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Who Told CNN's Soledad O'Brien, "That's The Ugliest Jacket, Ever"?

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Comedy writer Bonnie Datt once bought a chainmail vest "for clubbing"—a purchase she later came to lament, once she realized that chainmail wasn't particularly slimming. Inspired by this, she now spends her spare time asking famous people to dish about purchases which they initially loved—but ended up regretting, for Buyer's Remorse.

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In a nod to the political season, we have a special Buyer's Remorse from CNN newscaster Soledad O'Brien. Soledad is not only one of the most honest and formidable journalists in news, but she's also one of its most stylish. When the Emmy-winner is not taking on truth-evading politicos, she's been known to grace the occasional Fashion Week front row. And it turns out she's also quite funny. We loved hearing about two of Soledad's Buyer's Remorse items, particularly the one which drew some extremely harsh criticisms...

Soledad O'Brien: I had a pair of mint green gauchos in the '80s that I thought were the hottest thing ever, but of course the actual execution was not so great.

What else? I bought a jacket that I thought was very Queen Victoria: over-the-top structured with big poofy sleeves. I don't know what the fabric was—brocade is shinier—it was more of a velour. I loved the jacket, but so many people not only dislike the jacket but loathe it. They'll stop me and say, "Oh my God, that's the ugliest jacket ever." I had to stop wearing it.

Racked: People actually say that to you?

Soledad O'Brien: Not friends, but people on the street.

Racked: That must be some jacket.

Soledad O'Brien: It's so great.

Racked: Do you still have it?

Soledad O'Brien: Yes, I have everything. I have my gauchos.

· All Buyer's Remorse Posts [Racked]