Style Rules: Charlotte Emily Sanders

Style Rules: Charlotte Emily Sanders

Born in London but based in the US, Charlotte Emily Sanders’ minimal and polished looks have helped her build a 600k Instagram following. Now, a decade after starting her account, her sharp eye and immaculate taste have led to a new creative role at Sundarbay. We asked her to share the style rules she lives by – as well as some of the pieces on her new-season wish list…
By Polly Sayer

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My style is best described as minimal, effortless and classic. I always feel my most confident when I’m wearing understated looks that don’t look too put together. My wardrobe isn’t all that colourful! Instead, I prefer to stick to muted tones like nude, grey, clean whites and, of course, black. Everything I own is pretty classic – lots of wardrobe staples that will never go out of style like white shirts, black blazers, jeans. 

If I could share one piece of style advice with everyone, it would be to buy less and, when you do, make it better quality. When I buy something now, I ask myself, will I still love it and wear it in a couple of years’ time? I used to find myself buying clothes just because they were on sale, and only end up wearing them once or twice. I try to be more conscious nowadays and stick to a capsule pieces that can be mixed and matched, and worn time and again.

Good sunglasses always add a chic touch. Accessories really pull an outfit together, and anyone who knows me will say I don’t go anywhere without a pair of sunglasses. I invest more in accessories than any other part of my wardrobe. You can easily find some bargain pieces from a vintage or charity shop before adding some high-end accessories to make the whole outfit look more expensive. Also, most things look better when they’re oversized. Unless something is specifically meant to be fitted, I will always go up a few sizes or shop in the men’s section – it always looks that bit cooler. 

At Sundarbay, we develop quality, capsule wardrobe staples. They’re pieces every woman needs in her wardrobe and all of them are designed to last – I proudly wear something from Sundarbay almost every day. The Frankie Shop is one of my favourite brands for coats and tracksuits, while Khaite and Magda Butrym are two other higher end labels I love. Their pieces might be a bit more expensive, but I can attest that the quality is amazing. You can’t beat a good Zara piece sometimes, but it’s easy to get carried away. 

Don’t be afraid of colour. The beauty of neutrals is they’re easy to style but that doesn’t mean you should be afraid to add in a bit of colour or a contrasting piece to keep your look interesting. A statement bag is one way to do it – or a bright pair of sunglasses can look super chic with a neutral outfit. Wearing more lightweight fabrics is a great way to transition into the new season. I love layering in spring as much as I do in winter, but I tend to layer with softer fabrics such as linen, silk and satin. 

Use platforms like Pinterest to get yourself out of a style rut. Create a mood board of looks you’ve seen and loved, then have a good rummage through your wardrobe and see if you have anything similar. It might give you some new ideas to wear things differently, and you might rediscover things in your wardrobe you haven’t worn in ages. Failing that, have a think about anything in your wardrobe that might be lacking, make a shopping list and have some fun trying on different styles. Don’t be afraid to try things that are out of your comfort zone – who knows? You might love them.

The secret to great style is understanding what you like and what you don’t like. Everyone has a different idea of what constitutes great style, so experimenting is the best way to find out what makes you feel your best and what doesn’t.

Here's What Charlotte Has Her Eye On This Season…

Ruched Cut Out Dress, £969 | Christopher Esber

It takes a lot for me to love a dress as I’m don’t wear them that often, but Christopher Esber’s designs are always so eye catching and flattering. 

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Otis Sunglasses, £159 | Anine Bing

I have these sunglasses in black and wear them almost every day. The frame size is flattering on every face shape. The white ones are next on my wish list. 

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Slingback Sandals, £800 | The Row

These sandals are so great for spring. Minimal in design and comfortable enough to wear with any outfit – genius.

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Low Rise Satin Trousers, £59.99 | Zara

I ordered these a couple of days ago and was pleasantly surprised by how high end they looked. I love the mix of the masculine fit and the clean ivory satin – one of my favourite Zara purchases I’ve made in a while.

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Waistcoat, €199 & Trousers, €235 | The Frankie Shop

The Frankie Shop is one of the best brands for tailoring. I love the tone of this set and waistcoats are a big trend this season. I’m going to New York soon, so I’m hoping to visit the store there.

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Cutout Glitzy Maxi Dress, £1,440 | Christopher Esber

Another Christopher Esber knock-out. It’s hard to choose one piece from his collection – I love it all. The detail on this dress is so gorgeous – pair it with simple, understated accessories.

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Empire Sandals, $1,000 | Hermès

I first came across these sandals a few months ago in Paris and have since regretted not buying them. They look so comfortable, and I love the palladium Kelly lock detail. I know they’ll go with everything, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for them in my size!

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Double-Breasted Blazer, £914 | Wardrobe NYC

Transitioning from winter to spring, I love to switch up my coats for blazers and Wardrobe NYC is another of my favourite tailoring brands. Wear this one with an all-black top and trousers look, or a pair of jeans.

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Gerta Maxi Dress, £550 | By Malene Birger

I love the effortless vibe of this dress. It’s one of those throw on and go pieces but it still looks so chic. The slouchy, oversized fit is exactly what I look for in my clothes. 

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Kira Mini Dress, £285 | Anine Bing

It’s very unlike me to pick another dress, but I love the high neck and shoulder pads on this design. Perfect for a sunny lunch or dinner date. 

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