70s Style Icons
This Fall the fashion cycle has turned its wheel back to the 1970s.
There is so much to appreciate about the era that created a wave of evolution in nearly everything from women’s rights to pop culture. Nothing was more culturally significant than the fashion of the 1970s (except maybe the ensuing absolute hatred of disco), and now (nearly) every article of clothing we ever made fun our parents for wearing has officially become cool once more.
Fashions of the 1970s have become iconic. While the hippie look remained for the beginning of the decade, it slowly began to make the transition to a more unified style in the later 1970s. Both genders continued wearing the same ‘loose on the bottom but tight on the top’ silhouette. T-shirts had just become a popular casual item of clothing to wear along with sneakers. The popularity of the mini skirt continued to soar post-1960s, and bell bottoms began to be all the rage. Music was a large part of the fashion scene of the 1970s. Disco created a necessity for vibrant and sparkly wear where punk created a more DIY ripped clothing aesthetic. Other notable trends included sportswear and one piece swimsuits becoming more mainstream.
Why does this matter? Well, hitting the shops this fall these styles will be everywhere, and it may be a tad bit overwhelming. Never fear, Lifestyle Spy is here and has created a 1970s style cheat-sheet with some of our favorite style icons for the season ahead.
François Hardy is a French singer and actress whose chic French style is still iconic today. The mod pieces of her wardrobe are now considered classic staples every modern girl should own.
Jane Birkin is an English actress and singer and namesake to the popular Hérmes bag. She was married to Serge Gainsbourg in the late 1960s and 70s, and is mother to Charlotte Gainsbourg. Her fashion in the 1970s was effortless and became her signature. This look is just the first appearance of the western belt which is definitely one of this fall’s style staples.
Stevie Nicks is a rock and roll legend and queen of the bohemian look. Her flowing fringe sleeve dresses are still hitting the stage today. Now the bohemian look is mostly worn today at music festivals, but can easily transition into Fall with just a few additions.
During the 1960s Ali Macgraw’s style was on the preppy side, but in the 1970s became a bit more bohemian and followed the shared sex silhouette. Most famous for marrying Steve McQueen and her role in the film Love Story, Ali’s style incorporated upcoming trends in earthy tones. Every girl in the 1970s wanted to be Ali Macgraw … or so I’m told.