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Video: Don’t be dazed and confused about spring’s ’70s styles

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    >>> this morning on bobbie's style buzz, '70s chic brings us back to the days of disco. it's all about retro style with a look that's soft and sophisticated. bobbie is here along with tanaya to show how you can bring '70s style back into your wardrobe. one of our little models.

    >> she loves this but the clogs keep falling off her feet. on or off? off. we have our inner '70s groove going on.

    >> we are wearing longer dresses. the length this season is all about a longer hemline. this, of course, we got these at bloomingdale's, but diane von ferstenburg rereleased some.

    >> the trend is longer lengths.

    >> we have new lengths.

    >> and we'll talk about that. let's talk about fit and flair. let's bring mom out, tanaya. now with denim, it is all about sort of the bell bottoms and the fuller wasted look.

    >> absolutely.

    >> there, she's going to dance. this is a great thing, especially if you're curvy. skinny jeans have been around for a while. the fit and flair is flattering for a lot of body types . you can wear -- she has on great clip-on clog heels. they are from call it spring. she's balancing it out with a striped top. she looks fantastic. have fun with the flair. the retro bag is a great extra touch you can find at a vintage store.

    >> that '70s music, the polyester an platforms have been updated. the more modern woman.

    >> right.

    >> a mom with a little gorgeous girl.

    >> absolutely.

    >> all right. do you see yourself on camera? yeah! thank you so much.

    >> next we have melanie. this is the example of sort of the longer, the midi length skirt which also is all the rage on the runway.

    >> this is from anthropology. what i like is it is a more demure lenlt. a lot of women think i can't pull it off.

    >> i'm one of those. you think it will overwhelm.

    >> the most important thing is make sure you cinch it at the waist with a belt and have a heel. if you do a flat you have to be taller. but you really can wear it and it's flattering.

    >> a simple silhouette on top with a fuller, longer skirt.

    >> a simple silhouette especially with the print. but something more fitted to show off the hour glass silhouette. we have curves.

    >> yes. embrace them. next we have maggie showing us the high-wasted pant look.

    >> hi, maggie !

    >> a lot of people think this is something that won't be flattering, but you can pull it off if you do it the right way.

    >> absolutely.

    >> what's the key?

    >> again, the belt. you want to do a feminine top. you also want to make sure if you are on the petite side put on a pair of platforms under the pants to give you a couple extra inches.

    >> you will look good but you can't walk.

    >> this will elongate the frame. these pants are $50 from h & m. it's an instant update to the wardrobe. the '70s have effortless confidence. this is great for the office.

    >> thank you very much, maggie . now a look at the jumpsuit which is not really just for teens or 20 somethings. we have barbara showing us a great way to wear this fashion. jumpsuits, i think really of the leisure suit '70s thing.

    >> yes.

    >> but not when you see barbara .

    >> the fabrics are updated. this is for women of all ages. you don't have to be in your trendy 20s. barbara 's working it.

    >> gorgeous body.

    >> this is by aqua. i like that it's loose. in the summer she could take off the jacket and wear it for an evening out. the blazer gives you that effortless cool and add a few bohemian accessories.

    >> i love that it's so easy. you put on the jump suit and that's it. you're dressed.

    >> the wood jewelry dresses it down. especially something black and shiny from the silk. it's great.

    >> beautiful. more natural looking. ladies, let's bring you out one more time for a last

TODAY contributor
updated 3/10/2011 9:47:53 AM ET 2011-03-10T14:47:53

Spring’s hottest trend swings back to the disco days. Inspired by some of my favorite style icons — Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger, Lauren Hutton and Yves Saint Laurent — this season offers a modern take on the era that is both soft and sophisticated. TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com’s Bobbie Thomas shares ways to bring ’70s flair into 2011.

Fit-and-flare denim
Curvy girls rejoice, as denim that’s fitted through the thigh and flares just past the knee offers a flattering silhouette. It’s not exactly a boot-cut or a groovy bell-bottom, but a welcome alternative to the skinny jean, and the perfect style to buy slightly longer and wear with a pair of platforms. A cotton peasant blouse or retro striped top will offer a nostalgic touch without feeling overdone. (Striped Top, $59.90, Odora Sandal, $48-$50, JCP.com; Stella Jean, $69.90, Express.com; Blouse, Clogs, $24.50-$29.95, Gap.com; Sunglasses, Denim Leggings, $4.50-$10.95, Childrensplace.com)

Mini skirts and dresses
Minis take a backseat to this season’s longer hemlines. Midi-length dresses and skirts are somewhere between ladylike and hippie. When it comes to skin, this demure, less-is-more look feels very fresh for spring. Trend seekers can don a floppy hat and clogs for the full effect, while a belt and chunky sandals are a more classic way to go. Finish off with a cross-body or feminine flap bag. (Bar III tank, $38, Macys.com; Fukani Patchwork Skirt, $98, Anthropologie.com; T-strap sandal, $89, Zara.com)

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High-waisted pants
Pants with a little leg room and a higher waist have an effortless confidence about them. Images of Mary Tyler Moore “working it” come to mind. To top off slacks with a wider leg, try a tie-neck pussy-bow blouse to add just the right feminine touch. Adorn your ensemble with gold accents. Consider a longer-length necklace with a prominent pendant or a flashy belt buckle.
(Fletcher By Lyell Tie Neck Blouse, $59, Urbanoutfitters.com; Wide Leg Pant, $59.95, Hm.com; Hiala sandal, $89, Ninewest.com)

Although 20-somethings may try to revive the slinky stretch-jersey jumpsuits from Studio 54, the rest of us shouldn’t shy away from a posh one-piece. A relaxed romper will not only work on every body type, but all ages as well. The trick is finding the right one. If you have narrow hips, opt for a drop waist; fuller hips should stick with a style that cinches in higher. A polished, tailored jacket can help tone down the trendy for work, while some organic bohemian accessories add a fun element for play. (Silver & Wood Necklace, $12.95, Blush Blazer, $49.95, Hm.com; Aqua Silk Racerback Jumpsuit, $98, Bloomingdales.com)

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