Historical Fashion How-To ~ 1970's
Hello all! Our tour through 20th century fashion comes to a close with the decade we are looking into today. However, the series itself has certainly not met its end! From now on we will be digging deeper into history, imitating the looks of earlier centuries. I won't get ahead of myself though - first we must peer into the styles of that wacky decade known as the 70's!
What was the first thing you thought of when you when I mentioned 70's style? Did images of bell bottoms, feathery hair, and jumpsuits come to mind? If so, you were right! Ethnic hippie styles, comfortable clothing, and blown out hair were all part of the 1970's. Punk style, disco looks, and fashions inspired by the Edwardian era also had their place in the era. Wide-legged pants, pant suits, and platform shoes made it like no other time in the world of fashion.
The 1970's were a time of a rebellion against social conventions. Women often dressed in a more masculine manner than before, and the two genders would wear similar garments. Another change was that clothing was now all bout comfort. After all this was when jeans, the epitome of American casual wear, gained their enormous popularity!
Yes, I know in the last post I mentioned that hippie fashion wasn't really my thing. Well, here it is anyway. ;) I have to admit, these outfits were pretty fun to put together, and awfully comfortable!
This first outfit includes the quintessential blue jeans, with a flare cut hearkening back to the bell bottom days. With my jeans, I wore an embroidered top with HUGE split sleeves (in case you're wondering why I have such a thing in my closet, it's because it was needed for a costume). The final touch to this simple 70's outfit are wedge sandals similar to what might have been worn in the era... minus the platform heel! My hair was also era inspired, worn long and straight, courtesy of a straightening iron!
Here is another outfit using blue jeans as a base. The other elements are a loose fitting green top, brightly colored sandals a statement necklace, and a leather bracelet. Don't you think this outfit has a pleasantly summery look? It's one that I might actually wear in real life! :)
Okay, this is probably the grooviest thing I've ever worn in my life! ;) What's great about this outfit, is that I believe this dress is actually vintage! It's not a Gunne Sax, but it seems to have a similar look. Over the dress, I wore a long, lacy cardigan and a string of beads both borrowed from Mom. With a flower in my hair, and nothing on my feet, I was ready to relax in the backyard and peruse a Knit & Crochet magazine from 1974.
Though the 1970's hasn't become another favorite era, I must say that putting these outfits together was more enjoyable than I thought it would be! :) What do you think of 70's fashion? Well, until we "meet" again, have a superb Sunday and a wonderful week!
"To give knowledge of salvation to His people
By the remission of their sins,Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace."
~ Luke 1:77-79