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.
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?
Bring on the space hoppers, choppers and purple, I’m off to watch Saturday Night Fever and grow a Bee Gees style beard.
Mustard cardigan, charity shop, £1
Rust t-shirt, Tesco, £2 in the sale
Messy hair c/o being hungover
P.S. Do you draw your style inspiration from one decade in particular or are you an era ho?
P.P.S The third week of Daily Housewifery Prompts went live at 9am this morning, get your house clean & tidy in minutes so you can spend longer in the charity shops.