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Patt's Hats: It's pretty-ugly sweater season

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I am entirely torn about this sweater. Is it, perhaps, a qualifier for the ironic, iconic worst-sweater contest [though not in the candy-cane-adorned holiday category]? Or does it fall into that group that the French so aptly describe as “jolie laide,” pretty-ugly, weird but chic?

To compound the quandary, it isn’t exactly vintage but it isn’t new. The label says it was made in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. That status ended in 1997, when Hong Kong reverted to China, which makes the sweater at least 15 years old, an awkward middle age for garments. 

I do like the low-slung belt for that Cossack look, although mine, unlike theirs, does not have cartridges in it.

What is your vote? 

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