WIW: before and after

I've got to get ready for my good friend's birthday dinner, but I wanted to pop in and share some of my backlogged WIWs and also a new one from today - the latter includes new hair and new pants (new to me, anyway; they were inherited from a friend).

Interesting that in the Jacket Challenge month we have three outfits with NO jackets! More on this later. But for now, I just want to say how sassy and current I felt in these slouchy silk pants! I normally would have been bothered by the long torso here, but I thought I'd embrace it per Angie's decree that long torsos are fab.

I am still not a pro at styling this new haircut, but I assure you that it has much better texture IRL. If anyone has more styling ideas, please feel free! :)

This post is also published in the youlookfab forum. You can read and reply to it in either place. All replies will appear in both places.


  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Haircut! Adore! You look fantastic with this short hair - total style elevation! Gorgeous!

    ETA - love the slouchy pants, the whole outfit is fantastic, but I was so wowed by your hair I didn't notice it at first.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago


    This ranks up there with the Suz haircut in the YLF annals of haircut awesomeness!! And I get to say that. So THERE.

    Mary K is going to say *PLONK.*

    If Angie were on here, you KNOW what she would say. :-)

  • marianna replied 6 years ago

    AMAZING! SOOOO perfect on you, Rae!

  • Ginkgo replied 6 years ago

    Very chic! Your long hair looks "girlish" in comparison.

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Ohhh those black slouchy silk pants are incredible!! I am fairly convinced that style was made for you :) Still loving the short hair! Do you use a blow drier? A little mousse at the roots with vertical lift while drying it works really well prior to that wax for even more messy volume.

  • K. Period. replied 6 years ago

    You look fantastic! I think your hair looks incredible. However, since you asked, have you tried Aveda's Light Elements Shaping Wax? I recommended it to Una too. It is incredible stuff. Really easy to use, but some serious hold and texture creating. It changed my relationship with my hair--total love. And I don't even usually like Aveda products. It will help seriously chunk out your hair.

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    This adds such an urban, sophisticated edge to your already fab look. I squealed too.

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago


    Zoh my gawd!!



  • replied 6 years ago

    Rae, you look so fantastic that tears sprang to my eyes. Seriously! The slouchy pants + hair are sending me OVER the ever-lovin' MOON! For once, words escape me. Oh, and I love the green bag too!

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Love the outfits but I think the new do is your best accessory. Stunning.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Rae, you are beautiful!

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    AAAAAAAAAAH! Those pants! That friend! Your hair! Can't stand it.

  • morethanbeige replied 6 years ago

    Wow, Rae, you look stunning!

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Suz, she would say that outfit #3 is KILLER TO THE POWER OF KILLER. That means the very best on YLF, and I do not say that lightly.

    And to think you were against cutting your hair and dropped crotches!!!! Well sweet, Rae. You have *never* looked better :). You look chic, sophisticated, modern and boyish.

    Now excuse me while I literally rest my arm and recover from your sizzling style quotient....


  • Parsley replied 6 years ago

    Who's looking at the clothes?
    Your HAIR looks so amazing!!

    Actually, I adore those slouchy pants- But your hair is so fab!!

    If you're looking for some texturizing, this stuff might interest you:

    I also have this one, and it's fantastic, but SO pricy:

    Dry shampoo is also great for giving roots some texture and lift:

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Thank you and wow... I am kind of surprised by the very positive reactions to this pic - it doesn't look like helmet head? Thank you also, Aida and Parsley, for the product suggestions. It is strange, I always thought of my hair as being sort of thin and limp, and now I feel like it's totally thick and voluminous - hard to wrap my brain around!

    Angie and all, I am glad the outfit went over well! It was a favorite, and so comfortable. I wore it from DFS straight to a birthday dinner and felt great at both events. Angie, I am eating my words about the dropped crotches... I guess it wasn't the crotch alone but the fabrication and cut, and the right ones come together like magic!

  • Raisin replied 6 years ago

    Oh those silk pants with the grey shirt are amazing! And your hair looks great, you styled it perfectly!

  • milehighstyle (Linda) replied 6 years ago

    Rae - that hairsyle is wonderful on you. I love all these looks, but I want to steal outfit #1. Looking great!

  • JulieJohn replied 6 years ago

    Rae, your crotch is dropped and so is my jaw. ;D

    I love all these looks on you, #1 makes my heart go pitty-pat because of the stunning autumnal color combo and the high-low shirt, it's a beaut!

  • citygirldc replied 6 years ago

    That outfit. That hair. It all balances out perfectly. I can't wait to grow out my hair.

  • Kat replied 6 years ago

    Gah.....nearly speechless! Gorgeous, #3 is obscenely amazing. The hair, the pants, the top, the colors....absolutely perfect in every respect. You look really wonderful.

  • O replied 6 years ago

    I didn't get a chance to comment on the other thread, but your hair is just fabulous! And I think it is the hair that makes the whole look in #3 work *so well*, the contrast of slouchy pants and sleek hair, simply fantastic.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Rae - you look STUNNING!!! I'm at a loss for words here...

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    Join the D-C brigade, girlfriend! In the right fabric and cut, it's a perfect UWP meets tomboy look.

  • Jamie replied 6 years ago

    You look amazing! You are lovely with long or short hair, but the shorter style really brings out your high cheekbones. Just perfect on you. And with that outfit, wow!!!

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    Total knockout. The hair is the final perfect touch!

  • Ariadne replied 6 years ago

    Wow, Rae, you look incredible! Those pants! I was going to ask where you got them but I see they were inherited. Sigh. I didn't think I could do the slouchy/dropped crotch look but now I really want to try.

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Ariadne, I felt the same way when dropped crotches hit the scene. In my defense, the first ones I saw were something like this.

  • Scarlet replied 6 years ago

    Photo 3 is just blowing me away! I love your hair and the outfit! Your new do reminds me a bit of Fernanda's. She has that chic rock and roll vibe going on as well.

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Scarlet, you are right! I need to go pin a pic of Fernanda's hair!

  • Kyle replied 6 years ago

    Modern. Chic. Fashion-forward. Youthful sophistication with just the right amount of edginess. You are a real head turner. Polished edge. Is that a thing?

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    Ack! Love the new hair! It really draws the eye to your lovely face! Great orange color on you in #2.

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