‘Tis the season for fashionistas from far and wide to come together and revel in the thrill of shiny catwalks, flashing cameras and high style. September is a magical time for those of us who have a special place in our hearts for the glamour, from top models showing the latest designs to our favorite bloggers covering the street style—we are definitely ready! We may not be visiting the Mercedes-Benz fashion tents but we do have our glossy September issue magazines stacked up and dog-eared! I’m not a trend forecaster, but I do love vintage—especially the beyond chic and feminine fashions from the 1970’s. Let’s look back at that era to appreciate the looks of the past and see how we can incorporate them into our wardrobes today!
The 1970’s was no doubt a great time for fashion. The ability to mix different styles, colors, patterns and textures all started at this time, and is a quality that fashion forward people really embrace current day as well. It was a time in history where there were very distinct subcultures—from bohemian to punk to American-chic. All of these subcultures melded together in the world of fashion and spawned many iconic looks that we still incorporate into our wares today. Whether you are inspired by the glitz and glamour of the disco era, the flowery romance of bohemian vibes or the gender neutral punk styles—there is definitely something from the era that you will be more than happy to add to your wardrobe today!
Wide Leg Pants and High Waisted Bottoms
It’s impossible to discuss the 1970’s without addressing bell bottoms. The flared legs phenomenon goes hand in hand with the fashion of the 1970’s and is definitely something that you can incorporate into your lifestyle today! Not all of us are going to look like Farrah Fawcett casually showing off her flares while on a skateboard, but we can try. If you aren’t ready to commit to a full bell bottom, well, you are in luck. Wide leg trousers are completely on trend these days and are an easy breezy piece that you can wear casually on the weekends, to the office or even to a fancier event. You can try out a drapey palazzo pant or yes, even a wide legged denim! Pair your pants with a fitted top and you’ll be good to go. To be honest, I’m sick and tired of skinny jeans and all the discomfort that comes along with them. That these alternatives are back on trend is thrilling!
High-waisted bottoms are a trend that we’re all familiar with, but try this trend with caution! Not all styles and fits are flattering, so make sure you try on a few different types before showcasing your new look. Stick to a form fitting shirt again in this situation to show waist definition. If you’re not comfortable with wearing these body-conscious jeans, try a high-waisted skirt! You will still get the leg elongating and waist cinching look without the insecurities that come along with very fitted pants!
Despite the fact that I wasn’t alive in the 1970’s to enjoy these trends, platform shoes have always been something near and dear to my heart! I’m not exactly the poster child for feminine style choices, so in my eyes the clunkier the shoe the better. If you’re still loyal to the world of thin, sky-high heels I encourage you to come on over to the dark side. From chunky heels to full on flatforms—these shoes are everywhere these days. Not only are they easier on your achy feet, they also add unexpected elements to your outfit. They may not be for everyone (my mom despises my “Herman Munster” shoe choices), but don’t knock them until you try them. My personal favorite way to wear them is by pairing them with a form fitting pant and an oversized sweater. This is super complimentary for your legs—take it from an average height gal who is envious of long legs!
Yes! Just yes! Last winter I started wearing turtlenecks again for the first time since elementary school and I’m very happy I did. I got some snarky comments from friends who seemed to associate turtlenecks with “nerd style” for some reason. Turtlenecks are one of the chicest wardrobe additions for the coming fall and winter season and we have the 1970’s to thank for that. Formfitting turtlenecks simply go with everything! Wear them with jeans, tucked into a skirt, under a jumper—the list can go on and on. The bottom line is that you are going to look sophisticated and chic in the colder weather months. Live in a warm climate and still want to get in on this trend? Wear a sleeveless mock neck the same way you would a turtleneck!
Get the Look: Score original pieces like a vintage turtleneck.
Pant Suits and Jumpsuits
We get it. This is kind of a bold look and not in everyone’s comfort zone, but don’t knock it until you try it! I once scored a vintage plunging v-neck jumpsuit and when I wear it I feel extra confident and sassy. There are many different ways for you to try this look out—from a matching two-piece pant suit to a skin revealing one piece. There are also a variety of different styles if you’re feeling the disco look then you can go for a shiny lame. Looking for something casual? Go all denim! Boho-chic? Slip into a flowy one-piece with floral patterns.
Peasant Blouses and Maxi Dresses
Music festivals like the popular “Coachella” have brought back the 1970’s style in full force. The loose fitting tops, floor length dresses, off the shoulder cuts, floral patterns, fringy features and crochet looks are here to stay for a while. This look is tailored for warm weather climates but there are still ways to get this boho chic appeal in the cooler months. Suede is having a huge moment right now in the fashion world. From dresses to coats, it’s everywhere you turn! I’ve never been one to sport a peasant blouse with my jeans, but a brown suede jacket with oversized belt is really calling my name this season.
What are your favorite 1970’s trends? Any ways that you like to incorporate past trends into your current style? Let us know in the comments so we can try them out!