Most Indian politicians play safe with their wardrobe. But a few, with their signature styles, come as a breath of fresh air in an otherwise sartorially stunted political landscape. With election season in full swing, Ruchika Kher finds out how they fare on the political ramp
The saree statement
While Vasundhararaje Scindia’s (right) chiffon sarees with eclectic prints have often created style statements, Sonia Gandhi’s (left) choice of colours, handloom materials and patterns have made an impact. On the other hand, Renuka Choudhary’s (centre) classic sarees with traditional embroideries and prints stand out. PICS/AFP, SATYAJIT DESAI
The bandhgala brigade
Bandhgalas have long found favour in political circles. Shashi Tharoor (left) opts for a grey bandhgala jacket with a black kurta pyjama, a combination rarely spotted in the corridors of power. Prithviraj Chavan’s (centre) well-fitted black bandhgala suit is a classic while Jyotiraditya Scindia’s (right) bandhgala jacket compliments him. Pics/bipin kokate, FILE PICS
Full marks at work and play
These politicians know how to add style to both — work and play — looks. While Omar Abdullah looks dapper in his well-tailored suits at official dos, he makes for an equally chic picture at casual events, even at a game of golf.
Similarly, Priya Dutt believes in adding colour to her political career. At private and public events, the politician is seen donning bright colours, and standing out in the predominantly pastel domain. Pics/afp, satyajit desai
Keeping it simple
If someone makes the classic neta look stylish, then that has to be Sachin Pilot. The politician rocks the basic look (credit to his good looks as well) and makes subtle, fashionable. file pic
Young and chic
Bringing the North-eastern flavour to her sense of dressing, Agatha Sangma exudes a refreshing vibe to the straight-jacketed dress code of the Parliament. Colourful skirts teamed with subtle shades, win our vote. file pic
>> Best dressed Indian politician: Rahul Gandhi. He is a good looking man and has an individual carriage to whatever he wears, even if it is a white kurta pyjama.
>> Tips for a stylish makeover: A little more sophistication could be added to the wardrobes of Indian politicians, with maybe pocket square or buttons for kurta pyjamas.
>> I would like to dress: Priyanka Gandhi. She is an intelligent and attractive woman.
>> Best dressed Indian politician: I find Sonia Gandhi impeccably dressed at all times. Her use of understated handwoven and handloom sarees seems like a good decision. I also think Omar Abdullah and before him Farookh Abdullah are also very well dressed. Instead of resorting to the crumpled kurta pyjamas, they have managed to be very sophisticated in bandhgalas or fusion clothing.
>> Tips for a stylish makeover: Our politicians could begin by grooming themselves a bit, and making sure their clothes fit well. They could look for well-fitted kurta pyjamas with vests or bandhgalas for men, or well-tailored churidar kurtas/saree blouses for women.
>> I would like to dress: The young brigade, including Priya Dutt and Milind Deora; they seem to be sophisticated and understand the need for presentation.