Meet our sassy stylist and Coquette Couture store owner, Kayleen Leonard. She has a love for puppies, wine, and of course, badass-style. Kayleen shares some killer tips when it comes to styling outfits. You may want to take notes.
How would you describe your style?
My style is easy; I love a good pair of jeans and a tee. If I stay super basic with those then I can load up on cool accessories. My favorite pieces are the bullet necklace, a cool jacket, and an amazing pair of shoes, always. I have noticed my style has gotten a little edgier, but I do love any and every floral print and pairing leather with it. I like to mix hard and soft aspects into my wardrobe.
What is one of your favorite style hacks?
I wouldn't really say its a "hack", but pinterest is a great tool. I use it all the time, especially when I find something I am obsessed with but not really sure how I want to wear it. I have this weird thing going on with baseball caps at the moment. I've mastered the every day look with it, so my next challenge is dressing one up with leather coated jeans, heels, and a blazer. Stay tuned.
Who do you get your style inspiration from?
Honestly, I wish I could say I knew. I run across a lot of bloggers on Instagram, and honestly I just wear what I like and what looks good on me. I have these AH-MAZING gold sequined Jimmy Choo sneakers that I am obsessed with. So many people have told me how ugly they are, but I could give a shit about what they think because I think they are completely bad ass.
Worst style memory?
All of high school. I was a walking billboard for Abercrombie & Fitch. The best part is I got voted "Best Dressed". Also, monogrammed Coach and Dooney & Bourke bags were my thing for a while which is incredibly embarrassing and makes me question all life decisions from age 14 to 17. *We decided not to feature those pictures out this time around* ;)
What are your closet staples?
JACKETS and good booty denim. You can wear an old ratty tee but if you throw a leather jacket over it, you will look cool as hell! I promise. Also, I have a theory. If your booty looks good, you feel good. Invest in some QUALITY denim. It make take some time, but once you find the ones you love, buy 97 pairs.
What is your best style advice you share with others?
Wear what you want. People put so much focus on what's trendy and what's not. If I like it I buy it even if it is "last season". Except chevron, never buy that (just kidding...but not really). If you see a trend you love, try it! Just make sure you do it in a way that flatters your body type. For instance, I love a good crop top but I don't have rock hard abs so mid rise denim that fits like a glove is a must-have to make it work.
How do you style outfits when it comes to others? (How do you tap into their style when it’s different from yours?)
Haha I'm sure trial and error isn't a great answer? I usually just watch what they are drawn too. Everyone has a style, but they just don't know they do. I take a piece that maybe they are comfortable with, say a top, and show them how to add additional items to turn that piece into a whole entire outfit. I like to believe that I have the ability to read people fairly well, and that is obviously a huge part of it. Styling is about showing an outfit to them and asking if they see themselves in it. If they don't then I have to find out, Why? What don't they like? what do they want to change? Sometimes, it's as simple as switching out a necklace. I am pretty much a detective when it comes to figuring things out. Which if you ask anyone that knows me, that's my dream job.
Kayleen also styles The Coquettes. You can see how she works with Michell and incorporates her individual style in each different outfit.