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5 Bollywood Movies That Gave Men Major Fashion Inspiration & Changed The Way They Dressed

Most folks who aren’t big on fashion get their style inspiration from either their friends, a stranger on the street (you see a cool shirt, you like it, you buy it) or movie stars. 

It’s either that or picking up anything that fits from the mall. It’s kind of awesome how men in movies subconsciously start style trends that their fans pick up and copy. Yes, even the most low-maintenance ones. 

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However, there are only a few movies that focus on men’s fashion. Only a few actors have had eye-grabbing wardrobes in movies that have been so good that they inspired Indian fashion and changed the way men dressed.

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Here are five such Bollywood movies that didn’t just start a trend or two, but had men’s clothing so on-point that they served as the ultimate inspiration for young guys at the time:

1. Dil Chahta Hai

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This movie gave us lessons on love, friendship and even fashion more than any other movie. Be it Aamir Khan’s goatee or summer shirts, DCH redefined fashion for men in the early 2000s.

Apart from this, the film undid the 90s cringe style and introduced cool summer outfits and travel wardrobe that consisted of fisherman hats, printed shirts, tinted glasses and more.   

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Also, you can question these shiny leather pants and big belt buckles now, but you all bought a pair after watching this movie. Admit it.

2. Dil Dhadakne Do

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The film was all about a cruise holiday that a rich family took and we got plenty of vacation outfit goals from the wardrobe of the stars.

The breezy fits, cool prints and colours were perfectly in line with the nautical theme of the movie. 

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We saw a lot of deep blues, whites and muted tones that were in our travel shopping list after that

3. Kal Ho Na Ho

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From Shah Rukh Khan’s red cargo pants in the song ‘Pretty Woman’ to the dapper suits Saif pulled off in his MBA classes, the whole fashion scene in Kal Ho Na Ho was dope. 

Although pretty casual and wearable, outfits like V-neck sweaters, hoodie sweatshirts with sleeves rolled up and relaxed denims became the official uniform for all young men.    

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And, how can we forget these gorgeous sherwanis that became huge in traditional wear for men? 

4. Dostana

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Dostana is known for breaking a lot of fashion stereotypes for men. While it debuted chic beachwear (a category dominated by women), it also paved the way for more experimental looks.

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Abhishek Bachchan’s ombre shirts, scarfs, and floral print and neon outfits were a breath of fresh air in the menswear style that only had blacks, greys and blues till now.

John Abraham’s V-neck muscle tees, vests and super short shorts also became a huge trend.   

5. Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

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Ranbir Kapoor’s wardrobe in YJHD brought back flannel shirts which he mostly layered with either a leather jacket or a half puffer jacket.

His style suited his carefree personality and was a perfect blend of trend and comfort which most millennial men incline towards. 

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Plus, his look in the song ‘Badtameez Dil’ where he wore a fitted black suit and a skinny tie became just as popular as the hook step. 

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