Vintage style from the 1970s is tricky. One can either look like a hippie straight out of the Vietnam War riots, or a flower princess with nothing better to do than twirl her hair and stare. However – there is a middle ground in ’70s fashion that combines both the rebellious and the flower power elements of the decade to transcend “fashion trends” and become an iconic representation of what it means to own your vintage worth. Read more to learn more I took a 1970s crochet dress and transformed it into a memorable and photo-shootable outfit.
One of my favorite fashion decades is the ‘70s because for the first time in fashion history, the American female was purchasing clothing for various activities and occasions in her life, including home, office, formal and casual wear. The opportunities to buy “different” kinds of clothing had expanded — which ultimately led to the expansion of the American female’s closet, too.
The 1970s was a free-spirited time not only of fashion revolution but political, cultural, social and economic change for the American female, too. These changes — while considered normal by today’s standards — had major influential shifts on the styles and the lives of the modern ‘70s woman. After the ‘70s, fashion for woman has continued to be liberal, creative and free.
Sarara Vintage Couture founder reflects on how her mother – who was raised in a working class family in the 1950s and 1960s – took small steps toward greatness with both personal and inner style rooted in confidence and creativity. Raised without the financial means to purchase fashions new in the store, Sara’s mother handcrafted a wardrobe that spoke to the person she wanted to be and could become with perseverance, patience and hard work.
1970s fashion trends represent the rebellion against the old guard beginning with the ‘60s hippie movement. The 1970s was a nostalgic era that looked to the past for fashion inspiration. Trends of ’70s clothing resembled styles from the Edwardian, 1930s or 1940s eras. The hemline fell to midi and maxi lengths by 1971 and ‘70s glamour was like the red carpet styles of ’30s and ’40s starlets.
‘70s fashion influences were all over the runway last spring. Since the ’70s is so relevant for today and because summer shopping is fast approaching, I visited Olive’s Very Vintage to model 5 of the trendiest dress styles from the ’70s to prove just how wearable this decade truly is. Keep reading after the jump to check out the styles I chose for your vintage viewing pleasure!
Watch the video to see how I styled 5 vintage looks at The Family Vintage Jewels using one dress from…