We’ve seen a major shift in fashion. The ‘90s have shown that they’re back and better than ever with the return of chokers, crop tops and flatform shoes. Not to be outdone, the ‘70s are steadily pushing through the decades and reappearing on the runway and in our favorite stores.
The ‘70s were filled with happy hippies trekking through Woodstock and Luke Skywalker going head-to-head with his father, but we’re more drawn to the fashion that made the decade what it was.
Whether it was the billowing bell sleeves perfect for a windy day, psychedelic paisley prints for the mellow fellows or suede for sly foxes, the styles are back; here’s what we’re stocking in our closets.
Bell sleeves were the garb of choice for the vintage lovers with Woodstock roots. Sitting in the sun, listening to “Hotel California” or flocking in a field of daisies was nothing without a bell-sleeved top or dress to make the occasion.
Commonly seen today in our favorite stores, these bell sleeves come to life in playsuits and blouses, perfect for the versatility of daily life.
To add a sophisticated feel to what would normally be a flirty outfit, pair your bell-sleeved playsuit with pointed toe pumps, a sleek clutch and pearl earrings. When hoping to sport a top, pair it with slim-fit pants to avoid looking extra wide.
Of all the ‘70s trends we’ve fallen in love with, it seems that fringe has always held a place in everyone’s heart. The most popular style of this decade, fringe has been around for years.
The rightfully retro have always found ways to incorporate this style into their wardrobe whether it be the fringe hem of a vest, a fringe detail along a purse or an accent design on their favorite pair of boots.
In a look perfect for the cool winter nights, bring out a fringe jacket along with your favorite pair of denim shorts, simple white tee and strappy sandals.
If you’re looking for a trend that’s outta sight, paisley print is the way to go. While this trend is gorgeous when done right, be warned that it can quickly take a turn for the worst.
Paisley prints consist of unique and dynamic designs—so much so that it’s almost impossible to find the same two prints with the same color scheme. All of that ‘distinctness’ can become a fashion faux pas if you’re not careful.
When looking to dabble with this style, remember that less is more. Wearing a paisley printed top is better suited with solid colored bottoms, but opt for a dress that includes a color-blocked paisley design.
If you’re hoping to be fierce and bold, get your hands on a co-ord set with matching paisley prints, and you’ll definitely be far out.
Suede is soft, and suede is sexy. One of the most vital looks of the decade, suede might make you too cool for school.
With hopes of being as cool as Fonzie, you might find your hands reaching towards a suede jacket, but in the warmer months, keep it hot with a suede mini skirt.
If you’re feeling a bit daring and ready to crossover between two decades, opt for a suede dress and pair it with a choker. If you’re not ready for Saturday Night Fever yet, keep it modest with a stylish but simple suede handbag.
In a look we love, perfect for a casual day out, pair a maroon suede skirt with a crop top and espadrilles to keep you going long after the sun has set.
Wide leg pants
Clearly with some of their styles, the ‘70s had a flare for the dramatic, and this was definitely reflected in their bell sleeves and even their bell bottoms or wide leg trousers.
We’ve seen this trend skyrocket from casual denim to workplace pants, and although the end of the decade brought the trading of bell-bottoms for leg warmers, this trend looks like it’s here to stay.
Wide leg trousers can quickly overwhelm the body if you’re petite, but a great way to pair this is with a cropped or form-fitted top to accentuate the small of the waist and create an hourglass effect. Keep it monochromatic by trying white trousers with a sexy, deep-v crop top and nude pumps.
Fashion is cyclical, and we’re recycling trends more than we recycle plastic water bottles. The ‘90s came back with a vengeance, and we’re quickly seeing the reemergence of our favorite ‘70s fashion.
It’s only a matter of time before we’re abandoning our suede for Members Only jackets, but until then, wear these trends like they’re never going out of style!
Which decade do you think has the best fashion? Are you lying around in your bell-sleeved playsuit, getting physical in your neon colors, or dancing to Backstreet Boys in your crop top and baggy pants? Let us know in the comments below!