I met Leanne back when I lived in Halifax and always admired her sense of style. She has totally mastered the art of effortless chic dressing, but also isn’t afraid to rock a fun print or add a fresh pop of color to her look. And while her style may have evolved since our uni days to take on a more sophisticated edge, Leanne hasn’t lost her ability to pull together the perfect ensemble with just a few simple pieces.
How would you describe your style?
What’s your fashion philosophy?
When in doubt, wear black.
I work at an ad agency so black on black during the work week, but I like to break out a good pattern on the weekend. In the summer it’s a breezy dress with a strappy heel. In the winter I’m all over the board (like our weather), but typically I’ll top off my look with a leather jacket.
Kate Bosworth, Ashley Olsen and Rachel Bilson (They know how to dress for short people!)
The things you can’t live without:
My lucky horse crewneck. I literally couldn’t survive on an airplane or on road trip without it. I put it on and am sleeping in two minutes – it’s magic.
Favorite places to shop:
Topshop on Oxford Street in London. To this day I’ll never forget my first time inside. The comparison to a kid in a candy store wouldn’t do it justice.
Online vs. in-store:
I’m definitely the in-store type unless it’s a really unique piece that I’ve come across online and made it my mission to locate. I’ve been a sucker for ordering online and finding out the hard way that the sizing chart hates me.
Splurges vs. saves:
Splurges: Timeless pieces that I know will be in my closet for years jewelry, belts, bags.
Saves: Flats. Being from the East Coast I’m always walking and therefore I end up going through them like Kleenex.
Fall Must-Have Items:
You’re stranded on a desert island and can only bring 3 things from your closet – what do you grab?
My lucky horse sweater, my campfire appropriate moccasins, and my lobster bikini (might as well work on my tan).
It’s a toss-up at the moment between my gold knuckle ring and my buoy rope bracelet from my last trip to the South of France.
Favorite brand or designer:
I’m a big fan of Isabel Marant for the fit of her jackets and I don’t think I’ve ever successfully gone into a Club Monaco without making a purchase….which is a problem.
First stylish purchase:
In highschool my mom bought me my first pair of classic ballet flats. I don’t think a day has passed since that I haven’t had a pair in my closet.
I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve literally gotten this down to a routine:
- 1 pullover sweater (because I’m usually the coldest person on the plane)
- 1 Pair of plain white tennis socks (that I immediately put on when I sit down)
- 1 eye mask
- 1 scarf (the quickest way to look pulled together after a long flight)
- My toothbrush
- A book
- 2 sets of headphones (1 set for my boyfriend who always forgets his)
Trends on your black-list:
Music festival wear. I’m just over it.
What was the last thing you bought that you instantly regretted?
I made a rule with myself a couple years ago where I have to get rid of two items for every one item that I add to my closet. I’m happy to report that since this rule I haven’t regretted a single purchase!
How would you say your style evolved over time?
In university I was a little too pattern happy – I don’t think I owned a single basic piece. Over the past few years I’ve flipped this entirely with mostly white and black in my closet now. I think the change of environment from the classroom to the office was likely the catalyst in this move, but I’ve since collected a lot more stable pieces and find myself investing more in quality vs quantity.
Any memorable fashion victim moments?
Of course – it’s called being hungover and running to the local corner store for popsicles. Luckily I have yet to run into someone wearing my standard “I got dressed with a splitting headache and my only priority is to cover all my limbs and buy a popsicle” outfit but keep your fingers crossed for me just in case…because it will not be pretty!