29 Bollywood Movies that Changed Indian Fashion

29 Bollywood Movies that Changed Indian Fashion

Bollywood and fashion go hand in hand. Come to think of it, they both have massively influenced each other. Fashion has always given the characters of Bollywood a distinguished definition, and Bollywood has inspired many fashion trends; be it wedding attires or casual outfits and has been doing so since forever. The audiences have looked up to actors for fashion and personal inspirations.

While certain fashion trends are evergreen, the other tends to repeat itself every 10 years, which is why Anarkalis are still an ongoing trend. The trendsetters often visit the past to revive the old idea with a little modern twist.

Bollywood has been influencing fashion since its early days. While the 50s was about the dapper suits and sarees with pearl necklaces, the 60s was about vibrant colors, winked eyeliners and fringes. Which is in trend currently as well?

Here are some specific trends that have been set in motion by the movies:

1. Mughal-E-Azam

Mughal-E-Azam Movie Poster

Madhubala In Mughal-E-Azam

Madhubala & Dilip Kumar In Mughal-E-Azam

Madhubala In Anarkali Suit

One of the most iconic movies of all times gave us one of the most iconic trends which seem is here to stay. Mughal-E-Azam, the epic Indian historical love story between the price and court dancer gave the fashion industry the most iconic ethnic wear. Anarkali (Madhubala), the talented dancer, wore the outfit in the song Jab Pyaar Kiya toh Darna Kya justifying the name of the outfit after the character.

2. Waqt

Waqt Movie Poster

Sadhna in Churidar Suit

Sadhna in Saree

Sadhana’s hugging Churidar in the movie got popular amongst the young generation and is praised till date. Ladies enjoy wearing the evergreen Churidar of all the colors flaunting their body curves, and why not?

3. An Evening In Paris

An Evening In Paris Movie Poster

Sharmila Tagore In Saree

Sharmila Tagore In An Evening In Paris

Sharmila Tagore In Bikini

Sharmila Tagore’s swimsuit was ragging success after her movie An Evening in Paris where she wore a one piece. Moreover, her Filmfare cover; the first ever bikini shoot covered, was the talk of the town when it was released. Her bold move then had open gates for women and started a trend that still exists.

4. Brahmachari

Brahmachari Movie Poster

Mumtaz Saree

The one and only Mumtaz inspire the great retro look that we create for parties. In her song Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke, she transformed the way of wrapping saree and creating her fashion. The song and the saree were sensational and unstoppable.

5. Hare Rama Hare Krishna

Hare Rama Hare Krishna Movie

Mumtaz In Hare Rama Hare Krishna

Dev Anand With Mumtaz

Zeenat Aman is known in Bollywood for her boldness. So there would have been no better than her to introduce the hippie culture and bell bottom pants to the industry. Hare Rama Hare Krishna, directed and starring Dev Anand, is a story about brother-sister duo and a tale of a modern family. Zeenat Aman’s character Jasbir is grown by in Montreal, hence bringing the western look in Indian cinema and breaking the stereotype.

6. Bobby

Bobby Movie


Polka Dots In Bobby


Polka Dots are one of those evergreen trends that can e pulled off at every occasion. However, it would be difficult to pin down, how polka dots came into the limelight. It was through Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor’s Bobby, a modern-day Romeo Juliet with a twist and a different ending. Unlike the 60s, the 70s was more about crop tops and miniskirts, and we have Dimple Kapadia to thank for that. Her polka dots top and skirt were trendy then and are trendy now!

7. Shaan


Shaan Movie Poster

Parveen Babi In Shimmer Gown


Parveen Babi In Shaan

Parveen Babi brought glitter to fashion with her stunning outfit in Pyaar Karne wale from Shaan. In the title track, she wore shimmer gown, which immediately became the light of every party.

8. Chandni

Chandni Movie Poster

Sridevi In Chandani

Sridevi In Salwar Suit

Sridevi In Chiffon Saree

Sridevi and her exemplary style in Chandni won hearts all over the country. It was her who brought in the love for chiffon sarees and continued the same in Mr. India as well. Chandni was an epic love story of sacrifice which resonated with masses as did Sridevi’s style. After the movie, the demand for chiffon sarees was at the peak and seen around a lot.

9. Maine Pyaar Kiya

Maine Pyar Kiya Movie Poster

Salman And Bhagyashee In Maine Pyar Kiya

Salman And Bhagyashee Frienship

Bhagyashee In Polka Dots

The brought back the polka dots as Bhagyashree wore it as a skirt. The famous “Friends” cap and the leather jacket worn by Salman Khan got accessible from the movie.

