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Style Profile: Katie Kleyla

Gracie's Marketing Director eschews trends for tailored staples

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Katie Kleyla
Private Events & Marketing Director, Gracie’s & Ellie’s Bakery


Tell me about your outfit.
The skirt and the belt are from Talbots, and the button down is Ann Taylor. I get a lot of my business basics in those stores. The heels are Calvin Klein, and the jewelry is all vintage. I inherited some incredible pieces from my Gram (my mom insists I inherited my style from her, too).

How would you describe your style?
Classic, tailored and always a bit glamorous. I love dressing up, and I would always rather be overdressed than underdressed. I hate trends, and I think a lot of people get too caught up with them. I want my clothes to fit well, and look timeless. I have found some of my very favorite pieces in second-hand shops (a velvet blazer for $3, my favorite pair of jeans, a vintage Whiting & Davis clutch). A red lip and something sparkly completes every look.

Tell me about your style when you are singing for the New Providence Big Band
Unabashedly glitzy. When I’m performing, I don’t have to abide by any social standards regarding the allowable amount of sequins per person, and I take full advantage of that. I always try to incorporate something from the era, as a little secret tribute. It helps me get into character. I’ve found some amazing vintage costume jewelry at Stillwater Antiques in Greenville.

Do you think there is any connection between music and style?
Absolutely. My most peaceful moments before a show are spent in front of my vanity, with the sounds of The Great American Songbook in the background. I think the soundtrack of your life says a lot about who you are, stylistically and otherwise.

If you were ruling the world, what would you be wearing?
I’m already ruling the world... but a Chanel suit wouldn’t hurt.