Dang y'all, it happens every year: I stick my fingers in my ears, try to distract myself, and avoid the internet, and I still end up poring over NAS and YLF. HA. I blame every one of you for looking so amazing in your finds that it was impossible to resist!

In an effort to behave, I swore to consider only a few items this year. Unfortunately, they're big ticket pieces. Here are some reviews and a plea for unflinching honesty from you all:

Theory 'Sala' top
#1-2. This is just as breezy and elegantly simple as Angie said it was. The silk is lightweight but substantial, and the zipper is functional. Zip it up for work and slightly further down for play. What fun! My only reservation is I have a huge poison eye for grinning. I think it's going to be an issue here. In the pictures, I tried it with a black camisole to see if that would help but I'm not sure it looks right. Thoughts?

Smythe houndstooth jacket
OH MY. This ticks every one of my boxes. Equestrian, rounded hem, slight peplum formed by double vents, beautifully made. *faints* However. The pattern is very "corporate" and as I'm on the classic end of Modern Classic, I'm not sure I can edge this up. It's going to look incredible on Angie, but I may end up looking too office-y. So there's that.

Next, sizing: I usually wear a 4 but ordered a 6 and an 8 knowing the brand runs small. I'm feeling very little difference in the shoulders; the difference is mainly in the chest and waist. Pictures 3-6 are the size 6. You can see when I button it up, it pulls quite a bit. I rarely button jackets so that's not a huge issue, but it might still be a hair too small? Pictures 7-9 are the size 8. It seems to fit fine. I'm likely overthinking the fit as it has to be perfect for the price. What say you all?

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