Dia Mirza, chosen by Hindustan Times readers as Mumbai’s Most Stylish (female), insists she is her own biggest critic. “I’m most comfortable picking my own clothes,” she admits, adding, “I think everyone is blessed with a sense of what works for them. They need to make mistakes to hone that skill, just like I did.” She adds, “Looking back at myself 10 years ago, when I had just entered the industry, it’s easy to see how my style has evolved with my personality. Carrying yourself with grace and dignity is as important as dressing well.”
Dia admits that the times she’s been hauled up by the fashion police have been when she was trying to be someone else. “The only thing that’s never worked is when I’ve tried to dress in a way that wasn’t me, maybe by picking something that looked good on someone else,” she mentions, adding, “Style should be instinctive, not aspirational.”
The actor, who made sure to thank her stylist when receiving her award on December 21 at a packed event at a city five star hotel, says, “Stylists are great for introducing you to designers you might never have heard of otherwise. But I love going shopping myself. Of course, I pick a time when the mall will be less crowded. But I enjoy doing everything that a normal person does.”
Behind every stylish man, is a woman who makes sure he gets it right. Imran Khan, voted the reader’s choice winner Mumbai’s Most Stylish (Male), revealed on stage that wife Avantika Malik often doubles up as his personal stylist. He adds, “I was dressed for the event that night in grey flannel pants, a white shirt and a navy blue jacket. Then Avantika took one look at me and she said, ‘no, that doesn’t work’. So I had to throw the whole thing out.”
Imran insists he gets 50 per cent of the vote then, but admits that in a tussle, Avantika’s opinion would win over his own. “Women tend to know more about style, so it’s always good to have a woman around to get an honest opinion,” he advises.
Confessing that his own personal taste has evolved over the past couple of years, Imran reveals, “I’m a huge comic book fan and I love collecting and wearing graphic T-shirts. When I first joined the film industry, even up to about three years ago, I would be seen in every photo wearing a comic print T-shirt and jeans.” Adding that his style now veers towards eternal favourites, he says, “Now, I’m into tailored clothes, and prefer classic styles. The way I dress today would be similar to pictures of men from the ’50s ’60s and ’70s.”
Despite winning over fans with his unique spin on style, Imran adds that he’s made his share of bad sartorial choices in the past. “The one trend I regret would be the extra-baggy jeans. I think all men go through that phase once in their lives,” he says, adding, “And another faux pas that I’ve gotten over is wearing the same pair of shoes with everything. I would have this one pair of sneakers I loved. I might have been wearing them with jeans and a T-shirt during the day. And when I went out at night, I’d put on a jacket and shirt, but still wear the same pair of sneakers. I think men don’t think about what they look like waist downwards.