Style Rules With A Cool French Influencer

Few girls epitomise French style like Sabina Socol. A muse to some of our favourite brands – she’s previously teamed up with Free People, and has a Rixo collaboration in the works - she’s the girl you need to be following for effortless cool and Parisian polish.

Naturally, we just had to share her fashion tips. So, from where she gets her inspiration, to her take on what gives French girls their je ne sais quoi, here’s everything you need to know about stealing her style…

My Signature Style Is Hard To Define  

I don’t feel I have a signature style. I just have the basics of my wardrobe that I think fit me. Maybe that’s a signature style – figuring out what fits your figure, sticking to it, and playing around by mixing it with your favourite trends or vintage scores. 

Basics Don’t Have To Be Boring

A must-have basic is a good pair of pants. I always say jeans (because that's what I wear the most) but it doesn't have to be denim – just a good pair of pants that fit your figure perfectly. You can build any outfit on that, whether you add a plain t-shirt or a tailored shirt, a puffy sweater or a bodysuit. For spring, my other essential is mules – I wear them with everything, from day to night, and style them with a variety of pieces.

It Isn’t Only Modern Women Who Inspire Me

I like to look at muses from the past. Caroline Bessette Kennedy is a particular inspiration. If what she wore 25 years ago is still relevant, then naturally it’s cool. Caroline and her contemporaries are the ultimate examples of chic, elegance and intelligence. Nothing beats that.

It’s Worth Investing In Classics

Don’t follow one season trends too much. I know it’s tempting, but trendy clothes often end up at the bottom of my wardrobe a few months later. Even if I do wear them, I tend to regret it after.
But If You Do Buy Trends, Make Them High Street

I don’t want to splurge on something I’m not sure I’ll like once I see everyone wearing it! On the high street, I shop at Mango, H&M and back in France, in Monoprix.

Vintage Fashion Helps You Express Yourself

I buy a ton of vintage and prefer investing in those pieces more than in anything else. I get obsessed with certain things – for the last couple of years, it’s been Fendi Baguettes, especially glitter ones. I like vintage pieces that remind me of my early interest in fashion; when I was a teenager watching Sex and the City (cliché alert!) I used to drool over SJP's baguettes and couldn't afford one, so it's like a reward to my inner teenager as well. I project a lot of things onto clothes too. When I'm looking for a vintage piece, I'm looking for something to collect, but also something that will give off a "vibe". Like a romantic Edwardian dress, a short denim skirt that reminds me of the early 00's – I’m looking for uniqueness.

French Girl Style Is Unique

I think that’s because, culturally, the French have a way of making everything seem very effortless. This, along with a natural joie de vivre, can’t be copied or faked. It’s not easy to capture. And I believe that’s why it’s so fascinating. It applies to style of course, but not solely.

Undone Beauty Is Key To The French Look

When I say undone, I mean "not too perfect". That means clean hair, but with a messy wavy, instead of a perfect blow dry or fake-looking curls. It also means glowing skin, with just a little make-up just to enhance the good features and to hide what you want to hide, without looking cakey with a tonne of foundation. It’s especially important to look like you haven’t tried. The Regina serum from a new natural French brand Thomsen Beauty is my absolute essential; I use that and also Joelle Ciocco for skin care and Lancôme for make-up.

We’re Lucky To Have Some Great French Brands

It’s very hard to pick favourites. But if I have to I’d say Louis Vuitton, Isabel Marant and Tara Jarmon, and Jonak for shoes.

I Couldn’t Live Without Great Jeans

I like J Brand, Paige, Re/Done or AG. I also swear by a good pair of boots from By Far or Jonak, a good blazer from Isabel Marant, Masscob or Le Ru, and a baby tee from Pretties.

I Try To Be Ready For Both Day And Night

So usually I’ll wear a t-shirt or a blouse with jeans. Then I’ll just add high heels and a bright lipstick colour for the evening. When I’m stuck for what to wear, I go for high wasted jeans, boots or heels depending on the season, a plain top and a slightly oversized blazer. 


My ultimate style icon is…Catherine Deneuve

Most worn item of clothing is…a pair of jeans

Most worn designer is…Khaite

I'd never wear…sneakers outside of working out

Last thing I bought oversized Isabel Marant sweater

The most extravagant thing I’ve ever bought… a Chanel bag

I’d like to swap wardrobes with…Alexa Chung

On Instagram you should follow...@paintings.daily

I never leave the house without...a lipstick in my bag

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