It is no news that Bollywood actors have often led the way when it comes to setting fashion trends soaring. Especially the female actors, who are most often than not, on point with their style game (all credit to their stylists, though). They are not only massively applauded for their sleek, stylish looks but rightfully taken inspiration from, as well. What they wear becomes a rage, and gets emulated by designers and brands all across, eventually, worn by girls and women who adore their favourite celebrity actor just as much as their fashion sense.
Indian actresses are quite high up there in their style game. And of late, we notice them, especially rocking the power dressing look immaculately, whether on the red carpet, at movie premiers, or any other public appearance. For the unversed, ‘Power Dressing’ is a consciously efforted look where your entire outfit (hair and makeup styling and accessories included) embodies power and an undertone of ‘I mean business’. It is as if you are concretely stating to take you seriously and no bullsh**t tolerated, without really having to enunciate a world.
Not sure if the inspiration behind this recent upsurge of power looks is because of women finally learning to stand up for themselves, making bold choices, backing up and supporting each other, or the recent debates and discussions around pay parity, ‘Me Too’ movement and lead actresses openly coming out and speaking of their rights.
In a cinema, where we are witnessing the likes of Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Deepika Padukone, and Alia Bhatt, taking up international projects, marking their territory far ahead of the Indian male actors, and declaring to the world that, ‘Hey, we exist’, it is not surprising that these very same actresses are pushing the envelopes when it comes to power dressing, as well. They are walking their talk, right? Or in this case, better to say, ‘Dressing up as their talk’.
Indian Actresses Who Inspire Us with Their Power Dressing
1. Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Honestly, the woman does not need any outfit or piece of attire to establish her power supremacy. She sets the game and sets the rules. Undoubtedly, apart from her go-getter approach, and non-conformist personality, her individualistic and powerful fashion sense has also contributed to propelling her iconic stature. Whether she wears a power suit, a top skirt, or a dress, the look always exudes power, self-confidence and strength to take on the world. On her recent visit to India for the launch of her haircare brand, ‘Anomaly’, on Nykaa.com, she sported many business suits that well reflected that she is here to talk business. More power to this desi girl, representing India on the global map. She makes us proud.
2. Deepika Padukone
With her tall and lean frame and a strong career experience in modelling, this woman knows how to carry all her looks with aplomb. She is often sported in her casual yet statement looks moving in and out of the airport. A brand ambassador for the international brand ‘Louis Vuitton’ and the denim brand ‘Levis’, Deepika Padukone set the screen on fire with her stunning looks in her recent movie ‘Pathan’. In fact, we believe that the supermodel actress, along with her stylist, Shaleen Nathani, rocks the power suits much better than how she carries the couture gowns. Her outings at Cannes – for the media interactions and not particularly the red-carpet appearances – are testimony to that.
3. Kareena Kapoor Khan
The Pataudi begum is a timeless beauty and looks ravishing in everything she wears – as much in Indian suits, and sarees, gowns, western silhouettes, as in casual t-shirts and denim. However, whenever she is spotted wearing a suit or an androgynous look, the competitive and ambitious side of her personality peeks out. While she seems chilled out and not very cutthroat in her competitive spirit; one looks at her career graph and it’s easy to realize she has been working incessantly for 20 years at stretch. Much inspiration to take from this glamorous beauty.
4. Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma, the wife of the Indian cricket captain, Virat Kohli, is exceedingly stylish, in her own subtle way. Power dressing is not just about wearing trousers and formal suits. A woman can be powerfully dressed even in a saree or a couture gown. It is all about the personal twist you give to the outfit. Like Deepika Padukone, her past experience in modelling also helps Anushka Sharma dress in a way that complements and enhances her confident personality.
5. Katrina Kaif
As feminine and delicate as she looks, Katrina Kaif exudes a powerful inspiration when it comes to power dressing. Her looks are almost always effortless, and very innate to her personality. An important element of power dressing is also to not try too hard, and that is what Katrina Kaif does best. Whether she is wearing a suit, trousers and shirt, or a tracksuit, accompanied by her hubby, Vicky Kaushal, at the airport, she almost always owns up to her look with nonchalance. When it comes to power dressing and carrying it with class and sophistication, few can show a candle to this graceful actress.
6. Sonam Kapoor
How can it be that a fashion or style-related list is being compiled in the woman who literally started it all in Bollywood, is not included? Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is the one, who actually paved the way for Indian actresses to focus harder on their styling game and establish their own personal styles in the public arena. Her broad and tall body frame works to her advantage whenever she dons any attire. We love her power looks and quickly rush to Pinterest to draw inspiration from what she wears.
7. Kangana Ranaut
Although mostly spotted in saris and cotton suits for her off-screen appearances, what made her included this talented and natural actress on this list is particularly her outings at Cannes in 2019. The woman wore business suits and how. She almost unabashedly owned all her looks and we must admit we were swooned by her killer appeal. It is no news that when this woman puts her mind to something, she nails it to bits.