Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fashion Rolls Back

Stepping out in '70s style

Posted By on September 17, 2015, 1:47 PM

click to enlarge My mom, Rosemarie, dressed for the disco in 1979.
  • My mom, Rosemarie, dressed for the disco in 1979.

I'm a 1970s girl. Seventies' fashion is very real for me because I got to watch my mom dress up on Thursday nights to go dancing at the Élan, a Philadelphia nightclub in the vein of Studio 54. It was a decade of decay and decadence.

The rock band the Rolling Stones helped define fashion in their choices of lovers and sometimes wives. Before he drowned, original Stones member Brian Jones courted the Italian actress Anita Pallenberg (she also later dated guitarist Keith Richards). Mick Jagger kept company with Marianne Faithfull, moved on to Studio 54 dance queen Bianca Jagger (Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias, before they married) and then married model Jerry Hall.

All of these ladies have more in common than screwing rock gods; they were also poster girls for 1970s fashion. Their style is alive in today's fashion—from fringed purses, flair jeans, wooden platform shoes and floppy felt hats. Hell, I've even seen a faux-fur vest at Target that is to die for.

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Denim Super Flare jean: $78, apple blue, frayed hem, five pocket. Flare measures 15 inches wide.

Rendering clog: $168, tan suede, brass buckles, wooden heel, open toe. Made in Spain.

For the Love of Flowers tunic, $168 tea (light tan). Crochet open-shoulder tunic. Oversize fit, bell sleeves, tassel ends.

Floppy Hat: $58, brown felt.

Available at Free People (City Creek Center, 50 S. Main, 801-364-0763, FreePeople.com). Let Free People manager and City Weekly alum Shauna Brennan help style you out.

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1970s wrap blouse and A-line micro mini in rayon: $26, trippy print in peacocks and pink flowers.

Brown Go-Go Boots: $26, low heel, mid-calf length. "Dead stock" means they have never been worn.

1970s Faux Lamb Vest: $26, in brown, waist length.

Available at Maeberry Vintage (215 E. Broadway, 801-721-7290, MaeberryVintage.com). Owner Rachael Skidmore has an Instagram feed that features her newest fashion finds. Follow her so you don't miss out on these rare treasures. Instagram: @maeberry_vintage.

Follow Christa on Twitter @ChristaZaro and Instagram @phillytoslc.

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