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How to Bring '70s Fashion Into 2020

Clogs, crochet tops, and fringe, oh my!

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Our obsession with the '70s has finally peaked, and while boomers have lived through crochet and cords once already, we millennials can't help but fawn over the remixed silhouettes of the decade. Why are we so engrossed with the fashion of the bygone days? The clothes that defined it were all of the things we aspire to be: free-spirited, inherently cool, and a little rock n'roll. Even the greats—from Celine to Saint Laurent to Gucci—have taken inspiration from their own collections 50 years ago, reintroducing iconic prints, burnt hues, and embroidered fabrics. Understandably, you may not want to be confused for a member of The Brady Brunch, so remember that a soft take on the trends will keep you firmly planted in the present. Still not convinced? Side step your comfort zone and try out that flared corduroy pant, a clog sandal, or a crochet top—just don't wear them all at once. Ahead, seven blast-from-the-past trends to consider adding to your springtime wardrobe.

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The Corduroy Pant
Vogue 1970
John Cowan

Corduroy slacks are no longer a stuffy throwback pant from yesteryear. The ribbed fabric is now a cool denim alternative for your weekend attire. Designers in droves are finding their own take on the trend—from retro high waisted flares to slim leg alternatives—the cord is being fully embraced yet again.

High-Rise Corduroy Flare Pants
L'Agence saksfifthavenue.com

This high-rise flare leg pant is a true throwback to the original 1970's silhouette.

Straight Leg Corduroy Trousers
Chloé matchesfashion.com

A slim fit leg and mid-rise waist makes this corduroy option a great stand-in for jean devotees.

Copper Corduroy Trousers
A.P.C. farfetch.com

This relaxed fit corduroy option hits just above the ankle, ideal for pairing with a boyish loafer and a Joni Mitchell peasant blouse.

Cotton-Corduroy Flared Pants
Re/Done modaoperandi.com

A favorite of '70s heart throb Greg Brady, these ultra-flared camel cords pair perfectly with an understated pastel sweater.

The Clog

Clog enthusiasts know all too well the allure of these wooden-soled shoes. Born in the Netherlands, it was America who made the clunky heeled footwear a beloved fashion fad of the decade. Today, with only slight variations, the practical clog has remained much the same. Opt for a cool designer pair or put a new twist on a more classic silhouette with your accessories—like a logo clad tube sock for a modern update.

Jean floral-print canvas clogs
Fabrizio Viti X Double J matchesfashion.com

These Italian crafted floral canvas clogs are your '70s inspired footwear for spring.

Sabots leather clog mules
Jacquemus matchesfashion.com

A chunky wooden platform offers height, but still provides a clog's quintessential comfort.

Auder Clog in White
Rachel Comey needsupply.com

Don't wait for Memorial Day to invest in this white patent leather slip-on. Pair with high-waist khakis and an oversized blazer for a warm weather take.

Pink Clogs
Swedish Hasbeens anthropologie.com

The iconic Swedish Hasbeen brand has a vintage feel with modern craftsmanship. These classic wood-heeled clogs were inspired by a towering platform version from the '70s.

The Printed Shirt
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While a button down shirt may forever be classified as a wardrobe staple, a printed version has a specific reference point in time—the '70s being one of those. The era embraced a more-is-more attitude when it came to their designs. From paisley to flower power, prints are back and they're bolder than ever.

Chain Print Silk Blouse
Gucci matchesfashion.com

This retro printed top embraces a '70s-style pointed collar, but pairs perfectly with a fitted workwear trouser or a midi skirt for the modern lady.

Brightside Placement Silk Shirt
Zimmermann saksfifthavenue.com

Layer this bright tapestry print top with a cascade of gold necklaces. If you're fond of a full look, consider investing in the matching skirt.

Contrast-Binding Printed Silk Blouse
Tory Burch saksfifthavenue.com

The fanciful floral print and colorful contrast piping will add warm weather vibes to a lightweight corduroy trouser.

