In 2008 Oprah had an amazing makeover show. Four suburban Chicago stay-at-home moms were featured on the show and they were made over by stylist Lloyd Boston. They were the frumpiest ladies I've ever seen. Sweatpants and light-wash jeans galore. The first mom they made over had the most amazing outfit, and it was definitely one I could do. Here she is before:
And here she is made over. Sadly, this photo does not show the amazingly beautiful animal print sling-back flats she was wearing. Shame on The Oprah Winfrey Show's photographer for cutting off her feet!
At this moment I was in somewhat of a frumpy stage. It was this moment I swore I'd give up the frump too, right along with these ladies. It was this moment I was truly inspired. The next day I went to Oprah's website and found info on this episode so I could find the exact pieces from this particular makeover. Each piece was from JC Penney. I already had a good pair of boot-cut jeans so I did not need to look for those. The red trench was sold out online, so I went to see if I could find it at the store. No luck. I found it in black and in sand, but neither of those would work since it was the red that I was so in love with. I saw the animal print sling-backs and white leather handbag, but I didn't like the quality of either. At that point I figured it wouldn't be too difficult to find these pieces on my own but different brands. And so I did, and this red trench is my most cherished piece in my wardrobe.
Here is my version. Back in 2008 I did have a white handbag to wear with this, but it wasn't a good choice. It wasn't real leather and the zipper was difficult to deal with. I recently gave it to a friend. I have not yet replaced it. For now wearing a black one works better anyway for the fall/winter.
I keep forgetting to have my photographer zero in on my earrings. Here is the stock photo: