Molly’s Modern + Casual Makeover Story

Makeover storyWhen Molly decided to volunteer to be our next Makeover Story participant I was stoked! Molly is a social worker based in Portland. She has been working with youth and families for over eight years. You should hear her stories—so inspiring. When she's not working, she stays busy hanging out with friends and her boyfriend, hiking, rock climbing and enjoying everything that Portland has to offer. One thing I admire about Molly is how much of her life is focused on others. She's such a wonderful lady, so I was excited to spend some extra time with her developing her Makeover Story.

When I asked Molly what her goals were for this project she said, "Change is a huge part of who I am, but when it comes to style I felt that mine had stayed the same since college." Molly was looking to update her look, keeping her modern lifestyle in mind. Here's her before look…Molly's makeover story beforeOne of our goals for Molly's Makeover Story was to find looks that suited her body type without making her look younger. Molly is a (beautiful) petite lady. She mentioned that she sometimes gets mistaken for being a teenager at her job (where she works with youth), so she wanted to find looks that felt modern and grown up, without being old. Molly's Look 1Molly's Makeover7FThe first thing Molly did was choose new glasses and get her hair cut, adding bangs. These small changes made a huge impact on her overall look, framing and showing off her pretty facial features. Bangs and a few layers ended up being a great option for Molly, because they look cute without losing any of her current hair length. She can easily put her hair up in a quick ponytail if she's headed out for a run, or she can style her hair down for a causual evening out.Molly's full lookMolly's Makeover9Molly's CoatFor Molly's first look I choose items that could be layered without feeling bulky. I love this coat on Molly because the short hemline helps to lengthen her frame. This stripe dress is super chic but still casual enough to wear almost anywhere. We paired this look with tights and boots to give her a slightly more dressed up look—for a date night or an evening out with friends. Molly's Look 2Molly's Favorite OutfitIn look two I choose an oversized sweater with a bold black and white pattern, paired with black leggings and geometric patterned shoes. Molly said she felt like she could wear this outfit anywhere. It's super comfy but still really pretty with all the bold patterns. I also added this cute green purse to give her a pop of color in her outfits.Molly's Makeover4Helping Molly update her style was way fun! Thank you so much Molly, you're awesome. xo. Emma

See all our past Makeover Story features here.

Molly's Outfit details- Look One: coat c/o Ruche, dress/H&M, tights/Target, shoes c/o ShoeMint, necklace c/o JewelMint, purse c/o August Wrinkle, glasses c/o BonLook. Look Two: sweater/H&M, leggings/Target, shoes c/o ShoeMint, purse c/o August Wrinkle, glasses c/o BonLook.