boho top from Zara

Blue flares TopshopRemember when you complained about the heat last summer? How you fanned yourself and rolled your eyes? How you begged for it to ‘just stop being so damn hot’? Welp. I hope you’re pleased with yourself, because it is cold AF out there and it’s gonna get colder.

Thank goodness we’ll have 70’s style denim and corduroy to keep us warm.

Earlier this year the catwalks showcased  flares, over-the-knee boots, folk-inspired dresses, velvet and corduroy for Autumn/Winter 2018. For those of you who are old enough to remember, this is a trend that comes around OFTEN. So what? It’s back and we have five ways you can give your look a retro edge, without breaking the bank or breaking a sweat:

Flared not fitted

Flared jeans, trousers, and jumpsuits are just about as 70’s as you can get. Opt for a high waste and this will give them a modern twist. If you generally stick to skinny jeans or cigarette trousers, the idea of wearing flares could catapult you straight out of your comfort zone. Be brave, just opt for a more wearable pair in a neutral colour like black or grey. This navy-blue pair from Topshop makes a particularly great choice because, not only do they have an undeniably 70s vibe, but the silver exposure zip brings them right into the 21 st Century.

Sky high platforms

Back in the 70s, platforms were so popular that leaving home without them became a
fashion faux pas. Fancy giving it a go? Swap your usual boots, sandals, and even your trainers
for platform versions. Not only will they give you some added height and elongate your legs, but they will help you to accommodate the longer hemlines that are in this season too. Designer shoe brand Terry de Havilland got its start in the 70s, and this is still reflected in their designs today. This season, they’ve released brown Zia platforms, which are an autumn-appropriate take on one of their most famous designs.

Embrace boho 

Folk-inspired dresses and blouses are perfect for autumn and winter. Their long sleeves will help to keep you warm, and they typically have an autumnal colour palette that will take you from September to the beginning of summer. They also have an undeniably 70s vibe, which means they’ll help you to stay on-trend this season. Throw on a patterned peasant blouse, like this one from Zara, with a pair of dark-wash denim flares, or pair a folk-style midi dress with tights and a chunky pair of ankle boots.

Make checks your pattern of the season

Checked skirts, pinafores and jumpers were all the rage back in the 1970s and, with one quick look around the highstreet, you’ll see that they are back with a vengeance. For extra style points, you could even combine a couple of 70s trends: a pair of checked flares will look great with a cable-knit jumper, or you could opt for a tartan peasant blouse. Try updating your knitwear collection with some checked designs. This check funnel neck jumper from Warehouse would look great tucked into a pair of dark-wash jeans, a denim skirt, or
some corduroy flares.

trucker jacket

Try a trucker jacket

You will defo need to wrap up warm to survive this winter and, when you do, you could make a trucker jacket your outerwear of choice. They come in a huge range of autumnal colours and patterns, and they have a masculine edge. This mustard corduroy trucker jacket from Pretty Little Thing will do a great job of keeping you warm and stylish. While the general design of the jacket is very 70s, the fact that it’s cropped brings it into the 21 st Century. You could also throw this on over a polo neck jumper or folk-inspired dress, for added umph.

What do you think? 70’s or nah?

Zia platform shoes