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Samantha Akkineni’s Complete Style Evolution!

Decoding a decade of the actress’s wardrobe choices!

By Harshitha Kumaran 

Samantha Akkineni, is on everyone’s fashion radar. Her fashion sense both on and off screen has always been the talk of the town. She has always experimented with her sartorial choices and pulls off all her fashionable moments effortlessly. 

Her performance in Gautham Menons ‘Ye Maaya Chesave’ did not go unnoticed,  but it was her performance in films like ‘Eega’ and ‘Neethaane en Ponvasantham’ that led her to fame and popularity. With a decade long run in the industry and over 50 movies it goes without saying that she’s left an impact on the audience.

Although her on screen looks are easy to follow for every girl next door, her off screen looks are what every fashionista’s dreams are made of. A trousseau of dresses, comfy airport looks, chic vacation outfits all filled with both international and Indian designers makes her stand out in a crowd even if she doesn’t try too hard. Let’s  take a look at Samanthas style evolution through the years.

Samanthas debut film ‘Ye Maaya Chesave’ saw her sporting simple, printed Sarees with a no makeup look and simple hairstyles that made her relatable. A decade later it seems like her makeup free look has stuck as the actress rarely sports bold lips or eyes even on the red carpet.

The movie that pushed Samantha to fame, naan Ee or Eega that released in 2012  saw her transform into Bindhu , a micro artist who runs an NGO. The easy outfits worn by her in the film became massively popular among young women who follow the trend even today. 

More than her onscreen fashion, her off screen fashion and styling is the talk of the town. The year 2016 saw Samantha experiment with silhouettes,colours and patterns which gave her the nod from the fashion police. Her off screen fashion sense truly set the mark for her fellow peers to catch up with.

Although the actress likes to experiment with different hairstyles like messy braids,elegant buns, side swept curls and sleek ponytails on the red carpet she’s seen sporting loose waves,curls and a simple ponytail during her time off. 

The staple piece in her wardrobe through the last ten years has been the elegant saree all with her own fun twist of course. From exaggerated blouses, shirt blouses, shimmer blazers and even denim jackets! She’s made the utmost use of every single piece in her closet while playing up the saree.

Another staple piece in Samantha’s closet are her statement belts. The actress has worn them over sequined pants,jumpsuits and over jackets. She dresses them up and down according to her mood and occasion. 

Like every girl Samantha loves a bold red lip but she hardly sports it both on and off camera. Her makeup mantra seems to be neutral tones with a smokey eye for major events. Her nude or sometimes glossy lips add more charm to her outfits.
Her love for monochrome is evident from the amount of white outfits that she sports either at the airport, on vacation or even during promotions for her upcoming films.

The actors bold and playful nature is expressed with the way she styles her printed outfits. While some may shy away from pairing print with print ,it seems like our superstar is all for a loud and bold appearance. 
The actresses simple yet classy outfits for her wedding in 2017 to Naga Chaitanya made it to the Pinterest boards of many brides the following year. All her outfits for her Goa wedding except her Hindu wedding outfit was custom made by her friend Kresha Bajaj who also designed her ‘love story lehenga’ for her engagement earlier that year. The Falguni Shane peacock gown that she wore for her Chennai reception looked classy and elegant. The actress chose to stick to her neutral makeup tones that only brought out her best features.

Samantha’s super cool vacation wardrobe is what every avid traveller wants. From chic midi dresses to bohemian tops, printed bikinis to faux fur jackets,  the actress is sure making the world her runway. 


For her 2019 super hit movie ‘oh!baby’ Samantha sported a chic bob cut that she styled effortlessly both on and off screen. The retro looks sported by her in the movie went under the radar of the critics as well. The actors retro look definitely set the mood for the retro trend that many people are going back to.

The one thing that we know for sure is the actress sure knows how to serve looks no matter where she is. Her approach towards a sustainable wardrobe is evident with the way she uses her accessories and bags. Samantha has surely gone through a transformation with her approach to fashion in the last decade but it seems like the diva is just getting started.

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