Dressing for the Decade: Glam 1970s Fashion

1970s fashion was as groovy as everything else about the decade. The hippie look from the

1960s carried over and new styles were introduced throughout the era. The style icons of the 1970s ranged from supermodel Jerry Hall to singer/songwriter Stevie Knicks. This decade that covered both the hippie look and disco fever has undoubtedly the most unique fashion in American history.

Thierry Mugler Vintage Striped Flannel Peasant Dress

Thierry Mugler Vintage Striped Flannel Peasant Dress

Haute Hippies

The easy going hippie look continued from the 1960s into 1970s fashion. This era introduced a distinct ethnic element into the style. Women favored Mexican beast blouses, Indian and Native American patterns. The prairie look, with its maxi skirts and peasant blouses, was still going strong. Women wore bell-bottoms, gauchos, and frayed jeans to complete their hippie look. Handcrafted accessories and accessories made from natural elements (like wood, shells, feathers and leather) replaced the usual jewelry. Flowing scarves, head bands, and Birkenstocks were popular too.

Blue jeans evolved into everyday wear during the 1970s. Fashionistas favored designer labels for the status symbol. Denim quickly became the ultimate American fashion symbol. Denim wasn’t just restricted to pants. 1970s fashion experimented with denim in many forms, like skirts, suits, vests, jackets and accessories. Bell bottoms were one of the most popular styles of blue jean as well as hip huggers for women.

1970s Glam

Diane Von Furstenberg in her popular wrap dress

Diane Von Furstenberg in her popular wrap dress

The changing music scene brought about evolving fashion. New style icons were in the spotlight, inspiring 1970s fashionistas. Glam rock became popular, along with it the outrageous fashion. Glam fashion used sequins everywhere and was distinct in its flamboyant bold clothing. The fabrics of this style diverged from the earthy nature of the hippie look. Clothing was made from fabrics like silk and velvet.

Along with glam rock, the 1970s had serious Disco fever. The dance and music craze brought decadence into this decade. Fashion was inspired by dance wear. At this time, Diane von Furstenberg made the jersey wrap dress fashionable. Today it is a staple of any fashionista’s closet.

1970s fashion was an inclusive decade, with many different styles for people to choose from. Its influence on fashion is still prevalent today.

For more 1970s, check out BackInStyle.com!

Designer Spotlight: The “Mother of American Sportswear” Bonnie Cashin

Bonnie Cashin, The Mother Of American Sportswear

Bonnie Cashin, The Mother Of American Sportswear

The American fashion designer Bonnie Cashin famously said “Chic is where you find it.” This designer icon paved the way for fashion and functionality in American fashion.

Her career in fashion truly took off in the 1950s but her designs reached the height of their popularity in the ’60s and ’70s. Cashin is known for introducing innovations into the world of fashion, like metal turn-lock closures and piping, which she developed on her search for practical solutions to clothing design.

Cashin emerged on the fashion scene in the 1950s when she opened her studio called “Bonnie Cashin Designs”. She wanted to embrace the new, independent woman in her designs and rejected the emphasis on extreme femininity prevalent during the decade. Cashin designed with comfort, functionality and practicality in mind.

Bonnie Cashin Multi-Colored Plaid Cape-Like Coat

Bonnie Cashin Multi-Colored Plaid Cape-Like Coat

Her designs, such as the roomy zipper less turtleneck and the popular leather tote, would become staples for the fashion industry. She embraced ideas like layering clothing for warmth and using heavier materials, like leather. Her unique designs and mindset helped popularize women’s sportswear.

Cashin incorporated her love of hardware when she collaborated with Coach, adding brass toggles to the brand’s handbags in the 1960s. Her influence is still present in American fashion. Her use of hardware in her designs and love of plaid is still incorporated into many contemporary styles, especially during fall. Cashin was famous for her love of simple, functional silhouettes, like ponchos.

For more on Bonnie Cashin, check out her vintage pieces on BackinStyle.com!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Fashion Fact Friday: Think Pink?

Vintage 1970s Lilly Pullitzer Pink & White Squirrel Shift Dress

Vintage 1970s Lilly Pullitzer Pink & White Squirrel Shift Dress

Did you know pink hasn’t always been a stereotypically “feminine” color? The pink is for girls, and blue for boys mindset is a relatively new cultural norm. This idea became popular after World War II.

All the way back to the 1700s, men and women were both pink lovers. In fact, in 1918, an American catalog actually advised girls to wear blue and boys to wear pink. Pink was seen as a “daintier” color more appropriate for girls. Boys, on the other hand, were advised to wear the stronger and more passionate color, pink.

