Tuesday 27 June 2017

Stylewatch: Power Boho

Angela Scanlon
Angela Scanlon

The 1970s is having a moment this summer. So easy to get wrong (unflattering crochet, head-to-toe denim, squelchy gladiator sandals, body-swamping culottes, all those crazy prints), but so good when you get it right.

Every couple of years seems to throw up a new 70s incarnation. Late 1990s: Sienna in a coin-embellished belt, Ugg boots and a white skirt. The mid 2000s: Nicole Ritchie, dressed by Rachel Zoe - YSL Tribute sandals, worn with voluminous dresses and oversized handbags serving to emphasise one's skinny frame. Done correctly, 1970s can lend itself to the ultimate in grown-up glamour. Kate Moss is rarely without a nod to the 70s in her outfits. The 2015 way to work it is Power Boho. The main point is to keep things streamlined, and pair one 1970s piece with something more tailored - see An-Scan, left, in denim culottes (from Zara) with a pair of classic Chanel courts and a well-cut black blazer (Lanvin for H&M). So, wear peasant blouses with an A-line skirt or skinny jeans; crisp broderie anglaise skirts (Zara has a great one) with a tailored chambray shirt and spiky heels. Denim is tailored. Flares (Topshop has a really flattering new flare) should be worn with a blazer. It's dipping your non-gladiator-sandal-clad toe into the trend, rather than going full head-to-toe in the trend with a tribal-printed maxi.

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