As a boomer who grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, I am delighted to hear that there’s a retro revival going on for the spring/summer fashion this season – that ’70s fashion of flared sleeves and bell-bottomed pants, knit ponchos, Bohemian dresses and tops, fringe on jackets and bags, and knee-high sandal boots will soon be everywhere! Not that I’ve kept any of my old clothes from 40 years ago for repurposing now, but the seventies fashion has always been my favourite!
According to Vogue magazine, designer Jonathan Anderson said that we’re living in a generation and a moment in fashion where you see a lot of nostalgia. “That’s because, fundamentally, we are living in a moment where no one knows where they are going and everyone is trying to work out whether they fit.” Now, this sounds a bit pessimistic, but it’s true that boomers are all about nostalgia. Pop culture and Hollywood are also enhancing that ’70s effect – Mad Men, American Hustle and Inherent Vice are all visually a feast for the eyes with the ’60s and ’70s fashion, makeup and music.
I personally think that we should not read too much into the trend. Fashion designers and creative directors just need to draw from the past and look into the future. There’s always the theory that fashion looks back in a 30- or 40-year cycle. I have not been excited about fashion trends for the last five years, but I am excited about this retro ’70s look because it brings back fond memories of my youth.
In case you’re still wondering what to wear (should you want to be fashionable), here are the top looks this season:
– Tops or dresses with bell sleeves paired with a suede long-strap bag
– Crochet tops and dresses with a fringed hem
– Soft suede high boots with long fringes
– Bell-bottomed pants and jeans
– “Flatforms” and chunky heels
– Short is out and long is in: maxi dresses with a slit at the front and preferably filled with patchwork
For all of you women boomers who want to have some fun this spring/summer season, just pick the style you like that will give you some fond memories, look fashionable but not ridiculous!