Reverberation of the 70s in Indian Fashion

The styles of the seventies are making a comeback in the Indian fashion scene. Recently, Gunday released to packed theatres where the movie was set in Calcutta of the 1970s. The actors were made to wear bell bottom trousers with dog collared shirts. Priyanka Chopra did her hair in bouffant and mostly wore chiffon sarees as was the trend back then. The costumes were designed by Subarna Ray Choudhury, who specializes in period film costumes. She has earlier worked on movies such as Parineeta, Eklavya etc. Being from Calcutta, she found styling the actors quite easy.

The bouffant are making a comeback in reality as well. Most women are also trying a puff on their crown which ends in a ponytail. Some also combine fringes with puffs or make the puffs on the top of their head. Large framed sunglasses are also making a comeback along with aviators. Clothes with floral patterns on them are returning to the fashion scene. Many actors were seen sporting velvet jackets with golden embroidery done on them in floral patterns.

Another popular trend of the 70s that is making a comeback is the Palazzo pant. Palazzo pants are loosely fitted along the lower half of the body. They are ideally worn with shirts but you can pair them with kurtis and t-shirts as well. They are available in monochrome as well as prints. You can opt for monochromatic palazzo pants as monochromes are much in vogue.

With time, we might see a reprise of the polka dots which became a rage after Dimple Kapadia wore them in the movie Bobby in 1973.

Although it is considered to be a period of fashion holocaust, however, some of the trends are picking up. Kitschy designs and bright colours are forming a part of our wardrobe these days. Velvets which were not used even in the past decade are now being reshaped to suit today’s style. The fabric is being used in sarees and salwar kameez along with blazers and coats. The styles of salwar kameez too are getting revamped. Most of the salwar kameez being manufactured follow the churidaar style along with Anarkali which was much popularized by Madhubala in the movie Mughal-e-Azam.

The seventies or the era of flower power was a time when people gave least priority to the way they looked. They dabbled in hippy styles, disco and so much more. It was a time of bad hairdos, uncomfortable fabrics and quirky styles. Even though it cannot be termed as the best phase of the fashion industry, nevertheless, it gave people the chance to experiment with their looks.

If you want to try the retro look for your college, don’t hesitate to pick up a pair of palazzo pants and a well fitted shirt. You can also go Indian by picking an anarkali salwar kameez.

You need not buy an anarkali salwar kameez that has many stones studded in it along with zari embroidery. You can pick a simple one from our site that you can wear regularly.

So go on and explore the retro style in you!

May 30, 2014 by Fashion Equation
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