Envelop yourself in 1970s glamour with the freshest tones and eclectic prints this decade has to offer.
The seventies were a period of massive change and social revolution. The hippie culture, which had thrived during the sixties, tailed off mid-70s to allow for the feminist movement, and a swift evolution in fashion too. Styles were clean and fluid, with the platform shoe epitomising the decade, and the Panama hat a firm favourite for sophisticated summer dressing.
Day to night dressing can be difficult whilst trying to work 70s influences into the mix. However, this compact teal leather shoulder bag from Gucci will add rich tones to your cocktail portfolio, but is also designed with office essentials in mind. Team with oatmeal corduroy flares and a crisp white pussybow blouse a la Bianca Jagger, circa 1972.
For those days when your hair just won’t sit straight, keep it firmly under wraps in a striking new-look Panama hat. Sportmax offer a fabulous felt version complete with ribbing, designed to wear with a summer maxi and beaded sandals. Perfect ladylike chic.
Peacock feathers are becoming a year-round trend in fashion. Usually found woven into headgear or swaying limply from earrings, it makes for a refreshing change to discover Matthew Williamson has gone all eclectic with his use of peacock feathers on this silk necklace. Geometric pewter beading is juxtaposed with vintage-effect jewels on a luxe silk base. The result is a kaleidoscope of animated colour, texture and design detail.
Dune’s suede midnight lavender t-bar platforms are the hottest on the high street right now. Currently half-price, it’s a wonder they haven’t already been snapped up by vintage lovers everywhere. The resemblance to those worn in the 70s’ is uncanny, with their strappy block design and chunky wedge heel. Ideal for a night out dancing with the girls, but leave the disco moves at home.
A statement pair of sunglasses can really get you noticed this summer. For true 70s brilliance opt for Illesteva’s matt tortoiseshell frames in gold and brown. With cut out detail at the bridge, and soft black frames, these glasses are surprisingly unisex, and stunning. Handmade in Italy, Illesteva have taken the round-frame sunglasses trend to another level with their striking tortoiseshell design.
Article by Jodie Hart – Stilorama Magazine’s Accessories’ Editor
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