After World War II, women began embracing a more feminine look once again. Pink shifted into the realm of female fashion. Marketing, like Disney’s princesses, has been largely responsible for engraining this think pink mentality in women today. But, the gender divide of colors is once again becoming blurred, with more and more men choosing to wear pink.

For more fun pink clothing, check out BackInStyle.com!

Remembering Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta was an iconic Dominican American fashion designer. He passed away this Monday at the age of 82. Trained by Balenciaga, De La Renta became an international fashion icon during the 1960s. The 1960s and 70s were a critical time in defining American fashion. De La Renta was a key influencer in molding American fashion and differentiating it from European fashion.

He was known for dressing celebrities, stateswomen and fashionistas of all kinds. He first made a name for himself by dressing Jacqueline Kennedy.

Vintage Oscar De La Renta Peach Sequined Dress

Vintage Oscar De La Renta Peach Sequined Dress

His most recent creation was Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress. By dressing the ladies of Hollywood and the White House, De La Renta became a household name. His specialty was evening wear, so naturally, his designs shined on the red carpet.

De La Renta’s signature style included rich colors, intricate embroideries, and full skirts. He was able to fuse modern design with femininity. In addition to his couture creations, De La Renta was a patron of the arts, serving on the board of the Metropolitan Museum and Carnegie Hall.

Oscar de La Renta had a huge impact on fashion throughout his life. His designs and style concept will surely continue to shape American fashion.

 

 

Trend Alert: Celebrities Love Fall’s Valentino Butterflies

Celebrities and fashionistas are all over Valentino’s butterfly collection. Spotted on Hollywood favorites like Kim Kardashian and Blake Lively, this Valentino butterflies collection is a trend that has taken flight! The print is such an easy way to make a bold, chic statement. Here’s how you can be all aflutter with this butterfly trend:

Vintage Black & Blue Butterfly Sequins Top

Vintage Black & Blue Butterfly Sequins Top

For a fun and funky evening look, try this vintage butterfly sequined top from the 1970s. Have a fresh take on those Disco days with this shimmering black and blue top. The butterfly design and the draping fabric make this top the perfect option for a night out on the town!

Rebecca Taylor Brown Silk Art Deco Butterfly Dress

Rebecca Taylor Brown Silk Art Deco Butterfly Dress

For date night, try this stylish take on the butterfly trend. This Rebecca Taylor Brown Silk Art Deco Butterfly Dress is a stunning dress that has great movement. The fitted fabric and drop waist make it a tasteful, yet flattering option. The pink butterfly adds an unexpected element. It is accented with beads had has a sheer middle section, exposing the skin underneath.

intage Lilly Pulitzer Yellow Sundress with Butterfly Applique

intage Lilly Pulitzer Yellow Sundress with Butterfly Applique

If you’re already missing the relaxing days of summer, then this is the butterfly dress for you! This 1960s Lilly Pulitzer Yellow Sundress is perfect for when the weather is warm. Wear this butterfly dress to a barbecue or day at the beach. The fabric of the dress is a yellow background with white flowers and green petals and leaves. Front and center is a lace appliqué butterfly, a delicate, beautiful design just like a real butterfly.

There are so many different ways to try out the Valentino butterflies trend that has so many fashionistas all aflutter! Whether is a top, a dress, or even jewelry, these light and airy designs are a fun, yet sophisticated way to play with prints. For even more butterfly apparel and accessories, go to BackInStyle.com!

Fun Fashion Fact Friday: The Origin of Perfume

Women all over the world love their perfume. Nowadays, there’s such a variety of different scents, making it very easy to have your own personal scent. But what about the origin of perfume? When did we start creating and using this liquid that is now turned into a $28.95 billion global business?

Vintage Chanel No. 5 Ad

Vintage Chanel No. 5 Ad

We can thank the ancient Egyptians for the origin of perfume! Though they applied it slightly differently, the ancient Egyptians started this trend that is still going strong today. In ancient Egypt, perfume was only for the wealthiest women. They would place scented grease cones on their heads. During the course of the day, the grease cone would melt, distributing an oil fragrance all over.

The perfume industry has come a long way since the days of the ancient Egyptians! The modern era of perfume began in 1921. This was the year that Chanel launched Chanel No. 5. Arguably one of the most popular fragrances, Chanel No. 5 is an exotic floral blend. Unlike most perfumes, Chanel No.5 has never been changed since its creation in 1921. Its estimated that a bottle of this perfume is sold every 55 seconds. Thankfully, we can buy and apply this great scent easily, unlike the ancient Egyptian forerunners of perfume!

