Vintage ’70s pieces aren’t always easy to pull off, what with grotesque floor-length gowns and ruffled dress shirts made of that thick, long-extinct sweaty polyester that isn’t known for its flame-retardant properties (or so says my mother, who refuses to comment further on the subject). Despite this, though, the throwback-crazed Hollywood machine that’s been churning out flicks like The Nice Guys and Everybody Wants Some!! has us all eager to try our hand at donning razor-sharp collars in acid colours. And didn’t we all grow up idolizing baby Mila and Ashton on That ’70s Show? They were both insufferable, but his flared pants and her flowing, embroidered peasant tops were not. If you weep when disco-era Michael Jackson comes on or mourn a time when Sonny and Cher were hopelessly in love, then it’s time you score the perfect paisley number so you can finally hit the open road with a glam rock band.
This Fashionisto makes slipping into the state of kalediscopic sensory overload that is the ’70s look easy— and it is. Start with a pair of your favorite well-tailored dark skinny jeans which will serve to offset even the most dizzying of floral prints. Add a sharp pair of Oxfords and all you’ll need to complete this lush summer look is a dash of flamboyance and an intricately-patterned dress shirt that oozes psychedelia while also catering to your boyish vulnerabilities. Now you’re officially ready to kick off your shoes, feel the grass between your toes and smell a rose or two.
How To: Rather make flower crowns for your beloved on a temperate summer’s day than toil away under fluorescent lights at the mall with your mom? Or is it perhaps sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll that prohibit you from partaking in such banalities? Whatever your pursuits, I’ve got you covered with these these shoes, this shirt and these pants.