Dip your toes into 1970s style with 3 summer essentials and holiday fashion advice from mum-of-two and fashion blogger Anne-Marie of Catwalk School Gates.

Gone are the itchy tank tops and clammy polyester pants of yesteryear. Double denim, cool camel tones and suede fringing are all making a comeback this season, but have you worked out how to wear the look to suit your style?

Anne Marie started Catwalk School Gates to offer busy women a fresh look at fashion. Why should twenty-somethings have the monopoly on style? Here she shares her three summer essentials.

Day-to-night denim 

Dungarees needn’t mean mechanic or mumsy. Anne Marie works her accessories to build looks that transition from day-to-night with effortless style:

               Get 1970s style with 3 summer essentials

“In the past, I felt like a painter/decorator in dungarees – the key is this boyfriend cut. It’s more forgiving and easier to wear…” – Anne Marie

The French approach to accessorising? Don’t overdo it. Swap flats for heels and a bigger bag for a clutch – you’ve just graduated to eveningwear, perfect for cocktails with the girls on the Riviera.

Top tip: Slip dungarees over summer swimwear as an alternative cover-up.

Style entrenched 

A firm favourite in the French wardrobe, the camel trench coat never goes out of style.

 Get 1970s style with 3 summer essentials

“The trench coat is lightweight enough to wear in Spring and Summer and the leather finishing and classic shape of this one really sets it off.”

Styled with flats for chilly summer mornings and easily dressed-up with accessories for the evening, the trench is the perfect marriage of function and style.

On the fringe

Perhaps the most accessible way to buy into this latest fashion trend is with fringed accessories. Anne Marie paired our camel ‘70s style boho bag with her trench.

Get 1970s style with 3 summer essentials

The bag is such fun and I love that it matches the trench perfectly.”

A practical size and shape for summer holidays and festivals, the bucket bag is another revival piece straight out of the ‘70s – so you’re hitting two trends with one very stylish stone!

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Leah Bee
I enjoy finding clothes and homeware that have that special something. Blending seasonal essentials with second-hand treasures is a weekend well spent.

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