Behind closet doors: Esha Gupta

  • Nagwa Kureshi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 12, 2016 11:34 IST
Actor Esha Gupta is not attached to her clothes and shoes, but will not let go of her mother’s Pashmina shawl. (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT; Styling courtesy:

Dressed in a dark green top and denims, actor Esha Gupta welcomes us into her cosy Lokhandwala home. As she takes us through her wardrobe, she talks about fashion, style and her love for shoes.

Closet staples: “I have lots of outfits in white and green. You won’t see me wearing orange or red. I tend to avoid black because it’s common.”

Money wise: “I prefer not to spend a lot of money on clothes, shoes or bags. I think it’s a criminal waste to spend a huge amount and then not repeat a piece because you have been clicked wearing it. So, all of my outfits are the simple and basic kind.”

An Ahalaya kaftan is a favourite brunch outfit. (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)

Style no-no: “I don’t like anything that glitters. I’m fine with shine, but don’t like the sparkling, shimmery kind.”

Beauty travels: “When I’m travelling, I end up shopping for a lot of cosmetics and beauty products. I pick up a lot of lip balms and hand creams too.”

Global desi: “I love Indian and western wear. Being an Indian, that too North Indian, saris and lehengas are something I’ve always worn. But for everyday wear, I like western outfits.”

Brand value:“I’m not really brand conscious. I like Zara and Mango, and will end up picking a few pieces like T-shirts and tops if I go shopping. Pull & Bear is one of my favourite brands, but it’s not available in India. For shoes, I love Tod’s — they have the most comfortable shoes.”

The actor owns a number of Pull&Bear, Tod’s and Topshop shoes.

Basic living: “I’m not attached to anything in my wardrobe. You can take away anything and I won’t cry. I’ll probably hate you for stealing, but that’s about it. However, my mother’s Pashmina shawl is something I won’t part with. It’s beautiful and the expensive kind, and I remember pestering her as a child till she relented and gave it to me.”

Make up faux pas: “I remember clearly, it wasn’t to do with clothes, but make up. It was just too much of everything – liner, base, blusher and lipstick. In the end, I looked like I’ve walked out from a 10-hour botox session at the dermatologist. I was rather naive back then and it was no one’s fault but my own.”

Style icons: “Sonam (Kapoor) and Kangana (Ranaut) have a great sense of style. Kangana can pull off anything. Sonam has brought fashion to India. A lot of young girls look up to her and many in the industry have upped their style game because of her.”

A green bodycon Hervé Leger dress is one of her favourite outfits.

Quick fix: “If I have five minutes to get dressed, I think the best option would be a pair of jeans, a t-shirt with my highest heels. Big shades so I don’t have to wear a lot of makeup and of course, lip balm.”

Lazy shopper: “I don’t like to step out to shop if I don’t have company. Also, I am not the kind who will try on multiple outfits before buying one thing. If I don’t see anything I like when I enter a store, I’m out of there. So, online shopping works best for me.”

Boho chic: “Apart from red carpet events, you’ll always find me wearing silver jewellery and bangles.”

Arsenal fan: “I’m a diehard Arsenal fan and have jerseys and sweatshirts that are so old, they now have holes in them. I wear them when the match is on for good luck — just not in public though, because they are almost torn by now.”

The actor has a number of Arsenal jerseys and sweatshirts which she wears during Arsenal matches for good luck.

Here’s Esha Gupta’s guide to a rocking ‘brunch look’:

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