Seventies Chic, Fashion Forward


One of the hottest trends on the catwalks for SS15 transports us back to an age of psychedelic prints, retro flares and gypsy style.

Yes, the hedonistic free-loving 1970s are back with a vengeance! Few decades were as polarising for fashion as the 70s but never fear, this trend is brought bang up to date for 2015 with a contemporary edge. It’s all positive vibrations and hippy chic with none of the fashion disasters. Think bold bright prints, playsuits and kaftan cover-ups – minus the ‘fro!

ZARA-jumpsuit-59.99Image from ZARA, tropical floral jumpsuit £59.99

If you choose just one 70s inspired trend, make it ‘disco glam’, which works for so many ages, shapes and sizes.

Ramp up the style stakes with a full length jumpsuit, available in literally hundreds of fabrics, prints and colours. My personal favourite is black silk, and for the bustier ladies amongst us, make sure you go for a v neck or cross-over front to accentuate rather than smother your curves. This example from Dorothy Perkins is really flattering for hourglass ladies – cinch in your waist with a skinny belt or ribbon tie to create a great 70s silhouette. This beachy dressed down version is simply adorable from Next.

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(L-R) Images from Dorothy Perkins (Jumpsuit £45), Next (Jumpsuit £24), Topshop (Playsuit £32) and House of Fraser (Playsuit £48)

The beauty of this trend is you can go for the full length jumpsuit or mix it up for summer with a shorter playsuit version, which is huge on the High Street again this season.

Try New Look for a fab range of playsuits. I also adore this coral halterneck jumpsuit from Dorothy Perkins – mix it up with a skinny belt and a sky high pair of heels and you’re ready to go.

Dorothy Perkins - coral halterneck jumpsuit £45Image from Dorothy Perkins, coral halter neck jumpsuit £45

Speaking of heels, awaken your inner disco diva this Spring with a modern take on platforms with the help of Office – I just love these rose gold heels (£55).

For a more delicate look, team your jumpsuit with a pair of stiletto heels; perfect whether you’re hitting the dance floor or heading out for a super cool lunch. To complete your look add some statement chunky jewellery and a bag (how great is this disco ball wristlet from House of Fraser?) and if you’re feeling bold, a sweep of vivid eyeshadow and you’re good to go!

Office Dauntless rose gold heel £55Topshop Premium woven choker £30Boots (Estee Lauder) Pure Color Five Colour Eyeshadow Palette £40House-of-Fraser-disco-ball-wristlet-lulu-guiness-295

(L-R) Office (Rose Gold Dauntless Heels £55), Topshop (Premium choker £30), Boots (Estee Lauder eyeshadow set £40), House of Fraser (Lulu Guinness disco ball wristlet £295)

Whether you choose the glam look, or a softer boho style, it’s time to embrace current nostalgia for a simpler, pre-digital age.

Channel Jerry Hall, Brigitte Bardot and other 70s style icons with kaftans, sky-high platforms and seventies silhouettes to complete your retro look.