My Style: Arabella Greenhill

Portrait of fashion stylist Arabella Greenhill

Photo: Rick Truscott — Courtesy of Arabella Greenhill

The three essential things a woman should know about style are…

Navy and black can be worn together. Less is more. It’s worth spending that bit extra on one great piece rather than five cheaper items.

Please describe your style in three words...

Never without a scarf.

What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?

Not feeling comfortable in what you are wearing.

Do you believe in role models?

I prefer style icons to role models.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Silk, cashmere, and cotton.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

It’s not really what you wear, it’s how you wear it.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

Paris.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

More on the conservative side.

What are the rules in the way you dress?

Rules are made to be broken.

Celebrities and style...

Don’t always go hand in hand.

Name one garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

Grey sweatshirts.

A woman should always look like…

She can walk in her shoes.

Who taught you what you know about style?

Years in the fashion business and osmosis through magazines, books, films, and people watching.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

Living in London means that it's very weather dependent. I start with the shoes and work my way up.

What is your biggest regret?

Life is too short for regrets, although there is a pair of Marc Jacobs shoes I still think about that I didn’t buy many years ago.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I tend to shop more when I am abroad.

We will never see you wearing...

Never say never.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

I love the energy of British designers such as Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou, and Christopher Kane.

Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?

Sofia Coppola always looks effortlessly chic and cool.

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

Her confidence and attitude.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

My antique engagement ring; it’s an old family heirloom.

The one image that defined your approach to style...

Far too many but I loved Mrs Robinson in The Graduate.

Which fashion house never fails to impress you?

Lanvin.

One article of clothing that a woman needs to pay close attention to is…

Her shoes.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

Not necessarily. You can be stylish and comfortable.

Who would you like to recommend for My Style?

Tiina Laakkonen, stylist and owner of Tiina the Store.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

Always look in a full length mirror before you leave the house.

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