Going from the classroom to the real world is never an easy transition, especially when your classroom involves wearing scrubs most of the time. Rachel Franchi-Winters, 26, recently graduated from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She begins her residency training in family medicine with the University of Minnesota at North Memorial Hospital this month.
Graduating from medical school and starting her residency are just a couple changes Rachel has recently experienced. She moved from Arizona to Minnesota last summer and got married last December. So why not change up her style, too?
“Now that I’m going to be working as a physician-in-training, I’ll be expected to dress more professionally,” Rachel says. And as an expert thrift shopper who values comfort over trendiness, she wasn’t sure where to start.
With help from stylist Faith Brue and Root Salon’s Justine Hornick, who emphasized Rachel’s natural silver streak in her haircut, Rachel’s look went from classroom comfy to professional chic—just in time for graduation.
FROM THE EXPERTS
The Challenge: To show off Rachel’s petite shape and amp up her simple style without sacrificing comfort.
Faith’s Take: “Petite women like Rachel often buy oversized clothing they end up swimming in. I wanted to put her in clothing that would show off her amazing shape without making her feel self-conscious. She’s had a lot of change in her life lately, and I wanted to make her feel sexy and ready to take on whatever life hands her next!”
The Plan: “Since wearing a dress was a bit out of Rachel’s comfort zone, I chose a neutral palette to make her feel more like herself. I love how the colors highlight the amazing silver streak in her hair, too! For the lifestyle look, I chose deconstructed jeans to balance the blouse so she wouldn’t feel too girly. Adding one trendy piece at a time feels less overwhelming while still transforming outfits from basic to chic.”
Rachel’s Take: “The outfits were definitely out of my comfort zone, but it was fun to try things that I never would have considered before. I realize now that there are more creative ways to wear classic pieces, and that I shouldn’t be afraid to accessorize or try new styles!”
1. Leather accents provide an edgy contrast to
the floral print.
2. A black blazer ties this look together and makes it work-appropriate.
3. A carry-all tote works well for busy women—they have everything in one place.
4. Nude heels keep the eye focused on the outfit and elongate the leg.
WHERE TO GET IT
Main Top Image Left: Red Valentino blouse, $595; Adriano Goldschmied jeans, $225; both @ Houndstooth, shophoundstooth.com. Vince shoes, $375; vintage ring, $59; Ted Rossi clutch, $560; all @ Ladyslipper, ladyslipperboutique.com. Above: Helmut Lang dress, $695; 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket, $597; Orly Genger necklace, $294; Iosselliani bracelet set, $478; all @ Bumbershute, bumbershute.com. Vince shoes, $350; Greenwich purse, $165; both @ Ladyslipper. Items (right): Gigi clutch, $95 @ Stephanie’s, stephaniesshop.com. Schultz shoes, $145 @ Ladyslipper. Rag & Bone belt, $125; Destin scarf, $165; both @ Bumbershute. Threshold pillow, $25 @ Target, target.com. Outfit Below: Amanda Uprichard shirt, $194 @ Houndstooth. Shae sweater, $145 @ Bumbershute. Markus Lupfer skirt, $235 @ OPM, opmboutique.com. Joie a la Plage shoes, $120 @ Ladyslipper.
Make a statement without sacrificing comfort
1. Basic can be bold: this colorful sweater is both
versatile and chic.
2. Swap out solids with stripes for an updated twist
on the classics.
3. Flat sandals are a girl’s best friend during the