Monday, April 4, 2011

Trend Report: 70's Influence

I always have the hardest time cleaning out my closet at the end of every season to make room for new clothes. I tend to hold on to things that I just KNOW are going to come back in style. Despite my skinny jean obsession, I managed to keep one pair of flare leg denim trousers. I really never thought I would wear flares again, but seeing this season’s pairing with structured blouses and platform heels has got me embracing the vintage style once again!

This spring is all about 70’s influence, with flared jeans being a staple for any occasion. If you’re really into the flower child look and want to brave the hip-huggers, a light washed pair would work great for any casual shopping day. But avoid the peasant tops, we don’t want a 70’s overload. Instead, pair the flares with a formfitting, chic colored (orange is on the rise, good news for us longhorns) or printed top.

High Waisted Pull On $98
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My developing admiration for the flares comes from their ability to be dressy! Any style jean in a dark wash gets instant sophistication points, and the same is true for flares. For a night out, pick a classic dark-wash, high-waist jean to wear with a button up and structured blazer. This will not only add curve, but also balance out the dramatic flared legs. If you’re all about the drama, go for high-waist wide-leg denim trousers that are flared from top to bottom. It will surely add miles to your leg length!

I love my shoes, and I never thought wearing flared jeans showed them at their true potential. Even with my big feet I’d have to kick my legs out an extra few steps just to show the shoes off. I’ve come to realize that flares don’t hide the shoes, they just make them a sort of hidden surprise. Stepping into the 70’s once more, expect to see platform heels and espadrilles (remember them?) gracing the feet of trend savvy fashionistas everywhere.

Derek Lam Spring 2011 RTW
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 Jean-Michel Cazabat
Zesta Wedge Espadrilles $295
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