Incorporating key style pieces from the 60’s, 70’s and occasionally the 90’s into my wardrobe is one of my favourite things to do in terms of fashion and putting a personal flair on my style. The decade that I’m more drawn to is the 70’s. The decade of Woodstock, flare trousers, suede and of course, cord I mean, who doesn’t love a bit of cord?
Considering the amount of times that I talk about my love for 70’s style, I don’t think I’ve ever spoken about the icons that I’m influenced by in terms of my personal style. So I thought we’d do something a little different and delve into some of my 70’s style icons and some items that can turn your wardrobe into a modern 70’s wonderland.
MY 70’S STYLE MUSES
– DAVID BOWIE
It would never be right for me to not feature Bowie when rambling on about my style influences. Despite Bowie’s most memorable outfits being those skin-tight sequin leotards, there’s still many ways you can incorporate is space man mantra into your everyday wardrobe. The 70’s was all about expression and fun (or so I’ve heard) and Bowie was truly the embodiment of that. He was loud and proud and could get away with wearing practically anything. He even wore dresses – The man could do no wrong in terms of fashion.Bowie’s contemporary glam-rock vibe did more than anyone to introduce androgyny into the mainstream, as well as the idea that sexuality could be far more fluid and flexible than we had been taught. Bowie stuck his middle finger up to gender sterostyles. He wore what he wanted to and completely rocked it – What more could you want from a style icon?
– STEVIE KNICKS
Stevie Knicks is one of the biggest boho style icons to ever walk this earth, she’s truly the Queen of Boho style. Stevie once stated: ‘Sexy is keeping yourself mysterious. I’m really an old-fashioned girl, and I think I’m totally sexy.’ Stevie’s uniform of choice? Victorian lace, bell sleeves galore and billowing dresses…There’s no doubt about it – come summer, you’re probably referencing the rocker more than you’re aware. Stevie is the epitome of festival style for me, the bigger those bell sleeves the better. Whether you’re keeping it gothic with a black lace number accompained by billowing and floaty fabrics or your keep it true 70’s style with a vibrant floral pattern and enough floaty material to decorate a dinner table, you’re nailing it in terms of grasping Stevie’s style. Brands such as Free People really have that Stevie Knicks edge with their stunning floral maxi dresses littered with beautiful embroidery and beads. You really cannot go wrong with a maxi dress and they’re super flattering too!
– JANE BIRKIN
Jane Birkin, dubbed the original rock chick and whose affair with French heartthrob Serge Gainsbourg symbolised the 60’s and 70’s, has inspired the wardrobes of the women the world over – Myself included of course! I’ve spoken about my love for Jane Birkin and her style before in my ‘Walk Like A Parisian’ blog post. So by now, you should know that Jane is my ultimate style crush (and life crush for that matter!) Birkin really knows how to nail that ‘girl next door’ vibe. She’s cool, effortless and slightly androgynous – Which was definitely a key feature to style in the 70’s and throughout the 80’s with the iconic shoulder pad suits. An iconic Birkin look that always sticks with me, is that breton stipe long sleeve top and those vintage blue flare jeans. Such a simple combination, however, simply incredible at the same time. Jane just really knew how to dress casual but still look inevitably cool.
– DEBBIE HARRY
The godmother of the New York punk scene, Debbie Harry, Blondie’s leading lady, set the stage for the 1980s punk revolution in the 1970s with her iconic white-blonde hair, mini-dresses, and over-the-knee latex boots. Sexy, with just the right amount of daring (animal prints were a Debbie Harry signature at the time) As you may know, leopard print has a massive place in my heart and I love how Debbie Harry mixes rock chick animals prints with feminine mini dresses and coordinating over the knee boots to achieve her look. One of my biggest style crushes to this day! I’ve been called a ‘Debbie Harry’ lookalike a few times, mostly by my Granddad and my boyfriends Grandma, so it could be down to the fact they don’t have the best eyesight, however, I’m going to take it as a compliment.
MODERN 70’S STYLE
Adding a glimmer of the 70’s into your wardrobe is easier than you may think. You can simply hit up your local vintage shop/thrift store and fill your boots with anything suede, fringed or paisley patterned. Or you can check out the hughstreet and add the 70’s into your wardrobe using colour (preferably warm tones) and floaty materials that will add such a beautiful modern 70’s aspect to your wardrobe.
I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! It’s really refreshing to write a post with an alternative spin on it. I’d love to know what you think!