10. Hum Aapke Hai Kaun!

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun Movie Poster

Madhuri Dixit In Green Dress

Madhuri Dixit Dancing In HAHK

Madhuri In Backless Blouse

The very stylish Madhuri Dixit wore the backless blouse in the film with a saree. Alongside her, starring Salman Khan, who not only did wore the suspenders differently but the three-piece suit caught everyone’s attention as well. The pair set a revolution in motion in terms of fashion and dance.

11. Rangeela

Rangeela Movie

Urmila In Denim Shirt & Pant

Urmila In Skirt

Urmila In White Skirt

The 90s college girls were solely inspired by Urmila’s fashion in Rangeela. Her Denim shirts with skirts or colorful pants created a sporty look for the girls to be comfortable in. Rangeela had an impact on the crowd, storywise as well as fashion-wise. The fashion trend set by the movie was hard to beat.

12. Dil To Pagal Hai

Dil To Pagal Hain Movie

Shahrukh Khan & Madhuri In Dil To Pagal Hain

Karishma Kapoor In Athleisure

Karishma In Dance Costume

We got Manish Malhotra’s idea of sporty look in Rangeela, but we saw the full-blown idea in Dil to Pagal hai when he styled Karishma Kapoor. The movie is about passion for dance, stage, and love. The madness of Athleisure grew with this movie, which continues today.

13. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Movie

Rani Mukharjee In Salwar

Jumpsuits, Bob cuts, body tight polo t-shirts


Jumpsuits, Bob cuts, body tight polo t-shirts, and colorful friendship bands are to name a few trends that were seen being adopted by masses after the movie. KKHH was a sensational movie that connected with the audience so much that the country replicated every fashion possible from the film.

14. Mohabbatein

Mohabbatein Movie Poster

Shahrukh and Aishwarya in Mohabbatein

Aishwarya in Chiffon saree

The dynamic duo of very talented Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were paired in the movie. SRK, the trendsetter who is a professor in the film, has a nerdy look. The high-neck polo sweaters over the shirts with specks made the girls go gaga! While beautiful Aishwarya brought back the chiffon sarees in pastel colors. A pastel version of Chandni, perhaps?

15. Dil Chahta Hai

Dil Chahta Hai Movie Poster

Aamir & Preeti in Contemporary Clothes

Aamir Saif and Akshay in Party Clothes

Preeti Zinta in urban chic fashion

Dil Chahta Hai did not only highlight the Goa trip we all want to go on with our friends, but also made Leather pants a hype. The movie inspired the crazy party clothing for the clubs in early 2000. It was all about the urban chic fashion and contemporary art, which was the highlight of the 2000s.

16. Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham Movie

Kareena Kapoor In Sharara

Kareena Kapoor In Trendy Fashion Styles

Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham Family Pic

Pooh’s backless or Pooja’s Sharara, take a pick! K3G, was a classic family drama movie with so many fashion tips. The traditional heavy Sarees or the Band Gala suit worn by Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in the movie caught everyone’s eyes. We all know, magic happens when Manish and Karan work together. Hallelujah!

17. Bunty Aur Babli

Bunty Aur Bubli Movie Poster

Rani Mukharjee In Bunty Aur Babli

Abhishek And Rani In Bunty Aur Babli

Rani And Abhishek In Bunty Aur Babli

Do a collared kurta, Patiala and a jhola ring a bell? Well, it should! Rani Mukherjee, in her mischievous love story with Abhishek Bachchan, wore the attire only so every single girl could adopt it. Her non-dupatta look got famous real quick real soon.

18. Parineeta

Parineeta Movie Potser

Vidya Balan And Saif In Parineeta

Vidya Balan In Full Sleeves Blouse

Vidya Balan In Full Sleeves Salwar

Vidya Balan’s very first movie was one of the classiest trendsetters. Based on the novel written in 1914, Parineeta had picked up a few fashion trends from the era and created a beautiful fusion with modern fashion. Sticking to the authenticity, Balan wore full-selves blouses and suits which were later adopted by the ladies keeping it simple and beautiful.

19. Dhoom 2 (2006):

Dhoom Movie Poster

Hot Aishwarya Rai In Dhoom

Aishwarya Rai In Bikini Tops

Aishwarya Rai In Micro Minis

Chiseled abs, bikini tops, micro minis, sun-kissed hair, latex bodysuits, together brought the fashion in Dhoom 2. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s style was most talked in the movie with her knee-length boots and bikini in play. The boots are still going strong till today.

20. Jab We Met (2007): T-shirts with Patiala salwar pants

Jab We met Movie Poster

Kareena Kapoor And Shahid In Jab We Met

Kareena Kapoor In Patiala Salwar

Kareena Kapoor Style In Jab We Met

This was not long ago when Kareena’s dialogues got famous as well as her Patiala Salwar pants with Tshirts. The casual attire got so prominent that every college girl was seen wearing one. Moreover, Kareena’s outfit in the song, Nagada was another traditional hit. She was the first to wear, a suit-salwar with no matching color combinations, which was a fashion statement of its own.

