Shanghai-born 29-year-old interior designer for Jaguar Land Rover Sophie Li lets both her multicultural background, and her passion for and knowledge about colour steer her sartorial compass.
Here are her tips for easy-but-interesting dressing.
A wrap dress is an effortless option
”If I want to get dressed quickly, I choose a wrap dress,” Li tells The Telegraph. ”They’re versatile enough to go from work to evening, and also very practical.”
Look for inspiration in unlikely places
”I take style inspiration from works of art by Mark Rothko and David Hockney – they help me work out how different colours go together,” says Li. ”I think many women are scared about breaking rules with colour, but I’d say, don’t limit yourself – you can wear three or more colours in one look.”
Dress, Sandro; WtR suede pumps £290, Wolf & Badger; jewellery (Sophie’s own)
Invest in pieces that really suit you
”It’s much better to not follow trends but to invest in the pieces you like and that suit you,” the designer continues. ”Joseph and Theory are my favourite brands for workwear. They do modern, simply tailoring and use good-quality material, so you know one piece will last a long time.
Treat stripes as a neutral
”I treat stripes as a neutral and then layer other colours on top,” Li describes. ”That probably explains why I have so many striped pieces, from jumpers to dresses to suits,” she continues. ”Saint James and Etre Cécile both do good striped tops.”
Buy jewellery based on your skin tone
Accessories-wise, I tend to stick to gold jewellery, like this Cartier bracelet that you can’t take off, because it complements my skin tone,” says Li on how she approaches buying jewellery. ”I think it’s important to work out whether you suit silver or gold, and then try to stick to that.”