Now the clocks have gone back, warmer retro styles are right up to the minute this autumn
IT’S been by far the biggest trend of the year, so it’s no surprise the bohemian vibes that pervaded the spring/summer collections aren’t going anywhere for autumn/winter.
But how do the dreamy dresses and platform sandals of balmier days work now it’s all doom and gloom in the weather department?
As a matter of fact, transitioning from sunny to snugly Seventies is actually a doddle – and we don’t just mean by adding black tights.
These are the garments you need to get groovy this season.
A dress emblazoned with a bold floral or Paisley remains a key piece, but choose denser fabrics and moodier autumnal hues to better suit the season, and look out for fluted hems and sleeves for extra retro authenticity.
As for tights, rather than boring black, pick opaques that bring out the print – maroon, mustard or rust are ideal.
Skinny lurex dresses positively scream the Seventies. For evening, add strappy heels to hit that sweet spot between sexy and cosy.
River Island Purple Knitted Stripe Metallic Dress, £40 (www.riverisland.com)
Have you heard about the “coatigan”? This coat-cardigan hybrid is warm enough for autumn but not as bulky as a coat, and it suits the Seventies trend superbly.
A longline cardigan works particularly well slung over a knee-length dress, and topped with an equally lengthy scarf.
Or, to offset the fuzzy feel, try cinching a brown leather belt over a cardigan and scarf to create a slimmer silhouette.
Limited Edition Cardigan, £59; Limited Edition Dress, £49.50; Rings, £12.50; Autograph Boots, £99 (available mid-October; www.marksandspencer.com).
If the only time you usually wear a maxi dress is to the beach or ballroom, you’re missing a major winter styling trick.
Try a long-sleeved maxi dress with a cropped waistcoat and skinny scarf, à la the Chloe catwalk, or pair a midi skirt with a fine-knit polo neck; a fringed saddle bag is the perfect finishing touch.
Velvet or corduroy wide-leg trousers are also a Seventies staple. Pair with a pussy-bow blouse or go the whole hog in a two-piece trouser suit.
Paisie Winter Floral Maxi Dress with Front Buttons, £68 (www.paisie.com)
Polo Neck Jumper, £49; Samode Print Midi Skirt, £89; Long Horn Necklace, £25 (www.east.co.uk)
Summer’s footwear fail-safe was the Studio 54-esque strappy sandal, and they still work for after dark. But for day, it’s got to be boots – and they’ve got to be suede.
Choose from sturdy and fringed or soft and skintight, but make sure the heel is on the chunky side, or you risk veering into Eighties stiletto territory.
Finally, here’s a bargain-hunting tip: with all that fabric, suede over-the-knees can be on the pricey side, so look out for affordable faux alternatives from your favourite fast-fashion outlets.
Aleni Mocha Suede Tassel Calf Boots, £50 (www.missyempire.com)
GET THE LOOK
There were pussy-bows galore on the Gucci AW15 catwalk, where head honcho Alessandro Michele ushered in a nouveau-nerdy aesthetic for his debut collection. Get the Gucci look by wearing a peachy blouse under a buttoned-up winter coat and letting the pussy-bow poke though the lapels – bobble hat and glasses are optional.
Striped Sheer Long Line Pussybow Blouse, £22, F&F at Tesco (www.clothingattesco.com)
BUY IT NOW
Trends may come and go, but denim will last a lifetime – as long as you choose carefully. Levi’s new Lot 700 Series makes it easy to do just that, offering six classic cuts, from super skinny though to bootcut, in a range of washes. Style staying power is practically guaranteed, starting from £65.
Levi’s 712 Slim Jeans, £80 (www.levi.com)