Fashion Trend of Bollywood Salwar Kameez

50s – 60s era – The fashion then was for women in saris to wear brightly colored and patterned Salwar Kameez. The materials tended to be cotton or silk, not much synthetic material around. Kameez with sleeves up to the elbow, frills were fairly common. Basket or nest like hairstyle or a big hair bun was very common in the name of fashion. Clothes were according to the weather -i.e. cardigans/shawls/sweaters etc were worn on salwar suits in cold weather. Dupatta was used to cover the entire chest and shoulders.Traditional bindis were fashion statement in actresses like Madhu Bala, Nutan, Meena Kumari.

70s era – Bollywood modernization started. Tight pants with fitted kameez came in fashion. Round neck in salwar kameez were in fashion with some Costume Jewelry. Lace at the borders and neckline were very common. Outer rollers or loose hair was fashion. Tight churidar-kurtas were stylish fashionable yet traditional. The kurtas were so tight that walking was a real challenge in them. They used to have back slit to make the walk comfortable. Simple sleeves with simple neckline were in demand. The sleeves were either ¾ or long. They were zipped at back or on side. Asha Parekh,Waheeda Rehman were the trend setters.

asaha parekh suit

80s – Fashion changed and western culture started influencing the bollywood. Net style came in fashion. Bangs came into fashion for female hair. Kurta Churidar came in fashion. Loose and comfortable kurta with tight fit churidar became the latest trend. Bright colors were all over in the market. Costume jewelry, long earrings with pendant neck pieces came in fashion. Juhi Chawla, Sri Devi was the Diva queens and trend setters in bollywood.


90s: Anarkali and long kameez came into fashion Salwar kameez became trendier. Kameez with jacket was a unique style. Some even tried net jacket over the kameez. Kajol and Madhuri with her traditional Indian clothing made girl next door look popular.

kajol madhuri

2000s: Retro fastrend is backhion . Anarkali salwar suits are back in fashion. Tight suits with churidar or frock suits are party wear. Designers are experimenting with blouses and their designs. Most of the neck designs and kameez were influenced by western culture. Halter neck, noodle straps, backless blouses are in fashion. Eye catching necklines are latest trends in Bollywood. While their current crop of contemporary actresses like Katrina Kaif, Rani, Aishwarya, Sonam Kapoor, Lara Dutta,Priyanka, and Bipasha Basu.

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Below you can see stunning sisters Kareena and Karishma Kapoor the new trend setters in Bollywood fashion.

karishma-kareena suit

Ethnic kameez in maroon shade features zari woven paisley motifs in dull gold shade, accentuated with fancy threads. Neckline and hem border patched in green and dull red shade features floral patterns embellished with resham and zari threads, accentuated with gota border. Sleeves patched in cream net. Sleeve border patched in cream and dull maroon features floral patterns embellished with resham and zari threads. Paired with a matching bottom in maroon shade and a matching net dupatta in cream shade with a decorative patch border. It is a  pure georgette suit.

Look pretty in this churidar kameez in off white shade with a beautiful neck patch in maroon velvet, decorated with floral patterns embellished with resham, sequins and zardosi. Collar and hem patch in maroon velvet is embellished with resham stripes. Sleeve border and hem are decorated with a green patch embellished with leaf border embellished using zardosi and stones. Paired with a matching bottom in maroon shade and a matching dupatta in off white shade net with a fancy patch border. A fancy shimmer fabric is used for kameez, bottom is in crepe and dupatta is in net.

Golden beige shade kameez features zari woven floral patterns enhanced with paisley and round motifs embellished with stones and beads. Yoke features multiple patches with decorative and paisley motifs embellished using beads, sequins, resham and stones accentuated with fancy patch borders. Sleeve ends feature green and red shade fancy patches with decorative patterns embellished with sequins and beads. Matching bottom is in maroon shade featuring self woven stripes with a matching shaded dupatta in maroon and beige shades. Fabric used is zari jacquard for kameez and jacquard for bottom.


Walk through the crowd dressed in this pink shade churidar set with exquisite designs and patterns. The lovely floral designs adorning the kameez are embellished with sequins and zari embroidery. It is paired with a lovely churi bottom along with a fabulous dupatta. It is a dupion silk churidar set.


Make a style statement dressed in this fabulous grey and red shade churidar set. The lovely collar and yoke are fabulous. The lovely floral decorations along the cuffs and hemline is adorned with fabulous resham embroidery. It is paired with a contrasting churi bottom along with a dupatta. A pure net churidar set.



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By – Prapti Bagga Arora

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  • The writer has beautifully portrayed the bollywood fashion from the 50s era till date.This article is very well written as it also gives a good knowledge on the latest trends.Keep up the good work!!

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