Five Minutes of Fashion with Sophie Ellis Bextor

Sophie Ellis Bextor is Victoria Beckham’s arch nemesis when it comes to music, after beating Victoria’s first solo single to number One in 2000. Ten years later, Sophie is still making music and giving Posh competition in the fashion stakes with a unique bold but beautiful style.

The daughter of Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis has got so much on her to-do list at the moment, as not only is she a mother to two young sons, Sonny and Kit, she’s releasing an album called Straight To The Heart in August. Sophie also DJs  with her husband Richard Jones from The Feeling under the name Mr and Mrs Jones and they’ve just organised their first festival.

So how does the busy working mum keep going and still look the same as she did when she burst onto the scene with Murder on The Dancefloor?

We caught up with the singer before her gig at London’s GAY this weekend for a fashion fix!

QS: How has your style changed in the past 10 years?
“As I grow older I like more of a vintage style. I’m a sucker for tea dresses. But when it comes to performing, I’ll probably go for a bright coloured outfit. Because I have really pale skin, I can get away with wearing something bold and striking. I loved the blue dress I wore to the Elle Style Awards.”

(If it’s bright you’re after, we think the Love Label sculptural dress below is equally captivating)

QS: What items of clothing do you have on your shopping list right now?
“I don’t really have lists – I just buy. I buy tons of shoes, so they’re always on my list. High shoes, coloured shoes, white shoes – the more unique the better.”

Qs: What about sportswear and leisurewear? We hear you do a lot of exercise…
“I work out about 3 times a week. Since having children, I have to exercise to stay in shape. I go to the gym or do yoga. Normally, I’ll just wear jogging bottoms, but I would say to check the fabric of your tracksuit pants carefully. It’s important to find a pair that are soft and let your skin breathe when you sweat, And get a good sports bra!

Qs: As you’ve played a lot of festivals, do you have any tips about what to pack?
“Make a list and check things off. You’ll need a hat, sunglasses, flat boots, and a mac for sure. I always take a couple of cardigans because festivals in England get so cold at night.”

Qs: What’s your favourite festival?
“Glastonbury is unique – you can’t beat the atmosphere there. But this year, my husband and I organised our own festival in Meribel. There was ski-ing and snowboarding by day and music at night, so that is my favourite festival. Check it out next year – the Little World festival. Even if you don’t ski, then come along and party with us!

12th May 2010
Written by Zoe Griffin