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Coronation Street's Sair Khan: 'Zoë Kravitz is my style icon'
Left: “Black is my signature colour and style wise I like body skimming and fitted shapes,” says Sair, who bought this velvet jumpsuit in Topshop
Top centre: The black leather biker and denim jackets are from Topshop and the floral Zara Basics bomber are among her favourites
Bottom centre: These Sandro jeans are Sair’s most expensive purchase. She teams them here with a floral jacket from Zara, a purple Topshop camisole and heels from Office
Sair, 29, has played Alya Nazir in Coronation Street since 2014 and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards in 2015.
She appeared in an episode of BBC medical drama Doctors in 2011, but this is her first major TV role.
The actress lives in Manchester.
How would you describe your style? Casual with an edge.
Which colours and shapes suit you best? Black is my signature, but I embrace vivid colour in the summer, especially tropical prints, and I like my accessories to be colourful. Style wise, I prefer body skimming and fitted shapes.
What do you think of Alya’s wardrobe? I really like it. She did fashion at university so she’s got a great eye. Also, because she’s so determined to make it as a businesswoman in the fashion world, she wears fantastic statement accessories and quite edgy styles. She is much bolder than I am in her clothes choice, but I like that because she’s so different from me.
Have you any particular favourite pieces from Alya’s wardrobe? She has some lovely, unstructured silky jackets in soft, feminine colours but I’m not so fond of her A-line skirts.
Which is your favourite fashion era? Definitely modern-day because you can mix contemporary pieces with elements from other interesting periods.
Do you have any favourite high-street brands? Topshop – for my high-waisted Joni jeans – plus Zara, New Look and River Island.
Who is your favourite designer? I’m not really into designer fashion, although I do love Zadig & Voltaire for their studded accessories and leather jackets, plus Tom Ford for sunglasses. If I’m splashing out it would be Rag & Bone and if money were no object I’d go to Céline.
Do you have any style icons? Zoë Kravitz. She always looks phenomenal on the red carpet – effortlessly chic with an edge.
What is your best beauty secret? Good skincare. My favourite brand is Rodial. All the sales staff know my name in Space NK.
Are you a hoarder or do you clear out your wardrobe each season? I’m a terrible hoarder. It’s a trait I’ve inherited from my mum. All my wardrobes are filled to bursting and I have clothes scattered all over the place.
Are you a fan of vintage? I don’t consciously look for vintage, but if I spot something I like, which has been pre-loved, then I’ll buy it.
How many shoes and handbags do you own? About 60 pairs of shoes and about 30 handbags. My favourites are my Bottletop bags, made from recycled bottle-tops, which generate funds for good causes in Africa and Brazil. One day I’ll probably buy a designer handbag but I don’t have the urge right now.
Have you any good pieces of advice about fashion? Wear the clothes, don’t let the clothes wear you. Looking good is all about feeling confident.
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Most of the actress’s colourful bags are vintage, but her enamel blue one is by Bottletop
Her jewellery collection includes marcasite rings from New York, an amethyst ring she picked up on Portobello Market as an 18th birthday gift to herself, a gold bee necklace bought recently from Reo Jewels on Broadway Market, London, art-deco earrings from Lucy & The Caterpillar in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, and a diamanté ear cuff from Accessorize
Her studded, black leather holdall and purse and the cowboy hat are all from one of Sair’s best-loved designers, Zadig & Voltaire, her fragrances are Jo Loves Pomelo and Creed Aventus For Her, while the sunglasses are by Tom Ford
Is there an “old favourite” you turn to in a wardrobe crisis? An oversized, black, vintage mohair coat by Murray Brothers of Scotland. If in doubt, I’ll dress top-to-toe in black and wear the coat on top.
How much do you spend on clothes each month? From £50 to a few hundred pounds. It really varies.
What is the most expensive item in your wardrobe? And your best bargain? My studded Sandro jeans, which fit like a glove and cost a few hundred pounds, are probably the most expensive. My best bargain is an Adidas T-shirt. I wear it all the time so I’ve definitely got my money’s worth.
What is the oldest item in your wardrobe? A Fred Perry jacket I bought when I was 17. It cost about £60 or £70, a lot of money to me at the time, but I’ve worn it to death. I still love it.
Who would you like to make your wedding dress? Bridal designer Suzanne Neville. I wore the most gorgeous two-piece by her to the NTAs, so she’d be top of my list.
Do you have a favourite little black dress? Not really, but I have a lot of lovely little black tops, which I wear with high-waisted, black-coated, skinny Topshop Joni jeans.
Sair is a fan of Zoë Kravitz’s red carpet style
What is the one item of clothing you couldn’t live without? A black Topshop biker-style leather jacket. I wear it with just about everything.
Which is your favourite piece of jewellery? All the rings I have collected over the years. They have been with me through so much – good times and bad times.
What is the most crushing remark anyone has ever made about your clothes? Someone said I shouldn’t wear culottes because my legs are too short, but it hasn’t stopped me wearing them.
What item of clothing would you save from a burning house? My Fred Perry jacket – for all the memories.
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