Designers’ odes to the ’70s started last season with the spring 2015 ready-to-wear shows and have continued in the more recent fall 2015 ready-to-wear collections. Bell-bottoms popped up all over the spring runways in a variety of different patterns and materials, including paisley, gingham, and denim. Derek Lam embraced the decade, sending out bell-bottoms in khaki, maroon, white, black, teal, and print. The overall collection evoked the easy, bohemian vibe of the decade with the incorporation of patchwork suede and swingy silhouettes. For this week’s look, I wanted to interpret Derek Lam’s use of bell-bottoms and ’70s inspiration in a way that was appropriate for spring on a college campus.
I started with a pair of high-waisted bell-bottoms with pockets for an extra slimming effect. The flared legs are also a great way to make your legs look extra long, while the slightly faded wash mimics the lived-in and easy vibe of the ’70s (and Derek Lam’s collection). I opted for a casual pale blue tie front top, which reads very ’70s. The polka dots are a flirty and feminine touch. A top that shows a little skin is a good choice because it helps to balance out all the volume and material of the pants. I added a crocheted sun hat to finish the look and contribute to the bohemian vibe, while adding a unique touch of personality. For the final detail, I chose blue espadrille flats. They are both perfect for spring and comfortable enough to walk across campus in.