What are you wearing?

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Meghan Leak has something metallic for every mood: gold sneakers for spicing up her work scrubs, gold hot pants for play and her great-great aunt's flapper-style black sequined dress for more formal occasions.

"I find my style sometimes is very moody, like I am," said Leak, a clinical researcher who's also a part-time model.

After growing up in Columbus, she was shaken out of a sweatpants phase as a student at Spelman College in Atlanta, an all-girls school.

"It was really like you're in a fashion show there," Leak said. "Girls would go to class in fur coats. Yes, I said fur coats. And stilettos."

The city's music video scouts and industry events motivated her to take up modeling, and she took away a style sense that's full of bright colors, unique designs and vintage pieces since moving back to New Albany.

"I like to have stuff that nobody has, so I like to shop at boutiques that don't necessarily get a lot of foot traffic," Leak said. "But I find that charming."

Her favorites are Pieces for Wear, G & Co., E.L.I.T.E. Studios and Red Planet X. Vogue ("the bible") and Us and People ("the garbage") give her fashion inspiration, but she's often a muse for others.

"I put together things really well," said Leak, who has two sisters and a brother. "I find that I am my family's stylist."

Perhaps that will spread to her workplace.

"I wear a lab coat, so I would wear a funky T-shirt like 'Crack is whack' with my scrub pants, and get away with that," Leak said.

The outfit:

Dress: Designs by Winborn, from friend Corey Winborn. "When I first saw it, I was like, 'You made that dress for me.' He was like, 'No, I didn't.' So I put it on and he was like, 'OK, I did.'"

Gold cuff: from her grandmother

Turquoise stone bracelet: Avon

Alligator bracelet: from a friend's estate

Earrings: from a vendor in Cancun

Shoes: from TJ Maxx

Anklet: from a friend's niece

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