When we look back at Bollywood inspired Indian fashion trends from the 60s to 90s, some of them make us cringe.
A few of us must have gone to college proudly wearing the not-so-pleasing style statements harbouring the misconception that we are so in sync with the latest fashion trends. A recollection of these disgraceful Indian fashion trends makes us wonder, what were the trendsetters thinking!
Some of our gorgeous actresses and actors have become eternal in these unfortunate Indian fashion trends. All we can do is hope that the future of our society is saved from the whammy of these trends and they never come back in fashion.
Loud Colour Palette
Govinda is the icon of the loud colour palette and he made multiple hues his signature style during his reigning years. While he became the fashion inspiration for the masses, no one could be spared from the web of colours of the 80s and early 90s. Almost every actress and actor sported the clown look in the movies during the decade. We have witnessed the gaudy Indian fashion trends on Madhuri Dixit, Sri Devi, Juhi Chawla and Karisma Kapoor. Even Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan have displayed a little too much colour from time to time.
The hair was not spared from the highlight of Aashiqui ribbons, scarves and the over the top head bands. As if the hair piece was not enough, it was always accompanied with chunky earrings and necklaces that you cannot ignore.
The hideous plastic jewelleries in rainbow colours also made its way into street wear in the 80s and 90s, thanks to Bollywood. The Indian fashion trends from the period presents an illusion of an unreal painted world that you would like to escape before the colours engulf you.
The high waisted pants didn’t enhance the waist or the legs, which meant that the 90’s tapered jeans, had a very unflattering silhouette. Even those with envious figures looked shapeless in this ugly piece of attire. During those days the ugly pair of jeans was a common sighting and was sometimes paired with uglier tropical tops.
When you can rock the look in straight pants, skinnies and bootcuts, tapered jeans would be the last thing from the old Indian fashion trends to make its way into our curated wardrobe.
Too Much Makeup
Loud colours of the 80s found a companion in makeup too. Too much shimmer, pink cheeks, green-blue eye shadows with heavy use of fake lashes were all too freely applied. The Indian fashion trends of the 60’s demonstrated a peculiar style of winged eye makeup with the eyeliner curving beyond the eye. It is such a relief that the actresses today play with minimalism and have abandoned the fake painted face. We are definitely crossing our fingers in the hope that the Indian fashion trend of heavy makeup does not come back to haunt us ever again.