Add some retro flair to your wardrobe with flared jeans, stacked heels and a suede saddlebag, says Penny Fray. Just keep it simple
It was the decade that style would rather forget.
The 1970s were awash with all things brown, burgundy and murky. Yes, there were psychedelic prints and cool cover girls such as Lauren Hutton and Margaux Hemingway, but, on the whole, this wasn’t fashion’s finest hour.
Blame global revolution, a rise in individuality and a muddle of silhouettes. Personally, I will never forgive my mother for dressing a three-year-old me in sludge-coloured bell bottoms and a mustard polo.
And yet there were some iconic moments – the boho chic of Ali MacGraw in Love Story and the glamour of Farrah Fawcett’s cloud of blonde hair and faded denim in Charlie’s Angels. It’s these insouciant yet luxe looks that today’s designers are drawing from.
Consider tucking a pair of knee-high boots under an A-line skirt or casually hanging a gold pendant over a silk blouse. Keep things simple and try not to look like you’re going to a fancy dress party with retro prints, stacked heels and lashings of mustard.
If you prefer to invest in classic accessories, dip your toe in the trend by buying a vintage-inspired saddlebag. Nothing says 1970s like a shoulder bag and designer styles from Marni and Jérôme Dreyfuss are key pieces in the new season’s luxurious take.
Want an alternative to the 1970s pussybow blouse? This Zara piece has been crafted from silk and has a layered front that gives it a more fashion-forward feel. We especially love the RO40 price tag.
This M&S midi skirt has a flattering A-line silhouette and looks great with a fluid blouse. It’s part of the store’s forthcoming autumn collection and the price is yet to be confirmed.
Accessorize’s Arabic necklace is the perfect accent for autumn’s basics. Wear it solo against a softly hued top, or layer it with delicate chains for a boho take. From RO5.
Linda Farrow’s avant-garde sunglasses are a fashion favourite. With graduated brown UV-protective lenses, this gold-tone metal and black pair will add a luxe touch to any look. RO333 from Net-A-Porter.
This season sees the return of the knee boot and Lanvin’s version oozes luxury. Crafted from chocolate suede with a stacked wooden heel, this Italian-made boot offers a subtle way to tap into autumn’s 1970s mood. If you can’t justify spending RO533 on boots, look in the malls for cheaper versions.
Who would guess that this super-stylish saddlebag is from Accessorize and costs RO21 online?
Take inspiration from the 1970s with Penny’s top three style tips: