Re-trou Inspiration: Sushmita Sen in “Chunnari Chunnari”

The 90s are BACK and how. Every time I watch my favourite show, Fresh Off The Boat, I need to remind myself it is indeed set in 1995, not 2015. And I can’t even begin to tell you how ecstatic I was when I came across Dad’s denim jacket from the good ol’ college days…

Of course, wedding trends have also seen many a retro inspired outfits. But I’m not complaining. I’m a 90s girl through and through, and anyone who knows me closely knows this (only because they’ve had to endure enjoy my 90s Bollywood playlist). 

So the other day when I was going through my usual mix on YouTube, I couldn’t help but notice how on-point every other outfit was. Sure, the ultra large poofy buns, garish make up, and frizzy hair, all need to be ignored from time to time, but you can’t deny there’s something special about this old school charm.

And that, is how the idea for my “Re-trou Inspiration Series” was born. Consider this series a humble attempt at identifying vintage influences in modern day trends, and showing you how you can adapt these looks to the ultimate wedding trousseau.

And with that, let’s dive into it with Sushmita Sen in the super catchy “Chunnari Chunnari”, circa 1999. You know that song where Sushmita Sen is trying so hard to not look 8 inches taller than Salman Khan, but fails because Bhai is a foot shorter than her? Yes, that’s the one.

Look 1 : Crop Top Lehenga with a Throw Jacket.
This is a great idea for occasions when you don’t want to carry  a dupatta (or chunnari, as the case is here), but you still want something to save you from old judgey aunties or the cold weather or whatever. Opt for a completely sheer one like Sush did in this look, or go for something heavier, like the look from Sabyasachi’s Bater collection. I definitely recommend you stick with a monochrome outfit which makes the look more cohesive as compared to a super colourful throw over a bright lehenga.
Don’t miss: The brown lipstick and the beautiful crown braid!


Bater by Sabyasachi, 2015 // Image via
Bater by Sabyasachi, 2015 // Image via


Look 2 :  A Green and Black colour combination
For those of you constantly looking for that “different” colour combination, this is it. I find this is far less common than we would think, and still looks great across all skin tones. Keep it light for a day function, or go all out for a night function – this should be added to that never-ending list of classic, fail safe combinations.
Don’t miss: The high neck, full sleeve blouse


Varun Bahl // Image via Carma Online
Varun Bahl // Image via Carma Online


Look 3 : Head to Toe in Gold
Another one for the monochrome diaries, this was my favourite from all three looks. The trick to pull off the all-gold look is to make sure the embroidery on your outfit is subtle and pared down. The base fabric should ideally be a light neutral shade. If it happens to be, for example a gold sequinned fabric, keep it low key and skip any embroidery altogether. There is after all, a thin line between looking like a golden goddess and looking like Bappi da.
Don’t miss: The gold jewellery


Anita Dongre // Image via Pernia's Pop Up Shop
Anita Dongre // Image via Pernia’s Pop Up Shop

I know that Salman Khan was also in the song, but the lesser said about his outfits, the better. And hey, who knows if he was actually in the song, if you know what I mean? You can watch the video and decide for yourself!

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoy the song.

Love you too ♥

About thetrougirl

Prerna is a wedding blogger and bridal stylist, who blogs as thetrougirl. A die-hard romantic, she loves weddings, bad puns and Bollywood. And weddings.

2 thoughts on “Re-trou Inspiration: Sushmita Sen in “Chunnari Chunnari”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *