Saturday, 27 June 2015

Trends: Women

70's Fever

Era after era is brought back in to the forefront of fashion and it's once again the time of the 70s. Peace, love and unity were all the rage, with big changes starting in the political and economic state of Britain. Big changes also came in how people go their groove on and what they wore to do it in. 

Farrah Fawcett became an icon of the era when she starred in the Charlie's Angel's TV show, with her bouncy blonde blowout and charming personality. However, most of us get our impressions from That 70s Show and of course, Anchorman. Although, you probably shouldn't take Ron Burgundy as divine inspiration. All of these shows sport the fashion essentials of the 70's - flares, crochet and platforms. Now it's your turn to unleash your free spirit and the high street has all you could need.

70s tops have a focus on flowing movement and little details. This first top, from River Island, with bell sleeves is almost the epitomy of 70s fashion. The mustard colour gives the style a modern update and would look perfect teamed with dark blue denim - ideal for an afternoon in the park. The subtle crochet details are another nod to the era, jazzing up the plain jersey fabric, and at £22 it's an absolute steal. 

White and cream are typical colours associated with freedom festivals and the decade of peace, and this white kimono sleeved top from Urban Outfitters for £29 is great for the warmer summer months. The subtle zig zag details are a nice touch and the sleeve style is great for dancing. 

An alternative 70's style is the bohemian hippie, with their free spirit and natural approach. This floaty top from New Look (£17.99) is perfect for adapting this style and the bardot neckline keeps it even more on trend. Ideal for festivals, the ethnic print of the fabric is pretty and very boho. I would team it with a pair of faded denim shorts and black sandals, with a fringed bag to finish the look. 

Skirt suits are retro and sassy, and this Boucle mini skirt from Topshop (£36) can be dressed down for casual wear or is definitely suitable for work when teamed with the matching jacket and a slick white shirt. Boucle is a thick fabric so can withstand a lot of wear and the texture doesn't feel rough on your skin. 

The iconic trouser of the whole 70's is of course the flare, worn by men and women alike. Denim flares in particular have made a big comeback and this high waisted pair from Asos are perfect, especially at only £35. The dark blue shade goes perfectly with mustard and burgundy, with white being ideal for the day time. Try them with the mustard River Island top above.

Suede became incredibly popular during this era and you can get the look for yourself at a fraction of the price with suedette, seen in pretty much every high street store at the moment. This tan pencil skirt from New Look (£17.99) is great for a day time look and goes with pretty much every 70's colour out there. The button up front is oh so 70's and breaks up the light fabric. It's a totally chic look but stains are a nightmare to get out so maybe avoid the ketchup at the BBQ. 

When you think of 70's, I can bet that the word 'crochet' comes straight to mind. It's the stuff of tea cosies and grandmas, but it's also stylish - especially now it has been given a cool update. This crochet dress from Glamorous is a little pricey at £66 but boy, will you be comfy. The black base colour can be brightened up during the day with a denim jacket and tan sandals, and just easily jazzed up for the evening with black strappy sandals and a fringed leather bag. 

Waistcoats are a super easy way to add crochet in to your look without being too 'full on' and New Look have a lovely cream version for only £19.99. The long length is great for coverage in the summer, with the sleeves allowing you to stay cool. This will look best with denim shorts and a billowy gypsy-style top. 

I'm a big fan of crop tops but I sometimes struggle to find ones that are appropriate for during day as much as they are during the night, but this crochet number from Topshop ticks all the boxes. The orange shades scream 'summer' and the 90's style square neck is a subtle nod to another retro revival. I would say blue denim during the day and black during the night, it's really flexible. 

Are there any other 70's looks your loving at the moment? What other era do you want to make a big comeback?

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