How to Achieve 70’s Flowy without Losing Your Shape

Flowy but Flattering Layered Outfit

A few weeks ago, I was helping a friend find outfits that emulated a sort of casual carefree 70’s style. You know, like my adored fashion icon, Stevie Nicks. I too, love Stevie’s flowing long layers, wide long pants and skirts, capes, and lace. I love all of it, except for maybe those giant feathered hats and the cocaine. However, it’s easy to feel frumpy and shapeless when emulating her style. So what’s the secret to getting a sort of 70’s free-spirited vibe without sacrificing your curves or self-esteem?

Accessorize. Try to find Stevie’s dream jewelry. Think long necklaces with feather pendants or even (gasp) little dreamcatchers. I’m not totally sure the dreamcatchers would be accurate, but it just sort of seems right (she always had a tambourine, anyway). Vintage boots can also capture the Stevie spirit. Try some with a round toe and a wooden heel.

One Long Flowy Layer. If you just wear one long flowy layer, like a crocheted or lace bell-sleeved sweater or vest, you can wear something more fitted underneath. Find the most flattering length for you and play around with belting it over skinny jeans or a fitted maxi dress.

One Long fitted Layer. This part is essential, and after more research, also something Stevie did. She would wear a long henley top over a similar shade of fitted pants and then throw the looser longer layer on top. This way you’re still free and easy, but you are still wearing something that shows your shape. I wore this fitted tunic with the long cardigan and it worked so well that I didn’t even need a belt.

There you have it, folks. I’m one step closer to realizing my dream, and also now really want a dreamcatcher necklace.

Flowy but Flattering Layered OutfitFlowy but Flattering Layered Outfit

Flowy but Flattering Layered Outfit

Tunic: American Apparel, Sweater: Alternative Apparel, Jeans: Madewell, Clogs: BC, Necklace, KS

Flowy but Flattering Layered Outfit

October 5, 2011

4 Responses to How to Achieve 70’s Flowy without Losing Your Shape

  1. Jennifer K. says:

    Uber cuteness. Free People has some really sweet long crocheted cardigans right now. They’re pretty fab, flowy, and hippie-dippie.

  2. Chelsea says:

    I read a recent interview with Stevie Nicks and, in it, she said her iconic wardrobe was created by a designer friend because, while on the road, she gained weight and her street clothes no longer fit.
    Anywho. As always, I love your tips. Long live feeling carefree! Take care!

  3. Tolly says:

    Yes!!! Thank you so much for your help in that department, Miss Laurel!

    After our meeting together, I totally scored a little purple frock, with flowy SLEEVES. (Rather than flowy everything).

    Scarves also work wonders to achieve that flow … I picked one up at the same place I got my dress! As a petite person, scarves help accomplish that 70s hippie feel too, without swallowing me whole.

    As always, you’re the most adorable thing ever. Stevie Nicks meets Twiggy.

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