Name: Melissa de Leon
From: Raleigh, North Carolina
Describe your style in three words: Glamorous. Clean-lined. Eclectic.
What’s the best fashion piece you’ve ever invested in? Although I suppose it wouldn’t be considered a “practical” purchase, I splurged and bought myself a pair of Chanel brooch-inspired logo earrings while I was studying abroad in Paris. They’re black and gold, with tiny diamonds and pearls scattered around them. I consider it my best investment because of the versatility, as well as how meaningful they were (and are) to me. I literally and figuratively invested in them.
Overspend or oversleep? Definitely overspend. I don’t have time to oversleep!!
If you had to wear only one color what would it be? This has to be the hardest question but I think I will have to say gray. It’s my favorite neutral to wear, and I find it to be a little overlooked. I think it’s serious and dramatic, it's a mysterious and sexy color.
Whose closet would you love to raid? Olivia Palermo, hands down. She’s so beautiful and elegant, and knows how to mix and match the pieces she owns. All of her outfits are so wearable, you can actually do life while wearing them. I love her styling capabilities. I think her styling is what makes all of her outfits so definitive yet attainable.
What’s your fashion mantra to the masses? I have always believed that fashion reinforces the fact that we were all created as individuals. I tell all my clients, all my friends and all my family that. I think people worry too much about what other people think of them, what’s “trendy” or “popular.” To me, I think real beauty is when you allow your entire self to be vulnerable and exposed, and I think that defines real fashion. You love what you love for a reason, and I love how fashion allows us to show the world who we are and what we love to anyone we come into contact with throughout our day, even without having to open our mouths and speak. Simply, be true to yourself and you’ll naturally be the most fashionable and stylish person out there.
Style Credits: SHEIN dress; J.CREW sandals; GAP jacket; WESTWARD LEANING sunglasses; BADGLEY MISCHKA purse; MADEWELL jewelry.