Updating Your Personal Style - Getting Out of a Fashion Rut
These five women step out of their fashion and beauty comfort zones and into a distinctive, updated look that celebrates her unique point of view.
By Jenny Bailly and Clarissa Cruz
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the January 2013 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
39, pharmaceutical sales rep
My style icon is: Carrie Underwood
I never leave the house without: foundation
Three adjectives that describe my look: bright, feminine, elegant
My lips are: my most attractive feature
How she wants to look: Glamorous and sexy but not flashy
How she got stuck: Overbleached hair and a closet full of hot pink, yellow, and bright blue combined for a more flamboyant effect than Vieroslava intended.
The Fashion Fix
A curve-enhancing (but not hugging) dress satisfies Vieroslava's need for color without going the Easter egg route. "In Czechoslovakia, all the clothes were brown, black, navy, or gray," she says. "When I came to America, I gravitated to pinks and yellows because I had never worn them before. Now I see that I can be more selective." An understated clutch and black heels anchor the look, and the statement necklace adds a bit of sparkle.
The Beauty Assist
Vieroslava has been lightening her hair with a box of "ash blonde" dye every four weeks since she was 19. The flat, one-tone effect looked unnatural and drained the color from her skin. Colorist Corinne Adams wove in darker golden shades to bring dimension back to Vieroslava's blonde, and Domingo cut off several inches of bleach-induced breakage to make her ends silky again. Sandy told Vieroslava to toss her pink eyeshadow and played up her deep-set eyes with a taupe eyeshadow and brown eyeliner instead. A creamy peach lipstick emphasizes Vieroslava's sensuous mouth while still looking subtle.
Next: How to create Vieroslava's look
Dress, Lela Rose, 214-599-6283. Necklace and bracelet, J.Crew, $228 and $40, j.crew.com. Clutch, Tila March, price upon request, tilamarch.com for stores. Shoes, Alexandre Birman, $995, saks.com.