AFTER: With this tailored dress, colorful cardigan and trendy accessories, Megan made an easy transformation to young professional.Despite her master’s in not-for-profit management and a professional demeanor, Megan Wenger sometimes had been mistaken for a high school student. She needed a grown-up style to go along with her new position in development and program services at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.

TASK: To transition Megan from graduate student to young professional.

MEGAN’S GOAL: “I want to look like me, just a more polished, sophisticated me.”

JACKIE’S APPROACH: “I looked for a dress with a perfect fit for Megan’s silhouette in a neutral color that would give her plenty of options for pairings. This dress can be worn alone, with a jacket, or with a sweater in just about any color combination. I belted the sweater and dress with a tastefully studded belt to show off Megan’s curves, and then added a modern wedge heel in patent leather for some polish and a python portfolio to keep her on trend.”

MEGAN’S REACTION: “I instantly felt more sophisticated when everything was put together. I stood up straighter and smiled wider and felt more confident.”

BEFORE: Megan preferred practical, comfy student style.Where to buy

Trina Turk charcoal etiquette dress, $258; Magaschoni cardigan, $238; and amethyst and raw ruby 14-ct. Vermeil earrings, $158, all from L. Boutique. BCBG Generation shoes, $49.99, and Steve Madden studded belt, $9.99, from TJMaxx. Python-embossed portfolio/laptop case, $140, from Write-on Sarasota.

 

Story and Styling by Jackie Rogers

Hair by Michelle Bell of Fresh Salon and Spa

Make-up by Brooke Cupp of Fresh Salon and Spa

Photography by Alex Stafford

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