The Summer of ’79’

May 1, 2011 by cleverbuttons

Image from americanwiki.com

I have always said that I should have been born in the 1970’s, I feel I was made for that time, I love the music, clothes and happy go lucky life style! This year see’s all the fashions from this era; bleeding through our catwalks. I have seen an influx in maxi skirts, paisley patterns, bright stripes and wedges, it makes me a very happy girl!

Here’s my picks from the high street for the perfect 70′ s look!

The A line Denim Skirt

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My key staples for the 1970’s trend are denim and patterns! Whether it’s dungarees, skirts or flares; a staple piece of denim should be wearable for years to come. To start off with I have chosen this A line denim skirt from TopShop. Firstly to really work this look you need a high waisted skirt, that falls just above our knees, which this skirt does. Any longer than this and it will look uneven and unflattering. This denim skirt can be worn with a multitude of different tops, adding value to our purchase. A classic skirt like this, is wearable for most body shapes, as long as you buy the right size. For my shape I always buy a size larger, so that the buttons don’t gape over my hips – not the look we’re going for!

I have styled this skirt with a multi coloured striped, tank top, what could possibly be more 1970’s than the tank top! This top, also from TopShop, is bang on trend, with a high collar and thick, bold stripes – very summer deck chair!

To complete the look add matching sunglasses, like these from gogglesandglasses.com, a classic red satchel from Modcloth and the obligatory white wedges, this pair is from Dune.

The Tailored Flare

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The 1970’s saw an abundance of flares on the streets, from wide legged to skinny, colour blocked or patterned, they were all their! SO I could hardly over look this vintage signature style. I have chosen a dark wash denim for this style available from Debenhams, again with a high waisted look that was so integral to the 70’s vibe.

These flares will work great for all body shapes, but be wary if you have a boyish figure, as the may overwhelm your frame, if this is the case swap the flares for a high waisted skinny jean. As these are a dark wash I wanted to pick a ditsy floral top that would really stand out against the tone, and compliment to shape of the flares. I have picked this Chiffon blouse, from old navy, as it does just that. The print is subtle but feminine and adds to the hippy feel of the outfit.

To complete the look add a contrasting print, neck scarf like this one from All Saints, a variety of pink and gold bracelets and our staple wedges, these ones are from Miss Selfridge.

The Paisley Print

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Who doesn’t enjoy a paisley print ever now and then, and this skirt is no exception. It hits the 70’s trend on two points, firstly it is layered just above the hem, and secondly the print is striking and noticeable – perfect! Not only is this skirt perfect for the summer, it is only £37, what a bargain. This is versatile enough to be worn for work and play, and styled correctly would be great for the evenings too. Any and all body shapes can wear this dress, and the elasticated waist is always a great must for me, to add comfort to my look!

I have chosen to style this for a shopping trip look! I have teamed this with a simple grey T’shirt, as a base, from stylebop. Over the top of the T’shirt I would add a quirky denim waist coat, bringing in the denim will add to the 70’s feel. This waistcoat is a quirky cut and can be found at H&M.

Tie the look off with a bright par of gladiator sandals, like these from nordstrom.com and a lengthy, ladder necklace, the above is from Urban Outfitters.


  1. GemnI says:

    The first look is so colorful. I like it.


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