Style Profile – Sofia Polak

Sofia is a local stylist, mama and 1/3rd of The Fashion Vault. She has a polished, sophisticated style which is based around luxurious, minimalist pieces brought to life with a touch of glamour. The key to Sofia’s style is subtly – trawling her body of work and gram brings to mind the famous quote by Mad Men’s Don Draper “make it simple, but significant”. These four words summarise what makes Sofia’s style so lust worthy, she brings looks together with ease, simplicity and effortlessness. Steering away from trends and instead oping for classic chic, Sofia has a signature style which feels as aspirational as it does attainable. She can do no wrong!


What does “style” mean to you?

Style to me is self -expression. It’s the opportunity to express your mood, personality and tells the world a little more about you.

Summarise your style in 5 words…

Practical, effortless, understated, minimalist, polished


Top 3 Items In your wardrobe?

My every day black blazer, my go-to leather biker jacket and my fave pair of denim jeans

What are you currently lusting after?

The Saint Laurent monogramme heels. Which are black patent leather points with ‘YSL’ as the heel. Google them!

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Who/what inspires your style?

I love stalking the latest designer collections and as an ex-fashion designer, I am constantly in awe of all the different styles designers create every season – the cuts, the fabrics the hemlines – I love it all.

Practically though, my style is quite understated and between work, styling gigs and mum life there is little opportunity to dress up in the looks I lust over so I tend use that inspiration to create content for my blog or when putting looks together for a shoot.

When it comes to my own personal style, I am not influenced by trends so much as those key classic pieces which make me feel put together and polished, and can be reinvented time and time again.


Where can we find you in your spare time?

Spare time is a rarity these days since I live a very busy lifestyle, but a little self-care goes a long way and for me that usually means brunching with my family, catching up with friends or spending time outdoors – walking or sipping coffee by the lake.

Favourite Magazine? Vogue – Over the years I have collected a few vintage editions which I love to browse at occasionally.

Leather or denim? Leather

Red lip or nude? Nude but never underestimate the power of the red lip! Instant confident boost!

Most stylish space in Canberra? I personally love Parlour and the Nishi Building.

Ultimate Style Icon? Audrey Hepburn – her style was timeless and elegant.

Favourite style quote? “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it” By Edith Head – American Costume Designer. This resonates with me because the reason why I love fashion is because it’s aspirational and the possibilities are endless.

Where can we style stalk you? You can find my work on my blog | @thefashionvaultau or find out more about me at | @sofiapolakstyle

Photography by the talented Deejay from We Are Found.

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