It comes around about every five years, bringing along a distinct sense of freedom, luxurious renderings of the unmistakable bohemian silhouettes and modern takes on the best of the pre-disco era: subdued prints, glorious earth tones, billowing skirts, fringed ponchos and hip-hugging flared bottoms.

Signing up for one of the biggest trends for spring 2015, the 1970s fashion continues to inspire. Ever-evolving, its philosophy is now focused on timeless sophistication, luxe being he word fit to best describe the ’70s revival. After the break, all about the new key themes and staple pieces that promise to transform your wardrobe come spring.

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The 1970s fashion today.

There are plenty of things from the ’70s already signing up for a comeback. Amongst them: romantic bohemian silhouettes, hippie fringing, luxurious suede, flare pants and heavenly lace. Individually, they are all granted a modern makeover for spring 2015, together, they shape up what is the splendid rewind of the 1970s. And although the seventies clothing are all about refinement today, they still call for a little bit of fun and excitement in the styling department, enough to celebrate the carefree spirit of the era without having you trapped in the past.

Here are the 70s fashion key themes, elements and styles seen trending on the spring 2015 runways:

Native American references.

The Native American references were big on the spring 2015 runways. They were mainly represented by the use of traditional textiles, but they also served to renew the gorgeous Navajo inspired graphic prints. Given fresh life on the runway, sport the themed silhouettes by looking out for:

  • Poncho-inspired dresses, cut in suede or covered in bold, graphic prints;
  • Playful fringes adorning short hems;
  • Moccasin boots, fringed gladiators and neo-bohemian jewelry pieces to complement the ’70s mood.

1970s fashion seventies clothing spring 2015
1970s fashion at Etro and Alberta Ferretti, S/S ’15

Romantic bohemian silhouettes.

Expect for the modern bohemian to be reimagined yet again come spring 2015, when its ethereal silhouettes are to be infused with more of the romantic sentiments describing the past era. In sporting the boho-luxe this upcoming season, keep an eye out for:

  • Flowy, featherweight, floor-sweeping maxi-dresses;
  • Fun floral, paisley and tie dye prints, oozing with ’70s vibes;
  • Loose, uncomplicated, billowy silhouettes that best work when accented with minimal styling.

1970s fashion seventies clothing spring 2015
1970s fashion at Paul & Joe and Emilio Pucci, S/S ’15

Hippie-chic silhouettes.

If short-short is more of your game, for spring 2015 you can choose to indulge in the ’70s inspired hippie-chic silhouettes that fall casually above the knee. Featuring simple cuts, these are the dresses that explode in bold, colourful retro prints. Style them with:

  • Silk scarfs and little to no other accessories;
  • Gladiator sandals, or suede ankle boots in warm, earthy tones;
  • Classic center-parts and a hint of make-up.

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1970s fashion at Gucci and Valentino, S/S ’15

Retro luxe uniform.

There’s something about a fabulous pair of high-waisted, wide-leg pants worn with a crisp, menswear inspired shirt that screams of retro luxury. A laid-back, refined uniform back in the day, the look can easily translate to the modern-day. For this:

  • Choose only rich fabrics and crisp silhouettes;
  • Go with digital, or flower printed shirts to tuck inside the pants and unbutton into a deep plunge;
  • Opt for a classic palette of colours much like white, blue and red, or perhaps stick with the white and navy-blue basics.
  • Accessorize with oversized sunglasses and a cool pair of heels /platforms.

1970s fashion seventies clothing spring 2015
1970s fashion at Matthew Williamson and Diane von Furstenberg, S/S ’15

’70s inspired fashion: the key elements.

Earth tones.

Compared to the psychedelic ’60s, the colours defining the 1970s could have easily been considered drab. The dark wood and warm earth tones reflected the desire for peace and calm, in a country that was recovering from the turmoil of the Vietnam War.

Today, the same palette of earth tones grows decidedly more sophisticated, imploring to be mixed and matched in outfits reflecting the far more relaxed and refined facet of the ’70s. For 2015, refresh your spring wardrobe by way of avocado green, harvest gold, sunflower yellow, chocolate brown, Mexican sand, cerulean blue, antique red and tiger Lilly orange.

1970s fashion seventies clothing spring 2015
1970s fashion at Paul & Joe and Emilio Pucci, S/S ’15

Vibrant prints.

Even when defined by the warmest of earth tones, the ’70s had plenty of vibrant prints in charge of keeping things looking effortlessly exciting. From small scale to blown-out proportions, the prints best describing the 1970s were audacious and kaleidoscopic. This spring wear them on:

  • Twin-sets (sleeveless tops + high-waisted, flare pants) oozing of retro inspiration;
  • Shirt-dresses, coat-dresses and long-sleeved velvet frocks, mixing and clashing various patterns;
  • Maxi-dresses, pant suits and jumpsuits in light, fluid fabrics.

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1970s fashion at Karen Walker and Louis Vuitton, S/S ’15

’70s suede.

For spring 2015, suede promises quite the huge comeback, and seeing how the soft and delicate fabric sits comfortably at the core of the ’70s revival, we expect the streets to be witnessing a suede parade come March. If you’re thinking about investing in a seasonless suede piece somewhere during the upcoming months, here’s what to look out for:

  • Belted, patchworked skirts and short-sleeved blouses;
  • Wide-leg crops, button-front A-line skirts, plunging dresses.
  • Workwear dresses, matching sets and wrap coats.

