The best seventies fall fashion inspiration

By: Julia McEwen

Author: Canadian Living


The best seventies fall fashion inspiration

By: Julia McEwen
Looking to dip into the seventies trend that took the fall runways by storm? We've selected six easy ways to take part in this blast from the past.

An image of the model wearing a suede jacket with fringe detailing.Biker babe

You can thank the '70s for the popularity of your beloved leather moto jacket. Try this season's update with fringe detailing and tailored in sumptuous suede, the fabric of the decade. Pull out all the stops with a wide-brimmed hat with an eye-catching accent, such as a leather band or a strip of ikat fabric. 

Jacket, $170, . Dress, $65, Hat, Necklaces and ring, Bag, Shoes,

An image of the model wearing a green wrap dress. Wrap star

Nod to the glamour of Studio 54 (minus all the pageantry of sequins, fur and lamé) with an elegant wrap dress in an opulent jewel tone. If the plunging neckine is a deal-breaker layer the dress over a lightweight or sheer turtleneck for a veil of modesty. 

Dress, $215, Turtleneck, $40, Earrings and necklace,

An image of the model wearing a stripped tank top. Block party

A billowy blouse found in colour-blocked shades of yellow, coral and black fits right in with this decadent decade. Pair it with flared trousers and keep the look current by not tucking in the top. 

Top, $45, Pants, $80, Necklace, Bracelets, Bag,

An image of the model wearing a camel cape coat. Caped crusader

Capes have been on the fashion scene for the past few fall seasons, and if you haven't added one to your outerwear wardrobe yet, there's no time like the present. This transition piece is easy to style and adds chicness when layered over weekend basics, workwear staples and cocktail attire.

Cape, $179, Top, $39, Skirt, $33, Ring, Belt, Boots,

An image of the model wearing a plunging neckline. How long can you go?

Worn loose and casual or fitted and dressy, deep-V necklines really hit their stride in the '70s. Showing more décolletage creates the illusion of a swan-like neck, elongating your body and making you seem taller. Partake in this flattering cut with a tee, a sweater or a collared shirt (leave three or four buttons open) or try the most striking way to wear it as a plunging midi- or maxi-length dress.

Suede jacket, $250, Dress,$60, Sunglasses, Necklace and ring,

An image of the model wearing flared jeans. She's got flare

Retro trends can be tricky, so if you're a novice, try out the trend with high-waisted flared jeans paired with a tailored blazer and tucked-in tee. The modern updates to these pants lie in the cut of the flare: still full but far less exagerrated. Feeling bold? Slip on a groovy patterned tunic—or take it further by adding a faux-fur. High heels take these leg-lengthening trousers to exponential heights, giving a super-slimming effect.

Top, $80, and necklace, Jeans, $188, Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses, Ring, Bag, Shoes,

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This story originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Canadian Living magazine. 

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