Election Style: Sonam Kapoor

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Sonam stepped out in style to cast her vote in a casual outfit made interesting with an animal print scarf and mid-calf gladiators. She added a pop of color with red Ray Ban Wayfarers.

If any of you follow young Hollywood fashion (e.g. the Olsens), you can easily spot that Sonam has taken some inspiration from them. Having said that, the ‘messy uncoordinated’ look ain’t a piece of cake to pull off and I think Sonam manages to do so effortlessly.

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  1. I was waiting for this post eagerly…. I think she did it well too… however now I feel she is just trying to maintain that image of a fashionista… and so is trying too hard..thats my opinion.

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  2. Wow that’s some pretty direct inspiration! To Sonam’s credit she carries it off splendidly. But I think true style is when you can take any trend and make it your own. In this case Sonam’s ensemble comes off as somewhat ‘wannabe’.

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  3. This is an imitation of The Olsens at best. Plus the gladiators over tights is beyond horrible. I love the girl, but this, doesn’t look one bit effortless or chic

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  4. Sonam looks more casual than chic.. but she looks good. I could imagine any young gal be dressed like that. Not a fan of tights worn like that tho

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  5. I love her too, but why does she need to be all decked in designer wear for every event? Why couldn’t she simply be in a jeans or tee or a kurti? This is just voting geeezz. Also isn’t Mumbai too hot to be wearing that full sleeve long shirt?

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  6. i think she pulls off the whole look with elan, as always.sure it seems like a direct lift from mary-kate olsen, but it still isnt easy pulling it off. actually looooove the gladiators over the leggings…she makes it work!! BTW, the olsens are not the only ones rocking the wayfarers…all of young holywood is- natalie portman, anne hathaway, kirsten dunst.

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  7. @Nasrin: yes it seems so and it works so well. ha ha. imagine if that wasn’t there we would all be going like WTHEYYYYYY!! Good thinking Sonam. And the girl is sick I think that’s why she has the extra layer!

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  8. she is definitely looking like a wannabe and is trying too hard to keep the fashionista tag. i don’t think this outfit is effortless, i think it was very deliberate, to the point where it’s looking overdone.

    sonam’s style has always come across to us as “in your face” trendy, but now it’s more like “in your face” desperate.

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  9. The big opal ring she wears is not to copy Aish, it’s to do with astrology.

    I wouldn’t say she’s inspired by MK. The whole look is just very casual and layed back. Ray-Bans are a classic anyway.

    Also she isn’t head to toe designer, she is always mixing things up and always has at least one high-street/bargain item on. She does wear alot of designer stuff, but thats down to wear she shops and what she likes. Sonam aint no wannabe like the rest for sure.

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  10. ouchie wa wa..
    this looks like too much effort to effortless for polling booth at two mins distance from home….

    neverthless.. olsen twins never should be copied.. they look like bagladies.. most of the times

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  11. the shades look like the $5 ones that u get at forever 21… other than that, she looks like an avg fashion-conscious gurl next door. definitely not effortless…

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  12. gosh ppl will copy any mess in the name of fashion.. e.g these glasses.. they’re hideous.. i don’t see young american teens wearing these kinda glasses…they’re smart to know what should be followed..

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  13. yeah she makes it work but it does look very inspired too…hmmm maybe cuz u guys mention it and back it with pictures… :P

    i’d like to add that i’m glad she’s showing all her fingers in order to highlight that she voted, unlike Mr. Bachchan and daughter-in-law, who’re posing with their middle fingers stuck up! now here in england i know for sure that wouldn’t be taken tooo well…hehe

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  14. Anyone can come up with this look, all it is are leggins, top, cardi and long scarf. If you all are branding this as a mess, than this is one HOT MESS! Sonam looks FAB

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  15. please why in the world would sonam copy anyone? This is her own style, she loved mix matching, we’ve seen that already! Plus the girl has been down with food poisioning, i dont think she had time to think all that!

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  16. also the cardigan/tunic/leggings look is really in right now, well in the US it is…so yea Sonam tried to copy each and every girl here who dresses like that …please!

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  17. even though i think think she is super fasionable , i still think those tights are horriblr its the 2nd time she has worn those…she needs to stop wearing them

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  18. Agree with Carol. Fashion tips from Olsens is a complete no no. The layers/tights are justified in MK’s case but in India’s heat? Whoa!

