Jeannie McKinley

“True personal style is about not trying too hard."

Photography BY Jessica Pechet; Styling BY Julie Redmond; makeup BY Amber Chomezcko; hair BY Lisa Tompkins; rug from Chintz & Company

LEFT: Denim jumpsuit by Isabel Marant Étoile; watch by Rolex; shoes by Christian Louboutin.

RIGHT: Trench Coat by The Row; belt by Blumarine; pumps by Saint Laurent.

(On Scarlett) Dress by Stella McCartney Kids; shoes were purchased while travelling.


As a graphic designer, Jeannie McKinley favours bright colours. She designed the logo and packaging for Henry Singer and her abstract artwork and graphics are on display at Alloy restaurant. But when it comes to her fashion choices, sleek monochromatic outfits are what she loves best. 

McKinley grew up in Seoul, Korea, but she always loved classic American designers such as Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs. As a teenager she remembers shopping for her older sister. “I was like her stylist,” McKinley says.

She still enjoys shopping for other people, including finding discounted designer pieces for friends at Winners or dressing her eight-year-old daughter in Stella McCartney Kids.

From Saturday lunch with the family at Hy’s Steakhouse to an evening fundraising event, McKinley loves to dress up. You’ll find her in a timeless, exquisitely tailored double-breasted Gucci jacket, but if a lapel is popped McKinley’s not fussed. “True personal style is about not trying too hard,” she says. 


What’s your current Calgary fashion obsession?

“I like Paul Hardy.”


What’s your dream outfit?

“A classic Chanel black jacket suit.”


Where do you go to be seen fashion-wise?

“I’ll always dress to go for dinner or to come to the office. I’ll wear Lululemon or Nike to pick up my daughter or when I travel, but I’ll wear a long blazer and never more than two colours.”


This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.


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