Most of us follow the Indian Premier League for the exciting cricketing action. The rest of us (the ones who cannot tell the difference between long-on and mid-off) look for the latest on which celebrity is seen with (or not seen with) whom, and in what! You’ll then be only (pleasantly) surprised to find that there are many style lessons just waiting to be learnt by the way all our IPL celebs dress. Read on to know more about the fashion staple of these IPL frequenters…
Shilpa Shetty- Don’t you miss her too?
Shilpa Shetty Kundra has the figure that most women would kill for. Hers is the persona that could make any outfit look great! She usually sports crisp formal dresses and big boxy handbags in neutral colors at IPL auctions. Press events have her flaunting a team jersey (with or without a team blazer), along with skinnies and a bag. IPL parties call for punchier colors (candy pink, satin teal, etc) and more figure-hugging numbers. In fact, she is one of those few who can look like a million bucks even with a baby bump. Shilpa Shetty juggles all her responsibilities with great panache, be it that of a new mom (hope she makes a comeback soon) or a go-getter business woman. Full points to her for being who she is. I applaud her for the way she tries to incorporate her team’s colors and theme into her every outfit, whilst highlighting her feminine side.
Preity Zinta- She’s more than just killer dimples
Seasons come and go, and they’ve seen Preity transform into a style stalwart over the years. I love the way she adds her own touch of liveliness to each and every ensemble she dons. I also adore her supremely sporty sense of dressing; her for-the-field team jerseys, jackets, tops, over-sized shades and color-coordinated shoes. All of them are very chic and shout out ‘simple yet unmissable fashion’. IPL parties and events are an opportunity for Preity to show off her red carpet dressing sense, with her carrying flowing gowns and short dresses with equal flair. All hunky dory, except for the fact that it’s time for Preity to change her hairdo (enough of the poker straight tresses, please). Even the red and grey salwar kameez she once wore to a match failed to impress (it’s different, yes, but there’s a time and place for everything). Enough said, I vouch for this petite Bollywood beauty’s fashion know-how, and laud her efforts to look the way she does.
Deepika Padukone- Full of surprises
Deepika knows how to work things to her advantage. Be it her sleeveless tops and flared trousers or her denim shorts and ballerina flats in complementary shades, Deepika is the best when it comes to holding the onlookers’ attention. Add to this the fact that she is the queen of accessorising; her various braided belts, chunky metal jewellery, and huge handbags are big value-adds. I am equally in love with her black nail polish and her hairstyles (hair let loose, outward curls, high ponytail, half-up-half-down, tousled look, et al). This former supermodel knows her fashion, and is a trendsetter in her own right. In fact, I would be shocked if Deepika didn’t get it right! Just some food for thought though; it would be great to see more of her on the party circuit, in gowns and ensembles that have daintier prints and softer shades.
Sharukh Khan- The head-turner
King Khan is noticed no matter where he goes, and rightly so, given the fact that he has one of the most charming and magnetic personalities. For SRK, it’s not so much about the clothes as it is about the man. I, on the other hand feel that it would help if he was a little more flamboyant and adventurous with his dressing. Shahrukh usually likes to wear tees and blazers in his team’s colors, along with a pair of jeans. He sticks to the tried and tested (a white shirt with black trousers, for instance) and hardly does anything drastic (the farthest he has gone is to sport a classy short ponytail). Looks like SRK needs to stop accosting poor stadium guards and change his stylist instead. He could, in fact, take a few dressing lessons from his daughter, Suhana. The teeny bopper sure knows how to dress, with matching (purple) eyeliner, painted nails, a cute team jersey, shorts, and a sling bag.
The IPL 5 Opening Ceremony
The 2012 IPL opening ceremony deserves special mention here, not just because of the star power it put on display but also because of the various gorgeous outfits worn by the A-listers. The ceremony had Priyanka in a striped black and white number, Salman in a sweet medley of black and pink (trousers), Big B in a dapper black and white suit, and Kareena in floral pink culottes. It was not mere coincidence that each of these attires boasted of items having the biggest style trends of the year (stripes, pops of bright colors, culottes, etc). Definitely the way to lead right from the start, for a blitzkrieg of a tournament.
Well, there it is; you don’t have to paint your face or be a cheerleader to be on television! Just take a leaf out of your favorite IPL celeb’s book and stay fashionable always.
– Deepthi (I also blog at the Urban Style Guide)