The effervescent Soha Ali Khan spoke to me at length about her personal style at the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour last week, minutes after walking the ramp for designer Vikram Phadnis in a heavily embroidered lehenga choli. I have been following her show What Not To Wear on TLC (which is partly sponsored by Myntra) in which Soha doles out fashion advise to women and give them fantastic makeovers with the help of ace designer Aki Narula. And while all my previous interactions with Soha have mostly been about her films, I was naturally looking forward to discussing all things fashion with the petite beauty.
Here’s a video clip capturing our conversation.
In case you also want to read, here are excerpts from the conversation.
Soha’s style off screen: I’m far from bling and far from glamorous. My style is more ‘roll out of bed and wear some pajamas to work.’ I have reinvented myself though in recent times. I hope people appreciate the fact that I make an effort to now comb my hair and wear smarter clothes and dress for the occasion. If you open my wardrobe, you will find everything from pencil skirts, to ball gowns, to sarees, jumpsuits and shorts, sarongs and pajamas. I like to dress up according to my mood. I like casual high street wear because my style is pretty casual
Best style advice Soha has received: My mother told me to understand my body type. It’s not about following trends, it’s about understanding your body type. It’s something we taught people in What Not To Wear. It’s about picking what silhouette flatters you the most. None of us is perfect. Everyone has a problem with either their bum or height or legs. But we can achieve the illusion of perfection with the right clothes.
Fave brands: Zara, Promod, Topshop, H&M, Selfridges on Oxford Street, London. They have stuff from all over. There’s everything from Miss Sixty to True Religion.
Soha’s mirror time: It depends on where I am going. I have make and up and hair down to 20 minutes. I have a wonderful team to help me with it. I could not even put eyeliner without my them. They make sure the dress I will wear is ironed and kept ready, so that I don’t wear something to party with daal stains on it.
Style advice: What is useful is to identify someone on screen who shares your body type and use that person as your role model. Since I have seen myself on screen for the past five years, I automatically know what not to do ever again.