Maybe it’s the anticipation of Spring or the lack of amusement with the recent arctic weather in Dallas, but I found myself seeking out pastels, ruffles, and florals like a madwoman. Whenever I want to know what will be in-style for a season, I consult Shopbop. Their style edits are always on par with the season’s biggest obsessions and their collections are curated to feature the premiere styles from each designer.
My recent investigation proved interesting as I noticed the gradual disappearance of mock necks and puff sleeves. If I am being honest though, the fashion world has just about overdone both of those styles as much as I love them. For Spring, there is a notable shift away from these styles in favor of prints and fabrics that harken back to the 1970s. If you look at the ready-to-wear collections by designers including Zimmermann, Dennis Basso, Cynthia Rowley, and Bottega Veneta, there is a clear inspiration drawn from the era of flare jeans and florals.
Trends to Keep an Eye On:
- Crochet: When I think of crochet, I instantly think of the 70s. Free People and others are featuring crochet pieces perfect for resort wear, and undeniably linked to a fad from the 70s.
- Vibrant Colors: Brands like Staud and Reformation are exploring new color ways by combining colors like turquoise, pistachio, berry, and bright orange with compelling creativity. Expect to see these bright colors adjacent to rich chocolate brown and navy for striking contrasts that are reminiscent of the color palettes that helped launch Missoni on the fashion scene so many years ago.
- Retro-Style Polos: There is definitely a movement away from higher necklines and all of the sudden, everywhere I look I find a variant of 70s-style polos with open necklines from brands like Topshop, Club Monaco, and Reformation.
- Bold Prints: Prepare to see a lot of big, bold patterns incorporating a variety of colors. Whether its geometric prints or minimalist stripes, you are bound to stumble upon styles making use of eye-catching patterns.
- Florals: Florals are making a big comeback and many of the prints I have seen have a certain nostalgia to them that signals a previous decade. With lots of mauve, pink, and brown hues the florals you are likely to see for Spring aren’t like those that you may have seen this past season.
- Wide Leg Jeans/Pants: One of the more obvious styles evocative of the 70s, flare jeans are popping up in abundance. Yet, in addition to jeans you are likely to see linen, cotton, and knit wide-leg pants make an appearance in many Spring collections.
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I can’t wait to see how you rock the 70s aesthetic this Spring!