 

Dressing for the Decade: The Swinging Sixties

1960’s fashion saw a shift from the conservative, feminine silhouettes of the 1950’s to psychedelic, youthful look at the end of the decade. Major social shifts fueled this shift in fashion.

Twiggy, 1960s Fashion Icon

Twiggy, 1960s Fashion Icon

Youth culture was taking over, clearly reflected in the attire towards the end of the decade. Designers like Pucci and Oscar de la Renta made a splash in the fashion scene during the swinging sixties. From funky mod styles to groovy hippie apparel, 1960’s fashion was a fun and quirky period of American fashion.

Mod London Look

This style, that emerged from Great Britain during the 1960s, emphasized bright, bold patterns and colors and shorter skirts and women’s hairstyles. The mod look focuses on sleek lines and silhouettes. The fashion was connected to designers like Mary Quant, who popularized the mini skirt and style icon, Twiggy. Think short skirts or dresses and bright, fun prints to dress in this 1960’s style.

Style from different eras are recycled in modern fashion. This is true of the mod style. Valentino’s Fall 2014 collection is proof of a mod revival, with its fun and funky shift dresses.

The Hippie Style

Psychedelic Pucci Prints

Psychedelic Pucci Prints

The hippie movement spread around the U.S. in the mid-sixties and would be popular until about the mid-seventies. The fashion rebelled against the main stream consumerism and sought out clothing and accessories that were handmade or recycled.

Popular clothing of the time featured maxi skirts, bell-bottomed jeans, and flowing peasant blouses. Popular prints of the counter culture included paisleys, florals, and tie-dyes as well as Indian and Native American influenced prints. Sandals were the preferred footwear. Both men and women wore their hair long and demonstrated a more natural look than the mainstream culture.

For more 1960’s fashion inspiration, head to BackInStyle.com!

 

A Very Vintage Halloween

Are you ready for Halloween? Its just around the corner, so get your costumes ready. Whether you’re trick or treating with the kids or going to a ghoulish gala, take a look at some inspiration for vintage Halloween costumes from Back in Style!

1920s Flapper

The swinging twenties are all the rage these days with the success of movies like “The Great Gatsby”. A 1920’s Flapper is a very easy option for a vintage Halloween costume! Pick a sparkly dress with a bit of fringe, like this Black Flapper Cocktail Dress. Look for dresses with dropped waist for a true roaring twenties costume. Be sure to accent your costume with a strand of pearls and a feathery headpiece for the full flapper effect. If you’re living in a colder climate, you can add stockings and gloves to this costume for a bit more warmth. For a makeup look thats the bee’s knees, go for a big doe-eyed look, with dark, smudgy eyeshadow and lots of mascara. Finish your makeup look with red lipstick! As for hair, bobs and finger rolls were very popular in the 1920s!

 

A Very Vintage Halloween- 1920s Flapper
A Very Vintage Halloween- 1920s Flapper 

Silent Film Star

For an original vintage Halloween look, dress as a silent film star! While the costume itself is pretty easy, the challenge is the gray scale makeup to make a black & white film star come to life. Carry around a black and white screen card with writing and keep quiet for an authentic silent film star costume. If you like this costume idea, take a look at this blog post for more inspiration! For Back in Style’s take on the silent film star costume, go for a complete black and white get-up with this vintage Rodier Black and White Knit Sweater Dress, a 1940s Black Scarf Style Hat, and a Whiting and Davis Vintage White Mesh Purse.

A Very Vintage Halloween- Silent Film Star

 A Very Vintage Halloween- Silent Film Star

Bonnie from “Bonnie and Clyde”

This would be a great costume idea for couples! The infamous duo is an easy last-minute costume if you’ve put of your costume search until the last minute. For Clyde, men should wear a pinstriped suit and a fedora. Channel your inner 1930s outlaw with this sweater and skirt combination from Back in Style. Top off the look with a scarf and beret for the ultimate vintage Halloween costume. Hair and makeup are minimal for this costume. Just wear your hair straight underneath your stylish beret. What a glamorous take on America’s most infamous outlaws!

