This lookbook is what high school dreams are made of.
At least, it’s what my high school dreams were made of. I was always a 70’s child, though in recent years my external-self has gravitated towards more recent decades. Obviously, I have come full circle.
As with nearly all awesome outfits, this one for our weekend trip to Palm Springs was inspired by unusual pants. Lace bell bottoms were a last season Coachella staple, but without the crochet bra and culturally appropriated bindis, they have a (thankfully) different vibe. This look is all about reuse – combining old and sometimes out-of-style pieces in a way that’s new and wearable.
Creating an outfit around a standout piece is a process.
From the moment you realize you’re starting with something that stands out, the priority from that point on has to be balance. For this look, both my top and my shoes are basic: a band t-shirt and brown boots. T-shirts and boots are the easiest pieces to incorporate into an outfit to make it more understated. In my opinion, the best kind of closet is one with a large t-shirt collection. There are so many ways to incorporate a cool t-shirt into an outfit, and I would be hard pressed to determine an item of clothing that can’t be worn with one.
Another way to tone down a statement piece are shoes. Predictably, simplicity is always the way to go. For this look, I chose brown boots both as a nod to the decade I was trying to emulate and because the soft neutral is a subtle addition to the outfit.
Balance is important, but not at the cost of fun.
Knowing how to tone down a loud piece of clothing is a good skill to have, but the overall effect of the look shouldn’t be sacrificed. If you’re inspired by the 70’s, that inspiration should still be evident in your outfit. The best part of taking inspiration from past decades is that it’s fun! It looks fun aesthetically, and it’s fun to wear. If you find yourself looking in the mirror and feeling very average about your outfit, amp up another aspect of your look.
I am a big fan of this look.
I love throwing together new looks from old clothes, and I especially love when those looks emulate my favorite decade. What are your favorite tips for reusing old pieces? Comment below!
Furthermore, I’m an even bigger fan of coordinating with my girlfriend. To see her seventies inspired lookbook, click here!
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