I wrote about going into the lion’s den of elbows and fashionista grabbing that was the Isabel Marant pour H&M sale a bit ago, and I mentioned that I went in with one particular focus in mind: a dress I’d seen from the look book. After finding said dress flung underneath a rack in the men’s clothes (stashed? discarded? WHATEVER, I WIN EITHER WAY), I tried it on and it had every ounce of the 70’s magic I wanted it to have.
As a child of the 70’s, most of my favorite fashion references are from that time. From Halston’s dresses to the style of Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall and Diane Von Furstenberg of that time, I lived for the louche sexiness of that era. This dress sums up all the sexy of disco without one single glitter ball.
I think what I love the most about the women from that time is that they owned their sexuality without turning into playthings. Charlie’s Angels was about women kicking butt, Lauren Hutton demanded only the best and women were really coming into their own. Even though dresses like this are flowing and flattering, it’s does what Sophia Loren says a dress ought to do: act like barbed wire, allowing a protected view of the woman underneath.
Revising vintage styles like this make me feel powerful and alluring. I think it’s why Rachel Zoe focuses so squarely on style from this time. It was a lifestyle worth exploring, and it helps you steal a little bit of that free spirit and that female power of the time. In this dress, I feel like I can conquer the world.
What I’m Wearing: Isabel Marant pour H&M dress, Yummie Tummie by Heather Thompson Chris Stretch Slip, vintage jewelry, Donna Karan Luxe Layer Tights, Lucky Brand ankle boots from Saks Off 5th.