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Bill Cunningham's latest NYT "On the Street" audio slide show offers yet another sweet edition of his folksy photography and commentary.  Check it out for some of the most over-the-top spring hats this side of the Kentucky Derby, trotted out for a recent Central Park fundraiser.  I want them all - especially the rakishly-angled ones, and the lopsided ones pulled low and loaded with buds.

I have to disagree with Billy C.'s conclusion that cardigans are the new cropped jacket, however.  Whether Michelle Obama rocks them to meet the Queen or not, they'll never be more than a suburban throwback to me.  Twinsets be damned; I'll take a structured, double-breasted little 1960s riding jacket over a bland pastel cardigan any day.  Mr. Rogers is the only one who could pull off a cardigan without looking like a sexless suburban housewife.  And there are so many easy alternatives with more panache: a shawl, a poncho, a pashmina, a gauzy wrap, even a little shrug.  Just no cardigans, please.  

Unless you're going for the Carol Brady vibe, in which case, don't forget the pearls.  Or the gay husband.


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