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Why Tracy Reese Feared She'd 'Tip Backwards'

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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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Tracy Reese is known for designing bright, feminine, retro-inspired clothing. Her styles are so flattering that they've made her one of First Lady Michelle Obama's favorite designers. Reese was very candid about her Buyer's Remorse issues when we spoke to her recently.

Tracy Reese: "It's usually some high heel shoe. They're so beautiful in the store—and when you are walking around in the shoe department you think you can do it. Then you're out there, and the 90-minute clock rings, and you're trying to walk the red carpet and not to fall. I literally stood on a red carpet thinking, 'I'm going to tip backwards and I haven't had anything to drink.' I just don't really have my balance on high-heel shoes."

Racked: Can you tell us about a specific pair?

Tracy Reese: I have very special-needs feet, and I've given away a beautiful pair of brown velvet Fendi high heels with antique gold trim. They're gorgeous. And I don't know what made me think they could fit me. They're too narrow for me and they have to be at least a half size too small.

· All Buyer's Remorse Posts [Racked]
· MObama To Tracy Reese: I Need To Be Wearing Your Things [Racked]
· Tracy Reese [Official Site]