“She calls herself a fashion chameleon and we were just as excited to hear what she had to say. Check out our latest interview with fashionista, jewelry designer and corporate lawyer, all rolled into one – Anjali Sukumaran, exclusive, only on Opul. Happy reading.”
You have a degree in law and a penchant for jewellery design. How did this happen?
I am a qualified lawyer and i worked with an MNC as a corporate lawyer. Then I realised my true passion was in fashion and accessories. Ever since I was in school, I used to get asked, ‘where do you get these earrings from?’ I thought why not make it available to people. That’s how I started my jewellery line in September 2016. It’s been a great ride since then.
What is your style like? Bohemian or Western or Indian?
On a personal level, I try pretty much everything. I experiment with a lot of styles.
I feel youngsters don’t focus on Indian fashion a lot. I try to give that extra focus with my fashion blog, highlighting Indian styles. I try and collaborate with upcoming, small scale brands that don’t get enough visibility.
Your blog is mostly Indian but what is your personal style like? Your style statement?
I think I am fashion chameleon. I could wear pretty much anything and I like to try out different styles. But I also don’t follow trends blindly. There was the choker that was trending; I saw it everywhere. Every girl out there wore a choker. Individuality and personal style is fashion for me. I like to create my own style that is unique to me.
“I think I am fashion chameleon. I could wear pretty much anything and I like to try out different styles. But I also don’t follow trends blindly.”
The Internet is filled with sites, videos and pages that define beauty standards. What are your thoughts? Do we really need to be defined by these standards?
I started with 3000 followers and a private account in 2016. Within 7 months, I earned 25,000 followers. This happened because of the positive body image that reflects in all my posts. Take Instagram for example; you see perfect bodies and flawless makeup everywhere. That gets you insecure. But having said that, if you are open about your insecurities and confident in your style that is when people begin to relate to you. This is the true essence of my blog. The insecurity is real, but I’m sure you can get past it if you truly believe in yourself.
Any quick tips/ short cuts for affordable, low-maintenance fashion for the women of today?
I feel you can look amazing with just 500 Rupees. Affordable fashion is the best. Wherever I go, I try to stick to affordable styles. Fashion keeps evolving. It is best to invest in pieces that are affordable and which you would wear only for a particular time. There are so many street shopping avenues available; there are websites that give discounts as well. Instead of spending 5K on a fleeting trend you can look amazing with the same style in just Rs.500.
For example, if I have a work meeting, I team a pair of blue jean with a crisp white shirt. I’ll jazz up the look with a piece of statement jewellery or a stylish belt. Simple and stylish is the way to go.
Give us an example of a fashion experiment that turned out better that expected.
Yes, I did. I once wore saree as a Dhothi saree during ethnic day in college. It turned out to be great. People around me were apprehensive, they said, ‘You’re going to look really funny’. I checked out YouTube tutorials on the drape and style. When you wear it like a dhoti, it does not look like a saree, it has a fusion look to it. It turned out to be great experience. (Laughs)
Rapid Fire Questions
Street fashion – My style 💃
Celebrity fashion – Overrated 😲
Elegance – Simplicity 👌
Airport look – Ridiculous 😖
Zara vs Vero Moda – Zara 😍
Red lipstick – Must have 💄
Weight loss regime – Healthier, the better 🌸
Fairness creams – Unnecessary/Superfluous/Pointless 👎
Beauty care essentials – Moisturiser 💁
Anjali Sukumaran – Indian Fashion 🇮🇳
Photographer : Vasanth Saravanan