Pinkvilla Style Icons: Shree 420 to Aisha; The Fabulous Style Statements of Bollywood Movies Through the Decades


The old is gold for a good reason. Glamor is a term that remains hot on the fashion horizon at all times so true that some looks from the heyday of yesteryear have found a happy place in our minds. You know you’re a movie buff when fashion also has an influence that leaves a memorable look at a length that’s possible to imitate or keep as your favorite remains unchanged.

Since we can’t keep calm and count down to our highly anticipated Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards 2022, let’s take a look at the styles of Bollywood stars over the decades. After all, these looks are irreplaceable in terms of inspiration and each one has a story that belongs in the fashion record books. Trends were created and amplified along the way, they only got bolder, classier and much sadder.

The 1950s

As soon as a bridal invitation arrives, your vote goes straight to the sarees. Queen Nargis Dutt in Shree 420 loved them and what about her classic shirt and pants? She was truly iconic, as were heroes like Dilip Kumar who loved beret caps and Dev Anand who knew from A to Z how to style scarves.

The 1960s

Hey Anarkali girl, where does your obsession come from? Madhubala in Mughal-e-Azam knew it would make a desi hit even today. It’s summer and it’s fair to think about life in a swimsuit, enter: Sharmila Tagore in a blue monokini for the movie An Evening in Paris and there was more to her fashion taste. Her pleated sarees in Aradhana looked at their best as she wore these majestic with form-fitting blouses. Waheeda Rahman’s silk and pastel sarees were all the rage then and a little too much now. What do you do when life gives you oranges? You wear it like a saree and that’s exactly what the Mumtaz chose to do in the movie Brahmachari.

The 1970s

This was definitely the decade that saw a huge surge in Bollywood fashion. It belonged to those who wanted to rule and pump up the volume with accessories like headbands, flowers, and outfits like bell bottoms, tie tops, and more. Obviously from Parveen Babi in a sensual bikini, Zeenat Aman who projected her bohemian side in Hare Rama Hare Krishna, and Helen succeeded perfectly in feathered and diamond cabarets. Do you also remember Dimple Kapadia’s polka dot print crop top and mini skirt? Fans of thigh-high slits, you’ve had something to swoon over these years.

The 1980s

The disco was part of it! It was all about the bling madness. Padded shoulders, metallic ensembles and gorgeous chiffon sarees caused a stir. Just as we witnessed the looks of Sridevi in ​​Mr. India, Juhi Chawla in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, and Rekha in Umrao Jaan.

The 1990s

Much of this decade is now doing big chic tours. Think summer cycling shorts as seen in Dil To Pagal Hai. It’s so incomplete to spend a day spotting at least one coordinated set, isn’t it? This movie had it all. Outfits like mini dresses, denim jackets, sweaters, colorful pants, mesh tank tops, ghagras and many more have become favorites of divas like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol and Rani Mukerji.

The 2000s

Have you heard of Y2K fashion? Of course, you live and breathe the Internet. From the stars of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in desi ensembles for Mohabbatein and Devdas to Kareena Kapoor Khan as Poo in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, there was an overdose of punch with the fame of sequined tops, mini skirts, sharara sets and bootcut pants. Priyanka Chopra also hit the hottest level with her perfect beach look as she rocked a shimmering gold monokini in Dostana and her plunging neckline ensembles in the fashion flick, my goodness, it was an explosion of sultry looks . Jab We Met harem pants, Patiala sets, corsets, we knew Kareena Kapoor Khan was our forever style star.


We got acquainted with the names of luxury fashion brands thanks to Aisha. Sonam Kapoor Ahuja Anamika Khanna’s white lehenga, Lady Dior’s black bag and Chanel ensemble had us gaga and beyond. Few other actresses have stayed on the trendy fashion side like Anushka Sharma’s blue kurta and Patiala’s red salwar in Band Baaja Baaraat and Deepika Padukone’s shimmering blue and gold saree in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.


Tie-dye prints have become a fashion star. Alaya F’s style in Jawaani Jaaneman had lovely polka dots, flowers and a very cool tie-dye print. Ah, this jacket was simply the best. There was something about Sara Ali Khan’s outfits in Love Aaj Kal. From easy-to-wear shirts to the chic red strappy dress and blue denim overalls, there was a range of on-trend looks that would definitely fit into your summer wardrobe. If sarees are your current favourite, the movie Gangubai Kathiawadi looks its best in white as donned by Alia Bhatt.

What is your favorite movie and your favorite look? Let us know in the comments below.

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