If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably heard me express my disdain towards the ’70s trend and festival fashion. And trust me – despite this look post – it still exists. How else do you respond to a trend that’s been shoved down your throat for over two years other than to be annoyed?
But that brings me to my birthday, when I was in Sandton City shopping with my sister and we entered my fave store, Mr Price. I saw this suede A-line mini skirt and I knew that I finally found it! Every time it had been in other stores prior, I always seemed to miss it, so I just took the plunge and bought it.
But other than my fur waist coat that I bought last July, this skirt is probably the only ’70s inspired item I own. And I’m lowkey impressed and also lowkey surprised by that because I don’t know how I had managed to avoid it for so long. I mean, if you walk into any major store, you would have seen a ’70s/festival edit – and repeatedly, I might add – over the past two years. Yes, there have been some mod-’60s edits too and ’90s flare, but brands keep bring it back to the ’70s.
Am I the only one that feels like this has been the fashion equivalent of making fetch happen? Taking Coachella inspired clothes and trying to sell it to us in various forms all year gets a little tiring, in my view. But don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate everything about the ’70s trend, I think I’m just incredibly tired of festival fashion.
Like, I am 100% without a doubt here for the fur! Mr Price has even been playing around with bolder colours of fur this season and I am ready to be Biggy Shorty 2.0 for a while. I also enjoyed these high waisted A-line mini skirts and wide leg (not boot cut) pants. But enough with the fringe and the forced Coachella vibes (I mean Rocking The Daisies is only in October, anyway)! There were other parts of the ’70s that could’ve been delved into, like, hello, Diana Ross??
But then again, one of the great lessons about fashion that we can learn from the ’70s is freedom, and the freedom to wear whatever you want. I shot this look on Freedom Day with the babe, Sibu Mpanza, and ironically, it was at Rhodes Memorial (a black woman posing in front of Cecil Rhodes – it doesn’t get any more ironic than that). Before this trend (hopefully) is retired forever, I thought I should at least get to play around in it, just once ?
So here are my 2c on my love-hate relationship with the way the trend cycle keeps going back to the ’70s. Let me know your views on it too!