I’m a 70s child, baby.
And I’m not afraid to show the world.
As clearly evident on numerous runways, the 70s movement has been steadily gaining trajectory for several seasons now. From Gucci to Céline to Valentino, we’ve been privy to all forms of silhouettes and shapes harking back to that era. Be they platforms or stacked heels and fringe; loud prints or big floppy hats, clothes (and accessories) were happy statements, blissful even, peppered with a touch of whimsy. Designers paraded delectable hues from every single colour on the palette, ranging from riotous to confectionery, with pinks dominating the scene (Rose Quartz, hello).
Incidentally, if it does appear as though links abound in this post, they do. There are just so many wondrous things I must share with you today.
In a world which has become increasingly tumultuous and erratic, it’s perfectly understandable why we seek joy from all avenues, and how that desire extends to the garments we wear, the accessories we choose, the lifestyles we pursue. It’s equally easy to see why collections shown across the fashion capitals were highly emotive, expansive, intuitive.
Because the 70s was one such time.
A decade of exuberance. Of gaiety, and of frivolity. Clothes were indicative of that carefree vibe. I’m talking about jumpsuits, and oh so flattering (non constricting) dresses. High rise pants. Flared cuffs. Sometimes the two together with a tight cropped crop. Acid rainbow colours. Let’s not forget patchwork. Or denim, more than a mere workwear staple, and loads of it too. Topped with a devil-may-care attitude that I find rather fetching, I must say.
Poetic thoughts aside, style trends from the 70s aren’t quite as straightforward to embrace without appearing costumey. It really doesn’t take much to go from relaxed offhandedness to roller derby disco girl. Believe you me, I know this for a fact. Certainly not what we’re striving for. In such an instance, best to select elements of a trend instead of adopting it wholesale. Case in point, a culotte ensemble. Fact – culottes were really huge in the 70s, think Charlie’s Angels, the original trio. Fact – culottes will always be in (apparently), no matter which decade you’re taking inspiration from. Fact – the culotte conundrum is no more. It’s officially cool to be seen wearing these baggy contraptions of a somewhat awkward length.
Yes, it took me
quite some a long time to understand public fascination with what appears to be a half-skirt half-pants item of clothing but I’ve somewhat accepted them into my life and my wardrobe. With slight reservations. I’ve made it a point that 2016 will be the year I try everything new at least once, and clearly, culottes fall within that category.
Despite the fact that it’s now become the stuff of street style ubiquity, I put a lot of thought into creating a culotte outfit with a 70s vibe that still looks new and fresh.
Chalk that up to an Isabel Marant top with a worn-in feel, those oversized sunnies with an attitude, a pair of patchwork leather ankle booties (with stacked heels too, mind you) down to adopting an air of not taking fashion too seriously, and there’s my lesson in making a must-have your very own.
So tell me.
Did I get it right or did I miss the mark?
What about you? Are you a fan or would you run away screaming? Are there any specific 70s trends which tickle your fancy?
~ Shades, Bangles, Isabel Marant Tee & Bling Ring from Poshmark, Jersey Culottes from Forever21, Trina Patchwork Boots from ASOS and Spiked Ring from Anthropologie ~
p/s photos by Eve
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I adore the 1970’s. Kind of weird since initially I didn’t. I think Vix from Vintage Vixen influenced me greatly into accepting and loving 1970’s style again.
I was born in 1966 and lived through culottes. I also tried to do them again and decided that they weren’t for me the first time around and they still aren’t.
For me this outfit is all about the booties. Oh yeah.
But you’re such a stunning woman with a stunning figure, Suzanne, I find it hard to believe that culottes (or any other silhouette) don’t do you favours. I often think of you as the sartorial superwoman, you know xoxo
Those boots are to die for and look amazing with the khaki trousers, I adore 70’s style xxx
Being a product of the 70s, I’m not a huge fan of that look BUT BUT BUT I’m learning to appreciate bits of it 🙂
I grew up in the 70’s. and am sooo loving this decade being relived through fashion! Your boots are devine, and those glasses are totally kewl…you look so cute in them!!I
Thanks for sharing great 70’s vibe!!
fashion and travel
As did I 🙂 for some reason, though, I was never a big fan of fashion from that decade until recently. Thank you so much, Valerie, those boots are absolutely heavenly and on sale too, at ASOS xoxo
The boots, yasss. Really really really like the combo of them with the culottes – by the way, did you know you look GOOD in culottes?
I do now, thanks to your comment 🙂 MUACK
So cool, so funky, so much fun! You look so stylish in those awesome shoes!
Yes, it was a lot of fun putting this outfit together and trying not to look too costumey, Ginger, haha!! Thanks so much for making time to stop by and leave a comment xo
Ah, those shoes are just perfect!
I agree wholeheartedly, Kati xo
Oh my gosh your booties!!!! Those are amazing, and I’m loving all of your accessories. Thanks for linking up with me and this will be getting pinned to the linkup board!
Thanks so much XOXOXO
OMG, I want those booties … you KNOW I do! 😀 I love the 70’s too, Dear.
Thanks so much for being a part of Fun Fashion Friday!
They’re on sale, Dawn, on ASOS!! Best word in the entire English language, SALE xoxo
I love all your interesting pieces. Thanks for sharing some of your favorite things for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!
What a lovely thing for you to say, Shellie, thanks ever so much xoxo
I need those shoes NOW!!!!! Great style girlie.
Thanks so much, Jessi!!! xoxo
p/s try sheikh.com for the shoes 🙂
I almost bought a pair of boots just like these from Steve Madden but they were too high for me. I am loving 70’s style though
Oh no!!! Check out ASOS, the Truffle line (from which mine originated) has gorgeous boots with stacked heels of all heights 🙂 xoxo