Sofia Suarez

Sofia Suarez

Style writer, personal shopper and teacher, Sofia A. Suárez, contributes to newspapers, magazines, travel guides and luxury brands around the world. Born and raised in Hong Kong, the Filipina-Italian attended Georgetown University before moving to New York to begin her career at Fairchild Publications. She has been a contributor to the Post since 1999, focusing on fashion, art and design.

Latest from Sofia Suarez

How to socially distance in style – fashion offers fun and functional solutions

Multiply’s petticoat dress, modern crinolines, breathable ‘facewear’ and giant hats can look cute or cuckoo, but all keep encroachers away.

9 Jul 2020 - 3:44AM

Multiply’s petticoat dress, modern crinolines, breathable ‘facewear’ and giant hats can look cute or cuckoo, but all keep encroachers away.

How to socially distance in style – fashion offers fun and functional solutions
How the coronavirus crisis is forcing fashion to rethink the way it does things

The industry is under tremendous pressure, with plunging sales and fashion weeks and red-carpet events cancelled or postponed. But brands are fast embracing tech to counter the impact of the pandemic.

20 Apr 2020 - 12:51PM

The industry is under tremendous pressure, with plunging sales and fashion weeks and red-carpet events cancelled or postponed. But brands are fast embracing tech to counter the impact of the pandemic.

How the coronavirus crisis is forcing fashion to rethink the way it does things
Life under lockdown gives you time to Marie Kondo your home, and more beyond

Why not take the opportunity to try out some new looks or sort your shoes. But whatever you do, don’t cut your own hair.

27 May 2020 - 2:37PM

Why not take the opportunity to try out some new looks or sort your shoes. But whatever you do, don’t cut your own hair.

Life under lockdown gives you time to Marie Kondo your home, and more beyond
Why Billie Eilish understands body-positivity better than the fashion industry

The 18-year old singer opened her new tour with a powerful comment on the way women’s bodies are valued. While more designers are dressing more curvaceous forms, the fashion industry still has a long way to go.

27 Mar 2020 - 6:33PM

The 18-year old singer opened her new tour with a powerful comment on the way women’s bodies are valued. While more designers are dressing more curvaceous forms, the fashion industry still has a long way to go.

Why Billie Eilish understands body-positivity better than the fashion industry
Thanks to Rihanna and Timothée Chalamet, hoodies are now haute – does that mean it’s time to buy one?

As the line between sportswear and luxury blurs, the humble hooded sweatshirt broadens its appeal.

23 Mar 2020 - 2:00AM

As the line between sportswear and luxury blurs, the humble hooded sweatshirt broadens its appeal.

Thanks to Rihanna and Timothée Chalamet, hoodies are now haute – does that mean it’s time to buy one?
Mark Zuckerberg has his hoodie, soccer moms have their yoga pants – are we all just wearing uniforms?

From Silicon Valley executives and soccer moms to the Maasai people, uniform dressing has both pros and cons.

17 Mar 2020 - 6:00AM

From Silicon Valley executives and soccer moms to the Maasai people, uniform dressing has both pros and cons.

Mark Zuckerberg has his hoodie, soccer moms have their yoga pants – are we all just wearing uniforms?
Thanks a lot, mould: how to beat the fungus in Hong Kong’s humid spring

Dehumidifiers, cedar balls and air purifiers: a self-help guide for keeping your wardrobe mould free.

1 Mar 2020 - 11:30AM

Dehumidifiers, cedar balls and air purifiers: a self-help guide for keeping your wardrobe mould free.

Thanks a lot, mould: how to beat the fungus in Hong Kong’s humid spring
How face masks became a fashion statement – in stylish circles, form follows function

From operating theatre to fashion runway, designers put their own, often absurd twist on the face mask, Hong Kong’s new everyday accessory.

21 Feb 2020 - 11:39AM

From operating theatre to fashion runway, designers put their own, often absurd twist on the face mask, Hong Kong’s new everyday accessory.

How face masks became a fashion statement – in stylish circles, form follows function
Men’s jewellery: why should girls have all the fun with ornamentation?

Former One Direction singer Harry styles leads the way for stylish men everywhere after rocking a pearl drop earring at last year’s Met Gala.

7 Feb 2020 - 3:50PM

Former One Direction singer Harry styles leads the way for stylish men everywhere after rocking a pearl drop earring at last year’s Met Gala.

Men’s jewellery: why should girls have all the fun with ornamentation?
Forget heels, white trainers were the shoe of the decade, going from scruffy to stylish

Fashion designer Phoebe Philo kicked off the trend in Adidas Stan Smiths in 2011, and nearly every big brand followed suit. But at what environmental cost?

