History has a habit of repeating itself. Especially where fashion trends are concerned. We regularly take a trip back to the ’80s & ’90s: leather jackets and skinny jeans will be staple pieces for a long time to come, grunge will come and go, but crop tops will always have a place in our wardrobes. Fashion has even gone as far back in time as the roaring ’20s, with flapper fashions such as fringed and beaded dresses, it’s as easy to find suitable attire for a Great Gatsby themed party as it would have been in the 1920s.
But one decade, possibly one of the flamboyant of them all, particularly in the clothing sense, is one we probably would never have even considered to make a comeback. But the ’70s is back, and it’s made it mainstream. The ’70s was renowned for its flares and nauseating colour schemes. Headache inducing patterns, overuse of suede and fringe, and the unnecessarily thick platforms.
But designers have found a new angle for the ’70s and we are obsessed. It’s not all clashing colours and the Brady Bunch anymore. With an array of colour pallets, some that take us (or those that were actually born in the ’70s) back, and some that create new captivating colour schemes on these reminiscent garments, and this time, mustard is minimal.
For the first time in decades, flares were a hit this summer, they went from the catwalk straight to the festivals, and by the end of summer were seen as something most people could get away with, rather than daringly challenging the “so 4 decades ago” criticism. But now as the season gets cooler, our dedication to the ’70s is much more prominent. Autumn has always loved boho staples, neutral colours, floral patterns, and flowing skirts. But it’s never really been as excessively ’70s as it is this year. We’re teaming flares with turtlenecks and knee high boots for the full throwback aesthetic. We’re going full on Stevie Knicks: suede, corduroy, platform boots, patterned blouses, floral dresses, A-line skirts, fringed gilets, we’re making it work.
Balmain jumpsuit – £1,930
Balmain have gone for sleekness with this elongating deep v-neck jumpsuit, with dark colours that modernise the look.
Burberry Prorsum cape – £6,000
Burberry Prorsum have just blown up the whole suede fringe look with this burgundy cape. Taking a 70’s look and adding further eccentricity to it was definitely a brave move.
Chloé cashmere turtleneck – £635, flared pants – £775
Chloé keep it casual with an iconic sweater teamed with flares for everyday 70’s nostalgia.
Gucci leather dress – £2,380
Gucci revive the 1970’s silhouette with this earth-toned dress, yet keep it on trend with the bold use of leather.
Anna Sui shirt dress – £445
Much like Balmain, Anna Sui keeps it sleek and simple. With a fitted waistline and slimming pattern choice, it takes the 70’s style and makes is modernly flattering.
It’s not just the catwalk that these bold statements are making an appearance, high street stores are stocking this unforeseen popular trend.
ASOS – Floral midi dress – £48, 70’s Floral print shirt – £58, Floral print pussy bow blouse – £27
ASOS are keeping it feminine with it’s flowing boho tops and chic dresses.
Topshop – Belted jacket – £65, Flared trousers £42, Patch pocket shorts – £45, Storm flap duster – £45, Wide leg trousers – £30, Playsuit – £36
Whilst Topshop are indulging in a lot of retro rust and tan colours as well as bold prints and patterns.
H&M – Glittery jumpsuit – £49.99, Sleeveless dress – £7.99, V-neck playsuit £19.99
H&M are taking a more minimalist approach with their 70’s revival which include bright colours and versatile jumpsuits.
M&S – Paisley print shirt – £28, Faux suede A-line skirt – £39.50, Floral kimono maxi dress – £45
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