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Working on fitness, attitude and health requires confidence as much as it instills confidence. That’s why two Flipping 50 winners get a virtual makeover from Sandra Veum of mymariposastyle.com as they’re shifting gears and making changes in their health, wellness, and lives.

Connect with Sandra at mymariposastyle.com or find her on Pinterest at SandraVeum

Here is Michele. (Case study #2) These are Sandra’s notes.

Case Study #2

Vibrant Michele

***I want to first start off by thanking Michele on sending in her styling goals and saying congratulations on being married 31 years!

Answers from Sandra on Michele’s completed questionnaire:

  • You are off to a great start by taking the time to now start investing in yourself! You can be more stylish and add some feminine pieces to your wardrobe by doing the following:
  1. Look for colors that energize your wardrobe. Maybe add in some minimal ruffles, flowy dresses, bohemian-style tops, cut-out jackets, scarves, chic but comfortable heels, etc.
  2. Start with fundamental pieces that might be missing from your wardrobe. Since you have been such a dedicated Mom for quite some time you are probably missing some key items. For instance: a go-to pant, a great pair of jeans, going-out dress, casual dress, jackets, blouses, fun jewelry, accessories, statement shoes (with a comfortable heel).
  3. Have choices for jewelry and accessories with different lengths on necklaces and different types of earrings and bracelets.
  4. Look for different materials to add some texture and “looks” to your wardrobe.
  • White I appreciate thrift and vintage stores now is the time to invest in yourself with some new items. From your description I would say you gravitate to more of a bohemian style but appreciate some classic casual business pieces. The following stores might suit you:
  1. Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Lucky Brand, Loft, Banana Republic, Gap, Anthropologie, Chico’s, and Macy’s.
  • With regards to colors for you I would recommend that you add to your us
  • I recommend possibly looking at Pinterest for inspirational “looks”. Remember these are just visuals.
  • With regards to concealing your waist try to find items that have ruching at the waist or a dark built-in waist band. Or look for blouses that just graze over your body. Not hid it but just shows the natural form of it.
  • By looking at your picture you look like you might be a smaller apple shape? Your hips look smaller than your shoulders though so to build your hips out you would wear lighter colors and print on the bottom and darker colors on top to create symmetry between your shoulders and your hips. You can create a waist by wearing angled jackets, longer lapels, and the ruching and dark paneling. You look like you have killer legs so show them off with skinny jeans and a nice ponte knit skinny pant.
  • With regards to accessories try to have in your treasure chest longer necklaces to give the illusion of length and have a slimming effect for the tummy and bust-line. Add a scarf but tie it longer as opposed to bunched up at the neckline or bust area. Look for thinner type material with scarves so not to add bulk.
  • With regards to advice on what clothes would look best on you I would say have less button-up shirts and look for a bell type sleeve on blouses or maybe a cold-shoulder sweater. Something that is more feminine and not so banker-style. Try some lace or cut-out materials to add some different textures. You can do this with tops or jackets. Show off your legs with a great wrap dress that goes just to your knee or just above it slightly. You always wanting a dress to hit you at the smallest part of our knee. For some it is just under and for others it is just above it or just to it. I think you could also rock a great moto-style jacket with a skinny jean or skinny cargo pant and a blouse or drapey tank.

Overall:

From your visual I would look for a more feminine pieces with some bohemian flair. You can still have some structured looks but make sure they are drapey and not constricted. A lot of this depends on the material so look for give in the material and leaner cut pant to show off those legs!

Michele, I hope this assists you with your current goal of creating your style in this chapter of your life!

 

 

Michele Makeover #2

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Sandra’s Notes for Cally:

Case Study #1

Fabulous Cally

***I want to first start off by thanking Cally on sending in her styling goals!

Answers from Sandra on Cally’s completed questionnaire:

  • You can update your basic wardrobe that does not “pop” by doing the following:
  1. Add in a pop-of-color with certain key pieces like a jacket/blazer, shoes, and accessories.
  2. Look for different hemlines and necklines to add variety to your wardrobe.
  3. Have choices for jewelry and accessories with different lengths on necklaces and different types of earrings and bracelets.
  4. Look for different materials to add some texture and “looks” to your wardrobe.
  • In addition to the stores that you mentioned, which I consider classic and traditional, try these stores as well:
  1. New York & Co., Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Ann Taylor (on-line sizes 16-18), Loft (on-line size 16-18), Banana Republic (on-line sizes 16-18), J Crew (on-line sizes 16-20), Gap (on-line 18-20), Chico’s, and Macy’s. Target may also have some fun pieces to add, they have two lines called Who What Wear and Ava & Viv that you may like.
  • With regards to colors for you I would recommend to branch out of red, black, and white. These colors are great but also try some jewel tone, wine colors, and blues.
  • I recommend possibly looking at Pinterest and the magazine In-Style for inspirational “looks”. I also say to look for some bloggers who are close to your age. Remember these are just visuals.
  • With regards to hiding your body, just know that it is very common that women do this when not at our ideal weight. I say stop hiding and embrace your current self! The first step in being confident at any point in your life is to find silhouettes that enhance your shape and add pieces that add pizzazz like jewelry, a scarf, a pop-of-color purse, fun shoes, etc. FYI, the average size for women today is a size 16, 5’4, 167 pounds, and a 34 DD. J
  • By looking at your picture you might be between an apple and an hourglass. It is hard to tell with the sweater that you have on. I see that you actually have a waist that sits high, just underneath your breasts. Your shoulders look like they are pretty even with your hip ratio. I would look for pieces to show off your legs, items that just graze over your body. Look for material that has stretch in it and paneling to bring out more of an hourglass figure but downplay the areas that you want too. Try jackets that have longer lapels to create a streamlines effect. Also try to avoid boxy styles.
  • With regards to accessories try to have in your treasure chest longer necklaces to give the illusion of length and have a slimming effect for the tummy and bust-line.
  • With regards to your new job I would make sure you have the following pieces in your wardrobe: unique jackets (moto-style, drapey, texture), blazers, pants, and dresses. Make sure you have plenty of accessory choices to change up your wardrobe.

Overall:

From your visual I would look for a leaner cut pant to show off those legs! Not so boxy of tops to graze over your upper body and showcase your waist. Look for darts and panels at your waist. Stay away from colors that match your skin tone, look for contrast. To downplay your upper body, wear darker colors on top and open necklines or create this look with a long necklace. This doesn’t mean that you always have to stick to dark colors on top, it just will depend on the style of the shirt.

Cally, I hope this assists you with your current goal of being the best version of yourself!

Cally Makeover #1

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