Padma Lakshmi is arguably the sexiest woman in the food industry as the most recognizable face on Top Chef, with her signature kick out phrase, “pack your knives and go”. Most men (and some women) dream of hearing that phrase (or similar) from her, and many women want to be her. From her command of the industry to her beauty and grace, and the fantastic looks she always gets to wear on the show, it looks like a charmed life.

The foodnista was spotted in Lower Manhattan wearing a sweetheart denim pencil dress buttoned top-to-bottom. She complemented the casual dress with ankle strap sandals with a short chunky heel (so much better for walking in NYC than a high heel), an orange fringe bag, and oversize shades.

Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef in strapless denim pencil dress in Lower Manhattan, New York City

Dress: Veronica Beard

I’m pretty sure she turned almost every head within a 3-block radius with this simple, yet very effective outfit. The pencil shape accentuated her curves, enhanced by the seam stitching following an hourglass shape. Get it, Padma! I also love the fact that the cut relaxes a bit at the bottom, allowing for easier walking. I hate when a dress is designed to look fabulous, but it’s absolutely non-functioning and unrealistic. This is the best of both worlds; totally 10-worthy but still able to strut – an absolute necessity!

I found several pieces to shop from to get a similar look to Padma’s, both high and low.



    • luxelookbook Reply

      Yes, it’s one of my favorite looks for her so far!

  1. I have to say, she is absolutely gorgeous and that denim dress is so stunning! Both Asos and Bohoo options are so up my alley. Thanks for the inspo xx

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    • luxelookbook Reply

      Absolutely, love! The style inspo and look for less posts are my favorite pieces to write because I get to go shopping. 😂😂

  2. Padma lakshmi is an Indian but her sense of fashion, lifestyle, her various affairs and her love for food has provided her a name all around teh globe. I for sure going to find a smiliar looking denim dress for me. Pencil denim dress is perhaps coolest wardrobe staple.

    • luxelookbook Reply

      She’s definitely made a name for herself. I hope you find a dress you love!

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