7 Ways to Fashionably Fit in with the 70s Revival ...

Being a child of the' 70s, I am all about the mix of glamour and bohemian. And the popularity of roller skating, of course. Clothing familiar to that era has proven to be so timeless in reference of style that they are being revived for this spring. In fact, I might be in love with that entire decade of fashion regardless of what is considered trendy nowadays. Plus, the movement gives me an excuse to break my vintage Berman’s leather trench out of storage. Bring back the sexy disco days gone by with these seven 70s-inspired style statements:

1. Platforms

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I knew there was a reason I never tossed my platform shoes – it was for this very moment: a time where I could pretend to not look (or sound) clunky and out-of-place while glamming it up in 70s fashion. And not dressing as a Charlie’s Angel for Halloween. I may tower over you – and try not to topple ON to you – but I will look so chic doing so.

2. Vibrant Colors

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Psychedelic influences inspire this season’s retro revival with lots of vibrant pinks, corals and reds. “Honeysuckle” – the most popular spring color, according to the Pantone Fashion Color Report for 2011– just has a 70s tongue to it, eh? The decade was all about color, and this year proves to be no different.

3. Pants!

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The menswear influences of the late 70s have come back to haunt (rather fashionably) 2011: high-waisted, wide-legged and big cuffs are seen on the omnipresent pant in most spring lines. Heck, even jumpsuits have made a comeback. The long and lean look makes total sense, considering the height of our platforms paired up with the revival of this staple.

4. Elegant Blouses

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I admit, I cannot wear silk and satin – it’s an extremely warm armpit problem. But I digress… Flowing, bow blouses are the “in” trend for everyone from the classically styled hoarders to ultra-trendy fashionistas. Regardless of your personal style, I will nod my head in stylish (yet jealous) approval.

5. Floppy Hats

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I love that a hat can instantly turn a simple outfit into a fashionable masterpiece. Perhaps J-Lo had a “heads-up” on this 70s statement years ago, but the bohemian floppy hat is in vogue for 2011. A welcome trend, given all the wooly, news-cap, hair-crushing headpiece madness from the last few seasons – the accessory can be paired seamlessly from casual to cocktail.

6. Crochet and Macramé

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Nothing screams 1970s like crochet and macramé. But this revival does not mean you wear your Granny’s afghan. The boho-inspired knits and knots incorporate an intricate craftsmanship with the lush fabrics from high-end designers, and the style will be present in everything from open-air dress panels to belts to embellished handbags.

7. Mini Skirts and Shorts

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Who wears short-shorts? *both thumbs pointing to this girl* Now put your arms down at your side. If your fingertips grace the hem of your skirt or shorts of choice, it’s too long! Just as in the 70s, hemlines for bottoms are shorter than ever. With that sort of seasonal weather-ware still months away, now is the time to start getting those legs in short-shorts shape. And if you don’t already own an all-sequin micro-mini, add one immediately to your closet.

My mom, the eternal hippy at heart, made most of our clothes when we were kids – so we had some of the most fantastic pantsuits and rompers (which have already been “revived” for the last two summers). Many of those items I would still wear today, given their availability in my size. What will you wear to fashionably fit in with the 70s revival?

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