Step into my time machine and let’s zap back to an era where the maxi trumped, the mini ruled and the flare was the leg of choice. Fringe was on your clothing and not framing your face, and hair was only ombre from too much sun. I’m talking about the 70s baby! Post-mod-pre-poly-blend-disco, good ol’ hippie heaven. No matter where you turn there are fringing and embroidery and bell-bottoms galore. It can be quite an intimidating trend to try for most, so here I am to help guide you along in your free spirited quest of fashion.
Maxi Out on Style
Is there any better way to try a trend than to just dive right in? Cover yourself from collar to calf in paisley print and add a little patchwork motif with the new Fendi Peekaboo bag. Play up the moody brown tones down to your toes in Michael Kors peep toe slingbacks, which offer height and comfort – a combo few ladies can resist! Because the dress and bag are making the statements, then the jewels should add only a whisper. These delicate stackable rings from Forever 21 and the arrowhead pendant by Pamela Love will do the trick. The shades are the finishing touch adding a little glam up top… thanks Marc Jacobs! Want to get that wake and bake look? I mean wake up with a fresh baked tan (what did you think I meant?!). Try Dolce and Gabbana’s bronzer for that glow.
The Fringe Club
You may have seen my post on how to wear fringe and gotten a few ideas, but here is one more. I covered the jacket but how could I miss the vest! Every brand out there is sporting a waistcoat this season, so you’ll find one with ease, but I love this Topshop option. When tossed over a little grey H&M peasant dress you are one haute hippie! Because the dress is shorter, I’ve chosen a flat boot which would look lovely over thick black tights. Did I mention this would result in endless legs!? Yes, we have gone back in time with the styling, but we can still be very on time with the accessories. Enter this Rebecca Minkoff leather Apple watch, which marries function and fashion. To add a pop of colour without ruining these dark city tones, I opted for a wine soaked shade for the bag and lip, Valentino and Tom Ford respectively. Hey, when you save on your dress and vest, why not splurge on the bag and beauty bits?
Pieces of Flare
We hear you… long live the skinny jean! But don’t your calves deserve some freedom too? Get loose with these Rag & Bone dark duds and rock on. Crop tops don’t have to be damned to summer temps only when you can layer them over a crisp white oxford for t a whole new look (for more ideas on how to style stripes check here). The mule was a 70s mainstay so get the new and improved version a la these Chloe leather sling-backs. And who wouldn’t want to toss their tie-dye pads and mirrored specs into a bucket bag? How gorgeous is this big blue Sophie Hulme bag available at Matches Fashion? Last but not least, add a little authentic vintage via a Chanel rainbow charm bracelet. After one glance, your girlfriends will surely be after your lucky charms!
Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
This coat looks like something you might have picked up on your hitchhiking adventures, or maybe you scored it at a swap like a true 70s sista! Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone it’s H&M (insert quiet monkey and screaming cat emoji face here). Tip: Keep the base simple to really let the coat shine! That is until you get to the bottom where you can pack a punch in platforms, all thanks to Rochas crystallised satin showstoppers. Another real vintage item adds depth and texture with luxe chocolate-hued velvet Chanel. Mmm… But you know I can’t add old without something new (borrowed and blue are for another post, ladies) so let’s take a peek at this bangle which double as an iphone charger! Tech-cessories are the next frontier. For our beauty element, lashes and lips go low key as Benefit Roller Lash creates the perfect doe-eyed look and Nars adds a simple sweetness to your kiss.
Now you can tackle the shops with ease, all sorted for how to wear this look without looking like a total square. Be it paisley, fringe, flares, or embroidery, embrace the boho vibe without going too far out. Can you dig it?