It was Tom Ford’s Spring Summer 2015 show at London Fashion Week last year which hinted so heavily towards a seventies influence in what we would be wearing this year. His runway show featured big bell bottom flares, metallics, big back combed hair and thick black eyeliner with each model channeling their inner Barbarella. See last year’s blog here
The seventies were the decade of my birth so I’m glad to say I don’t remember wearing these looks first time round, but it’s a popular decade for designers to draw influence from returning again and again. As a dedicated follower of fashion in my twenties I have been guilty of wearing massive bell bottoms and smock tops in the past, but maybe now now as I approach the next big milestone.
If you’re not keen on going too heavily into this trend, a sub trend is fringing which you can use to nod to the trend through your accessories. Everything from shoes to bags have feature fringing this season, one of my favourites is this Fringe Bag from Zara.
If you are happy to channel your inner disco diva why not try these superb high waisted flared jeans. The Emily Flare from Oasis will help hold your tummy in and give the illusion of longer legs as the pocket detail will draw the eye up to your hip bones.
You could always team the flares with these fab wedges from Topshop.
Next has their designer range called Label, where I found this fab maxi dress
Imagine this navy floral dress with the Topshop wedges and a big floppy black hat or fedora, it’s a boho look Sienna Miller would be proud of.
Kimono’s were very popular last summer, even though the seventies vibe wasn’t prevalent, so you may well have one already in your wardrobe. Dust it off and team it with the Oasis Emily flares and you’ve instantly updated a SS14 trend to his year. If you fancy a new Kimono why not look at this one, again from the Next Label collection by A.M London
Another big trend from the era is the Smock top, of which there are a lot on the high street so an easy addition to update your look. My first example from Monsoon will beautifully compliment those with angular faces and the open weave detail across the shoulders and down the arms will widen shoulders. It will also double up nicely as a bikini cover up for your summer holiday as I don’t doubt the fabric will be light and airy.
My second choice is this smock top from Anthropologie, the print will elongate your torso as it has a mainly vertical pattern however those with narrow shoulders beware as the different print across the shoulders may narrow you further.
Personally I won’t be rushing out to embrace my inner seventies chick, however this trend may well appeal to those who prefer the relaxed boho look. So if your style crushes include Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Nicole Ritchie or Vanessa Hudgens then this trend is right up your street.