 

A Very Vintage Halloween- Bonnie and Clyde

A Very Vintage Halloween- Bonnie and Clyde

’80s Prom Queen

 

A Very Vintage Halloween- '80s Prom Queen

 A Very Vintage Halloween- ’80s Prom Queen

For a totally rad vintage Halloween costume, dress up as a 1980’s Prom Queen! All you need is an ’80s party dress, like this Victor Costa Teal Blue Ruched Cotton Cocktail Dress with 1980’s Bow. Top off your vintage Halloween look with a tiara, white gloves, and this vintage Barbara Bolan White Leather Handbag. For 80’s hair and makeup, go big or go home! Think big, ’80s hair and bright makeup for a fresh 80’s prom queen look!

Find these looks and more at BackInStyle.com! What will you be wearing this Halloween?

The Vintage Fashionista’s Guide to Shopping for Vintage Homecoming Dresses

Homecoming season is here! Whether or not you’re in high school or college, there’s always a reason to shop for new dresses. A great cocktail dress will last a long time and be appropriate for many occasions. This year, standout from the crowd with a few different vintage homecoming dresses from Back in Style!

Vintage 1980s Francais Floral Strapless Cocktail Dress

Vintage 1980s Francais Floral Strapless Cocktail Dress

This vintage 1980s Francais Floral Strapless Cocktail Dress is a fun take on the Little Black Dress. The asymmetrical bodice and sweetheart neckline add a youthful vibe to this vintage find. The combination of the bright, floral print with the black bodice make it a good choice to subtly transition into the darker tones of fall. The large bow is a fun addition to a totally rad 1980s dress!

1960s Mint Green Silk Cocktail Dress

1960s Mint Green Silk Cocktail Dress

If this 1980’s vintage homecoming dress isn’t your cup of tea, then check out a dress from an earlier era! This 1960s Mint Green Cocktail Dress is a perfect choice for the “Mad Men” lover or someone looking for a ladylike look. The color combination of apple and kelly green make it a signature 1960s piece. The belt helps create an hourglass figure, especially with the full skirt. For those vintage fashionistas living in colder climates, you’ll be happy to know that this vintage homecoming dress comes with a matching jacket!

1950s Vintage Salmon Cocktail Dress with Crystal Beading

1950s Vintage Salmon Cocktail Dress with Crystal Beading

The final vintage homecoming dress pick is a fabulous find from the 1950s. Channel this feminine era in a 1950s Vintage Salmon Cocktail Dress with Crystal Beading. This unique dress is sure to make your homecoming especially memorable! The semi A-line of the dress makes it a flattering option for most body types. The embellishment of this vintage homecoming dress with beads, sequins, and crystals are pleasantly surprising in a crowd of pretty similar homecoming dresses. If you’re looking to standout with a unique dress at any social event, this is the way to go. Not only will you look like a glamorous 1950s star, but you’ll also stay classy and sophisticated with the cut and sleeveless silhouette of this dress.

These are just three of many potential vintage homecoming dresses found at Back in Style! There are so many different options from many different decades. When looking for a dress, remember to keep in mind the occasion, the season, and your own personal style. Happy homecoming!

 

 

 

 

 

Magazine Monday: Street Style & Vintage Gucci Bags

Lucky Magazine Spotlights Fashion Blogger Alexandra Spencer's street style. Check out that fabulous Gucci clutch!

Lucky Magazine Spotlights Fashion Blogger Alexandra Spencer’s street style. Check out that fabulous Gucci clutch!

Lucky Magazine recently included a spotlight on fashion blogger Alexandra Spencer’s street style. While her “boy-meets-girl cool” is definitely a covetable style, her Gucci clutch takes center stage. If you’re on the lookout for gorgeous vintage Gucci bags, the Vintage Fashionistas have found the perfect clutch!

When shopping for vintage purses, versatility is always a plus! Back in Style has stumbled upon the perfect versatile addition to any fashionista’s street style look. This Vintage Gucci Blue Logo Clutch & Cross Body Bag can work as both a convenient cross body bag or a chic clutch, depending on your mood or preference. Its a great way to transition your look from daytime to evening.

Vintage Gucci Blue Logo Clutch & Cross Body Bag

Vintage Gucci Blue Logo Clutch & Cross Body Bag

This 1980s vintage Gucci bag will set you apart in street style and more formal affairs. What’s great about buying vintage is that you know you’ll standout with your purchases. Even with a well known brand like Gucci, investing in vintage Gucci bags will give you that street style edge that every fashionista wants.

If you’re looking for even more vintage Gucci, be sure to swing by Back In Style’s website for a diverse selection of vintage purses, shoes, and accessories for the ultimate “cool girl” look!

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