Sabina Socol On Knitwear, French Style And The Best Vintage Stores On Earth

"If you find the shapes that make you feel good and look good, that’s when you’ve found your style. It’s easy to stick to those as a base and add some trendy pieces for fun, without losing what makes you you."

For dedicated followers of Parisian nonchalance, Sabina Socol – and her effortlessly chic wardrobe – is the modern embodiment of French girl cool. 

Kickstarting her career in fashion as social editor for L’Officiel magazine, Socol subsequently hustled to make a name for herself in her own right.

In 2016, the Romanian-born, French-bred journalist went freelance, hoping to pursue previous interests such as modelling and creative directing, culminating in partnerships with a number of high-end brands while amassing a devoted following.

Her most recent fashion venture is close to her heart. "I’ve simply just always been a sucker for knitwear!" she tells Irish Tatler.

"I think it’s so soft, comfortable and flattering, while always giving off a laid back vibe. I love wearing knits all year round, no matter the season."

This, of course, is her debut capsule collection b.fleurs by Sabina.

Co-designed by b.fleurs Founder and Creative Director, Moni Wang and Socol, the collection combined both women's mutual love of thrifting Parisian vintage mixed with a 90’s reference. Designed to be worn together as soft layering pieces, the exclusive capsule offers five limited edition pieces as key wardrobe staples to solve every knitwear styling need.

"The collection started with Sabina’s vintage knitwear inspirations," Wang tells Irish Tatler. 

"It has always been hard for me to find beautiful knitwear to wear all year round and this collection does exactly that. We added brighter colours because we want to spread out positivity and happiness to people especially during this time of the year," she says.

"Sabina has a truly timeless style. I adore that she is not following any particular trend and wears clothes that look good on her own body. That is also the reason I wanted to start b.Fleurs. I want to create clothes that are chic and truly timeless, we have a mutual love of thrifting and are both inspired by vintage."

"I like my wardrobe to be timeless, vintage-inspired and always a little bit sexy and feminine," Socol says.

"During the summer I’m into small knitted tops and for fall, I love cardigans and short dresses. I also feel like knitwear kind of implements a vintage feel to the garments, which I’m all about.

"My essentials for fall are obviously cardigans, which I like to wear open with a small top underneath, or closed, as tops. And the little short dress that can transition easily from late summer, if worn with bare legs and mules, to fall with a pair of tights and some knee-high boots."

Synonymous with Parisian It Girl elegance, Socol describes French style as 'feminine, elegant, effortless, very various and with a hint of cliché.'

"I try to keep a minimal wardrobe and not accumulate too many things. I want to really like and wear everything I have in there. But if I had to pick, I’d say my vintage knits. I’m all about them and I wear them all the time."

When shopping vintage, Socol sees it as a marathon and not a sprint, sometimes spending months searching for the perfect item. As for her favourite stores?

"In Paris, I always go to La Mode Vintage. In NYC, I’m in love with this little boutique called Duo, which is extremely well-curated and looks more like a regular multi-designer than a vintage one. I never go out of there empty-handed."

And as for some words of sartorial wisdom for those looking to emulate her French-Romanian insouciance?

"I think the best advice I ever got was to dress with what fits you," she says.

"If you find the shapes that make you feel good and look good, that’s when you’ve found your style. It’s easy to stick to those as a base and add some trendy pieces for fun, without losing what makes you you."

Sabina's capsule collection b.fleurs by Sabina is available now on www.bfleurs.com.

Main image by @sabinasocol

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