O's 3-Step Make-it-Happen Plan to Get a Great Job
After: Versatile and elegant
AfterSTEP 2: BEAUTY
Tania loves the pull-it-back versatility of long hair, so Vigorelli trimmed only two inches before creating layers in the front to add some movement—her old style was too square. To play up her natural waves, he blow-dried her hair with a round brush, then clipped two-inch sections into coils. Fifteen minutes later, after he removed the clips, Tania had smooth waves that she can wear down but still off her face—a more professional alternative to a ponytail.
Dorram lightened Tania's brown a couple of shades to enliven her whole complexion. She doesn't have enough gray to warrant a permanent dye; a semipermanent formula gave her hair a prettier, more translucent finish.
Guyton confiscated Tania's pressed powder, replacing it with a water-based foundation. With softer, dewier makeup, Tania looks not only more professional but also fresher and more rested.
"Before, I might have been heavy-handed with makeup, but now I can look professional without overdoing it."
STEP 3: FASHION
Tania's existing wardrobe of jeans, slacks, and casual shirts for volunteering isn't cut out for an office job. "She also recently lost 30 pounds and is struggling with how to dress her new body," says Adam. "The few office-appropriate items she has no longer fit."
A better sweater:
This studded cardigan (J.Crew, $148) has enough embellishment to make Tania memorable on an interview, and it's just as appropriate once she lands the job. A thin-strap tank top (Ellen Tracey, $70), pleated skirt (Tucker, $363), and slender metallic belt (J.Crew) play up her great new shape.
After a bra fitting with Susan Nethero, chief fit stylist for Intimacy boutiques, Tania learned the significance of a good foundation. "I feel better about my shape than I have in the past," she says. "Every woman should go get measured. It's so important to the way clothes look, and to your comfort and confidence."
"These pieces are very versatile, and I never would have put them together myself," says Tania. "I can't be afraid to try new things."
Earrings, La Vie Parisienne by Catherine Popesco.
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