The S/S 11 runways said it loud and clear; the 70s are back! A slew of designers including Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam and Tory Burch repurposed the “me” decade’s fashion with glammed-out stylings, bold prints, and vibrant color. Starting with easy-breezy flower power and then moving towards the power packages of Charlie’s Angels, 70s fashion went from hippie to hottie as it settled into its Studio 54 groove. We are happy to report that instead of bringing back the same old styles, the spring shows marked a fashion evolution that pleases both haute hippie chick and modern disco queen. So dig out your carefree attitude, and tie it up in a fun-loving bow–we’re going 70s this spring.
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It wouldn’t be a 70s moment without the wide-leg trouser. When opting for this style of jeans choose a high waist version that accentuates your feminine curves. To maximize the look, tuck in a billowy blouse, and stretch a skinny belt through the loops. Platform shoes are essential for those without super-sized gams. For extra flare, top it off with a big brimmed hat and oversized sunglasses.
Along with loose silhouettes, designers were thinking with slink this season. Clingy fabrics like stretch knit jersey have found their way onto jumpsuits, below-the-knee dresses, and bow blouses. These form fitting shinies give a shout-out to Halston’s hey-day when a satiny finish spelled good times for all. To conjure up your best bit of glitz, bring on the gold! Hoop earrings and a cuff bracelet are sure to spike the disco fever.
While some choose to play it slinky, others choose to go with the flow. Bohemian style dresses are in with a win this spring. Get one that’s printed in a maxi silhouette for optimal 70s styling. Flowy fabrics, like silk georgette are not only brilliantly chic, but they’re also super comfy. Donning a maxi dress is one of the few ways to embody comfort without sacrificing fashion. Pair with gladiator sandals and beaded necklaces to start feeling groovy.
Ready to bring it home a la 70s? Then you’re going to need some color. Bright hues in prints, stripes or straight up solids are big this spring. Street photog Nam caught pops of color on everything from jackets to handbags to jewelry to shoes at Paris Fashion Week. If you’re just beginning to play with color, start with a neutral palette for your clothing, and let your accessories glow like the rainbow.