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Carole Little, designer of working women's fashion, dies at 80

Carole Little, designer of working women's fashion, dies at 80

In the mid-1970s, as the "Twiggy era" of skimpy hot pants and miniskirts was winding down, Carole Little was gearing up to make her mark in the world of retail fashion.

Her first success was a simple, loose-fitting silk blouse with two patch pockets and epaulets, styled after an oversized man's shirt she had bought in Paris and loved to wear. It had a sophisticated ease, looked great with jeans or a dyed-to-match skirt and was moderately priced.

"That epitomized the look I wanted," Little recalled in a 1987 interview with United Press International. And it launched Little's company as a force for working women who wanted a stylish but affordable...

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