1970s Fashion Schedules the Return of Retro Glamour

1970s fashion continues to influence 2011 style.

Fall fashion trends and winter fashion integrate two themes - the Bohemian look (also called hippie, gypsy, and artistic) and the elegant draped styles that have their true origin in the 1920s and 1930s.

Retro glamour of wide-legged pants that appeared on the spring runways continue to make a strong showing.

The sexy white dress turned up everywhere. Now, we see winter white in coats, suits, sweaters, and dresses, along with pale colors such as lilac, melon, and light taupe.

Use Draped Fabric to Minimize Figure Flaws

Draped elegance appears in dresses and blouses.

This retro glamour theme emphasizes the long, lean, and sleek style of what was known back then as Mod and disco looks.

These, in turn, sprang from vintage clothing scavenged from resale shops. The fabulous Hollywood fashions of the 1930s and 1940s were a strong influence.

Try A Geometric Print in On-Trend Color

Retro fabric will feature geometric prints and bright large-scale florals. Burnt colors, such as burnt orange, burnt gold, and rust are predicted for the season.

Pantone colors notes that dark greens, in the olive family, will be popular as part of our environmental interests.

Updated 1970s fashion will not include some of the fashion misses of the era (at least, not yet), such as towering platform shoes and open-front silk jersey shirts.

Military Theme Is Toned-Down for Outerwear

Military inspiration will have a subdued effect on winter coats.

Sleek retro glamour may require more artifice as we explore these fashion patterns the second time around.

Secrets for Looking Updated Not Recycled

Invest good-fitting slacks in a neutral color. Have them tailored to your waist and length, if you can’t do that yourself.

Wide-legged slacks are a terrific way to disguise broad hips.

It's almost impossible to wear palazzo pants without imagining yourself, martini in hand, entertaining swaggering good-looking men on a the perfectly landscaped terrace of a luxury Mediterranean palace.

Pear-shaped women will benefit from no-waist slacks or at least those that do not require a belt. Avoid cuffs if you want to make your leg look longer.

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Wear with flats or low-heels to avoid the towering platform-soles look.

What to Wear to the Riviera

Wear your wide-leg slacks with a white blouse for a tailored look. A top in a retro fabric geometric print will make the look pop with 1970s fashion panache.

A sexy white dress is a must-have for summer, according to fashion leaders. But are they age-appropriate?

Choose your purchases according to what looks good to you and feels good to wear. Choose color, length and style that are flattering.

Many older women prefer sleeves.

Flutter sleeves are feminine and appropriate for casual and formal wear. Here's the scoop on strapless and halter top dresses for our generation.

For the office, pick a regular short sleeved dress. A sheath will be on-trend for the ladylike 1960s clothes that are another vintage glamour theme on the docket for spring.

Variety of Fabric and Styles Helps You Pick Perfect Clothes

Expect to find a good selection of white dresses: the white lace dress, long white dress, little white dress, white cotton dress, white eyelet dress, white sun dress, white cocktail dress, and white linen dress are all likely to put in an appearance at retailers during spring-summer 2011.

Look for a style that makes you feel as sultry as Kathleen Turner in Body Heat.

To wrap it up, 1970s fashions scheduled for a return engagement are wide-legged and palazzo slacks and a perfect white dress.

Look for sales and always look at yourself in a three-way mirror to know how a style looks on you.

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