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10 Indian Fashion Trends We Hope Never Come Back
13 th Jan 2016

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.

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Exaggerated Accessories

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.

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Tapered Jeans

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.

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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.

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Bullet Bras

This weird undergarment was very popular with the leading ladies of the 1960s. The tight fitting churidars of the era exposed the use of this highlighting innerwear. Why anyone would want to turn their assets into ammunitions we don't know!

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It is a relief that innovation in innerwear comfort has totally done away with these disturbing conical bras.

Bell Bottom Trousers

While flared trousers like boot cuts look smart and enhance ones legs, the more-than-needed flare of the bell bottom trousers are no longer covetable. They make you look absurd with bell like structures ending the outfit. While flares have come back into fashion, we are pleased that the same cannot be said for bell bottomed trousers which are better off as mere memories of the hippie Indian fashion followers of the 70s.

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Apart from some absurd outfit choices, the 60s and 70s also glorified messed up hairdos. For the girls there was the ugly beehive inverted on the head. While yesteryears’ stars like Sharmila Tagore and Saira Bano pulled it off with panache, the hairstyle is a bit too much for today’s girl. The thought of what could be roaming inside the oversized hairdo is enough to put you off!

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There was also a male version of ugly hairdo in the form of the mullet. Actors like Shahrukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Akshay Kumar have all fallen prey to the mullet. The well chopped hair on top with surprising hair extending below the neck gives a confused ‘do you mean business or party?’ look. Well no man looks like a hunk with this weird hairdo.

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Among the Indian fashion trends, this is weird attire especially for the men and the 90s saw stars like, Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan, display the overalls look. The female actresses have managed to carry the dungarees look in a trendy way. However we hope that the male actors refrain from wearing this outfit especially the colourful ones to avoid looking like four year old boys.

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Puffy Sleeves

Fashion in the 70s and 80s was mostly emulated from the West, and it was incorporated into Indian ethnic wear as well. Indian fashion trends of these bygone days had another eyesore in the form of puffy sleeved kurtas and blouses. We're sure we're not the only ones that hopes that the pirate-like puffs remains at bay for years to come.

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Shoulder Pads

Bollywood also borrowed the shoulder pads from the West in the 80s and made it a part of the Indian fashion trends, that decade. Rekha, Sridevi and Madhuri are just some of the stars that have displayed the exaggerated shoulders in a few of their movies. The boxy shoulder look was supposed to make women look powerful, however we think it kills the beauty of the female form. Some Indian fashion trends are definitely better relegated to history!

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Many of us must have become a part of these undesirable Indian fashion trends. Sometimes we would have innocently sported the shocking looks to be on trend and because we probably liked them at the time and sometimes the crazy looks may have been imposed on us by our loving moms. Irrespective of the reasons behind jumping on the band wagon of these Indian fashion trends, if you have any funny or embarrassing memories of weird outfits, please share them with us. 

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