Fashion Boot Camp

Sarah Annibale lost 40 pounds and had no idea how to dress her new body. Call in the MC style squad.

November 30, 2007 12:45 AM
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Fashion Bootcamp

Sarah Annibale lost 40 pounds and had no idea how to dress her new body. Call in the MC style squad.
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BUGLE CALL! 0900: Sarah reports to MC's HQ on the double-accessorized in dog tags and Army cap-to meet Senior Shopping Editor Zoe Glassner (right). Zoe conducts first inspection: "She's adorable, but the boot-cut jeans are outta here."
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1000: "First, some basics training," barks Zoe. We had asked Sarah to bring her favorite tops and skirts (above) that might be incorporated into updated day and evening looks. "Let's forget these and start fresh," Zoe decides.
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1100: "Since I've lost 40 pounds and am down several sizes, I haven't a clue how to dress," worries Sarah. Zoe offers a selection from the MC fashion closet. Sarah zeros in on a cocoon dress.
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1200: None but the brave: Sarah also makes a beeline for a Brian Reyes coatdress that incorporates a multitude of new trends: plaid, puckering, short pouf sleeves. "What am I going to look like in this?" she giggles nervously.
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1230: "Love how this bubble shape is so forgiving," says Sarah. To make this yellow silk frock less intimidating, Zoe suggests a pair of plain black pumps.
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1300: Sarah generally dresses classic for her job at the University of Maryland, providing academic advice to active-duty military students worldwide. "It is college, after all," reasons Zoe. "Why not a few cool pieces?" They settle on a chiffon top and slouchy trousers. Chin up, girl!
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1315: Hats are so major now-but will the cloche cut it in the academic world? Sarah's not so sure.
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1400: Fashion's front line? "This look is totally next-level," concedes Zoe, "but not so scary with skinny jeans and red platforms." Says Sarah: "Who knew?! I'd totally wear this. I like it buttoned." "But no belt," Zoe adds.
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1430: "My challenge with dressing a non-model was that I couldn't approach it like a fashionista," says Zoe. "I had to ask: Would Sarah really wear this? But in the end, I do feel she genuinely moved out of her comfort zone. Mission accomplished."
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High-waisted pants are a slimming sensation. Top, $40, Alternative; pants, $118, Victoria's Secret; shoes, $425, MaxAzria; necklace, $3950, Ron Hami.
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Your weekend look gets promoted with a playful palette of brights. Trench, $230, J.Crew; top, $359, Vena Cava; pants, $495, Brian Reyes; shoes, $128, Banana Republic; necklace, $350, C.H.A.R.M.
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A well-crafted knit dress and bold shoes ease you from office to off-duty! Dress, $910, necklace, $355, Peter Som; shoes, $695, Jimmy Choo.
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Regulation khaki skirts are illuminated by electrifying colors. Top, $695, Chris Benz; skirt, $595, Doo.Ri; shoes, $755, Louis Vuitton; earrings, $895, Russell Jones Jewelry.
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Try big knits instead of blazers. Belts cinch the deal. Cardigan, $1865, Peter Som; dress, $780, Araks; shoes, $495, YSL; earrings, $6400, Tito Pedrini; belt, $320, Be & D.
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