Before the filming day I was sent Liz’s measurements and a couple of photos. I could see from the images that Liz had a great pair of legs and a shapely size 12 figure. Liz wanted a new look for the party season, something that would show off her figure and was age appropriate (Liz is 40). With this brief in mind I selected from a huge range of party dresses, sparkly accessories and shoes on the Very website. I was looking for dresses with a defined waist that were knee length, give or take an inch. I wanted dresses with sleeves or some upper arm coverage. If I found a strapless or very strappy dress I selected a short jacket or capelet to wear with it. I thought jewel colours would work well with Liz’s hair and black would also be a dramatic choice with her red locks.
As soon as I met Liz I knew we were going to have a fun day. She was friendly and chatty, really easy going and I liked her immediately. Liz was wearing a white t-shirt with a grey waterfall cardigan and jeans but her shape was buried underneath her cardigan. When she removed the cardigan I could see that the inflection points of her shoulders and hips were the same and she had a defined waist which told me her body shape was hourglass. As Liz was used to wearing baggy clothing I wanted to take her out of her comfort zone and give her a new bodycon Wow factor look that would work with her bright red hair.
Ginni, the V-Team’s hair and make up expert, decided to give Liz big bouncy curled hair which got me thinking of 1940’s curvaceous Hollywood screen sirens, Rita Hayworth and Lauren Bacall. So I grabbed a handful of dresses off the rail and took Liz off for a fitting. Liz wore a blindfold throughout the fitting so she would be genuinely surprise when she saw herself in the mirror in her big reveal at the end of the day. She tried on a couple of beautiful beaded dresses but they didn’t show off her figure as much as I wanted. As soon as Liz tried the Teatro Bodycon Satin Panel Dress on I knew we’d found the dress.
The sweetheart neckline was incredibly flattering and the capped sleeves gave a little bit of upper arm coverage. The panelling on the dress gave some structure across the tummy whilst sculpting Liz’s waist at the sides. The skirt clung to her hips and ended just below the knee at the slimmest part of her legs. Liz looked incredible in it – very womanly, very chic and very age appropriate. The style of the dress was understated and contemporary and reminded me of the famous Galaxy dress by designer Roland Mouret which was photographed on celebs such as Rachel Weisz, Cameron Diaz and Victoria Beckham.
Once the dress was decided the rest was easy. I wanted to make it very party wear so I added a sparkly necklace, a lace clutch bag and strappy sandals. Liz would also be able to change the accessories and shoes to give the dress a new look for future wears. I suggested some bright coloured suede court shoes with a stiletto heel and a contrast coloured bag and beads for a nod to the colour blocking trend. Liz and I then went on camera to talk about dress shapes for her silhouette and why I’d gone for this particular one. We laughed a lot on camera as Liz relaxed into the day and we really had some fun.
Once Liz was finished in hair and make-up Suzi and I ‘poured’ her into the dress and helped her up into the heels. She towered over us like a beautiful goddess. The necklace and lace clutch were the finishing party wear touches and I was very happy with the final result. She looked amay-zing! Then it was time for Liz to meet her new self in the mirror. She cried when she saw herself, it was such a transformation. Liz loved her new party wear look and we did too.
Watch the makeover video here.
What a great day. I can’t wait for our next makeover lady…or man! x