Each February, in honor of Valentine’s Day, Style Icon features a couple worthy of the title.
Written and styled by Tracy James
Photography by Chuck St. John
Young loves Steven Allen Jr., 30, and his wife, Heather, 26, met when they were mere teenagers. Steven was a volunteer firefighter at Riverside Fire Department when Heather and a friend stopped by to visit a mutual acquaintance. Smitten from the start, Steven told the then-15-year-old Heather that he was going to marry her one day. True to his word, the two reconnected five years later and married after three months of dating.
Now with two kids in tow—Tripp, 5, and Ava, 3—the Allens have settled into family life at their home on Lake Logan Martin.
Steven balances being a husband and dad with serving as president of the aircraft brokerage company his father founded in 1976, Premier Group, Inc. For work and play, Steven prefers clothes that are fitted and clean cut and can accommodate any occasion. Heather describes her husband’s style as dapper and kempt. “He has a strong presence, and his style complements him well,” she says. Steven’s look usually involves a custom-tailored suit from Remon’s, or slim jeans, a dress shirt, and a sport coat—perhaps from Saks Fifth Avenue or Gilt.com—all made to fit perfectly by Baldone Tailoring. And perhaps surprisingly, his look always involves a pair of western boots by Lucchese, the renowned Texas boot company established in 1883 by an Italian immigrant from Sicily and his brothers. Donning a pair of killer boots each day has become Steven’s signature, which works well considering his frequent business trips to Dallas and Nashville. His signature smell is Creed cologne in either Green Irish Tween or Silver Mountain Water.
The couple share not only their choice of fragrance house (Heather’s Creed selection is Love in White), but also their distaste for ill-fitting clothing. “Any style, brand, or article of clothing can look good,” says Steven, “But poor hygiene or baggy, slouchy clothing can ruin everything.” At 5-foot-7-inches tall, Steven has a fair amount of his clothing altered. At only 4-foot-9-inches tall, Heather has 90 percent of her clothing altered. “I’m a little lady,” she admits. “So alterations are imperative in order to not look sloppy.”
Echoing Coco Chanel who said, “Simplicity is the keynote of all elegance,” Heather is careful not to overwhelm her tiny frame. She keeps accessories to a minimum and shies away from trends, instead choosing timeless items. Her color palette is often neutral, sometimes with a seasonally appropriate pop of color or interesting texture, which she finds an underrated element of style. But things aren’t always so conservative, as Heather loves an extravagant detail, like a fur collar, or an investment piece, like a fabulous Christian Louboutin shoe. And while she loves to shop everywhere from Target to Gus Mayer, she rarely buys for herself, giving Steven credit for selecting the majority of her favorite items. “He has fantastic taste!” she says.
When a new season rolls around, Heather likes to check out what Anna Wintour (editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine) and Linda Fargo (director of women’s fashion for Bergdorf Goodman) have their eyes on.
Both express how aging into early adulthood has brought changes, including in the style department. As Heather says, “Thanks to God’s love for us and our love for each other, we are confident in who we are. And in order to be confident on the outside, you have to be sure of who you are on the inside.”