My Style: Sofia Guellaty


Photo: Vanessa Jackman — Courtesy of Sofia Guellaty

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

Dress according to your figure; only pick quality materials; play with your style.

Please describe your style in three words.

Colourful, chic, layered.

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

Not feeling beautiful in your clothes.

Do you believe in role models?

Well, yes, the Dalai Lama, great scientists. I admire beautiful minds.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Silk, organic cotton, cashmere, anything soft and comfy.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

No, fashion is fun to play with.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

Milan and Paris, bien sur!

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Bold in a conservative way.

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

Mix and match; I always break my outfit with a big, crazy accessory.

Celebrities and style...

Are boring.

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

Statement jewellery and statement shoes.

A woman should always look like...

She is confident.

Who taught you what you know about style?

My grandma, Daisy.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

Shoes first.

What is your biggest regret?

I don’t like to think about regrets, just opportunities. My opportunity right now is being an editor for a very interesting and promising market: The Middle East.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I am a big fan of Net-a-Porter and the Outnet for great bargains.

We will never see you wearing...

I cannot promise anything, but I cannot imagine a cute way to style Birkenstocks.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

Venessa Arizaga for the playfulness of her accessory line. I never wear any bag that is not Corto Moltedo as his are unique and the quality impeccable, and I’m interested to see how Anthony Vaccarello will continue to develop. Oh, and also Brazilian Pedro Lourenco is doing a great job. I am a big fan of sophisticated, colourful prints and material mixes.

The most stylish person you have ever seen...

Going to shows, I see a lot of stylish editors like Taylor Tomasi, Giovanna Battaglia, and Elena Perminova. Seeing Anna Dello Russo is like going to the opera.

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

Her hair.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

My white sheer silk Roberto Cavalli dress, my leather jacket, my vintage gold Rolex, and all my shoes!

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

Diana Vreeland posing in a red interior wearing a red silk outfit. I love superimposing prints and materials. If you can manage the 'more is more' approach to style, it becomes art.

Which designer never fails to impress you?

Alaia, he’s always great.

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

Her shoes.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

Sometimes, but it shouldn’t be a problem.

Who would you like to see next in My Style€?

Eva Fontanelli from Elle Italia. She’s so stylish and sweet.

The best word of advice you have ever heard?

Don’t worry; be happy.

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