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We all want that vintage vibe in our wardrobe. That essence of an era gone by. And we want to cheery pick the sleekest, sexiest and most stylish look from it.

In recent years we have worn the best from the 20s and 30s, seen the rebirth and fading of the 80s, and we are just about to do it all again. But this time it is the 1970’s that is due for interpretation.

70s fashion is making waves and is sure to a be strong fashion force in 2011, so we’ll be getting lots of wear out of our seventies pieces from boho to sophisticated.

There’s an underlying confidence to this trend that’s key. Even the more demure looks need to be carried off with an air of sexuality and a sort of defiant independence.

To achieve a 70s day time look, here’s what to look out for when shopping:

– Clean, yet voluminous silhouettes;

– Earthy color palettes or bright colours in 70s style shapes;

– High waisted wide leg pants or flares or just regular trousers ranging from bootcuts to very wide leg cuts (so say goodbye to those skinnies – hallelujah);

– 70s influenced psychedelic and floral(major) prints in soft to bold colours;

– Neat bow-blouses especially those with bishop sleeves;

– Hot pants (daisy dukes) they are the ultimate 70s item and not for the faint hearted or hairy or chubby;

– Longer skirts

– Jumpsuits are still in in varying shapes and fabrics

– Halter neck tops to dresses (depending on fabric type it would work for day and evening).

From high waisted tailored trousers to Denims in Boot to flare cuts. There are many styles to fit all.

As the 70s was really popular with night parties with the likes of Bianca Jagger coming out of Studio 54, party outfits are not left out of the trend.   In a country where events never stops happening, you should look out for the following;

– Shimmering pieces;

– Cuts that tightly hug or drape over the body;

– Sheer fabrics from shirts to long dresses to jumpsuits;

– Tuxedo Jackets in luxe fabrics

For those that don’t buy into trends immediately, you don’t have have to change your wadrobe  you can dose up your current wadrobe with very chic 70s inspired accessories.

– Try lots of piled up bangles;

– Cocktail rings;

– Long chain necklaces with pendants;

– Long leather satchel bag for day time look and a purse with a long strap for night time;

– Floppy hats;

– Re-invented platform shoes to wedges;

– Cat eyes Sunglasses;

– Hair corsages.

With all of these tips you can most definitely get your Boogie on for your wardrobe change.  So watchu waiting for?



Maryanne Alabi, popularly known as Mayreejay is a wardrobe consultant, CEO of her self named company "Maryanne Alabi". Deputy editor for Bloke mag, contributing Fashion editor for Y!Mag. Fierce lover of and everything Glamorous!! Follow me on twitter @mayreejay for fab fashion updates.


  1. i fancy the idea of exterminating the skinny jeans. there is a lot of decency in the 70s and outright oversexiness too. the fashion of the 70s is subject to interpretation, good ones at best. if you cannot carry the outfits with confidence, do not attempt to follow the trend. stick to what suits your persona and that can be easily found in the 70s collection too. Mayreejay, this is real nice. knock some sense into the ladies who dont know jack about this. next stop, make-up classes cos new masquerades are all about town.

    1. Lol…I agree, fashion can definitely make a person go broke. I recently started using makeup and decided to stop by Sephora to see what’s out there in addition to youtube tutorials…talk about overwhelming…aside from the various brands, there was primer,concealer, about 10 different brushes, kohl, lash serum.
      I no wan do again…e tire me. I think I’ll just stick to my trusty fashion and makeup pieces. If it aint broke, don’t fix it 😀

  2. I guess ya all are telling me to go trade my skinny jeans for bootlegs aint it? Ok, will consider the new trend nd put it into practice.I kinda like d idea though.

  3. Feelin this big time. ‘m big on the sixties n seventies so i was grinnin throughout as i read the article. Bless n thanks for d tips. Muah!

  4. This looks great…for tall people. As a petite chick, I think I’d be drowned out by all the volume, florals, and accessories. I just might adopt the floppy hats and wedges while I’m sticking to my skinny jeans.

  5. Don’t put ur skinny jean away, just try to mix match everything in ur closet, yes 60s and 70s are in fashion and they have been in style for a long time… skinny jeans or no skinny, it will never get out of style… just mix it with ur new look and look stylish make it ur style…

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