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Fall Couples Makeover

AUTUMN RENEWAL: When we announced our first couples makeover contest, several enthusiastic pairs responded. We chose Brandi Davis and Neil Meredith, two hard-working South Loop professionals who wanted to look a little less “nerdy” (their word, not ours). Our ace style team gave them a head-to-toe consult and came up with two looks—plus new dos—that show off this couple’s fun-loving side

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Neil and Brandi's makeover for work


NEIL’s stylist focuses on snipping the sides and cutting into the wave at the top. She sends him home with one product: Number 4 styling cream, which he is supposed to rub in for texture after he towels his hair dry.

BRANDI’s stylist conditions her hair with Moroccanoil products, then gives her a slight trim and straightens her hair with a round brush and hair dryer.



NEIL wants to get out of his rut of dark dress pants and collared shirts but doesn’t know how. The team decides he needs to inject color, texture, and a layer or two into his look. “I chose a purple shirt because it’s the new blue for men,” says Kate Shifrin, who added a blue sweater on top that “brings out the color of his eyes.”

Sweater, $188, shirt, $125, and trousers, $78, all from J.Crew. Oxfords, $295, from To Boot New York.

BRANDI has been hiding her size 2 figure under baggy mix-and-match separates that are comfortable and color blocked. The style team agrees that she could use a great print—in this case, a strapless dress—and builds a court-friendly outfit around it that silhouettes her figure. “The leopard-print belt gives it a twist,” says Shifrin. She picks a matching pair of leopard-print pumps.

Blazer, $178,shirt, $59.50, dress, $148, belt, $39.50, necklace, $98, all from J.Crew. Tote, $298, from Coach. Pumps, $265, from Charles David.



“Most women of color need to use more than one foundation to match their undertones,” says Laura Weathersby, who blends Becca Espresso and Becca Almond—two of her favorite foundation colors.


Men often stick to dark colors; the style team suggests Neil should venture out and experiment with a more vibrant palette.


Photograph: Lisa Predko


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