All the inspiration you need for creating that vintage 1970s look.

It might be just the history buff in me, but fashion throughout the decades just fascinates me. I would have loved the opportunity to take a class in college about the history of fashion, but unfortunately, that wasn’t an option. Just for fun, I compiled a 70s style lookbook for you all (and for myself!) to see how the current free-spirited 70s trend has made a comeback to our decade.

The 70s was a time of great shift in American culture. It was a decade characterized by the conservative backlash, women fighting for equal rights, the antiwar movement, and so much more. As technology flourished, so did freedom of expression. Women, especially, started to find their voice (which quite frankly, scared the living CRAP out of men.) Thus, women’s fashion became much less conservative and a LOT more sexy. And you know what? I’m a fan. I’m all about fashion empowering women to feel beautiful and confident. We should never be ashamed of our bodies and want to hide them.

The 70s, my friends, was a revolution.

Key fashion elements we stole back from the 70s:

1.) BELL SLEEVES

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All the inspiration you need for creating that vintage 1970s look.
Source: http://www.bustle.com/articles/39366-whatever-happened-to-bell-sleeves-from-the-early-2000s-8-important-moments-in-their-flowing-history

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All the inspiration you need for creating that vintage 1970s look.
Source: Free People

2.) JUMPSUITS

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All the inspiration you need for creating that vintage 1970s look.
Source: flashbak.com/top-5-fashion-offenses-of-the-1970s-9114

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Source: Forever 21

3.) MUSTARD YELLOW

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Source: Pinterest

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Source: @InspirationIndulgence

4.) FRINGE

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All the inspiration you need for creating that vintage 1970s look.
Source: http://www.lefashion.com/2015/09/1970s-street-style-photos.html

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Source: festivalztyle.tumblr.com

5.) TWO PIECE SETS

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Source: Elle Magazine

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Source: http://www.nutterbuster.com

6.) HIGH PLEATED SKIRTS

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Source: Pinterest

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Source: http://www.aliexpress.com

7.) FLORALS

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Source: Pinterest

Modern

All the inspiration you need for creating that vintage 1970s look.
Source: Forever 21

8.) HIGH-WAISTED JEANS

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All the inspiration you need for creating that vintage 1970s look.
Source: http://www.lefashion.com/2015/09/1970s-street-style-photos.html

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All the inspiration you need for creating that vintage 1970s look.
Source: Pinterest

9.) ROUND SUNGLASSES

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All the inspiration you need for creating that vintage 1970s look.
Source: 100 Years of Fashion Gallery – 287 Items – Media Storehouse

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Source: eclecticsun.com

10.) PLATFORM HEELS

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Source: history-of-heels.weebly.com

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Source: glamradar.com

I compiled my own list of my modern 70s favorites for you to shop.

 

What do YOU personally think about 70s fashion? Leave me your thoughts below!

Xoxo,

  • Kathleen Brown

    I love that bell sleeves are back in style. There so flattering to wear. I just love how you were able to give modern takes on old classic looks. Fantastic post.

    • Aw thank you, Kathleen! I really had fun with this post. It was fun researching!

  • Liz

    I love 70s fashion! I’m so glad it’s back in style! Great post :)

    • Me too! Thanks Liz, I’m ecstatic!

  • Ruthie Ridley

    This was such a FUN post!! LOVED the comparison!!! Thank you!! XO

    • Aw! Yay so happy you loved! XO

  • I like modern 70s clothes update, especially bell sleeves xox

    https://theninebyivana.blogspot.com/

    • Aren’t they so fun…and sexy!!

  • I am SO excited that 70’s style is back this Fall! Already found the cutest dress and can’t wait to wear it!

    • I know! I just wish I could afford all the cute things!

  • Lottie Moor

    I describe my own style as vintage street fashion and these items are pretty much why I do! I love a nod to the old eras gone by and 70’s fashion is just incredible. So romantic!

    Lottie xx
    http://lottielamour.co.uk

    • I know! I seriously feel like I was born in the wrong generation!

  • Yes! the high-waisted skirts and bell bottoms are everywhere! I cant get enough of them!

  • love love love all of these trends except the platforms! I’ve always felt like I would break my neck in them haha. Love how 70s style is back!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

    • Oh I know. I don’t think I’ve ever walked in a pair before!

  • Monika

    I am a huge fan of bell sleeves and round glasses! so glad they have made a comeback!! Loved the comparison here <3

    Monika | http://www.palateforstyle.com

    • Thanks girl! I had so much fun with the post!!

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    I love that the 70s style is back! You nailed these picks (and now I want all of them for my closet).

    • RIght! GAH. I am just tempting myself even more…

  • Meileilan

    I am so Inlove with the colors of 70s and especially the coming back style. You nailed this blog!!!!!!! Love

    • Aw thank girl!!! I really enjoyed crafting this post!

  • I am SOOO glad 70s fashion is back! I could just see myself living in the 70s, wearing these clothes, sitting in a field, and listening to Skynyrd. Ahh why was I born in the wrong decade?!

    • Girl we were TOTALLY born in the wrong decade!!!! UGH

  • Lilies + Lambs

    Love 70’s fashion! Can’t wait to get my flare jeans on!

  • I simply adore all of these trends- especially the bell sleeves! Love this post! :)

  • It’s Pam Del

    LOOOOOVE THIS POST! I love seeing the original & modern day next to each other! :) It’s funny how we seem to repeat history with fashion.

    • Right! I’ve been meaning to do this post for so long and I’m happy I finally did. Thanks for following along!!

  • snappedbygracie

    Loved the comparisons ! Well done :)

  • Patricia Conte

    Awesome post! So many things I love today that I never thought I would! The 70s had some crazy styles, but they’re done really well now!

    • Well….we “Think” they are done well now….our grandchildren down the road may disagee! 😉

  • Yes! The seventies were the best for fashion inspo <3
    xoxo, erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

    • Right! I can’t get enough of it!

  • I LOVE IT. Such cute stuff.

  • Love this! I’m obsessed with most of these things – especially jumpsuits. So chic!