The earthy, groovy styles of 1970s chic are back and bigger than ever on the runway and in the pages of our favourite fashion magazines this season. But since most of us aren’t aiming for a head-to-toe retro look straight out of the archives, we’re showing you how to give a little nod to hippie-chic, with just enough modern influence to keep your look in 2015. Here are a few throwback pieces we’re loving for summer, and a guide to keeping them fresh and new.
Throwback: the peasant dress
How to keep it modern: When styling a dress, it’s usually a safe bet to let it be the focus of your look. When it comes to one with such a defined retro style, this is even more true. The peasant dress is full-on bohemian, but by practicing restraint with the jewellery, and adding a more structured two-toned bag and understated modern sandals, you’ll contrast the floaty dress - toning down the hippie vibes and amping up the breezy chic.
Throwback: printed pants
How to keep it modern: Printed pants are everywhere this season, but this wide-leg pair really plays homage to the extreme bell bottom shape of the ‘70s. Keeping it simple otherwise will keep your look refined, and let the pants shine without overwhelming. White-on-white on top is bright and clean, while the oval vest feels modern and new. Unfussy tan leather accessories add depth, without taking over.
Throwback: retro-inspired accessories
How to keep it modern: You can still love the ‘70s vibe, even if wearing the more obvious clothing throwbacks just isn’t for you. With this decade, a little really does go a long way. Look to swingy fringe and hints of silver and turquoise to set the tone. We’re keeping the overall look edgy – with a palette of classic black, steely grey, and deep purple – and minimalist – with this modern take on the basic tee paired with sexy, high-waisted shorts.
Is ‘70s style your jam? How do you add it to your look? Shop all the looks you see in this post at St. Vital Centre (check stores for availability).
Look #1: peasant dress
Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA, $335
Sandals: Le Chateau, $79.95
Rings (set of 4): Le Chateau, $15
Tote: Hudson's Bay, $130
Look #2: printed pants
Tank: Dynamite, $22.95
Pants: (Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply): Hudson's Bay, $98
Vest: Dynamite, $39.95
Wedges: Boathouse, $50
Bracelet: Le Chateau, $25
Purse (Calvin Klein): Hudson's Bay, $168
Look #3: retro-inspired accessories
Tee: Boathouse, $28
Shorts: Garage, $36.95
Sandals: Hudson's Bay, $79.95
Necklace: American Eagle Outfitters, $24.50
Earrings: Sears, $14.99
Hand jewellery: American Eagle Outfitters, $15.50
Purse (De L'Avion): Browns, $78