You could blame it on the return of boho. You could blame it on spring. You could even blame it on the boogie if so inclined. But whatever you decide to blame it on, there is no hiding from that fact that the seventies are back!
Fashion loves a trip down memory lane and whether it was the flirty, floaty bohemian style of the mid-noughties or the inevitable ‘hippy’ fancy dress party, the seventies are a decade that we have never quite been able to let go. Push aside nightmare notions of an Austin Powers style seventies overload and get ready to embrace a more sophisticated hippy this time around.
Think less ‘groovy baby’ more sophisticated 70s
The last few seasons have been dominated by leathers but as we reach ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘ bondage overload, the tough fabric has been replaced by its gentler cousin, suede. Designers from Derek Lam to Gucci sent suede coats down the catwalk but the tactile fabric was also seen as skirts, trousers and tops. The soft tans and taupes are much more spring friendly whilst the hardwearing suede provides some much needed protection from the changeable British spring weather.
Derek Lam | Chloe | Gucci
Flares; a word that has been known to cause shudders amongst fashionistas in the past. But after a decade long reign of skin-tight skinnies suddenly flares seem fresh, exciting and, dare we say it, covetable once again. This time around think less hippy-dippy and more ladylike as flares are paired with pussy bow blouses in sheer fabrics and smart heels for an office appropriate look.
Alexander McQueen, Crepe Flared Pants, £545, Net-a-Porter
Another seventies favourite set for a comeback is the knee high boot. Not an obvious choice for spring, but if bought now your knee highs will be a savvy investment piece as the A/W shows displayed hints of the seventies revival continuing into next season. Wear now with a suede mini to take you through the transitional time of year.
Suede High Leg Boots, £130, Topshop
For evening the seventies trend is all about luxe. Billowing dresses, luxurious fabrics and Moroccan inspired prints were seen wafting down the catwalks and provide a welcome change from the skin-tight, bodycon bandage dresses of recent years.
Bloom Print Maxi Dress, £65, Asos
There is going to be no escaping the seventies this season so it’s time to find your inner mojo and get your groove on for spring.
By Samantha Vandersteen