Like it or not, many of this winter’s fashion trends continue to be dominated by the ’70s. Designers have modernized key pieces so subtly, it takes a keen eye to discern the cues taken from the era that gave us David Bowie and disco. Whether you wear them together or style them separately, here are the top five ’70s-inspired trends worth trying this season.
Boho is back
The boho vibe is very much alive. This time, it’s gone fashionably folksy, and certainly with a more upscale vibe than when Sienna Miller reintroduced the style through her signature boho-chic look a decade ago. Think patchwork prints, serious fringe, flared hems, layered volume, and intentionally clashing colours. In a nutshell: texture to a tee.
Vancouver-based celebrity stylist Kim Appelt suggests pairing the Sentaler shawl-collar poncho wrap ($995 from Sentaler) with a floppy wool hat and a pair of Stuart Weitzman’s suede over-the-knee Lowland boots (about $1,100 from Nordstrom) for an effortless look. Other boho-chic options include the Talula Montgomery wrap ($75 at Aritzia [various locations]) with a subtle chevron pattern in muted colours, and Vancouver designer Aniimiism’s burgundy starburst-patterned Venice dress ($290 from Aniimiism).
Hit ’em high
For vintage shoppers, the classic high-waisted pant can be a rare gem in a sea of sloppy seconds. Look no further, as high-waisted and high-rise pants are both coming back in style, and there’s the democratic option to choose either leg-elongating skinnies or voluminous wide-legged pants. Appelt, who’s styled celebrities like Chantal Kreviazuk, says that high-rise skinny jeans are a must this season: “They look great when worn with a cropped jacket.” Her favourite Citizens of Humanity dark-wash Rocket jeans ($238 from Aritzia) with light whiskering pair perfectly with shearling-and-suede booties.
At the other end of the spectrum of pant proportions, premier Canadian designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran advocates for a wide-legged high-waisted pant. The Pink Tartan cofounder says: “Proportion is very important to signal newness. I love a sweeping statement pant, as it’s been about the dress for a few seasons, and I’m definitely back to power dressing.” A far cry from ’70s flares, beautifully draped wide-legged pants like Pink Tartan’s cropped crepe high-waisted, pleated ones ($375 from Pink Tartan) create instant sophistication when paired with a ladylike blouse.
Make a statement
Forget the perfectly fitted wool coat. This winter, the cocoon coat has morphed into an oversized menswear-inspired statement piece, giving outerwear a tomboy touch. When done right, this dramatic silhouette completely transforms any outfit. Look out for interesting details like puffy sleeves, wide lapels, or faux-fur cuffs.
“The most important investment piece, in my opinion, is a statement coat. It finishes off the outfit, and it’s what people see and read first on the style scale,” Newport-Mimran says. With a contrasting geometric black-and-white design on a boxy silhouette, Pink Tartan’s Windowpane coat ($895, Hudson’s Bay [various locations]) could easily be the pièce de résistance in any ensemble.
Von Vogue fashion blogger Claire Liu emphasizes length, especially for a classic razor-sharp coat such as the double-breasted Club Monaco Daylina with oversized lapels ($489 from Club Monaco [various locations]). “A long coat is an eternal, classic staple. It can elongate your body and give you a windblown effect while you’re walking,” she says.
Go wild this season with fur—not in the glam-rock full-fur-coat kind of way, but in a modern wolf-goddess style with a faux-fur stole. According to Liu, “While scarves are great during winter, a stole is a great alternative. It’s a sophisticated version of the scarf.” She finds the stole versatile for styling, suggesting that you drape one around the neck over a coat and place it on one shoulder while wrapping a belt around the entire outfit. A great outerwear layering piece is Zara’s extra-long Maxi stole ($89.90 from Zara [various locations]).
The popularity of fur extends to unexpected pieces, including dresses, bags, and even shoes this season. Don’t hesitate to incorporate this trend that adds form, and occasionally function, to outfits.
While over-the-knee boots may conjure images of go-go dancers from the ’60s and ’70s, they don’t have to be overly sexy. Stiletto, riding, and flat boots all come in the OTK variety. In fact, thigh-high footwear can be quite practical when worn over skinny pants or as a replacement for winter tights.
A key styling tip is to pair them with clothes that hit a few inches above the knee. Opt for an oversized sweater dress or a pair of winter shorts in houndstooth. In addition to the Stuart Weitzman Lowland boots Appelt recommends above, try the more affordable equestrian-chic over-the-knee leather riding boots by Vince Camuto ($325, Hudson’s Bay or the Bromley by Michael Kors, a staple boot that hits just above the knee ($278, Gravity Pope [2205 West 4th Avenue]).