17 Jan 2020 - 3:17AM

Fashion designer Phoebe Philo kicked off the trend in Adidas Stan Smiths in 2011, and nearly every big brand followed suit. But at what environmental cost?

Forget heels, white trainers were the shoe of the decade, going from scruffy to stylish
Start the new year by sparking joy with a wardrobe detox and learn how to become a better consumer

Still undecided whether to chuck or keep? If you haven’t worn it in a year, bin it.

13 Jan 2020 - 5:00AM

Still undecided whether to chuck or keep? If you haven’t worn it in a year, bin it.

Start the new year by sparking joy with a wardrobe detox and learn how to become a better consumer
How Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle became top fashion influencers without so much as a social media account

The British royals have had an unprecedented impact on the fashion industry, with their style choices recreated by thousands every day.

26 Dec 2019 - 6:16PM

The British royals have had an unprecedented impact on the fashion industry, with their style choices recreated by thousands every day.

How Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle became top fashion influencers without so much as a social media account
How to wear glitter make-up for the holidays – remember, a little goes a long way

A face full of shimmer, as seen at Valentino’s haute couture show in Beijing, may be taking it a bit too far, because a little goes a long way.

10 Dec 2019 - 3:51PM

A face full of shimmer, as seen at Valentino’s haute couture show in Beijing, may be taking it a bit too far, because a little goes a long way.

How to wear glitter make-up for the holidays – remember, a little goes a long way
Opinion | The case against Christmas presents – we need to create a culture that gives less, but better

Is it really better to give than to receive? Try neither. With so much waste clogging up the planet, it’s time we tried a new approach.

30 Nov 2019 - 8:11AM

Is it really better to give than to receive? Try neither. With so much waste clogging up the planet, it’s time we tried a new approach.

The case against Christmas presents – we need to create a culture that gives less, but better
Need a party dress? Fashion rentals are the way to go for generation rent – plus they don’t create waste and they’re democratising fashion

In Hong Kong, rent runway fashion from as little as US$20 a day at companies such as Yeechoo, Wardrobista and Pret-a-dress. It’s no-waste, and it lets you experiment wearing something you’d probably never buy.

23 Nov 2019 - 7:41AM

In Hong Kong, rent runway fashion from as little as US$20 a day at companies such as Yeechoo, Wardrobista and Pret-a-dress. It’s no-waste, and it lets you experiment wearing something you’d probably never buy.

Need a party dress? Fashion rentals are the way to go for generation rent – plus they don’t create waste and they’re democratising fashion
Granny chic: why going grey may have a silver lining

Grey hair is a full-fledged fashion trend, but you don’t have to be young and gorgeous to carry it off. Let’s make this a movement against the pressure to never age

19 Nov 2019 - 10:36AM

Grey hair is a full-fledged fashion trend, but you don’t have to be young and gorgeous to carry it off. Let’s make this a movement against the pressure to never age

Granny chic: why going grey may have a silver lining
Real fur vs fake fur: which is worse, and do we really need either?

As more and more brands ban fur from their shelves, it seems faux fur – made from plastic – is gaining traction. But more plastic is the last thing our planet needs.

5 Nov 2019 - 3:58PM

As more and more brands ban fur from their shelves, it seems faux fur – made from plastic – is gaining traction. But more plastic is the last thing our planet needs.

Real fur vs fake fur: which is worse, and do we really need either?
Opinion | VSCO girls – rich, white, vacuous and on the way out before you even knew who they were

Don’t let the oversized T-shirts covering their shorts fool you - these girls are all about the labels.

11 Oct 2019 - 10:12AM

Don’t let the oversized T-shirts covering their shorts fool you - these girls are all about the labels.

VSCO girls – rich, white, vacuous and on the way out before you even knew who they were
Chinos or khakis, whatever you call them, there’s more to the menswear basic than beige cotton

Named for a US military fabric, the word came into use when American troops stationed in the Philippines started wearing trousers made from cotton twill from China.

30 Sep 2019 - 10:17AM

Named for a US military fabric, the word came into use when American troops stationed in the Philippines started wearing trousers made from cotton twill from China.

Chinos or khakis, whatever you call them, there’s more to the menswear basic than beige cotton
Katie Holmes’ cashmere bra set pulses racing, but underwear as outerwear is nothing new

Worn with a cashmere cardigan, the set by Khaite cost more than US$2,000 – and sold out rather quickly.

20 Sep 2019 - 5:15AM

Worn with a cashmere cardigan, the set by Khaite cost more than US$2,000 – and sold out rather quickly.

Katie Holmes’ cashmere bra set pulses racing, but underwear as outerwear is nothing new
Celebrity beauty brands: would you take skincare advice from a famous teenager?

She played Eleven in Netflix series Stranger Things. Now 15-year-old Millie Bobby Brown has jumped on the celebrity beauty bandwagon.

12 Sep 2019 - 5:49AM

She played Eleven in Netflix series Stranger Things. Now 15-year-old Millie Bobby Brown has jumped on the celebrity beauty bandwagon.

Celebrity beauty brands: would you take skincare advice from a famous teenager?
Cover-up comeback: sarongs and kaftans, what’s not to love?

The beach staples are back with both luxury and high-street brands getting in on the act.

4 Sep 2019 - 3:55PM

The beach staples are back with both luxury and high-street brands getting in on the act.

Cover-up comeback: sarongs and kaftans, what’s not to love?
Opinion | Now that black is out, what to wear in Hong Kong – the many shades of political loyalties

Colours have meaning, with police detaining black-clad citizens and pure white taking on impure implications in the city.

28 Aug 2019 - 11:47AM

Colours have meaning, with police detaining black-clad citizens and pure white taking on impure implications in the city.

Now that black is out, what to wear in Hong Kong – the many shades of political loyalties
How to dress as a new mother and maintain a sense of style without succumbing to the careless comfort

High heels, jewellery and dresses? Forget it. When you’re focusing all your energies on that tiny human you made, practical fashion choices are a no-brainer.

7 Aug 2019 - 9:13PM

High heels, jewellery and dresses? Forget it. When you’re focusing all your energies on that tiny human you made, practical fashion choices are a no-brainer.

How to dress as a new mother and maintain a sense of style without succumbing to the careless comfort
Brow know how: from microblading to wigs, the latest trends are in your face

Thin, painted or bushy, brow styles are as cyclical as fashion.

30 Jul 2019 - 2:30PM

Thin, painted or bushy, brow styles are as cyclical as fashion.

Brow know how: from microblading to wigs, the latest trends are in your face
Opinion | Shorts are back in fashion: love them or loathe them, there’s no escaping them

While designers bring back cycle shorts, track shorts and – shudder – denim bermudas, this season’s mid-thigh, tailored shorts are easier to wear

20 Jul 2019 - 11:31AM

While designers bring back cycle shorts, track shorts and – shudder – denim bermudas, this season’s mid-thigh, tailored shorts are easier to wear

Shorts are back in fashion: love them or loathe them, there’s no escaping them
Opinion | Tie-dye is back (yes, really) and this time it’s not just for hippies

Sophisticated at Proenzer Schouler, subtle at Sacai, quirky at Prada and old-school psychedelic at The Elder Statesman, the whimsical pattern receives a high-fashion update.

11 Jul 2019 - 5:25AM

Sophisticated at Proenzer Schouler, subtle at Sacai, quirky at Prada and old-school psychedelic at The Elder Statesman, the whimsical pattern receives a high-fashion update.

Tie-dye is back (yes, really) and this time it’s not just for hippies
Kendall Jenner wore flip-flops with heels – but that doesn’t mean you should too

Flip-flops have sprouted heels this season – but that doesn’t mean you have to wear them

5 Jul 2019 - 5:58AM

Flip-flops have sprouted heels this season – but that doesn’t mean you have to wear them

Kendall Jenner wore flip-flops with heels – but that doesn’t mean you should too
Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian might get away with it for their star offspring but designer childrenswear is a waste

Babies in drop-crotch skinny jeans? Shoes so rigid a toddler can’t walk? Styling youngsters in the latest high fashion is a bizarre but lucrative industry innovation

13 Jun 2019 - 8:10PM

Babies in drop-crotch skinny jeans? Shoes so rigid a toddler can’t walk? Styling youngsters in the latest high fashion is a bizarre but lucrative industry innovation

Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian might get away with it for their star offspring but designer childrenswear is a waste
Opinion | Miniskirts for men? Short shorts are back but not for the fainthearted

From Dior to Tom Ford and Jacquemus to Prada, prepare for legs to be bared as short pants make a comeback.

7 Jun 2019 - 3:47AM

From Dior to Tom Ford and Jacquemus to Prada, prepare for legs to be bared as short pants make a comeback.

Miniskirts for men? Short shorts are back but not for the fainthearted