“Style File” column for March 12, 2013

NAME: Leigh Anne Ellis

AGE: 32

OCCUPATION: Senior account executive at Peter Mayer Advertising in New Orleans.

Tell us about what you’re wearing: “I bought this top on a trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., this past winter. I instantly gravitated toward it because I loved the unique look and gradient colors in the delicate strings that adorn the neckline. The skirt is by Paige, which I have gotten a lot of great mileage out of due to its versatile style. The blazer is by Shopbop.”

What’s the best fashion advice you’ve ever gotten? “Never wear anything that you don’t feel comfortable in. It’s amazing how one’s body language can change simply by wearing something you don’t feel good in.”

What’s your favorite trend right now? “I’m really loving stripes and florals! I never thought I’d say that, but I guess my style is evolving — hopefully toward the better!”

Finish these sentences. I splurge on ... “Great socks! Make fun, but there is no day bad enough that a great pair of cashmere knee highs can’t see you through.”

I skimp on ... “Expensive jewelry. I never want to own anything that would send me into an emotional tailspin should I lose it. ”

Are you a shoe or handbag kind of woman? “Oh gosh, do I have to pick just one!?! I used to be solely into handbags and might have been the only woman on the planet who owned less than 10 pairs of shoes. Now, I’m really gravitating toward shoes because they really do make the outfit … shoes are always a fun way to incorporate your unique color, design and style.”

How many pairs do you own? “Only around 30. What can I say, I’m a minimalist at heart!”

Name a celebrity whose closet you’d like to raid. “I’ve always loved the laid-back, vintage style of Nicole Richie.”

What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without? “My hair straightener. I am not sure what I used to do before this came around but I know it wasn’t pretty.”

What was your worst fashion mistake? “Can I just give a blanketed response here: Anything worn by me in the ’90s. Think slap bracelets, side ponies and a lot of neon-colored clothing!”

Your house is on fire and you can grab only one thing out of your closet; what would it be? “Anything handed down to me by my mother … there’s an emotional element to anything worn by my mother back when she was my age.”

Pam Bordelon

Advocate staff writer