There have been plenty of trends that have re-surfaced from the '60s and '70s, some more popular than others. These trends are great because they make what was old, new again. They can also be hard to wear without looking like you’ve stepped out of a time machine; putting a contemporary twist on them is essential. Bell-bottom jeans have popped up two summers in a row, last year they were high-waist and the flare started at the knee. So if you weren’t six feet and a size zero it was pretty hard to wear them. But this summer they’re a lot less dramatic, easier to wear and are a contemporary spin on the popular '70s look.
There are also other summer looks that never go out of style, for example the peasant top. It is the ultimate summer wardrobe staple, it's light, effortless and goes with practically anything. I guarantee if you go through a box of your mom’s old clothes you’ll find one or two that you could wear out, which is exactly what this week’s Fashionista did.
Name: Natalie Pepper
Major: Political Studies
CollegeFashionista: How would describe your summer style?
Natalie Pepper: I would say pretty laid back — something that’s easy to throw on. I love summer clothes because you don’t have to throw on a bunch of layers.
CF: What is easy and simple about this outfit?
NP: The simplicity of a white top — it goes with everything — and these jeans speak for themselves, they make a pretty big statement. I don’t need to add anything else.
CF: Where did you get your white top?
NP: I went through my mom’s wardrobe one day looking for a top of mine that she had borrowed but found this one. It’s funny, I look at pictures of my mom when she went to Queen’s and her style was really similar to mine, I would have worn a lot of the same clothes that she did.
CF: Has your mom’s style influenced your own?
NP: Yes, to a certain extent. We dress differently now, but she let me grow into my own style. I was the biggest tomboy throughout middle school, she never forced to wear anything and never made critical comments about what I wore, she just let me be me.
How To: Don’t be afraid of bell-bottoms, they’re a figure flattering and fashion forward denim trend. Free People is probably one of the best brands to buy from, they have mastered re-vamping trends from the '60s and '70s to make them easy to wear for the twenty first century girl. Also, to complete your hippy-chique look, find an authentic piece from the back of your mom’s closet. The odds that you’ll find a bunch of hideous blazers with massive shoulder pads and David Bowie concert T-shirt are pretty high, but you may strike gold and find an adorable peasant top.