12/20/2012 11:42 am ET

Style Swap: One Ladylike Gal Trades Her Style With A More Masculine-Inspired Woman (PHOTOS)

This edition of Style Swap brings together two ladies whose sense of style is pretty different. Jessica Rotondi, a member of the blog team here at The Huffington Post, could pass for Joan Holloway, while Michelle Persad, the fashion assistant at HuffPost Style, favors loosely cut, comfortable menswear-inspired classics.

Jessica described her style as being inspired by the 1950s, with an affinity for tailored items. She said, "I lost my mother from breast cancer a few years ago so I always wear a piece of her jewelry. I also inherited all of my grandmother's items. My style icon is my mother; she was always so put-together." Jessica's typical uniform consists of fitted pencil skirts and sheath dresses that show off her hourglass frame. She is not afraid to accessorize with a gold brooch or a pair of ladylike leather gloves.

Michelle, on the other hand, cuts a figure that would make the likes of Hedi Slimane proud. She typically wears loose trousers and draped sweaters to the office, and this is one gal who refuses to wear heels. Michelle had this to say on the topic of her style: "I like really classic pieces, with a unique touch. I like a neoprene pencil skirt, or a classic black blazer with statement shoulders. I don't like anything tight; instead, I prefer an oversized, slouchy silhouette. I usually choose to show one part of my body, and then I compensate by covering up or choosing something really baggy. I look to celebrities like Diane Kruger or Michelle Williams for inspiration."

Check out the ladies as we pushed them out of their comfort zone and into each other's style.

Style Swap

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