This New Year’s Eve I went to a house party in Bath. Ever over-hyped and anti-climactic, 2017’s entrance, however, bucked the trend and was a cracker. The theme was Boogie Nights meets Saturday Night Fever and such was the disco fever frenzy – all bellbottoms, wigs and bronze flared jumpsuits – I had to ask most people to re-introduce themselves the next day (fine, partly costumes, partly my wherewithal). My brief experience of the 70’s has instilled in me a deep sense that I missed out on a seriously fun era. Perhaps as some sort of consolation for this, modern day fashion is nostalgically embracing the 70’s and 80’s. Everything from bell-sleeves to shoulder pads, high-waisted to flare, fringes to oversized is positively encouraged.
We’ve talked a fair bit about the 80’s on HøF, but to date the 70’s haven’t featured, until this suede dress from Danish designer Gestuz’s Pre-Spring collection diva’d it’s way into my life. Admittedly less Boogie Nights, more Charlie’s Angels, Zoe and Annie, our superstar photographer, were kind enough to say that I bore a (vague) resemblance to Farah Fawcett in this dress. Now, I’ve done a bit of Googling and can’t seem to find a single image of Farah Fawcett in a suede dress; so I’m fairly sure they were just being polite. Nevertheless, I’m running with this because Farah was a hot chick.
Styling a suede dress requires a bit of thought. The temptation is to layer it over a pale roll neck, but the idea is a hint of 70’s rather than full on time warp. Also, as with most of the outfits we showcase on HøF, this needs to be something than can get you out of the house in the morning, see you through the working day and have you looking good for date night. Everybody is busy, so we need to make our wardrobes work hard for us. By layering the dress over a crisp shirt, with bright white collar and cuffs poking out, this outfit can see you through meetings and social gatherings alike. If you feel it’s too short, add in some black tights, pointy black shoes and a roll neck – either black, or if too dark for your liking, something stripy.
The shoes are from ASOS, in a beautiful pale pink, verging on nude – a wonderfully versatile colour. The chunky block heel and ankle strap mean they’re reasonably comfortable to walk around in all day although the toes do begin to pinch, as with any pointed shoe, and for £28 I’ll take a fair amount of pinching before lodging a complaint.
Finished with this stunning snake print clutch from Lucy Choi, the result is a modern take on a retro style which can take you from day to night and everywhere in between. Good morning, Charlie!
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