With the release of the coming-of-age comedy, Jawaani Janeman earlier this year, Alaya F made a confident, assured debut in Bollywood while simultaneously catching the interest of style watchers. While most of our early twenties were punctuated with trial-and-error sartorial experiments, fuelled by the compulsive need to try on all trends at once, the young millennial’s style offers a refreshingly articulate take on what’s new and now. If you’ve been looking to level up your off-duty wardrobe, here are the pieces that have earned the debutante’s nod of approval.
With an extended lockdown on the cards, Alaya has been keeping up with her fitness regimen at home in not-so-basic workout separates. The secret sauce that goes into nailing a headstand for the ‘gram? Your choice of colour. Vibrant hues serve as an easy go-to for the young millennial, like the neon green bike shorts she chose for mastering the inversion challenge in a day. You’ll also want to make space in your workout wardrobe for mesh hoodies and ‘80s-inspired colour-blocked jackets—both offer up a failsafe finishing touch for that après-workout selfie.
A quick scroll through her off-duty style files and it is impossible to miss the vintage references plucked from different eras—the band tee serves as an enduring staple in her at-home wardrobe. Whether you’re scoring yours from your dad’s concert tee collection or rifling through the racks of your favourite vintage store, the 22-year-old also advises getting creative with your styling choices. Simply throwing on a motorcycle jacket and calling it a day? That would be far too easy. Instead, follow her lead and tuck yours into a pair of snakeskin shorts for maximum impact.