Bell-bottom behaviour: The ultimate 70s fashion guide

From suede and floral to fringes and fur, the styles of the 70s are seeing a renaissance in the fashion world. While we wait to see whether lava lamps and hippy culture will also come back on the scene, we’ve rounded up the key pieces you can add to your wardrobe to easily channel the casual-cool vibe of the decade...

1. The faux fur gilet

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Esprit, £99, available at Fenwick Colchester

 While faux fur is having its day in both the high end and high street worlds, the shaggy-look gilet, especially in light or neutral tones, has a particular hippy vibe that works with other staple items in your closet. Pair it with the season's denim looks or a floral dress to fully channel the 70s spirit.

2. Button-down denim


AG Alexa Chung, £329 and £185, available at Fenwick Bond Street

Button-down denim is a style that's here to stay. Opt for a dark denim shirtdress or skirt that lets you build an outfit that nails both daytime casual retro and nighttime disco diva - just add a pair of knee-high boots or a pop of colour with funky block heels to transform your look.

3. The patterned cape

pattern cape

Saint Tropez, £45, available at Fenwick Colchester

It's no secret that we're fans of the current cape trend, but the lighter patterned pieces showing up in autumn/winter collections take the piece's transitional value to the next level. Wear all day instead of a jacket or blazer while the weather allows it, and when the chill sets in toss aside your cardigans to make this cosy piece work indoors.

4. The peasant blouse

black top

Pyrus, £85, available at Fenwick Bond Street

Hold onto a hint of summer with the easy, breezy peasant blouse that appears time and time again in the wardrobes of the style set. Want to dress it up a notch? Mix it up with a darker colour that's perfect for fall.


5. The wide-brimmed hat


EDC by Esprit, £29, available at Fenwick CanterburyBarbour, £59.95, available at Fenwick Colchester; EDC by Esprit, £29, available at Fenwick Canterbury

Go haute hippy by adding a wide-brimmed hat to your collection. Pick textures such as soft suede and folksy fall hues like camel, green and burgundy to tie together your outfit.

6. The embroidered dress

day temple dress

Day Birger, £280, available at Fenwick Kingston

Sienna Miller and Kate Moss taught us that no boho-chic wardrobe is complete without an floaty embroidered dress. Pair a darker colour, like our gorgeous navy pick from Day Birger, with tan and brown shades to keep things autumnal. 

7. The flared jean

flared jean

Victoria Beckham Denim, £265, available at Fenwick Newcastle

Victoria Beckham rarely misses when it comes to trends, and her flared jean collection is no exception. While lighter jeans follow retro rules and keep things casual, we also dig the darker shades for a hint of sophistication. Flare play, VB.

8. The fringed bag

fringe bag

Pieces, £55, available at Fenwick Colchester

Fringed accessories are a must-have this season, and a bag that combines the trend with our love of suede is the perfect statement piece. Invest in a high quality bag for an easy and wearable item that's sure to last for seasons to come.


By Alison Millington