Yami Gautam’s spacious apartment in Andheri is simple and basic — a reflection of her own style and personality. When it comes to style, Yami admits she’s gone from being a nerdy Chandigarh girl to an elegant Bollywood diva. Her shoe fetish is of epic proportions; you’ll find more shoes than clothes in her closet. Also, she’s quite the reader, as is evident by the massive book-shelf.
What style means to you: I would hear actresses say that it’s about comfort and being yourself. I understood it after becoming one myself. It’s clichéd but true. I’ve also been a part of the race where you try hard to get the best designers for award functions, events, etc. But when I did a self-assessment, I realised that it’s important to understand your body type and see what looks great on you.
The actor’s love for shoes takes her to South East Asia, courtesy her tiny feet. (HT Photo/Ritwik Ghosh) At home, we’ll catch you wearing: Cotton harem pants and a tank top paired with some nice flats or Kolhapuri chappals. As basic as it gets.
Shoe crazy: If I could have had my way, I would’ve chopped off every possible heel from every shoe. I used to hate stilettoes. It took me a lot of time to understand how to walk in them and look graceful. And eventually you realise their importance. I have every basic colour in shoes. Shoes are important to me because I don’t do much with my clothes.
Bag person: You will always see big, chunky bags around me. I have always been fond of bags. Bags are extremely essential because I keep my books in them.
Best cities to shop in: Hong Kong and Bangkok because I have tiny feet. I’m ridiculed by every stylist because they have to almost go to kids section to look for shoes; I don’t get my sizes here. So when I go to South East Asia for work, I shop for shoes.
Go-to outfits: Dresses. There’s something very ‘easy’ about them. I especially like floral prints. I’m not a big fan of glitter or anything with too much sequins on it. I also love bright colours; you can effortlessly pair them with pumps, a hand bag and a nice watch.
Go-to designers: I really like the way Masaba revolutionised the saree. I like how Sabyasachi got the Indian look back. Aki Narula is good with contemporary styling. Pankaj and Nidhi are great with their colour palette.
Fashion faux pas: It was for an awards show down south. It was my first ever year and I wore this beautiful off-shoulder red gown. But I wore it with a pair of chunky, block heels because I came straight after my shoot and was really exhausted. I assumed that since the gown was long, no one would notice. But everyone figured it out went, ‘How could you do this?’ Trust me, I received messages from people as if I had done something illegal. It was quite bad; I never forget it.
Style icons: I love crop tops and love the way Taylor Swift teams them. Her style is relaxed; I can relate to it. I also like Tyra Banks. It’s not about the clothes, it’s about her confidence.