His & Hers Makeover

Four sexy married couples revamp their spouse's look from drab to fab.

Réneise Francis Nov, 26, 2012

1 of 8 Styling By Aretha Busbymen & Wayman Bannerman. Hair, Ursula Stephen. Makeup, Lucky Smyler. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

His Challenge: Shanay wanted to see her new hubby in fitted clothes that would showcase his great physique. She also wished he would take bolder chances with different colors. "He's pretty much a T-shirt and jeans guy," she notes. Daniel envisioned himself in sharp suits that are "tailored, not tight" and have an "urban, hip-hop" edge.

Her Challenge: Daniel would love for Shanay to wear skirts more often; he'd grown too accustomed to seeing her in pants. He's also a sucker for an awesome, sexy shoe. As Shanay is a teacher, her issue was trying to maintain a professional look that allows her to be comfortable in a classroom environment.

2 of 8 Styling By Aretha Busbymen & Wayman Bannerman. Hair, Ursula Stephen. Makeup, Lucky Smyler. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

The Solution: A sleek gray suit paired with a cobalt blue sweater for a pop of color. Stylist Wayman Bannerman advises that "a great starting point to finding a well-fitting suit is the shoulders." Accessories are what really help pull off this urban style. The silver chains and loafers sans socks give Daniel that cool factor he was aiming for.

Her Verdict: "Mr. Handsome! He looked so nice. I really liked seeing him in a suit; it took me back to our wedding day. He looked sharp."

The Solution: A color-block pencil skirt combined with a vivid print blouse. Stylist Aretha Busby chose the skirt for its stretch fabric and appropriate knee length. As for the blouse, Busby notes that a busy print is an easy way to camouflage any stains that occur while working with children. And, of course, we couldn't forget Daniel's favorite accessory—a showstopping shoe!

His Vedict: "I loved it. I thought she looked classy and professional. I really loved the skirt because it complemented her legs, and the heels were a nice touch, too. The outfit was perfect."

On him: Suit, Hugo Boss, $1,095, hugoboss.com. Sweater, Neil Barrett, $415, mrporter.com. Necklace with dog tag and bead bracelet, David Yurman, $1,025 and $725, davidyurman.com. Rope necklace, Me&Ro, $1,310, meandrojewelry.com. Watch, Concord, price upon request, 800-547-4073. Smoking slippers, Steve Madden, $130, Steve Madden stores.

On her: Top, Éclaire, $68, Nordstrom. Skirt, Miss Tina, $18, walmart.com. Necklace, stylist's own. Bracelet, Carolee, $75, carolee.com. Heels, Boutique 9, $140, zappos.com.

3 of 8 Styling By Aretha Busbymen & Wayman Bannerman. Hair, Ursula Stephen. Makeup, Lucky Smyler. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

His Challenge: Marie felt it was time for Mike to update his wardrobe. "Mike was stuck in a time warp," she says.

Her Challenge: Mike wished Marie would experiment with color. "She always looked like she's going to a funeral," he notes.

4 of 8 Styling By Aretha Busbymen & Wayman Bannerman. Hair, Ursula Stephen. Makeup, Lucky Smyler. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

His Solution: Cool fitted jeans styled with a blazer and tie.

Her Verdict: "I loved his look. It's encouraged him to try new clothes."

Her Solution: This dress's purple jewel tone was a smooth transition into the world of color.

His Verdict: "She looked so glammed up and sexy."

On him: Jacket and shirt, Hugo Boss, $545 and $145, Lord & Taylor. Jeans, Levi's, $68, levi.com. Glasses, Collins Bridge, $98, collinsbridge.com. Watch, Movado, $595, 800-810-2311. Socks, Smart Turnout, $29, smartturnout.com. Shoes, Steve Madden, $90, hautelook.com

On her: Dress, Suzy Chin for Maggy Boutique, $99, Nordstrom. Belt, Lane Bryant, $30, lanebryant.com. Necklace, Swarovski, $900, swarovski.com. Bracelet and pumps, Banana Republic, $65 and $128, bananarepublic.com.

5 of 8 Styling By Aretha Busbymen & Wayman Bannerman. Hair, Ursula Stephen. Makeup, Lucky Smyler. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

His Challenge: Woodlene prefers when Joseph dresses in sophisticated style. Joseph wanted to upgrade to a more refined look with a vintage influence.
Her Challenge: Joseph felt Woodlene's clothes didn't jibe with her stunning beauty and "exuberant personality." He wanted her to go for more glamour.

6 of 8 Styling By Aretha Busbymen & Wayman Bannerman. Hair, Ursula Stephen. Makeup, Lucky Smyler. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

His Solution: A classic tailored three-piece suit. The plaid print, vest and shoes help evoke the retro style.

Her Verdict: "I absolutely loved it. He looked sophisticated and sexy."

Her Solution: To match Joseph's retro aesthetic we chose a flapperesque dress. The lace and feathers upped the ante of Woodlene's everyday appearance.

His Verdict: "My wife looked elegant, sexy and radiant."

On him: Jacket, vest and pants, Michael Bastian, $395–$1,450, Bergdorf Goodman stores. Shirt, Calvin Klein, $65, calvinklein.com. Tie and tie bar, The Tie Bar, $15 each, thetiebar.com. Socks, Smart Turnout, $29, smartturnout.com. Shoes, Allen Edmonds, $345, allenedmonds.com.

On her: Dress, Theia Couture, $695, Lord & Taylor stores. Earrings, Banana Republic, $50, bananarepublic.com. Bracelet, Simply Vera Vera Wang, $30, kohls.com. Heels, Cole Haan, $298, colehaan.com.

7 of 8 Styling By Aretha Busbymen & Wayman Bannerman. Hair, Ursula Stephen. Makeup, Lucky Smyler. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

His Challenge: Jenell dislikes that Joel dresses for comfort at the expense of style.

Her Challenge: Joel wanted Jenell to switch it up and show off that curvy figure he loves so much.

8 of 8 Styling By Aretha Busbymen & Wayman Bannerman. Hair, Ursula Stephen. Makeup, Lucky Smyler. Manicure, Dawn Sterling.

His Solution: Pair comfortable burgundy cords with a casual T-shirt and dark polished blazer.

Her Verdict: "Joel had major swag factor! It was like looking at a completely new person."

Her Solution: An abstract-print jersey wrap dress. A bonus: The $21 price tag was perfect for a new mom.

Her Verdict: "My wife looked amazing. Her body was just stunning in that dress."

On him: Blazer (sold as part of suit), Burberry, $1,195, Bloomingdale's. Shirt, Levi's, $78, levi.com. Pants, Gucci, $610, mrporter.com. Watch, Bulova, $225, bulova.com. Socks, Falke, $34, neimanmarcus.com. Shoes, Allen Edmonds, $345, allenedmonds.com.

On her: Dress, Miss Tina, $21, walmart.com. Earrings, stylist's own. Ring, Swarovski, $190, swarovski.com. Pumps, RSVP, $79, zappos.com.

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