Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Making someone over
Hello people. Meet my friend Litsa.
Litsa is a lovable person and a linguistics academic genius. She's also severely sartorially challenged and currently looking for a job as a literature teacher.
That's her before her make-over. The picture is not exaggerating, that's exactly the way she dresses on a day-to-day basis. Litsa is a true tomboy and proud of it. She's also smart enough to know that this is not a good look for a job interview. So she came to me.
An important note here:
I am a sucker for make-overs like most girls, BUT one must not forget that the objective is not to make someone appear as a completely different person, but to make them look more put-together and polished, while dressed for a specific occasion. I already knew Litsa would feel completely uncomfortable if I tried to put her in a pencil skirt and heels, so I didn't even try.
The keyword here was androgyny.
And that's Litsa after I was done with her.
Grey tailored jacket, Naf Naf. Grey trousers, ZARA. Pale blue button-down shirt, ZARA. Grey flat oxfords, Massimo Dutti. Brown belt, Attrattivo.
All the clothes and accessories used are mine. I hemmed the trousers for her as we may be about the same size, but I am several inches taller.
The trousers aren't the same shade of grey as jacket, but we quite liked the effect. Not everything has to match perfectly, right?
Litsa was also a bit skeptical of the light blue shirt, as she thought it was too girlie and frilly for her taste, but it all fell together when she tried on the jacket.
Overall, I think the result made us both happy. She looked professional, but in her own personal way and she was even able to demonstrate the kung-fu she will perform if they don't hire her.
You go girl!