Best and Worst 90s Bollywood Fashion

From chiffon sarees to cool athleisure, from hilarious fashion disasters to giving fashion goals, here’s the best and worst 90s Bollywood fashion.

90s-bollywood-fashion-madhuri-dixit-karisma-kapoor-best-worst-street-style-ethnicFrom my previous post on Female Bollywood characters we connect with, you guys already know how much of a bollyholic I am! So after watching a movie, the characters and mood stays with me. Sometimes I even dress up like the characters I saw in the movie. Right, laugh! But I can’t be alone!

Bollywood movies are the trendsetters when it comes to fashion in India. And 90s Bollywood fashion is iconic, a milestone in itself. 90s was the era which brought in the Manish Malhotras and Sabyasachis into Bollywood and has us all copying their looks!

I grew up watching Kajol, Juhi Chawla and Aishwarya Rai in the movies. I used to try to dress up like them or their hairstyles as a kid. Of course, our mothers, too, would take cues from the 90s Bollywood fashion. This is the impact Bollywood has had on our fashion!




A few disastrous styles gave me an eye attack! Ouch! that hurts! While we had fashion icons, we also had faux-pas and terrible taste!

So, we have listed the best and worst 90s Bollywood fashion for you! If you’re a 90s kid, be ready to get nostalgic! (Sigh! I can’t believe it’s already been mojere than a decade since 90s!)

Fashion Back Then | Early 90s Bollywood Fashion

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The decade started with movies like Dil, Saajan, Lamhe, Darr, Baazigar, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and many more. The early 1990s Bollywood movie fashion continued seamlessly from the late 80s fashion with chiffon sarees, sheer dupattas, and long sleeved ethnic wear.

Also read: Indian Bollywood Fashion Through Decades: 1960s to Present

So, let’s discover the best and worst of early 90s Bollywood fashion.




Worst of Early 90s Bollywood Fashion

As there was no concept of a fashion designer or a personal stylist back then, costume designers took off the plane and crashed it smoothly, too! Here’s some of the most unwearable fashion that Bollywood has ever shown!

Exaggerated Hair Accessories

Headbands, large hair bows and costume – with big sequins were too much to take. And you can’t miss Madhuri Dixit’s bright colored ribbons in Dil! Add large hoops and expression to complete the look!

Also read: All about 90s jewelry trends: what’s back and what’s not!

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Madhuri Dixit in Dil and Anu Aggarwal in Aashiqui

Super Woman

I have nothing to say! Really, what is this?!

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Karisma Kapoor and Raveena Tandon in Andaz Apna Apna



Super Glossy Lipsticks

Shine, shine and more shine! My expression is exactly same as Raveena’s in this picture.

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Raveena Tandon in Andaz Apna Apna

Super Arched Brows (And Deep Black!)

Only Shilpa Shetty can pull it off!

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Shilpa Shetty in Baazigar




Puffed Sleeves

Puffed sleeves were a trend back then even in Hollywood! But Bollywood movies took it to another level by incorporating these in ethnic wear – saree blouses and kurtis!

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Raveena Tandon in Mohra and Divya Bharti in Deewana

Midi Skirts

Midi skirts were huge in the 90s. Especially the badly fitted ones! And Raveena Tandon, weren’t you playing the role of a rich man’s daughter? You look like a maid, in that skirt! But surprisingly Karisma Kapoor’s sporting some trendy – looking culottes. Also! Don’t miss Salman’s hilarious trousers. And we wanna see Aamir in that shirt now!

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Karisma Kapoor and Raveena Tandon in Andaz Apna Apna

Weird Sunglasses

That hairstyle! And those sunglasses randomly picked from Chor Bazaar. Really, Madhuri?

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Madhuri Dixit in Dil



Verdict

Fashion disaster at its best!

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Karisma Kapoor in Andaz Apna Apna

Best of Early 90s Bollywood Fashion

Somehow there were still a few styles we’re still loving. In fact, some of the dresses from late 90s went on to become the most iconic Bollywood costumes. Let’s take a look!

