One of the summer’s greatest pleasures includes an easy everyday uniform – bathing suit, sundress, shorts and a tee, and maybe a dressed-up 9-5 look. Simple, effortless, and often, minimalistic. However, with fall just around the corner, many returning students are feeling invigorated to turn over a new leaf and flow with the seasons. That’s right, Queen’s – it’s almost time to pack away your classic denim shorts, and opt for more seasonally appropriate attire. While this fact may invoke feelings of melancholy, it also offers a great opportunity to update your wardrobe. For me, this means finding inspiration from past decades – including the 1970s.
It’s almost time to pack away your classic denim shorts and opt for more seasonally appropriate attire
My style is pretty classic – blue bottom jeans and a white tee. I just love a good staple and easy-to-wear look – what can I say? I’m basic. But every now and then I like to spice it up a little, and 1970s fashion definitely brought the heat.
The late 1960s counterculture was all about rebellion, upheavals and spiritual awakenings. Young people publicly questioned unjust political institutions, fought for civil rights and began to embrace people of all sexualities – actions which greatly contested their parents’ beliefs. These tumultuous years paved the way for a new decade which welcomed freedom of expression and exploration. Hence, the birth of the 1970s.
’70s fashion was made to mix and match, and defy gender norms
1970s fashion was all about individuality. Vogue declared, “There are no rules of the fashion game now. You’re playing it and you make up the game as you go.”
When you think of 1970s fashion, many of you probably go straight to the well-known tie-dye tee. However, many other clothing trends aided in defining the unique, comfortable and casual ‘70s fashion vibe. Clothes were made to mix and match, and defy gender norms. Fortunately, many of these styles have made a resurgence in 2019, and let me be the first to admit – I’m so ready.
So if you’re like me and you’re in need of a new fall fit, then take a trip to your parent’s house, raid their closet for some ‘70s inspired pieces, and as Vogue said, let’s play the game.
KEEP - The Wrap DressBelgian fashion designer, Princess Diane Von Furstenberg, designed the infamous wrap dress in the early 1970s. In 1975, “Furstenberg was making 15,000 wrap dress a week for everyone from housewives to working professionals,” and by 1978 they were being made available to the masses.
KEEP - Tie Dye T-ShirtsTie-dye tees were popularized during the 1970s, however, their roots date back several generations. Indian bandhani and Japanese shibori are both dyeing techniques that require bunching clothing materials, before dyeing, to create unique colour patterns - techniques which date back to the sixth century.