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How to Dress Like Rekha, the Timeless Beauty of Indian Cinema

By Anubha Das

Updated - Oct. 7, 2021 2 min read

Rekha, a versatile performer, and fashion queen, has conquered Indian Cinema with her knack for constant reinvention. And her fashion choices reflected that growth.


While most people identify "Rekha" with a slew of costly gold Kanjeevaram sarees, the Bollywood queen has more to offer in terms of fashion inspiration. We look back at some of her most memorable style moments and tell you how to incorporate those aspects into your wedding trousseau.


Golden girl


Image Courtesy: Vogue India


Kanjeevaram sarees, and sarees in any shade of metallic gold, have long been linked with the Bollywood diva and have been termed the "Rekha look." This classic style, often channelled by the likes of Vidya Balan and Kangana Ranaut, has proven to be a party pleaser for as long as we can recall. You have the option of sticking with the conventional silk version or modernising it by experimenting with other textiles. Trust us when we say — it always works!


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Image Courtesy: Myntra



Statement jewellery


Image Courtesy: DNA India


Rekha has always had a thing for statement jewellery, whether it's temple necklaces or more practical everyday pieces. However, one item became synonymous with her look following the 1981 film Umrao Jaan: the Paasa. It's a more sophisticated relative of the maang tika and would make an excellent complement to your wedding-day jewellery.


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Image Courtesy: Myntra



Arm candy


Image Courtesy: Indian Wedding Saree


Rekha's potli bags are as much a part of her outfit as her prized silk sarees. In fact, you're unlikely to see her out in public without one. Potlis are the Indian counterpart of the effortlessly stylish bucket bag, and they're the ideal wedding accessory. Fashionable as well as practical!


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Image Courtesy: Myntra



Bold beauty


Image Courtesy: Indian Wedding Saree



While she might have tried out every single hair and makeup look out there, there is a certain something about red lipstick that immediately reminds us of Rekha. Take inspiration from the legend herself and opt for a bold red pout for your wedding day. You can further channel the Bollywood star by either wearing red roses in your hair or going for the timeless gajra.


We recommend: Satin Matte Lipstick from Disguise Cosmetics @ ₹ 500


Image Courtesy: Disguise Cosmetics



Whether you choose a gold silk saree on your wedding day or take the Umrao Jaan route and wear a paasa, it's vital to remember that inspiration always trumps imitation. So, instead of going overboard, take subtle style influences and make them your own by including unique aspects.


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