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But Ralph, please remember that 95% of America doesn't, in fact, play polo on a regular basis, as much as they would like to think they could. Your classic and skinny polos never go out of style, and the diminutive pony in a bold color was daring enough. By making polos like this, you are bypassing the original intent of these shirts, and forever damning them to use by spray-tanned meatheads who "summer" on the Jersey Shore.
That being said...
Try as I did, one store (and its sale-esque counterpart) just didn't present anything to me that screamed "tacky," "cheap," "trendy," "tired" or just plain "ugly." And with a wide selection of separates, suiting, dresses, shoes, jewelry, and adorable, timeless skirts, Ann Taylor appears unable to do any wrong.
Congratulations and well done, Ann!