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1970s fashion at Derek Lam and Gucci, S/S ’15

’70s fringes.

Either adorning boho-chic accessories, or adding movement to a string of 1970s inspired silhouettes such as maxi dresses, suede ponchos or cropped jackets, the hippie fringes are happening for spring 2015, and in a big way.

If you want to casually dip a toe into fringe, stick with the bohemian accessories, opting for earth-toned suede/leather bags, moccasin boots and gladiator sandals, or small-scale detailing on jackets, dresses and skirts.

Otherwise, indulge in the entire spectrum of boho trimmings and wear them on lace tops, suede vests, flared bottoms, flowy day-dresses and evening gowns alike.

1970s fashion seventies clothing spring 2015
1970s fashion at Paul & Joe and Alberta Ferretti, S/S ’15

Crochet, lace, macrame.

At first sight it may look like they haven’t changed a bit, but after taking a closer look at all of the crochet, lace and macrame inspired pieces to have walked the spring 2015 runways, you’re bound to discover they all got a refreshingly modern makeover.

In between refined crochet made from silken threads and accented with sparkling jewel-encrusted beads, and pretty white eyelet lace made into dresses, skirts and wide-leg pants, every little element defining of the ’70s was imbued with brand new life.

Upon styling the eye catching pieces, go with utter simplicity and minimal make-up.

1970s fashion seventies clothing spring 2015
1970s fashion at Emilio Pucci and Valentino, S/S ’15

1970s fashion: key staples.

The pant suit.

We’ve seen a little bit of everything detailing the 1970s come anew on the spring runways. Illustrating the most evocative of’70s  silhouettes, the pant suit is a definite staple for spring 2015. Seek it in feminine micro-paisley and large scale florals, teaming long-sleeved blazers with subtle flared bottoms. Style it with floral scarves, pointy flats or leather sandals.

1970s fashion seventies clothing spring 2015
1970s fashion at Paul & Joe and Victoria Beckham, S/S ’15

Bell bottoms & flares.

From hip-hugging flares, to dramatic bell bottoms, the spring 2015 pant silhouette marks a departure from anything that could be described as skinny. Paired to sheer blouses, peplum tops and suede jackets, the ’70s inspired bell bottoms and flares can ooze of minimalism, or they can be cut in graphic floral prints, swirling patterns, dark denim or rich velvet.

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1970s fashion at Rebecca Taylor and Honor, S/S ’15

The denim dress.

Falling somewhere above the knee, or sweeping the floor with its maxi length, the denim dress is another wardrobe staple that marks the return of the 1970s fashion. For spring, seek it in light wash, featuring sheer inserts, or lacing detailing, and style it with printed scarves, leather bags and minimal make-up for the denim dress to retain that easy, offhand quality that makes it so desirable.

1970s fashion seventies clothing spring 2015
1970s fashion at Gucci and Alberta Ferretti, S/S ’15

The peasant blouse.

The peasant blouse is another glorious example of what the relaxed 1970s fashion looks like now. Retaining a certain vintage appeal whether it comes preciously embroidered, or adorned in graphic, Native American inspired prints, you can sport the peasant blouse with belted short-shorts, loose denim pants, fringed jackets and high-heels, for a modern take on everyday luxury.

1970s fashion seventies clothing spring 2015
1970s fashion at Emilio Pucci and Etro, S/S ’15

Women’s trends related to the 70s fashion revival

So influential is the revival of 70s fashion as a trend that lots of clothing and accessory elements from the era follow with it. While most work into the sophisticated take on the 1970s that we’ve described above, wide legged pants as a key example, there are those which are popular in their own right. The following looks are trend revivals in their own right; they’ve come about as a result of the 70s fashion trend, but can be styled and worn without the 70s vibe and also without the sophisticated feel that is key to the overall revival of the decade’s fashions.

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Crochet & macrame

These are two fabric finishes that could had to return along with the 70s fashion revival. Find out what clothes and accessories in the fabrics are are on trend along with how to wear them by reading our guide to crochet and macrame.

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Bell bottoms

With skinny pants and jeans now so common that they no longer make a statement it was inevitable that a different style would emerge as a trend. It didn’t necessarily have to be this one, but with the come back of all fashion inspired by 1970s it was inevitable that fashion forward people would turn to bell bottoms / flared pants as their style of choice. Follow the link to find out more about this clothing trend including some key styling tips.

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Wide leg pants

Where there was a bell bottom revival there was always going to be other experiments with the the cuts of pants and jeans that aren’t skinny. Hence alongside the flares are wide leg pants and jeans. What is the difference between the two, and how should they be styled? Follow the link to find out.

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Punk fashion

It’s the 70s fashion sub-trend that sits worlds apart from the sophisticated overtones of the whole trend, yet punk carries on from elements of 2010 to become its own trend spring 2011. Read our guide to punk fashion to find out what it entails, what elements you should wear, and the looks you should avoid. One point at the outset, however: unlikes the rest of the 70s fashion revival, this is one element we’re not yet recommending beyond spring 2011.

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