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Refresh your style: Paige Absher gets a makeover

Paige Absher, 17, a senior at Franklin Academy in Wake Forest, is an aspiring artist who likes to draw characters in fashionable outfits. However, at 6 feet 3 inches tall, it’s a challenge to find those outfits for herself. Ashber, far left, before her makeover and after her makeover, center and right.
Paige Absher, 17, a senior at Franklin Academy in Wake Forest, is an aspiring artist who likes to draw characters in fashionable outfits. However, at 6 feet 3 inches tall, it’s a challenge to find those outfits for herself. Ashber, far left, before her makeover and after her makeover, center and right. jleonard@newsobserver.com

Paige Absher, a senior at Franklin Academy in Wake Forest, likes to draw characters in fashionable outfits. At 6 feet 3 inches tall, however, getting a stylish look for herself can be a challenge.

Before: When we met Paige, her vitality and personality were hidden under a monochromatic sweatshirt and jeans. She was missing a chance to display her creativity with what she wears. At her height, she stands out – and her wardrobe can too.

After: When you’re tall, finding clothes that are long enough isn’t easy. One way to make standard-size clothing work is to wear a skirt with tights.

For one look, which emphasizes Paige’s long legs, we paired a Tulip Flared skirt with tights and ankle boots and then created one line from shoulder to toe with a color-blocked Kokoon Second Base top. For second, stylish look, we chose tights and ballet flats to go with a horizontal-striped Kokoon Sharpie skirt. Pairing the skirt with textured Big Easy sweat coat provided contrast.

Katy Piper of Mitchell’s Academy brightened Paige’s dark auburn hair to flatter her complexion, and colored the pieces that frame her face a distinctive fuschia-pink. A trim gave her style a sharper shape. Makeup artist Allie Daniel smoothed out her complexion with foundation and used eyeshadow, blush and lipstick to provide polish. Stephanie Vagasits did the manicure.

The reaction: Kudos to Hope Keith at Mitchell’s Academy in Cary, who arranged the free makeup, hairstyling and manicure session that primed Paige for her photo session. “I feel good about this,” Paige said. She liked the quality of the clothes she tried on and planned to add similar styles to her own wardrobe. “This gave me different ideas about how to put together clothes. That will help me in my art, because I’ll have new ways of drawing outfits.”

Nominate yourself: Do you need a new style? Email sheon@SheonTheStylist.com and describe your style and what you’d like to change.

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