Photo: Sergio Kurhajec

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Jai Liriano
Age: 44
From: Chicago

Her Rut
The busy mother of three boys wanted something more elevated than her ponytail-and-Lululemon uniform. "I don't have much time, so I've become complacent about fashion and beauty," she says. "Now I want an updated look that works for my age and body."

Her Makeover
The Clothes: The self-proclaimed "pants girl" was happy with these smart plaid trousers topped by layered knits. The outfit's muted blues, grays and creams are sophisticated; stacked heels and a structured bag add polish.

The Hair and Makeup: Ken, creator of Ken Paves You Are Beautiful haircare, tamed Jai's thick, wavy hair with a long, textured bob. He also gave her blonde and sable highlights and lowlights. "Jai has gorgeous bone structure," says Sarah, Stila Cosmetics global director of education, who emphasized it by contouring her cheekbones.

Her Reaction
"This look feels like me, but amped up!" says Jai. "The little bit of plaid in the pants makes the outfit more interesting without a lot of fuss, and I love the mix of colors and patterns. As for the hair, layers work with my texture, so I don't have to flatiron it to death."

Poncho, Robert Rodriguez, $139. Sweater, Amour Vert, $195. Pants, NYDJ, $130. Watch, Michele. Bag, Luana Italy. Shoes, Reiss.