Retro outfit ideas: how to wear the 60s and 70s trends in 2019

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I know my mom’s closet is full of retro outfit ideas, but are these the kind of styles that would hold up these days? Probably not (sorry, mom !!). But still, if you’re like me, you’d probably want to loot your mom’s (or grandma’s) old clothes trunks to jump into this retro fashion trend and put your own modern twist on it.

Let’s go back a bit. If you’re not familiar, the fashion trends of the ’60s and’ 70s mainly consisted of A-line mini skirts, capri pants, tons of corduroy, flared jeans, checks, warm muted tones and bottoms. ankle-length skirts, just to name a few. You can certainly pair these pieces with more modern styles (like crop tops and street style sneakers) for a more current look. For the sartorial adventurer, this may sound intriguing.

On the other hand, some may move away from wearing the 60s and 70s inspired pieces for fear of looking like they are visiting 2019 with their time machine. Fair. But for me, personally, I fell in love with retro fashion this year, and I experimented and played with many different ways to wear these styles without looking like a laer version of my mom when she was 17.

My thing ? I make sure to mix 2019 fashion with my retro inspired looks. Not only does it keep me from looking like I’m wearing a historical cosplay, but it also helps me refresh the look.

But you should see how I do this yourself. Below you’ll find six different looks I created with 60s and 70s fashion inspirations.

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Hat: that of the writer | Above: Lulus | Jacket: Lulus | Pants: Lulus | Boots: Lulus

If I could wear one outfit for the rest of my life, this might be it. First of all, can we talk about these boots? The square end just screams 70s style, but when paired with a cool one-shoulder top and fun pants, it can be worn in 2019. The cap makes the look even better. Following retro, but if that’s too much for you, drop it.

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Sweater: Lulus | Jacket: Lulus | Pants: Lulus | Hat: Lack of color | Shoes: Lulus

The excitement of a power suit will never really go out, if you ask me. Put on a matching printed suit and there’s really nothing to get in your way. The pattern is extremely retro, so I paired it with a wide-brimmed hat from Lack of Color for a modern twist.

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Pants: Lulus | Jacket: Lulus | Scarf: Echo New York | Shoes: those of the writer

Wearing orange corduroy pants might seem like a feat, but it was surprisingly simple. My approach? Make them look badass. Instead of pairing these pants with a floral print button down top (which can be a bit too retro), I used a belted leather jacket like my shirt. The mixed textures really refreshed the look and made it totally wearable in 2019.

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Sweater: Heartloom | Skirt: JNSQ | Boots: Lulus | Beret: that of the writer

The basic white girl in me really couldn’t help but wear this outfit in a leafy field. This skirt couldn’t be more mid-century, really. When I paired it with that pink sweater and yellow beret, I was seriously hopping like I was in 1967. This outfit isn’t far removed from what many of us wear on a typical day, but the pattern and color scheme totally give it that mid-century vibe.

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Skirt: Amour Vert | Above: Lulus | Boots: Lulus | Hat: that of the writer

What better way to sport retro fashion than wearing a chocolate brown leather button-up top? Answer: There is none. To make things more appropriate for 2019, I chose a skirt with a modern, minimalist pattern – and if you ask me, I think it all worked together!

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Above: JNSQ | Cardigan: JNSQ | Vest: JNSQ | Skirt: JNSQ | Beret: Lulus | Boots: Lulus

This brown leather A-line skirt must have been a staple in the ’60s and’ 70s because, damn, she was so cute. I grabbed a shiny sweater, then put on a cardigan and gilet for extra warmth, turning this look into fall (and 2019) in an instant.

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