Auburn Umbrella

Auburn Umbrella – Iconic Cinema-Inspired Fashion Trends

From flowy chiffon sarees and richly embroidered suits to an enviable parade of Y2K outfits- Bollywood has done and seen it all. Here are some outfits adorned by stars on the silver screen that sent the fashion world into a frenzy with people recreating them at their own homes. 

Bollywood has always been closely enmeshed with our daily lives. From popular blouse patterns to saree drapes, fashion trends have evolved alongside glitzy stars and the costumes they adorn on the silver screen. Listed below are a few trends popularized by iconic scenes in movies popular across generations. 

  1. Sushmita Sen’s Chiffon Sarees in Main Hoon Na: As kids, we all wanted to be Sushmita Sen walking into a classroom wearing vibrant chiffon sarees, with the pallu floating behind us knocking SRK off his feet (literally). A modern, more popular recreation is Deepika Padukone’s look in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani when she wears the slinky midnight blue saree dancing to Batameez Dil. The silhouette is classic and effortlessly sensual- both on and off-screen. Channel the energy by wearing a plain vividly coloured chiffon saree with a sleeveless blouse and open hair. 
  1. Kareena Kapoor & Indie Fusion Looks in Jab We Met: Besides dialogs like “Main apni favourite hoon“, we can’t get enough of her outfits, either. Patiala Salwars paired alternatively with corsets and long t-shirts, her style was just as bold as her personality. Jab We Met contains a treasure trove of outfits worthy of recreation over and over again. Pair a black corset over a white t-shirt with a red skirt to recreate the most memorable outfit in the entire film. 
  1. Karishma Kapoor’s Y2K Fashion in Silsila Hai Pyar Ka: If you haven’t watched the movie, please google the outfits, RIGHT NOW. The outfits are straight out of Pinterest and all over our feeds right now; proving how everything truly does come full circle in the world of fashion. Matching Blazer and Pant sets, the claw clip hairstyles, fur-trimmed jackets- it’s eerie to see some of the most popular trends right now in an era far removed from our current world. Wear a matching monochrome outfit, accessorized with true nepotism-baby white glasses, pearls, and handbags to nail this trend. Poo may be iconic but Karishma did it first. 
  1. Sonam Kapoor Channeling Clueless and Gossip Girl in Aisha: Alicia Silverstone’s iconic yellow plaid Blazer and skirt outfit is etched in our memories, and recreated in Aisha- except it’s in Green. Tiered Dior dresses, fascinators straight out of a Royal tea party in England, Halter necks and Salvatore Ferragamo- it’s like someone took the Gossip Girl wardrobe for a spin in India. Polo matches, pastel lehengas- Aisha is every fashion enthusiast’s dream (and sometimes, nightmare) It’s alright, you don’t need Vintage Dior- just wear your best shift dress, Hollywood star glasses, and mini bag for a spin to become a part of the glitzy, entitled class portrayed in Aisha
  1. Aishwarya as a Surfer Chic in Dhoom 2: Wind-swept hair, denim, cropped tops and bikinis- Dhoom 2 was your average thriller movie complete with laid-back outfits on tanned, fit bodies. Her all-black ensemble in Crazy Kiya Rey is popular across generations. 

Special mentions: The Nautical, Conservative ensembles in Dil Dhadakne Do, Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani, Kajol and Rani Mukherjee in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and Sonam Kapoor’s kitschy outfits in Khoobsurat.

Take this as a sign to rewear your wardrobe, and channel these trends in your own unique way to really dial up the nostalgia coupled with style. 

Image Caption: Karishma Kapoor in Silsila Pyaar Ka (1999)

Image Credits- Pinterest

Chiransha Prasad

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