How to Wear It:
Decade Dressing for the Modern Woman
How many times have you heard “that’s so ’70s” lately? What had fresh appeal when it arrived via flares and tie-blouses, has started to wear out its runway welcome. Luckily, we're in the middle of a decade mash-up that has manifested as “’70s-meets-’90s”, or “’20s with a little ’90s grunge”. Though revivals can be met with mixed enthusiasm—most women recoil at the idea of an ’80s moment, while others remain sanguine at the idea of exaggerated shoulders—they're a reliably relatable way to engage with fashion.
Here, we call out this season’s most referenced decades. How to wear it? Don’t play by the rules: too retro and it’s more costume than cool. The easiest way to make it modern is to mix things up. This is the 21st century, after all.
1920s: Fashion Flapper
Feather embellishment recalls Gastby-esque decadence in Nina Ricci’s lavender shift.
Take your cue from Guillaume Henry, who paired his shifts with ’90s chokers. Make
yours uber feminine—Fallon’s is crystal adorned—and team with a low heeled
A counterculture revolution brought swinging prints
and micro hemlines to the fore.
Giambattista Valli’s metallic mini dress recalls the mod moment. Tone down the “Twiggy” and replace loafers with a heavy buckle shoe. LaurenceDacade’s multi-strap pair make a safe investment—white shoes are set to be huge for Fall.
Nothing conjures the ‘90s more than a silky slip dress.
Worn best by Kate Moss sans makeup (and totally sheer) the model accessorized with a drink and cigarette. The health-conscious women of today will covet a more wholesome look. Tibi’s version has a sporty twist and is best paired with simple, paired down accessories.