That Deepika Padukone is a bona fide style star is a non-negotiable fact. Whether she’s grabbing dinner in Gucci pyjama sets or turning heads at the Met Gala dressed in Tommy Hilfiger, she has made being impeccably put-together an art. By her own admission, Padukone believes that style ought to be an extension of one’s personality. Hence it comes as no surprise that the actor has cited the sari as her most favourite garment on multiple occasions, often picking it over a gown.
Ever since she made her film debut in 2007, Padukone has never shied away from traditional looks, both on and off the red carpet. Her repertoire is peppered with memorable looks in silhouettes ranging from anarkalis and lehengas to saris. Back in 2012, Padukone was riding the anarkali wave, favouring voluminous creations by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, and Rohit Bal. Statement earrings and hair in an updo was her preferred way to sport these. Though saris soon took over as the dominant pick, with the fashionista often being drawn to elegant ivory drapes by Jani-Khosla and Anamika Khanna, though pop-hued saris by designers like Arpita Mehta also made an appearance.
2013 saw Padukone develop a particular penchant for Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s elaborate creations, replete with his signature old-world charm. And it’s a sartorial partnership that continues till date. An embellished floor-length anarkali for IIFA 2014, cape sari for the Happy New Year music launch, sequinned red and gold sari for IIFA 2015, ivory sharara set for the Bajirao Mastani poster launch, floral silk sari at Lakmé Fashion Week, and a lehenga, bustier and cape set for IIFA 2016 are some of her most standout Sabysachi looks. Most recently, the sworn Sabysachi patron has been seen in a hand-painted floral sari and floor-length pallu from his Udaipur collection, as well as a tissue sari from the designer’s Baroda collection.
What strikes you most about Padukone’s traditional looks is her affinity for timeless, fail-safe ensembles. That’s not to say she completely steers clear of experimenting; instead, she does so within reasonable limit. You’re most likely to find the style maven in fuss-free Indian silhouettes in a monochrome colour palette—with ivory and beige coming out as winners. What you can also pick up from her is the key to finishing off a traditional look. Let a heavily-embellished outfit take due centre stage by pulling your hair back, keeping the make-up minimal, and adding only one piece of statement jewellery.
Browse through our slideshow to trace Deepika Padukone’s 10/10 Indian looks.