When we say the term '"old fashioned" we commonly associate with negative connotations or refer to it as something which has passed its prime. However, in the world of fashion we have seen trends make comebacks all the time. Whether its bell-bottoms or floral prints in the west, and ghair wale shalwars in South Asia, trends are always a boomerang away, especially if they were popular back in the day.
The Parandi Braid
We may have seen this very hairstyle in some of our dramas on television, whether it's a period play or a setting fitting for the style statement, Parandi or exaggerated braids are not only the right amount of festive but culturally loved for years!
As Saraab actor Sonya Hussyn has aptly phrased the term, 'old -school charm in a post-modern world'. Another actor we see wearing the famous parandi braid style is Rabia Butt, who starred in period drama Aangan. Rabia Butt has actually rocked the parandi trend on quite a few occasions and we see why its still popular in contemporary society.
Laid Edge Curls
It seems as if period dramas have a lasting impression, with Sajal Aly playing the popular role of 'Chammi', her online avatar is stunning in old school trends, most notably the laid edge curls from the days of black & white cinema.
The laid edges look is both popular as a vintage or 'retro' desi style as well as quite common in the west as well. Whether its baby hair or curled sideburns, the look remains one to recreate to add a classical spark!
Traditional Jewellery & Makeup Fusions
Whoever said old is gold has a point, especially if we take it literally. Traditional jewellery has been the rave since it came into fashion, especially bridal jewellery being fused with western or even more modern looks.
Exaggerated eyeliner (such as winged-liner) has been around since the 70s in Bollywood cinema, as we see actresses such as Nutan and Madhubala rocking the look. Nowadays, adding a modish twist does the trick! Especially when it's accentuated by traditional glam such as a tikka, jhumkas and cultural necklaces which add to the timeless aesthetic.
Whether it's a bridal nath, giant hoops or vintage makeup, a mix and match of the old charm along with modern glam such as different styles of exaggerated eye makeup, or the Sharon Tate crease look, this fashion continues to make numerous comebacks!
Anarkali, Angrakha & Peshwas
The Anarkali dress is not only the namesake of the famous Mughal-e-Azam film, but the style of dressing has resonated till today, with the anarkali outfit being a go to for a formal or subtle look, adding the flow element to the equation with a centuries' old grace.
Paired with the combo of choridaar pants, the look is completed with old-fashioned finesse. Chikankari embroidery is also popular amongst those who prefer a softer, more traditional look, such as with Hajra Yamin and Anam Tanveer, who have embodied elegance with the purity of traditional fashion.
The Angrakha style from the olden days has made an impression in the fashion world, with the gorgeous trend becoming iconic, especially with designs for couture and festive pretwear. Ayeza Khan dons an example of the lovely angrakha style in coral pink with a floral accessory to really tie the look!
Subsequently the traditional Peshwas is another trending look, with it's less flared yet delicate panels making for a graceful aesthetic. If you prefer a more vibrant, summery and bright look, a range of colours only make the peshwas style even more "in" for any occasion!
Zhalay Sarhadi and her adorable daughter both don the gorgeous pehwas look in yellow and pink, making for a festive moment!
There was a time when chiffon went out of style even though saris are an eternal statement which will never fade. Who better than to combine the two elements than the queen of fashion, Saba Qamar Zaman? Who has been slaying the game with a series of gorgeous saris and phenomenal poses
Saris present a cultured and unparalleled grace with the way they are carried and stylised, and now that they're on the comeback, the trend is bigger than ever!
Long dresses may have been out of style at one point in time but now is the time to bring them back, while they're fresh in the market and trending! Not only can these outfits give off a classic charm, not being too old fashioned but they give off an element of poise.
With other statement trends bouncing back in action, including the farshi lehenga and bangles, vintage up-do's and retro shades. Whether it's old or new, good fashion never goes out of style.