These Trends From the '70s Are Having a Major Moment Now
From Studio 54 and glam rock to NASA missions and the end of a war, there was a lot going on in the 1970s. And much like the rest of pop culture, the decade’s fashion mirrored the times. While often thought of now as one very particular look, there was no one definitive way to dress in the ’70s—micro-minis were just as popular as floor-sweeping maxi dresses, women were wearing menswear-inspired suiting interchangeably with figure-hugging wrap dresses, and men were no strangers to a good platform boot.
It was one of the most sexy, carefree, and innovative times for style, which is why so many of today’s most popular designers are still referencing the era’s influential silhouettes to this day. Ahead, we’ve zeroed-in on six retro trends that are having a major moment right now.
1. Midi Wrap Dresses
SHOP NOW: Stine Goya, net-a-porter.com, $620.00
The wrap dress had an undeniably huge moment in the ’70s, and thanks to its easy, versatile, figure-flattering silhouette, it’s still very much a thing today. Long associated with the one and only Diane von Furstenberg—who debuted her first wrap dress in the early part of the decade—the style now is constantly revisited by storied fashion houses and young, emerging brands alike.
2. Sharp Suiting Vests
SHOP NOW: Michael Kors Collection, michaelkors.com, $1,190.00
Sharp, tailored vests—often paired with matching trousers and layered over sweaters and blouses—were another (literal) layer of the menswear-inspired suiting trend. Today’s iterations, like this one from Michael Kors Collection, give off the same dress-for-success vibe, but also serve as the perfect way to dress up a lazy-day outfit.
3. Plunge Jumpsuits
SHOP NOW: Diane von Furstenberg, dvf.com, $698.00
Jumpsuits were ubiquitous in this era, particularly those with flared legs and a deep, plunging neckline. The one-piece was a low-maintenance, high-payoff look then and certainly still is now—they’re easy to dance in, and certainly aren’t lacking in sex appeal.
4. Platform Sandals
SHOP NOW: Aquazzura, neimanmarcus.com, $895.00
Few things scream “the 1970s” quite like a sky-high platform sandal. Whether you go for a glam-rock inspired metallic pair like these by Aquazzura or opt for a more subtle pair, today’s stacked styles make just as much impact now as they did back then.
5. Halter-Neck Tops
SHOP NOW: Nili Lotan, barneys.com, $450.00
Slinky, flowing, high-cut halter neck tops were impossible to escape at the height of disco fever. A halter neck—particularly one in a playful print, like leopard—makes a huge statement on its own, leaving little to no need to stress about the rest of your outfit.
6. High-Rise Flared Denim
SHOP NOW: RE/DONE, net-a-porter.com, $285.00
What obsessively tight, low-rise skinny jeans were to the early aughts, high-waisted, flared denim was to the 1970s. The elongating cut offers up the appearance of legs for days, and the rise is perfect for another huge ’70s trend: tucking in a form-fitted top.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors