I've decided I'm gonna make the StyleChat a seasonal series - so look out for a new segment every fortnight. I'm hoping to do four or possibly five posts, and I'm excited to release part two:
My friend Sophie is the kind of girl who can make anything work - whether that be jeans and a t-shirt, or a vintage, pink sixties dress. She likes to keep her eye out for items that act as a base for any outfit as well as the more 'out-there' pieces, for example, bright colours, patterns and unique shapes. She is the epitome of the modern Parisian - and the best part? She actually speaks French.
Kat: Hi Soph! When creating an outfit, what are usually your go-to staple pieces?
Sophie: I'd say that my go-to staple pieces are usually classic everyday items such as a good pair of jeans, like flares or mom jeans, and a well-cut top, for example, a leotard or body - they're really easy to style as they go with anything, and you can get them in all sorts of colours.
Kat: Nice! When looking for style inspiration, where do you turn to first?
Sophie: I like to create moodboards with collages of potential items that I've found online or in magazines. If I see something I like in store, I'll take a photo and try to find a replica of the item. I'd say fashion magazines are where I find most of my inspiration, as they're well curated and organised.
Kat: I've always thought of you as someone with a great flair for Pairisan style. Would you say Parisienne chic is something you look up to?
Sophie: I think it helps that my Mother always dressed in quite a Parisian style, and when we were children, we regularly shopped in French or Belgium stores, for example, Petit Bateaux or Cyrillus. I think that I unconciously trained my eye to look out for more French pieces, and as my mum shares a lot of her clothes with me, I tend to go for that style.
Kat: I love some of the more retro pieces in your wardrobe, for example, the pink dress. What would you say are some of your favourite items in your wardrobe at the moment?
Sophie: I have quite a few swimsuit pieces that are really versatile that I can wear as tops as well, for example, a black and white swimsuit from Zara, and an army style cropped top from Urban Outfitters. They work really well as festival chic in the Summer as well as beach wear. I'm also really into revealing my shoulders at the moment - I'm not one for showing my arms, but I think bardot style tops are really beautiful. I have a white one from Zara which is one of my favourite pieces. I'm also loving a pair of multi-coloured retro flares from River Island that I got on sale. They're really funky, but still tasteful.
Kat: And finally, where are your favourite places to shop at the moment, and why?
Sophie: I tend to focus on different shops for different things. I really like Stradivarius (they've just opened one on Oxford street!) for quirky, diverse day-to-day pieces - I got a navy and white jumpsuit from them in the Summer, and it is already one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe. I love Urban Outfitters as well, because I think they do really good shoes that are comfortable, but don't skimp on style. I steer away from a lot of their more stereotypical items, but I love finding more unusual pieces in there, especially their selection of hats. I also really like River Island for bottoms - they do really unique trousers with out-there colours and patterns. I also love Zara as they are always really well stocked with a lot of variety in styles. I often go there to look for inspiration.
Thank you, Sophie - you really exude that effortless, Parisienne chic that, let's face it, we all strive for in our wardrobes!
Stay tuned for the next StyleChat xo