1 Girl, 4 Looks: A Music Maven Shows Off Her Chill Duds

We envy the gal who has gypset style down to the T. You know the one — she travels the globe, strums on her guitar, and looks effortlessly chic in the process. Where does this bon vivant exist? Why, she lives right here in Marin.
Enter Sophie Loomis, a musician and Larkspur-dwelling babe who took a break from touring (lucky us!) and showed off her four raddest outfits. We hung out for a cozy afternoon in her cabin-like digs (can we move in?!), sipped tea with the Brit-born beauty, and the rest is, well, wow-worthy. Let the inspiration ensue.
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
Tell us a little more about what you do.
"Mostly, I am a doer of all things music, from playing and writing to working in production, management, and booking tours. Most recently I’ve been working for High Road Touring, an incredible boutique booking agency based out of Sausalito, booking tours for an incredible roster of artists across the U.S. and further afar. But, going forward, I’ve decided to redirect my focus, splitting my time between making my own music, a project I’m calling Loomis, and being out on the road working with the Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches, across Europe and the U.S."

Sophie hangs in her patio wearing an All Saints dress, Free People boots, and a vintage necklace.
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
How and when did you first get into music?
"I grew up in a very musical household. My father and brother are both musicians, and my mother was a professional dancer in her youth. If someone wasn’t playing an instrument in my house, then a record was blaring. I’m so grateful to my parents that they encouraged my brother and I to learn as many instruments as we could. It never really even occurred to me to pursue anything that didn’t revolve around music — it was just a given. Writing songs has been a passion of mine since I was 13. Straight out of high school, in London, I got a job as a production assistant with an English rock band. It was an unimaginable experience and it took me all over the world for 18 months. Soon after joining, I became the backing singer and also the manager's assistant. So, very quickly I was able to see how the industry works from a number of different perspectives. Since then, one thing has lead to another, and here we are."
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
What do you do on your downtime?
"I simply can’t stop rearranging my house! It is a never-ending project for me. Pop on a record, light some candles, move everything! I also love to knit beanies, paint in watercolors, take photographs, cook, nap, and be with my man and dog."
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
How does living in California impact your style?
"It’s funny, because when I lived in London, people told me on occasions that I had a Californian vibe going on, so it wasn’t a big transition. People generally tend to dress a little more casually over here than in London though, but that suits me very well."

Sophie goes for a stroll in vintage skirt, top, and belt, Minetonka hat, and All Saints boots.
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
What’s one item you must always pack?
"Out on the road it has to be that ol’ trusty pair of boots. The one’s that will walk you 'home' when your feet are too tired, or keep you dancing all summer long from festival to festival."

What are a few of your sartorial guilty pleasures?
"It is a very, very rare occurrence that I have on a pair of matching socks."
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
What are some of your favorite things to do in Larkspur?
"Most of the time, if I’m in Larkspur, I’m at home. If we’re going to meet friends or see some live music or going out to eat, we’ll just hop over the bridge into the city. However, Larkspur is so charming — it has great local shops, cafes, and restaurants. But, the best thing about Marin is the breathtaking hikes…there are magical trails everywhere!"
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
Who are some artists who inspire you?
"This could go on for days: Neil Young, Bob Marley, John Lennon, CSN, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Annie Leibovitz, Jack Kerouac, Roald Dahl, Patti Smith, and Beyonce."

If you could raid the closet of anyone — dead or alive — whose would it be?
"Kate Moss."
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
What is your all-time favorite song to play?
"Oh man, I’ve had Carole King’s 'Tapestry' songbook for as long as I can remember. I’ve sat down at the piano and sung my heart out to 'Way Over Yonder' at many prominent times through out my life. But, if you were to tell me I could only perform one more song, I'd sing 'Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay' by Otis Redding."

Sophie strings the guitar in BDG overalls, Staring At Stars top, and All Saints boots.
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
What’s one of your favorite mementos you’ve picked up while traveling?
"It’s got to be my husband. I found him on the bunk below mine in a hostel in Sydney, Australia! Not a bad find for a smelly, $20-a-night hostel."

Who are your style icons?
"My style inspiration really comes for the same artists l mentioned before. For me, style is about energy and expression, it comes together naturally from what you have observed in the world around you that has inspired you."
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
You travel pretty frequently for shows – what’s been your favorite destination?
"In 2013, I toured around the U.S. for the first time — New Orleans and Austin both blew me away. But, of all the places around the world I've gone for shows, Bern, Switzerland might just win."

Who are your favorite local designers?
"I'm still figuring that out over here. I tend to shop vintage more than anything else in San Francisco. The city has so many great vintage spots that aren't grossly overpriced."
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
We love your cabin-like place here in Larkspur – tell us the story behind it.
"When I first married Danny, I moved to San Francisco from London. One afternoon, he and I went for a drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to cruise around Marin, since I had never been. I was taken back by the beauty of the hills, the trees, the water and the sunshine… and in such close proximity to the city! The idea of living out here wouldn’t escape our minds. Then, we found out about this place, built in the '60s, made from cedar wood. It is essentially a tree house up in the hills, nestled in the woods, overlooking Larkspur. The moment we walked in its little Dutch doors, we knew it was our spot."

Sophie has cabin fever in vintage shorts, Silence + Noise jacket, Free People boots, and vintage top and necklace.
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
What’s your philosophy on accessorizing?
"I’d say 90% of the time: less is more. It has to balance for me. Generally, if I’m wearing big earrings, then no necklace. If I’m wearing a hat, then no sunglasses. However, this theory goes completely out of the window when it comes to rings or bracelets. More, more, more! Pile them on."

Where do you love to shop in the Bay?
"Mostly, I rummage through thrift stores wherever I am."
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
What do the next few months look like for you?
"Pretty damn good I’d say! It feels like the beginning of a new chapter right now. I’ll be going back to London in February to spend some time with family and friends and soak up the wonder of my hometown. Following that, I’ll be touring around Europe with Chvrches for all of March. Then — and always with the warmest heart — I’ll return home to California. This spring and summer is looking set to be filled with festivals, kicking off with Coachella. But ultimately, by the end of the summer, I hope to be starting my first record."
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