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70s fashion
Just as the ’50s and ’60s are back, so too are particular elements of the ’70s. There are two main aesthetics: ’70s bohemian, and ’70s sophisticated glamour. When it comes to the latter, think dresses that fall like shimmering water in the evening and high-waist pants with elegant blouses by day.
Brightly Colored Pants
Whether they were cropped, flared, tapered, or high-waisted, the hottest shapes of the season also came in super-saturated hues, perfectly for punching up the clean silhouettes for fall.
Leather Skirts
Designers found a new way to wear the leather skirt, and paired it with casual-chic tops like heather-gray button-ups and sweatshirt-like sweaters.
The Chic Poncho
We've been seeing more and more ponchos on the street, and it seemed that designers were paying attention this season, sending out tons of options for all cape and poncho lovers ranging from preppy All-American types to those seeking more of a glammed-out steez.
High Slits
Dresses may have veered more on the conservative side, but a healthy dose of sexiness was still preserved with hip-grazing slits.
Tuxedo Dressing
The white shirt, black bottom, and black neckpiece never looked so femme-fatale as on the fall '11 runways.
Graphic Tartan
Plaids and tartans went big and bold this fall, with designers finding more inspiration from in-your-face rustic weaves than the understated checks of seasons past.
Yves Klein Blue
Designers took a page out of post-WWII artist Yves Klein and painted their collections in the deep, rich blue that the French artist found so inspirational. From flirty skirts to filmy jumpsuits, the color is the one to start stocking your closets with.
Mid-Calf Skirts
Hemlines were still long this season, but we're finding more and more to love from the mid-calf lengths than ever before. In cool metallics, graphic mixed prints, and with menswear tailoring, these full-coverage skirts got a whole lot more sexy.
Duster Coats
Channel your inner Shaft with coats that reach all the way to the floor. These duster coats look impossibly glam, especially when paired with the textured, filmy separates shown on the runway.

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