Fashion does have a habit of drawing from the past. Distinctive decades and eventful eras seem to have particularly strong influence over designers, from 16th century French courts for shoeboots and 1930s’ men’s brogues which have recently been given a new lease of life.
The latest decade to get an airing is the 1970s.And high street retailers like New Look offer a huge range of shoes and clothes that are on trend for this season’s most coveted trend. Designers everywhere have gone crazy for fringing, suede, flares, platformed wedges and floral smocks. It’s not hard to see why so many designers love the 70s. The era itself was about peace and love and respect for your fellow human being and the environment. Fashion was the greatest form of this expression.
Women’s fashion was sexy and feminine. Denim was mixed with chiffon, hair was sassy and full of volume, yet simple and shoes were sky high but still managed to look casual and comfortable. The 1970s trend is going to be huge this summer. If you don’t get involved you simply aren’t a fashionista. So here is a round up of the style’s key trends.
Denim: Whether you wear incy-wincy shorts, a waistcoat, bell-bottom flares or a pinafore dress, this season it has to be denim. Generally, most washes on the high street will be in light, faded, distressed denim, but the original blue of Levi’s will also be a popular choice, particularly for high-waisted flares.
Floral: The floral trend has really caught on in 2010/11 but this season it will come in bolder colours and almost every item, from shirt to skirt, will be in chiffon. A paisley tunic or maxi dress should be in your wardrobe as these flowing items sum up the 1970s in one look. Dresses of the 70s were loose fitting, like a cross between a smock, tunic and shift dress. So to add feminine curves, team it with a cropped waistcoat, or a slim, pleated leather belt.
Platform wedge shoe: The 1970s were all about wedges. They were designed to be feminine, sexy and comfortable, not a common combination in the fashion industry. Shades of brown and any use of wood and suede will score you top marks with fashion makers and strappy sandals will send you to the top of the fashion class. Team your wedges with a leather satchel, complete with fringing and coloured beads.