The ’70s… in small doses

I am really loving my latest jeans purchase–a pair of flared trouser jeans from Gap. They’re insanely flattering, and have this cool ’70s vibe that’s not too overpowering. And while I usually steer everyone, myself included, towards darker washes, I have to say this lighter shade is really fun for spring. I think these are perfect for casual daytime meetings or a weekend outing.

Anyway, these jeans got me thinking more about the ’70s craze that’s hit the fashion scene as of late (H&M’s windows resemble a full-on raid of Ali MacGraw’s entire wardrobe, for example), and how you can make it your own without turning into a random Halloween costume. The key is to embrace the trend in small doses, and to always always balance with more modern pieces.

Take note of the muted colors of the examples below–this keeps them timeless and versatile.

1. Wide-Leg Pants.

Perfect for: a polished office look

Along with the flared cut, wide-leg pants embody the retro vibe in a flattering way. But pay attention to length when searching for the right pair. They look their best when worn with heels, which means the cut needs to be long enough to cover everything but the tip of the shoe. Otherwise, they can make you appear shorter.

Pass on the billowy peasant blouses and long tunics and counter the roomy silhouette with a more fitted top and cropped blazer for the office.

2. The Maxi Skirt.

Perfect for: an unexpected take on weekend or casual daytime wear

The maxi skirt runs that fine line between boho chic and just plain granola. Be wary of anything floral, ruffled, or tiered.  Keep to a solid color and minimalist style. Vertical pleats offer a unique take on the maxi, and help to create an always-welcomed slimming effect.

3. The Jumpsuit.

Perfect for: a cocktail dress alternative

The jumpsuit is a tricky one to pull off, but it can be done. To keep things contemporary, opt for a slouchier cut that falls at the ankle.

When accessorizing, think bold and structured. A sharp blazer breaks up the monochromatic look, as does a wide statement belt.  Add on chunky jewelry and eye-catching heels and you have a sleek departure from the standard little black dress.

So, please, embrace the ‘70s trend—it’s fun, comfortable, and romantic. Just remember, a little goes a long way!

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