1. Who is Amanda Leigh?
I am a Los Angeles based wardrobe stylist. I help ambitious, successful women feel and look confident, sophisticated and fashion forward through style.
2. How do you define fashion and or style?
Fashion is a work of art that allows us to dress and express ourselves through clothing. Style gives us the confidence to dress how we’re feeling, through our emotions and what our preferences are according to what makes us feel our best.
3. What influences your style? ie travel, work, movies, magazines, social media trends, celebrities, color, etc.
I’m constantly influenced everyday in many different ways. Mostly through designers and trends or styles that I see on social media. I also pull a lot of my inspiration from editorials in magazines and celebrity dressings for red carpet appearances. Sometimes it’s even a piece of art or a color that I see.
4. How has your style evolved?
My style day revolves around ‘capsule’ wardrobe items and daily staples with a mix of on-trend styles, dramatic and edgy or detailed pieces. I’m currently obsessed with anything with excessive straps or cut-out pieces. My summer everyday look consists of a crop top paired with an oversized bottom, preferably a jean, and a sneaker.
5. What does your dream wardrobe consist of?
My dream wardrobe consists of a variety of luxury pieces from different designers. I would own a Bottega Vettaga bag in every color with a mix of Prada and Loewe bags. A wide array of shoes from Nikes to Manolo Blaniks. A variety of jeans in different styles, my go-to brand is Levi’s or Ksubi. A mix of neutral staples from simple crop tops and tees to button ups and oversized jackets. It definitely would consist of lots of current on-trend pieces from my favorite designers, currently obsessed with Nensi Dojaka. Seasonal staples to mix in and dresses as well. Full collection of Jennifer Fisher jewelry to complete every look.
6. If you were to give fashion advice to your younger self what would it be?
Wear whatever makes you feel good. Don’t let other people’s opinions change your mind or thoughts on what you wear. Dress freely to feel confident and yourself.
7. How important is it to be body positive and to appreciate the skin that you're in?
For me personally, I never had any major issues with body confidence and always feel pretty good with fitting my style for my body type. I usually always go for a high-rise jean as opposed to anything low-rise because I like the tightness around my waist. That is probably the only major insecurity I have when styling myself. Otherwise, I dress pretty freely as to what I want to wear and what my mood is.
8. What do you love about jewelry? What is your absolute favorite: earrings, necklaces, etc.
I love styling excessive minimal jewelry with a combination of some statement pieces. Lots of golds and silvers, layering pieces and having fun with mixing metals. My absolute favorite "can’t go without" jewelry would be rings. I love the combination of a hand full of rings to complete an outfit for an edgy vibe.
9. How do you incorporate accessories and jewelry into your daily looks?
For everyday styling with jewelry it's always rings and necklaces for me. I love layering rings and necklaces, mixing it up, adding in a pop of color too. I don’t wear earrings as much, but when I do it’s usually a simple oversized hoop.
10. What are your non-negotiables... What must you have / wear / do? and what are your, “I’m never ever doing or wearing that”?
I must always look on-trend whether it’s just a minimal look with simple staples or that one distinctive piece that stands out. For everyday, it’s usually that I must wear sneakers and most of the time neutral colors. I must always complete my look with rings and in most cases a necklace or two as well. I love dramatic yet minimal dresses and usually go for neutrals as opposed to colors. I would never dress too eclectic with prints on prints or look too punk or bohemian.
11. Tell us why you choose fashion and style. So what we mean by that is, we don’t have to dress up, adorn ourselves with jewels and embellish with accessories, but we do, we choose to… why do you?
I’ve always felt so drawn to fashion and style. As if I didn’t choose fashion, it chose me. I knew ever since my early teenage years that I wanted to work in the fashion industry. I just was unsure of the career path that I would end up on. Fashion is art through clothing for me and the ability to feel a certain way through a certain style or trend gives me so much confidence and ability to be who I am.
12. What’s your favorite fashion/style quote or mantra?
"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak" - Rachel Zoe
13. How and where can people connect with you?
Instagram and on my website! I offer complimentary style discovery calls with anyone who is interested in learning more about working with me, the services that I offer, and being one step closer to achieving the style of their dreams! I offer in-person and virtual sessions so it doesn’t matter where you are based!
Thank you so much Amanda for sharing your style story with us. Your style truly says so much about you without you even needing to speak, and we love what your style says!