I love that designers are finding merit in bringing back trends from the 70s. As a baby boomer I look back fondly at music, cars, furniture, and clothing from that era as it feels nostalgic and familiar. From a style perspective it seems newly relevant. I remember sporting jean shirts with denim bell bottoms (back in the day) and feeling good about it! That was decades ago and over the last number of months I’ve seen this long forgotten trend reappear. Not everything that is back in style is on my must have list however. I am saying “NO!” to EVER wearing culottes again and “Never!” to several other trends like see-through dresses and enormous polka dots! There are so many amazing style trends this spring and summer like blue & white, white-on-white, safari, color blocking and gingham to name a few that will outlast the more trendy alternatives.
One staple that I’ve loved for years and highly recommend is the shirtdress—it is casual yet sophisticated. You can belt it to highlight your waist or wear it without a belt and let it hang more like a shift. I appreciate the structured shoulders and like the idea of a shirt sleeve that can be rolled up. There are many designs and styles to choose from and if you find one you love but feel like it is too short, wear it as a tunic with a slim pant or leggings. Accessorizing with metallics like longer necklaces dresses it up a little and this look is lovely with a casual straw handbag or espadrille wedge.
Last year, on Patina & Hue, we wrote about ways to wear boyfriend jeans (see the article: Fear No Denim: Boyfriend Jeans) and received texts and emails from women stating that they thought this was a trend for 20 somethings and they were excited to give it a try. Although the fashion world is indeed youth-centric I don’t let that stop me from finding what works for me and then having fun. Boyfriend jeans are comfortable, casual and completely appropriate for women of all ages.
Above you will see a Denim Revival + Metallics trend board that I put together. It includes a couple of shirt dresses and some fun jewelry and shoes. All of this is inspiration for a look that is easy to wear and with these pieces in mind you can get this look by “shopping your closet” first and then shop for any remaining items you still need. Additionally, you can click on the images above and they will link you to the shopping site.
If you love the 70s as much as I do send me a note and tell me your favorite item from that time period. I’d love to hear from you on one of my favorite topics!
If you have a moment jump over to the Patina & Hue 1970s Pinterest board!
Thank you for reading,