'70s Fashion: 15 Chic Trends That We Still Wear Today

The 1970s will go down in history as one of the most fashionable decades, and for good reason.

Ushering in from the summer of love, hedonism and self-indulgence was at an all time high, with fashion trends reflecting the carefree and careless nature of the culture.

From flares to floppy hats and a whole lot of corduroy, the clothes and accessories favoured during the era don't even make us cringe—which just goes to show how much '70s style influences what we wear today.

And because the era heralded newfound freedom of expression, there was no one-way to dress.

The micro hemlines of the '60s continued into the '70s, but whimsical maxi styles were also a popular choice.

Similarly, women wore sharp suiting and feminine wrap dresses interchangeably—and platform heels were just as popular with the men!

These 15 Fashion Trends Will Define Summer 2021

Everyone has their go-to dresses, shorts, and tops for the heat—a cotton-poplin blouse, comfy cut-offs, a gauzy midi that delightfully catches the breeze, and swimsuits, to name a few. But when you've got to scratch that something-new itch—or legitimately need to replace a well-worn item or two—what could be better than summer's biggest fashion trends to inspire a wardrobe refresh?

This summer, trends are drawing upon decades past—a whole lot of the '80s, '90s, and aughts drifts have been reborn with a modern twist. Statement-making sleeves, spaghetti straps, and feminine details like bustier necklines and corseted waists are more prominent than ever. All of which feel freshest with long, loose-fitting shorts or slouchy pants.

Playful colors and prints also make a splash, from punchy takes on gingham to tropical themes (cute fruit motifs included). As for the accessories—we bet you won't make it to the season's end without coveting a pair of easy slides, a kitschy-in-a-good-way piece of jewelry, or a floppy hat á la '90s sitcom stars.

Moral of the story? This summer is all about having fun with your fashion, from casual outfit staples to beach essentials and occasion-perfect pieces. Ahead, take a closer look at the 15 trends that define the season.

Romantic Puff Sleeves

Design by Tiana Crispino

Puffy sleeves are everything right now, with romantic iterations feeling decidedly sweet for summer. Whether you opt for a dress, blouse, or crop top, breathable fabrics like cotton poplin or linen will keep you the coolest.

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Bright Colors

Design by Tiana Crispino

You'll feel instantly joyful by dousing yourself in lively colors á la the '80s and '90s. Whether you combine punchy pastels or opt for a single saturated piece, shades like orange, purple, and green are huge this season.

Bustiers & Corseting

Design by Tiana Crispino

Bustier necklines and corseted waists are another romantic summer trend. Take a cue from celebs like Dua Lipa and Hailey Bieber when styling these feminine pieces—a slouchy jean or low-slung short provides a chill offset, as do sneakers and chunky sandals.

Cut Outs, Ties, and Open Backs

Design by Tiana Crispino

The chicest way to bare a bit of skin? With strategically-placed cut-outs, open backs, and ties (also known as the flossing trend). Whether you give this look a go with a dress, top, or bralette, you'll appreciate it most on super-sweltering days.

Bold Prints

Design by Tiana Crispino

The most fun way to make a splash is by throwing on '80s, '90s, and early '00s prints. Think: colorful gingham, painterly swirls, and botanical prints destined for a beachy locale.

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Ribbing

Design by Tiana Crispino

The mere thought of wearing knitwear during the summer might make you sweat, but rest assured, ribbing is bearable in the heat. It's all about lightweight weaves and heat-proof silhouettes. Our favorites include open-back dresses, cut-out tops, and swingy sets.

Slide Sandals

Design by Tiana Crispino

Slide sandals are the ultimate summer shoe trend. Iconic versions like Steve Madden's platforms are great for some lift, but having a few flat versions in your rotation will make for plenty of stylishly relaxed moments.

Smocking

Design by Tiana Crispino

Smocking is another feminine trend that's both pretty and effortless, appearing on just about every summer essential from dresses to skirts and tops. The best part? It offers so much stretch.

Spaghetti Straps

Design by Tiana Crispino

You may have been called to the principal's office for rocking these in school, but this summer is the time to live your best spaghetti strap life via tanks, dresses, and so-cute crops.

Floppy Hats

Design by Tiana Crispino

The bucket hat ruled in 2020 and is still going strong. However, brims are getting bigger and floppier in 2021. We think they're an exceedingly fun finish to any summer outfit.

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Sanctuary

Camp Shirts

Design by Tiana Crispino

With a hang-ten vibe, this short-sleeve button-down shirt is a chilled-out essential. Wear yours open over a swimsuit as a coverup, half-tucked into shorts, or loose pants with sandals.

Long Shorts

Design by Tiana Crispino

Jean shorts are a staple and will never really go out of style. But long shorts are the unanimous choice this summer—from tailored versions to lounge-worthy types like knitted Bermudas.

