Well little can be said when it comes to Indian politicians and fashion. They are extreme opposites of a pole and in most cases very well so. However, unknowingly some of the Indian politicians have helped popularize certain trends throughout history.
Nehru Jacket: Well the name says it all doesn’t it! A trend synonymous with this name. Nehru jacket is by way the most popular trend started by a politician that has stood the test of time.
Jawaharlal Nehru was India’s first political style icon :Image source
Kurta and Jacket Combo: He may not be the brightest bulb, but Rahul Gandhi did set the stage for the Kurta and jacket combo. In his bid to please the Indian audience, he set the stage well for ethnic layering.
Rahul Gandhi’s modern take on political dressing :Image source
Suit Up: We won’t go as far out to say that he started the trend, but before Omar Abdullah suiting up in Indian Parliament was less heard of. He literally took power dressing to the power house of Indian politics.
Omar Abdullah is the darling of Indian style magazines :Image source
Salt & Pepper: Who better to start the trend than the first prime minister of India. Indira Gandhi was the pioneer of the salt and pepper trend in India. Who can forget the signature hair- do?
Indira Gandhi’s salt & pepper hair became her signature look :Image source
Handloom Sarees: Gandhi women, have been trendsetters in their own right. Priyanka, Sonia and Meneka all have embraced the handloom saree trend and how. They made the humble garment a style –statement with a purpose.
Gandhi Topi: Gandhi’s contribution to the Indian politics is undeniable and so is his contribution to the Swadeshi moment and a brilliant souvenir we are left with is the Gandhi Topi. Nothing more Indian and home-grown as this humble style statement.
Although named after Mahatma Gandhi, it was Nehru who made the Gandhi topi a style statement : Image source
The Gandhi topi worn by John Abraham. Neha Dhupia and singer Kailash Kher :Image source
If you have more additions to this list, do drop in a comment and let us know. Until then let’s await the next wave of much –stylized politicians, and let’s hope they are not known for their style alone.