Bonnie has an amazing collection of 1950’s prom frocks as well as Wedding and day wear from the 1930’s to the 1970’s.. An eclectic mix of vintage fabulousness so get to know her and muzzle on it for a great deal from her collection today…
I love the changes Autumn & Winter brings and once heard it referred to as “the years last smile”. How true it is with all the colours mother nature bestows on us and as Autumn approaches we say a fond farewell to our 50’s Hawaiian halters, pastel parasols and satin swimsuits that have adorned our fabulous feminine figures, as we’ve lazed by the pool sides and sipped our cocktails this summer.
With the balmy nights know becoming crisper I begin to scour the shops, markets and fairs for “Vintabulous” Vintage hidden treasures.
The 1970’s was gaining momentum over summer and the relaxed Boho look is continuing on into Autumn. The distinct crispness of the air sparks interest in lighting a fire and watching the sun set over the yellow, orange and red trees. Autumn always stirs a sort of romance and the inner earth child within, so I always love to channel these two into my everyday wardrobe.
While ’70s fashion is making waves, let’s not forget that there are several variants. To carry off your seventies look takes confidence. Even the more demure looks need to be carried off with a certain boldness. It’s in the addition of that floppy felt hat, those exotic jewels and that super-high pair of platforms, hooded and grecian dresses, furs, sequins and turbans.
When styling for my Boho Chic look I try and think about which “Vintabulous” hottie I most want emulate.
My favourites are Cher, Bridget Bardot, Ali McGraw. The ones that do it best now are Kate Moss, Rachel Zoe, Nicole Ritchie, Sienna Miller and I love Kate Hudson in “Almost Famous“ her look is to die for in that movie.
So here’s what I think you should be looking for this Autumn;
70’s Boho by Day :
- High waisted denim flares
- Low cut boot leg corduroys
- Halter neck maxi dresses
- Patchwork – denim or other
- Cotton Pheasant tops
- Finged vests or jackets in suede or leather
- Crochet shift mini shift dresses
- Faux fur jackets and vests short or shaggy hair
- Fringed ankle boots or suede mochosons
70’s Boho by Night:
- Thigh or knee high boots
- Wooden heeled wedges
- Earthy coloured mini dresses with long floaty sleeves
- A sequinned cape or bolero
- Off the shoulder sheer chiffon maxi dress
- One shoulder tops or dresses
- Long scarves
- Leather or leather look satchel bags
Accessories are key when it comes to a ’70s look.
70’s Boho Accessories:
- Oversize sunnies
- Felt wool hat
- Wooden, leather and silver bangles mixed randomly
- Long gold or leather chains
- Hoop or feathered earings
- Tan belts
- Loose plated hair
- Mad curls or straight flowy locks
- Chain or leather head jewells
Even 1970’s fashion can be polished, clean and sophisticated. Sophisticated ‘70s fashion at night time, can turn into a real statement: think Bianca Jagger at Studio 54 in a slinky gown, ivory cigarette holder in hand. Or Jerry Hall draped over Mick Jagger dresses in clinging, low plunging silk dresses. These famous images emulate that seventies “I’m not even trying to be cool” attitude. My favourite 1970’s Sophisticated style icons are of course the above mentioned Bianca and Jerry. Angelica Houston, Farrah Fawcett and Lauren Hutton all deserve a mention.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
70’s Sophistication by Day
- High waisted wide-leg pants or flares, smartly belted in.
- Neat bow-blouses, especially ones with billowing sleeves.
- For those more daring, a pair of hot pants is the ultimate ’70s item.
- A smart printed jumpsuit or onesy as I like to call them is another great alternative.
’70s Sophistication by night
- Choose high sheen fabrics with a ’70s disco-inspired edge, like Lurex or silk; anything with a metallic thread.
- Add a ruffled neckline under a blazer or tuxedo jacket, paired with a sharp pair of pants.
- Long, slinky gowns with draping, low necklines or dresses with slits are the ultimate in ’70s night time glamour.
- Over size sunglasses. Black rimmed tortoise shell or gold.
- Try rings with bold stones, neat piles of bangles, and long pendant necklaces with owls etc.
- A pair of knee or thigh high boots.
- Super high platforms in Gold or Metallics.
- For hairstyles try masses of bouncy curls, or long flowing hair.
- Bags like a leather satchel or totes for day and a small bag with a long strap or sleek clutch for night.
- Leather belts slung on maxi dresses or skirts.
Stay true to your style or you won’t feel comfortable.
Vintage is an adventure and adds excitement to your wardrobe so have fun. Half the thrill of wearing vintage is finding your pieces… So happy hunting!
xx Kisses from Miss Bonnie Rose