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  19. isnt it like 40deg celcius in mumbai right now? why is she dressing like it’s fall in NewYork with a scarf n leggings n an outer slouchy long jacket-thing etc.? the olsen twins are dressesd for NYC fall – replicating that in hot n humid mumbai summer is an idiotic thing to do -smacks of the desperate fashion wannabe but desperately failing to be

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  20. I can’t see her eyes but I think she looks lovely au naturelle. I like that it that her hair isn’t super straight, it still looks great! I love the scarf but the shades are too cartoonish.

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  21. She is dressed like that because she is ill, as mentioned above, she is down with food poisoning but came out to vote.

    She was ill, she may have felt cold so she through on a long cardi and tights. Why is it such an issue? Everyone dresses for comfort when they are not feeling too well, right?

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  22. I dont think she’s trying hard at all, she pulls this look off pretty well

    and i was wondering the same thing, isn’t she hot with all those layers?!

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  23. CocoNut its explained right above your post that Sonam is sick, she’s down with food poisioning, so obviously she’d be in layers :)
    I dont think the Olsens invented layering ;-)

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  24. lol@ deewani
    sorry love, but they do (because they are RAY BANS and AWESOME)
    :D
    she looks good, if a little unoriginal- I don’t think her sense of style is AMAZING (most ppl in my school- not to mention all of young hollywood- dress like this) but …yeah

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  25. So next time Sonam wears a Kurti with white pants and carry a big bag she will be copying Neetu Singh. Oh wait I have already done that look…Neetu Singh copied me and how! I don’t like the look and the red ray ban does look a little funny but somehow she looks good!

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  26. To all,
    Just to clarify, I meant that Sonam has been taking some inspiration from most of young Hollywood. I just used the Olsens pic to show how similar the looks were… Clarified text too..

    As for the others, taking inspiration is very different from copying! I can take inspiration from Sonam and wear a colored Ray Ban with denims. Copying would be me wearing a dress with tights, animal print scarf, a red Ray Ban and a Chanel bag.

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  27. God, some of you need to stop taking things so literally! Her look is uninspired and unoriginal in general. Like pdaervo says, half the people I know dress like this. It’s nothing novel. And, she might have food poisoning, but her fever can’t be SO high that she’s layering in that heat! I mean, a simple long sleeve top would be more convincing about the illness. This is simply trying too hard.

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  28. Seriously, I dont get how a long cardigan is “tyring too hard” its not like its a jacket or a wool sweater…its just a light sweater that is perfect for a person thats sick. Nothing abt this is as bad as you guys are making it to be.

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  29. Sonam seems to generate a lot of discussions at HHC. I think it has to do with the fact that she has been tagged a fashionista by the media. And I think there is already debate about what qualifies someone as a fashionista.

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  30. I’m not a fan of the hobo chic look, so I can’t really warm up to what Sonam’s wearing. I do agree with some posters that while she is stylish, her sense of dressing is no different than most trendy teenagers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and not everyone needs to have a unique sense of style. But lately, I’ve been a little underwhelmed by her outfits, simply because they don’t have the simple elegance of her previous appearances.

    As a side note, I hate the phrase “trying too hard”. While I do agree that are certain universal fashion faux pas, fashion is ultimately subjective. It is ridiculous to label a person as “trying too hard” if she follows certain trends, just as it is ridiculous to label someone unfashionable if she doesn’t.

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  31. I dont quite follow young hollywood fashion…but I have felt a lot of times that Sonams taken her influences from London high streets where girls naturally dress like that

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  32. Sonam may have copied a million other people. But what may not have looked good on others (olsens for example) looks fab on her. That’s all that matters.

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  33. I don’t care how ill you are, it is still too hot and humid in Mumbai to wear full-sleeved layers! One part of being fashionable is to dress according to the occassion and the weather and she fails miserably on that front. The red shades and the gladiators are a bit much as well. It is Mumbai, not London or NY…cottons & linens are not only weather-appropriate but trendy too. Doing the whole Lycra routine seems so odd and forced here!

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  34. To be copying the Olsen twins doesn’t speak much for your sense of style (or maybe on the other hand, it rather does!!) Anyhow, the outfit is alright though I do wish she had worn a larger pair of the Wayfarers like Kate Olsen…..these look too small for her face!! Almost like kiddie sunglasses…..

