I’m very excited for this post because it’s the first time I’m delving into Bollywood fashion! I really wanted to step out of my comfort zone and asked Meg for suggestions as to which Bollywood star I should look at. She immediately, and without hesitation, said Sonam Kapoor (and linked me to her page on High Heel Confidential). I was immediately quite impressed by Ms. Kapoor. Sure, she’s had some not so great looks, but who hasn’t? I love that she’s a risk-taker and that she, very obviously, loves fashion.
Sonam Kapoor wears a lot of one-of-a-kind couture gowns that are quite lovely, but ultimately un-replicable, so I decided to simply appreciate those looks from afar and concentrate on her less formal ensembles. Kapoor had three ensembles that I was very impressed with, and, I’ve noticed by going through High Heel Confidential archives, that she goes back to often. Obviously, she’s found somethings that work great for her and she’s smart enough to not let a good thing go! So, we’re going to break down these looks and see if we can’t find a bit of Sonam Kapoor that works for us all!
Look # 1: “oh, oh, oh, she’s a lady!”
Sonam Kapoor is a lady, and you best remember that! Kapoor loves to strut her stuff in fitted, ladylike ensembles like this beautifully fitted navy Burberry suit (below) or fitted Audrey Hepburn-like knee-length dresses. She always choose unique cuts or colors to keep the classic look fresh and youthful. The tailoring of the suit accentuates her svelte physique and shows of her long legs without being too risqué, while the small, ladylike peplum at the hem of her jacket gives her an extra bit of sexy curve. Of all Kapoor’s looks, this is the one that any woman (or should I say lady?) can and should channel! A well-fitting suit will flatter any figure and will never go out of style.
If you’re willing to put a dent in your budget, I’d definitely look at Burberry and St. John for beautifully made suits that will last you and your descendents several lifetimes. However, you do not have to break the bank to get a great suit. I suggest looking at department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom because they’ll have a large selection of brands and sizes for a variety of prices. For $200-$300 you’ll be able to find a lot of great options. Remember to get your suit tailored. There’s nothing worse than ain ill-fitting suit. Spend $50 on tailoring and your $200 suit will look like it cost $1200. Trust me.
To channel Kapoor’s specific Burberry look I picked out two suits from the Macy’s website. A lovely light aqua suit by Tahari by ASL (right $240) and a wonderfully bright blue suit by Le Suit (left, $200). Both are in unique, fresh colors perfect for work or a garden party and both have a subtle feminine detail at the waist. Kapoor wore her Burberry suit buttoned up and without a blouse, which you could certainly do with these suits, but you could also pair them with a feminine blouse (Kapoor has done this on other occasions, like with this tweed Dior suit, just ignore the fishnets. No lady should wear fishnets. ever.) You can find blouses anywhere from J. Crew to Ann Taylor to H&M. They are a great way to get more outfits out of your suit!
Keep your jewelry to a minimum, maybe simple rings or a simple necklace, and choose mid height heels with pretty, feminine details like these Nordstrom BP Larissa Sandals ($59).
Look # 2: The Grecian Goddess
Sonam Kapoor loves to look like a goddess in draped dresses whether it’s for a red carpet event (Above, wearing Roberto Cavalli) or a more casual night out (Below, wearing Rachel Pally). Kapoor has also worn various short versions of the goddess look, like this Manish Arora dress. The elegant lines of these dresses accentuate her long, slender frame and the draping creates interest and curves on her body. While I would recommend the longer gowns for taller individuals, I think the shorter versions would be flattering for many body types.
Kapoor’s Cavalli gown is couture and very hard to find, but you can find variations of her Rachel Pally dress at Shopbop, like this Shopbop exclusive Rachel Pally Grecian Dress ($238). Pally doesn’t come cheap though. For cheaper alternatives I would suggest stores like BCBG, The Limited, or Forever21. To channel this look I chose, for the long look, the Crinkle Maxi Dress from Forever21 ($27.80) and, for the short look, the Draped Jersey V-Neck dress from BCBGeneration ($88).
Pair with bangles, hoop earrings, and other fun, slightly bohemian pieces. For shoes pick metallic strappy sandals or heels.
Look #3: Cool Girl Chic
Kapoor has really cool eclectic street style. I love her casual Fendi suit (above) or her even more casual airport attire (below). She achieves many of her cool looks by combining menswear inspired pieces, like blazers and brogues, with casual staples, like tees and jeans. And she always adds extra oomph with a fabulous purse, like her Hermes Birkin and Ferragamo Sophia (above) and Balenciaga Moto Bag (below) and a pair of the ultimate cool girl shades – aviators.
To channel her cool girl vibe I’m going to first pull out my favorite basics. My favorite jeans are Adriano Goldschmied, they’re perfect in fit and material for me and I have quite a few pairs. If you’re into designer jeans, I’d urge you to check out AG jeans. However, you needn’t run out and buy new jeans. Simply pull out a pair of dark skinny jeans that you already own! I’ll pull out my AG Stilt Cigarette Jeans in a very dark wash ($158). Top off your jeans with a loose-fitting tee in black or white. My favorite tank tops are all from H&M!
Now it’s time for some menswear! Look at stores like Topshop, Urban outfitters, Zara, Uniqlo, and H&M for menswear inspired blazers and vests. I’ve chosen a chic one button blazer from Uniqlo ($79) and paired it with Cooperative Canvas Cap-Toe Oxfords from Urban Outfitters ($48).
This look is extremely versatile. For summer, try a colorful blazer over shorts or a sundress and maybe add a fedora to block out the sun! I’d complete this look with Ray Ban Classic Aviators ($139) in black, these are the original (and in my opinion best) aviators, and a nice, trendy bag. For an on trend quality leather bag that won’t bankrupt you, I’d suggest Marc by Marc Jacobs. I love everything Marc does and his diffusion line (Marc by Marc) is a great product for a nice price point. The Marc by Marc Jacobs “Ozzie” Baby Aiden ($328) would be a great choice. I particularly like it in bright plum, such a fun color!
Well, I hope you have enjoyed my exploration into Sonam Kapoor’s style. She’s made some great sartorial choices that any woman could emulate with great results. The most important thing, though, is to have fun with your clothes! Sonam Kapoor obviously does, and that’s why she has such cool and interesting outfits!
*all pictures of Kapoor are from highheelconfidential.com. Thank you, HHC!