1971 Rides Again
I'd venture to guess that most of us who were born in the 70s are enjoying this new resurgence of 70s fashion - albeit this time done with the much-improved fabric technology of the current decade. Omigod, remember those scratchy acrylic and wool belted sweaters and the heavy, double knit polyester of our childhoods? I break out in a rash just thinking about it. Luckily, those inferior fabrics are where they belong, well and truly in the past.
Even though all of what I'm wearing is more or less from the current decade (some thrifted items notwithstanding), there is an undeniable 70s vibe to this look. Sure, the cut of the trouser is fit and flare, but probably the biggest reason for the similarity is the color - rust...or burnt sienna...or raw umber...or whatever the hell they used to call those Crayola colors back in the 70s (grain of salt: they used to call the light tan crayon "flesh"...an epic fail in this day and age). Whatever the reason, the 70s are back, and personally, I think we have Nicholas Ghesquiére and his debut collection last year for Louis Vuitton to thank for it. That collection debuted this month, one year ago. If you missed it last year, take a moment and check it out. It's a revelation; a perfect balance of retro inspiration and modern edge.
I was born in 1971, and while I am all about taking sartorial cues from the past, I do believe that this kind of treatment of retro inspiration is necessary in order to inject a bit of modernity. If anything, it keeps you form looking like you're wearing a costume. You have to use it sparingly...you know, just sort of sprinkle some over the top, don't just dump it all in.
Thrifted top, similar / Gerard Darel trousers (last seen here), similar / thrifted Cole Haan platform sandals, similar / thrifted necklaces, similar/ costume ring, similar, very similar - splurge/ Andrea Jovine sunglasses (old), similar