I’ve always loved the 50s, since forever I have been fascinated with the 60s yet strangely, I paid little attention to the 70s.
When I was younger, it seemed an era relevant to my parents, which automatically made it boring. However, as I’ve matured, and with my parents as my grandest idols, I’ve swung my opinion an entire 360 and now, indeed, the 70s too are on my list of decades I am inspired by.
Now as a rather nostalgic girl, I am repetitively looking back for inspiration, particularly when it comes to what I will wear. And so, I was pleased to see the 70s marked as a key trend for the upcoming autumn/winter season. A few weeks ago, attending the A/W La Redoute press day, I saw iconic pieces from the era, reworked and rejuvenated – the sort of clothes I was itching to throw on, despite the too warm temperatures outside.
So what do I love about the 70s? Women like Bardot and Bikin, in their flares and messy hair. Simple yet statement pieces such as a pussy bow blouse or bootleg cut denim. Geometric prints in solid, bold colours. It’s going to get grey outside, quicker than we’d like and I’m already preparing the best I can with a wardrobe that is as retro as it is practical.
To achieve a 70s inspired look, stick to simple silhouettes, it will be the more subtle touches such as a bow around the neck, a floppy hat or a bold prints that will ensure your outfit is retro inspired. Ultimately, it should be relatively casual, stay away from anything overly ornate or glitzy. The 70s echoed the hippy 60s, so a bohemian winter look or an Andy Warhol-esque print are the easiest ways to work the trend.