Styling Up Sophia Alexia in the South of France

When was the last time you wore something new and got complimented on it as soon as you stepped out of the door? I recently had that experience when I donned a Sophia Alexia kaftan. This British luxury resortwear is the brainchild of the designer of the same name. Specializing in silk scarves, sarongs, dresses and kaftans, she creates unique, timeless pieces inspired by the ocean.

sophia-alexiaThey’re perfect for a Summer holiday, so I decided to put one of her kaftans through its paces in Cannes. I was invited there for the recent Film Festival and already had my red carpet evening dress sorted, but needed a chic yet casual outfit for the next day.

cannes-red-carpet-2016The weather was glorious and during the festival, everyone looks very glamorous and Sophia Alexia’s style fitted the bill perfectly. After studying Printed Textile Design at the London College of Fashion, she has come up with a colourful collection, entirely handmade in Britain. Each design is available across all pieces, including scarves, sarongs, kaftans and pocket squares. They are crafted from the finest silk and the attention to detail is outstanding.

sophia-alexia-kaftan-cannesMy Aqua Pebbles kaftan was carefully wrapped in tissue paper and it hadn’t creased at all by the time I arrived in Cannes.

sophia-alexia-aqua-kaftanWhat really set it apart though, was the beauty and colours of the pattern. Resembling a blue and green sun-speckled sea, it instantly put me in holiday mode. The latest collection takes inspiration from the novel The Life of Pi and Sophia’s travels to the Caribbean.

sophia-alexia-swimwearFeeling surprisingly fresh the day after the final  film screening, I decided to head for an alternative red carpet…the one leading from the train station into town 😉

sophia-alexia-onlineThe nice thing about this one is that it’s accessible to everybody. Of course, I couldn’t resist a look at the yachts in the marina – and I bet the owner of this one is good fun!

naughty-by-nature-yachtCannes has some striking murals dedicated to film making, or the 7th art as it’s known in France.

sophia-alexia-londonAfter a morning in Cannes, we headed on to Antibes. It’s been one of my favourite destinations on the French Riviera ever since I lived in France. The old town is really atmospheric and the Picasso museum is well worth a visit. Don’t you just love the colours of The Church of the Immaculate Conception!

antibes-old-churchWe had a seafood lunch nearby at Les Vieux Murs (the Old Walls) overlooking the Mediterranean…

antibes-sophia-alexiabefore exploring the surrounding cobbled streets.

sophia-alexia-antibesFrom Antibes, it was a short drive to Nice. I loved it when I last visited but it’s even better than I remembered. We spent an enjoyable afternoon at the Matisse Museum in the upmarket Cimiez area.

sophia-alexia-niceIt might seem surprising to wear a kaftan to look around a museum, but the length of this one meant that it felt like wearing a regular dress. The loose fit kept me cool and comfortable throughout the day. I’m used to quite fitted clothes but this made a welcome change. You could also cinch it in with a belt for a different look. All in all, I was delighted with my Sophia Alexia kaftan and I can’t wait to check out the rest of the collection. The kaftan retails at £150 and I think it’s well worth it for such a distinctive piece that will become a staple of your holiday wardrobe, exuding effortless chic.
What are your Summer holiday plans? Do you have your outfits sorted?


  • Loving the print!!! So bright and Summer-y looking!!

  • Very lovely! The Sophia Alexia kaftan looks gorgeous on you Susan!

  • It’s a beautiful kaftan, I love the colours!

  • Beautifully Travelled

    Love this kaftan. Would be perfect for my trip to Thailand. light and airy but covers all the essential bits

    • It covered me up really well, I wouldn’t have originally thought of sightseeing whilst wearing it!

  • Love the Sophia Alexia Kaftan Suze – very elegant and glam!! The colours really suit you too.

  • Such gorgeous photos 🙂 The colour of this Kaftan is beautiful and gosh I’m so envious of your tan, haha. I’m so excited reading this post, as I’m actually heading to the South of France next month!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • The tan is fading fast with this rain ;-). You’ll have such a great time in the South of France

  • What a pretty kaftan! I really like the style and the colour of it, also turquoise looks gorgeous on bronzed skin

    Ela BellaWorld

    • I think turquoise could be the most flattering colour on all hair colours and skin tones!

  • Oooh LOVE the colour! Looks gorgeous on you – very chic!

    C x | Lux Life

  • It’s no surprise that you were complimented on this kaftan instantly. It’s gorgeous, and I love the aquatic-esque print. Great way to enjoy the South of France in style as well!
    Organika Style

  • The last time I wore something new and got complimented as soon as I stepped out of the door was when I was wearing my dress and hat for this year’s Epsom Derby! This does not happen often 🙂 The Sophia Alexia kaftan looks stunning so I can imagine the compliments you received. Also loved your yellow dress that you wore at the Cannes Film Festival!

    • That’s very kind, Miriam! I remember your outfit for the Derby, it was super chic

  • What a beautiful dress! Aqua is one of my favourite colors to wear in the summer, love the details and style of this dress, very chic!

    Eden | Mint Notion

  • Such a pretty dress, look stunning on you 🙂

  • You look so elegant in this Kaftan, I love the colour, really do love blue.

    Beautiful photographs!

    Laura xo

  • Lucy

    What a beautiful colour perfect for both the beech but also walking around town. You look stunning as always Lucy x

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    Love the kaftan, you look so elegant. The scenery is amazing as well

  • I love the print and colour of that kaftan, it looks gorgeous on you! I can’t wait to go somewhere warm, I can live in kaftans year round, so comfy 🙂

  • Hayley Rubery

    This dress looks beautiful, I love the colour!

    Hayley xo