12 Times Director Sofia Coppola Has Mastered Classic Preppy Elegance

The filmmaker's understated ensembles are effortlessly elegant, just like her.

Screenwriter, director, producer, actress—and as of this year, the second woman ever to win Best Director at Cannes—Sofia Coppola is a force to be reckoned with. But her talents don't stop at the screen. Ever since this powerhouse filmmaker stepped into the spotlight, Sofia's demure style has been noted as well. With poised outfit tastes, even the stars of her films could learn a thing or two from her.

May 24, 2017

At the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, Sofia Coppola promoted the debut of her newest film, The Beguiled. Her black, fringe-based skirt suit and black pumps fit naturally among the stylish looks of models and actresses.

May 24, 2017

At the Cannes Festival, Sofia opted to dress down with loose fitting, wide-leg jeans, and Ferragamo shoes.

May 23, 2017

For the Cannes anniversary dinner, Coppola wore a modest black dress with a tight collar, cinched upper body, and pink floral designs throughout.

May 5, 2017

Following Cartier's black-and-gold themed affair, Coppola wore a sheer, black dress with a pleated skirt and topped off the outfit with recycled gold wedges. (She wore the same shoes a year earlier at Cartier's Fifth Avenue reopening.)

May 1, 2017

Loyal to her monochromatic style, she wore a gold Marc Jacobs evening dress to the 2017 Met Gala. We have no idea whether she participated in the congregational smoking event in the woman's bathroom.

September 7, 2016

She wore a white blouse, cinched at the waist with elbow-length sleeves to Cartier's Fifth Avenue reopening event at the Cartier Mansion. Showing support for Cartier, Sofia also wore gold wedges.

May 22, 2016

In a gorgeous Valentino dress, Coppola attended the premiere of her first opera, "La Traviata" in Rome, Italy, hosted by—of course—Valentino.

April 21, 2016

She looked classic at the Louis Vuitton Exhibition "Volez, Voguez, Voyagez" in a simple LBD with a red coat hung over her shoulders.


March 10, 2016

Arriving at the Palazzo Fendi and Zuma inauguration in a chic fur coat over a traditional black jumper and black floral ankle strap wedges.

September 15, 2016

Venturing outside her color palette, Coppola chose a bright pink, sheer, leopard-patterned blouse while on the streets of New York City for the Marc Jacobs Spring fashion show.

December 2, 2015

Here Sofia attends the premiere for her Netflix film, A Very Murray Christmas. For the event, she switched up her usual look—although remaining true to her favorites, gold and black—with a sequined gold blouse which hung down over her black pants, and wedges.

October 13, 2015

Sofia Coppola wore a classic ensemble to the Louis Licari Salon opening: A collared blouse with a black accent tie, black pants, and her favorite ankle strap wedges.

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