Publications from Vogue to Refinery 29 have declared the 70s are back. It’s not the first time for such declarations, but we think the trend is here to stay, at least for a while. If the spring 2011 lines from Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Thakoon, Topshop Unique, Tory Burch, Catherine Malandrino, Rebecca Minkoff (we could really go on) are any indication, you’ll be swapping your skinnies for wide legs for many seasons to come.
That’s because the trend is fueled by a shift that goes beyond what we put on our backs. Life is challenging these days, so we don’t want our clothes to be. And since there’s no quick fix in sight for our ailing finances, we’re examining our priorities and shifting perceptions about what makes us happy. It’s a recipe for a new breed: the contemporary hippie. The look is a little bohemian, a little modern: bomo, if you will?
The Olson twins have worn the trend for years, Rachel Zoe urged us earlier this year to give wide-leg, relaxed California looks a chance, and Garance Dore declared “Wide is Back” in September. Finally, designers are taking note en masse. And happily, 2011’s version takes the dippy out of he hippie. While the aesthetic is a nod to a past decade, it’s a fresh, modern take punctuated by a rocker edge or clean, sleek lines.
And where fashion treads, music follows (or is it the other way around?). Modern folk music by the Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling and The Tallest Man on Earth are creating music that captures the feeling in the air.
There’s something exciting about embracing our inner hippie as a way to temper the pressure of starting a new year. It’s a clean new slate, but it’s a relaxed one where anything goes. So to celebrate this fun moment in fashion we’ve brought you the best bomo looks for spring paired with the dreamy sounds of today’s folk artists.
Marc Jacobs and Mumford and Sons
Heading out the door with your boobs highlighted by crocheted rings requires a certain amount of chutzpah. Anyone donning this Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 look might do well to have British band Mumford and Sons pumping through the earbuds.
Topshop Unique and The Felice Brothers
Topshop has created a brave collection that’s got us craving wide legged pants with mad patterns. Our desire is intensified by the brilliant Felice Brothers.
Anna Sui and Fleet Foxes
If listening to Fleet Foxes whilst wearing Anna Sui Spring 2011 doesn’t make you want to go skipping in green fields like a 70s dream, it’s possible your heart is made of stone.
Thakoon and Nathaniel Rateliff
Nathaniel Rateliff’s music is perfectly matched to this Thakoon collection, both beautiful and simple works of art.
Tory Burch and Laura Marling
Tory Burch’s should have played Laura Marling at her spring 2011 showcase. This 20-year-old captures the essence of a woman who’s at once fragile and powerful, a lot like Burch’s collection.