21. Dostana

Dostana Movie Poster

Priyanka Chopra's Desi Girl Look

Hot Priyanka Chopra In Bikini

Priyanka-Abhishek-John In Dostana

Karan Johar’s magic is visible in the movie even though he just produced the movie. Dostana, the romantic comedy movie was way ahead of its time and trying to break the stereotypes. The film was excellent in terms of fashion. Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s no jewelry look was iconic and hard not to follow, but more than that, the song ‘Desi Girl’ got the low-waist golden saree the appreciation it deserved. One of the highlights of the 2000s fashion.

22. Wake up Sid!

Wake Up Sid Movie Poster

Konkana Sen And ranbir Kapoor In Wake Up Sid

Ranbir Kapoor In Perfect Graphic T-Shirts

Laidback lazy Ranbir Kapoor’s portrayal of Sid was probably the most relatable character for any college going student. His fashion resonated with the audience so much that everyone made an extra effort to look for perfect graphic t-shirts to wear to college.

23. Aisha

Aisha Movie

Fashion Icon Sonam Kapoor

Fashion Trends In Aisha

Sonam Kapoor In Aisha

The fashion icon Sonam Kapoor practically lived herself while playing Aisha in the movie Aisha. Her sister Rhea produces the film, and that should be ‘Rheson’ enough to understand the high fashion trends move had. The movie introduced the high fashion brands, not that the Indian audience wasn’t aware of them, but it pushed us a little closer to them.

24. Cocktail 2012

Cocktail Movie Poster

Hot Deepika Padukon In Cocktail

Aztec Prints And Coachella-Esque Outfits

T-shirt Knot Trend In Cocktail

Deepika has started countless fashion trends in her time in Bollywood, but more than her, we need to thank Anaita Shroff Adajania for styling her in Cocktail and starting the rage of Aztec prints and Coachella-esque outfits. Moreover, the famous t-shirt knot was an impulsive decision by Anita as per one of Deepika’s interview. That’s the kind of impulse everyone would love to have!

25. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani Movie

Deepika Padukon In Dark Blue Chiffon Sexy Saree

Madhuri Dixit In Ghagra Song And Ranbir Leather Jacket

Deepika And Ranbir Hot Jodi

One of the best onscreen pair is undoubtedly Ranbir and Deepika. In the movie, they followed different styles, given the film leaps forward a few years. In the first half of the movie yeh jawaani hai deewani, Ranbir’s Leather Jacket caught everyone’s attention. And during the second half, Deepika’s dark blue chiffon Saree became a party trend.

26. 2 States

2 States Movie Poster

Alia Bhat In South Indian Attire

Alia In Long Skirt

Alia Bhat In Traditional Outfit-2 States

Alia Bhatt has her own style but was seen to bring back the long skirt era, which was created by Preity Zinta in her movie Lakshya. The movie was simple bringing simple and subtle trends back in action.

27. Khoobsurat

Khoobsurat Movie Poster

Sonam Kapoor Jewellery In Khoobsurat

Sonam Kapoor In dhoti-pant Style

Sonam Kapoor is known for her style. And very simply she looked stunning in the dhoti-pant she got trending from Khoobsurat. Her distinguished fashion in the movie was catchy and caught attention quickly.

28. Dil Dhadakne Do

Dil Dhadkne Do Movie Image

Priyanka Chopra Jonas In Full Of Trendy Fashion

Priyanka And Farhan Akhtar In Dil Dhadakne Do

Priyanka Chopra In Summerish Dapper Suits

Dil Dhadakne Do is an upper-class family drama film. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, the movie is full of trendy fashion. Priyanka Chopra Jonas stood out in terms of style. Though there was no specific kind of trend that was picked out from the film, there was definitely a sense of style that was trending post movie. The summerish dapper suits and vibrant colors in seen a lot post the movie was released.

29. Piku

Shoojit Sarcar's Piku

Deepika In Ill-Fitted Kurta With Vegetable Prints With a Palazzo

Deepika Padukon In Piku

Once again, Deepika Padukone in her Bengali girl avatar in Piku brought the unexpected fashion trend. Her ill-fitted kurta with vegetable prints with a palazzo was a big hit and is still seen around.

Bollywood and Fashion have complemented each other for a very long time, not just in terms of clothing but other fashion trends as well. Be it  Sadana’s fringe more popularly called as Sadhana cut from Love in Shimla to Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘cool’ necklace in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The trends are never-ending.