Push your skinny jeans to the back of your closet and break out the flares as summer fashion turns retro. Thank the likes of Miu Miu, Prada and Tom Ford as high street and bespoke designers look back to the 1970s for inspiration. Think velvet bell-bottoms and polo necks. Float around in hippy prints, or just give a subtle nod to the trend with a fine-cut tasselled bag or belt.
The key to the look is carrying it off without looking like you’re auditioning for the new Abba line-up. You want people to comment on your style and not on your choice of fancy dress (when you’re not in costume at all). Choosing a few key wardrobe staples is a good place to start, and wearing them well is the second commandment. Mango is a great place to start for buying the essentials and for ideas on how to combine them to create a subtle 70s style. Throw the Openwork Fringe Cape, £49, over the simply chic Vongo Sheer Embroidery Dress. Add the Fringed Suede Bag and a pair of Flat Suede Ankle Boots and you’ve got the look nailed. You’ll be a vision of natural loveliness whilst seeming as if you’ve achieved the high-fashion look with hardly any effort at all.
ASOS is another great one-stop shop for starting your 70s wardrobe. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to flares, from the easy-to-wear £58 Somedays Lovin Daze Stretch Denim High Waisted Flares to the show-stopping Lira Festival Wide Leg Flare Trousers In Aztec Print, a bargain at £28. For the ideal 70s-inspired daytime look that is definitely more glam than glam rock, team a pair of 7 For All Mankind 70s Flare Jeans, £180, with a £88 Free People Oxford Shirt for an effortless look that is so cool it’s hot.
Misguided may not be a name you’re as familiar with, or maybe you think it is the home of serious party wear? In fact, it’s a great place to look for key essentials this season. You might be wary of teaming the company’s £25 Tile Print Flared Trousers with a Suede Fringe Cami Top, but give it a go – as long as you have the stomach to carry it off. The pieces are great on their own, but when combined they create a modern look with an unmistakable 70s vibe. Similarly, Marks and Spencer might not be your first choice for high fashion, but after its Autograph Suede Skirt was spotted on Olivia Paermo during New York Fashion Week and on Alexa Chung a little while after, it would be a mistake to not give it a go. The Limited Edition M&S Fringe Trim Floral Kimono Jacket is a bargain at £39.50 considering it would look just as good with a pair of black £35 Ripped Knee Jeans as it would with a white Bandeau Bikini.
Browns are undoubtedly going to be a key colour in your 70s wardrobe, but don’t steer clear of the brights. Just calm down bold print tops like the £29.50 Autograph 3/4 Sleeve Floral Blouse with plain bottoms, and match garish trousers with a simple top, such as the New Look Cool White Gypsy Top, a steal at £12.99. Finish off with a summer essential – a wide-brimmed floppy hat such as the Wool Pamela Hat, £29.99 from Mango.
If you’re going to get serious about the 70s, there’s one more key piece that you simply cannot afford to ignore – a pair of paisley-print palazzo pants. These are great for all shapes and sizes and are as comfortable and easy to wear as they are bang on trend. Feel like you’re about to take to the Top of the Pops stage in a pair of £34 French Connection Paisley Party Wide Legged Trousers or sub £20 Blue Paisley Print Wide Leg Trousers from New Look. Now you’re ready to rock the 70s look.