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Saturday 3 December 2016

'Seventies style has hit the high street - and I'm a convert'

Fashion

Warehouse Autumn WInter looks worn by Sharon McGowan.
Warehouse Autumn WInter looks worn by Sharon McGowan.
River Island Autumn Winter looks worn by Sharon McGowan.
Warehouse Autumn WInter looks worn by Sharon McGowan.

Designers love delving into the fashion archives for a bit of sartorial inspiration and this season it's all about Joni Mitchellinspired 1970s style.

Every designer worth their salt paid homage to the era in their Autumn/Winter Collections.

Naturally, the retro look has trickled down to the high street.

Eager to road test the trend, I stepped into some of the city's most popular stores to see how wearable Seventies clothes are.

Patterned

I rarely wear anything other than neutral shades, but this trend is all about mustard yellows and burnt reds.

Snooping around River Island, I decided to go for a daytime look of a patterned shirt dress (€67) paired with a fluffy gilet (€87) and finished off with a Seventies staple, a pair of thigh-high boots (€85).

I decided to give an oversized floppy hat (€33) a miss in fear of looking like a total fashion victim.

Likewise, I couldn't bring myself to embrace denim flares - I'm not ready to give up my skinny jeans just yet.

I then headed to Warehouse, which has embraced the trend with gusto.

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River Island Autumn Winter looks worn by Sharon McGowan.

My day-to-day look consisted of a button-up A-line suede skirt (€72) and patterned blouse (€55).

It's similar to what I would dress in regularly, so I felt not only stylish, but also myself. Feeling confident, I threw on a wide-leg jumpsuit (€97) which I fell in love with and a shaggy, faux-fur jacket (€89).

I wasn't a Seventies fan, but I'm becoming a convert.

It's loud and the clothes are more cosy than clingy, making it a happy departure from the recent bodycon trend. Plus, the gilets are perfect for winter.

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