Fashion

Refresh your style

Just fine

Fiona is smart, accomplished and upbeat; you can't tell from this outfit. The black slacks and black-and-white top are serviceable but humdrum. The maternity pants are so flimsy and stretchy that they bag over her great legs and athletic build, then spill over square toe shoes that disrupt her leg line. She deserves better.

Tall drink of water

Old Navy maternity jeans with a short stretch belly panel ($32.50) create a long line, and a patterned peasant blouse (Marshall's) puts complementary color near her face. The Sandro jacket ($24.99, Marshall's) accommodates a pregnant belly, buttoning just below the bust, so it's a great wardrobe staple. Fiona has good balance; don't try heels this high (Nine West, $29.99) unless you do, too. A necklace and earring set (Marshall's, $12.99) and snake-pattern clutch bag (stylist's own) add finishing touches.

Pretty mama

This airy Old Navy maternity dress with pintucked neckline ($24.90) skims over Fiona's figure, made sleeker by a cotton slip (Marshall's, $9.99). Fiona shows style with Mudd jeweled flats (Marshall's, $24.99) and green Old Navy hoops ($7.50). The orange purse (Jessica Simpson, $39.99) marries nicely, because its color is just as bold as that of the dress. A colored stone necklace (stylist's own) adds texture to the look.

Old Navy's good deed

Kudos to Old Navy, which provided a $100 gift card for Fiona's makeover. Fiona bought many of the Marshall's pieces herself. She was thrilled by it all. In the past, "I would buy some things [with color], but I'd take them back, because I was afraid they didn't look right. But now I feel more confident." Her late mother, who worked as a model, would be proud.

Stylist

Sheon Ladson

Photographer

Paul Magann

Clothes

courtesy of Old Navy and Marshall's, New Hope Commons shopping center, Durham.

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Want more? See an online gallery of other outfits created by mixing these pieces, along with past makeovers, at www.newsobserver.com/lifestyles/fashion/refresh.

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