There’s nothing quite like taking a trip down memory lane to reinvigorate your wardrobe.
Since the inception of the mini in the swinging sixties to the crop top craze of the early nineties our current clothing choices are steeped in styles from yesteryear.
You only have to look around the high street to spot the different decades being referenced to on a myriad of rails. Proving fashion historian James Laver’s point that all you need is a little time for the cycle of taste to come back on itself.
The iconic look of the 1960s is synonymous with the mini. Be it skirt, dress or car – if it was small it was king. This was a decade of liberation and self-expression, being bold in your fashion choice and most importantly having fun with style. To go the whole hog lashings of mascara and eyeliner are compulsory to evoke your inner Twiggy.
A decade of two halves, the 1970s suffered from a summer of love spill over circa ’69. That psychedelic phase toughened up spectacularly with the punk movement at the tail end of the decade in between a disco haze. For that reason there are a lot of trends you can dip in and out of.
This is the era when everything got tight. From spandex to corkscrew curls, this era was all about excess and extremes. I like to think of it as the Marmite decade because it causes such strong reactions – in reality it was the last decade we really saw fashion risks being taken across the board.
This was when androgyny took its strong hold. Everything became uniform and a little beige as a direct result of the decadent 80s. Heroin chic became a buzz word, models went from glamazons to waifs and grunge made it to the main stage. There were off-shoots of colourful pop culture but by and large this was about simplistic shapes and set dressing that accentuated the body.
The hardest out of all the decades to look back at subjectively. This boils down to Laver’s descriptions of fashion being ten years old as ‘hideous’. However there is something to be salvaged out of a sea of cargo pants worn with high heels and Von Dutch trucker hats and that is bo-ho chic. It was Sienna Miller’s signature look copied by every budding fashionista up and down the land. And let’s be honest, it still looks incredible.
So we’ve looked back to move forward. There are elements all of us can incorporate into everyday dressing. The key is to identify what looks best on you and have fun with it.
Styling: Ann Russell www.frocktrade.com
Photography:Chris Park www.chrisparkphotography.com
Hair: Jason Hall www.jasonhallhairdressing.co.uk
Make-up:Carol Fairfield www.carolfairfield.com
Model: Lauren Tempany @ Model Team