Flashback to the 70s

Fashionistas and designers have been dabbling in and reviving elements of 1970s style for the past few years. Now, Vogue predicts this trend will go through the roof in 2015. How can a fashion conscious UEA student replicate this style?

Before you rush out to the High Street (where there will be an abundance of 70s gems!) do make sure that your Mum hasn’t got anything lurking at the back of her wardrobe that fits the bill. Also, be sure to check out the local charity shops for details such as lace-up bodices, heavy embroidery, flowery prints and ethereal fabrics as these are all key to the 70s vibe.

An easy place to start channelling the era is with hairstyling. Models in all of the Spring/Summer shows had a central parting, some teamed with plaits, shaggy curls and even crimping. A simple way to achieve this look is to braid two small plaits from the top of your head and to tie them together at the back.

When applying make-up, there should be an emphasis on the eyes. They should be smoky and dramatic, whilst you should underplay your lips and cheeks in neutral shades such as soft pink or peach.

Moving on to the most important element – clothes! The top half of your outfit should be folksy, blouses with delicate lace-up fronts and shirts with art-nouveau prints. Bolero fur jackets were seen on the Saint Laurent catwalks and are a good edition to these flimsier fabrics for a winter look. Missguided have this shaggy faux fur jacket that complements the image (£30).

Culottes were a big thing at Milan’s Fashion Week for SS15 and are a trend that should not be overlooked. Their beauty lies in that they are half trouser, half skirt but are fully fashionable. They are widely available on the High Street from New Look’s plain black pleated pair (£17.99), to Missguided’s dogtooth print pair (£20), Topshop have even brought out a culotte jumpsuit as a twist on the 70’s classic and a perfect outfit for hitting the town (£60).

Flare trousers are also bang on trend. Whilst some may be put off by the idea of this cut of trouser, they are undoubtedly flattering for all shapes and sizes. River Island have embraced this style and have a pair of dark wash kick flare jeans (£45), a purchase you will not regret!

To be perfectly in sync, shoes should be platform and metallic and these are not hard to track down. Topshop have a pair (£56) which could have come straight off the major catwalks for Spring/Summer. If platforms feel like a step too high for you, then metallic flats will do, which New Look have in several different shades from electric blue to bright pink (£9.99 each).

Look out for long, thin silk scarfs, characteristically worn with one length behind the shoulder, and delicate strings of beads. Tan leather handbags with chunky straps or bags with fringing are very much of the era. Your sunglasses should be large, round and tortoiseshell brown – the bigger the better to capture that 70s in the sun feel.


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