The 70’s were a radical time, where fashion was constantly changing and evolving. The designers chose designs and themes from past decades to create a new style, one that spoke for the generation. Militant shapes merged with hippie style, bright patterns clashed with earth tones, and bell bottom jeans are the iconic 70’s pant. Today, many of the 70’s greatest hits can be seen on the runway.
The muted coloring of earth tones make them understated in a world focused on dramatics and flare. But, that is what makes earth tones stand out in so many collections. The beautiful, soft grey color of rocks smoothed by water, blue and shimmering in the yellow light of the sun, shining off of green leaves and brown bark on tall trees that sway in the wind. All these, and more, can be seen in stunning earth tones.
Down to earth? Check out these earth tone fabrics:
Bright Prints and Patterns
Bright prints and patterns can sometimes be overwhelming, but when done correctly, their aggressive nature is reigned in to be a thing of beauty. Jarring colors such as hot pink and vibrant orange juxtapose against navy or yellow backgrounds, with floral and geometric patterns blending together to create unique and eccentric garments.
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It’s almost ironic that a business devoted to high end, luxurious, and lavishly priced goods would emulate the style of those who could not care less about high end, luxurious, and lavishly priced goods. Alas, fashion will always aim to look like it doesn’t care, when everyone knows it does. The hippie chic look was popularized during the 60’s, when many were protesting the Vietnam war and wearing militant themes. From there, loose clothing, floral, and suede dominated the hippie trend. This evolved into the relaxed, anti-normative hippie style we know today.
Are you hip? Get some hippie fabrics here:
Matching sets aren’t just for suits. With 70’s style, matching skirt sets and pant sets add a uniform look to eclectic styles. Whether they’re made up of one color, or imbibed with patterns, matching sets are a fun way to experiment with 70’s fashion.
Don’t mix, just match. Grab some of these fabrics:
Bell Bottoms and Flared Pants
This iconic 70’s style is often the topic of many jokes, but they’re one their way back. Bell bottoms are not limited to denim and other stiff styles of pants, but can also be applied to flowing slacks. Often worn high waisted with platform shoes, it’s no surprise that their dramatic flare has made its way back onto the runway.
Be bold in bell bottoms:
Turtlenecks are the perfect way to keep warm, regardless of the decade. A 70’s staple, turtlenecks can be paired with almost any garment. High waisted skirts, overalls, bell bottom pants, and they can even be fashioned into dresses. Turtlenecks in 70’s were tight to the neck, but currently they’re being worn loose, folded over itself a couple of times.
Take charge in a turtle neck. Try out these fabrics:
Macrame and Crochet
In the 70’s, you couldn’t walk down the street without seeing macrame. The hippie equivalent of lace, a high end macrame or crochet garment looks designer, but gives a home-made feel to any outfit. This crocheted look has worked its way back onto the runway, bringing a folksy feel into the fashion world.
Make some macrame. Check out these fabrics:
Do you dig this style? Or is it too phony? Let us know in the comments!