large breasts!!!!! I absolutely cannot STAND when people look at them. (and just HOW can they not, when they look almost like this lady?)
    Personally, she looks okay to me- I LIKE her hair, she looks good in it. I have yet to find any hairstyle too, that I actually look good in ! LOL

    I would have chosen a completely different top- but I think she looks quite confident in herself.

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  48. PrincessTamera says:

    OMG! The first place everyone will see is her well-endowed bosom! I think she needs a much looser top or a different top altogether to accent her bosom rather than make it the focal point. Men espeically won’t notice what type of outfit or hair color she has for the obvious reason. I love the pants, shoes & jewelry but I think her hair is for a younger woman.

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  49. Vickie Tucker says:

    I noticed her Breast first, she need a better bra and a looser top. I don’t mind her clothes although her pants are a little long. Cute hair cut but the color needs to be left to the younger ladies. She came across as a fun woman, she just needed to look in the mirror first.

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  50. Anna says:

    It’s not that I only like a tea-cup sized breast, I just think she’s putting the girls “out there” and in your face a little too much. The hair is dated, and the outfit is only so-so, even if the top were looser and with a well-fitting bra. I think this is a fail.

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  51. BlueBear says:

    In appropriate in every possible way! Look like a bag lady!

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  52. sharon says:

    Can’t decide if this photo is the ultimate in self-confidence or somebody…please notice me!

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  53. Betty Herbert says:

    I love the colors. Overall I like the look. The top could have been a bit less form-fitting perhaps.

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  54. Wendy S says:

    Do you remember In Living Color?
    They would rate movies.
    Well this look would get a “Hated it” review

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  55. Dolores says:

    She is tryng to look too young for her age. The top she is wearing is tight, thin, and thus too revealing. The hair is not a style flattering for her age. T do not care for the large floral print of her pants.

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  56. linda says:

    Really? These are “experts” that you have critiquing her?
    Most sound WAY too stuffy and rigid. Loosen up ladies! This woman looks great. Maybe missed the mark a bit with the large Longchamp logo on the bag and needs to conceal the nips but she looks happy, creative, and a lot of fun!

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    • jan says:

      I totally agree Linda.
      Can’t believe how old-fashioned and stuffy these so-called reviewers are. Ridiculous. I think she looks great. She looks edgy, energetic and modern. And for those dissing her top – it’s not like she’s wearing some sleazy low-cut top – her top is fine. Why should she hide her figure under a sack? Sounds like sourgrapes from people who are jealous.

      My only criticism – as Linda mentioned – is the god-awful handbag with the ridiculous horsey on it. Doesn’t fit the attitude, style and edge of the rest of the outfit. Needs to go. … Other than the bag, I think she looks great!

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  57. liberated1 says:

    The colors and patterns are nice but she really needed to consider the fit of her top given her ample bosom and she should consider a different bra. Like the bag

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  58. Neats says:

    Tri-color hair, nipples, necklace dangling over the edge of her bosom, tight shirt, boho outfit with a preppy purse, street grazing pants. A lot clamoring for attention and not much of it good.

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  59. Joyce Acosta says:

    I’m immediately distracted by the top that is too tight and not right for her body type to wear with the skirt. A washed silk slim tunic would have been better. And although I love the bag, I don’t with this. A canvas shopper would have been a better choice. Personally I love the hair.

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  60. Kate B says:

    She looks happy and confident which looks great on any woman. Maybe a bra upgrade but she’s on vacation so why not.

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  61. auntienonymous says:

    I am always uncomfortable around women with oversized racks in tight fitting tops that reveal a tad too much. But back to the outfit. Every detail is overdone and screams “Look at me.” OK, so she’s on vacation and nobody knows her so she can wear anything she wants, but should she? I agree that she has a lovely face. I just might not have noticed for the other charms she is emphasizing.

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  62. Mary K. says:

    First impression…not good. Lasting impression…not good.
    Clothing accentuates wrong parts of the body. Too form fitting for her body build.

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  63. Sandhya says:

    Forget all the above Experts.

    Babe, you look cool and gorgeous and why not flaunt it when you have it.

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  64. Mara says:

    the top is too tight, her nails are too dark and her hair — what can I say. It seems like she’s trying too hard to be trendy.

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  65. anon says:

    The hair is off but I get the impression most don’t like bigger than a tea cup breast.

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    • Sandhya says:

      I totally agree with the 2nd part of your response . . . . You go girl.

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    • Candee says:

      I agree…! 🙂

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  66. Stephanie says:

    This look is okay. I hate the bag and I think the hair should be toned down. Clothing … Good fit.

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