How to Pull Off the 70s Trend in 2019

The 70s have been making a pretty big comeback for years now and it doesn’t seem the 70s trend is going anywhere, anytime soon! So I’m spilling tips on how to rock it in 2019.

How to Pull off the 70s Trend in 2019 | Flared Corduroys, Crochet Sweater | Louella Reese

similar off-white sweater | similar chambray shirt | anthropologie straight leg corduroys (don’t know why they’re called straight leg, they’re totally flares) | madewell suede transport tote (sold out in olive, available in five additional colors) | c/o ariat two24 boots | similar tortoise shell hoop earrings (on sale under $20) | karen walker harvest sunglasses

I’m an 80s baby but only by a few weeks (my birthday is December 3rd, 1989). However, the 70s is the decade I’ve always been drawn to. For my 13th birthday party, I had a 70s themed party. We wore flared denim, flower power shirts, tie-dye, and flower crowns. Fast forward 13 years later, I wore an oversized flower crown for our wedding. Fast forward another three years and I’m rocking flared corduroys regularly (styled two ways). Not to mention hoop earrings, suede accessories, crochet sweaters, and items from the actual 70s that were my grandmothers. 

So needless to say, you could say I’m pretty happy the 70s trend seems to be here to stay. While it has definitely become a little more refined since the actual decade, it’s still fun and a little boho. Today I’m breaking down how to pull off the 70s trend in 2019 and some pieces to add to your wardrobe to give you those 70s vibes.

PHOTOS BY DEAANNA KOURTNEY PHOTOGRAPHY

How to Pull off the 70s Trend in 2019 | Free People Saturday Morning Cardigan | Louella Reese
How to Pull off the 70s Trend in 2019 | Flared Corduroys | Louella Reese
How to Pull off the 70s Trend in 2019 | Madewell Suede Transport Tote | Louella Reese

How to Pull Off the 70s Trend in 2019

Go Wide

It’s time to fold those skinny jeans up and place them back in your dresser. Give them a little break! The 70s were all about flared and wide leg pants. Whether you’re reaching for denim, corduroys, cotton twill, or suede – go wide.  

Unsure of what you pair with flared and wide leg pants? Opt for something a little more tight-fitting. This will even out proportions. You could also try an oversized knit or shirt which will give a modern look when half-tucked. Also, wear boots, mules, or heels. This will length your legs greatly and make you appear taller + leaner. A total win! 

Opt for Retro Fabrics

Probably the main reason I love the 70s the most, corduroy was the fabric of the seventies. From dresses and skirts to blazers and trousers. While corduroy hasn’t always had the best reputation. At times seen as a nerdy fabric saved for teachers and principals (blame this on 90s tv shows), the fabric is back and better than ever! 

Corduroy is an extremely easy fabric to wear and to add into your wardrobe. You can give it a try with pants (see two additional styling ideas), mini skirt, or blazer.

Pair the blazer with a graphic tee or simple white tee, your favorite pair of jeans, and sneakers for a modern take on the seventies trend. If you opt for the skirt, a loose fitting blouse, chunky knit cardigan, and over the knee boots or simple suede booties. 

If you just cannot bring yourself to rock some corduroy, try incorporating suede instead. A simple tote like the one I’m wearing in today’s post or a great pair of booties.  

Brown is the New Black

Another reason the seventies is my decade of choice, brown was the neutral of choice, not black. It was all about rich, earthy tones including brown! So trade your black for some brown tones. Even better if you pick pieces in corduroy or suede. 

The simplest way to add the color to your look, boots, belts, and leather bags. Opt for these pieces in shades of camel, cognac, chocolate, and even copper. Extra 70s points for over the knee boots as they were huge in the decade!

How to Pull off the 70s Trend in 2019 | Madewell Suede Transport Tote | Louella Reese
How to Pull off the 70s Trend in 2019 | Tortoise Shell Hoop Earrings | Louella Reese
How to Pull off the 70s Trend in 2019 | Flared Corduroys | Louella Reese
How to Pull off the 70s Trend in 2019 | Madewell Suede Transport Tote | Louella Reese

similar off-white sweater | similar chambray shirt | anthropologie straight leg corduroys (don’t know why they’re called straight leg, they’re totally flares) | madewell suede transport tote (sold out in olive, available in five additional colors) | c/o ariat two24 boots | similar tortoise shell hoop earrings (on sale under $20) | karen walker harvest sunglasses

What decade most inspires your style? And what is your favorite item from that decade? Comment below and share. I would love to hear y’all’s favorites and top picks! Also, will you be styling the 70s trend in 2019?

