The 1970’s are the Sybil of fashion eras. In case you’ve somehow forgotten, Sybil was a compellingly cheesy 1976 made-for-TV movie starring Sally Field as a character with multiple personalities.
Like Sybil, the 70’s had so many faces: it was the decade that veered wildly from hippie to disco to preppie to punk. Forget all of that.
Today we’re looking at the pared down, modernist, elegant aesthetic pioneered designers like Halston.
The 70s was a period that explored what a modern working woman could wear in the world. It might look something like this:
This iteration of 70s style is personified by a jersey knit dress that follows the shape of the body but isn’t tight. Picture that dress in a deco-inspired geometric print with saturated colors. See? It’s a relaxed, casually sexy look. The silhouette is long, lean and drape-y. The top might be a halter or the dress might wrap. The pants are high waisted. There might be a scarf, a beret or a turban for fun.
Here are a few icons of the kind of 70’s style I’m taking about:
And here are three 70s dresses I have in the in the shop right now, all with a pared down, streamlined shape and a dynamic print:
A wrap dress, a clutch purse, high waisted pants and geometric jewelry are pieces from Winters Past that fit this sensual modernist 70s personality: