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

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
Opinion | How to fly in style: unlike Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski, mere mortals should dress for comfort

Long-haul flights can play havoc with your clothes so prepare an outfit that will allow you to travel in comfort without sacrificing elegance.

23 May 2019 - 9:00PM

Long-haul flights can play havoc with your clothes so prepare an outfit that will allow you to travel in comfort without sacrificing elegance.

How to fly in style: unlike Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski, mere mortals should dress for comfort
Opinion | How to buy eco-friendly activewear and help alleviate the environmental costs of the fashion industry

The ‘performance’ technology in yoga pants is the result of an environmentally hazardous textile production process, but some brands are stepping up their eco games.

14 May 2019 - 7:00PM

The ‘performance’ technology in yoga pants is the result of an environmentally hazardous textile production process, but some brands are stepping up their eco games.

How to buy eco-friendly activewear and help alleviate the environmental costs of the fashion industry
Opinion | After the Met Gala’s mishmash of camp and corny, the politics of dressing for a costume party

While ‘camp’ might be an ambiguous theme, there are certain rules to costume parties – don’t use it as an excuse to wear very little, and by all means, commit.

14 May 2019 - 5:34PM

While ‘camp’ might be an ambiguous theme, there are certain rules to costume parties – don’t use it as an excuse to wear very little, and by all means, commit.

After the Met Gala’s mishmash of camp and corny, the politics of dressing for a costume party
Opinion | From Kate Middleton to Selena Gomez, celebrity hair accessories are turning heads

Sparkly hair clips, gargantuan hairbands and even the humble bobby pics – hair adornment is back, but leave those scrunchies in the 80s

21 Apr 2019 - 11:15AM

Sparkly hair clips, gargantuan hairbands and even the humble bobby pics – hair adornment is back, but leave those scrunchies in the 80s

From Kate Middleton to Selena Gomez, celebrity hair accessories are turning heads
Opinion | Is this the least practical bag ever made? Jacquemus’ micro-bag pushes realms of ridiculous

Le Petit Chiquito Mini is another stroke of Instagrammable genius from French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus. Measuring just 5cm, the bag is a triumph of the conceptual over the useful.

8 Apr 2019 - 6:36PM

Le Petit Chiquito Mini is another stroke of Instagrammable genius from French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus. Measuring just 5cm, the bag is a triumph of the conceptual over the useful.

Is this the least practical bag ever made? Jacquemus’ micro-bag pushes realms of ridiculous
Opinion | From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Julia Roberts, how the pantsuit became a symbol of female strength

The idea of a frumpy trouser suits is a thing of the past, as powerful women across the world have taken charge of their image

21 Mar 2019 - 8:42AM

The idea of a frumpy trouser suits is a thing of the past, as powerful women across the world have taken charge of their image

From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Julia Roberts, how the pantsuit became a symbol of female strength
Opinion | Fashion over 50: are brands finally discovering the potential of more mature consumers?

Women have been conditioned to dress a certain way once they reach 50, but many are increasingly defying the staid conventions of style

17 Mar 2019 - 2:26PM

Women have been conditioned to dress a certain way once they reach 50, but many are increasingly defying the staid conventions of style

Fashion over 50: are brands finally discovering the potential of more mature consumers?
Michelle Obama, Sandra Bullock swear by it – but is collagen really the fountain of youth?

From bird’s nest soup to smoothies, collagen is being consumed in various forms but the jury is still out on whether it can really turn back time

3 Mar 2019 - 9:17AM

From bird’s nest soup to smoothies, collagen is being consumed in various forms but the jury is still out on whether it can really turn back time

Michelle Obama, Sandra Bullock swear by it – but is collagen really the fountain of youth?