The AW18 trends are rolling in fast, and it appears this year is all about reviving old trends. On the fashion week catwalks, you’ll have seen animal prints, boho chic looks, and graphic print garments. But, you’re also likely to have noticed the return of the 70s trend. With the runways adorned with sporty chic pieces, flared bottoms, and folk prints, we’re going to show you five ways to nail the 70s trend this AW18.
Invest in some trusty flares
No wardrobe is complete without some great trousers, and the 70s trend is no different. Pair after pair of flares dominated the catwalks in a range of fabrics including denim, corduroy and velvet.
Jump on the 70s refresh bandwagon and invest in some trusty flares that’ll quickly become your wardrobe staple throughout the trend. But, don’t be tempted to invest in cheap throwaway versions: as any fashionista will know, trends come and go so you’re sure to need these again in years to come! Do it à la Marco de Vincenzo with a pair of flares and a matching jacket, or pick a versatile pair like these ones from Topshop, and team them with a contrasting top to unlock your true 70s potential.
© Terry de Havilland
Choose chunky footwear
Nothing says 70s shoe like a chunky platform or block heel, so grab your laptop and get searching for the perfect pair to complement your look. Central to the revitalised trend is a twist on the colour camel, so think caramel, tan, toffee, and tobacco as a guideline for getting the most on-trend shoes. We love these Zia heels from Terry de Havilland. With a substantial platform size and coming in a tobacco-like shade, these meet the criteria in every way. And, don’t worry if you’re not a natural in heels — the thick heel and platform provide extra stability to keep you on your feet all day and night.
© A Whole New Me
Channel your inner sporty chic
One of the best things about the 70s trend is that it’s almost like playing dress-up: there are so many options of who you could be when dressing in this style. We particularly like the focus on the sporty-chic vibe, meaning you can wear athleisure without being athletic: it’s a win-win! Think retro colour palettes like varsity-style stripes in white, red and blue to nail the look. We love this dress from A Whole New Me. Available in an adorable baby blue with sporty detailing like a half-zip and horizontal sports tape, it’s the perfect modern day take on the trend.
Buckle yourself up
If you’ve not quite jumped on the large belt buckle trend yet, there’s no better time than now. The 70s trend is known for being over the top, so statement accessories are the order of the day.
If you’re on a budget or aren’t looking to overhaul your entire wardrobe with the 70s trend, investing in a few little details you can add to simple outfits will carry you through. Try layering a large ring detail belt, like this one from Missguided, over a plain midi dress for ultimate style points.
© Alexa Chung/ Moda Operandi
Buy into folk fashion
An easy and versatile way to nail the 70s trend is by incorporating folk-inspired dresses into your wardrobe. Opt for bright jewel tones, mellow yellows, or rust-coloured palettes, and you’ll have a dress that’ll transport you straight back to the iconic style period. As florals and paisley tend to be quite versatile, you could justify spending a little more on a folk-style dress that’ll carry you through the seasons. This floral print maxi dress by Alexa Chung may be more expensive, but the mix of colours makes it appropriate for a range of seasons. The 70s trend offers a great way to try something outside of your wardrobe’s comfort zone. If you’re struggling with where to get started, give one of these five ideas a try. You’ll be stepping out in style in no time.