Which Decade is Your Style Decade?

1970s colours

Modern fashions are always taking their inspirations from previous decades, with 1980s in one season and 1960s the next. We can experience a century of decades across just a few short fashion seasons but many of us feel an affiliation to styles from one specific decade even if we weren’t born at the time.

As a teenager in the 1990s and early 2000s I dressed almost constantly in 1960s clothes I picked up in charity shops and became more than a little bit obsessed with sixties music. However as I’ve grown older I’ve found myself drawn more and more to 1940s and 1950s fashions, styles and trends.

Yellow cardigan

I’d never really had much to do with 1970s style even though Mr Thrifty looks awesome in a pair of flares and a paisley shirt, I’ve always shied away from the 1970s style. Mainly because it reminds me of the revolting photographs of my mother and aunts trying to pull off Charlie’s Angels looks, in rural Ireland, which still sit on my grandparent’s mantle. Not good.

However after picking up this skirt, with a distinct 1970s style print from a charity shop and a sackful of 1970s geometric print scarves from Freecycle, I’ve found myself channelling orange, mustard, purple, brown and 1970s wallpaper styles and I’m really rather loving it. Buying clothes from charity shops allows you to experiment and flit through eras, styles and trends like a style butterfly with little waste or expenditure. I love charity shops but you knew that, right?

Throwing my scarf

Bring on the space hoppers, choppers and purple, I’m off to watch Saturday Night Fever and grow a Bee Gees style beard.

What I wore
1970s print skirt, charity shop, 99p
Hair scarf, Freecycle, Free
Suede wedges boots, Gift
Mustard cardigan, charity shop, £1
Rust t-shirt, Tesco, £2 in the sale
Brown and purple tights, Evans
Messy hair c/o being hungover
Grey streak? I’m turning into a robot so I think you’ll find that is a sexy metallic streak.
Thrifty Towers


P.S. Do you draw your style inspiration from one decade in particular or are you an era ho?

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  1. helloo, your blog may just be the cutiest blog ever, and the most useful !! i heard about you for Sprinkleofglitter`s video !! i love the vintageness (<-not a word )!!!!
    mollie x

  2. You look gorgeous in your 70s outfit! I’m definitely a 60s girl, probably the early 60s with little peeks of 50s dresses coming through.

    Catherine, XO.

  3. This is so weird. I’ve had an idea for a blog post all about the 70′s going around in my head recently. I’ve been thinking about how much I love the decade (even though I wasn’t actually there). I used to like the 60′s style too but it was very much in vogue in the mid nineties. I like the 1940′s and 1950′s styles too cos they suit my body shape but there’s something so magical about the 1970′s. That skirt is a find and a half! x

  4. I’ve never thought of a particular decade that I’m affiliated with, but I probably gravitate towards the 50′s most of all, mostly for the nipped in waists, pleated knee length skirts on dresses and Americana rock n roll type influences. They work well for me as I’ve quite a fifties shape. I tend to steer away from the latter part of the 70′s and the 80′s, because like you, I’m haunted by the pictures of my parents- serious flicks, perms and Deidre glasses going on!

  5. An ‘era ho’? Good grief, that one’s going to stay with me…

    I recently found myself buying a few early 90s numbers in charity shops, which takes me back to my own young-adulthood. Help! I am not ready to be vintage myself!

    I like the soft, not-really-hippy looks of 70s Laura Ashley and 90s ethnic, I guess. But I also love my mum’s 1950s-60s sailor stripes and neat trousers, so I switch from floaty florals to stripy neatness as the mood suits, I guess.

    You look great – thanks for the fun!

  6. I’m very 70s. As in the-only-one-at-the-twee-vintage-fair-in-flared-jeans 70s. Love it.

  7. Love the outfit, it reminds me of Reeces Pieces :)

  8. I’sve always taken a bit from each decade really. In my teens back in the 80, I wore clothes from either 40s, 50s or 70s as then you could buy those clothes really cheaply from jumble sales or charity shops. Over the decades, I’ve more or less dropped the 50s and wear more 70s stuff on a daily basis.

