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How to do the Preppy Sophisticated style

We are back with our nosy lens to raid one of Dubai’s best kept secret fashionistas: meet Hania Farroukh a Lebanese woman in her thirties whose style is a clever mixture of sophisticated femininity and cool preppy edge. Think Midi skirts and dresses, statement shoes and investment pieces that live happily alongside high-street finds. Hania shows us how to do the preppy sophisticated style.

We have also asked Hania to style 2 posts for us: “3 ways to wear a Neoprene coat” and “How to transform your midi dress into Cocktail Frock”.

You can shop Hania’s style through our brand-new shopping widget. Read on and enjoy our great finds!

Outfit picks and Photography by Style Under Fire , Styling by Hania Farroukh

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How would you describe your personal style?

I go by mixing trends with more classical items. Always in comfortable clothes no matter how sexy they are. I love experimenting with a staple item & trying to wear it differently every time.

I enjoy when I come across great finds from high street brands and getting compliments on how I wore it (oh it’s H&M!!!! J)

What do you consider sexy?

Ladies might consider curve-hugging clothes sexy, for me it has to be comfortable first so I can feel great and sexy. I love midi high waisted skirts with a cropped top showing a bit of flesh and GREAT shoes of course.

What is your earliest fashion memory?

Trying on and attempting to steal my grandmother’s accessories. She had the most amazing taste in vintage accessories, stacking them up used to make me feel so happy.

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Your worst fashion moment?

Despite knowing that I don’t like tight short dresses and it makes me uncomfortable and self-conscious, I bought a bodycon dress by a well-known designer and wore it to an event. I was so uncomfortable & constantly pulling it down trying to keep it in place. Not a great memory, it’s been in my closet ever since!

The oldest piece in your wardrobe?

My Grandmother vintage grey pearl necklace.

Your most worn piece?

I love White V neck t-shirts with ripped jeans, so I think it should be that!

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If you were on a desert island what would you take with you?

Swimsuits, Kaftans, hat, sunglasses, lots of sunscreen & lip gloss for the fun

Your fashion pet- hate?

I have 2 fashion pet- hates: underwear lines showing under clothes, Suuuuuuper High scary heels

Your favourite shoes?

Anything Aquazzura is my favourite. They tick all the boxes: Super comfortable, colorful, sexy & can directly uplift any outfit.


If you were brave enough what would you dare to wear?

A pair of Over-the-knee boots. I love them on other people but I have mixed feelings, as it could look very sexy or very down-market if worn wrong. Still debating if I dare J

What trends are you banking on at the moment?

Midi Skirts, they are so comfortable and flattering. Anything leather J and desperately waiting for a winter vacation to wear a cape or an oversized coat!

What is the next purchase that you are drooling over?

A Chloe Oversized coat & a Burgundy YSL université bag that I am sure I will wear forever …


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