Flared jumpsuits were a staple of the seventies rejecting the mini-skirt and thigh high boots of the 60’s mod phenomon. The untapered wide leg cut was a new phenomenon; jumpsuits were no longer recreational but curated for aesthetic pleasure. With its liberating yet controversial cut the flared jumpsuit was loved by women but loathed in equal measure by men who branded them as ‘unfeminine’ and undeniably ‘butch’. The unisex appeal of the jumpsuit meant that for the first time women could wear baggy, untailored clothing and it be deemed ‘fashionable’ by the critics who overseed catwalk curations. The popularity of the flared jumpsuit stems from its nochlant ‘undone’ aesthetic that rejects glamour in all forms and is now a popular alternative on the red carpet. For S/S 16 ‘It’ colour khaki has given utility wear a new effortlessly cool vibe and paired with rich winter hue burgundy makes for an exceedingly appealing ootd.
A burgundy turtleneck layered under the jumpsuit makes it wearable for winter proving that jumpsuits are an ‘all-year-round’ wardrobe staple while the 60’s two tone faux snakeskin platforms adds a retro twist and elongates the legs. The faux fur stole fuses vintage 50’s glamour with the nocholant futuristic vibe of the utility jumpsuit creating a look that is both timeless but infinitely modern.
Today’s look was inspired by the 90’s and 70’s staple dungarees which has come back into fashion this S/S 15. Dungarees are a wardrobe staple that were valued for its comfort and wearability during its peak in the 90s. It’s ability to be recyled and worn different ways meant that it possessed longevity and could be saved for a period where dungarees would become fashionable again. Its unique mix of grunge and tomboy appeal correlated with the ethos of the 90’s that was inspired by cultural rebellion initiated by artists such as Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Featured in ‘The History of the 90’s’ post the dungarees are paired with a ribbed magenta polo neck which adds a preppy vibe, while the bourdeux fedora is reminiscient of Farmers chic.
Drawing upon the colourful aesthetic of the 60’s the rebellious mismatch between tomato red and burgundy shouldn’t work but it does! The aesthetic is retro fabolous with close attention to colour symbolism in the sense that both colours are overtly different from its traditional colours- pillarbox red and brown- but it is its awkward colour match that pulls off the look. Tieing into the 60’s vibe is this weeks must have platforms which inspired the retro look and is offset by the grey, white and burgundy faux fur scarf. The luxuriously thick faux fur scarf takes us back to the 1920’s where flappers would drape themselves in furs, reclining on chaise lounges. But unlike the furs used to adorn dresses the tri-tone faux fur scarf is both animal friendly and infinitely modern adding a drop of luxury to the colourful 60’s aesthetic.
Borrowing elements from the 60’s and fusing it with modern cool, the tri-tone look is springs most anticipated trend with many fashionistas throwing the rule book out the window and letting the colours speak for themselves. Interlinking the acidic mustard yellow with warmer tones of burgundy helps keep the look fresh and youthful all while ticking off the ‘colourblocking’ trend. The key to a tri-coloured look is to balance an acidic tone with a rich colour to create a medium hue that is both warm and cool at the same time. The mustard yellow ribbed turtleneck is offset by the perspex sunglasses with a nochalant reflective tint while the forest green suede skirt with zip a-line detail fuses two trends in one- suede and the shape of the season A-line. The burgundy chelsea boots create a casual luxe look while the boxy structured matching pea coat provides much needed warmth.
Giving party wear an entirely new meaning this seasons party look is cool yet infinitely practical curating an undone but ultimately glamorous vibe. The irridiscent dress is not just for the festive/party season; for an ootd that can be worn this season add vintage cool to feed into fashions obsession with retro glamour. Make like Faded Spring and mix and match eras by pairing a trilby with 60’s two tone platforms , a 70’s inspired faux fur jacket and 80’s disco sequin dress. The effortless merger between iconic eras is a huge aspect of the current season and not only reflects our fascination with retro revival but proves that elements of all eras influence our signature styles.
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