Bollywood’s Fashion Trendsetters

Bollywood flows with my blood in some part…. I sing and dance to its melodious tunes!!

After all I was born listening to bollywood music and watching movies. Likewise, my wardrobe collection too is inspired by bollywood. Each fashion trend comes like a wave, sweeps up my wardrobe and then disappears. From hand bags, shoes, clothes to jewelry… etc, etc.

Be it Sonam kapoor wearing those high waist pants in AISHA or Deepika wearing spaghetti tops and shorts in HOUSEFULL… we all have witnessed them. But have you ever wondered (especially the youth) the fashion trends of 50s or 70s??

Fashion and 50s? Meh! If your answers sounds something like that then your ignorance worth reading this article.

50s… Simplicity

Plain sarees, puffed short sleeves blouses (plain or printed), exotic vintage jwellery like the hooplas, jhoomkas, bangles, chokker and matha tika.  Legendary actors like Madhubala, Wahida Rahman, Nargis Dutt, Meena Kumari were classic divas in the 50s. The only western wear that could be worn was the MIDDIES. Western wear was not so popular at that era, since women were projected more feminine in 50s. Make up was kept mostly neutral and I am sure no one can forget Vyjayanthimala’s beautiful long tresses in the song “ude jab jab zulfe teri” from the movie Naya Daur.

60s… Colors

Enter the era of colors… the bright orange Mumtaaz Saree in the song “aaj kal tere mere pyar ke charche…” or the magnificent tight fitted churidaars worn by Asha Parekh in  “Teesri Manzil” actors were discovering new style trends in western as well as Indian attires. ‘Sadhna’ cut was so popular that my grandma was also inspired by this fashion quotient… big earnings, Sharmila Tagore’s stretched out eyeliner and skin tight kurtis were the ideal look of the 60s. The clothes were a bit bolder as compared to 50s.

70s… Disco Era

Hemlines moved up and necklines were dropped… bold and beautiful actresses like Zeenat Amaan and Parveen Bobby rocked the entire nation with their bohemian chic style trends… bold bikinis, knotty blouses, halters, sexy frills and stylish hats… still rules over the bollywood industry. I remember my mother still has those bellbottom pants, butterfly shirts, platform heels and oversized sun glasses of 70s. The spark of the ‘wing’ look in ‘Dream Girl’ is still revived in millions of hearts. Today, when I see polka dots it reminds me of Dimple dressed up in skimpy polka dotted blouse in Bobby.

80s… No More Fusion

80s witnessed the era of keeping it plain yet sexy. I still remember my aunt buying those plain silk sarees which were worn by Sridevi in Mr. India. The white plain salwaar kurta in the song ‘kabootar ja ja ja’ made Bhagyashree the eye candy of bollywwod. Amrita Singh bought denims in fashion paired up with strappy scandals. The hair look was more of volume in 70s. The beautiful long tresses of Rekha and Jaya in the movie ‘Silsila’ captured the hearts of Indian men. Dimple Kapadia’s look in the movie ‘Saagar’ definitely gave a good business to the beauty salons of 70s… as every female wanted to have those hair locks.

90s… Designer’s Era

Designer clothes were in… short tight skirts, high boots, traditional bandhnis, hair bands, dark colored lipsticks, scarves and shoulder padded tops was the look of 90s. The purple saree in the song “didi tera dewar…” is a timeless fashion trend admired by many of us. In K2H2, Kajol was seen in a totally new avatar… courtesy Manish Malhotra. Bollywood designers took the industry to a revolutionary period in terms of fashion.

2000s… Anarkali to Shorts

From the anarkali suites worn by Sonam  Kapoor in ‘Saawariya to Bebo’s short dresses in ‘Kambaqt Ishq’ it is all about transformation. Women in 2000s were considred as fashionistas. Sonam, Deepika, Kareena and Priyanka are the new style icons of the fashion industry. From high-waist pants… Gucci bags to ripped jeans, today’s youth has tried it all!! Deepika’s side braids in ‘Cocktail’ made a remarkable identity among the young gals.

I am sure by now you must be lost in the world of 50s or 80s… thinking of your grand moms draping themselves like Mala Sinha or Waheeda Rahman.

Hope the next decade is more fun filled and filled with loads of colors and variety!!

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