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


  1. I had a pair of chords just like that in high school...in 1971!!! :-D Great look on you!

  2. The pants are a perfect fit and very 70's, my favorite era. Mostly because I was in my teens and having a wonderful time with my freedom and bellbottoms.
    I love that you put this with a bit more modern classic jewelry and I agree that playing with the era a bit is better than full on.

  3. I love your hair and your posts.

  4. Gosh I think I have photos of me wearing something similar from the 70s. I always liked the flare, flattering for a pear shaped figure but I think I will definitely leave the colour alone.

  5. Oh, great! I graduated from high school in '71! But you look fabulous, not like a throwback to those days. I still miss a pair of platform sandals I wore off to college.

  6. I like the necklaces! And your backdrop : )


  7. I have too many memories of flared pants in the seventies to want to go there again. The flare was so big and the pants so long that we trod all over the bottoms and they always looked like some animal had chewed the hem in the back. I saw shots of "how to wear flares" on a blog this morning and just laughed...you could actually not see the feet of the models. I wanted to say...okay...let's see you walk in those. Having said that I'm kind of liking a small flare like you have:)

  8. Flares and bell-bottoms look dumb on me, and I really admire the way you rock them in their evolved form! Your longness makes it work so perfectly, and I'm full of admiration. Both for your taste, human architecture and very cool outfit overall.


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