  9. It’s 1970′s all the way for me. That goes for interiors as well as clothes!

    I always wanted to be Sabrina from Charlies Angels, I love my flared jeans, and prawn cocktail and black forest gateaux and trippy orange and brown wallpaper… oh and I was there…. but only just!! :D xx

  10. How strange, my boyfriend and I have been talking a lot about this lately. We both enjoy 1940′s and 50′s clothing however with the warm(ish) weather we’ve had recently we’ve both been feeling decidedly more 50′s. Yet in the winter we were all about the 40′s. I think that when it’s warm the 50′s style just suits us better as we generally associate the 40′s with darker colours and heavier fabrics. When it’s warm I like a good circle skirt to flit around in, it’s just more comfortable that way!

    Like you when I was younger I liked the 60′s a lot (in my teens it was all about the 80′s) and now I’ve regressed all the way back to the 40′s and 50′s. The 1970′s has been very neglected due to the memories of the fashion faux pas’ in my family photos too.

    Dad, you should THANK your sister that she made those flairs into a pair of mini skirts (yes that’s just how wide they were!)

  11. I love the print and colours on your skirt!

    Caroline x
    Caroline’s Catwalk

  12. You look so cute in this outfit! The print on that skirt is way cool!!! My style decade is a mash up of 60′s and 80′s :)

  13. Love your outfit. I think I would have loved to live in the 50′s – just love that style, but tend to wear bit of every decade! M x

  14. I always used to like 40s and 50s, but with my new very distinct hair cut I’m rocking a bit of a 60s one day and then 80s the next. Loving neons at the moment. :-)

  15. That outfit’s so funky, that skirt looks brilliant on you. I’m a 70s chick but a total vintage whore, I’ve got everything in my wardrobe including a Victorian mourning jacket, Edwardian wedding dress, Boer war ceremonial jacket to 70s crimplene and platforms. x

  16. If I remember correctly those skirts were called ‘swirly skirts’ and I SOOOOO wanted one.

    I love the 30′s and 40′s fashions. I don’t wear them, but belonging to a theatre I do get the chance to dress up in them sometimes. The last play I was in was set in 1930′s and the wardrobe dept produced an original 30′s outfit for me. It was so gorgeous to wear.

  17. I am an era ho and proud. 40s, 50s, 70s and 80s are my main loves. I don’t discriminate :) xx

  18. you look beautiful, and I just love your blog…Hugs,

  19. I love 50′s, all heels and big skirts. Well, when I’m not in jeans and plimsolls ‘cos that’s more practical for me.

    Love the 20′s & 30′s too. Bought some really rather fab beaded tops from Primark recently, very 1920′s and I love them (with jeans!).

    I will always have a soft spot for 80′s fashions, as I was in my teens then. Loved my ra-ra skirt and shoe boots. Loved them.

    The 70′s suit you well my lady.


  20. Love this :) I’m a bit of a mix of ‘now’ and the 50s with a little dash of the 70s. 50s mainly as that’s the figure I have – and 70s because that’s not what my figure works best with but somehow that makes it fun! ;) (Girl logic alert!)

  21. I’ve been getting into 70s colours recently too. I like late 50s/early 60s ahpes best still though

  22. *shapes

  23. You look so AWESOME in these browny shades…love it!

    Maria xxx

  24. I have no idea what era I am… I will ponder over this. Great outfit though!x

  25. I just found your blog through Sprinkle Of Glitter, she mentioned you in a youtube video. I love this!! xxxx

  26. I’m not normally a fan of the seventies…I always feel like it’s “fancy dress” lol, but I love that skirt and would wear it. My mum wore a very similar one in a photo she has with me as a baby in the eighties (maybe she was “old fashioned” at the time! ;-) xxx

  27. Ohh I dont know!!!! I am a kind of earth mother type of person!!! Love the skirt!!! I was a metal head or sorry I still am. So I suppose the 90s and no the the 80′s with that damn mullet hair!!!

  28. Well, that’s the thing about trying to date one’s style isn’t it? Happens to me all the time. As soon as I think I’ve nailed one particular era, I find something just as awesome from another … then there’s nothing for it but to just throw it all together!! I love the diagonal stripes and glorious scarf-flinging:) xo

  29. I think I’m maily drawn to 50′s styles, although I do love things from the 40′s, 60′s & 70′s as well. It’s so hard to choose! I love the skirt you are wearing.

  30. So cute!! I really love how you fixed the scarf! I’m not sure what era I dress in. I just throw together outfits from interesting items I find at thrift shops.

  31. Love your shoes! I don’t think i really do eras in fashion. But as for eras in music, I’m an 80s girl at heart. Gotta love a bit of Starship and Rick Astley.

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