Instant Style Makeover

"I love my jeans, but I'm going places — and my wardrobe should reflect that."

April 2, 2008 8:31 AM
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mai thanadabouth before her instant makeover
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Instant Makeover: Mai Thanadabouth

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.
mai thanadabouth in slim pants and wedges wit a flowy neutral top
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Instant Makeover: Mai Thanadabouth

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.
mai thanadabouth in a bold blue shirt and high waist black skirt
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Instant Makeover: Mai Thanadabouth

EVENING R&R RAVISHING: Tuck a bold shirt into a high-waist skirt and tap your inner bombshell! Top, $98, J.Crew; skirt, $225, Nancy Rose; shoes, $840, Christian Louboutin; belt, $396, Karen Zambos Vintage Couture.
mai thanadabouth in a comfy dress by arthur mendonca
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Instant Makeover: Mai Thanadabouth

WEEKEND AT EASE: A dress is as easy as sweats, and a cardigan tones down brights. Flats required! Cardigan, $425, Mai; dress, $828, Arthur Mendona; shoes, $225, London Sole; bag, $850, Boss Black; bangles, $125 each, Isaac Manevitz for Ben-Amun.