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Feelin’ groovy: Essential ’70s style for Fall

DesignAlison Baitz, Gap Inc. bloggerComment

Flower children — and Mad Men fans after the fact — remember it well. The transition from the 1960s, the decade of social and fashion revolution, to the '70s happened with a splash: of color and of pattern, with an excess of fabric here and a decided lack of it there.

While the '90s had a brief resurgence in the trend spotlight, updated '70s is the name of the game this Fall. Summer hinted at an appetite for the '70s with the seasonally appropriate maxi dresses craze. Then, designers dropped some heavy hints at New York Fashion Week — fringe benefits and cozy knits, anyone? — that this was a trend worth watching over the next several months. Though they graced the Fashion Week runways, including Gucci's, the look doesn't require a designer-clothing budget to achieve.

As with any resurgence of a trend, head-to-toe outfitting screams "costume" — whereas smarter era-mixing drops subtler hints. So, consider incorporating one '70s-inspired piece into an otherwise standby outfit or playing down a bold item with a few modern silhouettes.

The '70s in 2015 means earthy colors like camel and wine, mustard and white, which are all great on a variety of pieces. Silhouette-wise, flared pants, flowy tops and ponchos are best. Forget leisure suits and suffocating polyester; start mixing and matching pieces from the Gap Inc. brands inspired by the decade of disco.

One of the easiest and most comfortable ways to adapt to the '70s trend? Pants made of a very specific silhouette or fabric. Gap's 1969 Resolution Skinny Flare Jeans — in a very '70s medium-brown/red color — are a great piece to start with. The flare is subtle, ensuring no one will mistake your fashion-forward look for a Halloween costume. Pull out all of your favorite sweaters and blouses to go with them this Fall. Texture-wise, it doesn't get too much more comfortable (and warm!) than cords. Cut close to the leg and tapered at the ankle, these Gap 1969 Modern Stretch True Skinny Cords, in a stunning deep purple hue, are the perfect combo of then and now.

The billowy blouse — the peasant blouse to some — is also peeking out from your mother's photo album. This flowy top, often featuring yoke embroidery or tasseled detailing, looks great with both modern skinnies and subtle flares above. The BR Monogram Washed Silk Blouse, with its hidden button placket and waist seaming, keep it rooted in the past, but the easy silhouette (and gorgeous silk fabric) keep it modern. Gap's Three-Quarter Sleeve Flutter Top continues in a similar vein — its square neckline and neck shirring would look right at home with this season's hottest distressed denim from Old Navy.

As the weather cools, layering becomes crucial — and there are plenty of great '70s-inspired sweaters to choose from. Banana Republic's Fringe-Front Pullover — with its unique chest detailing — remembers the shaggy '70s poncho, while its otherwise modern silhouette keeps it in 2015.

Did someone say poncho? To immerse yourself fully in this look, check out Gap's Stripe Poncho — a one-size-fits-all cover-all that seamlessly blends patterns and colors into the perfect transitional piece. Or wrap yourself in Old Navy's customer-favorite Poncho Wrap. Think of them as today's take on the cozy patterns of the apres-ski look.

Fall wouldn't be fall without scarves, of course; Old Navy's Oversized Flannel Scarf layers perfectly over Old Navy's ultra-femme Long-Sleeve Shift Dress and Patterned Shift Dress, modern takes on a decades-defining style staple.

Ready to finish off your look? Shoes-wise, you can't go wrong with desert boots or mules. Banana Republic's Jolyn Mule updates the classic silhouette with a high heel and sleek ankle strap. Gap's Fringe Bag combines a simple bucket silhouette with side fringe; sling it crossbody to get even more in the '70s spirit. And Banana Republic's killer Saddle Crossbody — in a deep cream color — screams low-key vintage with its curvy saddlebag looks.

Can you dig it?