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  35. @pdaervo… well maybe u have seen kids wear such glasses where u live.. in my school( college) I haven’t seen anyone wearing such hideous glasses

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  36. HAHAHA lol this photo is just as funny as the Bachchan photo to me. I hate labelling people as “trying too hard” just because they’re not caucasian and therefore are supposedly “wannabe’s” and “copying” but this time I actually do feel that she is trying too hard, simply because it is never fashionable to be sporting too many trends at the same time which is what she is doing. End of story.

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  37. Her clothes are very very transparent. I think the layering was an attempt to disguise that.

    And she manages to look good while attempting that. Nice!

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  38. Many effortless looks are carefully put together, if not some amount of thought has been given; it’s not randomly picked from a pile of clothes and done, some manage to look effortless, some don’t. In this case, the picture reference isn’t helping. It’s a casual done by a fashion conscious girl, who is into this trend which has been around for more than a year. I don’t feel the need to give her a crown or rip her apart. It is inappropriate for the weather, but some are saying she is sick. Anyway, I have frozen myself on few occasions to attend some parties in winter at a queue or in reaching a venue, and I have seen many others doing it too.

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  39. She is young and her skin is good, she doesn’t need too much make up as seen in some of her previous posts. In keeping the humidity, sickness, etc., aside she looks pretty good.

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  40. OH and just wanted to add that I think Aishwarya (if you guys could post a full length pic of what she wore) was dressed a lot better than Sonam.

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  41. Sonam looks FAB!!!! Any one who questions that has no clue about Fashion… Her Galdiators look good… She has pulled it off very well.. An about wearing all that stuff in summer and feeling the heat.. One line for you guys.. ‘If you wanna wear it, You gotta bear it’! She looks Fab.. without doubt…

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  42. This does look effortless and young Hollywood(the Olsens,
    Lindsay Lohan, Kiki Dunst etc) and its done well. However, I cannot imagine wearing this in stifling Mumbai heat, may be on a cofee run in LA or on a relatively warm and sunny day in May in NYC.
    Its just too much for Mumbai weather.

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  43. I don’t get it, why is she labeled as trying too hard? This is how so many fashionable people dress. They have a good sense of throwing on accessories and colour combination. How is she any different? She has proved time and again that she is stylish. Period. Here again she gives a hit. And P&P I completely agree with you that copying and taking inspiration are two different things.

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  44. CASE OF THE EMPERORS NEW CLOTHES .. EVRYTHING SONAM WEARS WE ALL HAVE TO SAY IS SMASHING OTHERWISE ITS A SIN. IM GOING TO COME OUT AND SAY IT.. ITS REALLY VERY VERY VERY BAD.

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  45. sonam does look good here.
    i would like to add that anyone who disses THE rayban wayfarers probably dont know that the wayfarers are the highest selling sunglasses of ALL TIME, even more than the aviator and are an ICON.. and yeah ive got 3 myself :)))

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  46. and Payal,

    quite disappointing to see you “defending” sonam. probabaly the same reason she never ends up as WTHeyy?

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  47. Poor thing…she needs to copy florida fashion not california…i would have that expression too if my stylist made me wear this in mumbai hear…theres no place for cardis and tights she should be in a tank top with scarf..that would be effortless…why are you guys always giving this wannabe a thumbs up?

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  48. she is trying tooo hard!!! and its no way near working for me!! and i agree with you preeths. i request you to please stop definding her!!! even when she gets things totally wrong for ppl she is never in the WTheyy category!!
    and YES!!! she is such a big copy cat!!! so how can she be called a fashionista!! i would like to thank you for the reference. if she actually came up with something by herself then this tag may be given to her!! she is copying styles and the weather is not rightfor it!! lool
    =)

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  49. uhh, shes wearing a mq by alexander mcqueen dress , which that raheja chick wore to the jewellary thing and she was really sick and she went at seven in the morning, so i dont kn ow about you guys but i as sick i would wear a cotton layer over a cotton.. she aint copying anyone.. if she was trying hard she would have worn makeup and did something to her hair.. she looks casual and good

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  50. She looks very cute. & so what if she is inspired by the Olsen twins? They are fashionistas themselves – whether people like their styling choices or not.

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  51. PLLLLLLLLLLLESE
    IN MUMBAI HEAT SHE WEARS TONS OF LAYERS AND THINKS IT COOL -NO ANT COOL IT CALLED -WANNA BE -TIGHTS ARE HORRID-SHE THINKS OF HERSELF AS FASHIONIST -SHE SURELY FAR FROM IT

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  52. Nothing original at the same time inappropriate for both the weather and the occasion. She is hardly effortlessly casual. Those gladiators are bad.

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