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Important Style Lessons We Picked Up From The IT Girls Of The 70s

Important Style Lessons We Picked Up From The IT Girls Of The 70s

Long before fashion bloggers and social media influencers came into existence, our Bollywood beauties stole the show with their impeccable style! The 70s were a glamorous decade, both, in fashion and Bollywood. Zeenat Aman, Parveen Babi, Jaya Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia, Neetu Singh, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil were the Indian ‘it-girls’ who were highly sought after for their charming demeanour, eclectic fashion choices and tantalizing style quotient!

As retro dressing makes a dramatic comeback, here are some style lessons from the 70s that have revolutionized Indian fashion!

1. Crop Tops

This major 70’s trend continues to stand-out because of its risque appeal and endless styling possibilities. Remember Zeenat Aman’s Versace-esque black wrap top in the movie Ajanabee and the cute white number in Pukar? Their updated versions are a mix of sexy and cool while giving you a way to flaunt those abs!

POPxo Recommends: Pair this SASSAFRAS Off-White Off-Shoulder Crop Top (Rs 549) from  Myntra with black flared pants and slay!

2. Polka Dots

Polka Dot prints were probably brought into mainstream Indian fashion by the beautiful, Dimple Kapadia. In the 1973 movie Bobby, this stunning diva rocked a black-and-white polka-dotted crop top with a black button-down mini skirt which became major trend overnight! Also, Parveen Babi in Suhaag nailed the polka dot trend in a cute dress!

POPxo Recommends: How cute is this FabAlley Women White & Black Polka Dot Print Top (Rs 1200) from Myntra!

3. The Hippie Effect


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Zeenat Aman was one of the most popular style icons in the 70s. The 1970 hit song Dum Maro Dum perfectly summarises hipster fashion with abstract floral ensembles, oversized sunglasses, big hoop earrings, psychedelic prints and bindis FTW!

POPxo Recommends: Get this pair of Floyd Women Oversized Sunglasses (Rs 1,199) from Myntra and bring out the hipster in you!

4. Sequins

Parveen Babi’s glamorous outfits revolutionised disco fashion in the 1970s! She was immensely popular for bringing sequin and flashy ensembles into fashion. The disco era makes a comeback this year with designers and celebrities warmly embracing the trend.

POPxo Recommends: This Silver Flared Skirt (Rs 750) from Jabong is the perfect pick for your friend’s weekend party!

5. Flared Pants

Neetu Singh and Parveen Babi popularised bell bottoms and palazzo pants back in the 70s. Even today, it has been widely accepted by most of our contemporary Bollywood divas and is here to stay! It’s comfortable, elongates your legs and even Deepika Padukone is a fan!

POPxo Recommends: Pair this White Solid Palazzo (Rs 700) from Jabong with an off-shoulder top and you’re ready for the day!

6. Winged Eyeliner


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In the 1970s, winged eyeliner was all the rage! Bollywood beauties swore by this beauty trend that gave the illusion of bigger and more beautiful eyes.

POPxo Recommends: Make heads turn with this Bobbi Brown Forest Sparkle Long-Wear Liquid Eye Liner (Rs 2,300) from Myntra.