Fashion is obsessed with the 1970s. For the past two seasons, the ultra-glam era has ruled the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris. This summer, accessories are having a major moment — with statement pieces and luxury collections that could have worked for any night at Studio 54.
References: Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Lanvin Spring/Summer 2015
Designers have been making a lot of money producing smaller or mini versions of some of their most popular bags. For the summer, a big seller is still the mini crossbody. While carrying a smaller bag isn't always practical, minis can be a stylish, lighter alternative — especially during the hotter months.
References: Ralph Lauren, Rebecca Minkoff, Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2015
The boho-chic look prospered during the 1970s hippie movement, with wide-brim hats being used as statement pieces to push bohemian looks to the next level. In recent years, colorful headwear in exaggerated sizes has undergone a resurgence ever since Pharrell's infamous decision to sport a large, vintage Vivienne Westwood hat at the 2014 Grammy Awards. When searching for the right hat this season, pair larger, looser wide-brims with loose-fitting looks and casual styling — great for beach and poolside lounging. Alternatively, experiment with pairing a smaller, safari-style wide-brim with a more structured look.
References: Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Vera Wang Spring/Summer 2015
Belting can be tricky. A good rule-of-thumb is to use belts to break up and add structure to dominant or loose-fitting pieces. Wide belts have the potential to overpower instead of complement, whereas thin belts may get lost in the look. The mid-sized belt — especially popular in the 1970s — is a comfortable compromise, as it works well on a variety of silhouettes.
References: Alexander McQueen, FENDI, Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer 2015
The strappy sandal is a great warm-weather alternative to closed-toed pumps, as it lets the foot breathe on those especially hot days. And the strap's built-in wow-factor provides a chic alternative perfect for summer concerts, festivals, dates and beach trips. For a dressier look that can translate from a day in the office to nighttime fun, just add heels.