Billowing florals, lace-up bodices, sheer fabrics and all-pink bedrooms. These are the beautiful textures that I associate with spring this year. I like to imagine picking oranges and eating them in my bedroom with the lazy afternoon sun coming through. Picking a handful of daisies and putting them in a vase while a record plays on an old turntable. The modern resurgence of 1970s fashion has come into play the past few years, but lately there are more girly prints and feminine cuts that are appearing for Spring 2019.
Even though it’s Spring, there are a lot of yellows and mustards emerging this season. I think some of this can be inspired by the color palette of the 70s. You can see in the photo above that mixing those colors with brown tones and black is nice and striking. I’m seeing a lot of this in 2019, which is exciting! On the left, the yellow collar on the shirt is pointed down, a style that has been very popular lately.
Just one look at Mulberry’s Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear show gives you an idea of where these styles are heading.
This is an extremely fun way to incorperate 70s flair in a super feminine way. I love the use of color with such classic shapes.
The use of plaid is evident. Big buffalo checks and smaller houndstooths were seen all through fall and winter, and this is a perfect way to use them in spring. I am a firm believer in check patterns being classic and timeless, but these give an added punch of color.
Using wellies and raincoats in their show gives this a quintessential British vibe. That makes sense, since Mulberry is a British company and they stick to their classic style for the most part. But there are some risks here that are very fun, like the embroidered clear raincoat and platform heels. The shapes of all the jackets read like those from the 70s, bringing the cool retro feel that we’ve been seeing for awhile.
But the most fun part about this is when they added pieces with less structure. The floor-length blue dress screams retro without any collars or large buttons or classic patterns. The ruffle at the neckline that cascades to the floor resembles waves in the ocean. The late jeweled belt hints at a little bit of hippie influence. But best of all are those sheer sleeves, which are absolutely stunning. (See the show here.)
Something that I’ve done in the past and would love to do more of this spring is opaque, colored tights. That might seem like an Autumn trend, but with the colors we’ve been seeing, they could totally look cool for Spring too. Mixed with the plaids and berets, this is perfect for the chilly and rainy days we’ve been experiencing before it warms up all the way.
Hats are a big element to the style. And while it’s still a little cold outside, we can really get away with berets and knitted beanies for awhile! I’m reluctant to jump right into summer clothing because it’s harder to have that vintage aesthetic when it’s so hot outside. Light jackets and interesting tights are a fun way to bring color to the rainy days of spring. And like we’ve seen with Mulberry, the check patterns are getting brightly-colored as well!
Since seeing so much 70s inspiration in the past 5-10 years, we have almost classified it as “classic” when it was not seen that way at first. This is certainly different than when Victorian-inspired clothing was coming out, which was absolutely considered classic. As the years go on, 60s and 70s styles are lumped together as being a “retro aesthetic” and therefore classic. Mixed with modern pieces, I think they look fantastic. I have found my favorite thing to do lately is using brown leather belts, boots and bags to add to the aged look.
For when the weather gets warmer, 70s style can still come into play with unique shapes. Still, I think this beachy look on Cheryl Tiegs would now be considered classic compared to modern beach wear.
1. The Shining by Stephen King
2. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi & Curt Gentry
3. Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
4. The Stand by Stephen King
5. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
6. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
7. Superfudge by Judy Blume
Let me know what you think of this style below!