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Friday, July 1, 2011

Trend Watch: Decade Revival!

2011 Spring & Summer Trends:

Recalling the Decades of Female Empowerment

Trend #1: 1970’s Glam

The "second-wave" of the Women's Movement in the U.S. refers to a period of feminist activity that lasted up until the late 1970s.

Whereas first-wave feminism focused mainly on overturning legal obstacles to equality (voting rights for example), second-wave feminism addressed a wide range of issues such as sexuality, family, and women’s’ place in the professional world.

What the Spring/Summer 2011 1970’s trend focuses on: That essence of an era gone by…Are we as women craving more empowerment in the modern world?

The 70’s trend this season encompasses a multitude of looks and feels. For instance, you could go with a laid back Boho look , or with a more demure look that might encompass the attitude of a sophisticated 1970’s fashion icon like Bianca Jagger.

The Boho look is everywhere right now! Celebrities like Paris Hilton (pictured left), Nicole Richie, Lindsey Lohan, and Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen have been spotted, repeatedly, sporting this trend. Not only does this look revive the carefree and empowered look that women of the 1970’s had, but it’s also a great everyday look for the modern woman. Sport a chic maxi dress like the one pictured above, throw in a fringe bag, some mismatched bangles, braid a bit of your hair and voila! You’re entire chic look just came together in minutes!

Mismatched Bangles are great for a Boho style or any look really! This an incredibly versatile piece, great for any wardrobe.

Trend #2: Punk Fashion

In the words of Debbie Harry, a central female figure in the punk rock music movement of the 1970’s and 80’s, “If a band full of men is on stage and an audience of girls is screaming then everything is as it should be...But if it's a girl on stage then suddenly everything is cheap because I'm a girl and they're not used to that.” Women involved in the punk rock ferociously challenged traditional views of what a woman could and could not do, achieve, and be. No wonder today’s ambitious modern woman would be drawn towards reviving the style of this pivotal movement.

A popular trend most fitting the bold woman willing to take a risk. This look can be detailed with lots of accessories and layering, or you can play it down. A pair of red pumps, black jeans with a studded waist band, a white tank and some mismatched belts, and you’re set! A great everyday look that is sexy and makes a statement.