Yarmouth chip stall owner gets a Cinderella makeover

In the second part of our makeover on two sisters, Emma Harrowing follows Lisa Carr as she gets a glamorous new look worthy of a modern-day Cinderella.

Last Monday we followed Yarmouth chip van worker Jane Welch as she embarked on a style journey to update her look. This week it is the turn of her sister Lisa Carr who owns Carr's chip van on Yarmouth market with her husband.

The 49-year-old has been selling chips to the locals and tourists for more than ten years and as her work attire needs to be practical and versatile enough to cope with all weather, Lisa longs to feel stylish by adding a bit of glamour to her look.

'It can get very warm on the stall in the summer but come winter it is freezing even with the fryers on,' says Lisa. 'I would describe my style as the layered look – especially in the colder months when I have to layer up to keep warm.

'It's good fun working on the chip stall, especially when Jane and I work together. Sometimes, however, I just want to have the chance to get rid of the smell of chip fat and look and feel glam.'


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A dress is the order of the day for Lisa and with glamour being one of the many new looks coming through in autumn fashions there are many styles to choose from. Debenhams personal shopper Helen shows Lisa what styles will suit her best.

Helen says: 'Lisa's main concern is that she doesn't dress too young for her age, but to look stylish age sometimes doesn't matter as it is your body shape that determines what looks will flatter you the most.

'Lisa is slightly top heavy so she should look for dresses that have a scoop or V-neck; ruching over the tummy and hip area will help balance out her top half. Lisa has a good pair of legs so she should show these off with a dress that falls just above or on her knee. Although she has slim arms she is conscious of the tops of her arms so teaming a dress with a shrug or pashmina will give her the security she needs to feel great without taking away the shape of the dress.'

This season's bright pinks and blues suit Lisa's warm skin tone and dark hair. Although Lisa tends to steer clear of bright and deep colours these are the colours that best suit her.

Helen chooses a Royal blue wrap style dress that is low cut on the top and falls to the knees with ruching around the middle. The dress is teamed with black pashmina and black peep toe heels and a statement necklace.

The verdict

Lisa says: 'My look certainly makes me feel glam. I would have never picked up this dress as it is in such a bright colour but I can see now that these colours do suit me. I used to steer clear of dresses and tops that are sleeveless as I dislike the tops of my arms but wearing them with a pashmina does make me feel less self-conscious. I didn't want my hair cut shorter but now that I have I love it. I wish I never dyed my hair red but at least now I can see that I will eventually get it to the colour I want.'

Hair by Taylor at Saks on Orford Hill. Make-up by Sharon from Clarins in Debenhams.