Terry

Design by Tiana Crispino

Is there a material more nostalgic than terry? Definitely not. Since a matching tracksuit doesn't quite scream heat-proof, give this trend a try via cute cover-ups, swimsuits, or a '70s-inspired romper.

Y2K Jewelry

Design by Tiana Crispino

Bright beads, colorful acrylic, and daisies are just a few Y2K-style jewelry trends ruling summer. These fun accessories add personality to an outfit, whether you pile it on or opt for a single accent.

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'90s Sunglasses

Design by Tiana Crispino

From rectangular and slim oval shapes to ultra-mini frames, '90s-inspired sunnies are key for completing your summer wardrobe. For extra-nostalgic vibes, try sheer lenses or a fun color.

The 15 top men's fashion trends for spring-summer 2023

While winter was feel-good and comforting, next summer will be hot and nostalgic.

How will men dress for spring-summer 2023?

This season more than ever, men are encouraged to uninhibit themselves through formidable pieces like jockstraps, micro-skirts, and crop tops. On the other hand, the madness that exists around the 2000s and the MTV generation is part of the overflowing creativity of designers. Look back in pictures on the fashion trends that will make the men's spring-summer 2023 including: biker influences, full denim looks, western accents, cargo pants, and floral prints.

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Soft sensuality

The summer of 2023 is all about uninhibition for designers who create new forms of clothing where sexy appeal reigns supreme. Explore the jockstraps worn with a skirt, cropped blazer jackets, and BDSM references.

Thom Browne VTMNTS Dolce & Gabbana

Biker

Spotted on Bella Hadid and Elsa Hosk, the biker trend is making a comeback in the men's wardrobe with a plethora of racing jackets, gloves and protective pants inspired by the motorcycle aesthetic. The material of choice is leather, again and again.

Prada Dries Van Noten Alyx

Bare torso

Next summer's fashion statement? Men will partially strip to reveal a resolutely masculine part of the body: the torso. Enhanced by translucent pieces at Dior, an open shirt worn effortlessly on the shoulders at Etro, or in crop top form at Courrèges this is a trend to look out for.

Dior Men Etro Courrèges

Blue jeans

Practical and comfortable, denim is everywhere! At Y/Project, Fendi and Prada to name a few, jeans are reinvented and worn with flair. We love the denim on denim look.

Y/Project Fendi Prada

Y2K

Of course, designers have also succumbed to the craze that exists around the 2000s. The young brand Mowalola offers a grunge version, while JW Anderson designed looks that could well please the MTV generation.

Mowalola JW Anderson Givenchy

Western

The most iconic Texas stereotype is conquering the fashion sphere this season and infusing itself into the inspirations of prominent designers. The most adored pieces are cowboy boots and Western shirts, revised for a 2022 style.

Dries Van Noten Thom Browne Wales Bonner

Flower power

The flower, in all its forms, has become a major inspiration for designers. Some reinterpret it in the form of patterns like Louis Vuitton, while others give it a literal meaning, like at Loewe and Marine Serre.

Louis Vuitton Loewe Marine Serre

Cargo pants

Trust us, you'll swear by this pants trend: with its army lines and streetwear influences, the cargo model delivers a neo-soldier look, with at least two signature pockets (or plenty of them for Reese Cooper).

Emporio Armani Reese Cooper KidSuper

Motif mania

Prints are an integral part of the collections of the season, as can be seen Marine Serre, Ahluwalia, or Kenzohecks, who use checks, stripes, tie dye, and more.

Marine Serre Ahluwalia Kenzo

Sk8ter boy

Hoodies and wide shorts is the signature combo of the skateboarder from California. JW Anderson takes the theme literally with a sweater directly adorned with a broken skateboard.

Bluemarble JW Anderson Wooyoungmi

Back to childhood

The innocence and naivety of childhood takes over shirts, sweatshirts and T-shirts with patterns straight out of the imagination of designers: a mushroom, a seahorse, figurative characters, and more.

Egonlab. Hermès Martine Rose

Trench coat

From season to season, year after year, the trench coat remains a staple of outerwear. We wear it in its most classic version (a little oversized to boost the look), or deconstructed for a much more fashionable vibe.

VTMNTS Fendi Hed Mayner

Bold colors

Let us convince you to add color to your wardrobe with this season's bold, visually impactful, and acidic color coup. Dare to color-block!

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Track pants

Both comfy and fashionable, tracksuit bottoms are becoming an essential to wear at home or in the city.

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Pajama couture

No, pajamas are not just for bedtime, at least not according to houses and designers like Emporio Armani, Givenchy and Bianca Saunders, who are making them one of the strongest pieces of the summer 2023.

Emporio Armani Bianca Saunders Givenchy

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