While we don’t believe that a wardrobe should be dictated by trends, when evaluating a new season they do offer a useful rubric for the fashion-forward/inclined. (After all, who but the fashion obsessed could ever justify, with crystal-clear logic, the immediate need for a suede A-line mini skirt?). And so, with our minds and Pinterest boards now fully in gear for Fall 2015 (it’s almost November, there’s no denying summer’s end anymore!) we’re unpacking the ubiquitous ’70s trend. Add to cart as you will…
1. Flared Jeans + Pants
After a near-decade-long devotion to skinny jeans, the tides have turned for denim again. For a flattering and elongating, and dramatic look, try a pair that’s tight on the thigh and flare out just past the knee. If like me, your height precludes you from wearing flares with anything but heeled boots (at the very least), then try this trend’s even-more-daring sibling: the cropped flare. Amp up the look with a velvet pair (best keep such a trendy item affordable) for a comfy look.
2. Suede Everything
From mini-skirts to jackets, leather’s lesser-worn companion gets a big boost this season. This Forever 21 jacket looks way more than its $55. This much longer all-suede trench by Frame offers a splurge-worthy take on the trend. And as for those miniskirts? Little A-line silhouettes with button fronts are the shape of the season, like this Alexa Chung x AG option or this zip-front number from Topshop.
One of the most fashion-forward and obvious ways to inject that 70s sensibility into your look? Fringe, of course. The accoutrement is everywhere this season: from skirts and jackets to gloves and even shoes.
These are not the printed floral rompers we’ve seen for the last few summers. 70s style jumpsuits are no-holds-barred fashion statements, and the best part is, they’re so versatile they can sub in for an occasion dress. Here’s a few to save for New Year’s Eve: Topshop’s dramatic mock-neck + sexy keyhole velvet number and ASOS Curve’s metallic wide-leg. This slinky blue number even works for the (informal) office under a blazer.
5. A-line Minis
…In every shape and form. From skirts to dresses, the mini is back with a vengeance. This MiH jeans denim minidress is a perfect vehicle for the trend allowing you to flaunt your legs while this more more affordable Vero Moda dress incorporates the 70s bell sleeve. Finally, we love this corduroy mini packs a triple punch due to its muted hue (a true retro throwback), shape, and fabric.
6. Midis + Maxis
That said, the 70s trend gives us a lot of leeway with our hemlines, as pretty much every possibility works. The bold among us might spring for a maxi like this one which (pretty obviously) references Missoni or go full-on Studio 54 like this one. A silk midi in a graphic pattern, like this one from Madewell, still makes an impact, just a little less loudly.
7. The Rebirth of the Polo Shirt
A quick s/o to these retro-tinged polos—which are from the hot pink Lacoste polos favored when I was in seventh grade. Try this red and white color-blocked version for a laid back nod to the decade du jour.
8. Boho Tops
Here’s one you most likely have some variation of, already in your closet. If not, there are countless options spanning from muted solids to bright prints. This swingy silhouette from Free People is a bright, pretty blue and works in that aforementioned keyhole trend too. This lacy number (also by Free People) makes up in detail what it lacks in color—plus, it features the decade’s signature flared sleeves. P.S.: note the model’s outfit: you don’t have to go all out and pair a boho top with flares (it will likely read a little costume-y)—your fave skinny jeans work well.