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Friday, 9 October 2015

70's style | Polo necks, chunky heels and coloured tights.

Styling the 70's look, over 40. Getting seduced by trends.

Can we really tap into the 70's trend (over 40) without looking like a sad, old, has-been who is stuck in a time warp?
The jury is out on that one, but I thought I would give it a try anyway!

To be honest, I had every intention of avoiding the 70's trend this Winter.
I am a little tired of the endless boho maxi dresses, and crochet waistcoats, of the summer that now seem to have transformed into kick flares, fur waistcoats, felt hats and chunky heels.

The 70's is absolutely everywhere.
In every newspaper and magazine.
In every shop window.

Did the trend ever really go away?

Can I avoid it any longer?

Will you be styling the 70's this Autumn/Winter?

I was dismissing any thoughts of the 70's for two main reasons:

  1. I was born in the 70's and I don't remember the clothes being that great, lots of nylon {remember nylon sheets!?} and fabrics that generated too much static electricity.
  2. I assumed that the 70's look could only be pulled off by those women who still have their long hair. Mine was chopped last year... no good for this look. Long hair and the 70's go hand in hand, don't they?
Then I remembered the golden rule of period (or vintage) dressing.
Keep everything else modern and style your hair from a different era.

I decided that because my hair is not very 70's (okay, you could argue the case for Mia Farrow's crop in Rosemary's Baby, but that was 1968) I could hit the trend head on.... well, that it my excuse and I am sticking to it!

I wanted to start with a full-on colour palette of mustard, rust, camel and teal.
What screams the 70's more than mustard and rust?
My mum had cushions in these colours.

The 70's trend, mustard and rust | Fake Fabulous

Once I had chosen my rust tights {bad girl for buying more tights} the rest of the outfit just fell into place.
I did already have orange tights (bright orange ones, see them here) but the denier was too high for this look. Sometimes a lower denier suits the mood better.

I wanted to go for a little geek-chic meets the 70's, so I layered a polo neck under my dress.
What better colour than mustard to keep the 70's vibe going?

The 70's trend, rust tights | Fake Fabulous

This dress was an impulse buy.
It was in the shop on a 'seconds' rail.
In the close up photograph (below) you can see the colour-run that had slashed its price tag from £50 to £10.
I swithered a little, but felt that the fit was so good that this run did not really matter that much.
Does anyone really study us that closely in real life?

The 70's trend Geometric | Fake Fabulous

We all know the 70's would not be the 70's without adding little brown to the mix.
The closest I had to that rich brown was my chunky tan brogues.
Not quite the right colour, but close enough (and really comfortable).
See how I wore them here, here and here.

The 70's trend, camel coat | Fake Fabulous
Then I reached for my camel coat.

I have to tell you about my coat.

This is my bargain of bargains, and an absolute luxury item.

About 8 years ago I was in a local shop that used to buy overstock, fire damaged and closing down stock from other businesses.
A real mess of a place. A damp and dark jumble sale.
Certainly not a slick retail experience but, I do love a rummage so I used to pop in now and again.

On this day, in amongst the jumble, was this beautiful coat.
One solitary size 8.
I touched it and wow!
Incredibly thin and incredibly soft.
It would be rude not to try it on....after all it is in my size.
What could it be made of?
I checked the tag....100% cashmere...swoon....with a £800 price tag to boot.

I casually asked the owner how much he wanted for the coat.
£160, a fifth of the ticket price. Very fair but too much.
He said he would let me have it for £120.
Now, at the time I was pretty short of money (Read: totally skint) and had other priorities for my cash.
Such a shame.
I thanked him, left the shop and began the walk home.
I had walked for 20 minutes when I suddenly stopped in my tracks.
What was I doing!!!??
I was a fool to let this slip by.
When would I ever get such an opportunity again?
100% quality cashmere, classic shape, top craftsmanship, a perfect fit!
I am an idiot.
I turned and ran back.

I did have to go without a few luxuries for a month or two, but my goodness it was worth it.
I love this coat.
It is a dream to wear.
A classic.
I almost let it go!

The 70's trend | Fake Fabulous

Anyway, back to this outfit...
My finishing touch was this fab red bag that was a gift from a good friend.
I last wore it (do you wear a bag, I wonder?) here with an all red ensemble.

