To find inspiration in life, sometimes we have to look backward in order to move forward. Inspired by the Studio 54 era, one of the most decadent fashion trends this season is reminiscent of the glamorous 1970s.
From sumptuous fabrics and deep, sultry colors to retro-looking accessories, in today’s Style Guide, discover fresh ideas on how to wear the 1970s fashion trend. Plus, learn tips on how to mix classic vintage styles with current pieces, which is easier on your wallet and the environment.
Fall 2019 Fashion Trend: 1970s Glamour
For Fall 2019, fashion brands have been producing pieces that exude the flamboyant vibe of this disco-loving decade. From Michael Kors‘ highly celebrated Studio 54 capsule collection to vintage-looking butterfly sunglasses by Coach, the glitz and glamour of the 1970s are obviously having a major revival right now in fashion.
Style Inspiration: The Bold Bombshell
Who is The Bold Bombshell?
When I think of 1970s glamour, I envision “The Bold Bombshell”: a confident, strong, savvy woman.
- She’s an on-the-go gal with big ideas, the will to manifest her dreams, and a sense of enthusiasm.
- She’s a spirited, well-traveled woman with a zest for living and a passion for adventure.
- She exudes a sultry, sensual look with dramatic berry-colored lipstick and full bouncy hair.
- She loves oversized sunglasses, knee-high boots, and curve-hugging sensual fabrics.
- She has places to go, things to do, and people to see.
The Style Icon: DVF
When I started styling this 1970s-inspired look, an image that came to mind was of Diane von Furstenberg.
I recall seeing an early photo on the legendary designer on the cover of Newsweek. In this famed photo, she was standing assertively, with hands-on-hips, while wearing her iconic printed wrap dress. With her free-flowing mane and her self-confident gaze, at that moment in 1976, she showed the world she was a force to be reckoned with.
With the courage to believe in herself and make things happen, DVF has always been a “Bold Bombshell” to me.
The Inspiration behind The Style Guide
When coming up with the idea for this look, I imagined what it’d be like if this iconic “Bold Bombshell” were living on the Monterey Peninsula during that era.
I envisioned this cosmopolitan, globe-trotting woman getting ready for an exciting evening on the town. From an intimate dinner in Carmel Highlands to a swanky soiree in Pebble Beach, followed by late-night dancing in Carmel-by-the-Sea, I can only imagine what her glamorous life would be like if she lived here then.
Filled with a sense of wonder about where the journey ahead will take her, I imagined this “Bold Bombshell” getting preparing for a memorable night – one that would leave her feeling utterly enthralled and a little head over heels.
Here’s what I imagine her wearing…
Style Tip: Mix It Up
While I love drawing inspiration from the past, I often wear contemporary styles mixed with classic elements.
For this trend-inspired look – rather than going head-to-toe retro, I decided to mix it up by pairing vintage fashion (such as my Mom’s velvet blazer) with current pieces (like this Cynthia Rowley printed blouse, which is available at their Carmel Plaza store or online). By doing this, it made the outfit feel more “authentic” and less “costumey”.
Not only is mixing old with new a more budget-friendly approach to style than revamping our entire wardrobe every season, but it’s also an eco-friendly move too! By investing in slow fashion (which can be defined as well-constructed pieces that provide years of wear), you’re helping to support the sustainable fashion movement. To help our environment, the concept of “reducing, reusing, and recycling” can be applied to all types of products we buy and use, including fashion.
Because fashion is cyclical (as trends come and go), it often means that looks come back in style. As an example, who would’ve thought that fannypacks and scrunchies would ever be deemed “cool” again? That being said, investing in timeless pieces (like velvet blazers and knee-high boots) is a smart choice since these styles often look fashionable years later.
Style Tip: Opt for Luxe Fabrics
Figure-flattering silhouettes get a posh upgrade in luxe fabrics.
A rich velvet blazer adds a sophisticated touch, while a printed silk blouse gives an outfit the royal treatment. For added comfort, velvet skinny jeans get a leg up when paired with suede knee-high stacked heel boots.
Another bonus for wearing sumptuous, cozy fabrics is they’ll make you feel glamorous while keeping you warm.
Style Tip: Add Trendy Accessories
An effortless way to add a trendy element to your wardrobe is with accessories. A pair of tinted wireframe butterfly sunglasses is an example of how a retro-inspired accessory can instantly transform an outfit.
Style Tip: The Midas Touch
If there’s one timeless style trend that’s always exuded a sense of glamour and luxury, it’s gold jewelry. From boho-chic chandelier earrings to bold contemporary pieces, gold jewelry is the ultimate finishing touch.
For more style tips and ideas, check out the Fashion & Style section on Inspirations & Celebrations.
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Featured Outfit: Blouse c/o Cynthia Rowley; Sunglasses: Coach; Pants: J Brand; Shoes: Louse et Cie; Bag: Michael Kors; Necklace and Ring: David Yurman; Jacket, Bracelet and Earrings: Vintage. (Affiliate links included)
Styling, Modeling, and Photo Editing: Christina-Lauren Pollack
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