As we delve deeper into this little blog, it’s going to become blatantly obvious that I love the 1970’s.
See? What isn’t stylish about flappy, wide-leg pants and turtlenecks?
I’m a fan of styles ranging from the 1940’s through the 70’s, but the 1970’s are by far my favorite, in terms of fashion. We didn’t really wear too many foundation garments anymore by that point, but fashion still had a distinctive silhouette, with the wide-leg pants (or A-line skirts) and wide, wide, pointed collars. 4-way stretch knit was still a novelty in the 70’s, so garments still relied on tailoring to fit and flatter the body.
And also we had some ridiculous evolutionary dead-ends like the wide-collar bodysuit. And the pants-apron. More about that some other time.
Regardless, I love all of it. See, I’m the kind of person who firmly believes that the more ridiculous I look, the better I’m doing at being an adult. And I’m also the kind of person who
has an insane crush on Monty Hall just wants to look like Carol Merrill all the time.
I mean COME ON.
If you’re as crazy about the 70’s as I am, you might be on the lookout for some sourcebooks for your fashion aspirations. I’ve owned and thoroughly perused the following books, and I cannot recommend them enough: (WARNING: HERE BE AFFILIATE LINKS.)
Both of these books are not only great resources that highlight the breadth of 70’s fashion (early and mid. There’s a late 70’s book too, but I don’t actually own that one), but the authors also sprinkle in some information about the styles and each image is accompanied by a value guide for vintage collectors. A handy resource if I ever saw one!
I do think the early 70’s book appeals more to me, though I’m not sure if that’s because I think its layout is more sensible, or just because I prefer early 70’s fashion. ^_^