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Friday , February 22 , 2013
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Sophie Choudry in a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress and Dior shoes at The Oberoi Grand. Pictures: Rashbehari Das

She’s always well turned-out, she’s never had a stylist and she feels she’s just “fortunate to have good designer friends and a good wardrobe”. “I was like that since I was a kid! It is just the person I am,” said the singer-actress, in town for the CSC V-Day eve bash with t2. Read on for Sophie’s tips on how to dress when...

For a red carpet: Nowadays, red carpet is predominantly about gowns. I believe there are few Indian girls who can carry off gowns. It’s got to do with their body language. I do love gowns. It is something that I am very comfortable in. I love the gowns that Manav Gangwani makes, also Shane and Falguni (Peacock). I wear a lot of international designers... Cavalli, Donna Karan.... If not a gown, wear a sari. Red carpet isn’t necessarily all about being blingy. The fewer accessories you have, the better you look. Keep it simple with one statement piece. And the most fun is to experiment with hair. In the last couple of years, I have really experimented... side-swept, hair-up, braided.

For the front row of a fashion show: Most of the time I am dressed by the designer whose show I am attending. So, if it’s Manish (Malhotra), I’ll wear a sari and if it’s Manav (Gangwani), I’ll wear a gown, dress or sari. Don’t go OTT. Classics are always good at fashion shows. You can have fun with make-up. I have been experimenting with brighter lip colours... bright orange, bright red, pink, berry. I have tried a more flicked-out (eye)liner or maybe less eyeshadow.

For a first date: You need the right balance between classy, slightly conservative and sexy. You need to give him a glimpse of what’s there, but don’t give it all away. Wear something form-fitting if you’ve got a great body. I wouldn’t do low cleavage; I’ll probably show leg... maybe something with a slightly lower back. Colours are great. I have got maximum compliments from men when I have worn red... or try coral, fuchsia or blue. Black is safe, but it is not fun being safe. Hair down, definitely. Indian men have a fixation with that! The most important thing is to wear something you are comfortable in. If you are tugging it up or pulling it down, the magic is gone. It could even be pants with a great pair of heels and a slightly sexy top. It could be jeans if it’s a casual date.

For a girls’ night out: Something more fun! Men think women dress to impress them, but in a party women only look at women... shoes, dress, hair, has she put on weight? So, probably a short dress if you are going to dance, and cool shoes.