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.
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)
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)