OUR RECRUIT: 22-year-old wife and mother Mai Thanadabouth of Holland, MI, has a sales job, but she is soon headed back to school for her business degree.
THE CHALLENGE: To bring her style up to the level of her ambition — without freaking out her friends and officemates.
HER DEAL-BREAKERS: At 5'0", has fear of flats and thinks bold prints overwhelm her.
WORK REPORT FOR DUTY: Think slim pants and wedges, then ease into flowy, neutral prints. Top, $759, Brian Reyes; pants, $29.50, Old Navy; shoes, $230, Kors Michael Kors; bag, $850, Boss Black; bangles, $125 each, Isaac Manevitz for Ben-Amun.