Stylising Politics: 10 Of India’s Most Fashionable Politicians
Fashion is power; a power to connect in the simplest ways. And a well-dressed man/woman has the power to influence and make the wheels turn. When it comes to Indian politics and fashion, one can’t help but notice how our present crop of politicians have the ability to carry off everything, from swoon-worthy aviators, designer sarees and peep-toe heels to well-fitted, crisp and ironed shirts, Bengal Taant, Chanderis and Maheshwari salwaar kameezes. We bring to you our list of India’s top 10 fashionably dressed politicians who have left us in awe with their couture styles and bespoke choices.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
1. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Of India
Known For: Khadi kurtas and pyjamas, saffron kurtas and turbans, safari suits and, at times, a Nehru coat. Accessories are a must for the PM of India, whose power dressing is complete with Bulgari shades and a Movado watch.
Power dressing at its best, the Indian PM’s pick of outfits speaks volumes. Power and style are two pillars of the PM’s personality, often witnessed while addressing rallies, conferences and outdoor visits.
2. Hema Malini, Actress & BJP MP
Known For: Bordered cotton saris in pink and red, chiffons, kanjeevarams and printed sarees, silk suits with intricate embroidery and extensive detailing, and trendy accessories such as diamond string necklaces, long earrings and semi-nude to pink lipsticks.
The ‘Dream Girl’ of Bollywood hasn’t lost her charm. With the expectations of a huge fan following to live up to, Hema Malini knows how to mix style with politics.
3. Shashi Tharoor: Indian National Congress MP
Known For: Sober coats and the quintessential white kurta, crisp blocked kurtas with a Nehru coat, ironed to finesse formal shirts, sleek ties and at times a ‘Rose’ as an accessory on his waistcoat.
The London-born Indian politician raises the benchmark when it comes to elegance and style for many politicians in Kerala and across the nation.
4. Agatha Sangma, Nationalist Congress Party MP
Known For: Casual and semi-casual T-shirts, formal trousers and shirts, colourful traditional attire, salwar suits and minimal accessories.
Agatha brings in the straight-jacketed dress code, which goes down well with the masses. She thus strongly resonates the style of ‘Youngistan’!
5. Omar Abdullah, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister
Known For: Sharp, well-tailored suits when travelling abroad; crisp, well-fitted kurta pyjamas back home while addressing rallies.
With his expensive taste in designer wear, dark-shades from reputed brands and accessories from the best, Omar Abdullah’s sense of dressing can be described as ‘profound and dignified’.
6. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Indian National Congress MP
Known For: Ethnic wear, trademark leather boots, black Nehru coat, dark sunglasses and folded pocket squares.
The ‘Rockstar of Indian politics, as he is known, Jyotiaditya Scindia is in a class of his own—dapper and totally swoon-worthy.
7. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Indian National Congress Politician
Known For: Long, flowing skirts, stoles, colourful cotton salwars and trademark cotton sarees with minimal makeup.
Whether it’s haute couture or prêt-a-porter, Priyanka carries it all with ease. Her sense of fashion is unique, tailored and chic, inhabited and crisp.
8. Shaina NC, Fashion Designer & BJP Politician
Known For: Silk, chiffon and sequinned sarees; ethnic salwar suits; and trendy Westernwear.
Once a famous fashion designer and now a BJP worker, Shaina sure knows how to be immaculately dressed and classy. She’s hardly ever seen without a pair of dark sunglasses, not that she minds the public glare.
9. Rahul Gandhi, Indian National Congress Vice-President
Known For: Nehru jackets and kurta pyjamas with Kolhapuri sandals.
The Congress heir has a dapper style of dressing and is usually seen wearing Indianwear. Formal occasions have him dressed in a crisp three-piece dinner suit, printed or striped ties and a pair of black formal boots.
10. Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Rajasthan Chief Minister
Known For: Elegant designer sarees, floral chiffons, leheriyas and bandhinis.
Born in the royal family of Gwalior, Vasundhra Raje Scindia is known for her sharp tongue, wit and political causes. With her graceful sarees, she is also one of India’s most stylish politicians.
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