My Style Story

August 2013

It's not what you're wearing, it's why you're wearing it. Series of interviews with interesting people.

Sophie Dalglish, 33

“The older I’m getting the more important style is becoming. I’m more comfortable with myself and with it comes confidence to look the way I am, and fashion plays a massive part in that. My biggest wish is that I could inspire people and in turn be inspired; I want to be pushed and challenged and constantly evolve my style.

I would describe my style classic but quirky. I love the old school styles from the 30s to 60s and especially 80s power dressing; the kind of stuff my mum used to wear. For me there’s something really elegant and beautiful about it even if I mix it with a few grungy and messy things.

Women back in the day didn’t only look more elegant but they truly were more elegant. In my head I have this image of prohibition era women walking on the street in New York and looking perfect: hair, make-up, fur…they would not step on that street if they weren’t feeling completely immaculate. Today a lot of people just don’t bother, which I think is sad. Having said that, I’m all about low-maintenance glamour though, and wash my hair every five days.

There are times when I don’t care about life or myself, for whatever reason, but I can try compensate that with style. Might sound crazy and shallow but there’s a huge amount of happiness I get when I feel I’m looking good. If I’m totally exhausted or hungover I wear something bright and slap on some lipstick. It changes the day instantly.

Living in East London is a massive influence because it pushes me to think what I look like and there’s a desire to fit in. It’s not a style competition, but rather a question of respect:  I respect where I live and how people look like in the area. But then again that’s probably one of the reasons I chose to live there. It’s good for experimenting and the fun and wacky side of fashion as well, which I love. 

I often find myself surrounded by super intelligent, creative and talented people, and that makes me feel very inadequate: I feel I’m not cool enough to hold a sparkling conversation about art or music and those people must think I’m not interesting. Maybe I have been single for too long? That feeling changes the way I behave, because I’m looking and searching for something rather than just enjoying myself. People wouldn’t think this of me because I’m normally so vocal and in the middle of everything. But certain crowds intimidate me, and then it helps to at least try and look the part. Of course I would love to fit in mentally as well, but knowing that I look stylish in those situations is half way there.

I mostly get positive and occasionally hilarious feedback from my style. My sister often thinks I cannot be serious with what I’m wearing and that my wardrobe looks like someone would have had in 1982. And I admit that it is a bit ridiculous. But at least I’m bringing humour and amusement to people around me.

I decided at the start of this year that I’m going to act and look more feminine. For me it is not about short skirts and getting your boobs out, but almost the opposite; covering myself up with elegant and beautifully cut clothes and avoiding the more masculine clothes I have, such as harems. It would be nice to be with someone, and I’m not sure guys are attracted to masculine style.”