I discovered SophiReaptress a couple of days ago on Instagram and have been eyeing her shop ever since, plotting my first purchase. Sophie is an independent designer based in Philladelphia, and her designs are “based on the shadowy side of fashion.”
I’m talking deep hoods and sweeping fabrics, and a selection of funky, unique patterned leggings. Although the majority of her collection is for women, she has a few unisex pieces, and when you see them modelled on men, they look pretty awesome.
Many of her leggings use the same or similar prints to Black Milk leggings, which is to be expected as those prints are insanely popular right now and look great in legging form. I like the ones that are different – like the Rose leggings and the Flocked & Black Mesh leggings – and the way she shapes the patterns into diagonal panels against a the black legging. She’s taken the popular printed legging trend and made it her own.
I’ve often shied away from draped pieces in the past, but as I’m getting older I’m enjoying the aesthetic detail and silhouette of a nice draped piece. I have a whole wardrobe filled with loud, bold, dark prints – it’s nice to give the eye a break with something a bit more elegant. All of her pieces work well together, which is great – it seems like the tops are designed to look great with patterned leggings, which is what many of us legging-obsessed folk are looking for these days.
In particular, I’m loving this Swathe Cape, with it’s Haute Hogwarts vibe, Banshee cardigan with front latex details, the Grimreaper oversized unisex tunic (I love the way it’s style here with the belt, this mesh shirt, and this tee with extra-long sleeves (which would go great with all the leggings I currently own). Actually, I think I’ve decided – it’s going to be that tee, just don’t know which colour yet.
SophiReaptress has also done some collaborations with artist Jeremy Hush, including these AMAZING Marionette Horse leggings that are now on preorder.