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I’m a huge fan of ’70s fashion—the era created a host of trends that still stand up today, whether you realise they’re from that time or not. Think of our current obsession with bright over-the-knee boots, folk-inspired printed dresses, velvet and corduroy, boho blouses, midi skirts and so on. While the ’70s sweeps over the runways every couple of seasons, there’s always still a hint of it on the streets if you look closely.

Think of the iconic designer names that were indelibly marked into history during this decade, like Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld and Diane von Furstenburg. It was also a period where mass-market, trend-driven fashion was also more readily available. Barbara Hulanicki’s Biba kick-started the idea in London a decade earlier, alongside boutiques like Bus Stop, and cool, connected girls were able to switch up their looks more readily, which likely led to the 1001 aesthetics and key pieces that came out of this electric time.

This glamorous period also produced a slew of unforgettable, high-octane, high-profile style icons too. Think of Farrah Fawcett, Grace Jones, Bianca Jagger, Diana Ross, Cher and Debbie Harry. Their fabulousness was met in equal, different parts by the casual ’70s crew: Ali McGraw, Diane Keaton, Jane Birkin and company repped the kind of ’70s style that feels more brunch-ready in NYC rather than wild nights at Studio 54. Whether you’re into hippies, disco queens, rockers, punks or retro nerds, I’d recommend following @70sbabes on Instagram for a daily dose. What you’ll notice when looking through these archival shots is that so many retro fashion moments still feel relevant. Keep reading to see which 40-year-old trends you’re still wearing today.

Style Notes: There are countless cool-girl trends one can chart back to Debbie Harry (her back catalogue of outfits is a treasure trove), but how much would you pay to get your mitts on this Blondie slogan knit right now? We know. A lot. Shop our favourite slogan sweaters here.
Style Notes: Slinky “naked” dresses have been present through the 20th century, but there’s something about a boudoir-inspired satin slip that feels a) very ’70s and b) very much like something we’ll be wearing this party season. Thanks to Diana Ross for doing this one—and the tropical setting—major justice.
Style Notes: While the pantsuit wavers in and out of popularity, right now it’s big business for retailers and the streets of fashion week. Bianca will forever be one of the original trouser-wearing icons—just look at this neck-tied all-white getup for proof. See how to wear a trouser suit.
Style Notes: We noticed recently that much of Cher’s ’70s and ’80s style looks strikingly similar to that of Bella Hadid’s 2017 wardrobe, but let’s not stop there. Cher’s easy, breezy, co-ords pictured here look like they’re about to step onto the shop floor of Reformation, right?
Style Notes: Not only are these ’70s boots the right kind of pull-on, mid-heel style to fit into today’s current OTK demands, but they’re also in white, making them doubly covetable. Check out the fashion crowd’s top shoe trends for autumn.
Style Notes: The power of the denim dress lives on. Whether you wear yours short and cheeky with matching platforms like this ’70s model or you decide to opt for something more demure, the simple usage of this humble fabric can make any frock seem easier to wear.
Style Notes: A particularly hot ticket for autumn/winter 2017 is the idea of wearing one colour (almost any colour) head to toe with laser focus. This ’70s photoshoot could be a recent snap from PFW, and we’re suddenly feeling sage green as an option on the days where we aren’t doing red. Investigate the new colour trends we’re trying out.
Style Notes: Jane Birkin spent much of the ’70s not really wearing much clothing at all, but she did always have her trusty basket bag nearby. Over the past few summers, we’ve seen these traditional woven holdalls make their way back into fashion—don’t be surprised if they continue to reign in 2018.
Style Notes: Where would today’s best accessorised ladies be without scarves? Nowhere, that’s where. They were very popular in the 1970s, topping off many a look, including this ladylike Dior outfit. Next up, the 50 best fashion quotes of all time.

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