“80s are out and 70s are in” the Fashion Formula

Fashion trends of the 70s are having déjá-vu moments, while the earlier trends of the 80s fade out eventually.

Fashion is always cyclical in nature, with the trends repeating every now and then. What was hot once before, gets replaced by new trends. Old ones are being quickly forgotten only to return back. 80s style were on the fashion spotlight, the same way. But not all styles make a definite come back. The current fashion kaleidoscope backs up the trends of 70s being a great inspiration to the modern designers. Trend chart indicates the return of many styles that were a hot craze during the 70s. Earlier it was the resurrection of the 80s trends. Now it has been replaced with many stunning trends of the 70s.

Fashion Obsession of the 80 fades:

70s was the time when women choose their clothing freely. Clothing silhouettes saw a major transformation; jeans became tight, socks gained fashion limelight, and bikinis shrunk in size. Hem lengths underwent a sweeping change. Bellbottoms, free flowing skirts, and empire waists gained prominence. Trends of the 70s inspire the present day modern fashion designers with a bohemian feel. Apparels are designed with a gypsy type look. Outfits displayed at the New York Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 10-11 positively assert this. A smart look of the neo 70s trend with a bohemian traveler infusion and soft silhouettes will be seen. Deep cordovan red is the accent color. Black ensembles make a tough fashion statement reinforcing the empowered look.

The Fabric:

Fine leather layers, in contrast with silk jersey and sheer organza is back. Fur apparels will dominate the runway, along with faux fur variations. Silver fur coats will be a big craze. Velvet fabrics characterize the sophistication of the winter season. Previously considered as obsolete, this fabric has made a comeback in full throttle, taking its inspiration from the 70s outfits. In the earlier times, attention to trims and detailing played a major role using beads and sequins assimilated in the overall design. Today both men and women prefer wear clothing embellished with beads and sequins. Fabrics with a crinkled look have resurfaced on the fashion world. This resembles the cheese cloth that was in vogue during the 70s.

Peasant Skirts and Gypsy Look:

The hippy look of the 70s included clothing with a flare in the bottom, angel sleeved blouses, and loose cut garments. The Maxi dress of the 70s is back in ethereal fabrics enriched with the creativity of the designers. Halter necks, cat suits, empire dresses, and dresses of today with elaborately designed sleeves get their styles inspired from the 70s. Short skirts are preferred by women, even at work. Evening wear gets defined with the 70s look. Angel flight suits with shining shirts in satin fabrics with huge collars, and flared pants are in vogue. Gypsy tops with a string at the top gives an adorable look when worn with matching skirts in vibrant hues. Peasant skirts with lovely swirls, and wraparound skirts in a riot of shades with a matching V necked tops make a cool fashion inspired by the 70s trend.

Corduroy elbow patch blazers:

Old trends are combined with modern sensibilities creating new tends that are forged and utterly beautiful. Spiffy blazers with suede elbow patches are timeless trenches possessing longevity in their looks and maintaining an air or privilege.

Rompers and Jumpsuits:

For those who have seen the 70s, these outfits will give a feeling that they have taken a step back in time. Rompers and jumpsuits are seen in store racks today with a fashionable update. This makes a perfect outfit for the day as well as for the night. Accessorized with a wide belt, bangles, necklace, bracelets, or earrings, they make a trendy style. Forever 21, JcPenney’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s and H&M offer appealing rompers and jumpsuits.

Wide Legged Pants:

High waist banana jeans with the buckles at the back captured the attention of numerous fashionistas during the 70s. Capri’s of today with such pattern are a craze. Bellbottoms and flare leg became a fashionable outfit among both men and women during the 60s and 70s. Today boot cut hems, and flare leg pants retain their popularity in denim wear. Women’s jeans are tight till the knee and then flare out slightly to the hem, while menswear is usually flared all the way from the crotch to the hem.

Fashion trends of the 70s are not a passé, and have left an indelible image of the decade. They have resurfaced in today’s world with a modern conversion. So, when one thinks that they are wearing something really trendy, and new, taking a look behind would realise that the basis of these outfits are inspired from the styles that existed in the past.

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