Lace Dresses

The red lace dress worn by Madhuri Dixit in ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ became something of a wardrobe staple of stylish young girls!

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Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun



Chokers

Chokers were a thing! Glad they made a comeback in 2016!

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Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun

Corset Belts

A bold look, but Juhi Chawla in Darr made it all fresh and feminine by sporting a corset belt.

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Juhi Chawla in Darr

Off-the-Shoulder Tops

The off-the-shoulder tops made a great casual look. These, too, have made a comeback now. I love how Juhi has paired it with another corset belt. The perfect 90s vacation outfit.

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Juhi Chawla in Darr

Satin Sarees

It all started with Madhuri Dixit’s legendary purple saree. We adore the look, by the way!

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Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun



Fashion Back Then | Late 90s Bollywood Fashion

late 90s bollywood fashion karisma kapoor best worst style actressThe late 90s period was a savior for Bollywood! It started off with movies like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Raja Hindustani, Dil to Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and many more.

Fashion became a serious business in Bollywood in the late 90s. We saw fashion designers like Manish Malhotra who brought a revolution in Bollywood movie fashion. He introduced international designer brands and top trends in Indian cinema.

This was a welcome change, but of course, we can’t ignore a few disasters either.

So, let’s discover the best and worst of late 90s Bollywood fashion.




Worst of Late 90s Bollywood Fashion

High Waist Jeans

Kajol’s expression in the picture says that she too has no idea why her jeans are riding up so high! You can never woo a man like this! You will scare him away.

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Kajol in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Gold Woman

Too much gold and shine! Why, Kajol, are you so obsessed with a gold lehenga and pairing it with gold accessories, too? What on earth, you were thinking?

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Kajol in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain

Weird Salwar Kameez

Why is she wearing a dupatta? What purpose is it serving?

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Madhuri Dixit in Dil To Pagal Hai

Too Hard to Digest

Heavily embroidered lehengas with heavy ornaments were too tacky. Thankfully, the wedding fashion in Bollywood evolved.

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Karisma Kapoor, Tabu and Sonali Bendre in Hum Saath-Saath Hain



Best of Late 90s Bollywood Fashion

Off-the-Shoulder Tops and Dresses

Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses continued to make their way in Bollywood movies. Mostly paired with jeans, considering even jeans were bold back then!

P.S. Madhuri’s expression is too funny to ignore!

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Madhuri Dixit in Raja

Halter Neck Gowns

The green halter neck gown worn by Kajol in DDLJ became the definition of party wear. We, too, love the dress although, she could work on her expression!

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Kajol in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Crop Tops and Chokers

Crop tops became a thing. If the movie showed a college going character then surely, there would be a look with a crop top. And chokers continued to be seen.

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Kajol in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Rani Mukerji in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Athleisure

The concept of athleisure started in India with the movie Dil to Pagal Hai. This movie launched the trend of wearing sportswear as a daily wear. We also loved some of the street wear fashion worn by Karisma Kapoor!

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Madhuri and Karisma Kapoor in Dil To Pagal Hai



Denims

Denim on denim, too, became huge after the movie Rangeela. Urmila effortlessly pulled off the button-up denim shirt.

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Urmila Matondkar in Rangeela

Silk Sarees

The traditional south-Indian silk sarees were worn elegantly by Karisma Kapoor in Biwi No.1.

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Karisma Kapoor in Biwi No.1



Chiffon Sarees

First of all, thank you, Karisma Kapoor, for introducing straightened hair to us. Also, the quintessential chiffon saree Bollywood look continued in the 90s – but with better blouses. The salwar kameez were casual and wearable.

Also check out: 90s Hairstyles: The 1990s Hair Trends Worth Remembering!

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Karisma Kapoor in Raja Hindustani

Royal Lehengas

Just like the sets of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, the costumes of Aishwarya Rai was extravagant, royal and mesmerizing. Though they’re not for daily wear like shown in the movie, they work great for weddings and parties!

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Aishwarya Rai in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

So, did you like 90s Bollywood fashion? And which look from our worst list made you laugh? Let us know by tweeting us @shilpa1ahuja.

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