My Style: Kelly Hoppen

Portrait of interior designer Kelly Hoppen

Photo: Richard Young/Rex Features — Courtesy of Kelly Hoppen

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

Work with the shape of your body, dress to please yourself, and don’t try to follow a trend if it does not suit you.

Please describe your style in three words.

Chic, timeless, elegant.

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

Wearing something just because it looks great rather than being comfortable/functional, i.e. wearing tall heels when you need to spend the day on your feet.

Do you believe in role models?

I believe in aspiration.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Leather, silk, cotton.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

Fashion is about personal expression; what is good for one person may not be good for another.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

Women in Paris are classically chic and women in London are very fashion-forward.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

It depends on my mood!

What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?

I have no set rules.

Celebrities and style...

Do not always go hand in hand!

One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

Hermès Birkin handbags!

A woman should always look like...

She has dressed to please herself.

Who taught you what you know about style?

My mother — she is incredibly chic.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

I think about what I have to do during the day and then head to my dressing room to select something based on how I am feeling.

Your biggest regret is...

Not keeping a lot of clothes that [later] have come back around in style.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I wish I could get out to the shops more but alas, my schedule does not always permit. I have discovered the joys of online shopping!

We will never see you wearing...

Sportswear! (Except when working out.)

Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?

Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn.

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

Her energy and confidence.

The one image that defined your approach to style?

There has never been one image; I am constantly inspired and love to seek out new designers and styles.

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

Jeans. Believe it or not, there is an art to finding a pair of jeans that really works for you. Once you find them, buy in bulk!

Is comfort an enemy of style?

It doesn’t have to be.

The best word of advice you have ever heard?

Dress to flatter your figure.

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