Style Essentials From Store Specialists' Fashion Insider

Rach Sayed, the associate marketing manager for Stores Specialists’ franchise of Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Tod’s, Stella McCartney, and Alexander McQueen on her style secrets.

Current fashion wishlist: A Gucci Marmont shoulder bag.

Personal uniform: I wear a lot of neutrals and black. I like to mix different materials together in a look. For example, I would pair feminine and sexy lace with leather or something tailored so it’s never too hard or too soft, and always simple yet elegant.

Travel style essentials: It depends where I’m going, but I like to pack light, so a lot of easy pieces with wrinkle-free fabric. I usually bring a lot of dresses and things that I can mix and match. I always have a pair of comfortable sneakers, a light jacket, and a messenger-style bag so I can go hands-free.

Work style essentials: Anything tailored such as tailored pants or a blazer because they easily elevate a look. My go-to work looks are composed of tailored pants paired with a silk or chiffon top or a satin dress with a structured blazer. It’s easy to dress them up or down and they can go from work to play.

Favorite fashion movies: I’m obsessed with fashion documentaries. I really enjoyed The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts, which talks about Frida Giannini’s reign as Gucci’s creative director. It’s quite interesting because there were snippets of Alessandro Michele in action. I also enjoyed Dior and I, Yves Saint Laurent, McQueen and I, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, and Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s.

Favorite fashion reads: How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits, by Anne Berest; Love x Style x Life, by Garance Dore; It, by Alexa Chung; and Parisian Chic: A Style Guide, by Ines de la Fressange.

Earliest fashion memory: I’ve been interested in fashion since I can remember. As a kid, I loved to play dress up in my mom’s closet while she was getting ready to go out.


Describe your style: It revolves around the philosophy that less is more and that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. It’s about keeping things simple and minimal but still being able to convey something powerful through that approach.

From left: Saint Laurent Opyum shoes and Tuxedo Box bag, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, 956.3435; Givenchy Pandora Box bag. Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, 956.3430; Gucci 'Blind For Love' New Ace sneakers and Dionysus 'Blind For Love' embroidered snakeskin bag, Greenbelt 4, 757.6291

Favorite brands: Right now it’s Gucci because I love everything that Alessandro Michele is making of the brand. Another classic brand that I will always be drawn to is Saint Laurent.

Favorite shops: Zara is my go-to for anything and everything. I prefer to use my time to roam when I’m abroad but when I do shop, I love going to places with interesting finds that are unique to that city, so I usually check out markets.

Fashion philosophy: Less is more, always.

Fashion influences: I’m fascinated by all things French and its effortless chic vibe.

Style icons: Olivia Palermo, who always looks so chic and put together. Her style tends to be a mixture of elements, combining opulent clothes with simpler pieces. Cameron Diaz always has a stunning wardrobe in her movies. Audrey Hepburn, who is the pinnacle of elegance. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has that “model off-duty” style with a hint of biker chic that I love.

Signature accessories: Anything gold—gold rings, gold necklaces, gold bangles. At the moment I’ve been all about statement earrings. It’s the cherry on top of any outfit.

First big splurge: It was my first Givenchy bag which was a tri-color small Pandora that I instantly fell in love with.

Prized possessions: The two things that I’ve worn every single day from as far back as I can remember are my scapular that I got during my Confirmation because it signifies my faith and my mom’s wedding ring because it reminds me of my parents and their love for each other.


I can’t live without… My family, friends, and my phone.




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