I really needed it today to lug around my ridiculous amount of "stuff".
Sometimes the day requires a bigger bag,  don't you think?

Coat: Unknown (the labels were snipped) but I like this one. Only 5% cashmere though! :o(
Tights: Gipsy 40 denier
Bag: Bogner (this one is nice)
Dress: Ness
Shoes: Clarks (these are nice)
Top: Redoute 
Necklace: Vintage silver sixpence (this one is nice though...and super-cheap!)

What do you think of the 70's trend?

Do you have any major bargains in your wardrobe?

Or a sad story about an item you missed out on?

Please let me know in the comments.

I love hearing your thoughts!


  1. I grew up in the 70s and also decided to avoid the trend. But the more I see it, the more I like it! :-)

    The dress looks great on you, and you styled it perfectly! And what a coat! And what a story of how you got it! Truly an investment piece that was more than worse the price and some sacrifices!

    1. I know Andrea! Growing up in the 70's was quite tough and I certainly do not remember any of it being stylish or glamorous.
      I was determined to avoid it (and the potential has-been look) but I finally gave in by just rearranging some items I already owned. The only new purchase was the tights and they were pretty cheap and cheerful.
      I don't think any of the individual items are very 70's but together they seem to tap into the colours we remember as children....making it feel of that era.
      I do hope you give it a go, even just a little "nod" to the trend.
      Please let me know if you do, and thank you for your comment.

  2. Thanks heavens you turned around and went back for that gorgeous coat! Oh, you would've rued the day otherwise. What a find, worth every penny of the £120 you paid. I'm so envious you can wear mustard, you look great in it with your skin tone. I'd look ill! You've captured the 70s vibe without it screaming 70s. You were right to get the dress, I'd never have known about the colour run without the close up. Just shows, things don't have to be picture perfect in order to get a perfect picture.
    I too, am slightly weary of the 70s/boho trend. It seems as if designers have got stuck in a rut the past few seasons and I'm not really seeing much innovation. If I do travel towards it, it'll be only a passing nod but that's about it, as it's not really a style that works for me.
    And god, yes I remember the quality of the clothes. You'd undress at night and the static would light up the bedroom! Which in someways was no bad thing as we had the 3 day working week and so often no electricity!

    1. Thank you Jacqueline!
      My coat was thankfully not "the one that got away".
      It was an absolute steal at £120....phew!
      As for the mustard, I am not sure it is such a great loss to your wardrobe. No disrespect to the mustard but I love the cooler colours that I struggle to wear (maybe we covet what we can't have).
      I think you could definitely 'nod' to the 70's and should give it a wore a cropped top recently, if you can do that you can pull this off, no problem!
      I spat out my tea laughing at your "3 day week", there was method in the nylon madness! It just shows how the past is remembered with romantic fondness, but the reality was pretty harsh. No electricity and (even worse) I only had ONE pair of shoes! I am certainly making up for that now.
      Thank you so much for your comment.

  3. That coat is RAD! There are so many ways to wear that collar/closure!
    I was born in the 70s too (Woot!) and I feel like it's the best generation of fashion. Yeah, the ubiquity of sythetics is enough to make you chaffe, but the lines and colors have so much attitude! I, for one, love the Seventies (Post Hippie, Disco, Early Punk) and never tire of ways to rework the spirit of my birth decade.
    And I think your hair is amazing.
    Heather Wyancko

    1. Thank you so much Heather,
      You are right about the attitude.
      I think people had a new medium (synthetic fibres) to experiment with colour and design, and they went for it big time! And why not? It must have been an exciting time.
      I love that ethos of "reworking the spirit of my birth decade".
      Maybe I need to give it another chance. Disco?! Fab...Punk...hmmmm, I am sure I could be persuaded.

  4. Stunning coat!!!
    Fridays Fashions link up

  5. Now this is my kind of 70's trend! Love the colors so much! I am a huge colored tights fan and you complimented them perfectly with the rest of your outfit! I haven't been wearing too much of this trend either but I do love the fringes everywhere!


