Here is my nomination for a Better Bolero.
Or maybe something simple like this:
Both of these jackets have a nice line to them. With the top one having a cool collar. Both straight out of the 1950s. They would go great with a Marilyn Monroe like halter dress like the one below.
Are these really that far off from something you might wear today?
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