On men’s clothing
‘I really believe men don’t have much choice. What’s there apart from T-shirts, jeans, pants and shoes? Even as far as accessories are concerned, men should only wear a watch, and maybe a ring. Don’t adorn yourself. I’m not too metrosexual about dressing up. I don’t like the idea of thinking, ‘What should I wear at that party tomorrow?’
On his fashion quotient
I’m not a very fashionable person. I believe that fashion isn’t about looks, but about being able to look after yourself physically. I’m 45 now, but people tell me that I have the body of a 17-year-old. So if I look after myself, whatever I wear will look kind of nice on me.
Mostly, I don’t choose what I wear. I let the designers choose, because they know what suits me better than I do. I don’t even do trials. My favourite designer Naresh, who’s been designing for me for 20 years now, says he’s done only three trials of mine so far. And my designers have always given me the creative freedom to wear clothes the way I want to.
On his comfort clothing
I honestly believe that you can lead your whole life wearing a t-shirt and jeans — you don’t need anything more than that. And a black suit with a white shirt. Yes, you should have variation in your wardrobe, but if it were up to me, I’d always choose a black suit with a white shirt! Even in my films, I make it a point to see that the clothes aren’t too proper, because I don’t choose my clothes at night before sleeping. I just pick something from my wardrobe half-an-hour before I leave home.’
On filmi fashion
For films, my take on style is, ‘Don’t take me out of the character’. Even when I’m shooting songs, the clothes have to be in sync with who the character is. He can’t suddenly change into something else for a song! I tell my designers, ‘Don’t make me wear something fashionable. Make me wear something that will become fashionable after the film.’
SRK's Fashion Don'ts
I’m not much of a clothes person, despite being the Belmonte model. My designers know that I’m very careless with clothes. I hardly ever see the costumes before I reach the sets. I usually wear what they ask me to, but I still tell them to keep an alternate costume, just in case. For example, if I’m wearing a tuxedo, I’ll tell them to keep an option for the shirt.
No drainpipes (skinny trousers or jeans): I have a motto — ‘dead before drainpipes’. I’ll never wear them.
Mismatched socks and shirts: I get disturbed if I don’t have socks that match the colour of my shirt.
Ill-fitting jeans: I only wear one particular denim fit. I have 100 pairs of jeans in that precise fitting. So if someone tells me my character in the movie wears jeans of a different fit, I will not do that movie!
No boots: I personally don’t like wearing boots — I prefer sneakers or shoes. But if the character requires boots, I don’t mind.
No churidaars: In films, I never wear churidaars. Instead, I wear salwars. But again, if they tell me to wear it, as a last option, I will.