Sayanora’s fashion statement is as bold as her politics. She never lets other people’s opinions influence her dress sense. All of this, of course, took a long time. This evolution from a girl who only had churidars in her wardrobe to experimenting with outfits took time. She attributes this change to a few people and her own experiences. Sayanora Philip talks about her fashion evolution.
Beauty is in your confidence
For a very long time, I lived far from the fashion world. In college, I wore salwars cut from my mother’s saree. I only wore churidars back then as I was conscious of my legs and arms. Slowly my attitude towards my body began to change. I realized that beauty is a matter of a person’s confidence and not what the public perceives as the standard of beauty. I gained confidence. I started loving my body and wearing the clothes I liked. I don’t care about comments on social media. This is my life, and I can only live it once. I intend to live it as I want without disturbing anyone.
When you choose an outfit
I consider the weather. As we have a tropical climate, I avoid clothes that warm me up. Comfort is key, and you should feel happy wearing it. This naturally gives you confidence.
Recently on a trip to Dubai, I tried African braids on my hair. But it also caused a lot of hair loss, so I shortened my hair. Now I love this hairstyle. I’ve always thought that our clothes and makeovers help improve our attitude. I also strive to bring a personal fashion statement.
I often had to wear outfits and accessories that were not comfortable. High heels for example. But had to wear them for some events by constraint. And once after 2 or 3 songs, I took my heels off and went barefoot on stage. That’s why I say that comfort is very important to me.
I love Poornima chechi (Poornima Indrajith). Previously, I was very aware of my body. It was Poornima chechi who gave me confidence: “Who said that only thin people are beautiful? You should learn to find the beauty in your body. Built your confidence. She said a lot of motivating things. I love her style and sense of color. She’s a wonderful woman.
I love model Ashely Graham’s style. My friend Mridula Murali’s dress style is also amazing.
We need to go beyond conventional beauty standards when it comes to color and figure. I do yoga, kickboxing and I go for walks. These are part of my lifestyle. I’m not doing this to lose weight. My only goal is to stay in shape.
My favorite accessory
I love head accessories. Since I cut my hair, I buy different hats and headbands. My nose pin is my statement piece of jewelry. I use clips as nose pins. Now I wear anklets. Ever since my mom bought it for me, it’s been very close to my heart. I wear minimal jewelry. When I wear a saree, I accessorize it with bracelets, earrings and a necklace. Or I just wear a nose pin or a choker. I don’t wear everything together.
I avoid online shopping. Usually I tend to pick things I like wherever I go. My runway clothes are designed in a boutique called Jesash. I love the accessories from the Mridula Murali brand. I shop in his store. Not that I’m very picky about brands. But I like the fit and seams of some brands. And they also last a long time.
Create your own individual style! Never copy anyone. I take the things that suit me. But it doesn’t have to suit others. I like to experiment with my appearance. It helps to create an individual style.