Brooklyn native Ilana Hochman spends a lot of time in the library. As a second-year law student at New York Law School in Tribeca, she lives in skinny jeans, oversized sweaters and Converse sneakers -- perfect attire for spending hours hunched over library books. As for her style, Hochman had this to say: "I feel incompetent when it comes to putting together a polished look. I feel anxious about looking stuffy and I want to maintain some of my personal style when I'm getting dressed."
Hochman needs to be able to go from class to her internship at a law firm without looking like a young student. Thankfully, she aspires to work in family law which will most likely land her in a small firm that is less stuffy than the corporate legal companies that we all picture when we think of lawyers. She envisions herself wearing pencil skirts, button-down shirts, blazers and black pumps... but with a bit of her own personal flair mixed in.
We happily accepted this challenge. Check out Ilana's transition from preppy student to polished professional below.
Ilana's student uniform consists of skinny jeans and a baggy top. She describes her look as very functional. "I take the train to school every day and spend so much time in class, so I need to be comfortable and unfussy."
AFTER: Look One
"This is something I'd feel comfortable wearing. It's not boring. The blouse adds a bit of youthful flair, and I could wear it out to cocktail hour without the jacket."
AFTER: Look Two
"This outfit would fit in a corporate environment, but the wide belt adds an iconic Versace feel to it."
AFTER: Look Three
"I wear this look in the summer, but adding the tights makes it more office-appropriate. The jewelry and lipstick are probably more bold than what is suitable for the office. I'd save those elements for afterwork drinks with friends and probably add a dark cardigan to tone down the look."
AFTER: Look Four
"This is my favorite look. It's the more dressed-up version of something I'd normally wear."
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