Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC Television Group © 2010 Disney; © 2012 Disney Photo: Bachelor vs. Bachelorette: Is Emily Maynard Hotter Now?

From the minute Emily Maynard stepped out of that limo to meet Bachelor Brad Womack in the Season 15 premiere, America (and Brad) fell for her. She was the epitome of a Southern belle — sweet, reserved, and (thanks to her single mom status) a bit conservative. She also dressed the part, sporting frilly frocks and long, curled locks throughout the season.

But the new promo pics of our Season 8 Bachelorette reveal a noticeable change — albeit not as significant as Ashley Hebert’s Pretty Woman makeover — from girly glam to casual chic. 

From the sleek, layered hair to the minimal accessories, right down to the flowy boho-chic top and pants — it seems ABC Em, 26, is trying to send the message that she’s a different woman now, ready for love, fun, and even some power walking (though we doubt we’ll see her in New Balances any time soon).

What do you think of Emily’s 2012 makeunder? Is she hotter in her laid-back wear? Or is it too “I date a winemaker” for your liking? 

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