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TV actor Ridhima Pandit’s personal style is drastically different from the characters she plays

Her on-screen avatar wears a lot of heels, kurtis and saris. But off screen, actor Ridhima Pandit prefers denims and flats.

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Feb 25, 2017 12:14 IST
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Actor Ridhima Pandit at her Vile Parle residence(AalokSoni/HT Photo)

Her on-screen avatar wears a lot of heels, kurtis and saris. But off screen, actor Ridhima Pandit prefers denims and flats.

we are waiting at TV actor Ridhima Pandit’s Vile Parle residence. She walks in an hour later and apologises, blaming Mumbai’s traffic for the delay. After a round of small talk, the 26-year-old gives us the low-down of her closet staples — denim trousers and jackets, funky accessories, and make-up.

Wardrobe staples: “I always have a pair of nude pump shoes, a little black dress, ripped jeans, ganjis from Zara and track pants.”

Pandit’s first dress, bought when she was 15. (AalokSoni/HT Photo)

No heel policy: “I am not a fan of fancy footwear. In fact, I prefer flats over heels whereever possible. But, my work demands heels, so I have to give in. My latest buy is a pair of wine-coloured tie-up shoes from Aldo. They seem to be in style — I saw Alia Bhatt wearing them as well.”

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Online, not by choice: “I have a problem with online shopping, and it’s about size. The websites often mention a certain size, but almost always deliver a different one. I try to stay away from online shopping, but, at times, my hectic work schedule forces me to buy clothes online. My go-to sites are, and”

Junk jewellery from Peahen. (AalokSoni/HT Photo)

Favourite shopping destination: “Dubai. I go twice a year to shop.”

Old is gold: “I have a 12-year-old denim jacket that I cannot part with. I was in my first year of college when I bought it. I got it from New Jersey. Every time I clean my wardrobe, I usually get rid of the stuff I don’t wear often, but this jacket stayed with me.”

A denim jacket from New Jersey is the oldest thing in Pandit’s wardrobe. (AalokSoni/HT Photo)

Impulse buyer: “About six years ago, I used to be an artist manager. I was touring with one of the artists, and before buying anything, I kept calculating how much it would cost me in Indian currency. However, on the last leg of the trip, at Heathrow airport in London, I stopped counting and splurged on a Michael Kors bag. It cost me around Rs 25,000 back then. I still have it.”

The actor’s most expensive purchase — a bag from Ted Baker. (AalokSoni/HT Photo)

Accessorise it: “I hoard make-up and accessories. I just can’t stop spending on them. My favourite brands are MAC, Color Bar and Kiko. I like experimenting with accessories — floral hairbands, chunky chokers and beads are currently my go-to choices.”

First Published: Feb 24, 2017 16:27 IST