The Sonam Kapoor style guide, broken down by the actor herself
Wear a sari… and forget the blouse, and when in doubt, go for red lips and pearls
Cher Horowitz from Clueless had the perfect solution to ‘I don’t have an outfit to wear’ dilemmas — her colour-coded, an expertly curated closet was uploaded on that ancient PC of hers and featured magical tech that helped her combine blouses and bottoms effortlessly. In my head, the Sonam Kapoor style guide has been crafted with the same The Jetsons-esque technology
Of course, what she really has is impeccable taste, access to the some of the best brands in the world and an in-house stylist, i.e sister Rhea Kapoor. The triple threat means the actor glides from look to look more effortlessly than Leonardo Di Caprio changes supermodel girlfriends. Sonam Kapoor style means pulling off an all-red pantsuit as effectively as louche separates from Bhaane; convincingly twinning with her husband in suits and then turning ultra-feminine in a ruffled yellow dress.
And for someone whose idea of Diwali dressing is limited to shopping at the likes of Anokhi and Fabindia like the 87,000 other panicked shoppers rushing there, Kapoor’s constantly well-turned-out ensembles provide much-needed inspiration. We picked her brain for tips on how to sex up the sari, mix high-street with haute couture and how to look dressed up when you don’t feel like dressing up at all.
Decoding the Sonam Kapoor style guide
On mixing high-street with high fashion
It’s like pairing “sneakers with cool dresses and just some hair accessories. Or denims with a beautiful Balenciaga jacket. There are a lot of things that I do when I mix it up. High street is something you can buy fun pieces from, and I think you need to spend a little more on your basics.”
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On reinventing Indian wear
“I love wearing saris and I think a lot of Indian girls haven’t been wearing saris much. I think saris can look super cool, you can wear it with a shirt or a corset; you wear it with a belt, with a jacket… You wear it without a blouse, it can be hot. You just need to make it your own, and you can even drape the sari in different ways. Start wearing saris more often and then experiment with the drapes and the blouses that you wear, even with the length of the sari. I like saris that are ankle length and I just wear loafers with them.”
On looking dressed up when you don’t feel like dressing up
“My favourite thing is to put on red lipstick and wear pearls, I think that just makes anything look nice.”