If you're in sales, you know that first impressions count. That's a lesson pharmaceutical sales rep Lisa LeBeau learned early. For her, fashion is "super important. I have been reading Vogue since I was 5." The Patterson Park 30-year-old knows how to create her own style, whether it's on the job in a suit, or after hours meeting friends for dinner at Helen's Garden, where we "Glimpsed" her.
Residence: : Patterson Park
Job: : HealthPoint pharmaceutical sales representative
Self-described style: : "Trendy, but comfortable"
The look: : White-and-red pinstripe cotton poet's blouse. Straight-cut Joe's Jeans. Brown wool herringbone vest. Accordion-style leather belt with a brass interlocking buckle. White-and-blue camden plaid Cole Haan kitten-heel pumps with silver buckle. Brown leather fold-over clutch. Gold-tone filigree bracelet.
Where it came from: : The jeans, South Moon Under. Blouse and vest, the Gap. Belt and bracelet, the Limited. Shoes, Nordstrom. A friend brought her the handbag from Argentina as a gift.
She knows how to work her own style within her professional parameters: : "I have to wear a suit to work every day. So, I try to make it a little different by adding jewelry and a cute top. ... When it comes to dressing up, I want to wear something that is going to set me apart from everyone else. ... I definitely feel that you only get one chance to make a first impression."
She "models" her personal style: : "My style icon is [fashion supermodel] Christy Turlington; clean and classic. I have always just worn what was comfortable and what was in style; mixing classics with a sliver of what is in style to keep my look up-to-date."
Her shopping sense is often all about her fashion "cents": : "I don't shop as much as I used to, but I am a big advocate of Nordstrom, South Moon Under, Neiman [Marcus] and Saks [Fifth Avenue]. ... In today's economy, I am all about finding an outfit for less. I pick up odds and ends at discount stores, but I spend a lot on shoes and purses."
And then there's the siren song, "on sale": : "I am a sucker for a good sale. ... My fashion weakness is anything on sale. ... I love designers like Marc Jacobs and Nanette Lepore. If there is something on sale from my favorite designers, I can't talk myself out of buying the piece. It is like an investment."
And she does "invest" for the future: : "You can't spend too much on something that will not be in style next season. Spend your money on key pieces that will last."
Dressing yourself well means knowing yourself well: : "[Wear] anything that fits your personality. Don't try and dress like someone else. Dress comfortably, and you will feel more confident. Don't try and wear something because you saw it on someone else. Take something small from someone else andmake it your own. Add accessories to make it your own."
But, be open to unexplored aspects of you:: "I am recently engaged, and I had an idea of what I wanted the perfect dress to look like. Fortunately, I was open to what actually looked good on my body type. The bridal consultant found the perfect dress for me, which was nothing like I had imagined. You have to be open to other people's opinions."