70’s Boho For Beginners
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At least once a year the fashion movers and shakers claim the 70s are back, clutching crochet in one hand and flares in the other, desperately trying to work out how not to look like Farrah Fawcett. While this season is no different, the trend has become more modern and wearable, designers such as Zimmerman, Tome, Rebecca Minkoff and Creatures of the Wind presenting retro collections at the Autumn/WInter 2015 shows. Perfect for the Australian winter, the colour palette for this season featured dark jewel colours, such as burgundy and bottle-green, and neutral camel tones spread across suede skirts, boots, jackets and – this winters staple – the turtleneck skivvie.
It all started over summer, as all good flings do, with classic denim flares and innocent crochet bikinis. However, fashion’s love affair with the 70s has carried right into the chillier season, and is all about layering shapes, colours and textures. Longtime boho babes such as Nicole Richie and Florence Welch are the role models of this trend, nailing the perfect balance between super 70s shapes and prints with modern basics. The trick is to look less like you time-warped, and more like you’re giving the nod of approval to an iconic fashion era.
A skivvie tucked into a leather A-line skirt with opaque tights is a low key way of referencing the 70s this autumn, and is surprisingly flattering on all body types, while high rise flares look amazing on long legs. It’s important to keep your outfit simple in order to make the look modern, such as wearing one killer 70s piece at a time, like a suede fringed jacket or platform shoes in groovy colours. If you’re still unsure, stick to the subtle basics, such as adding a pussybow blouse to your work wear or paisley dresses in flowing fabrics worn with opaques, a biker jacket and boots to reference the trend while not giving away the game altogether.
With so much going on within this trend, its important to keep hair and makeup minimal and fresh. Air dried hair, or gentle waves with a centre part is neutral and effortless, look to girl band Haim for inspiration to stay clear of any Farrah Fawcett comparisons! Makeup is bang on-trend with this seasons less-is-more approach and favours medium coverage dewy foundations, natural browns on eyes and light contouring that suggests a summer skateboarding while listening to ‘Forever Young’ by Bob Dylan.
For more 70s inspiration, check out Westfield and Boohoo online, who have specially curated collections dedicated to the trends.