Fashion trends come and go, but some uniquely Bollywood ones have failed to fade from memory even years after they first appeared on screen. Here are ten fads made popular by stars over the years, that made the transition from reel life to real life...
The Sadhana cut
The funny thing about this fad is that it nearly didn't happen! 'Love in Shimla' director RK Nayyar was happy with his heroine's face - save for that unseemly broad forehead. To correct this, he marched her off to a salon and insisted she get an Audrey Hepburn-like fringe. The actress protested at first, insisting that it would not look good but a snip here and snip there later, a trend was born and the nation was hooked
The Mumtaz drape
Mumtaz might not have been the leading lady of 1968's 'Brahmachari' but she was certainly the most memorable female cast member of that film. Not only was the song 'Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar' a bonafide hit, Mumtaz's sari drape veered away from the traditional pleated style and is still aped by fashionistas (including Priyanka Chopra) today!
The Jeetendra whites
Bollywood's 'jumping jack' and the original Himmatwala was best remembered for his trademark dance moves and accompanying all-white ensembles. From head to toe, Jeetu preferred only one colour, making him our all-time favourite brand ambassador for detergent!
The Sharmila blouse
Though her appearance in a bikini was a bit too much to take, Sharmila Tagore's butterfly-knotted blouses had ladies lining up outside their tailors for similar styles
The Dev beret
Dev Anand wore many hats but our favourite was the pageboy beret that he used to sport in real life too!
The SRK necklace A unisex trend that was picked up by all after the 1998 film 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' was released, the C-O-O-L necklace worn by Rahul (SRK) found its way into the hearts and around the necks of teenagers aplenty
The Salman haircut Salman Khan may have played a crazed lover in 'Tere Naam' but his hairstyle was idolized by thousands of his fans. Men straightened their hair and parted it down the middle to look like bhai onscreen
The Kareena combo 'Jab We Met' was not only a showcase of Kareena Kapoor's acting skills. Her outfits in the film became popular with her female fans and her T-shirt/Salwar combo became the rage with college girls
The Preity frames Geeky characters aren't often fashion role models, but Preity Zinta's thick black frames from 'Kal Ho Na Ho' gave bespectacled girls everywhere hope. The previously unpopular frames were suddenly everywhere and we can safely say that Preity was solely to thank for the same
The Rani kurti Aki Narula put a collar on Rani Mukerji's kurtis in 'Bunty Aur Babli' and soon knock-offs were flying off the shelves faster than you could blink