Squash star and frequent flier, Joshna Chinappa is our globetrotter most wanted
India’s golden girl of squash, Joshna Chinappa is gearing up to face off with Raneem El Welily in two weeks as part of the PSA World Series in Qatar. The first Indian to have won a British squash championship, this 29-year-old shares some wardrobe secrets before she flies out.
Text: Sumitra Nair
Chinappa wears simple jewellery given to her by her mother. But on nights out, she opts for dangling earrings from Accessorize. This star-shaped one from the British accessory brand is RS 1,195. Details: 30083610
While travelling, Chinappa packs a pair of pants, Diesel skinny jeans and a dress by Zara or Forever 21. “I try to carry a pair of formal clothes wherever I go,” she adds. She prefers clean lines as seen with this knitted dress by Missoni, that’s ideal for a lunch meeting when paired with a belt and blazer. Approximately Rs 1,16,240 on farfetch.com
Chinappa, who often lives out of a suitcase, travels with Tinkle comics, a childish obsession. And she maintains a training diary, with Anokhi’s block printed notebook being her favourite.
Rs 30 onwards. Details: 24311495
Hot in pink
These RayBan aviators with pink gradient lenses manage to look effortlessly cool. Chinappa’s mom got her a pair after the sportstar saw it on Jennifer Lopez. Rs 12,000, at Sunglass Hut, Phoenix MarketCity. Details: 30083389
From the Oyster Perpetual series, this Rolex watch, Chinappa’s dreampiece comes with 18 ct Everose gold, and a bezel set with diamonds. The Lady-Datejust 28 has scratch-resistant sapphire, a chocolate dial with diamonds and a matching Everose gold bracelet. Rs 24,11,900 approximately. At The Helvetica store in Express Avenue. Details: 28464095
Fond of colours, Chinappa choses bright shades while training or lounging. “I enjoy wearing a mix of shorts, tights, quarter length pants — all Nike — while training,” she confesses. We recommend these comfy drawstring pants from Zara. Rs 1,290 at the store in Phoenix MarketCity. Details: 30083700
The squash champ stands tall at 5.8 ft but loves her pumps. She is a fan of high street, but we love these blush coloured pumps by Jimmy Choo. Approximately Rs 32,000 at Select City Walk, New Delhi. Details: 011 46609069
Pragmatic with her wardrobe choices, Chinappa prefers a structured jacket or a cardigan when it comes to layering. “Also, not much of a label person, I prefer exploring the local boutiques,” she says. Our pick is the black and white Oscar de la Renta cardigan that will fit snugly on a chilly night. Approximately Rs 90,000 on netaporter.com
In the air
Smell like a dream with the earthy neutral fragrance of Daisy by Marc Jacobs. A floral, yet sensual perfume, it symbolises an independent woman. Rs 5,700 for 100 ml, at Lifestyle. Details: 28464748
Her beauty essentials include a Giorgio Armani foundation, “that gives a light finish” and a flat iron. Chinappa believes that less is more when it comes to make up. “I don’t wear mascara, and no nail polish,” she says. Rs 4,017 for the foundation. Details: 28464748