My Style: Sophie Buhai

Portrait of Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava

Photo: Courtesy of Sophie Buhai

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

I think people should dress however they want — there are no rules! For me personally, I abide by the rule of Coco Chanel and always try to remove one accessory I have on before I leave the house. I love restraint and simplicity in style.

Please describe your style in three words.

Elegant, understated, classic.

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

Trying too hard.

Do you believe in role models?

Yes! I have role models for everything in my life, mentors and role models are such an inspiration in getting anything done.

What are your favourite fabrics?

I love washed silks, linen, and cashmere.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

Paris…or believe it or not, the women in Echo Park and Silverlake. There is a casual modernity happening in Los Angeles right now and I’m super into it!

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Conservative; I like to disappear in my outfits. I like clothes that some would call boring or too simple mixed with really interesting jewellery.

Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava

What are the rules in the way you dress?

Less is more. Go with something that will not draw too much attention to you. Always be comfortable. Consistency in style is nice if you can develop a sort of uniform.

Celebrities and style...

Is something for US Weekly but not for our everyday lives!

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

Vintage high-waisted Levi's…they are my staple.

A woman should always look like…

She is comfortable in her skin and her outfit.

Who taught you what you know about style?

My mother. And my grandmother and great aunts…I come from some serious style mavens who raised me!

How do you select your clothing every morning?

Comfort, ease, and I always try to be chic and 'French'! Ha!

What is your biggest regret?

When I try to wear loud colours or too much print…it’s just not me and it never looks right. But I love it on other people!

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

Stick with the classics and change up your accessories. Develop a personal style over following trends. Always be comfortable in what you wear.

Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I always raid my mother's closet for chic hand me downs.

We will never see you wearing...

Animal prints! Or showing my bra!

Which new designers do you follow and why?

I love Christophe Lemaire because I think he is designing realistic clothes that are timeless, chic, and easy. He is my favourite designer. I also really like Barbara Casasola, because she designs elegant things that transcend time.

Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?

My mother.

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

Her smile and demeanour.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

My grandmother's vintage Gucci bracelets, my mother's vintage Valentino blazer, my perfect vintage Levi's.

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

Any image of Loulou de la Falaise.

Which fashion house never fails to impress you?

Martin Margiela. Always consistent and good.

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

The fit of her pants. A well-fitting pant is important but in all aspects: length, butt, and waist!

Is comfort an enemy of style?

No! Very much the opposite!

Who would you like to recommend for My Style?

My mother.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

Don’t throw it out, it will come back!

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