STYLE ADVICE: Decade Detour

STYLE ADVICE: Decade Detour

Several of S/S 17 key trends will have you nostalgic for your favorite decades past. The ’80s return, with courageous ruffles, puffed-up sleeves, and shamelessly glam vibes. New takes on grunge and loads of leather will have you unleashing your inner rock star, with fan-of-the-band moto jackets and steal-the-show studded styles. But is the “Decade of Decadence” not your jam? While the ’80s take lead this season, you can still enjoy the ever-returning groovy and whimsical elements celebrated in ‘70s fashion. After all, fashion is cyclical.

The flower power of the 1970s continue to make a comeback. I know what you’re thinking: florals for spring? Not again! But rest assured, designers are weeding out old representations of the iconic pattern and cultivating exciting floral prints that are bigger and bolder than we’ve seen in past seasons. Graphic foliage and abstract floral prints are taken to new heights, as larger than life bouquets give a modernized feel, with punchy blooms and cartoon-ish blossoms. Even further, embroidered peasant tops, bell-sleeves, retro prints, fun fringe, and flared bottoms continue to make an appearance.

This Fashionista’s look encapsulates the ‘new’ polished and modern bohemian, while still celebrating the endearing spirit of the prairie-peasant vibe. She pairs a deep teal feminine blouse, detailed with a delicate watercolor flowery motif, with hip-hugging flared denim jeans, and a heeled black ankle boot. She elevates the look with a caramel brown, vintage suede vest, featuring frayed fringe to add texture and flair. She completes the ensemble with an effortlessly chic middle-part hairstyle and minimal makeup for a refined, laid-back touch. Southwestern inspired jewelry, including a bolo tie cord necklace and faux stone ring, add the perfect finishing accessories.

The versatile era of ‘70s fashion was all about embracing freedom, a multitude of color, exciting eclectic looks, and an affinity for mixing and matching. From free-spirited themes of nomadic, wanderlust, folk, and bohemian, the creative and stylish possibilities are endless. Although honoring the diverse decade’s retro trends can be tricky, this Fashionista’s pairing of wardrobe staples, with revived and subtle vintage-esque pieces, prove that you can conjure the spirit of the Disco Era to create relaxed and freewheeling fashion-forward ensembles perfect for S/S 17. So, discover your own take on these trendy throwbacks this season by experimenting with modern tweaks, new stylistic mixes, and fresh color combos that’ll leave you looking outta sight.