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70s outfits ~ 70s clothing

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1970s Fashion ~ Dreaming in Colour

 

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1970s clothing is often associated with a typical palette of beiges and browns ~ or a number of variations on that theme.  In truth, the sexy, sultry, sensational 70s took up the baton from the trend-setting 60s and continued on a trailblazing trajectory that established 70s clothing as a more fabulous and flamboyant force to be reckoned with, setting the scene for a decade of colour, creativity and bohemian beauty and forging its own style revolution. It also combined some of the best elements that had gone before and perfected and/or exaggerated them for a new generation: 70s fashion was fun!

 

By the birth of the 70s, the festival scene had taken hold and the bohemian counterculture was thriving. Loose and relaxed clothing ~ such as brightly coloured bursts of clashing prints and patterns, bell bottoms, tunic tops and tie-dye, velvet waistcoats, frills and beads ~ continued to reflect the mood and the music while headbands, scarves and flowers adorned longer, looser, free-flowing hairstyles to complete the look and character of these 70s outfits that charmed and captivated.

 

70s clothing personified that sustained sense of empowerment and liberation which prevailed with an explosion of bright colours and unstructured fashion that embodied the hippie, folk and roots movements and defined the zeitgeist of this memorable decade.  Wide and wonderful culottes and flares were worn alongside the tightest of trousers and jeans that splayed into fabulous bell-bottoms; t-shirts, tunics, vests and peasant blouses complemented magical maxi dresses, tiered gypsy skirts and vibrant kaftans in a rich riot of colour and vivacity.70s-outfits-70s-clothing-2.jpg 70s outfits which were inspired by an emerging ‘back to nature’, homespun ethos and culture also saw the growing popularity of natural fibres such as cotton and cheesecloth, not just in t-shirts and the like, but increasingly in garments of hand-made crochet of the sweetest summery whites and brightly coloured ‘granny squares’, all contributing to the laid-back and laissez-faire feel of 70s clothing.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_70s-outfits-70s-clothing-3.jpgFabulous floral designs, inspirational Indian prints and ethnic patterns enhanced flowing silks and chiffons and sheer, sensual cotton gauze to epitomise the billowing, bohemian feel of endless hot summers, dreamy days and sultry nights. Non-Western inspired clothing with Native American, Asian, Indian, African and Latin American motifs were also popular, due to the religious and cultural diversity espoused by the hippie and folk values and a renewed interest in travelling and exploring,  while the influence of Eastern philosophy and spiritual concepts was seen in a variety of beautiful 70s outfits and prints.

 

 

The earlier Indian pilgrimage of the Beatles had, in part, sparked an increased interest in Eastern spirituality and the resulting heritage prints of twisted teardrops, florals, swirls and circles were seen on floaty swathes of sensual silks in clashes of hot and spicy colours, reminiscent of bustling bazaars. Indian colour block prints of psychedelic paisley in the lightest of cotton gauze also adorned dresses, skirts and tunics ~ in muted ethnic colours or in the boldest and brightest kaleidoscopes of mystical shapes and designs.

 

70s outfits consisted of so many shapes and styles, forged in an era of groundbreaking and daring design. Flares, platforms, tight trousers, maxis, midis, waistcoats, wide collars, pantsuits, tracksuits, flower-patterned dress shirts, have all, in one form or another, evolved to become timeless, classic styles ~ or indeed, have continued to be revived and redesigned for a modern, contemporary outlook which brings the essence of 70s outfits right up to date.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_70s-outfits-70s-clothing-90.jpgBut it’s the iconic 70s clothing whose look was distinctive and dreamy, beautifully bohemian, fabulous and floaty with bold, bright
 colours and ethnic influences that captured a moment in time which can never be fully recreated but which will always evoke those sunny, carefree heady days of summers in the city, country roads and seasons in the sun: the smells and the sounds, the heat and the hope, the feel of soft, cool grass under your feet and flowers in your hair ~ ice-cream, idols and immutable, inspirational music buoyed by the flourishing festival scene and the musicians and artists who sought to change the world. 70s clothing will forever resonate with revolutions in art, music and politics and with fashion-forward flamboyance and freedom which came to define an era of inspirational ideology and infinite possibilities.

 

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