9 Tips To Wearing The Spring 2011 ’70s Disco Fashion Trend

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Fashion designers have disco fever. Some of the latest styles sent down the runway are reminiscent of the 70s – think volume and fluidity. “Today’s ’70s-inspired fashion is vibrant, fun, colorful, flashy, sexy and happy,” says celebrity stylist and fashion commentator Mary Alice Stephenson to StyleList.

“There were a lot of beautiful, chic clothes from the 1970s, and a lot of people forget that. There was a great feeling of luxury, and a little bit of decadence, but it was more about a lifestyle than the way you dress,” says Gregg Andrews, Nordstrom fashion director.

The Maxi Hemline

Luca Luca Spring 2011
“There was a whole Bohemian trend going on in the 1970s, and the new maxi lengths, whether a dress or a skirt, really speak to that,” Andrews says. “The great thing about the maxi-length dresses is they can go from casual daytime with a pair of flat sandals to a higher wedge or platform and worn into the evening.”

Wide-legged pants
Badgley Mischka Spring 2011

“The wide-legged pant is really going to freshen a woman’s wardrobe,” Andrews says. “It can be extremely flattering. One thing women need to realize is, when the leg on that pant gets wider, it’s going to balance out and give proportion to a wider hipline. The waistline is moving up more toward a natural waist, so that gives you a great long-legged look.”

The key, he says, is to wear it with a high-heel.

“You can’t wear them with your little ballet flats,” Andrews says. “And you need to somehow make sure the waist is defined by either tucking in a top or wearing a boxy top or jacket that hits right at the hip bone, leaving the waist open so you still have this shape. If you wear a tunic top over wide-legged pants, you just become this enormous rectangle.”

Something Colorful

Cynthia Steffe Spring 2011

“Bold, bright colorful clothes in orange, purple and turquoise that scream disco diva are all the rage from designers like Marc Jacobs and Gucci,’ Stephenson says. “The trend is to mix all those brights together in one outfit and you’ve got the classic ’70s rainbow confection that feels so right for now.” READ THE REST AT STYLELIST!

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