    1. I love a fringe too, Rebecca.
      I think that a fringe can add lots of fun to a plainer outfit.
      I was wary of adding a fringe to this colour palette though....maybe a step too far?
      It is hard to get the right balance.
      I am addicted to buying so naughty....but they are hard to resist.
      Thank you for your comment (and URL)

  6. I am loving reading about your bargain finds. I am always on a budget too.But getting back to the 70s, what about Twiggy with her pixie cut? Was that early 70's? This whole look is fantastic
    Laurie x

    1. Of course...Twiggy!
      I just looked up her images from the 70's. I had forgotten how outstandingly beautiful she was, and so different from the "norm" at the time.
      I think I would like to pinch your idea, Laurie and site Twiggy as my inspiration!
      Thank you!!
      p.s. Off to Pin some images of her to pintrest.....she was too pretty!!

  7. This is my kind of outfit! Brilliant colours and I love the styling of the polo neck under the dress - very cute. The colour of tights is perfect too. And what about that coat? WOW! It's amazing, and yes, Samantha, too good a bargain to miss. Well done with this ensemble. I think it's my favourite post of yours so far - love, love, love it!

    1. Wow! Thank you Anna.
      That is a great compliment.
      You would love this coat Anna....your size too?!?!? :oD
      It goes with just about anything.

  8. this is autumnal perfection RIGHT HERE! Gorgeous dress, gorgeous outfit, Gorgeous You! The colours go astoundingly well together and that coat is a just dreamy.
    Happy Monday to you lovely Samantha, wishing you a wonderful week x x

    1. Thank you so much Rachel.
      I am glad you like the colours...they took me back to fond memories of my mum's cushion covers!
      I am glad you like my bargaintastic coat.

  9. I think you rock Samantha! Like seriously!

    Ok, here's also more truth: I had to look up a few things with this one. I had no idea what denier--but now I do. It refers to the weight of the tights. I think this pair make your already sultry legs looks even more amazing! I too have been a skint in my lifetime, but I didn't know it at that poor time of my life that there was a name for my state of well being!

    I sure am happy to be getting to know you Samantha. And, I'm so happy you bought the coat. It's to-die-for!

    Oh, and thank you for linking up to my very first Style Story Link Up!

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    1. Hahaha Ann!
      I love how there are subtle differences in our interpretation of English....or sometimes Scottish!
      I am smiling as I type this because Skint is not a noun. So you can not be "a Skint". It is an you can only be skint. The opposite of which is Loaded...or rich.

      A common thing to say here would be...." No, I can't go out tonight, sorry. I am totally Skint this month."
      Or...."Have you seen her new handbag? She must be loaded!"

      Random ramblings but they made me smile.
      Thank you for your fab comment.

  10. very cute outfit! seems very retro but so very chic! love it!

    1. Thank you very much! Retro but chic...a great compliment :oD

  11. do tell a great story---what a gift! And these colors may have a 70's air to them, but they are also fabulous with your complexion! I'm a sucker for a great deal...even when there is a slight defect to the item (like your dress)---I subscribe to the theory that no one else is analyzing my clothing that closely---and if they are---shame on them! jodie

    1. Thank you so much Jodie!
      That is such a nice thing to say.
      I agree about people not really looking too closely...and also, in real life we are moving around!. A still photograph is much more exposing.
      Many people think they look "horrible" in photo's forgetting that most people look 10X better in motion. Expressions and gait make a person more beautiful.

  12. Gorgeous, Gorgeous dress!!! Those colors! And then you added even more - just love it. Topping it all off with that cashmere coat was perfect. I am so thrilled you ran back and purchased it! You would have been haunted forever thinking about the one that got away.

    1. Wow, thank you Jennie! I was "in for a penny, in for a pound" when it came to adding colour. No point in trrying to tone things down here!
      I am so glad you like my coat too.

  13. Sam! You totally pull this off! No long hair needed. I have long hair and like flares, have tried the 70s look. I love the colors in this dress, so fabulous, so fall. The design is perfect and the rust tights really bring out the colors as well, especially the orange and mustard. I love the shoes and wow, a bargain to say the least! I love the classic camel coat, and who doesnt love cashmere. THis is so pretty!! The colors are so fall and the coat classic!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx

    1. Thank you Jess, With your super-feminine look you could really rock the 70's boho, peace and love vibe, perfectly. XXX

  14. Wow!! I love everything about this outfit!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.



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