Wednesday, December 14, 2011

That 70s Sensibility

Lately I’ve felt like my clothes have reflected a 70s sensibility that I didn’t even know that I had.  This outfit is no exception:

I’m wearing flared, pin-tucked jeans (Gap), a bow blouse (Gap) in a decidedly 70s color and platform booties (Nine West via TJ Maxx).  Even the sweater feels a little bit 70s to me with the color combination and the belled sleeves.

The funny thing is that it’s not like I’m nostalgic for the 70s – I’m too young to remember any of it.  But, I’ve realized that the 70s aesthetic is perfect for my current lifestyle.  I’m not talking about the disco 70s (although I do love a jumpsuit), but the more practical but still ladylike 70s. 

I bike to work every day which means that I need practical clothes that allow me to move with ease.  At the same time though, I have an impractical streak a mile wide in that I like to ride my bike in high heels and pretty things.  Dressing in the 70s style of easy, moveable fabrics (double-knit may be ugly, but you can’t say it didn’t allow you to move), longer skirts, high waists and tall boots allows me to be both practical and feminine.

Which isn’t to say that I always dress with a nod to the 70s; I don’t.  And I don’t go full 70s with an outfit – if I do have vintage pieces from the era, I mix them with modern pieces to keep if from being costumey.  I think both of these things are important to keep from getting in a rut and to keep that rut from being daily trips from the 70s in your time machine.

How about you, Dear Readers?  Do you have an aesthetic from the past that appeals to you?  And how dedicated to that aesthetic are you?

Happy Wednesday, All!



  1. i like the 70s colors :)you look great in em!

    <3 steffy

  2. love that yellow blouse on you! Is that a tall size from gap?

    Bon Vivant + a Budget

  3. Heh. I went 70s today, too! (I had to lay off the floppy felt hat I was going to wear, because it pushed across the line into 'costumey,' but one day, I won't be able to resist, I'm sure. )I was a pre-teen in the late 70s, but I remember the clothes vividly, and even if I did violently reject that aesthetic until recently, clearly, it had an impact. You rock the 70s very hard!

  4. Gracey I love the 70's era, it is my favorite and you wear this style so well. I love wide leg jeans, and your sweater is gorgeous. Also, I made my first trip to Nordstrom Rack...oh my I was in there for hours....thanks to you. have a great night lovely Gracey. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo

  5. LOVE these colors, Gracey. They look so lovely on you. You rock the 70s look!

    I have a soft spot for the silhouettes and dresses from the 40s and 50s. They're so feminine and graceful.

  6. Ooo great representation of the 70s! I adore the 30s and 60s - especially mod style mini dresses :) Oh to live in another era!

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  7. I'm a HUGE fan f the 70s fashions! And this looks so great on you...It's classic, just NEVER goes out of style! Hugs! ~Serene

  8. hello 1970's inspired gracey has nodded to you! i'm an eclectic time warp mix.

  9. Holy smokes I wore that same outfit on Saturday. Exact sweater and Jeans, but I didn't think to pair it with a blouse, I wore a long sleeved t-shirt. That's cray. Love it with the blouse though.

  10. Thinking about it, I can definitely see the 70s influence in your style (not just here, but in general). Personally, I have something of a 90s boho style, I think.

  11. I am loving the 70's right now for you and for me! (I am old, and I remember the styles very well : >) You look fab in these colors and silhouettes.

  12. Such a good vibe for you--because ladylike and practical you definitely are! This blouse is just lovely, and I love it with the short sleeved sweater on top.

  13. I really like this - it resembles the outfits Jackie from that 70's show would wear.
    AS for me, I like structured. Doesn´t mean I wear them but I like them.

  14. Love the sweater and blouse combo! You look AWESOME!


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