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Team #1: Amy & Amanda Giddon
"I haven't worn yellow in years!" says Amy. (Same goes for white jeans.) But daughter Amanda wanted her mom to brighten up. Our fashion team paired a yellow V-neck printed top with white jeans, a look Amy admits was surprisingly flattering. "You get used to the idea that dark colors are slimming, so it's nice to see that white pants can work too," she says. And she loves her vibrant new top. "It's an 'Amanda shirt.'"
Amy (right): Top, Tibi New York. Jeans, Lilly Pulitzer. Earrings, Lia Sophia. Necklace, the Bead Lady Designs. Bangle, Silhouettes.
Amanda (left): Top, Avon. Denim skirt, Dear by Amanda Bynes.
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"My mother always worries about things looking 'too young' on her, but I want to see her in some new styles," says daughter Amanda.
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Daughter's Orders: Ditch the Ponytail
"My straight hair often ends up in a ponytail," Amy says. To add fullness, NYC hairstylist Algene Wong wrapped sections of hair around a curling iron. For a fuss-free alternative, secure wet hair in a bun overnight, then unravel in the a.m. to reveal waves.
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Daughter's Orders: Emphasize Your Smile
Amy's usual five-minute makeup routine consists of foundation and mascara. "I avoid lipstick because I never know which color to choose," she says. But makeup artist Jennifer Martin gave this advice: "Don't be afraid of bright colors — just make sure they're sheer."
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Daughter's Orders: Mix and Match
Though she loves fashion, Amy admits she's risk averse. Amanda persuaded her mom to take a break from her regular slouchy style and try on a variety of printed tunics in age-appropriate yet fresh shapes.
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Team #2: Jane & Mia Maine de Biran
Jane prefers to dress in simple styles. To freshen up a weekend outfit, we gave her classic seersucker pants as an alternative to everyday jeans. Bonus: The vertical stripes elongate. And Mia got her wish of seeing her mom in something "more than a cotton T-shirt" when we paired a navy top with a cropped jacket and standout belt.
Jane (left): Jacket, Hydraulic. Top, Michael Stars. Pants, Bitten Sarah Jessica Parker. Earrings, the Bead Lady Designs. Belt, Gabriella Giovanni. Shoes, Franco Sarto.
Mia (right): Sweater, Juicy Couture. Jeans, Bitten Sarah Jessica Parker. Headband, Capelli New York. Necklace, Rachel Leigh. Shoes, Nicole.
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"Her style is very 'motherish,' for lack of a better word," says Mia of her mom's old look. "She has one pair of nice jeans that fit her great, but that's it."
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Daughter's Orders: Let Your Hair Down
"My mom wears her hair up in this clip every day, and it drives me insane!" says Mia. We added volume and smoothed Jane's naturally wavy texture with a round brush. The result: A Mia-approved easy style that keeps Mom clip free.
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Daughter's Orders: Show Off Your Features
Jane took a makeup leap from her usual mascara and neutral shadows. "It never looks like she's wearing anything," says Mia. We added a lively lip color and rosy cheeks.
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Daughter's Orders: Dress Up Your Look
Jane is used to playing it safe color-wise, so Mia suggested adding a vivid belt and jacket to break up her mom's go-to basics.
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Lean on Me
"I have a closetful of plain long-sleeve T-shirts," says Jane. Thanks to Mia, she now incorporates some colorful accents.
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Team #3: Kathleen Marsh & Emma Lawrence
Kathleen followed style cues from daughter Emma, who has a cheerful personality and wardrobe. A bright-blue A-line dress with side pockets is a great way to ease into more vibrant hues. "It's a fun look — and better reflects my creative personality," says Kathleen.
Kathleen (right): Dress, Theory. Leggings, American Apparel. Shoes, her own. Necklace, Rimistyle. Bangles, Silhouettes.
Emma (left): Top, French Connection. Jeans, her own. Shoes, Matisse.
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"My mom's everyday style is just plain black, probably because it's so easy," says Emma.
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Daughter's Orders: Give Hair Some Flair
For a smooth finish that doesn't fall flat, Kathleen's hair was set in rollers while she got her makeup done.
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Daughter's Orders: Keep Skin Simple
Kathleen's makeup motto has always been less is more. She taught Emma to approach makeup that way as well. Here, she gets concealer dotted only where she needs it.
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Jump for Joy
Emma encouraged her mom to try this sleek but forgiving dress in an eye-catching shade — still practical enough for her to wear anywhere. The added pop of black from her leggings sold Kathleen instantly.
Like daughter, like mother: Kathleen's new look is a grown-up version of Emma's swingy style.
Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the May 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.