It’s official: 2015 is all about the ‘70s. If there is any trend that has dominated both the runway and retail world as of lately, it’s the breezy and bohemian style of decades past. Whether it be bell sleeves, denim, fringe or suede, these looks have been practically everywhere in the fashion world, and I for one am a major advocate of keeping this trend going as long as possible.
Countless designers have expressed their admiration for this decade, and many have exhibited it in as recent as the Resort 2016 collections. Elie Saab’s lineup brilliantly merged this bohemian, seventies trend with the elegance and glamour that is staple in many of their looks, while Rachel Zoe’s collection paid homage via an assortment of fringed pieces, floor sweeping maxi dresses with lace up detailing and the ever-so-classic bell bottom. Chloé’s Spring 2015 ready-to-wear show will forever be my favorite collection showcasing this revival, with its chic gladiator sandals, ethereal dresses and breezy blouses. This lineup was the perfect mix of youthful, wearable and bohemian, and has no doubt influenced much of what we see today with the ’70s comeback.
Since many of us can’t necessarily acquire runway looks at our leisure, brands such as Topshop, Express, Nasty Gal and H&M all offer similar ’70s-inspired apparel for a lot less. The outfits I’ve assembled are an affordable take on a few of the popular styles that have emerged through this trend’s revival. This white shift dress is perfect for a seventies summer with its flowy bell sleeves and intricate white lace detailing, while a wide brim hat throws in a stylish touch of boho flare.
For the second look, a button front denim skirt was certainly a must, as they have become quite a staple within the seventies revival. Another style that I personally love when it comes to button front skirts is the tan, suede take that seems to be just as popular. If jeans are more your preference, switch the skirt out for a pair of denim bell bottoms to rock a look equally as groovy. Lastly, a killer pair of lace-up, faux suede heels were another necessity. As mentioned earlier, Chloé’s spring 2015 show featured some killer lace up gladiators that seem to have popped up in stores everywhere since then. Lace-up detailing has become huge within the seventies trend, with pieces ranging from bodysuits to dresses to jumpsuits all possessing this feature. Whatever it’s on, it’s become evident that lace-up is hotter than ever.
I’m not too certain how much longer this seventies revival will last, but my hope is that it thrives for at least a few more seasons. Seeing as it has been around for quite some time now (especially in an area as fast-paced as the fashion industry) and only seems to be growing in popularity, my prediction seems promising. So for the time being, keep rocking the bell bottoms, keep donning the suede and hold onto all of your fringe – the seventies are here to stay.