Bollywood has always been an inspiration for the common people in terms of lifestyle and fashion trends. On one hand, there are outfits, like sarees, suits, t-shirts or jackets, that are put on sale, claiming to be like the style and design worn by a particular Bollywood star. And on the other hand, many fans tend to refer to a selective hairstyle they see in a movie while getting a new haircut.
Of the many trends that have come and gone, a few have became immortal. Take a look at some impactful style trends set out by our very own Bollywood stars, which took the nation by storm.
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#1. Hippie Look
Big sunglasses, beaded necklace, big danglers, open hair and a tilak on the forehead. Yes, we are talking about the hippie look adapted by Zeenat Aman in the 70’s movie, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, especially for the song, Dum Maro Dum. Like the song is one of the must-play in a party, the look till date remains one most-picked up party look.
#2. Sadhna Cut
Fringes probably were quite common always, however, this hairstyle became noticeable when veteran actress Sadhana flaunted it prominently in her movies. Floored by this hairstyle, many women ever since have their hairstylist give them the exact same look. Popularly known as the ‘Sadhna Cut’, which has been inspired by Hollywood beauty Audrey Hepburn, this hairstyle created a buzz among girls during 60s.
#3. Mumtaz Saree
While Bollywood movies of different eras have introduced different types of dressing styles, sarees have always remained common. Bollywood has shown various styles in which a saree can be draped. However, whenever we talk about saree, one style that has always remained fresh in everyone’s mind is the iconic ‘Mumtaz Saree’, an orange one with shimmery golden border, which the actress wore in her song ‘Aaj Kal Tere Mere’, from Shammi Kapoor-starrer, Brahmachari.
#4. Polka Dots
Simple black dots on a plain white cloth. Sounds like an ordinary print, which became extraordinary when Dimple Kapadia wore it in her debut and the much-acclaimed movie, Bobby. Since then, polka dot print has become one of the must-haves in every girl’s wardrobe.
#5. T-shirt and Patiala
Wearing a long shirt and Patiala on the streets definitely attracted attention for the wrong reasons until Bebo, aka Kareena Kapoor Khan, made it a style statement in the 2007 movie, Jab We Met. With the song Aao Milo Chalo further glorifying the outfit, the look has become one of the must-haves for college going girls.
#6. ‘Tere Naam’ Hairstyle
Salman’s character in Tere Naam might have given goosebumps to many. But his ‘centre-parted long in front and short at back with strands falling on face from the either side’ hairstyle, inspired many guys (read: roadside romeos) to adapt the trend. Quirky enough, the hairstyle did become famous soon after the release of the movie.
#7. Ghajini Look
While Salman Khan inspired boys to grow their hair, Aamir Khan’s Ghajini hairdo gave birth to a completely contrasting trend. Owing to the edginess and easy maintenance that this style, the Ghajini hairstyle became a nationwide fanaticism with Aamir himself going on streets to give his fans this hair cut!
#8. Plain Chiffon Sarees
Simple, elegant, sexy and trendy was all what Sridevi’s plain chiffon sarees in Mr. India and Chandni turned out to be. And then, these sarees became popular among the masses because of their simplicity, variety and appeal.
The Dream Girl of Bollywood, Hema Malini, and the chirpy, Neetu Singh, turned out to be the reasons behind the ‘Bell-Bottoms’ rage in the country. The style, which until then was restricted to male actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, etc, was beautifully flaunted by the female brigade in Bollywood. Being a few of the many actresses to be the first to wear bell-bottoms on the silver screen, they turned the style into a trend!
#10. French Beard
Keeping a French Beard was never really an attraction until Big B, Amitabh Bachhan, made it a trend. What he added to the style was keeping it all white. While he might give different hues to his hair, his beard remained spotlessly white, which made the French beard more Indian.
#11. Voluminous Locks
While long braids and heavy round buns were the fashion in the 70s, Dimple Kapadia changed the trend with voluminous locks in her movie Saagar (80s). The hairstyle became quite in demand with every woman craving to don this look.
#12. Size Zero
Encountering much criticism for her choice of roles and with critics doubting her acting abilities, Kareena Kapoor Khan brought a revolution in the Bollywood industry by importing the ‘size zero’ fad to India. It was not only her fans who went gaga over the trend, many Bollywood celebrities tried to follow it as well.
Well, these were just a few trends that were set by Bollywood and were loved by the masses! We are sure Bollywood is an endless source of fashion and style inspiration, so if you think we have missed out on any, make sure you shout it out in the comment section below. And, we will add your suggestions in our list as well!