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Rick Santorum's Misuse of the Sweater Vest

In my opinion, Rick Santorum has totally misused the sweater vest. It appears today's fashion news revolves around Stephen Colbert's rant last night on the losing candidate's sweaters

Rick Santorum's Misuse of the Sweater Vest

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Republicans´ identity crisis is producing the most volatile presidential primary season in memory and threatening to dilute the conservative fervor that swept the party to huge wins in 2010. Mitt Romney is the pragmatic, establishment choice, but he has yet to attract more than a quarter of GOP voters _ a sign of a still-unsettled race.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Republicans' identity crisis is producing the most volatile presidential primary season in memory and threatening to dilute the conservative fervor that swept the party to huge wins in 2010. Mitt Romney is the pragmatic, establishment choice, but he has yet to attract more than a quarter of GOP voters _ a sign of a still-unsettled race. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) AP

In my opinion, Rick Santorum has totally misused the sweater vest. It appears today's fashion news revolves around Stephen Colbert's rant last night on the losing candidate's sweaters

Yeah, yeah, I know Santorum's campaign is suspposed to subconsciously remind us of American values that reigned pre-civil rights era. So I get his every man look. But he makes the lovely layering piece hautely horrifying. Until now, sweater vests reminded me of caring men like my grandfather and Mr. Rogers. Fear? Never.  Random $5 gifts? Always.  Now, I'm just not sure any more. Has Santorum changed your view of the sweater vest?

Not to mention, do you want your president to be sweet and cuddly? Or, would you rather him be fierce and polished?  Was the sweater vest a turn off? Did Santorum's loss save the image of a classic look?

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I’m a Libra so I’m all about pretty things. We of the scales sign know what we like, and our standards are high.

So I can’t help but love fashion – one day I will get that Diane von Furstenberg wrap and those Christian Louboutin shoes.

And fragrances? My favorite right now is Chanel Mademoiselle. As for makeup, can we say MAC?

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