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38 Comments

  1. Kate Lutes wrote:

    This is a great post! I can’t decide how I feel about the 70’s styles – but you’ve convinced me to give it a try!

    K A T E L A T E L Y || fashion & lifestyle blog
    http://www.katelately.co

    Posted 1.22.19 Reply
  2. Emma Marie wrote:

    Girl, you’re always killing it with the 70’s trend! It’s so perfectly you! I’m secretly jealous I don’t think I can pull off the flare cords..

    Emma
    https://emreecollective.com/

    Posted 1.22.19 Reply
    • Oh my goodness, thank you lady!! They are seriously the most comfortable, flattering pair of pants. You should definitely give them a try!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.22.19 Reply
  3. dana mannarino wrote:

    I mean, I LOVEEEEEEEED the style in the 50s, but like definitely do not dress that way LOL.
    LOVE your take on the 70s look. You ROCK the flares!

    The Champagne Edit

    Posted 1.22.19 Reply
  4. You’ve convinced me that I need these pants!! Love them on you!

    xo, Hillary | hillheady.com

    Posted 1.22.19 Reply
  5. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    Oh I love this! Such a laid back look!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    Posted 1.23.19 Reply
  6. Cathy wrote:

    This is my favorite decade of influence! I love the bootcut pants and longer silhouettes. Your outfit is fabulous. Loving this trend!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    Posted 1.23.19 Reply
    • Ah I love hearing that – a fellow seventies lover! Thank you so much Cathy – I super appreciate that!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.23.19 Reply
  7. Morgan wrote:

    Don’t know why I didn’t realize it til now but you do have a 70’s soul!! And I love seeing it come out in your fashion and styling choices!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Posted 1.23.19 Reply
  8. Caitlin wrote:

    You’re rocking the 70s look!

    Posted 1.23.19 Reply
  9. Liz wrote:

    I loveeee 70s fashion! Especially corduroy and long flowing maxi dresses! This outfit is cute on yoU!

    Posted 1.23.19 Reply
    • Love those too!!! Cannot wait to wear some pretty flowy maxi dresses once it warms up a bit. Thanks gal!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.23.19 Reply
  10. Lyddiegal wrote:

    I feel like certain parts of every decade always live on, evolve and become a part of the next! I love your wide leg pants and tortoise earrings!
    Chic on the Cheap

    Posted 1.23.19 Reply
  11. Rachel wrote:

    Girlllll, you ROCK the 70s trend! Love these dark green flares!

    Rachel
    http://www.hello-her.com

    Posted 1.23.19 Reply
  12. Lee wrote:

    Ooo I am loving those corduroy pants!!

    Posted 1.23.19 Reply
  13. Greta wrote:

    I love seventies fashion! I feel like I was a flower child in another life. You’re rocking this look girlfriend!

    Posted 1.23.19 Reply
  14. Emily wrote:

    This is such a fun look – I need to find my flares and give them some wear!`

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
  15. Stephanie wrote:

    If this is the 70’s making a comeback, sign me up! So stinkin’ cute. My mom would love this because she was living her best fashion life in the 70’s!

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
    • Aw thanks girl friend! Love it – absolutely love looking at photos of my mom and my grandma from the 70s – the fashion was amazing!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.24.19 Reply
  16. Katie N wrote:

    Loving those cords – but really love your accessories. I just received the same earrings from BaubleBar and haven’t quite figured out how to style them. So cute!

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
  17. Ada wrote:

    You totally rock the 70s trend! I’m not too sure if I could haha.

    Posted 1.24.19 Reply
  18. Kelsey wrote:

    Okay I am IN LOVE with this entire outfit, especially those pants!!! You totally pull this off girl!

    Posted 1.28.19 Reply
  19. I love that the 70’s are coming back full swing! Looks so cute on you!

    Posted 2.4.19 Reply