Top Five Picks with Glamour

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By Shafiya Nawzer

Whether you scan the red carpet for the latest in celebrity trends or you prefer to get your style inspiration from Instagram these days, there’s no denying the influence our favourite actresses and musicians have on seasonal style and fashion trends. A fashion personality is an innately unique characteristic within all individuals that is expressed through certain style choices. 

Sonia Indi is an interesting personality, she’s from Delhi, India and is an expat based in Sri Lanka for over 24 years. She has been exposed to fashion since a very young age and her sense of style comes naturally to her. “According to me, fashion is a change which is necessary to keep my life interesting and lively.   Looking at magazines, viewing Instagram models about trending fashion is what I do when I am free,” Sonia explained. 

Her mom is a very fashionable person and has had a large influence on her dress since her childhood days. Sonia’s sense of style can be described as sleek with an edge of glam. She is always elegant and sophisticated and her approach to fashion has hit best-dressed lists. Her outfits are impeccable, a mix of timeless and fashion-forward. 

“We women love to dress up, and why not. I have learned during my life journey that all women are born queens, so why not always be ready like a queen, live, behave and dress like a queen. Always be confident and everyone is beautiful in your ways,” she added.

How do you select the designs, colours and styles for your clothes?

My sense of designing and dressing comes from my intuition. I like to mix and match the clothes which I already have in my closet and love to wear something different every time.

I don’t style blindly; the clothes should accentuate and compliment me physically and make me feel good and comfortable at the same time. I don’t buy clothes regularly, only when there is a need for clothes, do I put the effort to buy them.

I get ready for myself and not to show anyone else which automatically reflects my personality.  I don’t believe in dressing for others or to impress others or dressing for someone’s opinion.  It is just for myself and my individuality. My choice of dressing makes me happy and that is when I feel confident, content and finally, I am always thankful to God.

What do you think about the fashion industry in Sri Lanka and our local clothing produced here? 

My friends from India, admire the quality and aesthetics that stores in Sri Lanka produce. My close friends confess that our dresses in Sri Lanka are hard to find in Delhi, India.

 What are your five style tips? 

–    It depends from person to person, according to me my designing sense and my dressing come from my heart. Over time, I developed my unique style by searching for inspiration, creating a mood board and experimenting with fashion.

–    Fashion is how a person carries himself, whether fat or thin, tall or short; the persona and energy one brings forth to the room is what I call fashion. 

–    Wearing fancy clothes and expensive jewellery is not what I am trying to convey here. If a person is internally happy, or in this matter, if I am satisfied, then anything I wear would also project my sense of inner well-being. 

–    Clothes do play a role but defiantly not as significant as inner satisfaction. Personal style is about developing a sense of self rather than simply absorbing trends.

–    Fashion to me is about being the happiest one can be wearing clothes as per one’s liking.

(Pix by Amitha Thennakoon)