Rhea & Tanya Ganwani

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Feb 28 2016 / 21:19 PM

Indian, 23 & 25

Rhea & Tanya Ganwani
Rhea & Tanya Ganwani

Rhea Ganwani (left) wears Alice + Olivia top; Alexis skirt, both at Bloomingdale’s. Céline trainers; jewellery, both her own. Tanya Ganwani (right) wears skirt by Dolce & Gabbana at Matchesfashion.com. Christian Louboutin shoes; top, both her own

While Rhea and Tanya Ganwani are close in age, the sisters’ styles sit at polar opposite ends of the spectrum.

Asked for her take, 23-year-old Rhea ponders for a moment before recalling an oft-repeated quote by Nicholas Burroughs: “Minimalism is not the lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something.”

“My style matches my personality, which is pretty chilled out and carefree,” she says. And she certainly walks the walk. A look through Rhea’s wardrobe turns up an array of on-point casualwear. “I love white American Vintage and black J Brand T-shirts, and my Levi’s 501 shorts because they’re timeless staples and so versatile that I’m able to dress them up or down.” And her collection of trainers is something to behold, “I love everything from Nike and Adidas to Golden Goose and Filling Pieces, to Céline and Chanel.”

Tanya, on the other hand, prefers a more elegant style. “I love to look and feel glamorous. I tend to wear classic cuts with modern prints, textures and, of course, some bling!” Citing Diane von Furstenberg among her preferred designers (“Her dresses are so easy to wear and actually become classic wardrobe staples”), for Tanya it’s about flattering lines, and a perfect fit. And in direct contrast to her sister’s obsession with trainers, Tanya laughs, “I can’t resist a red sole!”

While New York University graduate Rhea counts modern muses Miroslava Duma (the 30-year-old Russian founder of Buro 24/7), model/stylist Olivia Palermo, and Monica Rose (the 37-year-old stylist responsible for the wardrobe choices of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner) as her style icons, her older sister – who is director of marketing at the family’s Lals Group business – leans toward Queen Rania, Sheikha Mozah and Sonam Kapoor.

What they do agree on, though, is that style is incredibly personal. “Style, unlike fashion, cannot be taught,” Rhea says. “A woman’s style comes down to one thing: her attitude.” Tanya agrees, adding, “Wear everything with confidence. If you feel good on the inside, you’ll look great on the outside.”

Photography: Richard Hall. Styling: Charlotte Blair. Words: Kerrie Simon-Lawrence. Hair: Anna for SoH Art + Beauty. Make-Up: Sarah-Jane Thompson for Shiseido