Friend in Need Makeover

posted: 05/03/12


Body Type: Hourglass

If Clinton Kelly nominates you for What Not to Wear, then you really need a makeover. Clinton's friend Debbie is one of the funniest people he knows, but her style makes him cringe. A 31-year-old program director at a swanky Manhattan athletic center, she pushes the lax dress code to the limit. Stained sweats, medical scrubs and flip-flops are everyday wear for this no-nonsense New Yorker. Can Clinton and Stacy perform a What Not to Wear intervention on a personal friend?


Fashion Don'ts:

  • Don't wear pajamas out, even just to get milk.
  • Thermal underwear isn't in fashion.
  • You need regular clothes to walk around the office.
  • Flip flops are not work wear, unless you work on a boat or beach.

Fashion Do's:

  • Clothes that cinch in really accents the waist and creates shape.
  • Buy pants that have a real waist band and not a draw string.
  • Look for feminine details in tops.
  • Mix colors with casual fabrics.
  • Combine items that have a men's wear appearance with florals and prints.
  • A trouser has an actual waist band, not a draw string.
  • Emphasize the waist, don't do baggy.


Nick Arrojo's Hair Transformation:

Debbie has lots of naturally wavy hair that she describes as frizzy. She typically only dries it if she is going out and tries to straighten it but never likes the results. Stylist Nick Arrojo thinks she'll get more attention if she wears it curly and plans to re-layer it so that Debbie can wear it natural, but can also dry it straight.

Carmindy's Makeover:

Debbie doesn't wear makeup so makeup artist Carmindy plans to just play into her natural beauty. With an olive skin tone, Debbie only needs a little foundation to even out any imperfections. Next, Carmindy uses a loose, sheer powder to set Debbie's face and some blush on the apples of her cheeks to make her skin even more radiant. To finish the look, Carmindy applies black mascara to her lashes and a pink gloss to Debbie's lips.


Takeaway Tip:

Red and purple go very well together. Try pairing a red shoe with a violet top for a sophisticated look.

Get This!

  • Black Pencil Skirt, Trina Turk, $178
  • Purple Turtleneck, Esprit, $40
  • Black and Grey Coat, Trina Turk, $498
  • Gold Chain Necklace, Loehmann's, $15
  • Red patent Heels, Marinana by Golc, $160

Takeaway Tip:

A dress with a higher waist band will accentuate curves.

Get This!

  • Plum Dress, Moulinette Goeurs, $138
  • Black Satin Heels, Nine West, $60
  • Black Satin Clutch, Sasha, $27
  • Crystal Earrings, Adrienne Vittadini, $20
  • Crystal Bracelet, Aqua, $42
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