“Retro”: the term which brings nostalgia, fun and frolic and a cornucopia of colours in our minds is a perfect mould to capture the Indian Sangeet Sandhya party; where friends and family don their filmy avatar and jump into the pool of Bollywood’s desi looks. It’s the Halloween of the country with more music and muse from the 80’s and 90’s of the Indian Cinema. If you are intending to host a Sangeet party that revives this dramatic mood, here are a few looks that will go perfectly well in a typical Retro themed Sangeet!
Mithun Chakraborty’s Disco dancer’s look didn’t just go viral back in the day because it was fancy. It made a statement. It was the first step to Vogue and the classic attempt to impersonate Elvis Presley’s style, moves and music of course! Thus Disco Jackets add the bling that Indian Weddings stand for and a jacket paired well with classic boots, bell bottoms and gelled hair with a hint of sideburns will make millennials swoon at your charm.
Prints, Polka dots and maxis!
Figure hugging maxis, little dresses or a skirt and blouse studded with Polka dots takes you back to every song and fashion trend ahead of its own time. For instance, Dimple Kapadia’s Bobby! The move was bold and outrightly feminine and will remain a classic oozing out Indian retro vibes with its knotted neck and bell sleeve which will make you bob your head like they did in the 80’s.
Satin Sarees and drapes
Mumtaz! A kind of Saree by itself! That iconic orange saree with a fishtail bottom, the single pleat saree and the golden borders just reflected the golden era of Indian fashion renaissance. Fearlessly try this look since it looked nothing but admirable. Pair it with those subtle bangles, hair bun and winged eyeliner to perfect your look.
Another one of those perfect Sangeet looks can be drawn from Madhuri Dixit’s look in Hum Aapke Hai Kaun. That purple saree with a backless blouse made heads and hearts turn and remain an evergreen trend to look up to for weddings.
Sassy. Even though it is an urban and a modern slang, was defined in the cinema by Zeenat Amaan in Hare Krishna Hare Ram with those bell bottom jeans, wavy hair, floral accessories and those colourful shades! Amaan was always a bohemian when it came to fashion. An unrelenting western fashion with a dash of traditional accessories just mesmerizes us till date. And Sangeet being the most fun event in a wedding deserves this jazz and play.
Another sassy look worn by Rani Mukherjee in Bunty aur Babli became the rage in the country. The collared kurtas, colourful Patiala and the “jhola” bag were unconventionally Indian and casually chick slick!
If subtle retro vibes are what you are looking for then look at your shoulders! Yes! It’s time to play with the sleeves! Bell sleeves, Cold Shoulders, Choir boy, trumpet sleeves, off-shoulder, kimono sleeves and the cup sleeves are all parading back to the 21st century and you cannot deny that they are intriguing and glamorous indeed.
So make this sangeet spicier, tangier and a lot more than just a dance party. Settle down in the time machine and wear on those bell bottoms because Rock n Roll ain’t going out of style!