Simona Kogan for Second City Style Magazine
As an awkward teenager, I always wanted to be the ‘It’ girl that came back to school after summer break
20 pounds lighter, sporting new highlights, amazingly clear skin, and a
killer tan from countless days at the beach. I’d be the one that would
throw open those front doors and sashay into my high school hall on the
first day, in a chic back-to-school wardrobe complete with that
incredible Chanel chiffon dress from her mom’s couture-filled closet.
I never did get to be that girl, but I did get to live out my
fantasies through my favorite celebutantes, who have given new meaning
to the word fab fashion transformation. These girls took the roles
of those fashion heroines from our favorite makeover movies, shedding
pathetic pieces to reveal sleek designer duds that accentuated every
aspect of their already fabulous frame.
They may not have always been clad in complementary couture, but
over the years, these stars have transformed into stunning fashionistas
with statement-y style to boot.
Here, Second City Style reveals the best of the best:
1. Mandy Moore: Teeny Bopper Turned Triple-Threat
Back in 1999, Mandy’s overly bleach blonde do and cotton candy couture
was too teeny bopper for our taste. Pink eyeliner, bold blush on high
cheekbones, and sugary sweet pieces "was a lot like making a
commercial, except I was the product,” Mandy has said. Since chopping
and darkening her luscious locks in 2003, Mandy has matured into a mod
fashion maven, starring in hit movies like "License to Wed" and "A Walk
To Remember", launching Mblem,
her t-shirt line, and trading syrupy lyrics for a throaty rock-and-roll
rapport. Her glam look followed suit, with fitted blazers, empire-waist
dresses and super-feminine skirts replacing slummy oversize t-shirts.
What do we really love? Mandy stands 5’10 tall, but she’s not afraid to
wear heels! Did you see her on the cover of Lucky magazine in that
Black Halo silk chiffon/tweed dress from Saks? How utterly divine!
Want the look of a triple-threat?
When you’re dressing up, go for this double-breasted Stella McCartney
coat dress. Dressing down? Try the Mandy-owned Marc Jacobs Shantung
dress and some suede ballet flats.