Style Inspiration: Rishi Kapoor

 Has Bollywood ever had a male star with such a distinctive personal style as Rishi Kapoor? The actor’s loud, busy pullovers stand out even among the bright, midriff-baring outfits of co-stars such as Madhuri Dixit, Dimple Kapadia, and Sridevi: no matter what dance they’re doing, your eye always comes back to the jumper that looks like it was knit by Kandinsky. Here, we present fashion inspiration from Kapoor’s greatest hits:

Want to be entrancing? Wear an optical illusion. (Chandni, 1989)

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Wear something tactile and multicoloured. Attractive people will want to touch it. (Chandni, 1989)

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As we know from his Twitter feed, sweaters are important to him.

Abstract florals and unrelated text make for an intriguing and bold street style statement. (Chandni, 1989)

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Kapoor isn’t only good for sweaters. Here, he models a pastel striped polyester button-up with violet trousers and a pair of spectacles that would make Iris Apfel lavender with envy. (Bobby, 1973)

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 He’s not into contemporary eyewear trends

A monochrome beehive print will make every auntie bow her head to you in reverence. (Bobby, 1973)

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Step back, Elvis. This red velvet, bell-bottomed leisure suit is so stunning that Dimple Kapadia had to shield her eyes to keep from being overwhelmed. (Bobby, 1973)

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Deep reds and pinks are the perfect shades to colourblock with. Throw on a beige corduroy jacket for an unexpected twist on the trend. (Oh, and feel free to clash horrifically with your partner.) (Bobby, 1973)

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Baby, he’s a firework. (Sahibaan, 1993)



Sometimes he tweets his own favourite looks from the past. 

Please have at least two, for variety. 

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We’re not sure what’s going on here, but we covet that utilitarian blue shirt. (Bobby, again!)

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A glittering corset and feathered tiara are perfect to wear while engaging in cultural coversation. (Rafoo Chakkar, 1975)


Kapoor goes for a bold cat-eye while wearing a monochrome blouse with lace detailing. (Rafoo Chakkar, 1975)

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#Throwback to medieval style with a low-cut, puffy-sleeved blouse and layered necklaces. Jeweled dagger optional. (Laila Majnu, 1976)

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Contemporary Rishi has swag too. Gold-on-gold brocade embroidery for wedding season? Yes please. (Agneepath, 2012)


Don’t like it? Don’t care. (Deewana, 1992) 

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Oh, and here’s some advice Rishi gave us on keeping those wooly wonders in tip-top shape. 


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