70’s Flare

Like it or not, the seventies are back.

Suede, flared pants, turtlenecks, embroidery, fringe, velvet, denim, peasant blouses… the evidence is in every fashion magazine and shop window.  If you didn’t catch these trends the first time around, now is a great time to give them a go.

The key to wearing the 70’s lies in the editing.  Incorporate more than two or three of the above trends into your outfit and risk either looking like you’re stuck in time or that the trends are wearing you versus the other way around.

So pare-down and mix trendy pieces with your existing wardrobe to channel a modern look with a 70’s influence. 

I’d recommend styling a flared jean with a structured printed top instead of a flowy peasant blouse. A bootie is a great way to add some some suede in a less obvious way.  Add a boho beaded necklace and a fun pair of sunnies to finish off the look.


Flares from Forever 21 | Sunnies from Forever 21 | Beads from Dillard’s (old) | Blouse from Marshalls (old) | Vince Camuto Booties from Nordstrom (old, similar here, here, here, here, and here)

More Tips:

Fringe–If you’re bold enough, sport a fringe skirt.  Double points if you find one that’s NOT suede, since it has potential to outlive the trendy phase.  If you’re looking to drop some cash, a pair of leather ankle boots with fringe detailing would be the way to go.  They’d have the most long-term use value and can easily be styled for fall, winter, and spring.

Suede–This material requires a little extra TLC, but done right and well cared for, suede can give an outfit a richness and expensive quality.  Boots, coats, and jackets are great investment options.  If you’re looking for a lower priced way to incorporate the trend, I think that a suede (or faux suede) shift dress is the answer.  Layer a button-down shirt underneath or a sweater on top, or throw the dress over a pair of skinny jeans with heels.

Turtlenecks–If you thought these were reserved for your grandmother, think again.  Personally, I’ve always loved turtlenecks, and I’m glad everyone’s finally jumping on board.  They’re a classic wardrobe staple.  When I put one on, I suddenly feel like Audrey Hepburn or a sophisticated frenchwoman.  Layer your turtleneck under a sweater or a dress, or wear it on it’s own with relaxed jean or feminine skirt.  And when they’re not “trendy” anymore, resist the urge to throw them out like everyone else.  These are here to stay.  (They never left.)

How are you doing the 70’s this season?  Share below!

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