People.com's Fashion Makeover Contest Winner from Frumpy to Fab!
09/24/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT
"I wore this outfit for church and special occasions."
"I never knew what to wear so I wore this all the time."
"It's a whole new me!"
How did Jennifer Burden end up with a closet full of fashion don'ts? "I just gave up," says Burden, 34, the woman People.com readers voted the worst dressed woman in America. "I focused so much on making sure my family looked good, I didn't spend any time on myself." Burden, who lives in Hermitage, Tenn., with husband Jason, 34, a systems administrator, and their three children, was still wearing maternity clothes nearly two years after her last pregnancy. In fact, her wardrobe was so bad, she'd refuse invites to parties. "I tried to avoid going out at all costs," she says. As the contest winner, Burden received a $3,000 fashion makeover by celebrity stylist Jorge Ramón, host of TLC's hit 10 Years Younger. Hitting Nashville's The Mall at Green Hills, the mission was simple: "I wanted to give Jennifer confidence," says Ramón. "And make her the hottest mommy ever." That meant swapping maternity tops for fitted blouses, which met with some opposition at first. "I wasn't used to having the clothes so close to my body," she says. After a 13-hour spree, Burden came home with over 30 new outfits and a new attitude. "I feel beautiful," she says. "I can't wait to show off my new style."
HOW TO SHOP FOR A NEW LOOK
▪ Ignore sizes
"Jennifer insisted she was a size 14 but discovered that a 12 fit in some brands," says Ramón. "You can miss out on great finds if you are a slave to size."
▪ Play up your best features
"Who knew Jennifer was hiding a waist under all those big clothes?" says Ramón. "A wrap or ruched-waist dress nips at her smallest part. The rest flows over her curves, de-emphasizing a larger bottom."
▪ Get fitted for a bra
"Jennifer hadn't been measured in three years," says Ramón. "This is critical if you've had kids or your body has changed. The right bra affects how well an outfit drapes on you."
See more of Jennifer's makeover—and how to get her looks—at WWW.PEOPLE.COM/BESTANDWORST