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Anna & Kristina's Beauty Call

Nicole: urban nightlife

Season 1 Episode 2

Fashion dilemma candidate Nicole is a small-town school teacher who recently moved to the big city of Vancouver. Her typical style is casual jeans and t-shirts, but she wants to inject some cosmopolitan sophistication into a new look for a night on the town.

    Our Style Mission:

The look goal for Nicole is urban nightlife.

Our guest experts Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish of Comrags had these tips for our mission:

  • Nicole has a fairly athletic body that is shorter in the waist (the measurement from shoulder to waist).

  • We recommend something that highlights her feminine silhouette and features her incredibly long legs.

   Our Look Book

We started out thinking jeans with some great accessories, but then decided halfway through our shopping day that we wanted to push Nicole out of her comfort zone.

We picked out a sassy, strapless, pleather (yes, pleather) mini dress as the foundation for our URBAN NIGHTLIFE outfit.

 Look 1

On top of our foundation piece, we layered some items, including a fun, fringe purse, a flowy shawl, and some comfortable yet feminine heels.

  • Black pleather dress, $130 at Le Chateau
  • Grey pattern shawl-scarf, $50 at Nine West
  • Grey suede fringe bag, $32 at H & M (pictured below)

Expert opinion from Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish:

  • We love a little black dress, but the style of this one, cutting across her chest, makes her look blocky and solid rather than sexy.

  • A v-neck dress or a dress with straps would be a better choice. And not pleather.

 Look 2

In Look 2, we layered on the boyfriend jacket with rolled up sleeves, and a flirty scarf.

  • Grey blazer, $70 at Zara
  • Black pleather dress, $130 at Le Chateau
  • Multi-coloured thin knit scarf, $36 at Zara
  • Grey suede heels, $150 at Nine West
  • Silver necklace, $6 at H & M

Expert opinion from Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish:

  • The shoes are great. They’d go better with tight jeans than this dress.

  • The jacket is great too. Love the sleeves pushed up for that 80’s look but without the big shoulder pads. It also has a feminine cut so it definitely is not a man’s jacket.

 Did our style picks make the “Do List” or “Don’t List”?

 Even though Joyce and Judy didn’t like the dress, they did like what we did with accessories, which helped to camouflage the blockiness of the dress. They gave us an A on the shoes, and an A on Look 2.  

Tips we learned on this show:

  • If you are trying to change your wardrobe, do it slowly, a couple of pieces at a time. That way, your style evolves at a comfortable rate so that you can get used to the new items and add from there. (Judy Cornish)

  • You need to start with a good foundation. (We’re talking underwear here.) Get fitted for a great bra. Buy two good ones instead of ten crummy ones. (Joyce Gunhouse)

  • Even if you’re on a budget, you can still look stylish. Wear things very simple and clean, and be confident in your clothes. It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it. (Designer Yigal Azrouel)

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