At just 20, Khushi Kapoor has established a clear repertoire with fashion. From wearing a tank and joggers when out and about in Mumbai, the city she calls home, to playing muse to leading couturier Manish Malhotra along with her sister Janhvi Kapoor, Khushi has time and again showed us that she can turn out looks with the utmost ease. When not in red carpet-worthy outfits, she’s all about referencing the ‘90s with a carousel of casually layered cardigans and blazers, pleated tennis skirts and the emblematic Prada Nylon bag. The Gen-Z style icon loves her sneakers. Who can blame her? So much so that she’s sported her Nike Air Force 1 sneakers under lehengas and gotten away with it. The Dhadak star’s sibling has an aesthetic that resonates the essence of her lifestyle—balancing quintessential Bollywood glamour with her current New York moment. Bringing these unique flavours together, her wardrobe choices display a budding trendsetter in the making. Scroll through for timeless tips we’ve scouted from Khushi Kapoor’s Instagram feed.

1. Darker hues make bolder statements

If black is the building block for any wardrobe, here is how it can go from basic to night-out ready. Take cues from these all-black ensembles, and choose bold make up to complete the theme.

2. The micro-mini is back

The body-hugging micro-mini in its essence is a versatile piece, as Khushi Kapoor demonstrates. A noughties favourite, Kapoor’s pleated ones prove the itsy-bitsy mini’s resurgence. She wears them with slouchy jumpers making it a preppy trans-seasonal investment. You can also pair it with a fitted polo shirt or a tank and sneakers to give a nod to its summer rendition.

3. Traditional lehengas with V-necks? We’re here for it

Kapoor’s proclivity for contemporary V-neck blouses establishes what we have seen all season through– collar-bone enhancing necklines for occasions where the dress code is traditional. Accessorising with just a bold choker or studs adds the finishing touch to a sharp neck.

4. Beachy waves achieve a zero-effort-required look

Lush barrel curls seem to be Khushi Kapoor’s signature look. Her easy waves renew our faith in the out-of-bed naturally messy hair-do. Whether you’re wearing a T-shirt and sweatpants for a day indoors or basking in sunlit gardens like hers, this low maintenance style will get you through lockdown without reaching for scissors in a desperate attempt to liven up the locks.

5. A pair of kicks can lift any outfit

Taking cues from Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao’s red carpet look, style and comfort are not mutually exclusive, and a pair of white sneakers can be worn with anything. A sturdy pair of Air Force 1s happens to be Khushi Kapoor’s staple item as she proves its value with a variety of ensembles—including a lehenga. Her luxe-list of trainers include the Balenciaga triple S as well.

6. Layer to bring form

Turtlenecks with cardigans are a match made in heaven, but the leather blazer is not to be overlooked. The basic white tank or T-shirt with a crisp leather blazer is the much loved ‘90s look that Kapoor often throws it back to.

7. Finish off with a pop of colour

Dramatic eye make up is a skill that Kapoor has mastered with ease. She is not one to shy away from adding a pop of colour to her eyelids. A perfect winged eyeliner in jewel tones framed with thick eyelashes can be a stand-out look for a weekend Zoom party where elaborate outfits don’t hold much relevance.