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90s Bollywood and #TrendSetters Pt 1

The Bollywood 90s #TrendSetters

Hola fellow BollyFans!

This week we are here with a bonus post! And boy are we excited! This one is completely India centric. Do you remember Bollywood in the 90s? What is the first movie that comes to your mind? DDLJ? DTPH? KKHH? (Acronym much?!)

We were recently invited by UCNews to rewind and talk about Fashion trends back in the 90s and the movie scenes and the standout outfits actually flashed in front of our eyes. The 90s was an amazing time with #trendsetting fashionistas rocking amazing western outfits as well as Indian wear. While many movies had their heroines clad in sarees, suits, and lehengas, some of them saw them in dresses, dungarees, off shoulders, culottes, and even athleisure fashion.

Remember Kajol’s halter, knee high slit green dress in the song “Ruk Ja O Dil Deewani” in DDLJ? Or the athleisure outfits that DTPH introduced us to. Rangeela showed us sexy beachwear and also how to rock the denim on denim trend. Karishma rocked bling and leather in David Dhawan movies and saris in movies likes Raja Hindustani.

#Trendsetters ain’t limited to girls people, our male superstars were a league apart in themselves. SRK rocked leather jackets and fedoras mostly throughout DDLJ and made the oversized hoodies casual college wear in KKHH. Aamir rocked simple cotton shirts in Sarfarosh and donned colorful pants with printed shirts throughout Rangeela. Does anybody remember the all yellow outfit he wore in the film? And who can forget Salman’s dungarees in Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya or his fishnet vests in Judwaa!

We did a ton of research and came up with some underlying trends that ruled the 90s and went on to make the stars some of the biggest fashionistas of the era. Many of these trends are making a comeback since the last couple of years and that only validates their position as original fashionistas! So presenting the top 10 trends of the 90s Bollywood.

Off shoulder tops

Off shoulder Tops #trendSetters 90s Bollywood


A trend that is currently exploding in the fashion-verse is the off shoulder tops and dresses. And our 90s #trendsetters have been donning them since long. Juhi was seen rocking the trend in multiple films like Ishq, Darr and Yes Boss, Madhuri was also seen in a white one in Raja.

Dungarees & Suspender Pants

dungarees #trendSetters 90s Bollywood

Dungarees are another trend that every day is enjoying these days. The casual vibes associated with them make for a laid back look instantly. You would not find one YouTuber or Blogger who does not love their pair. Kajol was seen rocking the trend in DDLJ and Juhi carried off the suspenders in style in the poster of Yes Boss. Even Salman Khan is seen carrying these off in Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya. Well, if a guy can pull it off, it had to be Salman!


Athleisure #trendSetters 90s Bollywood

While KKHH made hoodies and joggers appropriate college wear, Dil Toh Pagal Hai introduced the idea of athleisure in India and the concept of sexy sportswear. The trend is still popular and athleisure these days is becoming one of the mainstream casual everyday looks.


headgear #trendSetters 90s Bollywood

The 90s was filled with headgear of all kinds! SRK rocked the fedoras in DDLJ, Kajol rocked the straw hats, Aamir is seen rocking caps in Rangeela, Juhi dons berets in Yes Boss. And the headgear accessories were not limited to caps and hats. Kajol was seen donning amazing headbands in DDLJ and Karishma is seen wearing scarves as hairbands in Judwaa.

Bodycon Dresses

bodycon #trendSetters 90s Bollywood

With their amazing figures, the 90s heroines did not shy away from flaunting them in bodycon dresses and looking absolutely stunning in them. Sonali wore a white bodycon in Sarfarosh, Karishma Kapoor a sizzling red one in Raja Hindustani and Kajol wore various ones in Ishq.


(Faux) Leather

Leather #trendSetters 90s Bollywood

Leather looks are an evergreen trend and have been on the fashion block since long. SRK rocked these in DDLJ, Salman in Judwaa and Aamir in Ghulam. Even Karishma Kapoor is seen donning these babies in Judwaa.

White Salwar Kameez

white salwar kameez #trendSetters 90s Bollywood

The 90s seemed to be a time when the Bollywood was fascinated with salwar kameez and especially ones in white. Madhuri was seen in one every half an hour or so in DTPH, Kajol donned it in the famous “Tujhe Dekha Toh” song in DDLJ, and Karishma flaunted hers in Raja Hindustani.

Chiffon Sarees

chiffon sarees #trendSetters 90s Bollywood

Do we even have to expand more on the trend? Raveena Tandon in “Tip Tip Barsa Paani”, Sridevi in “Kaate nahi katthe” and Karishma Kapoor in Raja Hindustani. Solid colored chiffon sarees was a huge trend that was associated heavily with sexy scenes.


choker #trendSetters 90s Bollywood

Another trend that made a comeback in 2016. Kajol was seen wearing it in DDLJ, Rani Mukherjee in KKHH and Urmila in Rangeela amongst others. And now chokers are THE thing to own. 


denim #trendSetters 90s Bollywood

Denim was a huge trend back in the 90s and they manifested in various trends. Most notable were the high-waisted jeans (again made a comeback last year!) and the denim-on-denim trend that Urmila rocked in Rangeela.

We picked 4 outfits that our favorite actresses donned that we truly loved in some of these films and recreated the look with items from our wardrobe. Come back on Thursday for part 2 of the series where we present to you four different #trendsetters and their outfits and our rendition of the same.Well, there you have it! Top 10 trends that ruled the fashion scene in the 1990s in Bollywood. We LOVED researching, binge watching old movies and songs and finding outfits that stood out. Let us know in the comments below what 90s Bollywood fashion trend you remember and used to love in your childhood. We will be back on Thursday with our 4 #trendsetting outfits and our recreation of the same. Check our Instagram for a sneak peek of the lookbook! Do share, subscribe and don’t forget to spread the love!
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