Paisley Blouse
ZARA zara.com

Pair this billowy blouse with a maxi skirt and clogs for a romantic '70s moment.

The Floppy Hat
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With its bold, face-framing brim, the iconic fashion hat of the '70s adds a bit of boho whimsy to any outfit. While many of today's floppy hats are destined for the beach, that wasn't always the case—Brigitte Bardot lived in one, while Bianca Jagger wed in one. Pair yours with oversized sunnies for a look that's stepped off the silver screen.

Woven Floppy Sun Hat
Eric Javits neimanmarcus.com

This giant floppy hat will shield you from the sun (and onlookers). 

Oversized Straw Beach Hat
Cuyana cuyana.com

Crafted in Ecuador, this wide-brimmed straw hat will effortlessly pull together a city or beach ensemble.

Honey Floppy Sun Hat
Eugenia Kim shopbop.com

A satin strap adds flare to this classic straw hat. A discreet adjustable interior band ensures a custom-like fit.

Capeline hat
Sensi Studio 24s.com

A sleek back ribbon offsets this slightly asymmetrical white hat. Invest in this one for your next getaway on the French Riviera.

The Crochet Top
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg in 1970.

The breezy crochet knit of the '70s is back, remixed in compelling new patterns and cheeky silhouettes that can be layered or worn on their own. Try a neutral hue or get far-out in a psychedelic pattern.

Sleeveless Crochet Top
Miu Miu farfetch.com

Take a step back in time with this daisy embroidered top with a sweet tied neckline.

Nikita Crochet Crop Top
Ulla Johnson intermixonline.com

Short puff sleeves and back button closures are just some of the details that make this crochet crop top a winner.

Crochet top
MANGO mango.com

This pocket-friendly option has a sustainable lean, made from all natural fibers. 

Striped Crochet Crop Top
Sandro Paris farfetch.com

A groovy pattern, feminine scalloped neckline, and delicate spaghetti straps make this top the perfect contender for multiple occasions: including the bar and the beach.

The Fringe Jacket
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It was Saint Laurent's late '60s collections that put fringe back on the map after its heyday in the flapper-filled era of the '20s. By the '70s, there was no cooler coat to rock out in than a fringe jacket or vest. Luckily, this vintage treasure is new again—making a full throttle comeback for all of us modern hippies.

Gracie Fringed Leather Jacket
Khaite modaoperandi.com

This velvety suede jacket will be your go-to outerwear for chilly summer evenings and crisp fall days. 

Loose Ends Fringe Jacket
BB Dakota revolve.com
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Punch up a turtleneck and jeans with this fringed trim, pocket -lined statement jacket.

Suede Fringe Jacket
7 For All Mankind olivela.com

Tap into your boho self with this jacket's elongated silhouette and fluttering fringe trim.

Fringed Suede Trucker Jacket
BCBGENERATION bloomingdales.com

Business in the front and party in the back, this trucker style jacket will sway as you walk away.

The Head Scarf
Vogue 1972
Gianni Penati

While we may not be matching our hair accessories to our shift dresses anymore, there's nothing that says "who is she?" quite like a perfectly placed head scarf. One of the best accessories to recreate an iconic Elizabeth Taylor moment, loads of colors and prints will help you ace this statement look.

Mirei Print Square Scarf
Emilio Pucci emiliopucci.com

Inspired by Japanese landscapes, this pastel colored scarf is perfectly suited for a Sunday drive with the top down.

Brides de Gala Nano Scarf
Hermès hermes.com

Opt for a mini version of the iconic Hermès scarf. When you're not donning it on your head, tie it around your wrist.

Silk Lemon Print Scarf
J.Crew jcrew.com

This citrus adorned scarf is the perfect anecdote for a bad hair day.

Floral & Stripe Silk Scarf
FENDI nordstrom.com

Style this scarf  as a headband a la Goldie Hawn or fasten it to your current it-bag for a pop of color.


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