This is the shopping feature about seventies style dresses, I did for my university assignment. I chose Grazia as my chosen publication. Enjoy :)
Dreamy dresses (the fairest of them all!)
Colleen Ross reveals why our compulsive love affair with dresses is set to continue this season and this time, it’s grown up seventies chic, that’s won our doting hearts.
Ladies, take note. This autumn/winter, the focus is on pretty, ethereal dresses; with soft, flowing maxi’s, artist smocks and charming midi’s at the fore. A look that’s had us all wishing we were seventies screen siren, Faye Dunaway in her delightful ‘Network’ heyday.
Made up of silk, chiffon, patchwork and vanishing floral prints, let floaty and feminine be your mottos for the coming months. However, this look does come with a warning label...dresses are not to be worn without suitable layers: a chunky knitted cardigan, ankle socks, buttery leather (or suede) gloves and boots are essential. Remember though that layers can come off, and boots exchanged for a pair of oh so cute Mary Jane’s to form a faultless evening outfit (see Alexa Chung, right).
As for length, only midi or maxi will do, if you’re petite stand tall with a block heel. Accessorise with a floppy hat and long cascading hair, in an ode to ultimate bookish enchantment. But, do try your best to avoid the infamous Farrah Fawcett hair-do, circa 1976! Modernise the look with some super studenty glasses, barely there makeup and you’re good to go.
Also, be sure to banish bright block colours to the back of your wardrobe and opt for rich autumnal shades. Think dusty greys and browns, burnt orange, navy, maroon and berry for maximum results.
Take a leaf from the books of Kenzo, Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, whose hopelessly romantic styles have had us weak at the knees. Unsurprisingly, it’s been a huge hit off the catwalk as well, with fashions favourite icon Alexa Chung working her grey Marc Jacobs midi effortlessly, whilst the infuriatingly beautiful model, Anja Rubik sported a stunning, silk Chloe maxi at Paris Fashion Week.
The trend has been fully embraced by the high street too, with some of our favourite stores offering up a bundle of lust worthy pieces. Look no further than Topshop, Warehouse, Zara and Mango, whose fabulous frocks are definitive winners.This look isn’t quite Bianca Jagger at Studio 54. Think more decorative than disco and you are on the right track. So,
jump on the seventies bandwagon and treat yourself to some of these lovely ladylike beauties!