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Debe (say "Debbie") Czerweic of Raleigh, who's 60 this month, resorted to baggy clothes after her colostomy nearly four years ago. After losing 35 pounds, she wants to dump the frump, "but I cannot wear control-top hose, Spanx or anything that constricts my bag."

The floral top hangs on her, and the pants, narrower at the ankle, make her middle look wider and her legs shorter. The round-toe flats don't help.

A sleeker haircut and reddish color brighten up Debe's face. A supportive bra slims her torso, and a wrap top with geometric print showcases her waist; a camisole keeps things modest. Layered necklaces, dark denim trousers, glen plaid blazer and burgundy peep toes show style.

An embellished cardigan is sophisticated matched with wheat-color wide-leg trousers and ankle boots that make the most of her legline. The chocolate-brown blouse fits as if it is custom-made. A studded belt, leather bag (stylist's own) and hoops add pizzazz.

Catherine's at Northgate mall in Durham gave Debe nearly $400 worth of jewelry, clothing and intimates. "This experience has been so much fun ... I just feel so much better about how I look," she said. (She bought most of the other clothes you see.) "Your great ideas should help give a big fashion boost to a lot of women with colostomies -- we all need to feel pretty and sexy."

Stylist: Sheon Ladson

Photos: Juli Leonard

Hairstyling: Keith Turnmire Designs, Raleigh

Clothing: Catherine's and Marshall's in Durham

Makeup: Krystal Lehman and Regina Hines, Mac at Belk in Crabtree mall