I’m in a very seventies state of mind these days, feeling nostalgic. Especially when I’m perusing the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Of course, for a while this fall, everything made me feel nostalgic. That’s because I attended my 40th high school reunion in September. That was so much fun.
But it’s not that. Not now anyway. I think my current state of mind is down to the fact that fashion seems to be having a prolonged seventies moment. Maybe even a seventies season. And that takes me back to my own memories of the seventies and what I was wearing then. Because the seventies is when I grew up. I don’t mean that I was a child then, but I was a teenager in 1970, and in my early twenties when the eighties finally came along. So I guess you could say my “coming of age” occurred in the seventies.
My fashion memories of the early seventies include images of Gloria Steinem in her tight jeans, wide belt and tinted glasses. In fact, I had a belt just like the one she’s wearing in this picture. She was awesome, wasn’t she. Still is.
And, of course, I remember all those shots of Ali MacGraw. Long and lean in her knitted cloche, skinny-knit sweater and flared jeans. Please tell me I’m not the only one who obsessed over Love Story. I read the book by Erich Segal in junior high… like, a million times. I had most of the first page committed to memory….”What can you say about a girl who died? That she was beautiful. And brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Beethoven and the Beatles and me.” Well, not quite, but not bad after forty+ years.
I have always loved this look. Boots and a long skirt. And a peasant blouse. Remember peasant blouses? We all wore them.
And a couple of years later. We tucked our pants into high boots so they puffed out over the top. Like Ali is doing here.
And check out Farrah Fawcett in this shot. Sweatshirt, flared jeans, Nike sneakers. Very current. Well, except for the hair. The hair is all seventies.
So you can understand that after perusing Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar this fall, I was definitely in a seventies state of mind.
The long lean looks, the high waisted, flared pants. Like these two looks from the December and September issues of Vogue. I love those camel Altuzarra pants on the right. And while I wouldn’t wear pastel pink pants anymore (not that I ever did, actually)… I love the shape of these Louis Vuitton trousers, especially with the Bottega Veneta baseball-style jacket.
And this look from Emilio Pucci in the September Harper’s Bazaar is very seventies. It seems sharp suits and tie blouses are back, big time. I could certainly be persuaded to wear the blouse and jacket with jeans. But my power suit days are definitely behind me.
As are my “overall” days. Very definitely behind me. So this seventies-inspired image from Net-a-porter.com does NOT tempt me.
You see, I’ve been there. Done that. Got the fuzzy photo to prove it.