Tuesday 20 March 2018

Why 1970s style is stayin' alive in 2015

The decade that just won't go away is back - and rising star Melanie McCabe gets her groove on to show off some of the 1970s trends that are now bang up to date.

Yellow trench coat, €113; animal-print blouse, €55; leather-look culottes, €45; platform sandals, €65; oversized fedora, €37; sunglasses, €20; all River Island; Oasis cascade drop earrings, €12
Yellow trench coat, €113; animal-print blouse, €55; leather-look culottes, €45; platform sandals, €65; oversized fedora, €37; sunglasses, €20; all River Island; Oasis cascade drop earrings, €12
Michelle McCabe
Michelle McCabe
Michelle McCabe
Michelle McCabe
Michelle McCabe
Deirdre Reynolds

Deirdre Reynolds

Rising star Melanie McCabe may have been born in 1993 - but she's a 1970s diva at heart. The former X Factor hopeful is gearing up for her first solo concert at the National Concert Hall in April.

And just like this year's hottest fashion trends, she can't wait to pay homage to the Psychedelic Decade, as well as the 1980s, 1990s and now.

"I absolutely love 1970s music and fashion," says Dubliner Melanie.

"Growing up, I idolised singers such as Diana Ross, Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand, so it's a dream come true for me to get to dedicate a whole show to them and others."

Designers like Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs have also been busy paying tribute to the days of disco: platform heels, flare jeans and trench coats are just some of the retro styles back with a bang for 2015.

"1970s style was just so glam," adds Melanie.

"I actually bought a pair of flares a few years ago, so I'll definitely be digging them out!"

Here, Melanie models the top 70s trends Stayin' Alive in 2015.

1 FLARE JEANS: So long, skinny jeans! This year's most in-demand denims are wider and, crucially, more flattering than the sprayed-on styles of past seasons. Stella McCartney and Derek Lam are just two of the designers to channel Charlie's Angels on the runway recently. But there's no fear of being busted for crimes against fashion in a pair of high-rise blue flares.

Top Tip: Team your bell-bottoms with a pair of platform-wedge sandals for the longest pins possible.

Try: Boohoo.com: high-rise flares, €25.

2 OFF THE SHOULDER: Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig showed off her scapulas in a stunning Delphine Manivet bridal gown at the Golden Globes last month. And she's not the only one giving boring necklines the cold shoulder in 2015. From wedding dresses to workwear, smouldering off-the-shoulder styles are everywhere this season.

Top Tip: The clavicle-baring trend, which requires a strapless bra and suits C cups and under best.

Try: Boohoo.com: off the shoulder blouse, €25.

3 PLATFORM HEELS: Platform sandals, wedges and even sneakers are just some of the 1970s-inspired footwear kicking around again. Models for Prada, Miu Miu and Ferragamo all put their best foot forward in stacked shoes during Fashion Month. But you don't have to look like a supermodel to pull off the chunky style, which miraculously suits short, curvy girls best.

Top Tip: Go for an ankle strap that sits on the talus bone to draw attention to the daintiest part.

Try: Penneys: platform wedge sandals, €15

4 FLOPPY HAT: Well, la-di-da - looks like Annie Hall's hat is making a comeback. Indeed some of this season's oversized fedoras wouldn't look out of place atop Diane Keaton in Woody Allen's 1977 flick. Almost four decades on, model Kendall Jenner and actresses Emma Roberts and Amber Heard have also been spotted getting ahead in a hat this week.

Top Tip: Avoid 'hat hair' by spritzing the inside band of the hat with a light hair oil.

Try: River Island: oversized fedora, €20.

5 FLORAL: "Florals? For spring?" As Miranda Priestly sarcastically put it in The Devil Wears Prada: "Groundbreaking." Nonetheless, winter wouldn't officially be over if floral wasn't blooming everywhere. And you certainly can't pay homage to the 1970s without a bit of flower power in the shape of an on-trend printed shift-dress or jumpsuit.

Top Tip: Contrary to fashion myth, this season's big, bold prints won't make you look any bigger.

Try: Oasis: flower earrings, €12.

6 SATCHEL BAG: Less is more when it comes to this year's hottest arm candy. Designers Fendi and Chloé both showcased smaller styles straight from the decade that brought us lava lamps and mood rings. Clutch, pouch and saddle bags are all groovy options for spring. But if you only buy one bag this season, make it a sunny satchel.

Top Tip: Choose one with both a top handle and cross-body strap for bonus style points.

Try: Oasis: sascha satchel bag, €31.

7 FRINGING: Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez released her inner cowgirl in Badgley Mischka at this year's Golden Globes. And Irish fashionistas look set to live on the fringe in 2015 too. From tassel bags to swingy skirts and boho boots, the ultimate Age of Aquarius embellishment is back with a bang.

Top Tip: Unless you're Pocahontas, stick to one fringed piece at a time.

Try: iClothing.com: suede waistcoat, €49.95.

8 CULOTTES: Part-pants, part-skirt, 2015's 'IT' trousers are sure to bring back bad memories for kids of the 90s. Happily, the latest take on the retro trend is more elegant than embarrassing. Just look at actress Kaley Cuoco, who wore a pair of the polarising pants to the People's Choice Awards last month, and absolutely killed it on the red carpet.

Top Tip: Keep it simple on top to let your culottes do the talking.

Try: River Island: leather-look culottes, €45.

9 JUMPSUIT: Nothing says 1970s quite like a jumpsuit. Amid a sea of stunning frocks, Julia Roberts certainly stood out in a plunging Givenchy jumpsuit at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last week. White jumpsuits ruled the runway at the Big Four. Like Pretty Woman Julia though, beginners are best to go back to black.

Top Tip: Palazzo jumpsuits should graze the floor, while tapered ones should sit at your ankle.

Try: iClothing.com: multiway jumpsuit, €35.

10 TRENCH COAT: It's the return of the mac as the signature coat of the 1970s hits stores here this season. Every day is Throwback Thursday in the button-down style first made famous by Columbo. But forget boring beige. Between electric blue and mustard yellow, today's trench is appropriately psychedelic.

Top Tip: Roll up the sleeves and leave it open for a more laid-back daytime look.

Try: River Island: yellow trench coat, €113.

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