I'm an elegance pro – how to look expensive on a budget, and the 'tacky' makeup mistake that cheapens your style | The Sun

IF anyone knows how the wealthy conduct themselves, it’s Jennifer Oz Leroy.

Not only is she one of them, but she also grew up and continues to be surrounded by New York’s most elite.

Jennifer’s father owned the NYC celebrity haunt, Tavern On The Green.

And although Jennifer began as a humble kitchen worker there at the age of 15 – learning the business from her dad – she went on to become the CEO at just 22 years old.

Five years later, she bought an 82-acre farm in New York’s Hudson Valley and created Oz Farm to combine her love of events, fine dining, and all things equestrian.

She went on to take her father’s once iconic New York City restaurant Maxwell’s Plum, and open a new version in Wellington, Florida, with the same name.

And she brought a pop up of the joint to the weekly Meadow Brook Polo Club & Academy matches throughout the summer.

As the great-granddaughter of Warner Brothers’ Harry Warner and the granddaughter of Hollywood director Mervyn LeRoy of Wizard Of Oz fame, Leroy exudes monied elegance for a reason: she's always had it.

And in an exclusive interview with The U.S. Sun, she shared her tips to help others get that look without the price tag, and revealed the mistakes that give you away.


When heading to events, you’ll often find Jennifer in a flamboyant Pucci dress pattern ­and bold earrings – she admits to loving the flash, noting that her father used to drive them around the bustling New York City streets in his pink limo.

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But if you’re not up to spending on the real thing, she said there is one sure way to look tasteful and sophisticated.

“If you don’t know what to wear and you want to look elegant, stick to one color. So the same color top and shorts or skirt,” she said.

“For a dress, you should also stick to a simple silhouette and a neutral tone.”

Still, she’s not letting go of the loud accessories.

“Pair it with some beautiful earrings or a nice necklace, or you could do a pop of color with your lips.”

Although you might be tempted to get your lashes done to elevate your party pomp, Jennifer said this will quickly cheapen your look.

“I hate bad fake eyelashes. I just can’t deal with it.

“I do a lot of weddings so I see a lot and if they’re not done right, they just look so tacky, so I would just steer away from that.

“And girls have to be very careful with those permanent eyelash treatments too.”

When thinking about jewelry, she said there is one imitation that you can get away with: little fake diamond earrings.

“No one can tell if they’re real or fake.”


When she’s not heading to a fabulous party on the Upper East Side, Jennifer spends much of her time working on Oz Farm, riding horses, or managing her restaurant – so she knows how to dress things down too.

“Jeans with a fitted tee, a gold belt, and some gold jewelry and you’re good to go. That’s my style and I really like to see it on other people too.”

While she said any denim – white, blue, or black – looks good depending on the season, she said to make sure the top is crisp and a neutral color.

“I live for the Skims T-shirts,” she said, noting their body-hugging fabric and smooth lines.

As for what shoes, she said some well-kept white sneakers for day time, or pumps for night, can tie together the denim-based looks.

And raving about her favorite piece to give you that elegant appeal while still keeping it casual, she said a blazer is a must in any wardrobe.

“A blazer just elevates your style 1,000 percent and you definitely look like a boss.

“It’s so timeless, and you can throw it over your fitted tee and you just transform the vibe for day or night.”

When dressing down, however, she said there is one common mistake to avoid, as it will instantly degrade your appearance: workout clothes.

“I’m weird with workout clothes. Like, you’re only allowed to wear leggings twice a week.

“Because you know what? They make jeans that are comfortable and flattering, so put on a pair and a nice tank and save the workout clothes for the workout.”

And whether you’re dressing up or down, Jennifer said one aspect of people’s appearance that she places utmost importance on is hair, as a messy mane will put your whole outfit to shame.

“If you don’t have time to do it properly, run your hairbrush under some water and slick it back in a bun and put on some hairspray.

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“I don’t leave my house without dry shampoo, a good hairbrush, and some sort of shine.”

Meadow Brook Polo Club runs events on Saturdays until September 23. You can find more details here.

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