Dressed in chintz prints and conservative anarkalis, when Sonam Kapoor made her Bollywood debut in Saawariya few could have anticipated the fashion revolution she was about to bring. Three years later Aisha came out and suddenly Sonam was giving all the B-Town fashionistas a run for their money. This was the first time that a Bollywood actress made it to the silver screen wearing a vintage Chanel suit. Her lilac Anamika Khanna lehenga and an impressive arsenal of designer bags didn’t go unnoticed either. The following year marked Sonam’s Cannes debut and girl, was it stellar! Finally, Bollywood’s very own fashion maven had arrived and since then the queen has reigned, undefeated. Well, the fashionista turns 36 today and to mark the day, we have decided to trace her style evolution. Read on.
From her red carpet outings to her wedding wardrobe, Sonam Kapoor has managed to keep us amazed with almost all her fashion picks all this while. Here are 17 of her looks that are surely going down the fashion annals as truly iconic:
Aisha surely reigns supreme as the most stylish film ever made in Bollywood. Be it Sonam’s yellow Beetle or the while ruffled beauty that her character wears for a polo match, everything remains fresh in our memory. However, did you know that it was the tweed Chanel suit from the film that happens to be Sonam’s personal favorite?
While we do not remember much about Veere Di Wedding (and we are not to be blamed), this pista green Mehajabeen lehenga set by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla is still fresh in our memory. Blame the delicious contrast and that pearl embellished blouse:
While most people missed out on them, the actress wore some equally interesting pieces in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo as well. This lace saree and embellished blouse combo has to be our favourite of them all:
Besides Priyanka Chopra, there are few actresses who do it as well on the red carpet. Of course, a lot of it has to do with Sonam and her sister Rhea Kapoor’s impressive knowledge of couture labels and also an impeccable taste in styling. Out of all her red carpet looks to date, our personal favourite happens to be this Elie Saab ensemble that she donned for Cannes 2017. From the sheer details to the plunging neckline to that layered look, everything here screams high fashion:
We definitely have a thing for this Atelier Zuhra Cinderella Esque gown and its statement mirror embellishments. Too bad, Sonam did not choose this outfit for one of her Cannes outings:
While fashion enthusiasts might be divided here, this custom Ralph & Russo outfit 100 percent has our heart. I mean it takes special skills to get Ralph & Russo to make a lehenga-style outfit for you, right? Also, from the cape sleeve to the intricate handwork, what’s not to love?
But wait, just ‘coz Sonam’s all about that high fashion life, don’t you dare to assume that she cannot wear desi outfits equally well. Case in point? This gorgeous pure gold and silver Zari Kanjeevaram Silk Saree by Neeru’s India and how effortlessly Sonam seems to be carrying it!
There is no missing out on this purple Jayanti Reddy lehenga either:
Also, we dare you to find someone who can carry this white Manish Malhotra saree with as much grace and style as Sonam Kapoor here:
And speaking of Sonam’s desi looks, how can we possibly miss out on her wedding wardrobe. For starters, it left us pleasantly surprised when Sonam went absolutely traditional with her wedding picks. On the top of our list has to be her Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla lehenga, its pastel chikankari kalis, and that risque back. Iconic!
Next up is her Anuradha Vakeel wedding lehenga. Bling-free and understated, this lehenga is surely one of those pieces that become heirlooms. It is definitely the kalabattu technique and the lotus motifs that stand out for us here:
Anand Ahuja has certainly added a lot to both Sonam’s life and style. It was definitely after his entry into her life that Sonam started exploring street fashion, sneakers, androgynous fits, and sharp suits. Sounds only fitting that we start with this picture of the two of them together. Don’t we all love how badass she looks in this Fenty suit and brown sneakers?
Next up on our list is this mustard Silvia Tcherassi midi dress paired with Sonam’s trusty sneakers.
Gotta discuss this head-to-toe Bhane look and its glorious Earthy hues as well. I mean who knew that you could pair grey and beige and make them look this suave?
Guess the secret lies in that red lippie and how it subtly brings the entire look together:
The world knows about Sonam’s love for high-end international brands and the actress ensures to never miss an opportunity to slip into one of her designer beauties. Take, for instance, this Etro dress clubbed with the opulent Ekaya jacket. Classy, right?
But wait till you see this futuristic meets classic look by Dice Kayek and Sonam’s Bottega Veneta Boots. Yummm!
Did you really think that we were going to end this round-up without a floral Dolce & Gabbana in sight? C’mon!
Here’s wishing Bollywood’s OG fashionista a very happy birthday!
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